Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Gilda to Present Networking Workshop for SMPS 9/20

Hate networking events because you never know what to say or do? Do you get stuck talking to the one person in the room that you know? Whether you’re looking to get new clients or be recognized as an expert in your field, networking is a key ingredient of your success.
In this interactive and fun session, learn the secrets of being a master networker, including how to listen and think quickly, how to harness the power of nonverbal communications and how to deal with difficult people, like the obnoxious egotist and the boring timehog. 
  • Learn how to make networking work for you to build a consistent and clear personal brand 
  • Create a workable process for networking, from planning to following up 
  • Develop a clear statement of what you want to share about yourself with this particular audience 
  • Become more comfortable handling commonly encountered networking dilemmas, such as breaking into a networking conversation and making a graceful exit 
Event Details: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
   11:30 AM to 12:00 PM   Registration & Networking
   12:00 PM to 1:00 PM     Lunch
   1:00 PM to 2:30 PM       Program
Courtyard by Marriott - Cromwell
4 Sebethe Drive
Cromwell, CT 06416
Free on-site parking is available.
Please register by September 15, 2017.
SMPS CT Members: $65 
Non-Members: $85
Please note:
Late registrations and walk-ins will be charged an additional $10.Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a refund.No shows are responsible for payment in full. 
About the Speaker: Gilda Bonanno, Owner of Gilda Bonanno, LLC - Confidence. Influence.Success

GILDA BONANNO (@Gilda Bonanno) helps you transform your communication and leadership skills so you can have more confidence, influence and success. She has worked with leading organizations, including GE, Travelers, Praxair, Assa Abloy, Wells Fargo and Yale University, on four continents from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome.
Since 2006, Gilda has run a successful business that reaches countless people globally.  She has delivered thousands of in-person programs, her YouTube channel has received over 1 million views and her digital newsletter has reached subscribers in over 45 countries since 2008.

For more information or to register, visit http://smpsct.org/meetinginfo.php?id=47&ts=1504291212

Friday, September 1, 2017

Mastering Management Communications - Applications Now Being Accepted

Mastering Management Communications: How to Lead Your Team and Maximize Performance, Commitment & Results 

The Mastering Management Communications program is a mentoring program for new and experienced managers who are looking to accelerate their skill development. We start you off strong and give you the strategies and tactics to LEAD your team and maximize PERFORMANCE, COMMITMENT and RESULTS.

The program is an intensive small group experience for executives, entrepreneurs, business owners and independent professionals who want to manage and communicate with ease and achieve results with less wasted time and effort.

Applications now being accepted! Contact Gilda to apply now!

You meet with Gilda Bonanno by phone for regularly scheduled weekly sessions, along with a small, highly selective group of high-achievers like you.  During these sessions, she shares best practices and actionable strategies, and you work together to review progress, remove obstacles and establish new processes/habits  for everything from to coaching employees and delegating work to schmoozing with senior executives and leading meetings.  Additional one-on-one support is available via email in between your regularly scheduled sessions.

Everything (from big-picture strategy to day-to-day tactics and execution) is custom-tailored around your strengths, personal preferences, and the needs of your particular industry and business.

Here is a partial list of results clients have received:
*Delegate work and hold employees accountable for their performance and so that you can reduce your workload and boost your productivity
*Sharpen your communication and presentation skills so you can avoid problems and wasted time caused by miscommunication or mismatched expectations
*Maximize your executive presence and build your confidence so you know exactly what to say in internal meetings and at professional networking events
*Build a high-performing team so you can achieve your performance goals and get the visibility, recognition and success you deserve, including that next promotion
 *Develop a step-by-step, no-fluff process to follow before, during and after management conversations
 *Know what to do at every step when you coach employees so you stop having the same conversation over and over with no results
 *Finally figure out how to turn meetings that waste time and accomplish nothing into productive working sessions where decisions get made and things get done
 *Making management communications easy, effortless and enjoyable… and (at last!) effective

* New managers who want to ramp-up their communication and leadership skills and hit the ground running 
* Seasoned managers who feel stuck, stalled or sidetracked and want to regain their management mojo 
* Managers who work in a variety of industries in corporate, academic, government, healthcare, non-profit or entrepreneurial environments 
* New or seasoned managers who have to communicate to and manage relationships with others, whether direct reports, dotted line reports, vendors, partners, consultants, customers, clients, colleagues, etc

Gilda helped me convert prospects into clients
"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

After using Gilda's techniques, I now look forward to networking events
"I wanted to take a moment to thank you, and to let you know how helpful the “How to Schmooze” workshop was for me. It has completely changed how I approach networking events. Rather than spending most of the time speaking to people I already know, or standing in the corner of the room looking at my phone, I now feel comfortable and confident in approaching people and making new contacts. In fact, after using your techniques at a number of events, I can now honestly say that I look forward to networking events, rather than dreading them.THANK YOU VERY MUCH!"
Aleksandr Y. Troyb, Esq., Partner, Benjamin, Gold Troyb

High level of expertise and tangible strategies
"Gilda Bonanno is a consummate professional willing to share her high level of expertise 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

GILDA BONANNO helps you transform your communication and leadership skills so you can have more confidence, influence and success. She has worked with leading organizations, including GE, Travelers, Praxair, Assa Abloy, Wells Fargo and Yale University, on four continents from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome.  

Since 2006, Gilda has run a successful business that reaches countless people globally.  She has delivered thousands of in-person programs, her YouTube channel has received over 1 million views and her digital newsletter has reached subscribers in over 45 countries since 2008.

Gilda has a proven track record of partnering for results with people in a variety of industries and at all organizational levels, from C-level executives to sales teams to frontline managers.  

Applications now being accepted. Contact Gilda to apply now!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Gilda's insight & coaching made a tremendous difference

"I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the seminar that you gave on Mackinaw Island for the MASA Women's Leadership Retreat. I utilized the skills that I learned and my speech to 180 human resource professionals on June 2nd went extremely well! 

I was able to get my nerves under control and confidence up with my new mantra beforehand and I was prepared (actually practiced, not just studied my deck as I did in the past) and even able to adapt when there was a technical glitch because I was confident and comfortable! Thanks so much for your insight and coaching-it made a tremendous difference!" 

-Dr. Cynthia Marie Glass, VP, Chief of Staff, Henry Ford College

To find out more about Gilda's coaching, visit http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/Coaching.aspx

Monday, August 28, 2017

U.S. Open Tennis Lessons That Will Make You a Better Presenter

Today, the U.S. Open tennis tournament begins at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY.

Last week, I visited the tennis center to watch the qualifying matches for players who didn’t make the main draw and also watch some of the superstars (like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) practice.

I love watching tennis - and I think there are lessons from tennis that can apply to presentation skills:

Rafael Nadal practicing his serve

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the best tennis players in the world and they practice for several hours a day. They never say, "I'm good enough, I don't need to practice anymore."  I watched each of them on court practice their serving, forehand and backhand shots and movement. 

Roger Federer practicing his forehand
The same is true for presentations – if you want to give a powerful and effective presentation, you can’t just show up and “wing it.” The more comfortable you become at giving presentations, the more focused your practice becomes as you learn what specific aspect of the presentation you still have to work on.

During a match, what the player tells himself or herself is important, especially when they're down a set and facing a tough opponent. If a player thinks, "I can't beat this opponent; I'm going to lose," it will be very difficult to overcome that mindset and win. Instead, when a player uses positive self-talk, "Yes, I can do this!" along with an energetic fist pump in the air, he or she is better able to access their skills, step up their game and have a shot at winning.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga practicing on court
Likewise, what you tell yourself when you present is also important.  If you drown out the negative voice in your head and instead, use a positive phrase or mantra, you'll be able to present more effectively and confidently.

Two of my favorite tennis commentators, John and Patrick McEnroe, are always pointing out the players' body language – how players act between points, how they walk to the other side of the court, how they respond when they lose a point, etc. Negative body language sends a message to their opponent that they are giving up and don't believe they can win.

Roger Federer practicing his backhand shot
When you're presenting, your body language also sends a message to the audience – it should match the words you're saying and convey confidence and competence. For example, make eye contact with the audience, use appropriate gestures to illustrate your points, speak loudly enough to be heard and avoid nervous pacing.

The next time you have to give a presentation, remember these lessons from tennis to help you ace it. 

Richard Gasquet returning a shot in mid-air

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Gilda Emcees Women-Owned Business Day at the State Capitol

I was honored to have served for the third year in a row as Emcee for Women-Owned Business Day at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT, sponsored by the Women's Business Development Council.

Women entrepreneurs from across the state gathered to learn about issue of importance and to let their voices be heard by the state's leaders.

Welcoming the audience that gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT

Left to right: Keynote speaker Esther Morales, Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council; Panelist Glendowlyn Thames, Executive Director of CTNext; Panel moderator Diane Smith, Emmy-award winning TV jounralist & CTN anchor; Emcee Gilda Bonanno & WBDC CEO Fran Pastore 

Honorary event co-chair:  The Honorable Patricia Billie Miller, State Representative and Assistant Majority Leader

Attendees heard from national and state leaders on issues of importance to women business owners

To learn more about the Women's Business Development Council, visit www.ctwbdc.org

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Gilda Keynotes MASA Retreat

I was honored to serve as the keynote speaker for the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) Women in Leadership Retreat, held on beautiful Mackinac Island, Michigan.

I presented 2 sessions to the group of women principals, administrators and superintendents: Developing Leadership Presence: Confidence, Competence and Leadership and Bold Presentation Skills.

A great community of women

Learning to be better leaders

The view from my hotel, of the great lawn and the water

The horse-drawn "taxi" that serves as transportation on Mackinac Island - no cars allowed

Hard-working horses on the main street through town