NSA Conn http://feed.informer.com/digests/DEFH2VSYX4/feeder NSA Conn Respective post owners and feed distributors Fri, 06 Jan 2017 02:40:16 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Think of Yourself as a Speaker http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/06/think-of-yourself-as-speaker.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:4c467963-45c9-031d-b8ab-a1a64cd7cadb Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:14:15 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Often, people tell me, "I'm not a speaker so I don't have to think about presentation skills." &nbsp;I disagree.&nbsp; I think we are all speakers – yes, even you.&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Whether you talk to a small or large audience or in a corporate, academic or community setting, you are a speaker.&nbsp; If you give an update to a project team, speak up at a neighborhood meeting or organize a fundraiser, you are a speaker.&nbsp; If you give a toast at a wedding, conduct orientation for new employees or train someone on a new process, you are a speaker.&nbsp; If you teach a class, lead a conference call or accept a community award, you are a speaker.&nbsp; If you answer a question at a meeting, attend a networking event or interact with potential clients, you are a speaker.</div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">The point of thinking of yourself as a speaker is not to make you crazy. The point is for you to become conscious of your power to communicate.&nbsp; Public speaking is a skill – it's not magic or a special gene.&nbsp; And as a skill, it can be learned and improved.&nbsp; You already have knowledge and expertise; public speaking gives you the ability to communicate that knowledge and expertise effectively to others.&nbsp; And in so doing, you can have a positive impact on your career, your self-confidence and your community. &nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Read the rest of my article on the Constant Contact community blog:&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><a href="https://community.constantcontact.com/t5/Member-Blog-Marketing/Think-of-Yourself-as-a-Speaker/ba-p/296403" style="font-size: 11pt;">https://community.constantcontact.com/t5/Member-Blog-Marketing/Think-of-Yourself-as-a-Speaker/ba-p/296403</a></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/QAa52k3u8L4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business communication skills confidence presentation presentation skills public speaking speaker speech Gilda Bonanno 3 Methods for Lasting Change We Can Learn from Jesus http://www.wallyhauck.com/3-methods-for-lasting-change-we-can-learn-from-jesus-2/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:3a993287-220c-33a3-5888-0f152d7e9cad Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:54:14 +0000 There are many things we can learn from Jesus even if we are not Christian.  One important lesson is how to be a change agent for our teams, organizations, or communities. The ability to lead change is a key competency of any leader and that is especially true today with the speed and frequency of [&#8230;] <p>There are many things we can learn from Jesus even if we are not Christian.  One important lesson is how to be a change agent for our teams, organizations, or communities.</p> <p>The ability to lead change is a key competency of any leader and that is especially true today with the speed and frequency of change.  According to Fortune Magazine, only 12% of the Fortune 500 companies in 1955 are still on the list today.  Why?  One reason is the inability to adapt to change.</p> <p>There are three methods that we can learn from Jesus with will enable any of us to facilitate change&#8230;  <a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=5020&amp;type=post">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck 7 Strategies for Successfully Working a Tradeshow http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/06/7-strategies-for-successfully-working.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:42510d95-b08e-0d27-184d-7d90dd29c442 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">A client recently asked how he could be more successful when working his company’s booth at an upcoming industry tradeshow. Here are my 7 strategies for successfully working a tradeshow, exhibition or business expo: ) &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br /><b>1. Set realistic expectations</b><br /><br /><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TncSmijWryI/WU1QZmF9ToI/AAAAAAAABxw/JRdPVf_FFeUH7DbYbcQLCGZX1HSrKN9DACLcBGAs/s1600/Purchased%2BExhibition%2BTrade%2BShow%2BFotolia_105007216_S.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="566" data-original-width="849" height="133" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TncSmijWryI/WU1QZmF9ToI/AAAAAAAABxw/JRdPVf_FFeUH7DbYbcQLCGZX1HSrKN9DACLcBGAs/s200/Purchased%2BExhibition%2BTrade%2BShow%2BFotolia_105007216_S.jpg" width="200" /></a>Popular tradeshows are attended by thousands of people and can be noisy, crowded and exhausting (for both attendees and exhibitors). As a tradeshow team, set expectations for what you want to achieve and how you will measure success. For example, collecting email addresses may be all you can do during busy, peak hours while during quieter hours, you may be able to have more in-depth conversations with people who stop by your booth.<br /><br />Read the rest of the article on my LinkedIn profile here: <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-strategies-successfully-working-tradeshow-gilda-bonanno">https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-strategies-successfully-working-tradeshow-gilda-bonanno</a></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/7Kfm9GCFyV8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> booth business conference exhibition expo meeting networking schmooze tradeshow Gilda Bonanno Excellence http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/06/excellence.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:03f864ab-c09f-6058-d4b9-0281ab585089 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:30:30 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jeHKRy3AKso/WUhMYhBe6AI/AAAAAAAABwY/ZqMorx0Sihs8N1iHnzBymAx_H-8YdNLHQCLcBGAs/s1600/Aristotle%2Bquote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; 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text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-19KX08z6ozo/WUhsZZk39_I/AAAAAAAABw4/9nq-Jre5Sw0q5wnUtn8Gu6hy8UMQtNWEQCLcBGAs/s1600/20170228_085401.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="900" data-original-width="1600" height="225" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-19KX08z6ozo/WUhsZZk39_I/AAAAAAAABw4/9nq-Jre5Sw0q5wnUtn8Gu6hy8UMQtNWEQCLcBGAs/s400/20170228_085401.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;">The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute is a university department that helps entrepreneurs and innovators at Yale start scalable new ventures. </span></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://yei.yale.edu/">http://yei.yale.edu/</a></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WWXS_vXzf7g/WUhsZoccgBI/AAAAAAAABxE/C8Mnro_ej2c8u9H1RfWESG5WOHHK0nBJwCLcBGAs/s1600/Gilda%2BBonanno.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; 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font-family: Alegreya, Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 23.9999px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #3d3d3d; font-family: Alegreya, Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 23.9999px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #3d3d3d; font-family: Alegreya, Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 23.9999px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #3d3d3d; font-family: Alegreya, Times, serif;"><span style="font-size: 23.9999px;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #3d3d3d; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/" target="_blank">www.gildabonanno.com&nbsp;</a></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/g_XcOA473BE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> branding business communication skills entrepreneur Fran Pastore public speaking success Training wbdc Women's Business Development Council Yale Gilda Bonanno Too Many Filler Words Undermine Your Credibility http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/06/too-many-filler-words-undermine-your.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:9f7ba04b-0eb0-a504-04a8-be0f01d6ad64 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:00:33 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><b>by Gilda Bonanno LLC</b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Recently I attended a meeting where a senior leader of the organization offered opening remarks.&nbsp; He spoke for 2 minutes and said “um” 24 times.&nbsp; Doing the math, that’s an “um” approximately every 5 seconds. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-m0hKpqiCW5k/WUhRH0EDXgI/AAAAAAAABwk/lZUfCmYqAK8BnnSt-iWwaIb46uY2KgXqACLcBGAs/s1600/Filler%2BWords%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="706" data-original-width="694" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-m0hKpqiCW5k/WUhRH0EDXgI/AAAAAAAABwk/lZUfCmYqAK8BnnSt-iWwaIb46uY2KgXqACLcBGAs/s200/Filler%2BWords%2B2.jpg" width="196" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Here’s how it would read if he wrote it out:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">“Welcome to the um, XYZ meeting. We are happy to, um, have you here today.&nbsp; We will, um, share the goals of, um, the new program and explain, um, the role you will play in the program.&nbsp; And thank you, um, for being here because, um, the work you do is crucial to, um, the success of our clients.”<o:p></o:p></span></i></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">While a few “ums” are okay, this many of them completely distracted from what he was actually saying.&nbsp; I started listening for the next “um” rather than trying to follow what his message.&nbsp; It made him sound less confident, less definite and less clear.<o:p></o:p></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Imagine that you are speaking in front of the Board of Directors at your company, the media or a potential client.&nbsp; Do you want to sound confident and in command of your subject? Or do you want to allow your unconsciously-said filler words to undermine your credibility?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Filler words like “um,” “ah,” “you know” and “like” fill in the empty space while your brain thinks of what to say next and catches up with your tongue and your voice which are still producing sound.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">The solution is relatively easy.&nbsp; First, you have to become aware that you using filler words.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Then replace them with a short pause instead (the pause will feel like an eternity to you, but not to your audience) while you think of what to say next.&nbsp; Get used to speaking in complete sentences and complete thoughts.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">One way to practice this is by practicing speaking out loud and when you hear yourself using a filer word, stop.&nbsp; Then go back to the beginning of the sentence and try again, without the filler word. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">A small investment of your time, energy and focus to fix your filler problem will have a big pay-off: you will sound more confident and the audience will be able to focus on you and your message.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Or you can do nothing, and keep allowing your filler words to obscure your competence and undermine your credibility.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div></div><!-- BEGIN: Constant Contact Basic Opt-in Email List Form --> <div align="center"><table bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" style="border: 2px solid #0000CC;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" style="color: #0000cc; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 18px; font-weight: bold;">7 STEPS TO CONFIDENT PUBLIC SPEAKING </td></tr><tr><td align="center" style="border-top: 2px solid #0000CC;"><form action="http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp" method="post" name="ccoptin" style="margin-bottom: 2;" target="_blank"><input name="m" type="hidden" value="1101569497961" /><input name="p" type="hidden" value="oi" /><span style="color: #0000cc; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-weight: bold;">Enter Email:</span> <input name="ea" size="20" style="border: 1px solid #0000cc; font-size: 10pt;" type="text" value="" /><input class="submit" name="go" style="font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;" type="submit" value="Get Free Report &amp; Gilda's Newsletter" /></form></td></tr></tbody></table></div><!-- END: Constant Contact Basic Opt-in Email List Form --></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/ONk6a1np564" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> body language business communication skills confidence filler words non-verbal communication practice presentation presentation skills public speaking success voice Gilda Bonanno A LESSON FROM SUMMER http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=465 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:ea568d94-25ce-6866-a512-ac81e24f8053 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:42:15 +0000 I love all the seasons, but being a bit of a speed freak, summer is a good season for me as it slows me down. I&#8217;m content to sit outside and enjoy the warmth, listen to the birds, mess about in the garden. It&#8217;s exciting to harvest the first vegetables, and this year, thanks to [&#8230;] <p>I love all the seasons, but being a bit of a speed freak, summer is a good season for me as it slows me down. I&#8217;m content to sit outside and enjoy the warmth, listen to the birds, mess about in the garden. It&#8217;s exciting to harvest the first vegetables, and this year, thanks to a lot of rain, my roses are amazing. Summer is also a nostalgic time for me as I remember my childhood summers:  long days of swimming, playing with my cousins and brother and sister, eating outside, going barefoot, hanging my legs over the side of my father&#8217;s boat as we explored the Connecticut River.</p> <p>One of the lessons I&#8217;ve learned from summer is that slowing down doesn&#8217;t mean dropping out. In fact, taking time can allow the things that are most important to surface. For example, yesterday I had an endless of list of things to do to continue promoting my book, but because I wasn&#8217;t in a rush, because I sat outside and thought about what really matters to me, I decided that those things could wait. And instead I worked on a new book&#8211;one for children&#8211;called &#8220;Bella and the Cat Who Thought He Was A Dog.&#8221; And this story, came from an amazing thing my childhood cat did when one of our dogs was attacked my a neighbor&#8217;s dog. He rushed into the fray, scratching and biting the other dog, until he fled howling.</p> <p>Where it goes is anyone&#8217;s guess, but it felt good to complete it and submit it to my publisher. As I told a classroom of high school seniors a few months back, there are many ways to give yourself the gift of time. One habit I&#8217;ve taught myself, is to arrive for appointments about ten minutes early. I know, I can already hear you thinking to yourselves&#8211;<em>That&#8217;s crazy. I can barely make it on time! </em>The challenge I gave the seniors was to do it for a week&#8211;get to school ten minutes early. And then notice how the day goes. Notice how your relationships change. Be aware how kindness blossoms when you&#8217;re not in a rush. It&#8217;s summer. Take a deep breath and enjoy it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-467"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-467" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13-300x300.jpg" alt="photo (13)" width="300" height="300" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13-150x150.jpg 150w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13-300x300.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0961.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-466"><img class="alignnone wp-image-466" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0961-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_0961" width="396" height="297" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0961-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0961.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 396px) 100vw, 396px" /></a></p> Burnout Jean Jean "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure" http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/06/our-deepest-fear-is-that-we-are.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:845b1a58-86ff-922e-e3f4-f96d8d9506f0 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:11:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OogvS8oo-SQ/WUhLKxg35zI/AAAAAAAABwQ/d2VPODsDg6Q4jgzUJkQSIv_oHo4GsR_0ACLcBGAs/s1600/Our-deepest-fear-is-not.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="650" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OogvS8oo-SQ/WUhLKxg35zI/AAAAAAAABwQ/d2VPODsDg6Q4jgzUJkQSIv_oHo4GsR_0ACLcBGAs/s640/Our-deepest-fear-is-not.jpg" width="260" /></a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/3KVSYyXPMOM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business confidence Marianne Williamson quotations quotes self-confidence success women Gilda Bonanno Frequent Performance Feedback: What’s the Point? http://www.wallyhauck.com/frequent-performance-feedback-whats-the-point-2/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:9a62ae11-727c-080f-ba60-7f02de6648e9 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:42:41 +0000 The client asked me, “How do I get my employee to be at his desk when he is needed?” The typical manager would likely make specific demands and/or make threats such as insist on frequent meetings to assure compliance with the demands.  Or, he/she might threaten to possibly hold a negative performance review rating.  What’s [&#8230;] <p>The client asked me, <em>“How do I get my employee to be at his desk when he is needed?” </em>The typical manager would likely make specific demands and/or make threats such as insist on frequent meetings to assure compliance with the demands.  Or, he/she might threaten to possibly hold a negative performance review rating.  What’s the point of these?  Control?  Control techniques are often outdated and ineffective in our knowledge economy. Employees can always find ways around the arbitrary rules. So what is the answer?  More frequent feedback?  What is the point?</p> <p>Many, if not most of the firms transforming their performance management processes are recommending more frequent and informal feedback in place of formal performance review meetings.  But, will it work?  <a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=4938&amp;type=post">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Old Habits Die Hard: Management Ideas and Employee Engagement http://www.wallyhauck.com/old-habits-die-hard-management-ideas-and-employee-engagement/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:3e9c4b03-52d2-6dc5-e631-ba080aaf5463 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:14:18 +0000 They say old habits die hard. It’s true.  Some scientists explain this by explaining how 90-95% of our brain activity is unconscious.  Therefore, most of our decisions are already made before we even think about them (Shahram Heshmat, 2016). We tend to act on previous information and/or patterns 90-95% of the time. What does this have [&#8230;] <p>They say old habits die hard. It’s true.  Some scientists explain this by explaining how 90-95% of our brain activity is unconscious.  Therefore, most of our decisions are already made before we even think about them (Shahram Heshmat, 2016). We tend to act on previous information and/or patterns 90-95% of the time.</p> <p>What does this have to do with employee engagement?  Engagement has been, and remains, a major issue for today’s C-Suite occupants&#8230;.Which old habits are contributing to this stagnation in engagement improvement?  There is never one answer.  One factor is the language we continually use to describe people and situations.  Because, it is a habit.  <a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=4838&amp;type=post">Read More</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck WHY NOT A LITTLE CHAOS? http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=460 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:8d9af359-faa8-b6d5-8ba2-9dd06e00a654 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:05:01 +0000 I don&#8217;t know about you, but in my world, &#8220;chaos&#8221; is a bad word. It&#8217;s something I try really hard to avoid with my spreadsheets, calendars, lists (yes I know I wrote about this in my last post). I even plan our menus for the week so that I don&#8217;t have to run to the [&#8230;] <p>I don&#8217;t know about you, but in my world, &#8220;chaos&#8221; is a bad word. It&#8217;s something I try really hard to avoid with my spreadsheets, calendars, lists (yes I know I wrote about this in my last post). I even plan our menus for the week so that I don&#8217;t have to run to the store at the last minute.</p> <p>But last week, my husband, who volunteers at a local animal shelter, fell in love. There was something about this puppy that got to him. The next day, we brought Bella, our ten-year-old therapy dog to meet the puppy. She basically ignored him so we thought, &#8220;Oh, this will be easy.&#8221;</p> <p>It&#8217;s not. Last Thursday Rudy came home. He was so frightened in the car that he threw up and pooped. Once we got him cleaned up, we walked both dogs so that they could meet again on neutral territory. Bella was puzzled but okay. But once Rudy came into the house (and he&#8217;s only allowed in the mud room and kitchen until he&#8217;s house trained), Bella snarled at him through the gate. She wasn&#8217;t any friendlier outside, but now, day six, we see small signs of detente. We had them both loose in the back yard and there was some avoidance, but no snarling. The ice might be melting. Our cat, Henry is stunned but won&#8217;t defend himself when Rudy knocks him over. Yes, we&#8217;ve got chaos. But it&#8217;s strangely okay.</p> <p>I&#8217;m trying to take a kind of Zen approach to it all, to see what happens and to untangle myself from my normal expectations. Okay, not much work gets done. So what if the kitchen floor is dirty? He&#8217;s sweet. He likes to fall asleep in my arms. Maybe charm really is stronger than chaos. One day I hope he&#8217;ll be a therapy dog like Bella. I hope he&#8217;ll be able to comfort people who are hurting. Yesterday, when Bella and I were at our local hospital, we visited a boy in the emergency psych ward. He was only 11 and was in a room by himself. I asked him if Bella could get up on his bed and he nodded. She curled up next to him. He touched her velvety ears and for those few seconds, I thought he looked less alone and unafraid. After several minutes, we said goodbye, and as we walked past the armed guard outside his door, I knew we would make it through the chaos.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><del><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0971.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-461"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-461" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0971-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_0971" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0971-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0971.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a> <a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_2668.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-462"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-462" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_2668-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_2668" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_2668-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_2668.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></del></p> Burnout Jean Jean 7 Mistakes Managers Make That Damage Engagement – Mistake #3 http://www.wallyhauck.com/7-mistakes-managers-make-that-damage-engagement-mistake-3/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:0d5193fd-e4e4-d4e4-554b-4743098c8740 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:45:48 +0000 This is the third blog in a series of 7.  If you are a manager today, you may often feel uncomfortable and/or perhaps out of place.  It reminds me of the children’s story about Rip Van Winkle.  He slept for many years and when he awoke everything had dramatically changed.  He was out of place [&#8230;] <p>This is the third blog in a series of 7.  If you are a manager today, you may often feel uncomfortable and/or perhaps out of place.  It reminds me of the children’s story about Rip Van Winkle.  He slept for many years and when he awoke everything had dramatically changed.  He was out of place and off balance.</p> <p>The purpose of this series of 7 blogs is to share those mistakes, offer alternative thinking, and provide an option to adapt and take different actions&#8230;<a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/06/02/mistakes-that-damage-employee-engagement-3/">Read More</a>  https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/06/02/mistakes-that-damage-employee-engagement-3/</p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck 5 FAQs About How to Use Eye Contact http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/05/5-faqs-about-how-to-use-eye-contact.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:c2f1a52d-9e21-bf23-18b5-d4da59448061 Sat, 27 May 2017 16:30:29 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">1)<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">Why should I use eye contact?</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">It helps you connect to the audience, no matter how big or small.&nbsp; Whether you're speaking to an audience of four or four thousand, it can help to create a one-on-one communication experience for each audience member.&nbsp; It also demonstrates your confidence and proves that the information resides in your head, not in your notes or on the slides. &nbsp;And it helps you get feedback on how people are reacting to your presentation.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P7yhN8vOhrA/WRZPlVQVACI/AAAAAAAABvI/mL_RaJYqTokGcspIxQmbRPJsP7q8aSOnwCLcB/s1600/eyes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-P7yhN8vOhrA/WRZPlVQVACI/AAAAAAAABvI/mL_RaJYqTokGcspIxQmbRPJsP7q8aSOnwCLcB/s200/eyes.jpg" width="200" /></a><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">2)<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">How long should I look at each person?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Approximately 5 seconds, which is about the time it takes to complete a thought.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"> Then move on to another person.&nbsp; Avoid darting your eyes around the room, trying look at everyone at the same time. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">3)<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">What if I'm uncomfortable looking at people's eyes?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">It is very intimate to look in someone's eye; remember the old adage, "the eyes are the window to the soul"? If you're uncomfortable looking directly into their eyes, you can start by looking </span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">right above their eyes, at their eyebrows. The difference won't be obvious to them and as you practice and get more comfortable, you can try looking them straight in the eye. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">4)<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">What if someone in the audience is uncomfortable with my looking at them?&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">He or she can choose to look away. If someone repeatedly looks away, don't take it&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; text-indent: -0.25in;">personally.&nbsp; Just glance over him or her on your way to focusing on someone else.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">5)<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Who should I look at in the audience? <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Your goal is to look at everyone and not ignore any section or person.&nbsp; You want to communicate that each person in the audience is important so don't focus only on the highest-ranking person in the room or the one friendly face.&nbsp; And since no one should be able to predict where you will look next, avoid what I call "tennis eyes," where you move your eyes from one side of the room to the other in a repetitive pattern, as if you were watching a tennis match.&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">With practice, you'll be able to use eye contact with ease and convey your message to your audience with confidence. &nbsp;</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></div></div><!-- BEGIN: Constant Contact Basic Opt-in Email List Form --> <div align="center"><table bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" style="border: 2px solid #000000;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" style="color: #336699; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;geneva&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; 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font-size: 10pt;" type="submit" value="Go" /></td></tr></tbody></table></div><!-- END: Constant Contact Basic Opt-in Email List Form --> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/EA3Em_RENOY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience bold presentation skills business presentation communication skills confidence eye contact presentation skills public speaking Gilda Bonanno Why We Must Make Hand-Offs Excellent http://www.wallyhauck.com/why-we-must-make-hand-offs-excellent/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:0b7cdbac-83a5-b2b8-9979-6d14dbdf0654 Fri, 26 May 2017 12:47:45 +0000 A Hand-off is information, paper, or product that is passed from one employee (the internal supplier) to another employee (internal customer) so he/she can do their job.  Poor hand-offs cause waste and customer complaints.  Find out more about why hand-offs need to be excellent and how everyone can do it&#8230;Read More &#160; https://c-suitenetwork.jiveon.com/people/wally@wallyhauck.com/blog/2017/05/26/why-we-must-make-hand-offs-excellent <p><img class=" wp-image-1368" src="http://www.wallyhauck.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Hand-Off-2-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="103" height="103" /></p> <p>A Hand-off is information, paper, or product that is passed from one employee (the internal supplier) to another employee (internal customer) so he/she can do their job.  Poor hand-offs cause waste and customer complaints.  Find out more about why hand-offs need to be excellent and how everyone can do it&#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.jiveon.com/people/wally@wallyhauck.com/blog/2017/05/26/why-we-must-make-hand-offs-excellent">Read More</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>https://c-suitenetwork.jiveon.com/people/wally@wallyhauck.com/blog/2017/05/26/why-we-must-make-hand-offs-excellent</p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck 3 Tips for Being an Effective Charity Spokesperson http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/05/3-tips-for-being-effective-charity.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:c426a3bd-1ca4-6d15-c5a2-b2d890f541bb Fri, 26 May 2017 00:05:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Recently, I have attended several events where people from well-known charities have spoken to ask for money or volunteers. &nbsp;One of the presenters asked me how she could improve her presentation.&nbsp; So I developed three quick tips that could help her become a more effective charity spokesperson.&nbsp; (And even if you're not in that role, these tips can help your presentations be more compelling and clear.)&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b9-y84MTKIs/WRZORGoejZI/AAAAAAAABvA/pci20FywOFgvq--yAgAo91-eBr1RQw-KACLcB/s1600/microphones%2Band%2Bwoman.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b9-y84MTKIs/WRZORGoejZI/AAAAAAAABvA/pci20FywOFgvq--yAgAo91-eBr1RQw-KACLcB/s200/microphones%2Band%2Bwoman.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-outline-level: 1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">1.<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Be selective with statistics.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">&nbsp; One charity spokesperson used at least twenty statistics in a five- minute presentation.&nbsp; The result was that the audience was overwhelmed and confused; there were too many statistics to remember and it was not clear how they related to each other or the presenter's overall message. &nbsp;Instead, use only a handful of statistics that are the most impactful and most relevant to your audience.&nbsp; For example, if you're asking for large donations, tell the audience the breakdown of how each dollar is spent.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-outline-level: 1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">2.<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Use stories.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"> Another spokesperson shared a moving story of how he lost a family member to the disease for which the charity was working to find a cure.&nbsp; Even if you don't have a personal story of your own to share, tell a story representative of a typical client that your charity helps.&nbsp; The story should be true, short and relevant to your message.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-outline-level: 1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">3.<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Be clear about your message.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">&nbsp; What is the call to action? Do you want the audience to donate money, volunteer time or do something else? 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Does the voice in your head sound like this? I call this voice the "Joy-Sucker" because it sucks the joy out of your work and your life.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Now imagine a child comes to you and says, "I'm scared about the dance recital [or the baseball game or the school play]."&nbsp; Would you say:&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"Don't mess up!"</span></i></li><li class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"Who do you think you are?"<o:p></o:p></span></i></li><li class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"You're gonna make a fool of yourself!"<o:p></o:p></span></i></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Never! Instead, you would be supportive, encouraging and positive – you would help him or her practice and prepare. <o:p></o:p></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Now imagine a good friend says to you, "I'm so nervous about that big presentation I have to give next week." Would you say:<o:p></o:p></span></div><ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"Don't mess up!"</span></i></li><li class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"Who do you think you are?"<o:p></o:p></span></i></li><li class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"You're gonna make a fool of yourself!"<o:p></o:p></span></i></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Never! You would be supportive, encouraging and positive.&nbsp; You would say:<o:p></o:p></span></div><ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"It will be ok." <o:p></o:p></span></i></li><li class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"They selected you to present because you know your stuff." <o:p></o:p></span></i></li><li class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"I'll help you practice."</span></i></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">So why do you think it's ok to speak to yourself with negative, critical words that you would never say to a child or a friend?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">The next time you start spewing negatives at yourself before you have to present, think of the helpful and supportive words you would say to a child or a friend – and then use them on yourself.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Replacing your negative self-talk with positive self-talk will help you feel more confident and allow you to access your knowledge and experience so you can be a more effective presenter. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">(For more on how to develop a positive mantra to replace the Joy-Sucker voice, see <a href="http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2010/04/public-speaking-fear-drown-out-that.html">http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2010/04/public-speaking-fear-drown-out-that.html</a>)<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/T2ru2vrS3gA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> bold presentation skills business presentation communication confidence practice public speaking self-confidence Gilda Bonanno Cut Out Your Sloppy Language When Presenting http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/05/cut-out-your-sloppy-language-when.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:266c187e-aed3-9e11-839c-ae20476ded4f Thu, 18 May 2017 14:00:13 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j5rP8EgrlzM/WRZMNbbg_8I/AAAAAAAABus/jwsUhINohzE60uRIKHcjhyey-zAn9-2bQCLcB/s1600/Filler%2BWords%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j5rP8EgrlzM/WRZMNbbg_8I/AAAAAAAABus/jwsUhINohzE60uRIKHcjhyey-zAn9-2bQCLcB/s200/Filler%2BWords%2B2.jpg" width="195" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Language is a tool that helps you communicate your message to your audience.&nbsp; Sloppy and imprecise language, however, can interfere with your communication.&nbsp;&nbsp; Here are six tips for eliminating sloppy language:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">1.<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Mind your grammar<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">You don't have to be a grammarian to follow basic grammar rules.&nbsp; I'm not talking about split infinitives or dangling participles, but basic grammar like verb tenses and pronoun usage.&nbsp; Avoid grammar mistakes such as, "we was going" or "him and me went." Check out Lynn Gaertner-Johnston’s blog&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businesswritingblog.com/">http://www.businesswritingblog.com/</a>for grammar rules for writing that are also applicable for speaking.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">2.<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"We" vs. "They"<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">If you are a part of a group or business and you are referring to the members of that group or business, demonstrate that you're part of the team by using "we" rather than "they." I've heard employees say "they have to achieve these goals," when referring to their own company.&nbsp; Using "they" makes it sound like you're not a team player and that you don't believe you can contribute to the success.&nbsp; If it doesn't come naturally to think of yourself as "we" and part of the group, then practice saying (and believing) it. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">3.<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Get rid of the weak, minimizing words<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Words like "sorta," "just," or "kinda" minimize the impact of your message.&nbsp; And stringing a few of them together, as in, "I'm just gonna discuss" or "it's just kinda like" makes it worse.&nbsp; Instead, use definitive, strong, precise phrases like, "I will discuss" or "it is."<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">4.<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Cut out the fillers<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Words like "um," "ah," and "you know" become verbal crutches and overusing them can make you sound like you're unsure of what to say next.&nbsp; Instead of using filler words, pause and take a breath – and then move on to your next words.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">5.<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Beware the throwaways<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"Throwaways" are the words or phrases that come out of your mouth when your brain has already moved onto the next sentence.&nbsp; Examples include phrases like "and that kind of stuff" and "and all the rest of it."&nbsp; Either list out specifically what you mean, or have a deliberate end to the sentence rather than using a throwaway and trailing off…<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">6.<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Do you really mean that?<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Think about the words you're saying – their meaning and how can they be interpreted.&nbsp; I once heard a healthcare company manager say to senior leadership at his company, "as people become more health conscious, it could be detrimental to us." Several executives cringed.&nbsp; I don't think he really meant to indicate that business and life would be better if people were less health conscious and thus, became sicker, but that's how it sounded.&nbsp; He could have rephrased the sentence so it didn't sound like the company was eager for people to get sick. What if he had said that to the shareholders or to the public? </span><span style="color: #339966; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 11.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">To become conscious of the words that you're saying, practice, record yourself and get feedback from someone.&nbsp; You can learn to avoid the sloppy language that interferes with your ability to communicate your message and prevents your audience from understanding what you want to say. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">by Gilda Bonanno LLC</span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div></div><!-- BEGIN: Constant Contact Basic Opt-in Email List Form --> <br /><div align="center"><table bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" style="border: 2px solid #000000;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" style="color: #336699; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;geneva&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-weight: bold;">Yes, I want a free subscription to Gilda's Email Newsletter </td></tr><tr><td align="center" style="border-top: 2px solid #000000;"><form action="http://visitor.constantcontact.com/d.jsp" method="post" name="ccoptin" style="margin-bottom: 2;" target="_blank"><input name="m" type="hidden" value="1101569497961" /><input name="p" type="hidden" value="oi" /><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;geneva&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal;">And send my FREE Special Reports "Seven Steps to Confident Public Speaking" AND "Six Mistakes to Avoid in Public Speaking" </span> </form></td></tr><tr><td align="center" style="border-top: 2px solid #000000;">Enter your email address: <input name="ea" size="20" style="border: 1px solid #999999; font-size: 10pt;" type="text" value="" /><input class="submit" name="go" style="font-family: Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;" type="submit" value="Go" /></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><!-- END: Constant Contact Basic Opt-in Email List Form --> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/8tr1XEHeVoM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> bold presentation skills business presentation communication skills confidence filler words practice presentation skills public speaking tired words Gilda Bonanno DITCH THE LISTS! http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=456 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:a8add8fc-3609-bfa0-04af-0492f6e7a4c0 Wed, 17 May 2017 14:04:59 +0000 Okay, why is there a photo of beautiful Stonington harbor in a blog about not letting lists run our lives? Because this is where I live, and when I free myself from the &#8220;must&#8217;s&#8221;, &#8220;should&#8217;s&#8221;, and &#8220;gotta&#8217;s&#8221;, I can sit quietly and look as the harbor fills with boats. A little background. Come late fall, [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/harbor.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-457"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-457" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/harbor-300x200.jpg" alt="harbor" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/harbor-300x200.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/harbor.jpg 360w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Okay, why is there a photo of beautiful Stonington harbor in a blog about not letting lists run our lives? Because this is where I live, and when I free myself from the &#8220;must&#8217;s&#8221;, &#8220;should&#8217;s&#8221;, and &#8220;gotta&#8217;s&#8221;, I can sit quietly and look as the harbor fills with boats.</p> <p>A little background. Come late fall, most of the boats are gone. By December it&#8217;s empty as the cold winds sweep through. But here we are in May, and the boaters are a hopeful bunch and are busy getting ready for the summer season. It&#8217;s like a migration and the tall masts are back, swaying in the spring breeze.</p> <p>We talk a lot about mindfulness and how important it is to be present. And those of you who have attended my &#8220;Stop Burnout!&#8221; talks, know it&#8217;s a powerful stress buster. But here&#8217;s the catch for me. I&#8217;m a doer, a list maker, and I love the satisfaction of checking things off my list. And the things I don&#8217;t get done are like mosquitoes&#8211;they follow me around, they buzz in my ear, they demand attention. But yesterday as I walked my dog, Bella, I made a conscious decision to ditch the lists, to stop and smell the lilies of the valley that are growing at the side of the road, and when we got to a huge boulder, we climbed up it and sat in the sun. We stopped. We weren&#8217;t in a hurry.</p> <p>I gave a talk to a group of high school seniors on Monday, and I asked them how many of them either rush into school just as the bell is ringing or are late? All the hands went up. I then challenged them to get to school ten minutes early for a week. To do it and pay attention to how they feel. How does that relaxed time change the whole day? How does not being in a rush foster kindness?</p> <p>Yeah, I know, most of them won&#8217;t try, but maybe you will. Maybe, like me, you&#8217;ll find some special moments where the lists are in the background, out of the way. Give it a try!</p> Burnout Jean Jean Public Speaking Takes More Than You Think http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/05/public-speaking-takes-more-than-you.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:1361c412-9d1f-4384-de26-2a6dbb7d06b5 Tue, 16 May 2017 23:53:10 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><!-- BEGIN: Constant Contact Basic Opt-in Email List Form --> <div align="center"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Public speaking is a skill that can be improved with practice over time... and sometimes, it takes more than you think:</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">1. Speak louder than you think you need to<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">2. Speak slower than you think you have to<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">3. Edit your content more than you think is required<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">4. Organize your material more clearly than you think you should<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">5. Use more relevant, engaging stories than you think you need to<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">6. Make the font on your slides larger than you think is necessary<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">7. Practice more than you think is needed<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">8. Spend more time preparing than you think you have to<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">9. Be more confident than you think you are<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">10. 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font-size: 12pt;">In honor of Mother’s Day today, here is my annual reprint of the blog post I wrote about all the wonderful things I learned from my Mom:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Snacking is good.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; When we played outside, Mom would call us in to give us ice cream.&nbsp; And during our marathon Scrabble sessions, there was always a snack break or two.&nbsp; No snacks were forbidden and no food was "evil," so we developed a healthy relationship with food.&nbsp; And all that teeth-brushing must have worked because I have never had a cavity in my life!&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Talking to strangers is ok.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp; Mom talks to anyone, especially in the grocery store.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Today it would be called "networking."<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Dollars are stretchable.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp; Growing up, we did not have a lot of money.&nbsp; Mom managed to keep a family of four afloat on very, very little money.&nbsp; She did this by working hard and spending only on necessities.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; She made sacrifices for us; in fact, I don't recall her ever buying anything for herself.&nbsp; We often joke that we should send her to Washington, D.C. to help the government balance the budget.&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Coupon clipping is an art.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp; Mom checks the sale papers and clips coupons religiously.&nbsp; Then she calls and tells me how much money she saved in the store.&nbsp; 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. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Projects can be fun.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp; Organizing the file cabinet? Unpacking boxes?&nbsp; Cleaning out the basement? Call Mom.&nbsp; 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).&nbsp; During her last visit, she helped me organize my office closet, which had been so crammed with stuff that I hated opening it.&nbsp; It took hours.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Now everything is in its place and properly labeled and I love opening the closet. &nbsp;And some of the neighbors want to rent her out to help with their projects. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Humor helps.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp; Mom always has a positive attitude and loves a good laugh.&nbsp;&nbsp; She loves the <i>Pink Panther</i>movie and recently laughed hysterically at the dance scene in <i>Johnny English</i>, a spoof on spy movies starring Rowan Atkinson (from the "Mr. Bean" series).&nbsp; We played the scene over and over, just to make her laugh more.&nbsp; She will be delighted to know they are releasing a sequel.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; 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… <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Simple things can make you happy.&nbsp; </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Mom doesn't need a "spa day" or a meal at a fancy restaurant to be happy.&nbsp; She is what we fondly call "low maintenance."&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Complaining is not helpful.&nbsp; </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Not complaining is easy when life is easy, but Mom never complained even when life got hard.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; I'm still learning that lesson. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">A few weeks ago, I received a big envelope from Mom in the mail.&nbsp; Inside were packages of one of my favorite candies – the dots of colored sugar stuck to long strips of paper.&nbsp; (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.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">I'll be seeing Mom today for Mother's Day.&nbsp; What am I bringing her? Flowers? A gift certificate for a massage? Nope.&nbsp; I'm bringing her all my love – and chocolate brownies.&nbsp; Thanks, Mom, and I love you.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/IGAKK6VUEOQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> love Mom Mother's Day Gilda Bonanno 9 Tips for How to Present While Seated http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/05/9-tips-for-how-to-present-while-seated.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:7d1e25f2-f96c-c560-fe9e-09626e66a4f1 Fri, 12 May 2017 21:55:50 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">"You can't start a fire sitting down" is an old cliché that I used in graduate school to explain to the supervising professor why I taught my American history class standing up.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">The professor preferred that I sit down and teach, to demonstrate more of a peer relationship with the students.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">At 5' 2" and only a few years older than the students, I thought I looked enough like a "peer" and wanted more authority - teaching while standing up helped.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l5O0noitlBM/WRYvQdHJaXI/AAAAAAAABuQ/uwSyBASlnToi5kNYAyscXBqCid-9_nqrwCLcB/s1600/chair.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l5O0noitlBM/WRYvQdHJaXI/AAAAAAAABuQ/uwSyBASlnToi5kNYAyscXBqCid-9_nqrwCLcB/s200/chair.jpg" width="200" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">I still believe that standing up while teaching and presenting is a good idea.&nbsp; Standing conveys confidence and authority, makes it easier to monitor the room and gauge audience reaction, helps you keep up your energy and allows you to use the full range of non-verbal communications, including gestures, posture and movement.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">However, sometimes it's not practical to stand up while presenting due to factors such as room constraints, organizational culture and the short duration of the presentation.&nbsp; So if you must give a presentation while seated, here are 9 tips to help you present successfully: <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">1.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Make Eye Contact<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">It's important to make eye contact with everyone at the table.&nbsp; Depending on the seating configuration, it may be difficult and you may have to turn your body to make eye contact with those people seated on either side of you. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">2.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Speak Loudly Enough<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">You have to speak loudly enough so that people can understand you.&nbsp; And in addition to speaking over ambient noise, you also have to be mindful of making sure people on the opposite end of the table can hear you clearly, especially when you're facing away from them to the other end. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">3.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Use Gestures<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Yes, it is still important to use gestures when you are seated.&nbsp; Keep your hands empty and use them for above-the-table gestures.&nbsp; Try not to pick up and play with your pen, notes and water bottle. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">4.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Sit Confidently <o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Sit up straight, with shoulders back and maintain good posture as you present.&nbsp; Demonstrate your confidence by taking up your space at the table instead of slouching or shrinking. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">5.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Control Your Nerves<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">If you are nervous or anxious about presenting, don't let your nerves show through your hands grasping the table or playing with a pencil.&nbsp; Even if you're tapping your foot or shaking your leg under the table, the audience can see the nervousness show in the rest of your body. &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">6.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Prepare for Distractions<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">A seated presentation may be considered less formal so people may think it's okay to check email or their phones while you're speaking.&nbsp; Ideally, whoever is conducting the meeting will have set up ground rules with the participants at the start, banning electronic devices of any kind during the presentations.&nbsp; However, if that didn't occur and the company culture unwisely allows email/phones during meetings, then be prepared for the behavior and don't let it shake your confidence. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">7.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Do You Really Need Slides? <o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Before you use slides, consider whether you really need them.&nbsp; Sometimes I think people use PowerPoint during their seated presentations only so they don't have to make eye contact with their colleagues! Perhaps handouts would be more effective – or perhaps your presentation doesn't need any visual aids at all. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">8.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Manage Questions<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">If you get a question, repeat it so everyone can hear it and you have a chance to think of an answer.&nbsp; Direct your answer to the questioner and to the whole audience, so you keep everyone's attention. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">9.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Practice<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Sitting at your desk and looking at your notes is not the same as sitting at a conference table and saying the words of your presentation out loud.&nbsp; So practice your presentation in as close to the real environment as possible. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">If you follow these 9 tips, your presentation will be effective, no matter where you're seated.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><i><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">Gilda Bonanno's blog <a href="http://www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com/">www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com</a>&nbsp;</span></i></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/2fq_Mr4-sGU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience bold presentation skills business presentation communication skills confidence practice presentation skills Gilda Bonanno Fearless Feedback http://www.wallyhauck.com/fearless-feedback/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:041d530e-f12c-f5e7-74df-5c325cd2884c Thu, 04 May 2017 10:04:59 +0000 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. 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By leveraging their patented learning methodology whose mission can best be described by these three key words:<span style="color: #4b4b4b;">&nbsp;</span><strong>Educate, Engage, and Excite!</strong><sup><span style="color: #4b4b4b;">TM&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></sup>&nbsp;And at the foundation of what&nbsp; they do is something they call&nbsp;<strong>VisuaLeadership</strong>.<sup>®</sup></span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">VisuaLeadership</span></strong><sup><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">®</span></sup>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">is the art and science of applying visual thinking and visual communication tools, tips, and techniques to manage and lead yourself – and your people – to new heights.&nbsp; So, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then leveraging the power of visuals will enable and empower you to become a more innovative and effective thinker, communicator, and leader.</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">In this fun, fast-paced and interactive dinner workshop, you will explore the following to enhance your effectiveness:</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 13px;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 9px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Visual imagery</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 13px;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 9px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Metaphor/Analogy</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 13px;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 9px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Visual storytelling</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Todd is engaging, entertaining, and enlightening!&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong><br /></strong></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>SEATS ARE LIMITED!&nbsp; REGISTER EARLY!</strong></span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">About Todd Cherches:</span></strong></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Todd is the CEO &amp; Co-Founder of BigBlueGumball, a New York City-based firm offering management and leadership consulting, training, and executive coaching.&nbsp; In addition to running his business, Todd is an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Professional Studies teaching the popular&nbsp;HR graduate course entitled,&nbsp;"Leadership &amp; Teambuilding” and was recently awarded a prestigious 2016 NYU "Teaching Excellence Award." He is also a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University and a popular blogger on the topic of “leadership + learning.”</div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="color: #f26522;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;; font-size: 24px;"><br /></span></span></strong></strong><strong><strong><span style="color: #f26522;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;; font-size: 24px;">E</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;; font-size: 24px;">VENT DETAILS:</span></span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>Date: &nbsp;</strong><strong>Monday, May 15th, 2017</strong></span></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong>Time:&nbsp;5:45 PM&nbsp;Networking/Registration;&nbsp;</strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><strong><span style="font-size: 12px;">6:15 PM&nbsp;Dinner and Program</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong style="font-family: Verdana;">Early Bird Registrations through Friday, May 12th, midnight:&nbsp;&nbsp;$37&nbsp;Chapter Members;&nbsp;$50&nbsp;Guests; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><strong style="font-family: Verdana;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">$25 Members In-Transition; $20&nbsp;Students</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>Regular Registrations and Walk-ins:</strong></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></span><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;">Member $45;&nbsp;</span></strong><strong>Members In-Transition $35;&nbsp;</strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;">Non-member $60</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;">Reservation Deadline: Friday, May 12th, 2017</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.</span></span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><div style="font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>Meeting Location:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Norwalk Inn and Conference&nbsp;Center</strong></span><strong>,</strong>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>99&nbsp;East Avenue, Norwalk, CT</strong></span></strong></div><strong style="font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>To register, visit&nbsp;</strong></span></strong><span style="font-size: 12.8px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: verdana;"><b><a href="http://www.astdscc.org/event-2533295">http://www.astdscc.org/event-2533295</a></b></span></span></div><div><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong><br /></strong></span></strong></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/qrIE40mXhPs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> ASTD ASTD-SCC atd BigBlueGumball executive performance leadership meeting Norwalk Todd Cherches Training Gilda Bonanno How to Present to Your Peers http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-present-to-your-peers.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:e158ee06-a983-b616-e860-c726d4b8fb99 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:00:11 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNoSpacing">Sometimes you have to present to a group of your peers.&nbsp; <b>And you may be speaking about something they know quite a bit about themselves. How do you come across as being knowledgeable and confident without sounding condescending and cocky?</b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing">You need to believe that you are qualified to give the presentation.&nbsp; Start by understanding why you have been asked to give the presentation.&nbsp;<br /><br /><b>What is it about your knowledge or experience that makes you the perfect person to deliver this presentation?</b> Perhaps you led the project or know the client better.&nbsp; (Yes, sometimes you are giving it just because nobody else wanted to do it.&nbsp; But even in that case, you have earned the right to be presenting.)<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><b><br /></b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><b>Being clear about the reason ahead of time can help you focus and be more confident when you present in front of your peers, rather than being stuck in your head worrying,</b> “Who am I to present? These people know more just as much – or more – than I do about this topic.”&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing">Once you cover this ground with yourself, you can focus on your material. Think about it from the audience’s point of view – what questions or concerns might they have?&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><b><br /></b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><b>Then practice your presentation and focus on how you might be perceived by the audience.</b>&nbsp; Practice in front of a mirror or on camera.&nbsp; In particular, be aware of your facial expressions and your tone.&nbsp; Do you sound condescending, like you are lecturing at the audience?<o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing">Sometimes you intend to sound one way and you come across differently, <b>so ask for feedback from a trusted colleague or coach.&nbsp;</b> There can be a subtle difference between a smile and smirk or between sounding confident and sounding cocky and it’s helpful to get feedback about it. <o:p></o:p><br /><b><br /></b><b>Preparing and practicing your presentation will help you be comfortable and confident when you're presenting to your peers.&nbsp;</b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div></div><!-- BEGIN: Constant Contact Basic Opt-in Email List Form --> <div align="center"><table bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" style="border: 2px solid #0000CC;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" style="color: #0000cc; 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font-size: 10pt;">Andrea Gilman, SVP, Business Transformation, MasterCard</strong></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: -webkit-center;"><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-align: left;"><strong>Jennifer Howland, Executive, Pathways Program, IBM</strong><strong style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</strong></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-align: left;"><strong><br /></strong></div><div style="color: #666666; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt; text-align: left;"><strong>Professional Development Workshops</strong></div><div style="color: #666666; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt; text-align: left;"><em style="color: black; font-family: verdana, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Don't Leave Home Without Your Leadership Roadmap</strong></em></div><div style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; text-align: left;"><strong>Presenter:&nbsp; David Severance, Advanced Development Services</strong></div><div style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; text-align: left;"></div><div style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; text-align: left;"><em><strong>Fast Forward:&nbsp; Know Your Power and Purpose</strong></em></div><div style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; text-align: left;"><strong>Presenter:&nbsp; Kim Azzarelli, Seneca Point Global</strong></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="color: #666666; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt; text-align: left;"><strong>Special Lunch Panel Discussion:&nbsp;<em>Field of Dreams</em></strong></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; 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The ability to lead change is a key competency of any leader and that [&#8230;] <p><strong>3 Methods for Lasting Change We Can Learn from Jesus</strong></p> <p>There are many things we can learn from Jesus even if we are not Christian.  One important lesson is how to be a change agent for our teams, organizations, or communities.</p> <p>The ability to lead change is a key competency of any leader and that is especially true today with the speed and frequency of change.  According to Fortune Magazine, only 12% of the Fortune 500 companies in 1955 are still on the list today.  Why?  One reason is the inability to adapt to change.</p> <p>There are three methods that we can learn from Jesus with will enable any of us to facilitate change.  I chose the word facilitate carefully because it is not about controlling.  It is about offering options which provide the greatest benefits and which will generate the best results.  A facilitator makes things clear and shows the way. It is then up to others to make the choice to follow.  There is no force nor are there threats to create followership.</p> <p><strong>Method 1: Identify a Small Group of Committed People</strong></p> <p>Don’t try to change everyone.  Find a small group of committed, well connected, and credible people who can help you communicate your very clear and compelling message of change.  This idea was clearly articulated in the book the <em>Tipping Point</em> by Malcom Gladwell. (Gladwell, 2000)  Jesus did this with his 12 apostles.  Even Jesus couldn’t save everyone because we all have free will.  Judas didn’t make it even though he had an inside seat.</p> <p><strong>Method 2: Offer Evidence and Understanding to Those Who Doubt </strong></p> <p>I find the “four stage model” for change useful.  The four stages in a change process are:</p> <ol> <li>First, we start out in comfort with how things are.  There is no need for change.</li> <li>The second stage is denial.  This is where everything that is not working is someone else&#8217;s fault.  <em>&#8220;There is no need for me to change because the conditions just don&#8217;t justify it.&#8221;</em></li> <li>The third stage is anxiety.  This is where we know we need to change but we are unsure if it is possible. We may feel shame or embarrassment that we messed up and we can feel depression.  Sometimes we avoid feeling depressed and stay in denial.  It is normal to move back and forth between denial and anxiety especially if the change we are being asked to make is a big one.</li> <li>The final stage is insight.  This is where we try something new to address the desired change and it works. This gives us hope that we CAN make the change and it is working. This is the positive feedback stage.</li> </ol> <p>Providing those who are in denial and anxiety with empathy, understanding (love) and data helps them to get the insights they need to make the changes.</p> <p>Jesus had big advantages with the miracles performed.  We don’t necessarily need miracles to help people move through the four stages (although it would help).  We need empathy, clearly articulated benefits, and data for all those in denial and anxiety.   Thomas doubted Jesus’s appearance to the apostles after the resurrection.   Thomas wanted data and Jesus provided it.</p> <p>If we can support those who are doubtful and give them an opportunity to demonstrate the new behaviors, provide them clear data (Thomas put his hand in Jesus’s wounds) they may be willing to make the change.  It requires support, fortitude, and emotional intelligence to make the change work.</p> <p><strong>Method 3: Create a Ritual</strong></p> <p>Jesus created the ritual of the bread and wine to help everyone remember him and His word. To help people remember the clear messages and the benefits we need a ritual.  Find one, create it and stick with it. I encourage clients to use morning huddles to reinforce the values of the organization.  This frequency of reinforcement is like a ritual that reminds everyone they made a choice, it is working, and it is benefiting them personally.</p> <p>Other rituals that reinforce positive change include:</p> <ul> <li>Consistently facilitating agreements with people instead of telling them what to do.</li> <li>Looking for processes that need improvement and delegate the &#8220;fix&#8221; to the staff instead of doing it yourself.</li> <li>Hold more frequent huddles and communicate how organization is doing, express appreciation for all the excellent work, and tie the results to the change initiative.</li> </ul> <p>Jesus was an excellent change agent.  If we can apply his methods we can become profound change agents too.</p> Uncategorized wallyhauck@gmail.com Gilda to Emcee Women Owned Business Day at the State Capitol http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/04/gilda-to-emcee-women-owned-business-day.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:740c8459-54a2-f007-6a56-f08ce4f9dc88 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:00:10 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #99cc00;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">I am delighted to once again serve as Emcee for Women Owned Business Day at the State Capitol in Hartford on May 3.&nbsp;</span></strong></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #99cc00;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong></span></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #99cc00;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">The Women's Business Development Council's 4th Annual Women Owned Business Day,&nbsp;</span></strong></span></span><strong style="color: #99cc00; font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">in Partnership with CTNext</span></strong></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><strong>Co-Chairs:</strong></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Representative Patricia Billie Miller, Assistant Majority Leader, 145 District</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Wednesday, May 3, 2017</span></strong></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">9:15 AM - 12:00 PM</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Legislative Office Building - Hartford, CT</span><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #99cc00;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Connect with the largest organization in CT dedicated to</span></strong></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #99cc00;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">women's economic equity.</span></strong></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="clear: left; 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font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></span></strong></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Join WBDC for an interactive, empowering&nbsp;</span></span></strong></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">discussion&nbsp;</span></span></strong></span><strong style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">with key national and state&nbsp;</span></span></strong></div><div style="text-align: left;"><strong style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">leaders about the&nbsp;</span></span></strong><strong style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">economic clout&nbsp;</span></span></strong></div><div style="text-align: left;"><strong style="font-family: arial;"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">of women entrepreneurs.</span></span></strong></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: none 0% 0% repeat scroll white; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">"Women-owned businesses bring more than $15 million&nbsp;</span></span></i></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">in annual revenues to Connecticut. Our wallets and our&nbsp;</span></span></i></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">voices are important - we are helping to grow this state&nbsp;</span></span></i></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">and our country's economy."</span></span></i></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><i><span style="color: #7fba00; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></i><i><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">-</span></i><i><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp;Fran Pastore, President &amp; CEO WBDC</span></i></span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Pre-Registration Required/No Charge&nbsp;</span></span></strong></div><div style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><br /></span></span></strong></div><div style="text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><a href="http://www.ctwbdc.org/WOBDay.aspx" target="_blank">Click here for more information or to register!</a></span></span></strong></div></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div><br /></div></td></tr></tbody></table></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/8fiCpP8KkHY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> CT CTNext emcee entrepreneur Esther Morales Glendowlyn Thames Hartford NWBC Patricia Miller Themis Klarides wbdc women Women's Business Development Council Gilda Bonanno IT FINALLY HAPPENED! http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=452 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:e3be93a1-4d25-88af-d3a7-6aab35c7043c Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:00:05 +0000 Look what the tree in my side yard decided to do. It&#8217;s a miracle after a long winter. As a speaker who helps groups stop burnout and who shares stories of my therapy dog, Bella, and her amazing work, I was thinking who needs words when there is something like this tree bursting into pink [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IMG_0870.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-453"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-453" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IMG_0870-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_0870" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IMG_0870-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/IMG_0870.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Look what the tree in my side yard decided to do. It&#8217;s a miracle after a long winter. As a speaker who helps groups stop burnout and who shares stories of my therapy dog, Bella, and her amazing work, I was thinking who needs words when there is something like this tree bursting into pink blossoms? Take a moment today to notice what this new season has to offer.</p> Burnout Jean Jean Answering Questions Without Losing Control of Your Time http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/04/answering-questions-without-losing.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:d89ce150-95a1-e520-cf6f-06edc254a22c Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:36:08 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background-color: white; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; padding: 0px;">Have you ever seen a speaker run out of time because he or she spent too much time answering very basic or very advanced questions that were irrelevant to most of the audience?</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; padding: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; padding: 0px;">Here are five strategies to ensure that those very specific or largely irrelevant questions don't take up all of your presentation time:</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;Whitney SSm A&quot;, &quot;Whitney SSm B&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; padding: 0px;"><br /></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #394856; font-family: &quot;whitney ssm a&quot; , &quot;whitney ssm b&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">1. &nbsp;In the description about your presentation, set the expectations as to the level that you will focus on – beginner, intermediate, advanced – and then stick to it.&nbsp; Remember that you are in control of the presentation and timing and it usually can't get out of control without your involvement.</span><br /><br />Read the rest of my blog post on the Constant Contact Community blog:<br />&nbsp;<a href="https://community.constantcontact.com/t5/Member-Blog-Marketing/Answering-Questions-Without-Losing-Control-of-Your-Time/ba-p/259688">https://community.constantcontact.com/t5/Member-Blog-Marketing/Answering-Questions-Without-Losing-Control-of-Your-Time/ba-p/259688</a></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/y-UPyglmmC8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience blog business presentation communication skills Constant Contact practice presentation skills public speaking QA questions Gilda Bonanno 6 FAQs About How to Deliver Your Pitch Presentation with Slides http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/04/6-faqs-about-how-to-deliver-your-pitch.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:0ba1fe1e-a533-fec2-6508-4f24a671e78f Sat, 08 Apr 2017 19:19:00 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Raising money requires that entrepreneurs develop a high quality pitch that speaks to potential investors.&nbsp; Many entrepreneurs struggle to tell their stories in an organized, focused and concise way that is meaningful to investors.&nbsp; One area they often get tripped up is in how to present slides during their pitch.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Here are answers to 6 frequently asked questions about how to deliver your pitch presentation with slides:&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">1.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">When my slides are projected onto a screen on the other side of the room from the investors, where should I face?<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Since your goal is to communicate effectively to the investors, resist the urge to face the screen and instead, turn your body to face the live audience and speak directly to them.&nbsp; Don’t make the common mistake of presenting to the screen rather than the audience.&nbsp; (Yes, I’ve seen it happen!)<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">2.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Why is it important that I look at the investors more than the screen? <o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Eye contact helps you determine if the audience is attentive and if they understand your message.&nbsp; It also expresses your respect for them and demonstrates your confidence, since you know the information without having to read it. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">3.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">What if I can't remember my content without reading my slides?<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Practice is the best way to ensure that you remember your content.&nbsp; Practice by standing up and saying the words out loud as you go through your slides, paying particular attention to how you transition from one slide to the next.&nbsp; The goal is not to memorize every word, but to become comfortable enough with the material that you can say it several different ways without getting flustered.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">In addition to practicing, you can also position your laptop screen in your line of sight as a "confidence monitor" - so you can face the panel of investors and still glance at the slides on your laptop screen, which can help you remember what you want to say next. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">4.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">How much information should go on each slide?<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Enough to convey your message, but probably not as much as you think. Don't write out your entire pitch presentation on your slides and then read it word for word to the investors; that would be incredibly boring and there would no need for a pitch meeting.&nbsp; You could just send them the slides to read on their own. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">The value of the pitch meeting for the investors is not just the content on your slides – it’s also getting the chance to meet you and hear you talk about your business.&nbsp; You are the presentation; the slides are just there as visual aids.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">So make sure your slides support your overall story without being a distraction.&nbsp; They should be easy to understand and follow rather than densely populated with tons of bullet points in small font or charts that are impossible to read.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">5.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">What if when I look at the audience, they're all looking at my slides on the screen?<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by this.&nbsp; The investors need time to read your slides (another reason why your slides shouldn't be too busy or hard to read) and if the slides are easy to digest, their attention will quickly return to you.&nbsp; And use your words to walk them through the slide and navigate any chart or graph. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><br /></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin-left: .25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;">6.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-variant-numeric: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></b><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Where should I stand?<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Stand to the side of the screen so you don't block the investors’ view.&nbsp; Also be careful not to stand in the way of the projector light so your silhouette doesn't appear on the screen.&nbsp; Using a remote control will allow you to advance your slides without having to hover over the laptop.&nbsp; Many remotes include laser pointers so you can highlight items on the slide if needed.</span></div><br /><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Delivering a pitch presentation with slides is not necessarily easy, but with preparation and practice, you can learn to deliver an effective presentation that educates the investors about your business and clearly explains why they should invest.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><i><br /></i></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><i>Gilda Bonanno LLC</i></span></div><div class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/" target="_blank"><i>www.gildabonanno.com&nbsp;</i></a></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/EXG0qSGPEWw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience business presentation communication entrepreneur entrepreneurship pitch pitch presentation PowerPoint Shark Tank slides Westchester Angels Gilda Bonanno STRESS? ME? JOIN THE SPRING CHALLENGE http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=448 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:71a6b517-c4c8-6e6a-a830-017bc040580f Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:13:08 +0000 I was reading an article by Paula Davis Laack&#8211;a leader in the stop burnout world&#8211;and she suggested a number of quick ways to work on managing stress while at work&#8211;while under pressure. So instead of telling you her ideas or mine, (but here&#8217;s the link if you want to read them for yourself:  https://www.pauladavislaack.com/ and click [&#8230;] <p>I was reading an article by Paula Davis Laack&#8211;a leader in the stop burnout world&#8211;and she suggested a number of quick ways to work on managing stress while at work&#8211;while under pressure. So instead of telling you her ideas or mine, (but here&#8217;s the link if you want to read them for yourself:  https://www.pauladavislaack.com/ and click on &#8220;Get Strong Now&#8221;), I thought it would be fun to see what ideas you have.</p> <p>What you can do today no matter what you&#8217;re juggling? Can you take ten deep breaths on the way to the rest room? Can you close your eyes and quiet your mind before you eat lunch? What works for you? For those of you who have attended my stop burnout talk, remember the power of gratitude. Is there a problem you&#8217;re struggling with that you can look at differently, realizing that it&#8217;s also an opportunity?</p> <p>Lastly, remember that stress is a motivator. It&#8217;s also a good part of being alive, often bringing out our best efforts. So watch what you tell yourself. Instead of repeating, &#8220;Oh, I &#8216;m so stressed out,&#8221; try replacing that with &#8220;I&#8217;ve got some challenges that are taking me to interesting places.&#8221; Is that too corny? <a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Tulips.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-279"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-279" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Tulips-300x225.jpg" alt="Tulips" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Tulips-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Tulips-768x576.jpg 768w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Tulips.jpg 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Yes, I know it&#8217;s really fun to complain, so you can give yourself some of that too, just don&#8217;t let it become a habit. Please share your ideas. I know they&#8217;ll be a gift to others.</p> <p>P.S. It&#8217;s gray and rainy here in the Northeast so I&#8217;m thinking tulips!</p> Jean Jean NSA-CT Speaker Academy http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/04/nsa-ct-speaker-academy.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:24e8dafa-49e4-e18e-2cbd-c724cac443e6 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:06:00 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><b>NSA-CT SPEAKER ACADEMY 2017 is SOLD OUT!&nbsp;</b><br />Now taking registrations for CLASS OF 2018 (Feb-May)<br /><br />Are you ready to take the next step in becoming a professional speaker? 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Join in…just one Saturday per month at the Mercy Center in Madison (lunch included!)- Feb -May.<br /><br />Get ready to cultivate strong speaking skills, build a profitable speaking business and work toward obtaining your NSA membership eligibility.<br /><br />All class modules are facilitated by veteran speakers, many of whom are past presidents of NSA-CT.<br /><br />*All Academy students are granted a 16-month membership to the CT Chapter of NSA, during program (4 months) and for the 12 months immediately following their course completion.<br /><br />For specific questions or inquiries, please contact Academy Dean, Lisa Lelas: (203) 641-4405 or email: <a href="mailto:Lisa@LisaLelas.com">Lisa@LisaLelas.com</a><br /><br /><b>ACADEMY CURRICULUM</b>: Saturday classes run 9 AM- 3 PM (Lunch included)<br />*Note: Attendance required at all sessions for certificate of completion<br /><br />FEBRUARY: Welcome/orientation/professional awareness/Your message/Topic Development.<br /><br />MARCH: Sales &amp; Marketing/Professional relationships<br /><br />APRIL: Presenting &amp; Performing/Platform Mechanics<br /><br />MAY : Authorship &amp; Product Development/Managing your Speaking<br />Business/Wrap-up &amp; Academy Recap<br /><br />JUNE Chapter Meeting: Graduation Recognition! Please note that all NSA-CT Speaker Academy graduates are encouraged to attend the NSA-CT member chapter meeting (at no cost) in JUNE where they will be recognized during the annual awards meeting with their certificates of completion &amp; invited to participate in the Speaker Showcase (presenting a 6-8 minute ‘Ted-like’ Talk for practice, feedback &amp; testimonials)<br /><br /><b>TO REGISTER:</b> Email: <a href="mailto:Lisa@LisaLelas.com">Lisa@LisaLelas.com</a> for current registration info<br />Reg rate of $1,297<br />Earlybird rate: $997 NOW thru Dec 31, 2017<br /><a href="http://nsact.org/nsa-ct-speakers-academy-2017/">http://nsact.org/nsa-ct-speakers-academy-2017/</a></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/cL7zB3WxKGM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business presentation meetings NSA NSA-CT speaker Training Gilda Bonanno Frequent Performance Feedback: What’s the Point? http://www.wallyhauck.com/frequent-performance-feedback-whats-the-point/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:e873d5c7-3f18-eeeb-368a-3111c45352f9 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:38:17 +0000 A client called to discuss an employee’s poor performance.&#160; Although the basic work was getting done, there were behaviors the manager (and others) wanted to see improved. It seems the employee would often disappear. The department employees being available (or reachable) always was essential to serve colleagues (internal customers) who often had urgent questions. These [&#8230;] <p>A client called to discuss an employee’s poor performance.&nbsp; Although the basic work was getting done, there were behaviors the manager (and others) wanted to see improved. It seems the employee would often disappear. The department employees being available (or reachable) always was essential to serve colleagues (internal customers) who often had urgent questions. These questions need to be answered or internal projects would screech to a halt and cost the organization significant loss of revenue and productivity. My client was uncomfortable and was asking for guidance. </p> <p>The client asked me, <i>“How do I get my employee to be at his desk when he is needed?” </i>The typical manager would likely make specific demands and/or make threats such as insist on frequent meetings to assure compliance with the demands. Or, he/she might threaten to possibly hold a negative performance review rating. What’s the point of these? Control? Control techniques are often outdated and ineffective in our knowledge economy. Employees can always find ways around the arbitrary rules. My client knew this and thus the reason for his call. </p> <p>Many, if not most of the firms transforming their performance management processes are recommending more frequent and informal feedback in place of formal performance review meetings. PwC, a major consulting firm, found that up to 60% of employees (especially millennials) want feedback either weekly or daily. Virtually all performance management consulting companies recommend more frequent feedback now (in place of annual reviews) because they claim it improves employee engagement. </p> <p>This all sounds seductive but what’s the point? Managers are not very skilled at delivering feedback and they claim to have no time to deliver feedback more frequently. These are barriers, but the bigger reason to be cautious before jumping on the “more frequent” bandwagon is the dysfunction caused by a flawed context. If organizations shifted their context from control to self-management it would make an enormous positive difference in performance while requiring less time for managers. </p> <p>Delivering feedback more frequently, and less formally, in a dysfunctional context will not make things better. In a control context, the typical manager will make specific demands and then attempt to catch the employee either doing something right or doing it wrong. This strategy creates a context of mistrust and sends this message to the employee, <i>“You are incapable of managing your own performance without me watching you.”</i> </p> <p>I recommended a different approach to my client: facilitate a set of agreements with the employee. An agreement is a specific, measurable, and time sensitive task that is delivered with a predictable process. I recommended my client facilitate agreements around being available. I suggested he reinforce the importance of being available. He then asked the employee, <i>“What agreement(s) are you willing to make to be sure you are available always for our internal customers?”</i> </p> <p>Instead of making demands to follow a process that the manager created, the manager shifted the responsibility for creating a process to the employee to keep his agreement. This shift (in context) allows more effective feedback without the demand for forced frequency. If the employee can be more available, the process the employee created worked. There is no need for feedback from the manager. If it doesn’t work, then feedback is appropriate. The feedback will be either about the process needing improvement about the broken agreement. Either way, the feedback is needed and can be immediate. </p> <p>In this context, the purpose (the point) of feedback is to discuss when and if agreements are broken or when a process must be improved. In this context feedback is not dependent upon a calendar. Instead, it is delivered when everyone can learn something. Either we learn how to better keep our agreements and/or we learn how to improve a process. </p> <p>Forcing more frequent feedback without a good context (the point), will not deliver the desired results. Managers and employees will likely get tired of meeting so frequently. The arbitrary calendar demand to give frequent feedback will likely not deliver enough learning. By asking, <i>&#8220;What agreement(s) are you willing to make to self-manage?&#8221;</i>&nbsp; the context changes to self-management and away from manager dependency. This puts the responsibility where it really belongs, on the employee and not on the manager. Frequency is great but what’s the point? Learning is the point.</p> Uncategorized wallyhauck@gmail.com Dissolving Problems: What Strategy Works Best? http://www.wallyhauck.com/dissolving-problems-what-strategy-works-best/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:fc0ef6c1-1df4-caac-8cdc-8e3a43526274 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 20:22:19 +0000 Have you ever solved a problem only to see it return? We have all experienced this frustration. How can we reduce this frustration and make our best effort to prevent a problem from returning? What is the best strategy? In march 2017 the United States Congress failed to pass a bill to repeal and replace [&#8230;] <p>Have you ever solved a problem only to see it return? We have all experienced this frustration. How can we reduce this frustration and make our best effort to prevent a problem from returning? What is the best strategy? </p> <p>In march 2017 the United States Congress failed to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare (Affordable Care Act). The media reported numerous reasons for this failure and most of them involve blaming a person or group of persons. Looking for the “culprit” is a popular strategy for attempting to dissolve a problem and it never really works. Focusing on who caused a problem is very popular but also very unsophisticated. It’s popular because it is easy and it helps us avoid personal responsibility. It is unsophisticated because it is a focus on symptoms and not root causes. How can we avoid blame and focus on the root causes? The answer, focus instead on the first 15%. </p> <p>I painted a bathroom this past weekend. Taking extra time to carefully tape the trim allowed me to do a high-quality job faster and with less waste in the cleanup stage. I spent time on the first 15% of the job, namely the taping, and it helped me save time and to do better job overall. I focused on the first 15%. </p> <p><i>“The secret for reduction in time of development is to put more effort into the early stages, and to study the interactions between stages.”</i> (Deming, 1994) </p> <p><b>The Butterfly Effect</b> </p> <p>A mild-mannered meteorologist professor at MIT was simulating weather patterns by entering data into a computer program. He decided to enter data dropping the last three decimals (ten thousand, hundred thousand, and millions) from the data seeing it as unimportant for his research. After the calculation, he was astonished to see how dropping those very small effects made an enormous impact on the outcome of the simulation. This effect came to be known as the “butterfly effect.” (Dizikes, 2011) </p> <p>The metaphor of the butterfly is astonishing. The claim is a butterfly flapping its wings in New York will change the direction of a typhoon in the Pacific. Very small changes in the very beginning of a process will make an enormous change in the outcome. Focus on the first 15% to improve the outcome. </p> <p>Typical managers use a different strategy. They ask questions about people such as “Who did this?” or “Who did that?” They also ask questions about fixing the issue, “How shall we fix it?” “When shall we fix it?” and/or “Who shall fix it?” They are assuming if they fix the problem they make progress. It’s not true. All they do is go back to where they started. The typical manager uses the typical performance appraisal to attempt to solve problems. This action rarely gets to the root cause because it does not focus on the first 15%. It focuses instead on the employee behavior which is most often not the root cause but instead the symptom. I could focus on being very careful not to get any paint on the trim in my bathroom and if I did, my wife could tell me to be more careful. But, because I had focused on covering the trim first my ability to be careful was less critical. </p> <p>We must remove the root cause and we can only do that by looking in the right place. We must look at the beginning of the process. We must focus on the “0<sup>th</sup>” stage. To truly make progress we must improve the first 15% of the process. </p> <p>Peter Drucker explained, <i>“Progress is obtained only by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems. When you solve problems, all you do it guarantee a return to normalcy.”</i> </p> <p>It is likely Congress chose the incorrect strategy in the first 15% of their planning and that poor choice damaged their ability to achieve their goal. What can we learn from these ideas? At the beginning of every project spend extra time to align the team members on the vision, the mission, and the action plan. Don’t be too quick to roll out the plan until this first 15% is clear., </p> <p>When improving a process, identify all the steps that need to be completed to achieve the intended outcome and then spend most of your time on the first 15% of the process steps. This strategy will allow you to achieve an excellent outcome.</p> Uncategorized wallyhauck@gmail.com Marist College to Honor Hannah Storm of ESPN 4/20 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/03/marist-college-to-honor-hannah-storm-of.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:5b5067c3-4c72-8b4f-280f-c6861639c447 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:23:05 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b>LIFETIME EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS COMMUNICATION AWARD 2017</b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;">Join friends, colleagues, and celebrity guests&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;">from the worlds of media and sports in honoring</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b>HANNAH STORM OF ESPN</b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;">as she is presented with the</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b>MARIST COLLEGE LIFETIME EXCELLENCE IN&nbsp;</b></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: white;"><b>SPORTS COMMUNICATION AWARD</b></span></span></div><div><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;">Thursday April 20, 2017</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;">The Edison Ballroom</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;">New York, NY</span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #464646; font-family: &quot;open sans&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">The Lifetime Excellence in Sports Communication Award will honor Hannah and raise funds for the Marist College Center for Sports Communication endowment.</span></div><div><span style="color: #464646; 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, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Please call (845) 575-3283 for further information.</span></div></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/_jzBz0OX43s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> award communication ESPN Hannah Storm Marist Alumni Marist College media sports Gilda Bonanno Gilda Interviewed on Westchester Talk Radio http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/03/gilda-interviewed-on-westchester-talk.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:253e7bdb-88ef-fc85-f261-a775215cc93e Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:30:38 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;">Here is the link to my interview on Westchester Talk Radio, recorded at the Westfair Communication Family-Owned Business Awards, at which I was a sponsor. &nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><a href="https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/westchestertalkradio/episodes/2017-03-01T11_20_40-08_00">https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/westchestertalkradio/episodes/2017-03-01T11_20_40-08_00</a></div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;">My interview is the first segment of the podcast recording. Interviewer and talk show host Bob Marrone asked about my business, how I help clients and how I got started as a speaker, trainer and coach.</div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Glda Bonanno LLC</span></div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Website: www.gildabonanno.com&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Blog: www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com</span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/CWPRG3L2YMI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Andrew Castellano Bob Marrone business entrepreneurship interview radio Westchester Talk Radio Westfair Communications Gilda Bonanno Gilda on the faculty for Half the Sky Leadership Program for Women http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/03/gilda-on-faculty-for-half-sky.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:495a2dd1-29a7-24dd-48f8-87ccf05fdcb3 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:19:09 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I am proud to be on the faculty for the <b>Half the Sky Leadership Program for Women</b>, offered in both Philadelphia and Atlanta. <br /><br />The Half The Sky leadership program is geared for women in leadership roles as professional individual contributors or middle managers who want to strengthen their leadership skills, business acumen and executive presence.<br /><br />The program consists of six in-classroom sessions, interim connections and ongoing leadership development through alumnae forums. The program focuses on topics that build competencies on results, relationships, reputation and resilience. &nbsp;<b>I teach Executive Presentation Skills as part of Session 2.&nbsp;</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>Half the Sky: A Program for Emerging Women Leaders</b><br /><b>Register today for Fall Philadelphia! Session starts August 22nd.</b><br /><br />Half The Sky participants learn essential competencies to significantly enhance how they function and grow as leaders, and they emerge with strategies and confidence to immediately impact the organizations for which they work in their current roles.<br /><br />For more information or to register, visit <a href="http://halftheskyleadership.com/">http://halftheskyleadership.com/</a></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/XLxATaCZHcQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Atlanta business presentation communication skills executive presence Grace Killelea leadership Philadelphia presentation skills success Training women Gilda Bonanno Level 5 and Machiavellian Leadership: Which Wins Employee Engagement Race? http://www.wallyhauck.com/level-5-and-machiavellian-leadership-which-wins-employee-engagement-race/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:8d4b88e5-527b-0be6-09e8-f8391cf0e158 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:18:03 +0000 A widely-accepted assumption is employee engagement is influenced by how the leaders of the organization behave. Another way to say this is, the work environment is influenced by leaders and that work environment influences employee engagement. Both Level 5 Leadership and Machiavellian Leadership can create outstanding results but how does Level 5 Leadership behavior stack [&#8230;] <p>A widely-accepted assumption is employee engagement is influenced by how the leaders of the organization behave. Another way to say this is, the work environment is influenced by leaders and that work environment influences employee engagement. Both Level 5 Leadership and Machiavellian Leadership can create outstanding results but how does Level 5 Leadership behavior stack up against Machiavellian behavior regarding engagement? </p> <p>The purpose here is to make the case for higher employee engagement. There are two big distinctions between Level 5 Leadership and Machiavellian Leadership that provide key insights for action. </p> <p>First, we need agree on clear definitions. I prefer using the Conference Board’s definition of Employee engagement. I paraphrase, <i>“Employee Engagement is</i> <i>a strong emotional connection an employee feels with their organization and team such that they are willing to give extra effort without being asked bribed or threatened.” (Gibbons, 2007)</i> </p> <p>Level 5 Leadership is the term describing leaders who were uncovered by Jim Collins, and his researchers, while writing <i>Good to Great</i>. (Collins, 2001) Level 5 Leaders are both modest and willful. They are humble in behaviors and fearless in their pursuit of results. They avoid letting their ego interfere with their ambition to achieve a great result for their organizations. </p> <p>Machiavellian Leaders are also willful. They believe people are self-interested creatures and will put their self-interest ahead of other considerations. This is a key characteristic they share. In part because of this belief, they also believe it is better to be feared than to be loved. Machiavellian leaders hold efficacy and foresight as important characteristics. Humility is not needed to achieve results. Humility is not needed to achieve power and achieving power is a high priority for these leaders. </p> <p>There are two key insights which can help us decide which leadership approach is best to build engagement. The first is trust vs. fear. The second is autonomy vs. dependency. </p> <p><b>Trust trumps fear</b> </p> <p>Trust is much more effective than fear for achieving engagement. If we choose to accept the engagement definition above the presence of fear proves there is little or no engagement. Engagement is an emotional connection where employees are willing to put in extra effort without threats. Threats create fear. </p> <p>If employees are willing to put in extra effort they must feel safe to do so. Safety suggests a lack of fear. Innovation and risk taking requires reduced fear, not more. If Machiavelli prefers fear to love from followers, it suggests engagement would be reduced with a Machiavellian leader. </p> <p><b>Autonomy trumps Dependency</b> </p> <p>There are two laws attributed to Machiavelli which might cause concern for those who value engagement. The first one is: </p> <p>“Learn to keep people dependent upon you: <em>To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted.&nbsp; The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have.&nbsp; Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear.&nbsp; Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.”</em><em> (Greene, 2000)</em><i></i> </p> <p>To be fully engaged, people need autonomy. They need freedom to make decisions to innovate and to feel fulfilled. If the Machiavellian leader purposely creates dependency, it follows that engagement will naturally be reduced. </p> <p>The second is: </p> <p><strong>“Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability:</strong><strong> </strong><em>Humans are creatures of habit with an insatiable need to see familiarity in other people’s actions.&nbsp; Your predictability gives them a sense of control.&nbsp; Turn the tables: Be deliberately unpredictable.” (Greene, 2000)</em> </p> <p>Unpredictability creates uncertainty and fear. It can lead to a lack of trust. It can prevent people from taking risk and/or acting at all. </p> <p>Al Dunlap of Scott Paper fame exemplifies the Machiavellian Leader and is profiled by Jim Collins in Good to Great. Dunlap cut expenses at Scott Paper, mostly by cutting jobs and lay-offs, sold the company, and pocketed millions for himself, all in less than two years. He then wrote a book about himself drawing a parallel to Rambo. He demonstrated unpredictability and a dependence on him for success. His changes could not have been sustainable and it is probably why the company was sold (besides the desired outcome for Dunlap to hoard millions for himself). </p> <p>In contrast is Arnold Palmer. One of his quotes on his website is, <i>“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” </i>This could easily be attributed to a Level 5 Leader, a fearless pursuit of results while demonstrating warmth and humility. He had thousands, if not millions, following him in Arnie’s Army. He touched thousands of lives, made his sport much more popular, and positively changed the world in numerous ways. </p> <p>In summary, Machiavellian Leadership is great for beating down competitors. Beating competitors can certainly lead to success. Level 5 Leadership is great for employee engagement and generating positive results with minimum unintended consequences and enormous leverage. There is value in both but the place to use each is very different. I personally would recommend you stay away from Machiavellian techniques if you find engagement an important outcome. </p> <p>Resources: </p> <p>Collins, J. (2001). <i>Good to Great .</i> New York, NY: Harper Collins. </p> <p>Gibbons, J. (2007). <i>https://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=1324&amp;centerId=1</i>. Retrieved from https://www.conference-board.org: https://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=1324&amp;centerId=1 </p> <p>Greene, R. (2000). <i>The 48 Laws of Power.</i> New York NY: Penquin Books. </p> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/TBIPaKLNHXI">Level 5 and Machiavellian Leadership Video</a></p> Uncategorized wallyhauck@gmail.com PayPal CLO to speak at 3/27 ATD Meeting in Norwalk CT http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/03/paypal-clo-to-speak-at-327-atd-meeting.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:f85cb11a-e93a-a280-19d0-c0e812ca8479 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:53:12 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div align="center" style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="color: red; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!!&nbsp; DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, OUR MARCH 20<sup>TH&nbsp;</sup>PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED.&nbsp; WE ARE DELIGHTED TO BE ABLE TO REPLACE IT WITH THIS NEW AND EXCITING PROGRAM!</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong style="font-size: 0.8em;"><span style="color: #f26522; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 21px;"><br /></span></strong><strong style="font-size: 0.8em;"><span style="color: #f26522; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 21px;">Monday, March&nbsp;<u>27th</u>, 2017</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><em><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 37px;">The Case for Continuous Learning</span></em></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 24px;">Enablers and Mindsets</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><em><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 27px;">With Guest Speaker:</span></em></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><em><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 27px;">&nbsp;Derek Hann</span></em></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><em><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 27px;">PayPal Chief Learning Office</span></em></strong><strong><em><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 27px;">r&nbsp;</span></em></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1bcb-mCGDr4/WMmNHqWmzUI/AAAAAAAABsg/VH0jXvjpXtAESeXFFZSqV4cStBhzr2wWQCLcB/s1600/Derek%2BHann.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1bcb-mCGDr4/WMmNHqWmzUI/AAAAAAAABsg/VH0jXvjpXtAESeXFFZSqV4cStBhzr2wWQCLcB/s200/Derek%2BHann.jpg" width="143" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;geneva&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #252525; font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">PayPal is an American company operating a worldwide online payments system that supports&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">online money transfers<span style="color: #252525;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #252525;">and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods like&nbsp;</span>checks<span style="color: #252525;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #252525;">and&nbsp;</span>money orders. PayPal was</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;spun off from eBay in 2015.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">PayPal Chairman and CEO, Dan Schulman, is striving to make PayPal a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">customer champion.&nbsp; He envisions a company that focuses on various segments of the market and solves real problems for customers.</span></span></div><div style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">So, in 2015, Schulman hired&nbsp;<strong style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Derek Hann</strong>&nbsp;as&nbsp;<strong style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Chief Learning Officer</strong>&nbsp;to help him create a customer-focused culture.&nbsp; We are privileged to hear directly from Derek how he and his team are doing this through the use of Continuous Learning. <br /><br /></div><div style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">According to a recent article written by Bersin by Deloitte,&nbsp;<strong style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><em>1% of a typical workweek is all that employees have to focus on training and development</em>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Continuous Learning provides the opportunity to learn 24/7, whenever an employee has the time. It is a cornerstone to the transformation taking place in many organizations.<br /><br /></div><div style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Derek manages his team as a Product Organization (being customer-focused and reacting quickly), aligning closely to the business’s priorities, expanding on the needs addressed, and using learning technologies more effectively.&nbsp; Join this session to learn from Derek how he and his team utilize Continuous Learning to create:</div><ul style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><li><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">A Learning function that behaves as a Product Organization.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Learning that attends to all learners’ needs.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Learning technologies that are built to purpose and scale.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Learning that focuses on enabling the business roadmap and priorities.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Learning that produces products and services that earn the trust and confidence of the business leadership.</span></li></ul><div style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; text-decoration: underline;">About the Speaker:</strong></div><div style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">As Chief Learning Officer for PayPal, Derek Hann is the global leader of Learning architecture, content, technology, and strategy.&nbsp; Partnering with the Executive People Leadership Team, Derek serves as subject-matter expert for aligning PayPal's business priorities with the development of its people. Harnessing the full complement of past experience, including demonstrated business acumen and analytics, leading-edge technological sophistication, a proven mastery of learning theory, and a performance consulting and scientific inquiry orientation, Derek passionately pursues world-class Learning for the entire PayPal family.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: #fdc68a; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Derek has held HR and Learning leadership roles with Phillips, GE, Pitney Bowes, Alcoa, Heineken, and Citi and has served on The Conference Board Leadership Development Council, the American Management Association National Training Council, and the Corporate Executive Board’s Learning and Development Roundtable. A Six Sigma Black Belt and featured speaker at both ATD and SHRM conferences, Derek holds degrees from Providence College and Sacred Heart University.</div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="color: #f26522;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;; font-size: 24px;">E</span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;; font-size: 24px;">VENT DETAILS:</span></span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>Date: &nbsp;</strong><strong>Monday, March 27, 2017</strong></span></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong>Time:&nbsp;5:45 PM&nbsp;Networking/Registration;&nbsp;</strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong style="font-size: 0.8em;">6:15 PM&nbsp;Dinner and Program</strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong style="font-family: Verdana;">Early Bird Registrations through Friday, 3/24, midnight:&nbsp;&nbsp;$37&nbsp;Chapter Members;&nbsp;$50&nbsp;Guests; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><strong style="font-family: Verdana;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">$25 Members In-Transition; $20&nbsp;Students</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>Regular Registrations and Walk-ins:</strong></span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></span><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;">Member $45;&nbsp;</span></strong><strong>Members In-Transition $35;&nbsp;</strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;">Non-member $60</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;">Reservation Deadline: Friday, March 24th, 2017</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.</span></span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><div style="font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>Meeting Location:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Norwalk Inn and Conference&nbsp;Center</strong></span><strong>,</strong>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong>99&nbsp;East Avenue, Norwalk, CT</strong></span></strong></div><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;; font-size: 12.8px;"><b><a href="http://www.astdscc.org/event-2495035">http://www.astdscc.org/event-2495035</a></b></span></div><div><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot;;"><strong><br /></strong></span></strong></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/Tu5Tqd-PZfg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> ASTD ASTD-SCC atd Derek Hann Learning meeting Norwalk PayPal Training Gilda Bonanno Gilda to Present Personal Branding 3/23 at Danbury Chamber http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/03/gilda-to-present-personal-branding-323.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:d78c4569-3a83-86af-3e6f-b690e747da63 Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:09:08 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span class="ember-view" id="ember12341" style="background: 0px 0px rgb(255, 255, 255); border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: &quot;Source Sans Pro&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, &quot;Hiragino Kaku Gothic Pro&quot;, Meiryo, &quot;Hiragino Sans GB W3&quot;, &quot;Noto Naskh Arabic&quot;, &quot;Droid Arabic Naskh&quot;, &quot;Geeza Pro&quot;, &quot;Simplified Arabic&quot;, &quot;Noto Sans Thai&quot;, Thonburi, Dokchampa, &quot;Droid Sans Thai&quot;, &quot;Droid Sans Fallback&quot;, -apple-system, &quot;.SFNSDisplay-Regular&quot;, &quot;Heiti SC&quot;, &quot;Microsoft Yahei&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background: 0px 0px; border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><b>Don't miss my Personal Branding Lunch &amp; Learn Workshop at the Danbury Chamber of Commerce on March 23</b></span></span><br /><span class="ember-view" style="background: 0px 0px rgb(255, 255, 255); border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background: 0px 0px; border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span class="ember-view" style="background: 0px 0px rgb(255, 255, 255); border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background: 0px 0px; border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Offered by </span></span><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); white-space: pre-wrap;">The Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) in partnership with the Small Business Administration and the Danbury Chamber of Commerce</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701960784313725);"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lZ5w7UOvtR8/WMrj6LTWwHI/AAAAAAAABtQ/8P9vvvkt00Qa9P625P99l3S_Pqh4Vk0CwCLcB/s1600/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: left;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lZ5w7UOvtR8/WMrj6LTWwHI/AAAAAAAABtQ/8P9vvvkt00Qa9P625P99l3S_Pqh4Vk0CwCLcB/s200/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" width="160" /></a></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Gain insights that will help you move your business forward and knowledge that will help you secure a bright future. Enjoy your lunch while meeting others. &nbsp;This is a great opportunity to expand your current business network.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><em><div style="text-align: left;"><em>The value of your brand should not be underestimated. Understand the principles that make can make a measurable business difference.</em></div></em><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">For entrepreneurs and small business owners, your personal brand is your corporate brand. The key to success is building a brand that positively impacts your business. </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">For more information or to register, visit&nbsp;</div><span style="background-color: transparent;"><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.ctwbdc.org/ProductOutsideRegistration.aspx?ProductId=259&amp;CategoryId=34" style="background-color: transparent;">http://www.ctwbdc.org/ProductOutsideRegistration.aspx?ProductId=259&amp;CategoryId=34</a></div></span><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span class="ember-view" style="background: 0px 0px rgb(255, 255, 255); border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: &quot;Source Sans Pro&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, &quot;Hiragino Kaku Gothic Pro&quot;, Meiryo, &quot;Hiragino Sans GB W3&quot;, &quot;Noto Naskh Arabic&quot;, &quot;Droid Arabic Naskh&quot;, &quot;Geeza Pro&quot;, &quot;Simplified Arabic&quot;, &quot;Noto Sans Thai&quot;, Thonburi, Dokchampa, &quot;Droid Sans Thai&quot;, &quot;Droid Sans Fallback&quot;, -apple-system, &quot;.SFNSDisplay-Regular&quot;, &quot;Heiti SC&quot;, &quot;Microsoft Yahei&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;; font-size: 15px; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background: 0px 0px; border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"></span></span></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/1Sm9YUUHhy0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> branding business presentation Chamber of Commerce communication communication skills Danbury entrepreneur SBA small business wbdc Gilda Bonanno HOW TO GIVE WINTER A PROPER GOODBYE http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=442 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:8bbc33d7-b471-d928-1d7b-5ddb02562945 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:13:56 +0000 Here are snow drops, bravely blooming on this last day of February in Connecticut. My mother always looked for them and for skunk cabbage in the marshes just when winter seemed to be lasting forever. They were a sure sign that spring was on its way, even though there might still be snow on the [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_2548.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-443"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-443" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_2548-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_2548" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_2548-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_2548.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Here are snow drops, bravely blooming on this last day of February in Connecticut. My mother always looked for them and for skunk cabbage in the marshes just when winter seemed to be lasting forever. They were a sure sign that spring was on its way, even though there might still be snow on the ground.</p> <p>This got me thinking about change, and what winter things I might want to do before the real spring arrives. So instead of just waiting for spring, I thought it would be interesting to see how to say goodbye to winter. Let&#8217;s look at two categories:</p> <p>Girl stuff:  girls like to clean out closets, reorganize drawers, get junk out of the basement, have a clear inventory of what they have, and in small ways and large, create order out of chaos. Time Magazine, in the February 27th/March 6th issue, has a wonderful article by Scott Sonenshein on &#8220;How to create more from what you already have.&#8221; As he writes:  &#8220;the science of stretching offers an effective, more fulfilling alternative that invigorates us to do more without needing more.&#8221; And he adds at the end of the article:  &#8220;You already have everything you need to succeed. Just stretch.&#8221;</p> <p>That is exciting. It&#8217;s like yoga for the mind. It taps into our creativity, and the fun of improvising. Okay, now on to the boy stuff:  boys often like to build things, fix things, figure out how things work, split wood, make noise, make a mess, be outdoors. And of course many girls like these things too, just as many boys may be really good at cooking, cleaning, organizing.</p> <p>Think of one thing you can do today that helps you say goodbye to winter. It might be doing something that you won&#8217;t want to do once the weather is nice outside. It could be giving yourself time to look at the seed catalogs and start planning your garden. Or it might be seeing what kind of soup you can make with what you already have in your kitchen. Just like the brave snowdrops that make me smile every time I see them, find something that gives you the same kind of lift as a warm, spring day.</p> Burnout Jean Jean HOW TO SPEND A SNOW DAY http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=438 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:0514b7c9-6cf0-3943-4333-1b12478c4fac Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:26:09 +0000 Henry (our cat) and Bella (our dog) know how to enjoy the perfect day when outside winds are howling and the snow is drifting against the house. A good lesson, don&#8217;t you think? No stress or burnout! <p>Henry (our cat) and Bella (our dog) know how to enjoy the perfect day when outside winds are howling and the snow is drifting against the house. A good lesson, don&#8217;t you think? No stress or burnout!</p> <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_2504.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-439"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-439" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_2504-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_2504" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_2504-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_2504.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> Burnout Jean Jean WHAT’S BETTER THAN VALENTINE’S DAY? http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=435 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:40bd9643-7cdd-b7f5-e39a-a3c5ee1ea5f6 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:38:20 +0000 Well,  maybe nothing, but here&#8217;s a fun idea for mid-February. Join the Random Acts of Kindness Campaign:  https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/rakweekpartners. Take a look at this video and sign up. Oh, and what does this have to do with my usual topic, how to stop burnout? Give this a try and you&#8217;ll find the answer. <p>Well,  maybe nothing, but here&#8217;s a fun idea for mid-February. Join the Random Acts of Kindness Campaign:  https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/rakweekpartners. Take a look at this video and sign up. <img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/73bd55093aefb781ee2da284e/images/d67e2da8-2a12-4088-9633-acfc0e8e4127.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Oh, and what does this have to do with my usual topic, how to stop burnout? Give this a try and you&#8217;ll find the answer.</p> Jean Jean A CURE FOR THE WINTER BLUES http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=431 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:dddce162-7dca-3f2c-a6c2-284e6672cca6 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:39:26 +0000 Many years ago, my mother gave me a wonderful book:  &#8220;The Artist&#8217;s Way:  A Spiritual Path of Higher Creativity,&#8221; by Julia Cameron. Or, if I were writing the subtitle:  &#8220;A way to find your best self.&#8221; It&#8217;s a workbook, filled with quotes, exercises, case studies and really good advice on nurturing our creative and true [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_0803.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-433"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-433" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_0803-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_0803" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_0803-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_0803.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>Many years ago, my mother gave me a wonderful book:  &#8220;The Artist&#8217;s Way:  A Spiritual Path of Higher Creativity,&#8221; by Julia Cameron. Or, if I were writing the subtitle:  &#8220;A way to find your best self.&#8221; It&#8217;s a workbook, filled with quotes, exercises, case studies and really good advice on nurturing our creative and true selves. Here&#8217;s something from the book that I forgot about, but am going to do today:</p> <p>Go on &#8220;an artist&#8217;s date.&#8221; This means treat yourself to something you really would like to do, whether that&#8217;s quiet time at Starbucks or a walk in the park after work, or whatever calls to you. I&#8217;m going to my local bookstore. There&#8217;s a really comfortable couch there and I&#8217;m going to take off my jacket, look at books, pick up a pile that look interesting, and then sit on the couch and give myself time to browse through them. Just that.</p> <p>I&#8217;m not going to rush. I have no &#8220;to do&#8221; list. I&#8217;m not doing research for a project. I might look at children&#8217;s books. Or novels. It doesn&#8217;t matter. Why are these dates important? And how might they cure our winter blues?</p> <ul> <li>We give ourselves credit for getting things done, but see if you can detach from that as these dates feed us, balance that activity with things that restore our energy</li> <li>We need solitude and time&#8211;quiet, uninterrupted time that is just for ourselves</li> <li>Julia writes about how we try to wiggle out of these dates&#8211;something is always more important&#8211;but her point, as I understand it is, build this habit and your life will be rewarding</li> <li>Get over the guilt of being nice to yourself and treat yourself as you&#8217;d treat a good friend</li> <li>Anytime we invest in ourselves, we feel better, stronger, see things in a more positive light</li> </ul> <p>Here in New England there&#8217;s snow on the ground, but the days are getting longer. The sun feels a bit brighter. What could you do for yourself today that would be gift to yourself? I&#8217;ll be at the book store.</p> Burnout Jean Jean COULD BURNOUT BE YOUR FRIEND? http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=427 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:b822821d-cd42-a44d-47ca-6a7a2cf565d5 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:34:50 +0000 I know it&#8217;s a strange idea to think of the thing we try so hard to avoid, as a force that might help us. But over and over, in my work helping groups stop burnout and get re-energized, I&#8217;ve seen how burnout has helped people. It&#8217;s made them change. It&#8217;s clarified what&#8217;s important to them. [&#8230;] <p>I know it&#8217;s a strange idea to think of the thing we try so hard to avoid, as a force that might help us. But over and over, in my work helping groups stop burnout and get re-energized, I&#8217;ve seen how burnout has helped people. It&#8217;s made them change. It&#8217;s clarified what&#8217;s important to them. It&#8217;s set them on a new course.</p> <p>My past year has been full of activities surrounding the publication of my third book:  &#8220;Joy Unleashed:  The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog.&#8221; In fact, I&#8217;m speaking more now about the book than I am about burnout. At first I felt upset that my work had shifted. But now I see that my dog&#8217;s wonderful work comforting others, has deepened my understanding of why it&#8217;s so important to not let burnout eclipse our gifts. So, yes, burnout can be a friend, as long as it&#8217;s a friend you  pay attention to. As long as you don&#8217;t get stuck.</p> <p>Here are the key lessons I&#8217;ve learned about self-care from my energetic (that&#8217;s the nice word for &#8220;crazy&#8221;) working dog:</p> <ul> <li>Surprise yourself. Sit when you&#8217;d stand, stop when you&#8217;d go. Mix it up.</li> <li>Ask questions and the answers will come</li> <li>Small shifts lead to big changes</li> <li>Help comes from surprising places:  a child, a dog, a stranger</li> <li>Pay attention</li> <li>Give thanks even when you don&#8217;t feel like it</li> <li>Grow in curiosity and giving back</li> <li>Travel light&#8211;see what you can get rid of and see how that makes you feel</li> <li>Cast off resentment&#8211;it just gets in the way</li> <li>Don&#8217;t be afraid of uncertainty or emptiness:  wait, sing, a path will open.</li> </ul> <p>Not bad lessons from a dog! Be brave and share your thoughts. That will help all of us have the best year ever.</p> <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Front-Cover-Revised-7-28.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-428"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-428" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Front-Cover-Revised-7-28-200x300.jpg" alt="Front Cover Revised 7-28" width="200" height="300" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Front-Cover-Revised-7-28-200x300.jpg 200w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Front-Cover-Revised-7-28-768x1151.jpg 768w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Front-Cover-Revised-7-28-683x1024.jpg 683w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" /></a></p> Burnout Jean Jean Should I roll my credit card debt into my home loan? http://aboveallelse.org/should-i-roll-my-credit-card-debt-into-my-home-loan/ Above All Else urn:uuid:d98ad278-e2fe-8830-e12d-1dabfe88ef9d Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:16:03 +0000 It is normally not a good idea to roll credit card debt into your mortgage for several reasons. Lets look at the positive reasons and negative reasons to be better able to evaluate this. Positive Reasons To Roll Credit Card Debt Into Your Mortgage Interest may become tax deductible saving you money Your mortgage interest [&#8230;] <p><strong>It is normally not a good idea to roll credit card debt into your mortgage for several reasons. Lets look at the positive reasons and negative reasons to be better able to evaluate this.</strong></p> <p><u>Positive Reasons To Roll Credit Card Debt Into Your Mortgage</u></p> <ol> <li>Interest may become tax deductible saving you money</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Your mortgage interest rate may be lower than your credit car interest rate which may save you money</li> </ol> <ol> <li>The monthly payment can be lower than paying for the credit card and the mortgage separately</li> </ol> <p><u>Negative Reasons To Roll Credit Card Debt Into Your Mortgage</u></p> <ol> <li>Many people find that once they roll the debt from their credit cards into their mortgage (or into other debt options), their credit card debt goes right back up again leaving them with the higher mortgage payment and a credit card payment, making their budget even more difficult to manage than had they not rolled it.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Credit card debt typically does not have a &#8220;life&#8221; as long as a mortgage. For example your credit card debt may take you three-five years to pay off. If you roll it into your mortgage you have now spread it out over a 25-30 year mortgage. When you add up the total interest you will end up paying, it is normally a lot more than had you left the debt on the card.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>The amount you save in taxes will normally be a lot less than the total cost of the mortgage interest debt over the 25-30 years.</li> <li>Learning to manage your spending is critical. If you have credit card debt it is because you are spending more than you can afford. Make a decision to not use your credit card unless it is needed for a real emergency. Taking control of your spending can do a lot more for you than rolling your debt into your mortgage.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>©2016 Nancy Butler All rights reserved</p> Money Management and Insurance Success in Life credit card debt debt early money lessons lower debt money management mortgage balance nbutler What does a small business owner need to know about recruiting their first employees? http://aboveallelse.org/what-does-a-small-business-owner-need-to-know-about-recruiting-their-first-employees/ Above All Else urn:uuid:fdadcd9d-2bec-78ce-e2a3-667cc62c4678 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:04:53 +0000 Many business owners wait to hire help until they feel they can afford to do so, which for many is far too long. If you hire the right person, he or she will more than pay for himself or herself in a very short period, which will free you up to do the things that [&#8230;] <p>Many business owners wait to hire help until they feel they can afford to do so, which for many is far too long. If you hire the right person, he or she will more than pay for himself or herself in a very short period, which will free you up to do the things that bring more money into the business. As the business owner, your time is best spent bringing in business and managing the company, enabling the business to become more profitable. All other tasks should be completed by others who may not only be better at it, but can also do it at a lower cost to the business.</p> <p>Also remember that you get what you pay for. Hiring low cost staff can also be a mistake. Take the time to hire the right person. If necessary, hire an employment agency to help assure you hire the right person for the job at an appropriate rate of pay.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>©2016 Nancy Butler All rights reserved</p> Success in Business Systems, Strategies and Solutions entrepreneurs first employee hiring small bnusiness staff management staffing nbutler Keeping Business Costs In Line With Profitability http://aboveallelse.org/keeping-business-costs-in-line-with-profitability/ Above All Else urn:uuid:3e3ec9e8-299a-0ea2-73da-53ff59110af4 Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:08:28 +0000 I used to feel that every client deserves the same level of service regardless of the amount of income they provide to my business. That is, until there weren&#8217;t enough hours in the day to do that. To provide the same level of service to all clients, it reached a point where I realized I [&#8230;] <p><em></em>I used to feel that every client deserves the same level of service regardless of the amount of income they provide to my business. That is, until there weren&#8217;t enough hours in the day to do that. To provide the same level of service to all clients, it reached a point where I realized I had to either spend more time at work and less with my family.</p> <p>Or, hire more staff, which meant less income for my family. I wasn&#8217;t willing to do either.</p> <p>The level of service you provide and therefore the amount you spend should coincide with profitability to your company. With the current economic situation as it is, taking a closer look at the cost to service your customers and assuring it is properly aligned can improve the company’s bottom line and help to anchor your best clients to you and your business.</p> <p>It is normally more cost effective to keep existing clients than it is to obtain new ones. I coach many small business owners to code their customers or clients based on profitability to their business. The people that are providing the greatest income to the business, deserve the best service. Going above and beyond for them will also help to better assure they stay with you. For example, your “C” clients (<u>not</u> the best clients) may receive an <u>annual</u> newsletter and holiday card signed by everyone at the business. Your “B” clients receive a <u>quarterly</u> newsletter, holiday card signed by everyone at the business and a <u>semi-annual</u> phone call to check in and see if they have any questions and how you can further be of assistance. Your “A” clients (the best clients) would receive a <u>monthly</u> newsletter, holiday gift and card signed by everyone at the company and a <u>quarterly</u> phone call to check in and see if they have any questions and how you can further be of assistance.</p> <p>This is just an example. And of course you will need to set a plan that is appropriate for the type of business you have.</p> <p>The correct level of customer service for every client can be one key to the success of your business and provide the balance you need to more efficiently manage your time and resources while maximizing your bottom line.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>©2016 Nancy Butler  All rights reserved</strong></p> Success in Business Systems, Strategies and Solutions business profitiability client service Profitability nbutler How can you stop yourself from going into to your nest egg constantly? http://aboveallelse.org/how-can-you-stop-yourself-from-going-into-to-your-nest-egg-constantly/ Above All Else urn:uuid:ab3e51b8-5f32-da99-4b95-63125952143d Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:58:41 +0000 The answer is your mind set.  How you think about money greatly affects your potential for long term financial success.  When working with clients that had a hard time building and maintaining their cash reserve I would explain it to them like this. My definition of a “nest egg” or “cash reserve” is money that [&#8230;] <p><strong>T</strong>he answer is your mind set.  How you think about money greatly affects your potential for long term financial success.  When working with clients that had a hard time building and maintaining their cash reserve I would explain it to them like this.</p> <p>My definition of a “nest egg” or “cash reserve” is money that is set aside and is added to monthly so that it continues to grow until it is needed for an emergency.  First you need to agree on what an emergency is that gives you permission to withdraw from this account.  An emergency may be, basic food in your mouth, basic clothes on your back, reasonable transportation, etc.  An emergency is <u>not</u> a family vacation, buying because of a great sale, more clothes when you already have the necessities, etc.</p> <p>If an emergency came up today and you needed, for example a new roof on your home, where would you get the money from to fix it?  The answer always seems to be, I wouldn’t have a choice.  I have to have a roof so if I didn’t have the cash I would need to take out a loan and get the roof fixed.  My next question is, where will the monthly money come from to make the payment on that loan, since you are not able to put money away and keep it there now, that means that you are now living on the income you have?  The answer usually is, I don’t have a choice, I would have to cut back on what I could so that I can make the payments needed to be able to have a roof on my home.</p> <p>Really think about this scenario.  If you can cut back when an emergency arises because “you have no other option”, why wouldn’t you just cut back now so instead of having to go into debt and pay interest on a loan that you cannot afford, you can be your own “bank”.  If you know you can do it if you were forced to, odds are you can do it now if you really want to.  The problem is your priorities may not be in order.</p> <p>Here’s how I suggest you handle this.  With every dollar that goes through your hands there are three places it needs to go, not necessarily in equal thirds, but in three places.</p> <p>#1  Pay your bills &#8211; or you may not have your freedom for long.</p> <p>#2  spend some – if you save it all ‘till later and don’t live to enjoy it, what good</p> <p>would that be?</p> <p>#3 save some – to cover the larger ticket items that the weekly paycheck won’t</p> <p>cover and so that someday you won’t have to work anymore.</p> <p>The problem with many people today is that we do pay our bills, which is a good thing, but we spend some and save what’s left, and that is backwards.  You should be saving first and then spend what’s left.  Having a long term vision for your future rather than living for today is also a critical factor for success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>©2016 Nancy Butler  All rights reserved</strong></p> Money Management and Insurance Success in Life money money management saving money nbutler Effective time management can bring you success in business. And lack of it, can break you. http://aboveallelse.org/effective-time-management-can-bring-you-success-in-business-and-lack-of-it-can-break-you-2/ Above All Else urn:uuid:cddfcc8e-f72d-b572-0bed-6d3da3bfc0d1 Sat, 02 Apr 2016 01:52:49 +0000 With everything a business owner has to accomplish in a day to keep the business going, we can find it difficult to find any time to work on the business.  Scheduling time into every week to step away from the running of the business and spend the time to work on the strategies and changes [&#8230;] <p>With everything a business owner has to accomplish in a day to keep the business going, we can find it difficult to find any time to work <strong><u>on</u></strong> the business.  Scheduling time into every week to step away from the running of the business and spend the time to work on the strategies and changes that need to take place to take the business “to the next level” is critical.  By setting specific time each week aside and having an agenda ready, you can make the changes needed in your business to ensure success. If you are always “putting out fires” you can find you do not have the time to figure out how to keep the fire from igniting in the first place.  One way to help ensure the needed time is available is to have a “model week” and stick to it. You are the one to decide which calls you will take, when you can be interrupted, when you will be in and out of the office and how you will manage your time. Effective time management can bring you success in business. And lack of it, can break you.</p> <p><strong>©2016 Nancy Butler  All rights reserved</strong></p> Real Estate Success in Business Systems, Strategies and Solutions business business management success in business time management nbutler