Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Client Testimonial for Gilda Bonanno

"Gilda Bonanno is a consummate professional willing to share her high level of expertise in networking with any size or type of business group. Her methods appeal to the entrepreneur or the seasoned veteran or mid-career individual, crossing multiple generations. 

In addition, Gilda provides tangible strategies to implement right away. I highly recommend Gilda to help your business put its best foot forward."

-Linda Burhance, Owner, Apparel Development Consulting

Contact Gilda to find out how she can help you with tangible strategies to improve your networking skills so you can grow your business and increase your success: http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/contactus.aspx

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Communication Skills Framework

(C) Gilda Bonanno 2015

Each communication skill is an important component of  your professional success.  

Which ones do you excel at? And which ones do you need to work on?

Contact me to discuss how we can work together to improve your skills and achieve your goals.  

Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Simplify Your Organization - ASTD 1/26 Meeting Norwalk, CT

American Society for Training & Development - Southern CT chapter meeting (ASTD-SCC)
Monday, January 26, 2015, 5:45-8:00 PM
Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, Norwalk, CT

Yes, You Can Simplify Your Organization!  
How to Identify the Complexity We Create and  Do Something About It
Speaker:  Ron Ashkenas,  Senior Partner, Schaffer Consulting

Over the past decade globalization, technology, regulations and new business models have dramatically increased the complexity of many organizations. Faced with toao many choices, processes, and facts, managers often feel that they are working longer hours but getting less and less done. Unfortunately, a large portion of the complexity that managers must navigate is self-generated. 

In this session, Ron Ashkenas will discuss some of the common ways that we create unnecessary complexity in organizations and what we can do about it.

Attendees will learn how to:
  • Understand the four main types of unnecessary complexity in organizations; 
  • Gain self-insight into ways that we and our colleagues unintentionally create complexity; 
  • Identify ways to begin addressing complexity in our organization or with our clients. 

Ron Ashkenas is a Senior Partner with Schaffer Consulting and an internationally recognized consultant, executive coach, and speaker on organizational transformation, post merger integration, and simplification.  

Ron is an Executive in Residence at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and the author of Simply Effective: How to Cut through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done (Harvard Press, 2010).  In addition, he is the author/co-author of over 100 articles and five books, including with Dave Ulrich and Steve Kerr, The GE Work-Out (McGraw-Hill, 2002).  Ron Received his BA from Wesleyan University, his EdM from Harvard University, and his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University.

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, we will provide a link that will let you view a webcast, live from the meeting at the Norwalk Inn! Discover Video will do the webcast and archive a copy. Check back later for the link to view the presentation.

Monday, January 26, 2015
Norwalk Inn and Conference Center
99 East Avenue, Norwalk CT

Chapter Member (pre-registered) - $37.00
Chapter Member In-Transition - $25.00
Guest - $50.00
Student - $20.00

Networking: 5:45 PM
Dinner Served: 6:30 PM
Program: 6:45-8 PM

For more information or to register, visit http://www.astdscc.org/event-1793843

Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Make 2015 the Year You Improve Your Presentation Skills

Make 2015 the year of better presentation skills!

Make this the year you commit to improving your presentation skills so you can increase your confidence, influence and success. 

Stop hiding in meetings and hoping that you don't get asked to give a presentation. 

Stop experiencing nerves, anxiety or fear when facing an audience. 

Stop worrying that your presentation will be boring or too long or not as impactful as you'd like - and know it can and should be. 

Overcome this obstacle to your career development and add "successful presenter" to your professional brand. 

If you're ready to finally get serious about taking your skills to the next level and letting your voice be heard, I'm here to work with you and help you achieve your goals. 

Executive Presentation Skills Coaching
I have limited openings in my presentation skills coaching program. We can work in-person or virtually via phone or video.  

Presentation skills coaching is for everyone who gives presentations, regardless of whether you are an executive or entrepreneur in corporate, non-profit, academia or government. 

I have worked with people from all backgrounds, including CEOs, sales executives, entrepreneurs, doctors and authors. My clients have learned to master all aspects of presentation skills, from speaking with confidence to handling questions to engaging the audience.  

Virtual Presentations Audio Course
If you'd prefer more self-directed learning, check out my audio course: Virtual Presentations - How to Develop and Deliver an Effective Presentation Over the Phone

This course includes the audio recordings and written transcripts from the 3-session teleclass, so you can listen and read at your own pace.  

Learn how to overcome the challenges of delivering a virtual presentation so you can confidently and competently communicate to any audience even when they can't see you.

What Gilda's Clients Say
With Gilda, you will see results
"Gilda was a great resource in developing my presentation skills.She simplifies things so that they can easily be remembered and implemented. Not only that, she is an absolute pleasure to work with. If you are looking for an organized, honest coach, look no further. You will see results!"
Joe Ort, Sales Operations Manager

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 

Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com

Saturday, January 3, 2015

9 Dos for Presenting With Slides

by Gilda Bonanno www.gildabonanno.com 

1.    Do create organized and well-thought-out slides.
2.    Do make the font size large enough to be read easily from the back of the room.
3.    Do have one core message for your presentation and make sure every slide is connected to that message.
4.    Do make sure you can define everything you include in your slides – abbreviations, acronyms, etc.
5.    Do only present slides that you have created yourself.
6.    Do position the computer as a confidence monitor so you can see your slides easily without having to turn around and look at the large screen.
7.    Do use a remote control so you can advance the slides without having to stand right next to the computer.
8.    Do use high-quality photos and images that will visually explain your points.
9.    Do use as many slides as necessary to communicate your message within the allotted time.
Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

13 Ways to Know You’re Traveling Too Much

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com 

Frequent international travel is part of my work as a speaker, trainer and coach.  Travel has allowed me to work with clients all over the world and to see many amazing sights, including the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome, Corcovado in Rio de Janiero, temples in India and the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum. 

However, it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds.  My personal record for travel is 4 continents in less than 96 hours, all while nursing a stomach infection!

I’m sure that my fellow globetrotters can identify with the following 13 ways to know you’re traveling too much:  

1.    You look blankly at the TSA agents when they ask, “Where are you traveling?” and have to check your boarding pass.

2.    You wake up in the morning and wonder where you are (helpful hint: write the city, date and time zone on the notepad on the bedside table).

3.    The flight attendants and hotel desk clerks recognize you but your neighbors don’t.

4.    When at home, you expect room service for breakfast, throw towels on the floor after using them and wonder why no one straightened up while you were out.

5.    You arrive at the airport ready for security – wearing elastic waist pants with no belt, slip-on shoes with no laces, no jewelry and nothing in your pockets. 

6.    You know just by looking at the type of aircraft whether your carry-on bag will fit in the overhead compartment.

7.    You wish business hotels would rent rooms by the hour, for those nights when your flight is cancelled and you get to the airport hotel at midnight only to get up at 4 am to catch the shuttle back to the airport to catch the first flight out.

8.    You have at least three different types of currency in your wallet at any time – and try to pay with foreign currency at your local gas station.

9.    You know the location of restrooms in every major airport from New York to Shanghai.

10. When dining abroad, you learn never to accept the statement “it’s chicken” at face value.

11. You carry a portable pharmacy with you “just in case” and you’ve had to use its contents, everything from painkillers to antihistamines to anti-diarrheals (bonus:  you start doling it out to others).  

12. You have a ready supply of recent 2X2 color photos for your next visa application.

13. You find your normal patient and calm self ready to rant and rave when the gate agent says, “Your flight is cancelled - don’t blame us, we don’t like it anymore than you do” even though she will sleep in her own bed tonight.  Or your flight is delayed 2 hours because the ground crew in New York has to call Brazil to get a maintenance code from the airline manufacturer.  Or when the security lines is held up because the infrequent travelers in front of you didn’t realize they had to remove their shoes, sweaters, belts and laptops. 

I invite you to share your own travel nightmare examples and how you know you're traveling too much. 

Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com