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. 

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014