Tuesday, December 30, 2014

13 Ways to Know You’re Traveling Too Much

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com 

Frequent international travel is part of my work as a speaker, trainer and coach.  Travel has allowed me to work with clients all over the world and to see many amazing sights, including the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome, Corcovado in Rio de Janiero, temples in India and the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum. 

However, it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds.  My personal record for travel is 4 continents in less than 96 hours, all while nursing a stomach infection!

I’m sure that my fellow globetrotters can identify with the following 13 ways to know you’re traveling too much:  

1.    You look blankly at the TSA agents when they ask, “Where are you traveling?” and have to check your boarding pass.

2.    You wake up in the morning and wonder where you are (helpful hint: write the city, date and time zone on the notepad on the bedside table).

3.    The flight attendants and hotel desk clerks recognize you but your neighbors don’t.

4.    When at home, you expect room service for breakfast, throw towels on the floor after using them and wonder why no one straightened up while you were out.

5.    You arrive at the airport ready for security – wearing elastic waist pants with no belt, slip-on shoes with no laces, no jewelry and nothing in your pockets. 

6.    You know just by looking at the type of aircraft whether your carry-on bag will fit in the overhead compartment.

7.    You wish business hotels would rent rooms by the hour, for those nights when your flight is cancelled and you get to the airport hotel at midnight only to get up at 4 am to catch the shuttle back to the airport to catch the first flight out.

8.    You have at least three different types of currency in your wallet at any time – and try to pay with foreign currency at your local gas station.

9.    You know the location of restrooms in every major airport from New York to Shanghai.

10. When dining abroad, you learn never to accept the statement “it’s chicken” at face value.

11. You carry a portable pharmacy with you “just in case” and you’ve had to use its contents, everything from painkillers to antihistamines to anti-diarrheals (bonus:  you start doling it out to others).  

12. You have a ready supply of recent 2X2 color photos for your next visa application.

13. You find your normal patient and calm self ready to rant and rave when the gate agent says, “Your flight is cancelled - don’t blame us, we don’t like it anymore than you do” even though she will sleep in her own bed tonight.  Or your flight is delayed 2 hours because the ground crew in New York has to call Brazil to get a maintenance code from the airline manufacturer.  Or when the security lines is held up because the infrequent travelers in front of you didn’t realize they had to remove their shoes, sweaters, belts and laptops. 

I invite you to share your own travel nightmare examples and how you know you're traveling too much. 

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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Presenting Slides in a Virtual Presentation

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com 

If you are presenting over the phone or via webinar, you can’t just use the same slides that you used for an in-person presentation.  Here are 4 guidelines for presenting slides as part of your virtual presentation:

1.    Don’t read them to the audience
It’s even more important when delivering slides virtually that you don’t just read them to the audience.  They can read the text to themselves faster than you can say it out loud, which means that you will quickly lose their attention.

2.    Use uncluttered slides
As with in-person presentations, don’t clutter your slides with a lot of text.  For maximum impact, use graphics and pictures that are easy to read and remember.

3.    Use more slides
It is more difficult to keep your audience engaged when they can’t see you.  Using more slides with less information on them and spending less time on each slide will allow you to frequently change the slide and keep their attention.

4.    Don’t use your slides as handouts
If you use your exact slides as handouts, the audience will browse through the entire deck and skip ahead to the end.  Instead, think about what other materials could best accompany your presentation to add to its impact and the audience’s ability to understand and remember your message. For example, include an executive summary, a worksheet or an article with additional information. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

3 Reasons Not to Use Your Slides as Handouts

Here are 3 reason why it's not usually a good idea to use your PowerPoint slides as handouts to your audience: 

1.  In order to make the handouts readable, you have to print no more than 2 to a page – which is a lot of ink, paper and expense to print. 

2.  Your slides should not contain all your information so using slides as handouts won't make much sense without your voiceover.  (If your slides do contain all your information, then why do we need you? You could just send everyone your slides to read themselves).


3. If you hand out all the slides, people tend to skip ahead which can interfere with the order in which you want to reveal information.


Instead, if you want to have a handout, here are some options for creating one that is separate from your slides: 
  • Include key ideas, tips or frequently asked questions.
  • Make it a worksheet that they can fill in.
  • Leave plenty of white space for them to write their own notes as they listen to yourc presentation.
  • Add your contact info on every page so they can contact you after the presentation if they’d like more information. 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Top Ten Best & Worst Communications from Decker Communications

Decker Communications has published its annual Top Ten Best (and Worst) Communicators of 2014:

"There is no such thing as private speaking, and Decker Communications’ 19th Annual Top Ten Best and Worst Communicators list proves it. These famous examples from business, politics, sports and pop culture have left indelible impressions this year – both for better and for worse."

Read their list here: http://decker.com/blog/top-ten-best-worst-communicators-2014/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=52227&utm_campaign=0

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

Monday, December 8, 2014

Entrepreneurship is the New Women's Movement - WBDC Business Breakfast

Here is a great article in Westfair Online about the Women's Business Development Council's 13th Annual Business Breakfast, held November 13 in Stamford, CT.  Over 700 people attended for a fascinating panel discussion of "Entrepreneurship is the New Women's Movement." 

I was honored to have served as Emcee for the event. 

The article was written by Fairfield County Business Journal editor Bill Fallon. 
http://westfaironline.com/67293/wbdc-fuels-new-womens-movement/

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Employee Learning Week: Hot Topic Round Tables 12/8/14

ASTD =>atd  Southern Connecticut's
Employee Learning Week Celebration
Hot Topic Round Table Discussions 12/8
Join us for an interactive forum to learn and share best practices around trends in workplace learning and performance:

Flipping Out In A Very Good Way!  – The Flipped Classroom Explained
Easily one of the most provocative and progressive trends in learning today, the term ‘Flipped Classroom’ is tossed about by those in the know AND those who would like to be!
Facilitator: Samantha Zarrini, Content Management Specialist, GE Corporate Digital Learning and Technology 

Mergers AND Healthy Employee Engagement? Mission POSSIBLE!
Mergers affectively create one brand new organization, and most often result in reduced employee engagement…but not with the right dose of prevention planning!
Facilitator: Rondi Frey, Director Leadership and Employee Development, Western Connecticut Health Network

Building Brand You! – Making Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Work for You
What do CEOs, consultants and job seekers have in common? All three (and virtually everyone else in the world today) need to protect and build their personal and professional brand!
Facilitator:  Sandra Long, Owner, Post Road Consulting, LLC

Humans and Data and Analytics, Oh My! – Human Capital Analytics Basics
Human Capital Analytics is an important emergent discipline for learning professionals, yet many of us are woefully unaware of WHAT IT IS, much less WHY IT MATTERS
Facilitator: Richard A. Montanaro, PhD, Director Career and Self Awareness, Post University and Chair ATD SCC CoP

Up Your Coaching Impact Factor! – Add Assessments to Your Coach’s Toolkit
Explore the range of assessments coaches employ to help their clients expand self-awareness, understand perceptions of others and create readiness for change. 
Facilitator:  Karen Kirchner, Executive Coach, Karen Kirchner Consulting and Chair ATD SCC CoP

Come engage with learning and development leaders, share your expertise and learn about the latest trends.  You will have the opportunity to participate in two different topic discussions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to build your network and expand your expertise!

Monday, Decemebr 8, 2014
5:45 - 8:00 PM
Norwalk Inn and Conference Center

Registration

To register or for more info, visit http://www.astdscc.org/event-1802086

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gilda Emcees WBDC Business Breakfast Attended by 700 People

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com

It was an honor to serve as Emcee for the Women's Business Development Center's 13th Annual Business Breakfast, held November 13 in Stamford, CT.  We had over 700 people in attendance for a fascinating panel discussion of "Entrepreneurship is the New Women's Movement."

On stage with Panel Moderator, journalist Paula Zahn and panelists:
Carla Harris, the President's Appointed Chair of the National Women's Business Council (NWBC) and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
Amy Millman, Founder and CEO of Springboard Enterprises
Rose Wang, Founder and CEO of the Binary Group and named one of Fortune's 2013 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs

 With Kim Rodney (Chair of the WBDC Board of Directors), Rose Wang, Amy Millman, Paula Zahn, Carla Harris and Fran Pastore (WBDC CEO and Founder)

 I began the morning with the story of how I came to WBDC when I first started my business, to take advantage of the classes and resources that helped me launch and grow my business.  
Realizing the value that WBDC provides, I wanted to contribute and so I became a volunteer instructor and then a Board Member. 
  

I am proud of my affiliation with WBDC and continue to work with the organization, watching as it grows and evolves and continues to educate and train women entrepreneurs and business owners throughout CT at all stages of growth.

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 17 years.

For more information about the WBDC, please visit www.ctwbdc.org


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



Sunday, November 16, 2014

How to Network at Holiday Parties

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com 

'Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether you're looking for a job or just looking to make contacts in your field, holiday parties are a great way to build your professional network.  

Here is the link to one of my most popular posts, How to Network at Holiday Parties, which provides five guidelines for how to communicate and network successfully at holiday parties: 


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

Saturday, November 8, 2014

12 Don’ts for Presenting With Slides

by Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com

1.  Don’t clutter the slides with everything you know

2.  Don’t say to the audience, “I know you cannot read this, but…”


3.  Don’t include information on your slides that is irrelevant  to the one message you are trying to convey

4.  Don’t write out your script in your slides

5.  Don’t put anything on your slides that you can’t explain

6.  Don’t turn your back to the audience in order to face the big screen

7.  Don’t manually advance the slides, thus forcing you to remain tethered to the computer

8.  Don’t fill your slides only with text – also use graphics

9.  Don’t present someone else’s slides

10. Don’t let arbitrary limits on the number of slides you can have prevent you from using as many slides as you need to convey your content clearly within your time limit

11. Don’t forget that you are the presentation and your slides are only the visual aid

12. Don’t let the slides get in the way of your presentation or interfere with your ability to connect with your audience



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

Monday, November 3, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Gilda Selected as Emcee for WBDC 13th Annual Business Breakfast

I am honored to have been selected as the Emcee for the Women's Business Development Council's 13th Annual Business Breakfast to be held on November 13 in Stamford. 

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is the Honorary Chairwoman of this year's Breakfast, which will highlight "Entrepreneurship is the New Women's Movement."  

A panel discussion of experts in the field of women's entrepreneurship and leadership will be moderated by veteran journalist Paula Zahn, currently host of Investigation Discovery's "On the Case With Paula Zahn" and WNET's "NYC-Arts."  
  • Carla Harris, the President's Appointed Chair of the National Women's Business Council (NWBC) and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
  •  Amy Millman, Founder and CEO of Springboard Enterprises 
  • Rose Wang, Founder and CEO of the Binary Group and named one of Fortune's 2013 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs


For more information about the Breakfast or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ctwbdc.org

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 17 years.


Gilda's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com



Thursday, October 30, 2014

ASTD Networking Event Nov 17 in Norwalk

ASTD =>atd  Southern Connecticut’s

FABULOUS
 NETWORKING &
LEARNING EXPO!

A Get Together For HR, Learning & Development Professionals!

Monday, November 17th, 2014
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Norwalk Inn & Conference Center
$10 for all attendees

Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, let’s take a break!  Our recent chapter member survey indicated you wanted MORE…
  • Networking time with other learning professionals
  • Exposure to cutting-edge ideas, which this exciting group of training-centric vendors will provide!
So we’re hosting an informal networking event and everyone is invited …members and non-members.  Join us for “heavy” hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Raffles and prizes too!
We need to know how much food to order – so please do register to attend!

Registration for all attendees:  $10.
($15 for walk-ins without registration.)
Stop by on your way home, see some familiar faces, make new connections and learn the latest!

For more information or to register, visit http://astdscc.org/event-1784032

Register by November 14th, 2014

Vendors interested in participating in the showcase, please contact Elaina Campopiano at emcampopiano@gmail.com for more information and special rates.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NSA-CT Nov 18 Meeting in Trumbull


CT chapter of the National Speakers Association presents:
MAKE YOUR SPEAKING DREAM COME TRUE

November 18, 2014
6-9 PM

SPECIAL GUEST: RICK SEGEL, CSP 

Location: 
Re/Max Right Choice
105 Technology Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Rick Segel's accomplishments:
  • Over 3,000 Professional Speeches in 49 States, in over 14 Different Countries
  • 18 Best–Selling Retailing Books
  • Author of the Retail Business Kit for Dummies
  • You and other attendees, with Rick Segel, are the stars of the evening.
  • We all will contribute value to the evening’s experience.
  • We will listen, share, and grow together.

6:00 Sign in Informal Meet & Greet
6:30 Updates and Brags
7:00 Spotlight NSA MEMBER - Rick Segel (http://ricksegel.com)
  • Interactive talk with full audience participation:
  • Getting started, transitioning from one career to another
  • Putting together a winning formula for speeches
  • Speaking internationally
  • Dealing with the emotional highs and lows of the business of speaking
  • Impact of being a NSA Member
  • Partnering with another professional
  • Turning speeches into consulting assignments
  • Writing a “Dummies” book
  • Newsletter tips
  • Keeping track of it all
  • When do you start having fun?

8:15 Big Issue Networking.
  • Come prepared to have your biggest speaking issue addressed with other NSA-CT Members & Guests

9:00 Adjourn
REFRESHMENTS: Water & Energy Bars
Members: Free
Guests: $35

For more information or to register, visit: 
http://nsact.org/meetinginfo.php?id=55&ts=1414454125

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Women, Leadership and the Workplace" Discussion

I recently had the privilege of attending a panel discussion on "Women, Leadership and the Workplace," led by CT Women's Business Development Council Founder and CEO, Fran Pastore. 

Panelists included Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT- 3rd District) and focused on the challenges faced by women in the workplace and the increasing opportunities for women business leaders to make a positive impact.

The discussion was hosted at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, which also featured an exhibit, The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition that offers a fun and nostalgic look back at the history of the working people in America.  

Karen Kelly, Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer of First County Bank; Moderator Fran Pastore, Founder & CEO of WBDC; Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman; Melissa Mulroney, Exec. Director & CEO of Stamford Museum & Nature Center; Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro; Carolyn Treiss, Exec. Director, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women


Congresswoman DeLauro and Lt. Governor Wyman
discussing their longtime advocacy for women's economic equity

Carolyn Treiss, Exec. Director, PCSW, announcing that the
"Status of Women in the Workforce" Report will soon be released

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 17 years.  

For more information on WBDC’s entrepreneurial training and financial education programs please visit www.ctwbdc.org.

(Photos courtesy of WBDC)
Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gilda Attends WBDC Event at the Governor's Residence in Hartford

I recently was privileged to attend a VIP Reception at the Governor's Residence in Hartford, CT, hosted by the The CT Women's Business Development Council (WBDC). 

Attendees had a chance to network and tour the beautifully restored Governor's Residence.  Governor Dannel Malloy also addressed the crowd and spoke of the positive impact that women entrepreneurs have on the state of Connecticut.  

The Reception was part of the lead up to the WBDC's 13th Annual Business Breakfast to be held on November 13 in Stamford.  Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is the Honorary Chairwoman of this year's Breakfast, which will highlight "Entrepreneurship as the New Women's Movement."  

A panel discussion of experts in the field of women's entrepreneurship and leadership will be moderated by veteran journalist Paula Zahn, currently host of Investigation Discovery's "On the Case With Paula Zahn" and WNET's "NYC-Arts."  And I am honored to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Breakfast. 

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman with WBDC CEO & Founder Fran Pastore 
and WBDC Vice President Marian Cicolello

CT Governor Dannel Malloy addressing the crowd
with First Lady Cathy Malloy

Gilda Bonanno with Robin Imbrogno, WBDC Breakfast Chairwoman and 
President, Human Resources Consulting Group



For more information about the Breakfast or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ctwbdc.org

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 17 years.



Photos courtesy of WBDC
Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gilda presents for Starfish Connection

Last month, I had the privilege of presenting a workshop for Stamford-based Starfish Connection, a 501c3 corporation whose mission is to help academically talented youth from low income families reach their potential and their dreams of attending college. 

Your body language can make a
difference in how your communication is perceived
The workshop, Shaking Hands With the World: How to Connect With Adults, used improv comedy exercises to teach communication skills which are useful when students connect with adults in school, jobs, internships and volunteer work. 

Starfish Connection provides mentorship and support in education along with enrichment and extracurricular activities to students throughout their elementary, middle and high school years

The 22 students and their mentors participated in activities designed to help them break out of their  comfort zones, develop confidence , learn how to introduce themselves and understand the power of networking.

Starfish Connection was founded in Stamford, CT in 2008 by David and Judith Martin in memory of their mothers, June Martin and Rhoda Reasenberg.

To find out more or donate money, computers or gently used muscial instruments, please visit  

Practicing the all-important handshake -
useful when meeting adults, networking and interviewing
Gilda with Starfish Connection co-founder Judy Martin
Mentors and students doing an improv exercise 

All photos courtesy of Bernie Weiss

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Social, Mobile, and Gamification: More than Just “Check the Box” ASTD-SCC 10/20 Meeting

So. CT Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD-SCC) presents

Monday, October 20, 2014
5:45 -8 PM
Topic:  Social, Mobile, and Gamification: More than Just “Check the Box”
Speaker:  Adam Weisblatt,  Learning Technology Leader, Nielsen
Social, Mobile, and Gamification are exciting new trends in the learning world.   Join us on October 20th when Adam Weisblatt, Head of Learning Technology at Nielsen, provides a fresh perspective on using these tools to increase learner engagement and bottom line results.  Adam will build your understanding of the concepts and share real world examples of integrating these tools into your learning experiences, without breaking the bank.  
As a result of attending this session, you will be better able to:
  • Understand the underlying needs that drive requests for Social, Mobile, and Gamification approaches in today’s learning environment
  • Evaluate the suitability of these approaches for your learning experiences
  • Identify one or more opportunities to use these concepts and tools in your training         
  • Identify tools that can be easily used to develop and facilitate the learning experiences
Speaker Bio:
Adam Weisblatt is a Learning Technologist focused on creating environments for great learning experiences. A specialist in the selection, deployment, and optimization of learning infrastructure and toolsets that support the delivery of online and in person training, Adam is a creative problem solver with an in-depth understanding of the workflow and business drivers that Learning Professionals grapple with every day. Adam is currently the head of Learning Technology at Nielsen and formerly held that role at Pfizer. He was an eLearning designer at FactSet, and he provided training and consulting to several companies through his consulting business.  Adam speaks at industry conferences and is the author of the blog "Creating Understanding." (http://weisblatt.wordpress.com

Norwalk Inn and Conference Center


Registration

  • Full time student
To register or for more info http://astdscc.org/event-1767938