Monday, March 26, 2012

Gilda Keynotes Women in Business Summit

This past weekend, I was the keynote speaker at the Women in Business Summit.  I presented "Bold Presentation Skills" to a engaged and enthusiastic audience. Here is the news story from CT Cares Media:

(video courtesy of Adam Chiara, CT Cares Media)

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Friday, March 23, 2012

How to Tell Better Stories - Patricia Fripp

Check out this great blog post from master speaker Patricia Fripp on how to use storytelling more effectively in your speeches:

If your goal is to tell better stories in your speeches and use vivid examples in your business presentations this advice will be helpful.
• Think chronologically.
• Shorter sentences or phrases.
• Consider each visual scene.

Read the rest of her post here:

And for more on how to use stories in your presentation, watch my video, "What's the Story of Your Presentation?"

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Write a Book, Run a Business & Have a Life - NSA-CT 3/26 Meeting

Suzanne Bates, CSP: Write a Book, Run a Business & Have a Life!National Speakers Association - CT Chapter (NSA-CT) Meeting
Monday, March 26, 2012, 6-9 pm

A Workshop for Professional (and Aspiring) Speakers on Finding the Time, Energy and Resources to Write and Publicize a Best-Selling Book
As every professional speaker is aware, a book is the fastest, most potent way to establish your unique professional expertise, create a brand name for yourself, and drive more business to your door. Perhaps you've never written a book and would like to get published; or, you've written a book but haven't found the time and energy to publicize it enough, or heaven-forbid, write another one. One thing is certain; your book isn't going to write itself, and your business won't run itself while you write. What to do?

Come to this meeting and learn how to finally get your rear end in the seat and get that book done. Suzanne Bates, CSP, best-selling business author, speaker, and CEO of Bates Communications, will share the proven strategies that helped her publish her third book, Discover Your CEO Brand (McGraw Hill 2011). Suzanne says "If you're a speaker, you're already a writer!" and she will help you finally translate all your expertise, and desire into a book you are proud of - one that differentiates you as a speaker and expert, and creating tremendous marketing gravity.

Among the strategies Suzanne has used, that she will share, are:1. The power of "knowing why"
2. Find your "third" place
3. Early morning inspirations
4. Chapter bucket strategy
5. The big "O"
6. Color coded writing time
7. The art of saying "NO"

Among the discussions we'll have will be how to look at your real motives for writing, make time for the "right stuff," and get your end game clearly in mind. Suzanne's first book, Speak Like a CEO, is in its 11th printing and is published in five languages. She credits this book for transforming her business, helping her attract dozens of Fortune 500 clients and build her company into a multi-million dollar consulting/coaching/training practice inspite of the fact that Suzanne has a family, and a business with 11 employees, she was able to get her CSP, be president of NSA New England, and raise a now-college age daughter while writing these three books. She shares this not because she's superhuman at all, in fact, quite the contrary; she believes every speaker can achieve whatever they want to achieve. She will inspire you to have a better conversation with yourself about how to get it done.  

Monday, March 26, 2012
6-9 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

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn - Zen Habits Blog

Author and Zen Habits Blog founder Leo Babauta has written an interesting post about the essential skills that children need to be happy and successful in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world - for example, asking questions and learning to be happy on their own:

1. Asking questions. What we want most for our kids, as learners, is to be able to learn on their own. To teach themselves anything. Because if they can, then we don’t need to teach them everything — whatever they need to learn in the future, they can do on their own. The first step in learning to teach yourself anything is learning to ask questions. Luckily, kids do this naturally — our hope is to simply encourage it. A great way to do this is by modeling it. When you and your child encounter something new, ask questions, and explore the possible answers with your child. When he does ask questions, reward the child instead of punishing him (you might be surprised how many adults discourage questioning).

6. Being happy on their own. Too many of us parents coddle our kids, keeping them on a leash, making them rely on our presence for happiness. When the kid grows up, he doesn’t know how to be happy. He must immediately attach to a girlfriend or friends. Failing that, they find happiness in other external things — shopping, food, video games, the Internet. But if a child learns from an early age that he can be happy by himself, playing and reading and imagining, he has one of the most valuable skills there is. Allow your kids to be alone from an early age. Give them privacy, have times (such as the evening) when parents and kids have alone time.

(Zen Habits blog is one of the Top 25 blogs and Top 50 websites in the world.)

Read the rest of the post here:

And one skill that I would add to his list is the ability to communicate, both one-on-one and to groups.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Leadership Development With Impact! ASTD-SCC March 19 Meeting

Leadership Development With Impact! Leverage the Investment to Drive Results

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

Monday, March 19, 2012, 5:45 - 8 PM

Speaker: Sissy McKee, Associate Director Learning & Development - Boehringer Ingelheim

When launching a new leadership development program, providing a meaningful experience for the participants is only the beginning. Executives need to be invested as on-going sponsors, stakeholders need to buy in and accountabilities need to be defined. Join Sissy McKee of Boehringer Ingelheim as she shares lessons learned in leveraging the investment in leadership development.

Sissy will cover:
  • Identifying key success factors and gaining buy-in
  • Setting executive expectations and accountabilities
  • Enlisting the participants’ managers in reinforcing learning
  • Optimizing impact and measuring success through metrics.
Sissy McKee, Associate Director of Learning and Development with Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) USA, oversees learning and leadership development for the Americas Region, including U.S., Canada, Latin America and Mexico.

Sissy has been instrumental in articulating the company’s first Learning and Leadership Development strategies, and brought her vision for BI’s development programs to fruition in 2008. Now in their fourth year, those programs continue to drive BI’s success. Sissy earned the prestigious ASTD Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) distinction in 2007.

March 19, 2012
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM 
The Norwalk Inn
Norwalk, CT
$35 Guest
$50 Member
$20 Student 


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