Monday, July 6, 2015

Answering Questions Without Losing Control of Your Time

Have you ever seen a speaker run out of time because he or she spent too much time answering very basic or very advanced questions that were irrelevant to most of the audience?

To find out how to make sure this doesn't happen to you, check out  my recent post on the Constant Contact Community blog, Answering Questions Without Losing Control of Your Time

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Garr Reynolds Tribute to B.B.King

Garr Reynolds is one of my favorite authors and thought leaders on the subject of presentations.

Check out his moving tribute to legendary blue guitarist and musician B.B. King, who died recently.

I had the privilege of seeing B.B. King in concert several years ago - he was a master storyteller and skilled at making an emotional connection to his audience.

Here is Garr's tribute: B.B. King (1925–2015): Incomparable Bluesman, Masterful Storyteller

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Don't Speak Merely for the Sake of Speaking

 "I believe that one always does himself and his audience an injustice when he speaks merely for the sake of speaking. I do not believe that one should speak unless, deep down in his heart, he feels convinced that he has a message to deliver. 

When one feels, from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head, that he has something to say that is going to help some individual or some cause, then let him say it; and in delivering his message I do not believe that many of the artificial rules of elocution can, under such circumstances, help him very much. 

Although there are certain things, such as pauses, breathing, and pitch of voice, that are very important, none of these can take the place of soul in an address. When I have an address to deliver, I like to forget all about the rules for the proper use of the English language, and all about rhetoric and that sort of thing, and I like to make the audience forget all about these things, too." 

-Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery: An Autobiographyeducator, civil rights activist and Tuskegee University founder

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Client Testimonial for Gilda Bonanno

Gilda helped me step up my game 

"After just a few sessions together, Gilda pointed me in the right direction. She uncovered some bad habits and replaced them with new and effective ones that today are helping me to convert prospect in to clients. 

Gilda has helped me to organize my thoughts and plan out my presentations so that I am better prepared and more confident. I am grateful to Gilda and for the help she has given me to become a more effective salesperson.

-Judith Giangoia, Private Banker, Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank, New York 

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Friday, June 12, 2015

How to Gracefully Exit a Networking Conversation - Video

Presentation skills coach and professional speaker Gilda Bonanno provides tips for how gracefully exit a conversation at networking events.  

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