Sunday, May 24, 2015

Client Testimonial for Gilda Bonanno

Thrilled to work with Gilda

"The Office of Alumni Relations at Marist College was thrilled to work with Gilda Bonanno to offer a 'How to Schmooze' workshop for our alumni. She provided practical and hands-on advice for putting your best foot forward and building bigger and stronger networks. We look forward to the opportunity to work with Gilda again in the future!"
-Bobbi Sue Tellitocci, Associate Director, Alumni and Donor Programs, Marist College

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How to Introduce Yourself Quickly (SlideShare Presentation)

At a networking event or company meeting, you sometimes  have to introduce yourself quickly.  My SlideShare PowerPoint presentation explains how to introduce yourself with confidence  and ease so you can make a connection to your audience, whether it's one or one hundred people. 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

How to End Your Presentation so the Audience Knows You're Done

When you give a presentation, how does the audience know you're done? 

If you're half-heartedly saying, "any questions?" as a means to signal that you're done speaking, then you're missing the opportunity to finish strong.  

For techniques for ending your presentation strongly so the audience knows you're done, click this link to read my latest post on the Constant Contact Community blog: How to End Your Presentation so the Audience Knows You're Done

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mom, I Love You

Today is Mother's Day so I am reprinting a 2010 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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Drive Sales & Increase Brand Awareness - WBDC Saturday Studies 5/16

Saturday Studies for Aspiring & Established Business Owners: Drive Sales & Increase Brand Awareness

Offered by the Women's Business Development Council 

Three information-packed workshops and two networking sessions, all built into one empowering morning. These sessions will allow you to learn from sales and branding experts to advance your business

Saturday, May 16th
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Norwalk Community College
Pre-Registration Required/No Charge

Click on the video below to learn more! 
WBDC May 16 Saturday Studies: Drive Sales + Increase Brand Awareness

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 Make sure to join WBDC for three great workshops:
  • Integrated Marketing in a Digital World taught by Jamison Scott
  • Branding for the Entrepreneur: What to do when YOU are the Business! taught by Robin Dann
  • How to Schmooze taught by Gilda Bonanno
For more information or to register, click here!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

GE CLO Raghu Krishnamoorty to present at ATD 5/11 in Norwalk, CT


The Southern CT chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) meeting
May 11, 2015, 5:45 PM

Speaker: Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Vice President, Executive Development, and Chief Learning Officer, GE

Raghu Krishnamoorthy is both curious and tenacious in his pursuit of influences and trends that impact the way leaders must lead now and into the future.  Mr. Krishnamoorthy’s findings reflect a profound cultural shift for GE and have sparked a robust evolution of GE’s legendary leadership curriculum and practices.

Those who attend will explore:

  • Insights into the dynamic nature of business and the rapid pace of change,
  • The traits, behaviors and capabilities leaders need to be successful and win in global markets, and
  • How a 130-year-old conglomerate is learning to behave like a lean and agile start-up

Raghu’s purpose and energy are evident in all he does. You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear from one of learning and leadership’s most progressive and compelling voices of our day. 

As vice president for executive development and chief learning officer at GE, Raghu Krishnamoorthy is responsible for GE's global talent pipeline, learning and development, and the Crotonville, NY leadership development organization. Since joining the global conglomerate in 1994, he has held a series of key human resources leadership roles at various GE organizations around the globe. In 2009, he was named among the Top 50 Asian Americans in the business world by the Asian American Business Development Center. Krishnamoorthy received his M.B.A. from the Indian Institution of Management in Ahmedabad. He also attended the University of Minnesota as a Fulbright scholar in 1993.

We anticipate unusually high attendance for this event. Early registration is strongly recommended.

11 May 2015
5:45 PM
Location: The Norwalk Inn, Norwalk, CT

Chapter Member – $37.00 (USD)
Chapter Member In Transition – $25.00 (USD)
Guest – $50.00 (USD)
Student (Full Time) – $20.00 (USD)

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