Thursday, May 31, 2012

Create Great Keynote Speeches - from Patricia Fripp

Master speaker Patricia Fripp has written a great blog post: Create Clear, Concise, Creative Keynotes: 5 Ways to Make Every Word Count

Here is her first point:
1. Be conversational. A good speech, especially for today’s audiences, needs to sound conversational. However, there is a difference between a conversation and a speech that sounds conversational. An actual conversation involves back and forth. In a conversational speech, you imagine a crisp, concise conversation with your audience, avoiding unusually long pauses, run-on thoughts, and digressions of real discussions. Instead of words like “whatchamacallit” and “What was I saying?” you select the most appropriate, specific language, especially for your opening.

Read the rest of her post here:
http://www.fripp.com/blog/create-clear-concise-creative-keynotes-5-ways-to-make-every-word-count/#more-2422

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Commencement Speaker Disaster - from Suzanne Bates

Speaker and author Suzanne Bates has written an interesting blog post about a commencement speaker disaster:

"I actually don't believe he was a narcissist at all. I just don't think he knew how to write a speech. He made the mistake of thinking that just because you are invited to speak, that people are interested in you."

Read her post here: http://www.bates-communications.com/powerspeakerblog/bid/84487/Dusting-It-Off

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gilda to Present at NSA-CT June 18 Meeting

How Will You Spend Your 28,000 Days?
Gilda Bonanno
National Speakers Association - CT Chapter (NSA-CT) Meeting
Monday, June 18, 2012, 6-9 pm

Don't wait for a life-changing crisis to create the life and career that fulfills you most. In this motivating session, illustrated by Gilda's experience of being near the path of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, you'll gain a vivid understanding of the importance of priorities in life and work.

Gilda recounts how  this  dramatic  event influenced her decision to change careers and follow her dream of starting her own speaking, training and coaching business.  

Benefits:
*Being challenged to consider how you choose to spend time
*Understanding how to break out of your comfort zone
*Avoiding career burnout by recommitting to launching or growing your speaking career

After this talk, you won't want to spend another thousand of your estimated 28,000 lifespan days complaining and making others around you miserable -- and you'll be on your way to making important changes happen so you develop your business and live a more inspired life.

About the speaker:
Gilda Bonanno is a trainer, speaker and coach who helps people improve their presentation and communication skills so they can be more successful. She achieves these results by combining her extensive business experience with a background in improvisational performance and a belief that with the right training and practice, everyone can become a more effective communicator and leader.

Gilda speaks about communication, leadership, motivation and humor to groups ranging from engineers to healthcare professionals to investment bankers and also coaches individuals in public speaking. She has worked with clients throughout North America and in Europe, South America and Asia.

Gilda is President of the NSA-CT chapter  and Immediate Past President of the Southern CT chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD-SCC).

Gilda's chapter, "Improv Rules! Five Ways to Make Your Speeches More Powerful and Engaging," appears in the  book, Paid to Speak: Best Practices for Building a Successful Speaking Business," published by the National Speakers Association.



Monday, June 18, 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 http://nsact.org/meetinginfo.php?id=26&ts=1314727488


Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gilda to Speak at SNEC-PMI Stamford Meeting 5/22

May 2012 Fairfield County (Stamford) Breakfast Meeting

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 07:30am - 08:45am
Breakfast Discussion
Bold Presentation Skills for Project Managers by Gilda Bonanno, PMP
Boldness means being confident, distinctive and imaginative. And bold presentation skills are a key skill for success as a project manager, whether you are presenting to stakeholders, introducing yourself at networking events or sharing your expertise at industry association meetings.

Attend this meeting and learn more about how to:
  • Develop and communicate with self-confidence
  • Use powerful and engaging body language to connect to your audience and convey your expert content
  • Create and practice relevant and memorable stories in order to stand out and build your unique brand

Gilda Bonanno, PMP is a trainer, speaker and coach who helps people improve their presentation and communication skills so they can be more successful. She achieves these results by combining her extensive business experience with a background in improvisational performance and a belief that with the right training and practice, everyone can become a more effective communicator and leader.

Gilda is President of the CT chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA-CT) and Immediate Past President of the Southern CT chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD-SCC).

She has worked with clients throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and South America and was the keynote speaker at the 2011 SNEC-PMI Conference.
Location West Building Cafeteria, Synapse Group, 225 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT
Contact Laura Frank 203-391-0586 laura.frank@snec-pmi.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Agenda
7:30 - 7:45am Networking. Breakfast available for purchase if you desire.
7:45 - 8:45am Presentation and Discussion

Cost: FREE (with optional breakfast available for purchase on-site)

http://www.snec-pmi.org/events-mainmenu-26/icalrepeat.detail/2012/05/22/351/-/may-2012-fairfield-county-stamford-breakfast-meeting

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I Love You, Mom

Today is Mother's Day so I am reprinting a blog post about my Mom and all the wonderful things I have learned from her.  Here they are, in random order:
 
Snacking is good.  Mom loves to snack and had a simple rule for my brother and I when we were growing up: as long as you brush your teeth, it's ok to eat potato chips, ice cream and chocolate.  When we played outside, Mom would call us in to give us ice cream.  And during our marathon Scrabble sessions, there was always a snack break or two.  No snacks were forbidden and no food was "evil," so we developed a healthy relationship with food.  And all that teeth-brushing must have worked because I have never had a cavity in my life! 
Talking to strangers is ok.  Mom talks to anyone, especially in the grocery store.  All it takes to start a conversation is an observation about the size of the iceberg lettuce or shared commiseration about the long checkout line—and then the conversation is off and running.  Today it would be called "networking."
Dollars are stretchable.  Growing up, we did not have a lot of money.  Mom managed to keep a family of four afloat on very, very little money.  She did this by working hard and spending only on necessities.  And even when we didn't have a lot, she enjoyed volunteering at church to make food baskets for people who had less than we did.  She made sacrifices for us; in fact, I don't recall her ever buying anything for herself.  We often joke that we should send her to Washington, D.C. to help the government balance the budget.  
Coupon clipping is an art.  Mom checks the sale papers and clips coupons religiously.   Then she calls and tells me how much money she saved in the store.  I expect to get a phone call from the police one of these days, informing me that they've arrested her because she saved so much on one item that the store had to pay HER for it.
Projects can be fun.  Organizing the file cabinet? Unpacking boxes?  Cleaning out the basement? Call Mom.  She loves doing work around the house especially if she gets to use the paper shredder or go to the dump (or "transfer station," as it's called in my town).  During her last visit, she helped me organize my office closet, which had been so crammed with stuff that I hated opening it.  It took hours.  And when I inevitably got tired of doing it, looked at all the junk that we had piled on the floor and the desk and said "I don't want to play this game anymore," Mom said "it's ok, we're almost done" and kept me going.  Now everything is in its place and properly labeled and I love opening the closet.  And some of the neighbors want to rent her out to help with their projects.
Humor helps.  Mom always has a positive attitude and loves a good laugh.   She loves the Pink Panther movie and recently laughed hysterically at the dance scene in Johnny English, a spoof on spy movies starring Rowan Atkinson (from the "Mr. Bean" series).  We played the scene over and over, just to make her laugh more.  She will be delighted to know they are releasing a sequel.  She also has the unfortunate habit of laughing whenever I am up on a chair, taking a box down from the closet – I don't know why.  She is supposed to be holding the chair for me and instead, she starts giggling just as I'm trying to lift a heavy box  and then of course, I start laughing… luckily, no one has gotten hurt…
Simple things can make you happy.  Mom doesn't need a "spa day" or a meal at a fancy restaurant to be happy.  She is what we fondly call "low maintenance."  She enjoys the little things – like watching an old movie starring Robert Taylor or Joseph Cotton (extra points if it's set during World War II), going grocery-shopping at the Shop-Rite store near my house, eating ice cream outside on a warm day and of course, eating a Hershey's chocolate bar. 
Complaining is not helpful.  Not complaining is easy when life is easy, but Mom never complained even when life got hard.  When family members were sick or even when my father died, Mom didn't complain or ask, "why me?" She just kept going forward, with a strong spirit, a smile and a desire to help other people.  I'm still learning that lesson.
A few weeks ago, I received a big envelope from Mom in the mail.  Inside were packages of one of my favorite candies – the dots of colored sugar stuck to long strips of paper.  (Yes, you get some of the paper stuck in your teeth when you eat them, but that's half the fun.) She knows that I couldn't find them locally, so she looked for them on one of her grocery trips and sent them to me. 
I'll be seeing Mom today for Mother's Day.  What am I bringing her? Flowers? A gift certificate for a massage? Nope.  I'm bringing her all my love – and chocolate brownies.  Thanks, Mom, and I love you.

Gilda Bonanno's  blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Learning Leader Panel - May 21 ASTD-SCC Meeting

Answering Today's Challenges in Leader Development
Leadership development is the topic most frequently requested by our attendees. Don't miss the chance to hear learning leaders from local organizations discuss their individual initiatives that address the most common challenges in leader development.
Panelists
Paul Mayer - Head of Human Resources, ALTANA USA
Vicki McGrath - Leadership and Organizational Learning Leader, GE Capital Americas
Kathleen McGuire - Sr. Manager Organizational Development, Bayer HealthCare
Deborah Wheelock - Partner, Global Talent Management & Diversity Center of Excellence, Mercer

Moderator
Gilda Bonanno, Principal, Gilda Bonanno LLC


May 21, 2012
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
The Norwalk Inn
Norwalk, CT
$35 Guest
$50 Member
$20 Student

Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com