Sunday, January 7, 2018

Make 2018 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.

I have limited openings in my Executive Presentation Skills Mastery Mentoring Program.   We can work in-person or virtually via phone or video.  

Presentation skills coaching and mentoring 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.  

To find out more or to apply, email me at info@gildabonanno.com    



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 


After working with Gilda, I know how to design and deliver a presentation
“As a seasoned executive, I have given many presentations but I knew I needed help in refining my message to make it more strategic and delivering it with confidence.  Gilda walked me through a clear, easy-to-follow process for creating and practicing a presentation.      
                    
After working with Gilda, I know how to design and confidently deliver a presentation that connects with the audience and communicates my message, whether I am speaking at award presentations, soliciting contributions from corporate donors or providing education to my team.  I highly recommend her."
-Angela Whitford, Executive Director, Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County



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Sunday, December 31, 2017

ATD 1/25 Meeting: How HR & Marketing are Reinventing Talent Management

Association for Talent Development - CT Chapter Meeting
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Breakfast Meeting - 7:30AM to 9:45AM

How HR and Marketing are Re-inventing Talent Management
With Guest Speaker Anna Tavis, NYU Professor and Senior Editor at
HRPS People+Strategy Journal

We will usher in the New Year by having our first breakfast meeting in recent memory.  So who better to kick off this new initiative than Anna A. Tavis, Ph.D, an expert on changes in the workplace? 

An accomplished scholar, author, and speaker, Dr. Tavis has fascinating insights into the future of work.  In her most recent article published on LinkedIn, she writes, “Work is not just a paycheck; it’s part of who we intrinsically are.”  She notes that Marketing first figured out that “People don’t buy products, they buy better versions of themselves,” quoting User Onboard guru Samuel Hulick. 

Applying this concept to the workplace, she writes, “People do not join companies, they seek to become better versions of themselves.”  As a result, “the next generation of companies are focusing their employment brands on new employee experience above all else.” 

For companies to be competitive, Talent Development professionals must develop and execute innovative and business-driven talent strategies focused on this “employee experience.” They must lead the way for companies to hire the best, develop the best, and keep them engaged. As Dr. Tavis states, “I am convinced that the future of the HR function will be decided at the critical intersections between data, technology, brand, and marketing.”  Dr. Tavis will guide us as we explore these challenges and help us gain cutting-edge insights we can apply to any workplace.

Key concepts that Dr. Tavis will address include: 
  • The closing gap between employees and consumers (the "inner" and "outer" lives of an organization).
  • The importance of Employee Experience and what we can learn fromCustomer Experience. 
  • How HR and Marketing are converging as a result; collaborating and adapting practices across traditional functional boundaries.
Start your year and week in a thought-provoking way by joining this innovative ATD SCC breakfast meeting!

Speaker Biography: 
Anna A. Tavis, Ph.D is the Academic Director and Associate Professor of Human Capital Management at NYU, senior lecturer at Latin American Business School, Senior Fellow with The Conference Board, and an Executive Director for the Innovation Radar Network with Executive Networks. 

She is a Senior Editor of People+Strategy Journal a publication of HRPS, SHRM’s Executive network. She is an author and keynote speaker, a former Board member of HRPS and an advisor to mature and start up organizations. Her latest article, “The Performance Management Revolution,” appeared in theHarvard Business Review in October 2016 and made HBR’s 2018 Must Readslist. 

Dr. Tavis has published extensively on issues of the changing workplace in the US, India, Latin America and Asia Pacific. She is also an executive consultant to mature and emerging organizations.  Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Dr. Tavis navigated a diverse global career in business, consulting and academia.

In business, Dr. Tavis was Head of Motorola’s EMEA OD function based in the UK, Nokia’s Global Head of Talent Management based in Helsinki, Chief Learning Officer with United Technologies Corp based in Hartford, CT and Global Head of Talent and Organizational Development with AIG Investments based in NYC.  Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, she got her Doctorate from Princeton University and Executive MBA from the University of South Carolina.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date:  Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Time: 7:30AM Networking/Registration/Continental Breakfast; 
8:15AM Program
Early-Bird Registrations through Tuesday, January 23rd, midnight:
$28 Chapter Members; $40 Non-members;  
$25 In-Transition; $20 Students

Friday, December 29, 2017

After working with Gilda, I know how to design and deliver a presentation

"As a seasoned executive, I have given many presentations but I knew I needed help in refining my message to make it more strategic and delivering it with confidence.  Gilda walked me through a clear, easy-to-follow process for creating and practicing a presentation. 

After working with Gilda, I know how to design and confidently deliver a presentation that connects with the audience and communicates my message, whether I am speaking at award presentations, soliciting contributions from corporate donors or providing education to my team.  I highly recommend her."
-Angela Whitford, Executive Director, Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

Contact Gilda to find out how she can help you improve your presentation skills and boost your executive presence

Friday, December 15, 2017

How to Network at Holiday Parties - article

'Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether you're looking for a job or looking to make contacts in your field, holiday parties are a great way to build your professional network.  And networking is really just another form of communication - so here are five guidelines for how to communicate/network successfully at holiday parties:

1.     Have a Plan
Before you decide to attend an event, focus on your purpose for attending.  Is there anyone in particular that you'd like to meet, or information that you are looking to gather? Will you share with people that you are in the market for a new job, or are looking for new clients? Having a plan will make it easier for you to focus your attention and make it more likely that you will be successful.

2.     Listen
Good networkers listen more than they talk.  Resist the urge to dominate the conversation with tales of your professional prowess or your favorite (and lengthy) holiday anecdote.  Ask open-ended questions; these questions often begin with "how" or "what" and require more than a "yes/no" answer.  And then actually listen to the answers.  Demonstrate that you are listening by your non-verbal communications, for example, by making eye contact. 

3.     Everything in Moderation   
Whether it's sponsored by your company or the local professional association, a holiday party is not the place to sample all the free booze you can swallow or stuff yourself with the free shrimp.  You are there to meet and greet people and you can do that best when you are sober and focused on people, not the bar or buffet table.  In fact, I recommend that you have a snack before you go to the party so you're not starving (which helps if you're dieting, too).

4.     Be Confident
If you hate networking and are uncomfortable schmoozing with people, recognize that many others feel just as uncomfortable as you do.  Reach out to them and they'll be grateful – and you may just make a great professional connection!  Another way to network confidently is to "tag team" the event with a colleague.  You both attend and each of you talks about the other person's accomplishments.  

For example, I attended an awards event with a colleague who had won an award the previous year – it was far easier for me to introduce her and say, "Have you met Lisa? She won last year's award," than for her to say, "Hi, I'm Lisa and I won last year's award."  If you do tag team, be careful not to spend all your time just talking to your tag team partner or people you already know well, which defeats the purpose of networking.

5.     Follow Up
If you meet someone interesting, make a decision to follow up within a few days with a quick call or email.  It can be as simple as an email or LinkedIn invitation that references your conversation, such as, "I enjoyed meeting you at the Chamber of Commerce party yesterday and discussing our children's college search process." Unless you schedule time in your calendar for following up with your contacts, you will have a stack of business cards on your desk that will only collect dust.


If you follow these five holiday networking tips, you'll be able to communicate effectively and build your professional network.  And having a strong network will be useful no matter what the future brings.