Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Client Testimonial for Gilda Bonanno

Before working with Gilda, I was nervous and unpolished
"As a Virtual Assistant who is relatively new to producing webinars, I was nervous and unpolished in delivering my workshop introduction and lacked a clear purpose for my comments.

Gilda helped me isolate what was important to my presentation, while giving me great ideas for transitions and otherwise awkward moments. Gilda has been a pleasure to work with."

-Jennifer Werner, Owner, Executive Assistance

Contact Gilda to find out how her coaching can help you improve your presentation skills so you can increase your confidence, influence and success: 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Drown Out That Negative Voice in Your Head

When I ask clients to share what that voice in their head is telling them right before they speak, they invariably come out with a whiny, annoying voice spewing negatives like "you're going to make a fool of yourself" or "who do you think you are?"

Click this link to read the rest of my latest post on the Constant Contact Community Blog: Drown Out That Negative Voice in Your Head: 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Women Owned Business Day at the State Capitol - April 8

WBDC's 2nd Annual Women Owned Business Day at the State Capitol - April 8th!  
Join WBDC in Hartford, CT for an interactive and empowering discussion with key national and state leaders about the economic clout of women entrepreneurs.

Keynote Speaker: Amanda Brown, Executive Director, National Women's Business Council (NWBC)

Special Guest Speaker: Tina Byles WIlliams, CEO & Chief Investment Officer of FIS Group

Registration: 9:30 AM
Coffee & Conversation: 10AM- 12PM

Location: Hartford, Legislative Office Building Rm 1D

Discussion Topics will include:
  • Access to Lending
  • Access to Training & Education
  • Federal Contracting for Women Owned Businesses

Pre-registration required/No Charge: 
or call 203-353-1750

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 17 years.

For more information about the WBDC, please visit www.ctwbdc.org

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

What a Subject Matter Expert Needs to Know About Training

If you are a subject matter expert, you may be called on to conduct training and share what you know about your area of expertise.  However, it’s not as simple as putting everything you know on slides and presenting them to the audience. 

It’s not enough to know the topic well, you also need to know how to communicate your expertise to others; for example, how to engage the participants and help them connect what they’re learning to how they will apply it. 

Below is a checklist of elements and skills you need to be familiar with to help ensure that your training is successful and “sticks” with the participants.

ü Know the content
ü Understand participants’ level of familiarity with the material
ü Understand how the participants learn: different learning styles/generations
ü Plan any pre-work required
ü Anticipate questions
ü Plan how much time for the overall training and how much time for each topic, balancing too much vs. too little content
ü Plan training logistics: timings, breaks, room set-up and environment, training modalities, learning environment and culture
ü Develop materials for training, using different training modalities: lecture, small group discussion, slides, video, audio, flip chart, smart board, hands on, action learning, etc.
ü Structure training exercises to maximize participants’ involvement and learning

ü Explain the purpose of the training and how it fits within the context of their role
ü Set learning objectives
ü Establish ground rules with the participants, including holding participants accountable for their own learning

ü Introduce concept/topic and explain in different ways
ü Keep group engaged and focused
ü Focus on practical applications and practice of new skills
ü Facilitate group discussion and training exercises
ü How to ask open-ended questions
ü How to give feedback – both positive and constructive for growth and development
ü How to handle questions and encourage them without getting off track
ü How to stay on time
ü How to manage group and handle any dysfunctional behavior

ü Check for understanding
ü Address remaining questions
ü Set action steps for practical application of skills learned and possible discussion with manager

ü Conduct post-training surveys of participants and their managers
ü Follow up post-training: check in for understanding and application
ü Reflect on what you did well and what you’d like to improve the next time you conduct training

Getting comfortable with these skills will make you a better trainer and help you share what you know with a wider audience. 

Gilda Bonanno is a trainer, speaker and coach who helps people improve their leadership, communication and presentation skills so they can be more successful.  She has worked with executives and companies throughout North America and in South America, Europe, India, China and Thailand.

Gilda is a certified Project Management Practitioner (PMP), has a certificate in Process Reengineering and holds an Advanced Business Certificate in Management from the University of Connecticut School of Business. Her previous work experience in the pharmaceutical and information technology industries gives her a keen understanding of the challenges facing businesses.

For other training materials or to receive Gilda's e-newsletter, visit www.gildabonanno.com

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Science & Practice of Mindfulness - ATD 3/23 meeting, Norwalk CT

American Society for Training & Development - Southern CT chapter meeting (ASTD-SCC)

Monday, March 23, 2015, 5:45-8:00 PM
Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, Norwalk, CT

The Science and Practice of Mindfulness
Speaker: Andy Lee, Senior Consultant, The Potential Project and Partner with Working Mindfully

Much has been written recently about the benefits of mindfulness in helping people to enhance their focus, engagement and stress resilience at work. But the practice of implementing mindfulness programs in the workplace is still in its infancy. This program will introduce participants to mindfulness and its benefits, and also present options and emerging best practices for implementing programs in the workplace.

Join us for this program to learn:
  • What mindfulness is, common misconceptions and documented benefits
  • A simple and powerful mindfulness exercise that you can use daily
  • Why mindfulness training is different
  • Options and possibilities for implementation
  • Several illustrative case studies
Andy Lee is a Senior Consultant at The Potential Project and Partner with Working Mindfully. He has held senior talent management positions with Capital One, Viacom and Merrill Lynch, and has been an HR consultant since 2006. His corporate and consulting background allows him to present mindfulness in a way that resonates deeply with executives and professionals. Andy was trained in mindfulness facilitation at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. He also holds an MA in Organizational Psychology and a certificate in Executive Coaching. Besides teaching mindfulness in the workplace, Andy also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Fairfield County.

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, March 23, 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-1872774

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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Client Testimonial for Gilda Bonanno

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, SiriusDecisions

Contact Gilda to find out how her coaching can help you improve your presentation skills so you can increase your confidence, influence and