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David Pitre leads a team-building exercise

By Bob Varettoni

May 18 was the hottest day of the year so far in 2017 in New Jersey.

Literally, with thermometers rising to 94 degrees.

And figuratively, on the occasion of IABC-NJ’s annual Spring Social at the Basking Ridge Country Club.

At our event – which was air-conditioned – more than 60 comms professionals gathered for a night of networking and fun… and no PowerPoint.

Our guest speaker, David Pitre, president of Davis & Company, promised an interactive experience that we can use with clients or in our own organizations. He delivered -- leading an enjoyable and memorable team-building exercise that included a circle of rope, some popcorn kernels and two tin cans. (Don’t ask.)

He prefaced the exercise by apologizing for not having any PowerPoint slides for his presentation, a comment that produced applause. That’s a great lesson in itself for any communicator to take to heart.

IABC-NJ would like to thank the night’s event sponsor, Verizon, and event photographer, Tom Stillman; welcome our new cyber-sponsor, Monmouth College; and offer special thanks to the team at The inkbench, who demonstrated their new visual story-telling toolkit by printing free drink tickets. We’ll be posting more of Tom’s event photos soon.

IABC-NJ President Joe Donner

Joe Donner, our long-time Board president (just don’t call him “president for life”), mentioned some IABC-NJ resources in brief introductory remarks, including:

  • A new Communicator of the Month feature – which, in homage to Spinal Tap, features 11 quick questions and answers from a top New Jersey communicator. It’s featured on our home page.
  • Special rates for members on resume review and job-transition services, also featured on our home page.
  • A professional development event in June, and a wine-tasting event in July. Watch this space for details, or sign up for our email list at the bottom of… wait for it… our home page.
  • Great volunteer opportunities – and, of course, the benefits of IABC membership.

In addition, Joe mentioned our guest blogging program, which will give you the opportunity to knock this post off our front page.

Until then, here’s hoping that we – and our clients and employers – can all agree to use PowerPoint a little more thoughtfully, and a lot less regularly.

Bob Varettoni is Finance VP for IABC-NJ. Photos by Tom Stillman.

 

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