Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bad Presentation Example

In case we need a reminder that bad presentations still happen, here is an email from one of my readers, who prefers to remain anonymous:
I thought of you several times yesterday morning, when I attended the XYZ program [name changed to protect the guilty!] in which the presenter needed your help:
  • He began with a rambling introduction that ate up precious time.  
  • He did not have a remote, so he had to stand at the computer to advance his slides, which blocked many people’s view of the slides. 
  • Without a remote, he went up to the screen and pointed, with the light from the projector covering his body.
  • He had no printed copy of the slides, so when he wanted to find a slide to answer a question, he had to scroll through his slide deck rather than just glancing at a paper copy and seamlessly clicking once to the slide he wanted. 
  • He did not budget his time. With just 7 minutes to go (of a 90-minute presentation), he had us start a game that would take 15 minutes. He explained being behind on the schedule by saying he thought he would be starting at 7:30 rather than 8 (we have 30 minutes for networking). But when he realized he was starting at 8, he should have adjusted his presentation!
It was unfortunate that he was not a better presenter because I was interested in the content. His behavior was a distraction.
This is definitely not the reaction that you want from your audience! If you are given an opportunity to present, don't make these mistakes.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Willie Jolley presents 11/19 at NSA-CT

The National Speakers Association of CT proudly presents:
Turbo Charge Your Speaking Career!
presented by Dr. Willie Jolley,CSP, CPAE

November 19, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
25 Old Stratford Road
Shelton, CT 06484
The Attitude and Achievement Expert - Seats are limited and expected to fill.

Learn how to build and sustain a profitable speaking and product business. Lots of people start out to have a speaking business, but many don’t last!
Learn how to:
  • Create a brand that stands the test of time
  • Develop multiple streams of income
  • Overcome the blocks that keep you from reaching your full potential.
  • Bonus: Manage your back office to ensure bottom line profits.

About Willie Jolley
The Attitude and Achievement Expert!"
Helping Organizations Worldwide ... to Do More, Be More and Achieve More
* Named "One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World" - by Toastmasters International
* Best Selling Author of "A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback" & "An Attitude of Excellence!"
* Host of "The Willie Jolley Show" on CBS-TV, PBS, Sirius/XM & WHUR-FM

Nov 19, 2013
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
25 Old Stratford Road
Shelton, CT 06484

Free to Members/Associates
$35 for Guests

For more details or to register, please visit
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

WBDC Breakfast - Women With Impact

The CT Women Business Development Council's 12th Annual Business Breakfast - Women With Impact was a great success!
It was standing room only on October 24 at the Stamford Marriott, with over 500 people in attendance.
I'm a past WBDC Board member and honored to have worked with the speakers and panelists this year. To find out more about WBDC, visit

WBDC Founder and CEO Fran Pastore with Honorary Chairwoman Nancy Wyman, Lt. Governor of CT and Guest Speaker Denise Nappier, Treasurer of CT
WBDC Founder and CEO Fran Pastore with Guest Speaker Senator Richard Blumenthal
Gilda Bonanno; Patti Clements, Event Chair and Panelist Sarah Fisher, CEO Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing;

Final prep in the Green Room with Mistress of Ceremonies Diana Sousa, VP of Corporate Communications, Cigna Corporation and WBDC Founder and CEO Fran Pastore

Panelist Sarah Fisher, CEO Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing; Panelist Laurie Tucker, Sr. VP of Corporate Marketing, FedEx Services; Moderator Teresa C. Younger, Exec. Dir, CT Permanent Commission on the Status of Women; Panelist Susan Duffy, Exec. Dir, Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College
All photos courtesy of Regina Madwed, Capitol Photo Interactive

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Gilda to Speak at Dominican College President's Lecture Series 11/6

I'm honored to have been invited to speak as part of the President's Lecture Series at Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY. 
I will present "How Will You Spend Your 28,000 Days?" on November 6 at 7:30 PM. The event is open to the public. 
How Will You Spend Your 28,000 Days?
It's never too early (or too late) to learn to be self-confident.
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 appreciation of the importance of believing in yourself and taking action to achieve your dreams.  And you'll understand the communication skills that will help you along the way.
After this talk, you won't want to spend another thousand of your estimated 28,000 lifespan days feeling lost or settling for less - and you'll be on your way to building a meaningful and successful life, no matter what the future holds.
About Gilda Bonanno
Gilda gave her first major speech as valedictorian of Marist College, where she shared the stage with commencement speaker James Earl Jones.
She is now a professional speaker, trainer and coach who helps people improve their presentation and communication skills so they can be more successful. She achieves these results by combining her business background with her improv comedy performance experience and a conviction that with the right training and practice, anyone can become a more effective communicator. She has worked with executives throughout North America and in South America, Europe, China and India.
Gilda holds a master’s degree in history from Fordham University and an Advanced Business Certificate in Management from the University of Connecticut School of Business.
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