Thursday, September 24, 2015

Client Testimonial for Gilda Bonanno

Provided a wealth of opportunities for participants to actively learn
"It was an absolute pleasure having alumna Gilda Bonanno present her workshop on “How to Schmooze” with our institution’s alumni. Her training and coaching credentials and her ability to engage a diverse audience with a wide range of professions provided a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for our participants to actively learn and craft their networking skills."
Anthony Izzo, Assistant Director, Annual Giving, Marist College

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

How to Engage the Audience When Presenting

Check out my recent post on the Constant Contact Community Blog: 

When you present, it’s important for you to connect to the audience so they pay attention and understand your message.  Here are 9 strategies for engaging the audience:  

1. Know the audience
If you know the audience and understand how they like to receive information, it's much easier for you to construct a presentation that makes sense to them.  For example, you lead off with a problem statement and then provide a solution.  Or, you go chronologically through the history of this project.  If you speak “their language,” it will be easier to keep their attention.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gilda's Coaching Helps Account Exec Exceed Targets

Gilda Bonanno LLC Presentation Skills Coaching Case Study

How did Presentation Skills Coaching with Gilda Bonanno improve the client's condition?

Case Study #2: Account executive learns how to slow down and sound energized over the phone and gets promoted to manager

Background: An account executive at a fast growing B2B firm sounded rushed and mumbling when making cold calls to potential clients and leaving voicemails for them. His goal was to get more in-person sales meetings so he could get new business and meet his sales targets.

Coaching: I listened in on his phone calls and voicemails and we did several practice recordings.  In order for him to sound more animated, energetic and enthusiastic, he practiced varying his voice’s pitch, tone, pace and volume, when/how to breathe and pause and his articulation of words.  We developed three call templates (one for each kind of potential customer) and he recorded himself using the templates on live calls, comparing the "before" calls to the "after" calls and noting the improvement in energy, articulation and pace. 

Results: After a few coaching sessions, he slowed down from an average 15-20 seconds per voicemail to 45 seconds. He was able to reach his target of 40 sales calls per quarter, improving his pipeline and achieving 75% of his annual quota in just 6 months. 

Next Steps
Learn more about how Gilda's coaching can help you reach your goals - email Gilda today or call 203-979-5117.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

9/21 ATD Meeting: Leveraging Coaching for Talent Development and Business Impact

Association for Talent Development - CT Chapter Presents a Panel Discussion:
Leveraging Coaching for Talent Development and Business Impact
September 21, 2015
Join us for this unique opportunity to hear how four leading organizations are utilizing coaching to enrich leadership, conversations, and cultures.
Maureen Hunter, Manager and Global Lead, Leadership Development, IBM
June Amori, VP & Executive Coach, Prudential Annuities
Julie Staudenmier, Executive Director, Leadership & Organization Development, Boehringer Ingelheim
Michael Leckie, Regional Vice President, Executive Programs, Gartner

What the panel will discuss:
  • Unique approaches to blending internal and external coaching resources
  • Leaders as coaches
  • Lessons learned in implementing coaching models
Karen Kirchner, Executive Coach and Co-Leader of the ATD Coaching Community of Practice, will be our moderator. 

Attend our fall kick-off meeting to learn, network, and keep up-to-date on trends on this important topic

Date:  Monday, September 21, 2015
Time: 5:45 PM Networking/Registration.
6:15 PM Dinner and Program
$37 Chapter Members; $50 Guests; 
$25 Members In-Transition; $20 Students
Reservation Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015
Meeting Location: 
Norwalk Inn and Conference Center
99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NSA President Ruby Newell-Legner Presents at NSA-CT 9/17

National Speakers Association CT Chapter Presents: 

Creating Systems to Put You Center Stage with Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP
September 17, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Best Western
201 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473

Throughout the year NSA-CT holds several open meetings to serve the needs of NSA-CT members as well as aspiring speakers.  Members pay annual dues of $125 and a meeting discounted rate of $25.  Guests are welcome to attend the regular meetings for a fee of $40. Join us on September 17th as we kick-off our 2015-2016 season

Creating Systems to Put You Center Stage 
As a “Fan Experience Expert” in sports, leisure and entertainment, Ruby Newell-Legner’s clients include 27 professional sports teams. She trained the staff for Super Bowl XLI, the 2008 US Open and the 2010 Olympics. Ruby currently serves as the National President 2015-2016. Join us as we begin a new season, reunite with our NSA-NYC community, and listen to Ruby share her wisdom as a Fan Experience Expert.

• Learn how Ruby has become a celebrity in her niche market and how you can too

• Find out how to get referrals and testimonials with one simple technique

• Learn how to avoid cold calling and still get booked

• Learn strategies for becoming a hero to every meeting planner

About Ruby Newell-Legner, CSP - Fan Experience Expert,
Since 1994, Ruby Newell-Legner has been the behind-the-scenes force fueling the dynamic advances in customer satisfaction programs for the Sports, Leisure and Entertainment industry. In the last 20 years she has presented more than 2300 staff development sessions in 11 countries.

Her clients range from the only 7 Star Hotel to Ferrari World, the largest indoor amusement park in the world. Ruby’s clients also include 27 professional sports teams and 60 sports and entertainment venues. She trained the guest relations staff for Super Bowl XLI, the 2006 & 2013 Grey Cup, the 2008 US Open (tennis), the 2010 Olympics and 2012 National Republican Convention.

Ruby has been a member of the National Speakers Association Colorado chapter since 1995, and served on the Board of Directors from 1996-1998. In 1997, she was elected as Member of the Year and received her Certified Speaking Professional designation in 2000, a designation bestowed by the National Speakers Association (NSA) to less than 700 speakers in the world. She currently serves as President of the National Speakers Association 2015-16.

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