And outside of work, I am fortunate to often be in the audience for worldly speakers who have made a positive impact on my life. Some of these speakers are rabbis, authors, politicians and teachers. Some have even been chefs sharing their lessons of life through cooking.
While doing a wide search this week, I found so many speakers that I thought would be interesting. Since hiring a speaker is both an art and big business, I began to think about how we listen to well-known speakers as well as to each other.
When you need to hear a message, does it matter who is delivering it? When I was younger, I was resistant to “hearing the message” from those who were trying to help. And then, messages appear from unlikely sources and life is changed forever.
I celebrated my bat-mitzah when I was 42-years-old. With help from Rabbi Mark Borovitz and Cantor Rebekah Mirsky, I was able to listen, learn, and apply those lessons to make my life better. That moment transformed my life. Becoming a bat-mitzvah gave me the gift of listening not only to others but to myself.
That was almost 8 years ago.
And learning to listen helped me be a more thoughtful speaker both personally and professionally. Though I don’t garner big speaking fees, my partnerships at work and home are more honest and richer. Thank you to Rabbi Mark and Cantor Rebekah for teaching me lessons that I still hold sacred today and will for a long time.