On Tuesday, Marvin Pinkert,Susan Press, and I attended the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America’s 2012 Annual Program at the Park Heights JCC. I was excited that JCSA chose to hold their program in Baltimore this year. The day provided a great opportunity for engaging professional development and to network with other Jewish communal professionals. And it was right around the corner!
The program opened with a keynote speech by Dr. Charles Edelsberg of the Jim Joseph Foundation. Rabbi Larry Ziffer gave the D’var Torah. For the first breakout session, I attended Elissa Maier’s workshop on Managing Up. In it, we used a tool called the Pace Palette to understand different communication styles in order to work more effectively with others. http://www.paceorg.com/
Over a delicious Mediterranean lunch, there was a lively discussion panel on the topic of change. In the afternoon, I attended the workshop How to Communicate with Presence led by Sarah Gershman. Focusing on presence, message, and voice, Sarah gave useful advice about how to hone your public speaking skills in order to better reach your audience.
The day was a positive experience in terms of professional development and one that I look forward to repeating next year. In the end, I was reminded of why I am a Jewish communal professional in the first place – it is rewarding to be part of such a vibrant and passionate Baltimore community.