Friday, September 30, 2011

Video: Use Non-Verbals Effectively When Presenting

Professional speaker and presentation skills coach Gilda Bonanno explains how to master the elements of non-verbal communications  (eye contact, voice, facial expressions, gestures, movement & posture) so they add to your presentation rather than distract from it.

(6 minutes)
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Hard Application of Soft Skills - ASTD-SCC 10/24 Meeting

The Hard Application of Soft Skills
Speaker: Joe Johnson, Talent Management Practice Leader for the Northeast Region, Right Management
American Society for Training & Development - Southern CT chapter meeting (ASTD-SCC)
Monday, October 24, 2011, 5:45-8:00 PM

Description:The differentiator for businesses nimble enough to navigate growth in this recovery economy is the very asset you may think of only as an expense: your talent.

It is time to shift from crisis mode to a growth agenda in this business environment unlike any experienced before. With a leaner work force and more global competition, it is more important than ever to align your talent strategy with business objectives and maximize workforce motivation and productivity.

In this session, we will:
·Provide you with recent research validating the return on talent strategy investment
·Demonstrate how you can transform your case for talent management into a compelling business case
·Reveal the options and tools available to you to accelerate your business' transformation from save-to-survive to invest-to-thrive mode

About Joe Johnson
Mr. Johnson brings twenty years experience in the Organizational Effectiveness domain to his role at Right Management. He has held partnership positions at IBM, Arthur D. Little, and Cambridge Technology Partners. Before joining Right Management, Johnson ran a $1.1 billion service line with 3200 consultants in 43 countries as the Global Service Line and COE Leader for Organization Effectiveness and Talent Management at Hewlett Packard.

Date: Monday, Oct. 24, 2011
Networking: 5:45 PM
Dinner Served: 6:30 PM
Program: 6:45-8 PM

Location: Hosted by the Southern CT chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD-SCC) at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk CT 203-838-2000

Price: Members: $35
Non-Members: $50
Students: $20

To register or for more information, visit

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"The Master Negotiator" Greg Williams - NSA-CT 10/17 Meeting

Greg Williams: How to Read & Use Body Language When Negotiating
National Speakers Association - CT Chapter (NSA-CT) Meeting  
Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, 6-9 pm

Every business discussion includes negotiation. Greg Williams, The Master Negotiator, will share body language revelations that assist you in controlling and mastering the body language signals you emit when negotiating and in your personal life.

To accurately assess the other person’s plan, you must first consider the image you wish to project and the role that your body language will play. Then determine how you will cast the role you will play during the negotiation.

By attending this presentation, you will discover how to read body language and increase your negotiation skills. With your enhanced and new-found skills, you will be able to negotiate better in business and in your personal life.

The presentation will cover:
  • Explanation of what body language (nonverbal communications) really is and why everyone that negotiates should increase their expertise in this area
  • How to detect when someone is lying, based on their body language
  • How to ask the ‘right’ questions to progress the negotiation more expediently
  • Mindset: when negotiating, don’t assume the other person thinks and/or perceives situations the same as you
  • How to change your perspective (the way/angle from which you view situations)
If you want to jump-start or enhance your career, get more of what you want in your personal life, or just gain more confidence when dealing with people, you must attend this presentation.

About Greg Williams
Greg Williams, The Master Negotiator, is a people-oriented business professional, with an extensive background in the areas of negotiation, motivation and success strategies.

He is the author of the intriguing negotiation book, “Negotiate: Afraid, ‘Know’ More" and the soon-to-be-released new book titled, “Negotiate and Read Body Language: Negotiation Strategies to Get What You Want.”

Greg has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, discussing negotiation tactics and strategies.

His new video DVD, “How to Read and Use Body Language When Negotiating” and his new audio CD, “Winning Negotiation Strategies Using Body Language and Physiognomics” are the latest entry of hit products that Greg has created, to heighten the knowledge of those wishing to learn more about negotiation strategies and tactics.

 He is past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA-NJ) and was appointed by Gov. Whitman as past chairman of the New Jersey Business Development Authority.

Oct. 17, 2011
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
25 Old Stratford Road
Shelton, CT 06484

Free to Members/Associates
$30.00 for Guests
For more details or to register, please visit
Greg is also conducting a bonus session on the same day, 3:30-5:00  Negotiate Like a Master: Close more sales, make higher-dollar sales, and increase your client "satisfaction" with the deal.

You're always negotiating, both in your business and personal life. Come to this Bonus Session with your most pressing negotiation issues, past or future - anything from negotiating a deal with a client to resolving an issue with a tenant to fixing a problem with your business partner.

Get instant insights from Greg Williams, The Master Negotiator, into how you can be more successful in that negotiation. In a small group setting, Greg will show you how you can negotiate more effectively to achieve results such as closing a deal, getting extra dollars from it or saving a client or personal relationship.

For more details or for separate registration,  visit

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Schmooze Class

How to Schmooze - Stamford, CT - taught by Gilda Bonanno
Hate networking events because you never know what to say? Do you get stuck talking to the one person in the room that you know? Whether you're looking for new clients or a new job, or just looking to broaden your professional horizons, networking is a key ingredient of your success. This interactive session will teach you the techniques of successful networking so you can schmooze with ease.
Stamford Adult Ed., Monday, October 3, 2011; 6-8 pm

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Video: Practice Your Presentation Delivery

Professional speaker and presentation skills coach Gilda Bonanno explains how to practice delivering your presentation so you will be able to present with power and poise

(4 minutes)

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Gilda's Photos From the U.S. Open Tennis Grand Slam

Last week, I attended the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY.  Here are photos that I took of some of the great players in action:

Italy's Flavia Pennetta almost flying to hit a return

U.S.Open 2009 Champion Juan Martin Del Potro,
fighting his way back after an injury derailed his career

France's Gilles Simon was able to overpower Del Potro

American John Isner had a great run at this year's U.S. Open,
making it to the Quarterfinals where he lost in 4 sets to Andy Murray

The Men's Doubles powerhouse team
of Rohan Bopanna (from India) and Aisam-Ul-Haq (from Pakistan),
 after winning their Quarterfinals match
(also known as the "Indo-Pak Express")

Today is the men's finals between 2010 US Open champion Rafael Nadal and world #1 Novak Djovokic - it should be a great match!

For presentation skills lessons that can be learned from the U.S. Open Tennis Grand Slam, check out my blog post inspired by the 2010 U.S. Open: 2010:

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Gilda's Photos from Brazil

I recently spent a few days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I facilitated training for a US client with a large South American presence.  My hotel was in Barra, directly across from the beach.  Here are some photos:

The view of the Barra beach from my hotel

August is Winter in Brazil, so the beaches were not crowded at all -
but the weather was beautiful, sunny and in the 80s!

On the rooftop terrace of my hotel

A view of Barra houses and hills

I couldn't get enough of the beach views!

This is the view that I saw from the training room,
which was on the ground (or first) floor
A view of Rio from the Santa Teresa hills
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Friday, September 2, 2011

The Happiness Advantage

Here's a link to a fascinating article by Harvard professor Shawn Achor on the power of happiness as an advantage:

Here's an excerpt:
"Every single relationship, business and educational outcome improves when the brain is positive first. If you cultivate happiness while in the midst of your struggles, work, at school, while unemployed or single, you increase your chances of attaining all the goals you are pursuing...including happiness."

"And once and for all, stop yourself and others from saying, "I'll be happy when..." That formula is broken. But there is a better one: happiness leads to greater success."

Read the rest of the article at

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