Thursday, December 31, 2015

Virtual Presentations - How to Develop and Deliver an Effective Presentation Over the Phone

Check out Gilda's program, Virtual Presentations: How to Develop and Deliver an Effective Presentation Over the Phone

3-Session Teleclass Audio MP3 Recordings & Written PDF Transcripts
Learn how to create and deliver a presentation over the phone with confidence and achieve the desired result, whether it's to:
• close a sale
• share crucial information with your team
• establish priorities with your vendors
Whether you are an entrepreneur or corporate executive, small business owner or manager, presenting information over the phone to  geographically dispersed, remotely located clients, partners and vendors can be challenging.  You can't see your audience and know whether they are paying attention and are understanding you.  And the audience can't see your gestures or facial expressions.
Learn how to overcome the challenges of delivering a virtual presentation so you can confidently and competently communicate to any audience even when they can't see you.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Gilda's universal message needed by senior corporate audiences

"Gilda did an oustanding job in presenting to our administrative assistant staff. She took on a potentially touchy subject, fear and empowerment in the workplace, with humor, energy and tact. She leveraged her experience as an administrative assistant optimally. I believe her messages are universal and would be welcome, and much needed, by other, more senior, audiences. Gilda is very entertaining and thought provoking."
Doug J. Manion, M.D., Vice President, Viral Diseases Global Clinical Research Bristol-Myers Squibb Research & Development

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Don’t Start Your Presentation by Admitting You’re out of Touch

by Gilda Bonanno

I once saw a speaker start a presentation to an audience of two hundred people by saying, "Of course, unlike all of you practitioners, I've been a consultant for the past several years, so I am out of touch with industry practices and what you face every day.”

He started his presentation by saying what??

Perhaps he was trying to compliment the practitioners in the audience.  Perhaps he thought it would sound self-deprecating. Perhaps he thought it was a humorous stereotype about consultants.  Whatever his reasoning, it was misguided.  As a result, he essentially started his presentation by admitting that he had nothing valuable to say because he was out of touch about the topic.  Why should the audience listen to him (and worse, why should the association have paid him)?

While you shouldn’t go to the opposite extreme and start your presentation by bragging about your fantastic accomplishments, I would have thought it was obvious that you should never begin by admitting how little you know about the topic and how disconnected you are from the everyday realities of the work.

By the way, this was no rookie speaker – he is someone who is considered an expert in his field and has been paid to speak in front of many audiences. And he should have known better.

The next time you have to give a presentation, learn from his mistake – don’t start by proclaiming your ignorance. 

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Break Through the Noise to Reach Your Audience

by Gilda Bonanno
One of the key challenges of being a speaker today is that people are suffering from information overload.  They have a lot of content that they're already consuming on the Web, through their mobile devices, television, social media, etc.  They're being bombarded with a lot of information, and they've become very savvy.  They've heard a lot of good speakers and they can easily detect speakers who are not sincere. 

You have to sincerely engage the audience so you can break through their distractions and capture their attention. 

You also have to tailor your message to that particular audience so your content is seen as relevant, relatable and valuable.  For example, I usually talk to several people from the audience well in advance of my speech so I can understand their day-to-day work and make sure my program is meaningful in that context. (Thanks to Alan Weiss, author of Million Dollar Speaking and 40+ other books, for introducing me to this idea -

The next time that you have to speak in front of an audience, remember that your challenge is to break through the walls of "I've already heard this," and "I have a million other things to do so why should I listen to you?"

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Free Special Report: 7 Steps to Confident Public Speaking

Sunday, December 13, 2015

6 Ways to Make Your Pitch Presentation More Effective on Anne Wenzel's website

I'm excited that my guest blog post, Public Speaking for Entrepreneurs: 6 Ways to Make Your Pitch Presentation More Effective, was included on Anne Wenzel's website: 

Anne Ramstetter Wenzel, M.A., is an economist, market research consultant and established business writer who brings economics to life for her clients.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

How to Network at Holiday Parties

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'Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether you're looking for a job or looking to make contacts in your field, holiday parties are a great way to build your professional network.  And networking is really just another form of communication. 

Read my five guidelines for how to communicate and network successfully at holiday parties - here on my post on the Constant Contact Community Blog: