Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gilda is entertaining, inspiring & motivating

"Just wanted to Thank you for speaking to our management and sales team. You tied in a lot of ideas and made then real and quietly energized our team. One of our team leaders said to me afterwards, "Gilda is a very dynamic person and her presentation was not just entertaining, it was inspiring and motivating."

TPS group looks forward to carrying this into the future and we look to working with you and our sales people to refine their presentation skills."
- James P. Cantey, ASA, President, TPS Group - The Pension Service, Inc.

Find out more about Gilda's speaking services here: 
http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/speaking.aspx

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Women's Business Development Council 20th Anniversary Gala - More Photos

Here are more photos from the Women's Business Development Council's 20th Anniversary Gala celebration at the Greenwich Hyatt on October 20.  I was honored to serve as Emcee and Event Producer for the fourth straight year.  


The beautiful red jacket I'm wearing is courtesy of  WBDC Woman With Impact Honoree Dara Lamb, CEO and Designer, DARA LAMB Custom Clothing

The sold-out crowd of over 700 including elected officials, corporate professionals, entrepreneurs and stakeholders who came together to support WBDC in its mission to train and educate women entrepreneurs. 

WBDC Clients Flavia Naslausky and Camilla Gazal, Co-Presidents of Zaniac, were honored with the Deb Ziegler Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence

The Honorable Jim Himes, U.S. Congressman, offering remarks

Fran Pastore, WBDC CEO and Founder, with Patricia Russo, Executive Director of the Women's Campaign School at Yale, and one of the first members of the WBDC Board of Directors

WBDC Client Neena Perez (Grace Farms Executive Chef and Owner, The Kiddie Kitchen) talks about the importance of the training she received at WBDC
To find out more about WBDC, please visit https://ctwbdc.org/


Photos courtesy of Aviva Maller Photography

Monday, November 20, 2017

Women's Business Development Council 20th Anniversary Gala - Photos

The beautiful red jacket is
courtesy of DARA LAMB
I was honored to serve as Emcee and Event Producer for the Women's Business Development Council's 20th Anniversary Gala celebration at the Greenwich Hyatt on October 20.

The sold-out crowd of over 700 including elected officials, corporate professionals, entrepreneurs and stakeholders who came together to support WBDC in its mission to train and educate women entrepreneurs. 



Woman With Impact Honoree Dara Lamb, CEO and Designer, DARA LAMB Custom Clothing
Woman With Impact Honoree Abby Kohnstamm, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Pitney Bowes
The Honorable Linda McMahon, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Fran Pastore, WBDC CEO and Founder
Woman With Impact Honoree Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley and Chair, National Women's Business Council
Carla Harris wowed the crowd with her wisdom, energy and even singing!

Sharing a light moment with U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon

The Honorable Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator, offering remarks

A tribute to 20 of WBDC's clients representing 20 years of supporting women-owned businesses.
They were surprised by the presentation of a free, round-trip airline ticket for each of them, courtesy of event Impact Sponsor Southwest Airlines!

For more photos, visit http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/11/womens-business-development-council_26.html
To find out more about WBDC, please visit https://ctwbdc.org/

Photos courtesy of Aviva Maller Photography

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nature-Inspired Signs to Give When Presenting

Here in the northeastern part of the United States, autumn has arrived and winter is not too far behind.  How do I know?  The leaves have turned from green to gold and red, there is frost on the grass in the morning and the days are getting shorter. Nature gives clues that signal the end of one season and the coming of the next.  These signs tell me what to expect and they help me get ready to rake the leaves, pull out my winter coat and set the clocks back. 


When you present, you can be like Nature – and give your audience signs as to what's coming next.  When you set your audience's expectations, it allows them to follow your message more easily. 

Introduction
  • In your introduction, share your message – what is the point of what you're going to say and why is it important to them? If you're clear about you want them to get out of your presentation, it's easier for them to focus on hearing that message.
  • It may help to remind the audience how long you will speak.  For example, you can say, "in the next 10 minutes, I will share…" or " as we work together over the next hour…"  That clue helps them to calibrate their time, especially if there is a full schedule of presenters.
  • Be clear in your organization.  Try to group your material into a few sections to make it easier to follow.  For example, tell the audience if you're going to cover three case studies or four reasons or five steps. 
Transitions
  • Make it clear how one section of your presentation is related to the next.  Give the audience clues: are you continuing in the same theme, presenting the opposite point of view, focusing on a different company or talking about a different time period?
The End is Near
  • Give the audience a sign that you're nearing your conclusion.  For example, "the third and final reason you should consider Jimmy's Jammies for all your pajama needs is… " or "the last story that I'd like to share with you about the bride and groom is…" 
Don't Tease
  • If you give a sign that you're almost done, for example, by saying "in conclusion…," don't go on for another 20 minutes.  The audience will get restless and may stop listening.

If you act like Nature and give your audience signs and clues when you speak, it will be easier for them to follow your presentation and make sense of it.  And setting their expectations will help them understand and retain your message.