Saturday, October 29, 2016

NSA-CT Meeting Nov 9

National Speakers Association - CT Chapter Meeting on November 9
Featured Guest Speaker: Kimberlee Pita
“Communicating with the Generations”: Breaking Down Generations in the Workforce
For the first time ever, five generations are now working together in businesses and organizations across the country. In fact, adults age 18 to 34 now make up 1 in 3 American workers, according to Pew Research Center. This number is expected to grow as more millennials enter the workforce after high school and/or college.
To improve interpersonal communications, it is essential to understand the vast generational differences. In this keynote address, Kim will outline how limiting beliefs, core values, outside influences, predominant characteristics and work styles affect each generation. She will share strategies and tactics to create more harmonious workplace and social environments.
Kim Sirois Pita
Founder, Pita Peaces
Kim began her career writing speeches and correspondence for accomplished business and political leaders, including U.S. Congresswoman Barbara B. Kennelly.  Today, she delivers inspirational messages through her consultancy, Pita Peaces.
Kim is a motivational speaker, transformation adviser and brand consultant helping small businesses in transition get from a place of chaos and uncertainty, to a position of peace and prominence.
In 1996, Kim co-founded and grew The Pita Group, a multi-million dollar marketing agency in Rocky Hill. During her 15 years with the agency, she developed a thriving culture, fueling employees for greatness, and nurtured relationships with clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to non-profit organizations.
Kim serves as chair of CBIA’s Small Business Advisory Council and vice chair of Mental Health Connecticut Board of Directors. She has served on Boards of Directors, including CBIA, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Hartford Children’s Theatre, Rocky Hill Chamber of Commerce and Rebuilding Together Hartford.
An advocate for empowering women, Kim is an active member of the Connecticut Women’s Council, Senior Executive Women’s Network and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, where she serves on the membership committee.
She received the 40 Under 40 Award from the Hartford Business Journal, an Alumni Achievement Award from Framingham State University and a Women Redefining Media Leadership Badge from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
Kim is writing a memoir, Split Ends: A Tale of 2 Crazy Sisters, which chronicles how she flipped her life right side up following her sister Kelly’s death in 2011. She expects to self-publish the book in 2017. Early chapters can be found on Kim’s blog @
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Best Western
201 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473
For information or to register, visit

Friday, October 28, 2016

When Presenting, Give Signs Like Nature

Here in the northeastern part of the United States, autumn has arrived and winter is not too far behind.  How do I know?  The leaves have turned from green to gold and red, there is frost on the grass in the morning and the days are getting shorter. Nature gives clues that signal the end of one season and the coming of the next.  These signs tell me what to expect and they help me get ready to rake the leaves, pull out my winter coat and set the clocks back. 

When you present, you can be like Nature – and give your audience signs as to what's coming next.  When you set your audience's expectations, it allows them to follow your message more easily. 

  • In your introduction, share your message – what is the point of what you're going to say and why is it important to them? If you're clear about you want them to get out of your presentation, it's easier for them to focus on hearing that message.
  • It may help to remind the audience how long you will speak.  For example, you can say, "in the next 10 minutes, I will share…" or " as we work together over the next hour…"  That clue helps them to calibrate their time, especially if there is a full schedule of presenters.
  • Be clear in your organization.  Try to group your material into a few sections to make it easier to follow.  For example, tell the audience if you're going to cover three case studies or four reasons or five steps. 
  • Make it clear how one section of your presentation is related to the next.  Give the audience clues: are you continuing in the same theme, presenting the opposite point of view, focusing on a different company or talking about a different time period?
The End is Near
  • Give the audience a sign that you're nearing your conclusion.  For example, "the third and final reason you should consider Jimmy's Jammies for all your pajama needs is… " or "the last story that I'd like to share with you about the bride and groom is…" 
Don't Tease
  • If you give a sign that you're almost done, for example, by saying "in conclusion…," don't go on for another 20 minutes.  The audience will get restless and may stop listening.
If you act like Nature and give your audience signs and clues when you speak, it will be easier for them to follow your presentation and make sense of it. Setting their expectations will help them understand and retain your message.  

Gilda Bonanno's blog

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Network with ATD & ICT 11/10

The Southern CT chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Connecticut charter chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICF) present a Special Evening Networking Event!

 Thursday, November 10th, 2016
5:45PM - 8:30PM 

(on the Saugatuck River)
299 Riverside Ave
Westport,CT  06880
 $25 Members of ATD SCC & ICF-CT 
 $35 Non-members 
We invite you to a unique evening dedicated to networking with members and associates of our ATD Southern CT Chapter and our ICF-CT Coach Community.  Our combined expertise includes coaching, training, education, learning and development, performance improvement, and human resource development.
This French bistro, with views of the Saugatuck River, will be serving throughout the evening:
Hot and Cold Hors d'oeuvres (gluten free available)
Penne alla Vodka & Cheese Platter
Cash bar
Make new relationships, build alliances and networks, learn from one another, and share stories about the impact coaching and training has on our clients and organizations.
  • Gain personal insights into educational, programming, and development opportunities that will enhance your professional skills and advance your personal and professional goals as an entrepreneur, coach, training professional and leader.     
  • Keep current with the behavioral research that drives our understanding of human behavior and how we connect that science to our practice. 
  • Gain insights into being an effective internal or external change agent.
As with all chapter meetings, the event is open to members and non-members.     
For more information or to register, visit

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Don't "Wing" Your Virtual Presentation

Whether your virtual presentation is a teleconference or webinar, it’s important that you prepare and practice it so that you can be successful.  Just showing up and “winging it” – delivering a presentation without preparation - will not work. Telephone 3.jpg

One of the factors that makes a virtual presentation more challenging than an in-person presentation is that the audience can’t see you (unless you are doing a live streaming video) so you lose all the elements of body language which normally would help them understand your presentation.  All you have is your voice.

For 6 strategies to ensure that your virtual presentation will be effective, read the rest of the post here on my Constant Contact Community blog: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Stand Out from the Crowd with Personal Branding 10/27


Course description: Personal branding defines you to the community and allows you to be perceived as the go-to expert. Now you can learn how to build your brand through clear and consistent in-person communication and gain the principles you need to apply to social media too!

Learn how to:
  • Identify what makes you unique and communicate that to others
  • Overcome the fear of speaking with confidence about yourself
  • Use powerful body language to connect to your audience
  • Develop memorable content that helps set you apart from the crowd

Registration Required/No Charge


Thursday, October 27, 2016


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Quinnipiac University North Haven Campus


370 Bassett Road
For more information or to register, visit