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Communication coach Deborah Grayson Riegel headlining at Zelniker Conference

The Joseph & Leba Zelniker Conference, a program of the Educational Services Department of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, brings outstanding Jewish educators to the community. Local Jewish schools support the Zelniker Conference and the professional growth of their faculties so that teachers and principals can study and learn together. This year’s annual program, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Alliance, will feature Deborah Grayson Riegel. She will share her innovative strategies for engaging communication with her presentation, “Strategic Storytelling to Engage and Inspire.”

Stories, a rich part of our Jewish tradition – personally and organizationally – are an adaptable, universal, economical and educational resource. However, Jewish educators often find it challenging to tell these stories strategically. Some instructors struggle with how to cull the key points needed to make an impact, how to recognize their own communication styles, how to balance facts and emotion, and how to incorporate inspiration and action.

With Riegel as the conference speaker, participants will advance their enthusiasm for and commitment to education, learn the key elements of an effective story, discover how to link stories to their organization’s values, mission and vision, and find out how to design and deliver their stories using five key steps that yield results.

Riegel is a communication and behavior expert who helps corporations, Jewish organizations and individuals achieve personal, interpersonal and professional success. Her unique, energetic, humorous and results-driven style combines her background and experience in coaching, behavioral and cognitive psychology, adult learning and improvisational comedy (which, incidentally, she performed at some of New York City’s top comedy clubs). She was the former Director of Education and Training for the Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence at the Jewish Federations of North America, where she developed innovative training programs for Federation professionals and lay-leaders, and co-authored an award-winning interactive solicitation training website. She also worked at the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA). She is a contributor to “Choice: The Magazine of Professional Coaching,” is a writer of a bi-weekly online coaching column for “New York Jewish Week” and is the author of “Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success.”

For more information: contact Diane Cerep at 421-4111 ext. 182 or dcerep@jewishallianceri.org.

Communication coach Deborah Grayson Riegel headlining at Zelniker Conference

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