by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator
As I was pondering various professional blogs this morning, wondering what to write myself, the show Criminal Minds, on CBS, somehow came to mind, no pun intended.
Art Imitating Life
In each episode of , a group of FBI profilers known as the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) use Behavior Sciences to lend assistance to criminal investigations, usually involving serial killers or even terrorist organizations.
The BAU consists of nine main team members, each of whom has a different specialty in the area of criminal profiling.
Now what does this have to do with GCSS or helping people with developmental disabilities? Let me explain. Obviously, our organization isn’t trying to catch criminals or rescue crime victims. However, just as the FBI profiles people that they’re trying to capture, so too can we profile people that we’re trying to help. Each of our programs, and the people who work in those departments, have different areas of expertise upon which we focus our efforts.
I have written about this in previous blogs, and as I gain more of an understanding of the process, I like to expand on it. I have heard, on more than one occasion, that some of my co-workers have difficulty summing up in a few words what we do at GCSS.
Usually, I say something along the lines of, “We’re a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and the elderly,” and I may sum up a few of the programs we have.
What’s My Role?
Over the course of my first year working at GCSS, my role has changed, as has the program itself. While I refer to myself as “Community Events Coordinator,” I had initially begun working on last year’s Golden Goals Awards, which I’m continuing to do this year.
Later on, I expanded my position into more of a marketing type role, using the blog, Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, and other social networking tools to get our message out.
Using the BAU as an exceptional model of teamwork, I believe I can more strongly integrate my role into GCSS and help extend our Web presence, as well as the number of people we serve.
I would also like to acknowledge, once again, Gini Dietrich of The Fight Against Destructive Spin, for helping to inspire this blog and being a long-distance teacher in the field of marketing and social media; and I’ve recently become a fan of StreamingCreative, written by Jason Verhoosky, another social media expert who focuses on nonprofits and small businesses.
Without input from my teachers, I would have a lot less to say.