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/ WHAT DO LIBRARY WORKERS AND ASSISTED LIVING PROFESSIONALS HAVE IN COMMON? http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=492 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:ca782d77-93e9-4aee-9a7f-ab664a3e062e Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:08:57 +0000 Sometimes we learn things from proximity. In the past few weeks I&#8217;ve been on the road&#8211;out to Lancaster, PA for a wonderful conference of the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association with my dog, Bella, and then back in Connecticut for a session on customer service for library professionals. As I was thinking about it, the two [&#8230;] <p>Sometimes we learn things from proximity. In the past few weeks I&#8217;ve been on the road&#8211;out to Lancaster, PA for a wonderful conference of the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association with my dog, Bella, and then back in Connecticut for a session on customer service for library professionals. As I was thinking about it, the two have a lot in common.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s the easy similarities: both categories involve non-stop requests at work, both deal with deep issues that affect our communities such as poverty, disabilities, aging, etc., and of course both are at the heart of our communities.</p> <p>Here are a few things from each session that might be helpful to everyone.</p> <ul> <li>Nonverbal support is powerful (this is one of the many reasons why therapy dogs are so effective)</li> <li>Information opens doors</li> <li>You can&#8217;t fake patience or kindness</li> <li>You must take good care of yourself if you&#8217;re going to be effective in caring for others</li> <li>&#8220;No&#8221; is a wonderful word&#8211;just be careful how you say it</li> <li><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HUMOR.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-493"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-493" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HUMOR-300x200.jpg" alt="HUMOR" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HUMOR-300x200.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HUMOR.jpg 360w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></li> <li>Humor is really important, too. There&#8217;s something about these two dogs that cracks me up!</li> <li>Take advantage of your co-workers. They may be better at something that you&#8217;re struggling with. Team up and learn from each other.</li> <li>Use mini-breaks to refresh yourself and regain perspective.</li> </ul> <p>It was a long ride home after the conference in Lancaster. Bella didn&#8217;t mind&#8211;she slept for the six hours. It&#8217;s a tough job being a dog!</p> Jean Jean Effective Leaders Use Systems Thinking Not “Blame Thinking” http://www.wallyhauck.com/effective-leaders-use-systems-thinking-not-blame-thinking/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:f031e2ee-1c00-63cc-c0cb-6481ac216b82 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:25:59 +0000 I strongly believe that leaders who want to bring out the genius of every employee and who want to optimize results (especially through customer experience and employee engagement) must be systems thinkers.[1] READ MORE [1] Systems Thinking: Is a discipline of using data to identify patterns, processes, and structures that cause events. It’s a way [&#8230;] <p>I strongly believe that leaders who want to bring out the genius of every employee and who want to optimize results (especially through customer experience and employee engagement) must be systems thinkers.<a href="#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1">[1]</a></p> <p><a href="http://c-suitenetworkadvisors.com/effective-leaders-use-systems-thinking-not-blame-thinking/">READ MORE</a></p> <p><a href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1">[</a><a href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1">1]</a> Systems Thinking: Is a discipline of using data to identify patterns, processes, and structures that cause events. It’s a way of thinking and acting to obtain knowledge to make changes in process and structure to improve the interactions between the parts of a system and instead of making improvements to the parts of the system.  Excerpts taken from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=the+art+of+leading%3A+3+principles&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Athe+art+of+leading%3A+3+principles">The Art of Leading: 3 Principles for Predictable Performance Improvement</a> by Wally Hauck, PhD, CSP</p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Gilda to Emcee Women's Business Development Council's 20th Anniversary Gala 10/20 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/10/gilda-to-emcee-womens-business.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:ff4fae2a-9869-f193-cf4a-e5785795ad0c Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:25:13 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h2 style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #6aac44; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 40px; font-weight: 500; line-height: 45px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 30px; vertical-align: baseline;">Women’s Business Development Council 20th Anniversary Gala</h2><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">Join the Women’s Business Development Council on Friday, October 20th to Celebrate and Support Women’s Economic Empowerment:</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">I'm excited once again to be serving as Emcee for this event!</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">Hyatt Regency Greenwich<br />1800 East Putnam Avenue<br />Old Greenwich, CT&nbsp;06870</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">11:00 AM Registration, Networking and Raffle<br />12:00-2:30 Lunch and Awards Ceremony</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 30px;"><span style="color: #ec7a22;">Honoring</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: #6aac44; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 20px;">Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: #6aac44; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 20px;">Abby Kohnstamm, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Pitney Bowes</span></div><h4 style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #6aac44; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 20px; font-weight: 500; line-height: 45px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 30px; vertical-align: baseline;">Dara Lamb, Founder and Designer, Dara Lamb Custom Clothing</h4><h3 style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #ec7a22; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 30px; font-weight: 500; line-height: 45px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 30px; vertical-align: baseline;">20 for 20</h3><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">A special tribute to the Women’s Business Development Council graduates of the last 20 years.</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">For information, please contact Alicia Kalish at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:akalish@ctwbdc.org?subject=WBDC%27s%2020th%20Anniversary%20Gala%20Luncheon" style="border: 0px; color: #ec7a22; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration-line: none; vertical-align: baseline;">akalish@ctwbdc.org</a>.</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Gala-Sponsors_9-28-17.pdf" rel="noopener" style="border: 0px; color: #ec7a22; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration-line: none; vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">Click Here to See Our Incredible List of Gala Sponsors!</a></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://ctwbdc.org/attend-an-event/20th-anniversary-gala-luncheon/">https://ctwbdc.org/attend-an-event/20th-anniversary-gala-luncheon/</a></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/bGWenNczuLs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business carla harris Dara Lamb entrepreneur entrepreneurship Fran Pastore Morgan Stanley networking NWBC Pitney Bowes SBA small business success wbdc women Gilda Bonanno Micommunication http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/10/micommunication.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:0bd75aa5-e187-26a2-e612-c7038046160f Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:33:03 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2T7OWUB5qDo/WZCpmq8XgyI/AAAAAAAAB0Y/YxbrmlGfD6YBlg4Wjju2spp-cAYUkK-8gCLcBGAs/s1600/GBShaw%2BQuote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="923" data-original-width="650" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2T7OWUB5qDo/WZCpmq8XgyI/AAAAAAAAB0Y/YxbrmlGfD6YBlg4Wjju2spp-cAYUkK-8gCLcBGAs/s400/GBShaw%2BQuote.jpg" width="281" /></a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/ISEclMGbVTQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> communication communication skills George Bernard Shaw leadership management quotations quotes success Gilda Bonanno 3 Employee Engagement Killers You Will See at an Airport http://www.wallyhauck.com/3-employee-engagement-killers-you-will-see-at-an-airport/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:fc576ecd-96ca-9459-0dfb-cff833c5faee Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:04:36 +0000 I originally thought about entitling this blog, “How to avoid behaving like an airport.”  When I think about airport customer experience and employee engagement I remember how much I dislike traveling now.  The thought of it gives me a stomach ache and heartache. The next time you are traveling look for these issues.  It&#8217;s an [&#8230;] <p>I originally thought about entitling this blog, “How to avoid behaving like an airport.”  When I think about airport customer experience and employee engagement I remember how much I dislike traveling now.  The thought of it gives me a stomach ache and heartache.</p> <p>The next time you are traveling look for these issues.  It&#8217;s an opportunity to remind yourself to avoid certain behaviors that can damage employee engagement and customer experience every time..<a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=5974&amp;type=post">.READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Creating Online Courses - NSA CT 10/12/17 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/10/creating-online-courses-nsa-ct-101217.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:2ad7b35f-d1fe-fc34-32ca-ed53e5d8c936 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 23:00:01 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">National Speakers Association - CT Chapter Meeting<br /><hr style="background-color: white; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-image: initial; border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-style: solid; box-sizing: border-box; clear: both; font-family: &quot;Terminal Dosis&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; height: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 30px;" /><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-family: &quot;Terminal Dosis&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin-top: 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><img alt="" class="alignright size-full wp-image-4206" data-attachment-id="4206" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-description="" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;Richard Gasparro Studio,LLC&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="sylvie-di-giusto" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?fit=300%2C300" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?fit=300%2C300" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?fit=300%2C300" data-orig-size="300,300" data-permalink="http://nsact.org/events/sylvie-di-giusto/" height="300" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" src="https://nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?w=300 300w, https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?resize=80%2C80 80w, https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?resize=36%2C36 36w, https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?resize=180%2C180 180w, https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?resize=120%2C120 120w" style="border: none rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; display: block; float: right; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; height: auto; line-height: inherit; margin: 4px 0px 0px 10px; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; position: relative; vertical-align: baseline;" width="300" />10/12/17&nbsp;<strong style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://www.executive-image-consulting.com/" rel="noopener" style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; max-width: 100%; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">Sylvie Di Giusto</a></strong>: Creating Online Courses – How to develop, market and sell cutting-edge e-Learning programs</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.85em; margin-top: 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Would you like to create a fun and valuable e-Learning program for your clients? Are you interested in a passive income model? Are you ready to learn the essential elements to make it happen? If you answered yes to these questions, make sure you don’t miss our upcoming chapter event with New York City based image consultant, trainer, author and e-Learning aficionado Sylvie di Giusto.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">In this session, Sylvie will showcase several ways how she incorporates e-Learning in her coaching and speaking business. You’ll walk away with plenty of ideas, tips, tools and techniques that will help you offer your own expertise online. You’ll be inspired how to make learning content more interactive and memorable with the many examples of learning units Sylvie will demonstrate live including text, pictures, videos, audios, quizzes, assignments, forum discussions or group work interactions. You will learn about different pricing models and you’ll understand how the quality of your e-Learning content defines its success or failure.</div><div style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><ul style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-family: &quot;Terminal Dosis&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: inherit; list-style-image: initial; list-style-position: outside; margin: 0px 0px 20px 7px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 0px 1em; padding: 3px 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">$25 for NSA-CT Professional members who have paid their annual BASIC dues</li><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 0px 1em; padding: 3px 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">FREE for NSA-CT members with an All-Access Pass</li><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 0px 1em; padding: 3px 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">$40 for guests</li><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 0px 1em; padding: 3px 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">*ALL CHAPTER MEETINGS TAKE PLACE AT THE BEST WESTERN HOTEL, 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT (Exit 12/I-91)</li></ul><div><span style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot; , &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">For more info or to register, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://nsact.org/events/">http://nsact.org/events/</a></span></div></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/sfn5jvuPjKQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> meetings NSA NSA-CT speaker Sylvie di Giusto Training Gilda Bonanno Gilda's interactive style & practical advice earn rave reviews http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/gildas-interactive-style-practical.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:66459d16-41f8-a52d-dafd-84ab9895b6bf Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:39:08 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W9V7U_tCoHY/WaRjBf6ZHpI/AAAAAAAAB5A/EAM2D1PB8LovkDyNCWYogLduozkOoMIYQCLcBGAs/s1600/Mary%2BFrances%2BGorgas.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="300" data-original-width="300" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W9V7U_tCoHY/WaRjBf6ZHpI/AAAAAAAAB5A/EAM2D1PB8LovkDyNCWYogLduozkOoMIYQCLcBGAs/s200/Mary%2BFrances%2BGorgas.jpg" width="200" /></a>"After hearing Gilda's engaging presentation at SNEC-PMI's annual Conference, <b>I immediately knew I wanted to invite her to share her wisdom with more of our Professional Development events.</b></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since then I've had the pleasure of hearing her speak as Conference keynote and at several Chapter meetings on a variety of insightful topics. Her most recent presentation for us, <b>How to Communicate With Confidence, Competence and Composure,</b> was interactive and full of specific ideas that people could put into practice to demonstrate their expertise, establish credibility and communicate as a leader. And Gilda was very comfortable handling audience questions.</div><div><br /></div><div>We love having Gilda speak for us - <b>her presentation style and content consistently receive rave reviews from our attendees and she imparts knowledge that can be put to immediate use. </b>We can't wait to have her back!"</div><div>&nbsp;- Mary Frances Gorgas PMP, Board of Directors, Professional Development, SNEC-PMI; Associate Director, Business Integration, Synapse Group, Inc.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>To find out more about having Gilda speak for your organization or association, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/speaking.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/speaking.aspx</a></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/HZrG6UDrlvA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> communication skills confidence Keynote speaker motivational speaker PMI presentation skills public speaking SNEC-PMI speaker testimonial Gilda Bonanno Diversity Alone Is Not Enough – The 5 Initial Conditions to Optimize Performance http://www.wallyhauck.com/diversity-alone-is-not-enough-the-5-initial-conditions-to-optimize-performance/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:029e7f2d-6e10-6e6c-d8ed-eb5e35166200 Sat, 30 Sep 2017 11:23:08 +0000 Many consultants and consulting companies tout the benefits of diversity and make amazing claims about the results of having a diverse organization.  Diversity is perceived as a competitive advantage and as a progressive necessity if an organization is going to be able to claim a modern reputation.  I am unconvinced.  Just like anything else in [&#8230;] <p>Many consultants and consulting companies tout the benefits of diversity and make amazing claims about the results of having a diverse organization.  Diversity is perceived as a competitive advantage and as a progressive necessity if an organization is going to be able to claim a modern reputation.  I am unconvinced.  Just like anything else in life, too much of a good thing can become a negative&#8230; <a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=5865&amp;type=post">READ MORE</a><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1187" src="http://www.wallyhauck.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Distress_thumb-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck There is no perfect message http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/there-is-no-perfect-message.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:34f1484e-ce4a-075a-f1e4-5444f26f26ce Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:36:31 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pOLzN_a5n3Q/WcxDPwD1X5I/AAAAAAAAB8g/JE4Ve4UpKhosUWvOT4X8vnR-dhGlDSsKwCLcBGAs/s1600/There-is-no-silver%2Bbullet%2B-%2BVJ%2Bquote%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="624" data-original-width="650" height="382" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pOLzN_a5n3Q/WcxDPwD1X5I/AAAAAAAAB8g/JE4Ve4UpKhosUWvOT4X8vnR-dhGlDSsKwCLcBGAs/s400/There-is-no-silver%2Bbullet%2B-%2BVJ%2Bquote%2B2.jpg" width="400" /></a><br /><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/TW5U9WGV82I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> inspiration Learning motivation quotes Gilda Bonanno Make Firing Employees Easier and Faster – Let Them Deselect http://www.wallyhauck.com/make-firing-employees-easier-and-faster-let-them-deselect/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:8c6c4306-74c0-ab07-e815-00b9ebc04865 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:01:10 +0000 Which is more valuable to an employer, the job skills employees possess or the skill of behaving with integrity?  Job skills and job knowledge are worthless without integrity and any employer who holds onto an employee who has a pattern of broken integrity is increasing costs for the organization&#8230;READ MORE &#160; &#160; <p><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1202" src="http://www.wallyhauck.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Choice_thumb-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />Which is more valuable to an employer, the job skills employees possess or the skill of behaving with integrity?  Job skills and job knowledge are worthless without integrity and any employer who holds onto an employee who has a pattern of broken integrity is increasing costs for the organization&#8230;<a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=5787&amp;type=post">READ MORE</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Tenor David Guzman & Pianist Natalia Katyukova in Concert 10/1 in Darien http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/tenor-david-guzman-pianist-natalia.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:77178a9c-fc44-dc34-2b21-3fbd1dc8c288 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:55:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0f4iPESQH6U/Wcg2rK-b8lI/AAAAAAAAB78/ifcfbQZU7ekpfakjQ_FkPsMHqY5BPYgdgCLcBGAs/s1600/david%2Bconcertguzman2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1237" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0f4iPESQH6U/Wcg2rK-b8lI/AAAAAAAAB78/ifcfbQZU7ekpfakjQ_FkPsMHqY5BPYgdgCLcBGAs/s320/david%2Bconcertguzman2.jpg" width="247" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Join us for an afternoon of music on&nbsp;</span><strong style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Sunday, October 1 at 3:00PM&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">featuring tenor,&nbsp;</span><strong style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">David Guzman</strong><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">, as he brings us&nbsp;</span><strong style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><em style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;">Art Songs from Latin-America</em></strong><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">.&nbsp; The program will feature selections from his latest CD recording (available at the concert), highlighting music from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Cuba and his native Colombia. The unifying theme of love - both paternal and maternal, human and divine will be explored as it was expressed by the composers of the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">David's wife,&nbsp;</span><strong style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Natalia Katyukova</strong><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">, assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and one of the most highly-regarded collaborators of her generation, will accompany at the piano.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact the&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:music@stmdarienct.org" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; text-decoration-line: none;">Music Office</a><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;at 655-3303, ext. 19</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span class="footer_address" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; display: inline-block; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Location: St. Thomas More Church<span class="footer_address_context_hide" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;">,</span></span><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span class="footer_address_other" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; display: inline-block; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">374 Middlesex Road<span class="footer_address_context_hide" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;">,</span></span><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; 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margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IKeMbYheWx8/WZTDBesmnEI/AAAAAAAAB2Q/GzylHCKaIVg9m9q4JaYA6VlqoeaiXr_cQCLcBGAs/s1600/_DSC4339.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1068" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IKeMbYheWx8/WZTDBesmnEI/AAAAAAAAB2Q/GzylHCKaIVg9m9q4JaYA6VlqoeaiXr_cQCLcBGAs/s320/_DSC4339.jpg" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Welcoming the audience in the historic chapel at Reid Castle</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ihXBFml-HPw/WZTDB2wYgOI/AAAAAAAAB2M/u-jKrPiFdbgKb6GWZ37h-IDMcjPKrGN8wCLcBGAs/s1600/_DSC4526.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1069" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ihXBFml-HPw/WZTDB2wYgOI/AAAAAAAAB2M/u-jKrPiFdbgKb6GWZ37h-IDMcjPKrGN8wCLcBGAs/s320/_DSC4526.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Introducing the panel of distinguished Manhattanville graduates</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vlLmVxENnE4/WZTDC9rqK4I/AAAAAAAAB2U/RAqYbDNxtksW5qZlNTGMPIzR7HObvoO1gCLcBGAs/s1600/_DSC4728.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="500" data-original-width="800" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vlLmVxENnE4/WZTDC9rqK4I/AAAAAAAAB2U/RAqYbDNxtksW5qZlNTGMPIzR7HObvoO1gCLcBGAs/s320/_DSC4728.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Concluding the day with a networking reception</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/drz7eUcBcIU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> confidence emcee Kathy Meany leadership Manhattanville meeting networking self-confidence Women's Leadership Institute Gilda Bonanno WONDERFUL LOMA CONFERENCE http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=487 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:d22215f7-6d24-d6e4-cf7c-a485e2ef6a29 Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:10:08 +0000 How bad could it be? San Diego, the Del Coronado hotel, and an international group of life insurance professionals. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking to this group on two topics:  How to Stop Burnout, and Presentation Skills. As I stood on the stage in the Crown Room&#8211;underneath an impressive crown&#8211;I felt [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_1074-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-489"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-489" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_1074-1-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_1074 (1)" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_1074-1-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_1074-1.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>How bad could it be? San Diego, the Del Coronado hotel, and an international group of life insurance professionals. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking to this group on two topics:  How to Stop Burnout, and Presentation Skills. As I stood on the stage in the Crown Room&#8211;underneath an impressive crown&#8211;I felt so lucky to be there and grateful for what I learned from this audience.</p> <p>Some of the issues that were leading to burnout included:  trouble sleeping, feeling tired and sometimes afraid, losing weight, feeling overwhelmed and lacking in confidence. As we went through strategies to lessen burnout, individuals choose to exercise, keep a sense of humor, listen to music, learn how to turn work off, and to team up with others so that they weren&#8217;t facing work challenges alone.</p> <p>For the afternoon breakout session, &#8220;Stand Out Every Time You Talk&#8221;, we practiced solid eye contact, and how gestures make your ideas come alive. Everyone had a chance to see themselves using gestures to describe, differentiate and emphasize key points. We talked about how to run an effective Q&amp;A session, and what to do if the audience tunes out or is distracted.</p> <p>Lastly, it was a magical place. I had never given much thought or attention to palm trees, but I fell in love with their variety, elegance, and delicate fronds dancing in the wind. The place itself&#8211;with flowers everywhere&#8211;was an amazing burnout buster. I hope everyone went home energized and ready to use their new connections and knowledge to have their best year ever.</p> Burnout Jean Jean Wisdom From Thoreau http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/wisdom-from-thoreau.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:1c46247a-5bd1-965a-b5e8-b3d19ec27a37 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:31:03 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HYRR8vjGkQI/WZCoxl0Q_nI/AAAAAAAAB0Q/-9HmE1UlnPYI2DtgMBH1Owf-6X1sRv6pwCLcBGAs/s1600/Thoreau%2BQuote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="640" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HYRR8vjGkQI/WZCoxl0Q_nI/AAAAAAAAB0Q/-9HmE1UlnPYI2DtgMBH1Owf-6X1sRv6pwCLcBGAs/s400/Thoreau%2BQuote.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/wSitLF-0SQ4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> communication communication skills motivation quotations quotes Thoreau Gilda Bonanno Gilda to Present Networking Workshop for SMPS 9/20 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/gilda-to-present-networking-workshop.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:1a66ae2d-960b-beee-f70e-61ae2674ed07 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:00:16 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8eS1TwRCnWg/WanDzRdXaEI/AAAAAAAAB6o/K0nEqLm9GWs6aciA2TFhw4uxThaHfXD4QCLcBGAs/s1600/SMPS%2BLogo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="86" data-original-width="243" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8eS1TwRCnWg/WanDzRdXaEI/AAAAAAAAB6o/K0nEqLm9GWs6aciA2TFhw4uxThaHfXD4QCLcBGAs/s1600/SMPS%2BLogo.jpg" /></a><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Hate networking events because you never know what to say or do? Do you get stuck talking to the one person in the room that you know? Whether you’re looking to get new clients or be recognized as an expert in your field, networking is a key ingredient of your success.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">In this interactive and fun session, learn the secrets of being a master networker, including how to listen and think quickly, how to harness the power of nonverbal communications and how to deal with difficult people, like the obnoxious egotist and the boring timehog.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Benefits:&nbsp;</span></div><ul style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5em; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 30px; vertical-align: baseline;"><li style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Learn how to make networking work for you to build a consistent and clear personal brand&nbsp;</span></li><li style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Create a workable process for networking, from planning to following up&nbsp;</span></li><li style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Develop a clear statement of what you want to share about yourself with this particular audience&nbsp;</span></li><li style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Become more comfortable handling commonly encountered networking dilemmas, such as breaking into a networking conversation and making a graceful exit&nbsp;</span></li></ul><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Event Details:&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-transform: inherit;">Wednesday, September 20, 2017</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 11:30&nbsp;AM&nbsp;to 12:00 PM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Registration &amp; Networking</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 12:00 PM&nbsp;to 1:00&nbsp;PM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lunch</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:00 PM&nbsp;to 2:30 PM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Program</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Location:</strong>&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Courtyard by Marriott - Cromwell</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">4 Sebethe Drive</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Cromwell, CT 06416</span><br /><em style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Free on-site parking is available.</em></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Registration:</strong>&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Please register by September 15, 2017.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">SMPS CT Members: $65&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Non-Members: $85</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Please note:</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><em style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Late registrations and walk-ins will be charged an additional $10.</em><em style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a refund.</em><em style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">No shows are responsible for payment in full.&nbsp;</em></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">About the Speaker:&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Gilda Bonanno,&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-transform: inherit;">Owner of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/default.aspx" style="border: 0px; color: #ff9933; font-family: inherit; font-size: 1em; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: inherit; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">Gilda Bonanno, LLC</a><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-transform: inherit;">&nbsp;- Confidence. Influence.Success</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-transform: inherit;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rN7UOVBffS8/WamyEWXPBSI/AAAAAAAAB6Q/tYvlquC9BgUrHTEFvVhzTjFsio-zCvFDgCEwYBhgL/s1600/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="450" data-original-width="360" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rN7UOVBffS8/WamyEWXPBSI/AAAAAAAAB6Q/tYvlquC9BgUrHTEFvVhzTjFsio-zCvFDgCEwYBhgL/s200/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" width="160" /></a></div></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">GILDA BONANNO (<a href="mailto:gildabonanno@gmail.com" style="border: 0px; color: #ff9933; font-family: inherit; font-size: 1em; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; word-break: break-word;">@Gilda Bonanno</a>) helps you transform your communication and leadership skills so you can have more confidence, influence and success. She has worked with leading organizations, including GE, Travelers, Praxair, Assa Abloy, Wells Fargo and Yale University, on four continents from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Since 2006, Gilda has run a successful business that reaches countless people globally.&nbsp; She has delivered thousands of in-person programs, her YouTube channel has received over 1 million views and her digital newsletter has reached subscribers in over 45 countries since 2008.</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></span><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">For more information or to register, visit&nbsp;</span><a href="http://smpsct.org/meetinginfo.php?id=47&amp;ts=1504291212" style="background-color: transparent;">http://smpsct.org/meetinginfo.php?id=47&amp;ts=1504291212</a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/cQ6_Kcm__k4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience business business presentation communication skills confidence marketing meeting networking schmooze self-confidence SMPS success Gilda Bonanno Do you Want Employees to Feel Like Volunteers or Slaves? http://www.wallyhauck.com/do-you-want-employees-to-feel-like-volunteers-or-slaves/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:7cfec25d-4f5a-5b52-e708-da9e5da755a0 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:09:18 +0000 If you are a leader of a team now, ponder this idea: everyone in your organization is a volunteer.  Would you treat them differently?  Why would you want to treat employees as volunteers and how can you start?  This blog will touch on the answers&#8230;READ MORE <p><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1178" src="http://www.wallyhauck.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Manager-Dependent-857x1280_thumb-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />If you are a leader of a team now, ponder this idea: <em>everyone in your organization is a volunteer.</em>  Would you treat them differently?  Why would you want to treat employees as volunteers and how can you start?  This blog will touch on the answers&#8230;<a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=5666&amp;type=post">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Mastering Management Communications - Applications Now Being Accepted http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/mastering-management-communications.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:533f0c80-54f4-9f21-37b0-bf177d760b80 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:20:46 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h2 style="background-color: white; margin: 0in; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Mastering Management Communications: How to Lead Your Team and Maximize Performance, Commitment &amp; Results&nbsp;</span></h2><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The Mastering Management Communications program is a m<span style="color: #1d2129;">entoring program for new and experienced managers who are looking to accelerate their skill development.&nbsp;</span>We start you off strong and give you the <b>strategies and tactics to LEAD your team and maximize PERFORMANCE, COMMITMENT and RESULTS.</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The program is an intensive small group experience for executives, entrepreneurs, business owners and independent professionals&nbsp;who want to manage and communicate with ease and achieve results with less wasted time and effort.</span><br /><br /><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/contactus.aspx" target="_blank">Applications now being accepted! Contact Gilda to apply now!</a></b></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IVLfvYG1_z0/WamxQZJK44I/AAAAAAAAB6E/n8221b7ejmslXQqPPnNFNz_0jd3n3EDdwCLcBGAs/s1600/Purchased%2BBusiness%2BPeople%2BFotolia_78609201_S%2B%2540kurhan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="595" data-original-width="807" height="235" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IVLfvYG1_z0/WamxQZJK44I/AAAAAAAAB6E/n8221b7ejmslXQqPPnNFNz_0jd3n3EDdwCLcBGAs/s320/Purchased%2BBusiness%2BPeople%2BFotolia_78609201_S%2B%2540kurhan.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>You meet with Gilda Bonanno by phone for regularly scheduled weekly sessions, along with a small, highly selective group of high-achievers like you</b>.&nbsp; During these sessions, she shares best practices and actionable strategies, and you<span style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span>work together to review progress, remove obstacles and establish new processes/habits&nbsp; for everything from to coaching employees and delegating work to schmoozing with senior executives and leading meetings.&nbsp; Additional one-on-one support is available via email in between your regularly scheduled sessions.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Everything (from big-picture strategy to day-to-day tactics and execution) is custom-tailored around your strengths, personal preferences, and the needs of your particular industry and business.</b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><b style="color: blue;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">RESULTS</span></b></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Here is a partial list of results clients have received:</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*<b>Delegate work and hold employees accountable</b> for their performance and so that you can reduce your workload and boost your productivity</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*<b>Sharpen your communication and presentation skills</b> so you can avoid problems and wasted time caused by miscommunication or mismatched expectations</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*<b>Maximize your executive presence</b> and build your confidence so you know exactly what to say in internal meetings and at professional networking events</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*<b>Build a high-performing team </b>so you can achieve your performance goals and get the&nbsp;visibility, recognition and success you deserve, including that next promotion</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;*<b>Develop a step-by-step, no-fluff process</b> to follow before, during and after management conversations</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;*<b>Know what to do at every step when you coach employees</b> so you stop having the same conversation over and over with no results</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;*<b>Finally figure out how to turn meetings that waste time and accomplish nothing into productive working sessions</b> where decisions get made and things get done</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;*Making management communications easy, effortless and enjoyable… and (at last!) effective</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>MASTERING MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS IS FOR:</b></span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*&nbsp;New managers who want to ramp-up their communication and leadership skills and hit the ground running&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*&nbsp;Seasoned managers who feel stuck, stalled or sidetracked and want to regain their management mojo&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*&nbsp;Managers who work in a variety of industries in corporate, academic, government, healthcare, non-profit or entrepreneurial environments&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*&nbsp;New or seasoned managers who have to communicate to and manage relationships with others, whether direct reports, dotted line reports, vendors, partners, consultants, customers, clients, colleagues, etc</span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white;"></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Gilda helped me convert prospects into clients</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">"After just a few sessions together, Gilda pointed me in the right direction.&nbsp;She uncovered some bad habits and replaced them with new and effective ones that today are helping me to convert prospect in to clients. Gilda has helped me to organize my thoughts and plan out my presentations so that I am better prepared and more confident.&nbsp;<b>I am grateful to Gilda and for the help she has given me to become a more effective salesperson."</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Judith Giangoia, Private Banker, Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank, New York</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>After using Gilda's techniques, I now look forward to networking events</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">"I wanted to take a moment to thank you, and to let you know how helpful the “How to Schmooze” workshop&nbsp;was for me.&nbsp;It has completely changed how I approach networking events.&nbsp;<b>Rather&nbsp;than spending most of the time speaking to people I already know, or standing in the corner&nbsp;of the room looking at my phone, I now feel comfortable and confident in approaching people&nbsp;and making new contacts.&nbsp;</b>In fact, after using your techniques at a number of events, I&nbsp;can now honestly say that I look forward to networking events, rather than dreading&nbsp;them.THANK YOU VERY MUCH!"</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #0000aa; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Aleksandr Y. Troyb, Esq., Partner, Benjamin, Gold Troyb</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>High level of expertise and tangible strategies</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">"Gilda Bonanno is a consummate professional willing to share her high level of expertise with any size or type of business group.&nbsp;<b>Her methods appeal to the entrepreneur or the seasoned veteran or mid-career individual, crossing multiple generations.</b><b>&nbsp;in addition, Gilda provides tangible strategies to implement right away.</b> I highly recommend Gilda to help your business put its best foot forward."</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #0000aa; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Linda Burhance, Owner, Apparel Development Consulting</b></span></div><br /><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><b><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">GILDA BONANNO BIO</span></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rN7UOVBffS8/WamyEWXPBSI/AAAAAAAAB6M/tNoBZxpnlVAmMd1UDqLuXXaytY9MtXTEACLcBGAs/s1600/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="450" data-original-width="360" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rN7UOVBffS8/WamyEWXPBSI/AAAAAAAAB6M/tNoBZxpnlVAmMd1UDqLuXXaytY9MtXTEACLcBGAs/s200/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" width="160" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;">GILDA BONANNO helps you transform your communication and leadership skills so you can have more confidence, influence and success. <b>She has worked with leading organizations, including GE, Travelers, Praxair, Assa Abloy, Wells Fargo and Yale University, on four continents from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome. &nbsp;</b></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;">Since 2006, Gilda has run a successful business that reaches countless people globally.&nbsp;<b> She has delivered thousands of in-person programs, her YouTube channel has received over 1 million views and her digital newsletter has reached subscribers in over 45 countries since 2008</b>.</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; 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I utilized the skills that I learned and my speech to 180 human resource professionals on June 2nd went extremely well!&nbsp;</div><div style="color: #212121; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.0pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="color: #212121; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.0pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">I was able to get my nerves under control and confidence up with my new mantra beforehand and I was prepared</span>&nbsp;(actually practiced, not just studied my deck as I did in the past) and even able to adapt when there was a technical glitch because I was confident and comfortable!&nbsp;<span style="font-weight: bold;">Thanks so much for your insight and coaching-it made a tremendous difference!"&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; margin: 0in;">-Dr.&nbsp;Cynthia&nbsp;Marie Glass,&nbsp;VP, Chief of Staff, Henry Ford College</div><div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; margin: 0in;">To find out more about Gilda's coaching, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/Coaching.aspx">http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/Coaching.aspx</a></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/nsXwUaL3Cgg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> bold presentation skills confidence leadership MASA practice presentation skills public speaking testimonial women Gilda Bonanno Mistakes Managers Make That Damage Engagement – Mistake #6 http://www.wallyhauck.com/mistakes-managers-make-that-damage-engagement-mistake-6/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:c5c04f24-af56-1c8a-1d76-6efbad89b717 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:36:16 +0000 Do you have difficulty or hesitation leading performance conversations?  You are not alone.  According to recent research (by Interact in cooperation with Harris) 69% of managers admit there is something about their responsibilities that make them uncomfortable communicating with employees.  Most HR professionals believe that a manager’s most important job is to give feedback to employees. [&#8230;] <p>Do you have difficulty or hesitation leading performance conversations?  You are not alone.  According to recent research (by Interact in cooperation with Harris) 69% of managers admit there is something about their responsibilities that make them uncomfortable communicating with employees.  Most HR professionals believe that a manager’s most important job is to give feedback to employees. Yet most managers are very poor at it.  This leads to the feedback being infrequent, poorly timed, of inferior quality, or all three.</p> <h1>Mistake #6:  Misunderstanding feedback and its importance&#8230;<a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/08/28/mistakes-leaders-make-feedback/">READ MORE HERE</a></h1> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Mistakes Mangers Make That Damage Engagement – Mistake #5 http://www.wallyhauck.com/mistakes-mangers-make-that-damage-engagement-mistake-5/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:9b37b7fd-6859-9c5f-b896-cffba51a8c34 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:33:26 +0000 We have discussed four mistakes so far which can damage employee engagement.  Today we address mistake #5.  Making and keeping agreements is the minimum we can do to be a model of leadership. It is the minimum we can do to live with integrity.  Any effective leader must be aware of this. Mistake #5: Being Unaware of [&#8230;] <hr /> <h4><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1202" src="http://www.wallyhauck.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Choice_thumb-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />We have discussed <a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/06/28/employee-engagement-mistakes-manipulation-is-not-motivation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">four mistakes</a> so far which can damage employee engagement.  Today we address mistake #5.  Making and keeping agreements is the minimum we can do to be a model of leadership. It is the minimum we can do to live with integrity.  Any effective leader must be aware of this.</h4> <h1>Mistake #5: Being Unaware of Your Most Important Characteristic&#8230;<a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/07/25/employee-engagement-mistakes-leaders/">READ MORE HERE</a></h1> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Mistakes Managers Make That Damage Engagement – Mistake #4 http://www.wallyhauck.com/mistakes-managers-make-that-damage-engagement-mistake-4/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:4b4c9430-2fa2-e0cb-42e2-e6e69da9d9f3 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:29:38 +0000 This blog is the fourth in the series of seven.  There are mistakes that leaders make that are disastrous for employee engagement.  The tragedy is the lack of awareness on the part of the leaders.  If I wanted to be dramatic I could call these mistakes “leadership malpractice”.  Malpractice is the failure of a professional [&#8230;] <h4>This blog is the fourth in the series of seven.  There are mistakes that leaders make that are disastrous for employee engagement.  The tragedy is the lack of awareness on the part of the leaders.  If I wanted to be dramatic I could call these mistakes “leadership malpractice”.  Malpractice is the failure of a professional to provide effective service due to ignorance, incompetence, and or criminality and which causes injury.  These mistakes fall into the categories of ignorance and incompetence.</h4> <h2>Mistake #4: Misunderstanding Motivation – Manipulation Is NOT Motivation&#8230;<a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/06/28/employee-engagement-mistakes-manipulation-is-not-motivation/">READ MORE HERE</a></h2> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Mistakes Managers make That Damage Engagement – Mistake #3 http://www.wallyhauck.com/mistakes-managers-make-that-damage-engagement-mistake-3/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:7cd94386-22db-f946-d34c-cc6e9eeb8a43 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:23:44 +0000 This is the third blog post in a series of seven. As a manager today, you may often feel uncomfortable or even out of place.  It reminds me of the children’s story about Rip Van Winkle: he slept for decades, and when he awoke everything had changed dramatically, leaving him out of place and off [&#8230;] <p>This is the third blog post in a series of seven. As a manager today, you may often feel uncomfortable or even out of place.  It reminds me of the children’s story about Rip Van Winkle: he slept for decades, and when he awoke everything had changed dramatically, leaving him out of place and off balance.</p> <p>The world has changed, and our leadership thinking must evolve to match the change.  We continue to make mistakes because we are relying on outdated leadership models.  This causes us to make serious mistakes.</p> <h1>Mistake #3: believing an improvement in employee performance improves organizational performance&#8230;<a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/06/02/mistakes-that-damage-employee-engagement-3/">READ MORE HERE</a></h1> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Mistakes Managers Make that Damage Engagement – Mistake #2 http://www.wallyhauck.com/mistakes-managers-make-that-damage-engagement-mistake-2/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:5f388be5-aca9-1d02-203c-97361f871521 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:18:29 +0000 The role of a manager has shifted. The days of being a “controller dictator” or “all-knowing genius” have gone the way of the dinosaur. The purpose of these articles is to help managers move out of denial into awareness and finally into competence by having new insights and developing those skills which are much more [&#8230;] <h4>The role of a manager has shifted. The days of being a “controller dictator” or “all-knowing genius” have gone the way of the dinosaur. The purpose of these articles is to help managers move out of denial into awareness and finally into competence by having new insights and developing those skills which are much more relevant for today’s knowledge economy and today’s Gen X and Gen Y employees.</h4> <h2>Employee Engagement Mistake #2:  Believing you must have all the answers&#8230;<a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/04/21/mistakes-managers-make-that-damage-engagement-2/">READ MORE HERE</a></h2> Uncategorized Wally Hauck U.S. Open Tennis Lessons That Will Make You a Better Presenter http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/presentation-skills-lessons-from-us.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:a4898e29-a824-43f5-2b91-9351383bbfe7 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:32:41 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Today, t</span>he U.S. Open tennis tournament begins at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Last week, I visited the tennis center to watch the qualifying matches for players who didn’t make the main draw and also watch some of the superstars (like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) practice.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">I love watching tennis - and I think there are lessons from tennis that can apply to presentation skills: <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CYMHOup3Dzw/WaGBI4FE_WI/AAAAAAAAB3o/xuWw6aWZ6uQNcwi5OZ4WgguSB6Er7RDmgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_122846.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CYMHOup3Dzw/WaGBI4FE_WI/AAAAAAAAB3o/xuWw6aWZ6uQNcwi5OZ4WgguSB6Er7RDmgCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_122846.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Rafael Nadal practicing his serve</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">PRACTICE IS REQUIRED </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the best tennis players in the world and they practice for several hours a day. They never say, "I'm good enough, I don't need to practice anymore."&nbsp; I watched each of them on court practice their serving, forehand and backhand shots and movement.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5NQt92y8Fg4/WaGBJzmT7CI/AAAAAAAAB34/6sKVj08RAzg4lzOy0ZBZ6t7tuG7WM47mACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_144438.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5NQt92y8Fg4/WaGBJzmT7CI/AAAAAAAAB34/6sKVj08RAzg4lzOy0ZBZ6t7tuG7WM47mACLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_144438.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Roger Federer practicing his forehand</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">The same is true for presentations – if you want to give a powerful and effective presentation, you can’t just show up and “wing it.” The more comfortable you become at giving presentations, the more focused your practice becomes as you learn what specific aspect of the presentation you still have&nbsp;to&nbsp;work on.</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">MENTAL ATTITUDE IS KEY</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">During a match, what the player tells himself or herself is important, especially when they're down a set and facing a tough opponent. If a player thinks, "I can't beat this opponent; I'm going to lose," it will be very difficult to overcome that mindset and win. Instead, when a player uses positive self-talk, "Yes, I can do this!" along with an energetic fist pump in the air, he or she is better able to access their skills, step up their game and have a shot at winning. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aFrHDy_K_lA/WaGBKWYtISI/AAAAAAAAB38/SjsckzjrZ8cznmc44DYvKDfqs2zY_N1xwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_163652.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aFrHDy_K_lA/WaGBKWYtISI/AAAAAAAAB38/SjsckzjrZ8cznmc44DYvKDfqs2zY_N1xwCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_163652.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Jo-Wilfried Tsonga practicing on court</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Likewise, what you tell yourself when you present is also important.&nbsp; If you drown out the negative voice in your head and instead, use a positive phrase or mantra, you'll be able to present more effectively and confidently.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">BODY LANGUAGE MATTERS </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Two of my favorite tennis commentators, John and Patrick McEnroe, are always pointing out the players' body language – how players act between points, how they walk to the other side of the court, how they respond when they lose a point, etc. Negative body language sends a message to their opponent that they are giving up and don't believe they can win. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EGmWplOwGqk/WaGBI0kYCrI/AAAAAAAAB3s/DGNDwnTF73EMBGA_3hv2nZNxgtMGo4vGACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_143531.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EGmWplOwGqk/WaGBI0kYCrI/AAAAAAAAB3s/DGNDwnTF73EMBGA_3hv2nZNxgtMGo4vGACLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_143531.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Roger Federer practicing his backhand shot</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">When you're presenting, your body language also sends a message to the audience – it should match the words you're saying and convey confidence and competence. For example, make eye contact with the audience, use appropriate gestures to illustrate your points, speak loudly enough to be heard and avoid nervous pacing. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">The next time you have to give a presentation, remember these lessons from tennis to help you ace it.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7lHPs3y62tw/WaGBKxVD--I/AAAAAAAAB4A/RWnwK9leq9cnNDwJOWwljp5TL4fjktslQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_164314.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7lHPs3y62tw/WaGBKxVD--I/AAAAAAAAB4A/RWnwK9leq9cnNDwJOWwljp5TL4fjktslQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_164314.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Richard Gasquet returning a shot in mid-air</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/cUqoU2Vbgx4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience body language communication skills confidence practice presentation skills public speaking Rafael Nadal Roger Federer self-confidence tennis US Open Gilda Bonanno Gilda Emcees Women-Owned Business Day at the State Capitol http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/gilda-emcees-women-owned-business-day.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:ccfc43d0-8f3b-317f-e865-4a4d5113ed98 Sat, 26 Aug 2017 14:22:35 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I was honored to have served for the third year in a row as Emcee for Women-Owned Business Day at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT, sponsored by the Women's Business Development Council.<br /><br />Women entrepreneurs from across the state gathered to learn about issue of importance and to let their voices be heard by the state's leaders.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WEPvb98gMfs/WZTFV0Fo83I/AAAAAAAAB2w/VYYC6_TPOPo4oVQYL-CLOYjhvC4Av9qpQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4323.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WEPvb98gMfs/WZTFV0Fo83I/AAAAAAAAB2w/VYYC6_TPOPo4oVQYL-CLOYjhvC4Av9qpQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_4323.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Welcoming the audience that gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QJrY9SjPQB4/WZTFUw8RC_I/AAAAAAAAB2g/_HtUQqwC0uY1wA-SEbfFmQfefbfyPwmewCLcBGAs/s1600/Panel%2BFP%2BGB.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QJrY9SjPQB4/WZTFUw8RC_I/AAAAAAAAB2g/_HtUQqwC0uY1wA-SEbfFmQfefbfyPwmewCLcBGAs/s320/Panel%2BFP%2BGB.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Left to right: Keynote speaker Esther Morales, Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council; Panelist&nbsp;Glendowlyn Thames, Executive Director of CTNext; Panel moderator Diane Smith, Emmy-award winning TV jounralist &amp; CTN anchor; Emcee Gilda Bonanno &amp; WBDC CEO Fran Pastore&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rSS9evfVBEQ/WZTFVMH_gsI/AAAAAAAAB2k/JqBl2ru6cAgDqMYsyeHH0T8JdOPEzGRVgCLcBGAs/s1600/Rep%2BPat%2BMiller.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rSS9evfVBEQ/WZTFVMH_gsI/AAAAAAAAB2k/JqBl2ru6cAgDqMYsyeHH0T8JdOPEzGRVgCLcBGAs/s320/Rep%2BPat%2BMiller.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Honorary event co-chair: &nbsp;The Honorable Patricia Billie Miller, State Representative and Assistant Majority Leader</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Jv7DDcaD9wc/WZTFVqlXQZI/AAAAAAAAB2o/1wuwhB298YkuCDINDmm0LIZLTqahEtgiwCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2Broom.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Jv7DDcaD9wc/WZTFVqlXQZI/AAAAAAAAB2o/1wuwhB298YkuCDINDmm0LIZLTqahEtgiwCLcBGAs/s320/The%2Broom.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Attendees heard from national and state leaders on issues of importance to women business owners</td></tr></tbody></table><br />To learn more about the Women's Business Development Council, visit <a href="http://www.ctwbdc.org/">www.ctwbdc.org</a></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/QKxH8rWjZCU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> entrepreneurship Esther Morales Fran Pastore government Governor Malloy Nancy Wyman NWBC Patricia Miller Themis Klarides wbdc women Gilda Bonanno Gilda Keynotes MASA Retreat http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/gilda-keynotes-masa-retreat.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:1c7050f6-b820-482e-4d35-cafe4fffd166 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:06:00 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I was honored to serve as the keynote speaker for the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) Women in Leadership Retreat, held on beautiful Mackinac Island, Michigan.<br /><br />I presented 2 sessions to the group of women principals, administrators and superintendents: Developing Leadership Presence: Confidence, Competence and Leadership and Bold Presentation Skills.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1b7q3dsI87M/WZS-OyhwhoI/AAAAAAAAB08/18vcbh9EPzgUPBec2sGJ3vVl3Pv4CqwDgCLcBGAs/s1600/Class%2Bphoto%2BMASA.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="630" data-original-width="1200" height="168" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1b7q3dsI87M/WZS-OyhwhoI/AAAAAAAAB08/18vcbh9EPzgUPBec2sGJ3vVl3Pv4CqwDgCLcBGAs/s320/Class%2Bphoto%2BMASA.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A great community of women</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nSX8kjJvRQg/WZS-O3wTKEI/AAAAAAAAB1A/IxI3fKtJNnMQwezMOyJrC7TFpORjh4T6QCLcBGAs/s1600/TEaching%2Bat%2BMASA.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="900" data-original-width="1200" height="240" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nSX8kjJvRQg/WZS-O3wTKEI/AAAAAAAAB1A/IxI3fKtJNnMQwezMOyJrC7TFpORjh4T6QCLcBGAs/s320/TEaching%2Bat%2BMASA.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Learning to be better leaders</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EH1iBkOHvDY/WZTATUcxdTI/AAAAAAAAB1c/aNPZ8cC5EH45vt6IDHXTl1sZPPWiMXGDQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170510_151841.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EH1iBkOHvDY/WZTATUcxdTI/AAAAAAAAB1c/aNPZ8cC5EH45vt6IDHXTl1sZPPWiMXGDQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170510_151841.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The view from my hotel, of the great lawn and the water</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0E9Ns1GfNr4/WZTACoBeHLI/AAAAAAAAB1Y/G-JUHjQs5hIZqovAwB5GX9pT2U3fvHAQQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170510_145856.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0E9Ns1GfNr4/WZTACoBeHLI/AAAAAAAAB1Y/G-JUHjQs5hIZqovAwB5GX9pT2U3fvHAQQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170510_145856.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The horse-drawn "taxi" that serves as transportation on Mackinac Island - no cars allowed</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ecsI8Vfa8B0/WZTACo_Zu4I/AAAAAAAAB1U/ax_NPId9l5YPe7zQrnFN3fuR1Y_ALS_ngCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170510_145935.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ecsI8Vfa8B0/WZTACo_Zu4I/AAAAAAAAB1U/ax_NPId9l5YPe7zQrnFN3fuR1Y_ALS_ngCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170510_145935.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Hard-working horses on the main street through town</div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/wEFGCP90t90" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> bold presentation skills confidence executive presence improv comedy leadership Mackinac Island MASA meeting Michigan self-confidence women Gilda Bonanno Women's Business Development Council 20th Anniversary Gala Luncheon 10/20/17 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/womens-business-development-council.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:3079fbe8-1a50-48f7-355a-c4240c49ac08 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:44:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img height="640" src="https://www.ctwbdc.org/Assets/2017%20Gala%20Luncheon%20Invitation%20Image%20for%20Website.png" width="361" /></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />I am honored to once again serve as the Emcee for this event. &nbsp;For more information, or tickets/sponsorship, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ctwbdc.org/WBDCs-20th-Anniversary-Gala-Luncheon-C99.aspx">http://www.ctwbdc.org/WBDCs-20th-Anniversary-Gala-Luncheon-C99.aspx</a><br /><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/KNrpQe8snMc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> carla harris Dara Lamb emcee entrepreneur meeting Morgan Stanley Pitney Bowes SBA wbdc women Gilda Bonanno ATD 9/18 Meeting in Norwalk, CT http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/atd-918-meeting-in-norwalk-ct.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:e2963106-6ea2-2f0a-be5a-fbd50c91c0ed Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:14:13 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Association for Talent Development, Southern CT chapter meeting&nbsp;</span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Monday, September 18, 2017, 5:45 PM</span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: left;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Norwalk Inn &amp; Conference Center, Norwalk, CT</span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: left;"><strong style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: left;"><strong style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Amazing Things Can Happen When You Stop Knowing What You Are Talking About</span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: left;"><strong style="text-align: center;"><em><strong><em><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">With guest speaker, </span></em></strong></em></strong><strong style="text-align: center;"><em><strong><em><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Brent Robertson</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">,&nbsp;</span></em></strong></em></strong><strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; text-align: center;"><em>Partner, Fathom</em></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: left;"><strong style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; text-align: center;"><em><br /></em></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="clear: right; float: right; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 21px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="136" src="https://astdscc.org/resources/Pictures/Brent%20Robertson.jpg" title="" width="127" /></span><strong><em></em></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">If our future is a world with unprecedented unpredictability, how can we rely on the tools of the past to successfully navigate it? In this talk, Brent Robertson will share how his consulting firm Fathom abandoned what they knew, and instead, applied their imagination to design a way to help their clients thrive in their future.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Attendees will benefit by being introduced to:</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">• Unique ways of thinking about strategy and organizational development that open up possibility, invite ownership, and inspire action.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">• Principles of practice that can help change practitioners be more effective in their work.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">• Thoughts on who we need to be and what we need to provide for our clients to help them navigate the future.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">About Brent:</span></strong></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Brent works with leaders to design futures worth fighting for. A partner at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fathom.net/" style="color: #f26100;">Fathom</a>, he champions an approach to strategic planning, employee&nbsp;engagement, leadership succession and market differentiation that prioritizes people and relationships.&nbsp;As a result, his clients don’t simply plan their future, they bring them to life through the energy of organization-wide involvement in, and commitment to, generating businesses that matter.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Brent serves on the Communications Committee of the New York chapter and Programming Committee of the Connecticut chapter of</span>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Society of Marketing Professional Services. SMPS is a national organization recognized as the premier resource for advocating, educating and connecting leaders in the professional services industry.&nbsp; He is also on the Board of the University of Hartford Construction Institute.&nbsp; He earned a BFA (Bachelor in Fine Arts) in Graphic Design, Ceramics, Art History, and Astronomy at the University of Hartford.</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Let this eclectic and entertaining professional help you see and think in a new way!</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">For more information or to register, visit&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><a href="https://astdscc.org/event-2626056">https://astdscc.org/event-2626056</a></span></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/xnBD194UDcQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> ASTD ASTD-SCC atd Brent Robertson creativity Fathom innovation meeting networking Norwalk Gilda Bonanno LESSONS FROM A RIVER http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=480 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:d2e491f4-2707-3512-4734-beb06fff2209 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:54:20 +0000 Lucky me, I got to go on a Viking River Cruise up the Danube River, starting in Budapest and ending in Passau, Germany. What amazed me was how the river affected everything. First thing in the morning I&#8217;d open my curtains and see it flowing by. We ate breakfast looking at the gray-green water swirling [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jean-Linz.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-482"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-482" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jean-Linz-300x225.jpg" alt="Jean, Linz" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jean-Linz-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jean-Linz.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a> <a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Budapest.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-483"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-483" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Budapest-300x225.jpg" alt="Budapest" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Budapest-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Budapest.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Lucky me, I got to go on a Viking River Cruise up the Danube River, starting in Budapest and ending in Passau, Germany. What amazed me was how the river affected everything. First thing in the morning I&#8217;d open my curtains and see it flowing by. We ate breakfast looking at the gray-green water swirling around us (sorry, but the Danube isn&#8217;t blue) and at the other ships going by. We got off the boat and did walking and bus tours, but then, happily came back to our boat. And at night, as I was falling asleep, I could feel the force of the river as we cruised.</p> <p>One night I had trouble sleeping so I got up and opened the curtains. I gasped as I was faced with total blackness. My poor husband thought I&#8217;d hurt myself, but when I burst out laughing he realized I was okay. We were in a lock and were so close to the walls, I could touch them. And then, as if by magic, in the morning, we were at a new  port.</p> <p>It was always there. It sustained busy boat traffic and was lined by parks, forests, old churches and castles in the surrounding hills. It never stopped moving but invited me to stillness. I loved being up on the top deck, just watching. As it rushed by on its way to the Black Sea, its simple lesson was be here now. Discover. Enjoy.</p> Jean Jean Leadership & Colin Powell http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/leadership-colin-powell.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:3debcf86-7d76-552e-5c2c-6f6a5fe879af Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:28:21 +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/-RpsSbORG8Yc/WZCn9xR38hI/AAAAAAAAB0I/rMyAcVyprcYHVuRSTH5gJn7EyZAY3Rr4ACLcBGAs/s1600/Colin%2BPowell%2Bquote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="492" data-original-width="650" height="301" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RpsSbORG8Yc/WZCn9xR38hI/AAAAAAAAB0I/rMyAcVyprcYHVuRSTH5gJn7EyZAY3Rr4ACLcBGAs/s400/Colin%2BPowell%2Bquote.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/W4y7cqVzwsg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Colin Powell communication communication skills leadership management quotations quotes Gilda Bonanno Brian Tracy on Preparation http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/07/brian-tracy-on-preparation.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:864c45e8-3e60-97de-cd86-b5f8a6baf908 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 21:41:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #252525; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 10px;">“The mark of the professional in every field is preparation. The more thoroughly you prepare for a meeting of any kind, even with just one other person, the more effective you will appear and the better results you will get.</div><div style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #252525; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 10px;">The power is always on the side of the person who has prepared the most thoroughly. The individual who comes into a meeting unprepared has diminished power and sometimes no power at all.”</div><div style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #252525; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-bottom: 10px;">-Brian Tracy, Self-Development Expert</div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fb9l-JUGW_8/TPWwSdHPCzI/AAAAAAAAAKE/hsOMIhbgDfUzkOIDYS9oULl47ii_IzZcwCPcBGAYYCw/s1600/Camp%2BNSA%2B018%2B-%2BGilda%2Bwith%2BBrian%2BTracy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1491" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fb9l-JUGW_8/TPWwSdHPCzI/AAAAAAAAAKE/hsOMIhbgDfUzkOIDYS9oULl47ii_IzZcwCPcBGAYYCw/s320/Camp%2BNSA%2B018%2B-%2BGilda%2Bwith%2BBrian%2BTracy.jpg" width="298" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I had the privilege of meeting Brian Tracy at a National Speakers Association Meeting several years ago, when he shared his wisdom with NSA chapter leaders. &nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/1HSecQijVH4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Brian Tracy business communication skills meetings National Speakers Association NSA practice presentation skills public speaking self-confidence success Gilda Bonanno How to Stay Within Your Time Limit When Presenting http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/07/how-to-stay-within-your-time-limit-when.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:ac7becb8-b190-5bef-1349-ba2f6e64c4d6 Sat, 29 Jul 2017 17:00:22 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">If you practice your presentation and find that it’s too long, you have only 2 options to cut the time:<br /><br /><b>1) Have fewer points</b><br />You can’t tell the audience everything you know about a subject, especially if you’re an expert. &nbsp;Too much information will overwhelm them. &nbsp;Instead, figure out what this specific audience needs to know about your topic - what is the one key message you’d like them to remember? &nbsp;Then make sure your points support that message.<br /><br /><b>2) Say less about each point</b><br />Don’t go into detail about each point because too much explanation and background will cost you time. &nbsp;Instead, mention the point briefly and then move on (And you could include resources containing more detail in a handout or at the end of your presentation).<br /><br />Speaking faster is not an option, since in order to have a real impact on the time, you will have to speak too quickly for the audience to understand you.<br /><br />To help with your timing, prepare time checkpoints so as you’re delivering your presentation, you can judge how you’re doing with the time. &nbsp;For example, you would know that you should be on the second of your four points by midway through your time limit.<br /><br />Following these strategies will help you stay within your time limit, which will automatically make you a better presenter. <br /><br /><br />Gilda Bonanno’s blog<a href="http://www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"> www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com</a><br /><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/Hy8MUAziFTc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience business presentation communication skills confidence practice presentation presentation skills public speaking speech Gilda Bonanno Miscommunication: Small or Large Olives? http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/07/miscommunication-small-or-large-olives.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:8ff81af8-0200-a494-8841-40a4c974b7d8 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:33 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Standing at the deli counter of my local supermarket, I say to the clerk, “I’d like some pitted&nbsp;Kalamata olives, please.”</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">He replies, “OK. &nbsp;Small or large?” &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">I&nbsp;respond, “The Kalamata olives.”</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">He asks again, “Small or large?”</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ttAd2hIZaeE/WXZbRVoel-I/AAAAAAAABzc/yuNHjAuW2DoclsFcYS5Zrwt3p5vIveZQwCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_20170724_163313.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ttAd2hIZaeE/WXZbRVoel-I/AAAAAAAABzc/yuNHjAuW2DoclsFcYS5Zrwt3p5vIveZQwCEwYBhgL/s200/IMG_20170724_163313.jpg" width="200" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Now I’m getting a little agitated, so I repeat in a louder voice, “The pitted Kalamata olives,” and point to the&nbsp;bowls of olives arranged behind the glass in the deli case. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">He&nbsp;repeats his question, “Small or large?”</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">More than a little agitated now, I&nbsp;respond in a slow, deliberate voice,&nbsp;“The&nbsp;black Kalamata olives, no pits.”</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">He looks blankly at me. &nbsp;Finally I say in exasperation, “I don’t know what you mean. &nbsp;I don’t see small or large olives. I just see ONE size.”</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">He smiles broadly and&nbsp;high above the elevated platform he’s standing on, he&nbsp;holds up two empty plastic&nbsp;containers, one small and one large, “Small or large?”</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">I smile and say, “Now I get it! A small container of Kalamata olives, please.”</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">How often does this kind of simple miscommunication&nbsp;happen? I thought he was asking about the size of the olives while he was actually asking about the size of the container and how many olives I wanted.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">It took us a while to realize the issue because he kept&nbsp;repeating the same words in the same question&nbsp;and I kept&nbsp;giving the same answer, just louder and slower as if he didn’t understand. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Both of us bore responsibility for the miscommunication and could have helped the situation by giving more information, asking clarifying questions or viewing the situation from the other person’s point of view, </span><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">rather than assuming the other person was wrong or stupid.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">This was not a crucial conversation and&nbsp;both of us laughed about it. &nbsp;But this kind of&nbsp;simple miscommunication&nbsp;happens frequently and in more&nbsp;critical communications, eroding our&nbsp;ability to work with and lead others to get things done. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">So the next time you hit a miscommunication, whether it’s&nbsp;a seemingly simple interaction or the stakes are high, take a moment to clarify if the other person is asking about the size of the olives or the size of the container to put the olives in.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">And by the way, I added the olives to my salad of&nbsp;cucumber, tomatoes and bell peppers and it was delicious! Let me know&nbsp;if you’d like the recipe.</span></div><br /><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/MqHfd5be_yA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business communication communication skills customer service miscommunication success Gilda Bonanno “NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEY” http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=476 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:f769fb04-cd40-bbd6-7209-bc12db1bc6f6 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:33:18 +0000 Maybe you&#8217;ve heard this wonderful Polish expression before, but I just came upon on and love it! It is the best advice for those of us who like to solve problems. Who are compassionate. Okay, even maybe a little bossy. Every time I say it aloud, I laugh, which we all know is the best [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/not-my-circus.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-477"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-477" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/not-my-circus-300x191.jpg" alt="not my circus" width="300" height="191" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/not-my-circus-300x191.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/not-my-circus.jpg 636w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Maybe you&#8217;ve heard this wonderful Polish expression before, but I just came upon on and love it! It is the best advice for those of us who like to solve problems. Who are compassionate. Okay, even maybe a little bossy. Every time I say it aloud, I laugh, which we all know is the best medicine. But the great thing about this phrase is that it helps me step back and make a choice&#8211;get involved, not get involved? It helps me remember that I&#8217;m not running things. It puts me in my right place. And if I were going to get a tattoo, which I&#8217;m not, I would have these words imprinted on my arm, or running up my leg. If I were a composer, I&#8217;d turn it into a song. So, being just me, I&#8217;ll share it with you.  I hope <del></del> it makes you giggle and helps you through your day.</p> Jean Jean NPR’s 3 Tips for Better Voice Quality http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/07/nprs-3-tips-for-better-voice-quality.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:ce5a90fd-0b57-635b-b604-f3afc9579a0d Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:30:34 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Your voice is a key component of your communication delivery - and ever more important if you present over the phone, when you have no other body language element to communicate to the audience.<br /><br />Here’s an article with helpful voice tips, from Jessica Hansen who coaches reporters at NPR (National Public Radio) on vocal delivery. She includes a video of vocal exercises to avoid vocal fry and improve breathing, resonance and vocal energy.<br /><b><br /></b>Read the article here:<b> &nbsp;</b><b><i>Aerobics for your voice: 3 tips for sounding better on air</i></b><br /><a href="http://training.npr.org/audio/aerobics-for-your-voice-3-tips-for-sounding-better-on-air/">http://training.npr.org/audio/aerobics-for-your-voice-3-tips-for-sounding-better-on-air/</a></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/uRHbmpktrpQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> body language communication skills Jessica Hansen non-verbal communication NPR presentation skills radio voice Gilda Bonanno Gilda featured on the SAWA Blog http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/07/gilda-featured-on-sawa-blog.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:5b181796-18da-fffe-b3aa-1603d6d0b80e Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:00:12 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I’m excited to have my post, “Management By Walking Around: Please Don’t Prowl, Growl or Scowl,” featured on the SAWA blog.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">You can read it here:</span><br /><a href="http://blog.sawanetwork.org/management-by-walking-around-please-dont-prowl-growl-or-scowl/"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">http://blog.sawanetwork.org/management-by-walking-around-please-dont-prowl-growl-or-scowl/</span></a><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">SAWA is the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and I recently presented two sessions on the topic of MBWA at the SAWA Management Conference in Long Beach, CA.&nbsp;</span></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/tuOiTMIatok" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> conference confidence Keynote speaker management MBWA SAWA Society of Animal Welfare Administrators speaker Gilda Bonanno Use Your Password to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/07/use-your-password-to-overcome-your-fear.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:b3b21a31-c7a5-67e6-f015-d12e7d475a51 Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:21:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">To combat&nbsp;the fear of public speaking and overcome the negative voice in your head (that says, "You’re going to fail,”&nbsp;right before you open your mouth to present), I recommend using a positive affirmation or&nbsp;mantra. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">A&nbsp;mantra is a term&nbsp;</span></strong>borrowed from meditation and yoga that means a word or phrase that you repeat to yourself to focus your mind and energy.&nbsp;Your&nbsp;<strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">mantra&nbsp;</span></strong>should be personally meaningful to you and should be a phrase that you can believe.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">You use your&nbsp;mantra to drown out that negative voice and boost your confidence while you’re building your presentation skills.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Since it takes practice to get used to saying your mantra instead of listening to that negative voice, so why not make it your computer password?&nbsp;Anytime&nbsp;you log in, you will be reminded of the positive statement. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">You can ch<span style="font-size: small;">ange some characters so it’s not easy to hack. For example, if your mantra is&nbsp;</span>“<span style="font-size: small;">I’ve got this,” then your password could be: IVg0thi$</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Or if your mantra is RESPECT (from the Aretha Franklin song), then your password could be: Re$4ect</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Have fun coming up with different mantras and passwords until you find one that resonates with you and is easy to remember. &nbsp;You’ll be on your way to more confident public speaking, using&nbsp;a secure log-in. &nbsp;So you get cyber security and confidence building all in one!</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif, Helvetica, EmojiFont, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', NotoColorEmoji, 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Android Emoji', EmojiSymbols; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif, Helvetica, EmojiFont, 'Apple Color Emoji', 'Segoe UI Emoji', NotoColorEmoji, 'Segoe UI Symbol', 'Android Emoji', EmojiSymbols; font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">For more on this topic, see my article,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/DrownOutThatNegativeVoiceinYourHead.aspx" target="_blank">Drown Out That Negative Voice in Your Head</a></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/2FFXdtYQEiA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience bold presentation skills confidence presentation presentation skills public speaking self-confidence Gilda Bonanno Gilda to present Developing Leadership Presence on 7/31 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/07/gilda-to-present-developing-leadership.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:a315d0d9-93e0-52a9-6f1c-ecddd08cf554 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:33:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I will be presenting “Developing Leadership Presence: Confidence, Competence and Composure” to Mondays @ 7 Networking Group on July 31st.<br /><b><br /></b><b>Description</b><br />To be successful as a leader, you have to know what you’re talking about, come across as credible, demonstrate confidence without being perceived as cocky and maintain your self-control, especially under pressure. Whether you are setting strategic direction, managing change or leading people, you will achieve your goals if you can calmly and confidently tap into your knowledge and communicate clearly.<br /><br /><b>You will learn how to:&nbsp;</b><br />• Communicate like a leader and be authentic, engaging and focused<br />• Prevent your non-verbal communication from undermining your message<br />• Demonstrate your expertise and establish credibility<br />• Discover how to react quickly and effectively to the unexpected<br /><br />Meetings are free and open to the public, so bring a friend!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.mondaysat7.org/">http://www.mondaysat7.org</a><br /><br /><div style="color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;"><i>Mondays at Seven</i>&nbsp;is a&nbsp;job search networking group. Our goals are to energize our members' job search process, present programs and resources that will benefit our members in their job search, leverage the group's alumni as a continuing resource, and "pay it forward" to each other and the community.</div><div style="color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;">Meetings are free and open to the public.</div><div style="color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;"><b>SCHEDULE</b></div><ul style="color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;"><li style="list-style-position: outside; list-style-type: square;"><b>7:00am-7:40am Networking&nbsp;</b></li><li style="list-style-position: outside; list-style-type: square;"><b>7:40am-8:00am Announcements</b></li><li style="list-style-position: outside; list-style-type: square;"><b>8:00am-9:00am Presentations**</b></li><li style="list-style-position: outside; list-style-type: square;"><b>9:00am-9:30am Networking and Clean Up</b></li></ul><div style="color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;"><br /></div><div><div style="background-color: #eeeeee; color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;"><b><span style="color: #445aa9;">Address and Directions</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;"></span></div><div style="text-align: left;">UNITED METHODIST CHURCH</div><span style="color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;"><div style="text-align: left;">OF WESTPORT AND WILTON</div></span><span style="color: #283769; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333015441895px;"><div style="text-align: left;">49 Weston Rd,&nbsp;Westport,&nbsp;CT&nbsp;(Merritt exit 42)</div></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/eFBSkdw4Y_I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience confidence interview job search leadership networking self-confidence Gilda Bonanno YOUR HAPPINESS RECIPE http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=472 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:f27b07a9-bec3-42cd-c58a-b91a086b970d Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +0000 I was reading an article recently about mood boosters, and one of the suggestions&#8211;familiar to all my stop burnout buddies&#8211;is to practice gratitude. But when the dog pees on the floor, you have a problem paying a bill,  your children act up, work piles on more work, how can you be grateful? How can you [&#8230;] <p>I was reading an article recently about mood boosters, and one of the suggestions&#8211;familiar to all my stop burnout buddies&#8211;is to practice gratitude. But when the dog pees on the floor, you have a problem paying a bill,  your children act up, work piles on more work, how can you be grateful? How can you get yourself out of a really bad mood?</p> <p>This made me realize that each of us has a happiness recipe&#8211;something or some things that lift our spirits, make us laugh, give us perspective. One friend of mine uses humor, and her laughter muscle is so well developed, that she can laugh at almost everything. I find that being outside, taking a walk or zipping around on my bike, makes me feel better. Not 100% better, but less likely to snap. For others it&#8217;s giving back, and for still others it might be writing in a journal or painting a picture or taking some amazing photos.</p> <p>Challenge:  take five minutes today, no matter how busy the day is, to think about  your happiness recipe. When you look at all the burnout busters, we know the things that help, whether it&#8217;s exercise, wine, time with grandchildren, giving back. The trick is to give yourself the time, the gift of turning yourself around. Ready for the challenge? Can you take a swim after work, or go the park for a picnic with your kids? Have a clear image of what works for you. Here&#8217;s mine&#8211;floating in the water with my twin grandsons! <a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_2765-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-473"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-473" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_2765-1-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_2765 (1)" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_2765-1-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_2765-1.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> Burnout Jean Jean 4 Presenter Mistakes to Avoid, Or Please Don't "Vomit" on Your Audience http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/06/4-presenter-mistakes-to-avoid-or-please.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:7e794b69-2a81-d374-dab3-9f8abdfb8fa3 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:21:16 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">by Gilda Bonanno LLC&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">At the end of my session at a conference, one of the audience members came up to tell me about a terrible session she had attended earlier in the day.&nbsp; She said, <i>"The presenter vomited his content on the audience.&nbsp; It was awful.&nbsp; I would have walked out if I wasn't sitting in the front row."&nbsp; </i>That's pretty strong language!&nbsp; Of course, I had to ask for the details of what made her feel "vomited" on by the presenter.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Here are that presenter's top four mistakes, as described by the audience member - and what you can do to avoid them:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Presenter Mistake #1: <i>"The content was disorganized."</i><o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Your presentation should have a clear beginning, middle or end.&nbsp; It sounds so simple, yet so many presenters fail to organize their material clearly.&nbsp; Follow the old adage, "tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, and tell them what you told them." It should be easy for the audience to follow you and understand how your points relate to each other and your overall message. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Presenter Mistake #2: <i>"The slides were crowded and hard to read."<o:p></o:p></i></span></b></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">If the audience has to struggle to read your slides, they will struggle to understand your presentation.&nbsp; For the sake of your audience members' eyesight, use large font (larger than you think you need to use) and only a few bullet points on each slide.&nbsp; If you find yourself saying, "I know some of you can't read this…," then your slides are too crowded.&nbsp; Or go one step better and use only high-quality photos or images (not cheesy clip art) and a few words in very large font.&nbsp; Or be radical and don't use slides at all; remember, you are the message and the slides are just the visual aids.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Presenter Mistake #3: <i>"He only used examples from one area, which wasn't applicable to many in the audience."</i><o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">The first rule of presentations is to know your audience, and in this case, the presenter doesn't seem to have done that.&nbsp; Be sure that some of your examples come from the industries or fields represented in the audience.&nbsp; For example, if you are speaking to an audience of accountants, avoid using examples only from sales.&nbsp; Or if you're presenting to small business owners, don't just use stories from the corporate world. &nbsp;To find relevant examples and stories, check out the industry websites, read the publications and talk to people in that field.&nbsp; If there is an attendee list, interview a few audience members ahead of time <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Presenter Mistake #4: <i>"He said he wanted to make it interactive, but there was no opportunity for interactivity.</i></span></b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">"</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">I've seen many presenters make this same mistake and the solution here is simple: don't claim that you want your presentation to be interactive unless you really mean it and have planned for the interactivity with specific questions, exercises or activities.&nbsp; And just asking, "Is everyone with me?" does not count as being interactive – and anyway, it's rare that anyone will speak up and say "no." <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">If you avoid these four common presenter mistakes, you will be less likely to "vomit" your content on your audience! <o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/qsiTg0_HA1o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience communication skills conference practice presentation presentation skills public speaking speaker speech 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 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 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 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 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 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