Saturday, March 30, 2013

Presentation Skills: What is Your Message?

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com

When you are preparing a presentation, one of the first things to do is to focus on your message.

Think of your message as the one thing you’d like the audience to remember from your presentation. State it in one sentence, if you can - think of it as fitting on a headline of a newspaper or a billboard.

What’s the one thing stated, succinctly, in one sentence, that you’d like the audience to take away from your presentation? Whether you are talking for ten minutes or an hour, what would you like the audience to remember?
 
If we were to interview the audience after your presentation and ask, “What was the point of that presentation? What was the message?” would they all say the same thing? They may describe it using different words, but in essence, it should be the same content. 

We’d want them to say, “Well, the point of that was to understand the three reasons for not moving ahead with this project now.” Or, “Well, the purpose of that presentation was so he could explain his management philosophy, and how he’s going to lead the team.”   Or, “The purpose of that was to explain the first quarter numbers, and why they are not as good as we expected.”

So before you start putting together your material, your outline, and your slides, it's important for you to be clear on your message. State it in one or two sentences and write it on the top of your notes or outline. 
 
Because, if you’re not clear about exactly what you’re trying to communicate, it's going to be very difficult for the audience to understand it. 


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

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Leading the 2020 Workplace - ASTD-SCC 4/22/13 Meeting

Leading the 2020 Workplace: How to Prepare Now
Speaker: Steven Dahlberg, Partner & Vice President of Innovation, Future Workplace

Southern CT chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD-SCC) Meeting
Monday, April 22, 2013
Norwalk, CT

Today’s “best of breed” companies are already preparing strategies for the “Workplace of the Future” -- which is being shaped by three major shifts: Social Media Technologies, Demographics & Globalization!

By the year 2020, the workplace will be defined by how to incorporate these shifts and design innovative strategies to find, develop and retain talent.
As a result of attending the chapter meeting, attendees will learn about:

  • Best practice strategies for sourcing, developing and keeping talent
  • What companies are doing today to prepare for tomorrow's challenges in regards to these three major shifts.

Our speaker, Steven Dahlberg is partner and vice president of innovation for the consulting firm Future Workplace. He works with Future Workplace CEO Jeanne Meister, author of the book: “ The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today”.
Steve also serves on the board of the National Creativity Network (USA). He’s the founder of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination and has taught creativity courses and seminars at the University of Connecticut and Yale University, among other universities.

Steven has participated in the Chief Learning and Development Officer Conference (South Africa), Global Creative Leadership Summit (USA), the World Knowledge Forum (South Korea), South Africa Creativity Conference, and Training Magazine’s Learning 3.0(USA), among many other conferences.


Date: Monday, April 22, 2013
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 http://www.astdscc.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1078833&eventId=623776&EventViewMode=EventDetails


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Writing & Publishing Your Book - NSA-CT 4/23/13 Meeting

Writing and Getting Your Book Published

National Speakers Association
CT Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, April 23, 20136-9 PM

Do you have a book inside you?
Want to share an informative or inspirational message to the world?
It’s time to get it written and get it published!

Don’t miss this meeting with our featured Panel of Experts: Randye Kaye, Wally Hauck, & Millie Calesky

Randye Kaye, Actress, voice talent, speaker, author
Randye’s book, Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope was published a year ago by Rowman and Littlefield. It's a page-turning narrative of one family's challenging experience when their firstborn is gradually struck down by schizophrenia - and how they learned to love and support him throughout his eventual steps to recovery. This "memoir that reads like a riveting novel" (Connecticut Post), called a "must-read" by Publishers' Weekly, will inspire and educate any family going through hard times, especially coping with mental illness in a loved one

Wally Hauck, Speaker, Author, Past President NSA-CT
Wally Hauck, PhD has a cure for the "deadly disease" known as the typical performance appraisal.  For 16 years his consulting firm, Optimum Leadership, has consulted with dozens of organizations and coached hundreds of individuals in improving leadership skills, employee engagement, and performance.  Wally's book explains a new leadership paradigm that can help organizations to make the shift they need to make to improve employee engagement. Kirkus reviews described “The Art ofLeading: 3 Principles for Predicable Performance Improvement” as an “engaging, accessible book that challenges the standard paradigm of employee evaluation by performance review by suggesting the system in which the employee works, rather than the employee, must change…. A holistic, well-organized and groundbreaking guide for managers in the information age.”

Wally’s new book The Art of Leading: 3 Principles for Predictable Performance Improvement is now available:
Wally’s Book Unleash Employee Engagement: 7 Initial Conditions for Outstanding Results is now available

Millie Calesky, Personal and Professioal Coach, Speaker, Trainer & Writer
Do you want to move forward, take risks, set higher goals, and achieve more? Whether you -- or your work team -- need coaching, or a motivational speaker and trainer, Millie Calesky will help you work through the challenges facing your professional life to achieve the success that is within you. hrough her unique and personal approach, Millie helps you appreciate your strengths and wisdom. As a gifted coach, Millie provides structure, guidance, and encouragement so you can achieve your goals.

As a motivational speaker and trainer, Millie Calesky addresses audiences in an upbeat, dynamic, and personal way on subjects ranging from self-development and thriving in the midst of transition to attaining professional success.  As a writer, she specializes in topics concerning personal and professional development, health and wellness, self-acknowledgment and self-care.

LISA LELAS - Panel Moderator - Speaker / Author / President NSA-CT
Lisa Lelas is a well-known Lifestyle Coach, Author, & Speaker on the subject of Organizing Time, Space & Goals. Dubbed "The Bucket List Coach", Lisa will inspire you to follow your dreams by using basic tips from The Law of Attraction and creating an organized life plan. Lisa has been featured several times on The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as The Today Show, NBC network news, Extra, etc. Her regular appearances on talk radio and her weekly newspaper column, "Life Styling" add to her popularity throughout the northeast.

Her first book, "Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life" (NAL/Penquin Books, NY) reached several bestseller lists and has sold over 100,000 copies, and the Audio-book version was ranked #1 best-selling audio book in the country for self-help genre, summer 2005. Her latest book, “Organizing A to Z: A Children’s Organizing Alphabet” is the country’s first children’s picture book on the subject of organizing.

Meeting Info
National Speakers Association - CT chapter - Meeting
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
6-9 PM

Hilton Garden Inn
25 Old Stratford Road
Shelton CT 06484


Free to Members/Associates
$30.00 for Guests

For more information or to register, visit http://nsact.org/meetinginfo.php?id=41&ts=1364060071

Monday, March 18, 2013

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Craig Valentine on Storytelling: NSA-CT 3/25/13 Meeting

How to Master Storytelling for Better Speaking, by Craig Valentine, MBA; 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking

National Speakers Association
CT Chapter Meeting
March 25, 2013
6-9 PM

What is the absolute most important skill you need in speaking? It is the ability to tell your story and sell your point. This is due to the following truth: “When people buy into your story, they buy into your message."

In this powerful and interactive program, Craig Valentine shares tools to help you…
 •Keep audiences on the edge of their seats with your stories
 •Tell your story and sell your message
 •Get your audience to take the next step you want them to take
 •Become the kind of speaker others line up and sign up to see

About Craig Valentine
Craig Valentine, MBA, an award-winning speaker and trainer, has traveled the world helping speakers, executives, and salespeople turn their presentations into profits. Known as the Master Storyteller, he is a professional speaker and has spoken in in the United States, Taiwan, Canada, Jamaica, Qatar (Doha), England, Bahamas, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Africa, and Japan giving as many as 160 presentations per year. He is the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International, winning out of more than 25,000 contestants in 14 countries.

Craig Valentine is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking, co-author of the book, World Class Speaking, and contributing author for the books Guerrilla Marketing on the Front Lines, Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars, The Speaker’s Edge, and Guerrilla Marketing Remix. He has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and he is certified as a Co-Active Coach and a Guerrilla Marketing Coach. Craig is also the Co-Founder of the World Champion’s Edge program, which helps good speakers become great. He is also the Co-Founder of the World Class Speaking Coach Certification Program which certifies speech coaches around the globe.

Meeting Info
National Speakers Association - CT chapter - Meeting
March 25, 2013
6-9 PM

Hilton Garden Inn
25 Old Stratford Road
Shelton CT 06484

Free to Members/Associates
$30.00 for Guests

For more information or to register, visit http://nsact.org/meetinginfo.php?id=43&ts=1358974752

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

Monday, March 11, 2013

Chris Brogan and the Power of Words

Master blogger and social community expert Chris Brogan has written an interesting article about the power of words to voice our intentions and express positivity or negativity to our audiences.  He is also the New York Times bestselling author of The Impact Equation and Trust Agents.

Here is an excerpt from his article:
"One phrase I dislike greatly is “you guys.” Know what I mean? It just immediately does two psychological pokes at you:
1.) The person saying “you guys” isn’t “with us.” Because there’s a me, and a you guys.
2.) The person saying “you guys” sees me as part of a crowd, and doesn’t see ME.
To me, the words we choose are very important. Agree?"


I agree that "you guys" separates the speaker from the audience and frames the audience as an impersonal mass of people rather than individuals. I also would add that in a professional business setting, "you guys" tends to be overly informal and should be avoided. 

Read the rest of his article, The Words We Choose, here: http://www.humanbusinessworks.com/031013nl?inf_contact_key=b9bc6c09ff580de8d1e7e356609c6d5020ab6523de6d2465365f3c2872501218

For more about the power of words in your communication, see my blog posts:
Poet Taylor Mali and the Power of Words http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2009/08/taylor-mali-and-power-of-words.html

Four Types of Words to Avoid When Speaking  http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2009/09/four-types-of-words-to-avoid-when.html

Choose Million-Dollar Words http://www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2009/05/choose-million-dollar-words.html

Cut Out Your Filler Words http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2009/05/cut-out-your-filler-words.html

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


Friday, March 8, 2013

Informal Learning at FactSet - ASTD-SCC 3/18/13 Meeting

Case Study: Bringing Together Informal Learning, Collaboration, and Knowledge Sharing
 
Speakers: Kathleen Fischer Callahan and Adam Weisblatt, FactSet
Southern CT chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD-SCC) Meeting
Monday, March 18, 2013
Norwalk, CT
 

Challenge:
FactSet, a growing provider of information and analytics for the financial services industry, was challenged by aggressive hiring goals, a dispersed and global workforce, and a need to be more collaborative. As the company grew rapidly, it needed a channel to encourage communication and knowledge sharing. In considering available solutions, it was important to preserve FactSet’s coveted corporate culture of friendly cooperation and intellectual curiosity.
 
Solution:
FactSet's Marketing Communications brought a new social media platform, Socialcast, to address the changing business environment. Upon implementation, the eLearning and Knowledge Management teams seized the opportunity for promoting informal learning. Using Socialcast, these teams have created a collaborative and social learning environment where colleagues share knowledge and can therefore drive business growth. Today, corporate giants like 3M, SAS, and Philips use this social media platform
 
Result:
Our presenters from FactSet, Kathleen Fischer Callahan, Senior Internal Communications Strategist, and Adam Weisblatt, eLearning Specialist, will present their powerful implementation story, the lessons learned, and the return on investment.
Don't miss this real case study in real time showcasing cutting edge social enterprise technology!

Date: Monday, March 18, 2013
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 http://www.astdscc.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1078833&eventId=623773&EventViewMode=EventDetails

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