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/ Robert Louis Stevenson http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/06/robert-louis-stevenson.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:6b6d94b5-653b-a24f-7a47-ccb8981355da Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:11:01 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EpQ_KFMIt4w/WyRHRh1azeI/AAAAAAAACNY/22hMU9M-khMW8EkU47a6hO1JP3O30fKXwCLcBGAs/s1600/Quiet-minds-cannot-be%2BRLStevenson.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="418" data-original-width="650" height="256" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EpQ_KFMIt4w/WyRHRh1azeI/AAAAAAAACNY/22hMU9M-khMW8EkU47a6hO1JP3O30fKXwCLcBGAs/s400/Quiet-minds-cannot-be%2BRLStevenson.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/n7BQ2mvbNl8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> mindfulness quotes Robert Louis Stevenson Gilda Bonanno Are Leaders Aware of Their Impact? http://www.wallyhauck.com/are-leaders-aware-of-their-impact/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:33153f5d-828e-ca78-0096-f7d96d2ef17c Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:06:05 +0000 As people mature they become more aware of how they are influencing others.  As adults, and as leaders, if we are to positively influence others, we must be aware of the impact of our behaviors, actions, decisions, our words, and our tone of voice.  This awareness is one of the key skills of emotional intelligence. [&#8230;] <p>As people mature they become more aware of how they are influencing others.  As adults, and as leaders, if we are to positively influence others, we must be aware of the impact of our behaviors, actions, decisions, our words, and our tone of voice.  This awareness is one of the key skills of emotional intelligence.</p> <p>At an early Sunday Catholic Mass the altar servers are often tired and fidgety.   During readings and hymns we can find them yawning, giggling, fidgeting, and/or preening. Their behaviors are distracting and often amusing too.  Their actions and facial expressions often send clear messages they don’t appreciate the significance of the celebration, and they are unaware of the impact they are having on the congregation. Are leaders aware of the impact they have on employees? &#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.com/advisors/are-leaders-aware-of-their-impact/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Managing Bias with Behavior http://www.wallyhauck.com/managing-bias-with-behavior/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:c8e6e66d-ff0c-f72b-7c25-c8de4a681253 Tue, 29 May 2018 18:48:56 +0000 A great deal of time, effort and money is being invested to reduce or eliminate bias in our society.  It seems we are now hyper sensitive to any kind of bias that we may see it even when it might not exist.  Starbucks is now on the front line of this investment.  How do we [&#8230;] <p>A great deal of time, effort and money is being invested to reduce or eliminate bias in our society.  It seems we are now hyper sensitive to any kind of bias that we may see it even when it might not exist.  Starbucks is now on the front line of this investment.  How do we manage this hypersensitivity and maintain our trusting relationships?  Please notice I asked how to manage bias and not reduce or eliminate.  Managing bias is all we can do. The purpose of this blog to explain why and how&#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.com/advisors/managing-bias-with-behavior/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Don’t Network if You Can’t Put on a Happy Face http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/05/dont-network-if-you-cant-put-on-happy.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:46c4de4a-666b-320f-ede5-4c3650053684 Sun, 27 May 2018 16:30:22 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RRcsHxc7VFU/WvENnm8TAeI/AAAAAAAACLI/nmV7jXtP_6MxdWZsdEeEccK624Pq3Cq4QCLcBGAs/s1600/Angry%2Bman%2B-%2Bcropped.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="663" data-original-width="433" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RRcsHxc7VFU/WvENnm8TAeI/AAAAAAAACLI/nmV7jXtP_6MxdWZsdEeEccK624Pq3Cq4QCLcBGAs/s320/Angry%2Bman%2B-%2Bcropped.jpg" width="208" /></a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">If you can’t muster up the energy, enthusiasm and confidence necessary to bring your best and positive self to a networking event, stay home.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">If you can’t put on a happy face, you are not going to network effectively and make a good impression on people.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Here is a true story of someone who should have just stayed home:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">When I was the president of a professional association, I would try to meet all the non-members who came to our meetings.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>At one meeting, I introduced myself to someone I didn’t know.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I said, “Welcome, I’m the president of the group and I don’t think I have seen you here before. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Tell me about yourself and what you do.” </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">He said, “I am an instructional designer.” </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I said, “Oh, sounds interesting. You design curriculum and training programs?”</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">He said, “Yeah, I do.” </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I said, “How long have you been doing that?”</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">He said, “Like 10 years, but these clients, they just don’t get it. They don’t want to invest in training.”</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I commiserated, “Yes, I see that all the time, too. It is tough but we have to try to sell them on the value of the work.”</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">He responded, “Yeah, but they don’t want to put their money into it and then they want to cut the budget and then they want you to do more….” </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I tried to turn the conversation to a more positive discussion of his skills, his work or the industry, but he wanted no part of it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He didn’t make eye contact with me and spoke with no energy in his voice. Clearly, he had been having a bad day and he was venting at me. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">What he didn’t realize was that the association had an online job bank and people also reached out to the board sometimes for referrals.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>So I was a potential referral source for him as well as a possible connector to others who could give him work.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">But I had no intention of referring him.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I don’t mean to sound harsh, but you are not making a good impression on me if you can’t muster up enough energy to be mildly enthusiastic when you talk about your chosen profession at an association of people in your chosen profession.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>How can I refer you to others or make an introduction? </span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">If you’re not feeling great or if you’re having a bad day, share those feelings with your friends, family and support network, not the random strangers you meet at event that might be in a position to help you.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">And the sad fact is that he probably went home thinking it was a terrible event and lamenting the fact that he never got referral business. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/zqOZxSFfyJ4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> body language business communication skills confidence eye contact meeting networking schmooze self-confidence Gilda Bonanno What is “Influence Influenza” and What is the Cure? http://www.wallyhauck.com/what-is-influence-influenza-and-what-is-the-cure/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:bce36d02-d92d-0328-9985-1f172b81dfbf Wed, 23 May 2018 11:07:27 +0000 Influenza is a series infection. It causes fever, aching, and is often debilitating and even deadly if the immune system is weak.  Managers suffer from “influence influenza” because they are often debilitated by the need to have difficult performance conversations.  There is an epidemic of an unwillingness and/or inability to influence employees to change their [&#8230;] <p>Influenza is a series infection. It causes fever, aching, and is often debilitating and even deadly if the immune system is weak.  Managers suffer from “influence influenza” because they are often debilitated by the need to have difficult performance conversations.  There is an epidemic of an unwillingness and/or inability to influence employees to change their inappropriate behaviors and/or poor performance.  What are the root causes of this epidemic and what is the cure? &#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.com/advisors/what-is-influence-influenza-and-what-is-the-cure/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Gilda to Emcee Manhattanville College Women's Leadership Summit 6/14 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/05/gilda-to-emcee-manhattanville-college.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:8c611044-76e1-5618-e338-b6171c0d1467 Sun, 20 May 2018 22:47:08 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: left;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2vFMW7EMiPA/WvN55rdSbbI/AAAAAAAACMY/86yCOocbUUkno5vFAiGRbchJQNQP5jPrQCLcBGAs/s1600/_DSC4339%2B-%2BCropped.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1067" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2vFMW7EMiPA/WvN55rdSbbI/AAAAAAAACMY/86yCOocbUUkno5vFAiGRbchJQNQP5jPrQCLcBGAs/s320/_DSC4339%2B-%2BCropped.jpg" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Gilda serving as Emcee for the 2017 <br />Women's Leadership Summit</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">I am excited to be serving as Emcee again this year for the <b>Manhattanville College School of Business 4th Annual Women's Leadership Summit: Dare to Be Bold</b> on June 14, 2018.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">And this year, I will also be offering a special presentation during the Summit:&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #212121; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;">Retrain Your Brain:&nbsp; A New Approach to Leadership Development</span></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #212121; font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">presented by Gilda Bonanno</span></span></div><div style="color: #212121; margin: 0in; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background: white;">Do you want to get the edge in today’s changing business environment?&nbsp;</span><span style="background: white; font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span><span style="background: white;">In order to be competitive and thrive as a leader, you have to change the way you operate&nbsp;so you can effectively&nbsp;adapt to change,&nbsp;whether external (the market, customer base, or regulations) or internal (systems, organization, employee needs.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background: white;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background: white;">In this interactive session, you will focus on how to sharpen your leadership skills using the lens of improv --&nbsp;learning core improv principles such as being present, listening, and "yes and", while exploring how these concepts can be applied to your leadership and communications by breaking patterns and changing the way you think.&nbsp;&nbsp;The result is new skills and behaviors that can be immediately utilized in the workplace.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="color: #212121; margin: 0in; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>4th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit: Dare to Be Bold&nbsp;</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Learn from inspirational women, develop yourself professionally, and network with your peers.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;"><br /></strong></span></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;">Time</strong>: June 14<span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 0; position: relative; top: -0.5em; vertical-align: baseline;">th<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></span>8:30am – 5:00pm</span></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">With networking reception 5:00 – 6:00pm</span></div><div style="height: 0px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br style="box-sizing: border-box;" /><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;">Location</strong>: Reid Castle, Manhattanville College<br />2900 Purchase St., Purchase, NY 10577<br /><br /><br />x</span></div><br /><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Keynote Speakers:</span></strong></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Col. (Ret.) Donna Brazil, Ph.D.</span></strong></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: inherit;">Vanessa Wakeman</strong><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">, Founder and CEO, The Wakeman Agency Bold Visionary and Futurist of Social Change</span></div><div style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; line-height: 27px; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: inherit;">Bonnie St. John</strong>, Leadership Consultant, Olympic Medalist, Best-Selling Author</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">To register or find out more, please visit:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mville.edu/wlisummit2018">https://www.mville.edu/wlisummit2018</a></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/KNaykN0Rw8E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> communication skills emcee improv leadership listening Manhattanville networking presentation skills Women's Leadership Institute yes and Gilda Bonanno Gilda provided precise and meaningful feedback, absolutely terrific http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/05/gilda-provided-precise-and-meaningful.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:0d5cd60b-5d4c-d345-9682-5df942e2b545 Thu, 17 May 2018 17:30:21 +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/-4dpoqO2q2zY/WvDa6hgboxI/AAAAAAAACK4/iOukSfOWYNchgPqfLfBCsGNGDE6FgJJvQCLcBGAs/s1600/Brent%2BRobertson.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="252" data-original-width="252" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4dpoqO2q2zY/WvDa6hgboxI/AAAAAAAACK4/iOukSfOWYNchgPqfLfBCsGNGDE6FgJJvQCLcBGAs/s1600/Brent%2BRobertson.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div style="margin: 0in; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-weight: bold;">"I am a very experienced speaker and had the pleasure of working with Gilda to prepare for a very important speaking opportunity. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">She</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"> took the time to really dive into the message I was trying to convey, the way I wanted to present my message, my style, and most importantly, my ambitions for this particular event. <b>S</b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-weight: bold;">he was then able to provide very precise and very meaningful feedback which inspired me to push myself into new territory.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"> I am now more excited than ever about this event. She is absolutely terrific and a true professional."</span></div><div style="margin: 0in; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp;-&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Brent Robertson, Partner, Fathom.net</span></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/7xZWZlIsRo4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Brent Robertson business presentation coaching communication skills feedback presentation skills public speaking testimonial Gilda Bonanno Gilda Sponsors SMPS CT MAX Talks http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/05/gilda-sponsors-smps-ct-max-talks.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:9a5af799-1e7c-8d9f-d1ba-7d1a867cedf0 Tue, 15 May 2018 22:24:01 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Arial, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, sans-serif, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 13px; width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td align="left" class="x_header-top">I am excited to once again be a sponsor of the SMPS Max Talks. As presenting coach sponsor, I had the opportunity to work with each of the presenters on their MAX Talks.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rYON08CrtuA/WvN1sza2x8I/AAAAAAAACLs/wW-6eyvbJUs4BFgoiiDBMuDm17ILMvx_gCLcBGAs/s1600/MAX-Logo-cropped.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="150" data-original-width="412" height="116" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rYON08CrtuA/WvN1sza2x8I/AAAAAAAACLs/wW-6eyvbJUs4BFgoiiDBMuDm17ILMvx_gCLcBGAs/s320/MAX-Logo-cropped.png" width="320" /></a></div><br /></td></tr><tr><td class="x_header" style="background-color: #006699; background-position: left top; background-repeat: repeat; margin-bottom: 3px; margin-left: 6px; margin-top: 3px; padding: 10px;"><div class="x_heading" style="color: white; font-size: 18px; line-height: 1.5; margin: 0px !important; padding: 0px !important;">SMPS (Society for Marketing Professional Services) Connecticut Presents MAX</div></td></tr><tr><td align="center"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="x_body" style="width: 600px;"><tbody><tr><td align="left" class="x_sidebar" style="background-position: left top; background-repeat: repeat; padding: 22px 10px 10px;" valign="top" width="219"><h2 style="border-bottom: 5px solid rgb(0, 102, 153); color: #006699; font-family: Arial, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 21px; margin: 0px 0px 2em; padding: 0px 0px 18px; text-align: inherit; text-transform: uppercase;">WHEN</h2><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 199.2px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" class="x_sidebg"><div style="color: #333333; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;">May 16, 2018<br />3:00 PM - 6:00 PM</div></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 199.2px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" class="x_sidebg"><a href="http://smpsct.org/meet-reg1.php?mi=78872&amp;id=51" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="color: #2e6594; font-family: Arial, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: inherit; padding: 0px; text-align: inherit; text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank"><img alt="" data-imagetype="External" src="https://smpsct.org/images/icons/RegisterNowc.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><h2 style="border-bottom: 5px solid rgb(0, 102, 153); color: #006699; font-family: Arial, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 21px; margin: 0px 0px 2em; padding: 0px 0px 18px; text-align: inherit; text-transform: uppercase;">WHERE</h2><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 199.2px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" class="x_sidebg"><div style="color: #333333; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;">Real Art Ways<br />56 Arbor Street<br />Hartford, CT 06106</div><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=56+Arbor+Street+Hartford+CT&amp;btnG=Search" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="color: #2e6594; font-family: Arial, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: inherit; padding: 0px; text-align: inherit; text-decoration-line: none;" target="_blank"><img alt="" data-imagetype="External" src="https://smpsct.org/images/icons/GetDirectionsc.png" style="border: 0pt none;" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="color: #333333; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #333333; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><br /></div></td><td align="left" class="x_mainbar" style="background-position: left top; background-repeat: repeat; border-left: 2px solid rgb(237, 237, 237); padding: 22px 14px 0px;" valign="top" width="348"><table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="2" style="width: 425.6px;"><tbody><tr><td><div style="color: #333333; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"></div><div style="line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><div style="color: #333333; font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Are you ready to be inspired? This stellar line up of speakers will share their creative ideas and stories that will provoke, inspire and excite the audience. After the program, join us at the networking cocktail hour for an opportunity to connect and engage with the speakers and other attendees.</span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><br /></span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>Event Details:</strong></span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Wednesday, May 16, 2018</span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;roboto&quot; , sans-serif , serif , &quot;emojifont&quot;; font-weight: 400;">3:00pm – 3:30pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Registration</span><br style="font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-weight: 400;" /><span style="font-family: &quot;roboto&quot; , sans-serif , serif , &quot;emojifont&quot;; font-weight: 400;">3:30pm – 5:00pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Program</span><br style="font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-weight: 400;" /><span style="font-family: &quot;roboto&quot; , sans-serif , serif , &quot;emojifont&quot;; font-weight: 400;">5:00pm – 6:00pm&nbsp;&nbsp; Networking &amp; Cocktails</span></strong></span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>Location:</strong></span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Real Art Ways</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">56 Arbor Street</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">Hartford, CT 06106</span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>Registration:</strong>Please register by 5:00 PM Friday, May 11, 2018.</span></div><div style="border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: roboto, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">SMPS CT Members: $65<br />Non-Members: $85<br />Past SMPS CT President (Member): $35<br />Past SMPS CT President (Non-Member): $65</div><div style="border: 0px currentcolor; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="color: #333333; font-family: roboto, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 14px;">Please note:</div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: roboto, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 14px;"><em>Late registrations and walk-ins will be charged an additional $10.</em></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: roboto, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 14px;"><br /></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: roboto, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 14px;"><i>For more information or to register, visit</i></div><span style="color: #333333; font-family: roboto, sans-serif, serif, emojifont;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><i><a href="https://smpsct.starchapter.com/meet-reg1.php?mi=78872&amp;id=51">https://smpsct.starchapter.com/meet-reg1.php?mi=78872&amp;id=51</a></i></span></span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>About&nbsp;MAX</strong>:</span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>MAX&nbsp;</strong>events are creative programs, centered on short-form sessions meant to be a showcase for speakers exchanging&nbsp;great, well-formed, marketing-led ideas and inspiration, through storytelling, presentations, and media.</span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>MAX:</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Market.Act.eXchange</strong><strong>™</strong>.&nbsp;Members of the SMPS community are changing their businesses, communities,&nbsp;and the world in positive ways every day.&nbsp;<strong>MAX&nbsp;</strong>provides a creative, fresh platform to celebrate and exchange&nbsp;marketing-led innovations, big ideas, and inspiring stories.&nbsp;<strong>MAX&nbsp;</strong>helps open our minds to possibilities.&nbsp;<strong>MAX&nbsp;</strong>promotes SMPS community members as leaders to inspire others to think and act.</span></div><div style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, sans-serif, serif, emojifont; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px;"><br /></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/EllBR-eWRpA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience business presentation communication skills confidence marketing meeting presentation public speaking SMPS speaker speech Gilda Bonanno A Leadership Assumption That Can Kill Employee Engagement http://www.wallyhauck.com/a-leadership-assumption-that-can-kill-employee-engagement/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:bc8088fd-0981-136e-70ab-f11883e6880d Tue, 15 May 2018 01:17:04 +0000 If you think you can, you probably will. You’ll find a way if you have the motivation.  If you think you can’t you likely won’t. When it comes to solving problems, attitude is everything and how we think about a problem is the first step to having a positive attitude. We all know these truths.   [&#8230;] <p>If you think you can, you probably will. You’ll find a way if you have the motivation.  If you think you can’t you likely won’t. When it comes to solving problems, attitude is everything and how we think about a problem is the first step to having a positive attitude. We all know these truths.   If a leader wants to have optimum employee engagement in their organization, they must evaluate their assumptions about people and problems and decide if those assumptions will support engagement or kill it. A leader’s assumptions can be either a powerful negative force or a powerful positive force for engagement&#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.com/advisors/a-leadership-assumption-that-can-kill-employee-engagement/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Dear Mom, I Love You http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/05/dear-mom-i-love-you.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:1f26347f-05e4-eb1e-3041-b6328ecfcbb4 Sun, 13 May 2018 13:00:04 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8duXyr5t8k8/WvDaW4q3TrI/AAAAAAAACKw/oFZpjqnLLqUxgoVU5PFbwFmnSAd4cddeQCLcBGAs/s1600/thank%2Byou%2B10.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="232" data-original-width="382" height="194" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8duXyr5t8k8/WvDaW4q3TrI/AAAAAAAACKw/oFZpjqnLLqUxgoVU5PFbwFmnSAd4cddeQCLcBGAs/s320/thank%2Byou%2B10.png" width="320" /></a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">In honor of Mother’s Day today, here is my annual reprint of the blog post I wrote about all the wonderful things I learned from my Mom:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Today is Mother's Day so I wrote a blog post about my Mom and all the wonderful things I have learned from her.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Here they are, in random order:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Snacking is good.</span></b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">&nbsp; Mom loves to snack and had a simple rule for my brother and I when we were growing up: as long as you brush your teeth, it's OK to eat potato chips, ice cream and chocolate.&nbsp; When we played outside, Mom would call us in to give us ice cream.&nbsp; And during our marathon Scrabble sessions, there was always a snack break or two.&nbsp; No snacks were forbidden and no food was "evil," so we developed a healthy relationship with food.&nbsp; And all that teeth-brushing must have worked because I have never had a cavity in my life!&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Talking to strangers is ok.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Mom talks to anyone, especially in the grocery store.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>All it takes to start a conversation is an observation about the size of the iceberg lettuce or shared commiseration about the long checkout line—and then the conversation is off and running.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Today it would be called "networking."<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Dollars are stretchable.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Growing up, we did not have a lot of money.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Mom managed to keep a family of four afloat on very, very little money.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She did this by working hard and spending only on necessities.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And even when we didn't have a lot, she enjoyed volunteering at church to make food baskets for people who had less than we did.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She made sacrifices for us; in fact, I don't recall her ever buying anything for herself.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We often joke that we should send her to Washington, D.C. to help the government balance the budget.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Coupon clipping is an art.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Mom checks the sale papers and clips coupons religiously.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Then she calls and tells me how much money she saved in the store.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I expect to get a phone call from the police one of these days, informing me that they've arrested her because she saved so much on one item that the store had to pay HER for it. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Projects can be fun.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Organizing the file cabinet? Unpacking boxes?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Cleaning out the basement? Call Mom.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She loves doing work around the house especially if she gets to use the paper shredder or go to the dump (or "transfer station," as it's called in my town).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>During her last visit, she helped me organize my office closet, which had been so crammed with stuff that I hated opening it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It took hours.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And when I inevitably got tired of doing it, looked at all the junk that we had piled on the floor and the desk and said "I don't want to play this game anymore," Mom said "it's OK, we're almost done" and kept me going.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Now everything is in its place and properly labeled and I love opening the closet. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>And some of the neighbors want to rent her out to help with their projects. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Humor helps.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Mom always has a positive attitude and loves a good laugh.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>She loves the <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Pink Panther</i>movie and recently laughed hysterically at the dance scene in <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Johnny English</i>, a spoof on spy movies starring Rowan Atkinson (from the "Mr. Bean" series).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We played the scene over and over, just to make her laugh more.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She will be delighted to know they are releasing a sequel.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She also has the unfortunate habit of laughing whenever I am up on a chair, taking a box down from the closet – I don't know why.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She is supposed to be holding the chair for me and instead, she starts giggling just as I'm trying to lift a heavy box <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>and then of course, I start laughing… luckily, no one has gotten hurt… <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Simple things can make you happy.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Mom doesn't need a "spa day" or a meal at a fancy restaurant to be happy.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She is what we fondly call "low maintenance."<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She enjoys the little things – like watching an old movie starring Robert Taylor or Joseph Cotton (extra points if it's set during World War II), going grocery-shopping at the Shop-Rite store near my house, eating ice cream outside on a warm day and of course, eating a Hershey's chocolate bar.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Complaining is not helpful.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">Not complaining is easy when life is easy, but Mom never complained even when life got hard.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When family members were sick or even when my father died, Mom didn't complain or ask, "why me?" She just kept going forward, with a strong spirit, a smile and a desire to help other people.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I'm still learning that lesson. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">A few weeks ago, I received a big envelope from Mom in the mail.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Inside were packages of one of my favorite candies – the dots of colored sugar stuck to long strips of paper.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>(Yes, you get some of the paper stuck in your teeth when you eat them, but that's half the fun.) She knows that I couldn't find them locally, so she looked for them on one of her grocery trips and sent them to me.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">I'll be seeing Mom soon to celebrate Mother's Day and her birthday.&nbsp; What am I bringing her? Flowers? A gift certificate for a massage? Nope.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I'm bringing her all my love – and chocolate brownies.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Thanks, Mom, and I love you. <o:p></o:p></span></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/6Gid_MRhuFk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> love Mom women Gilda Bonanno Let's Talk Coding: A Conversation About Technology 5/21 Darien CT http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/05/lets-talk-coding-conversation-about.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:9fa6d315-0702-7b6f-1bec-bc53bf182255 Wed, 09 May 2018 16:37:13 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background-color: white; border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 27px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-top: 5px; text-align: left; text-shadow: none;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1j1AwOdD6Ag/WvMcsLaMBaI/AAAAAAAACLc/o9lAl_5OkVskjHQWM0phVLCSVQy8bUOtgCLcBGAs/s1600/Comp%2BCoding%2Bfotolia_199887491%2B%25282%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; color: #555555; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="334" data-original-width="500" height="213" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1j1AwOdD6Ag/WvMcsLaMBaI/AAAAAAAACLc/o9lAl_5OkVskjHQWM0phVLCSVQy8bUOtgCLcBGAs/s320/Comp%2BCoding%2Bfotolia_199887491%2B%25282%2529.jpg" width="320" /></a><span style="color: #555555; font-family: inherit;">When we communicate, we need to structure our thoughts into a coherent, organized form.&nbsp; We then transfer this information to others via a communication medium - speech or writing.&nbsp; We do this to achieve important goals that we have set for this communication.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 27px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-top: 5px; text-align: left; text-shadow: none;"><span style="color: #555555; font-family: inherit;">In this sense, computer Programming and Coding is also a form of communication - it involves structured thought intended to communicate ideas to others in order to achieve a desired result. In addition, this communication (code) can also be processed (run) by a computer.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; line-height: 27px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-top: 5px; text-align: left; text-shadow: none;"><i style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">"People think that Coding is something that we do to make Computers do what we want. Actually, Coding is more about people - it is a structured form of thinking, an expression of our ideas that enables us to share and communicate ideas with other people." - Varghese John</i></div><div style="background-color: white; border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; line-height: 27px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-top: 5px; text-align: left; text-shadow: none;">If these ideas interest you, check out this upcoming conversation about Coding in Darien, CT on May 21.&nbsp; You will have fun learning more about coding and it will also enable you to understand some of the coding buzz you hear friends and colleagues talking about.&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 20px; line-height: 27px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-top: 5px; text-align: left; text-shadow: none;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="background-color: white; border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 20px; line-height: 27px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-top: 5px; text-align: left; text-shadow: none;"><b>Let's Talk Coding: A Conversation About Technology</b></div><div class="event-description" style="background-color: white; border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 25px; margin-top: 15px;"><div style="border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><b>Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM</b></div><div style="border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><b>Community Room, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien CT 06820</b></div><div style="border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px;">Notice a buzz in the air about coding? Today, everybody seems to be taking coding classes, attending coding bootcamps, attending hackathons or participating in some kind of activity related to coding. This interactive session will introduce you to key ideas about computers, the origins of coding, its history and the different languages used to write code. Join us for this interactive session where you will have fun exploring the world of Coding.</div><div style="border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px;">Bring your questions about coding, participate actively in the discussions or just sit back and enjoy the conversation. No prior technical knowledge needed, there will be something in the conversation for novices and experts.</div><h3 style="border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 20px; line-height: 27px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-top: 5px; text-shadow: none;">About the Instructor</h3><div style="border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px;"><span style="border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Varghese John</span>, Ph.D., is an experienced technologist with a scientific research background and a love for learning and teaching science, technology, and mathematics. He has led large global teams delivering innovative solutions to complex problems for leading financial service organizations. VJ is passionate about delivering STEM education for children and adults in order to build a community of citizens who can apply logic and scientific thinking to address global challenges.</div><div style="border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: #555555; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px;">Registration not required. For more information, visit:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2149">https://www.darienlibrary.org/event/2149</a></div><div style="border-radius: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 10px;"><br /></div></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/LYLrZhGxPcE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Adult Education coding Continuing Education CT Darien Fairfield County Learning meeting success Training Gilda Bonanno How Not to Hate Networking http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/05/how-not-to-hate-networking.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:23fa5393-fb0c-e553-089c-916c83cbf56d Mon, 07 May 2018 22:52:39 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H10pjZNYqOM/WvDYo42ZJlI/AAAAAAAACKk/1jo8j9XeEBAsZeiFbFid1nBteVGwgMTMwCLcBGAs/s1600/Handshake2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="284" data-original-width="427" height="212" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H10pjZNYqOM/WvDYo42ZJlI/AAAAAAAACKk/1jo8j9XeEBAsZeiFbFid1nBteVGwgMTMwCLcBGAs/s320/Handshake2.jpg" width="320" /></a><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><b>If You Hate Networking, You’re Not Alone</b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">Many people who attend my classes on how to network readily admit that they <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">hate</i> networking. </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">Why? Because they feel like when they walk into a room, they are the only one who deson’t know anyone. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">Do you feel the same?</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">It takes you back to junior high when you are in the cafeteria, sitting by yourself eating lunch alone. Or worse, those high school dances where all the cool kids are dancing and you are standing and watching. (And in those days, we didn’t have phones to look at to pretend we were cool because we had somebody important we were texting or emailing.)</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">Some of you admit to me the harsh statements that you tell yourself: “I am boring. Nobody likes me. I don’t have anything to say. I’m not an extrovert. I don’t enjoy this. I am not a fun person like that person or that person. I am not as cool as them. I am not as interesting as them. I am too [fill in the blank here, “old, young…)” </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">And when you tell yourself these statements as you walk into a networking event, you are already setting yourself up for failure. Then you feel bad that you’re not doing a better job networking… Then you feel lousy and then go home say, “That was a terrible event and I’m terrible at networking.”</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Networking is Just a Skill<o:p></o:p></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">If you are one of the people who would rather get your taxes done or have root canal instead of networking, take heart. The good news is that like all communication skills, networking is just a skill.&nbsp; Most people are not born with this skill, but you can learn it, practice it and get better at it over time. </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">It All Starts With Confidence</b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">If you show up with all that negative talk in your head, you won’t be able to present yourself well and you likely will not have a good experience.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Instead, you have to change the narrative and build your self-confidence. </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">While you don’t have to tell yourself an unbelievable statement like, “I am the best networker in the world,” you can focus on your positive qualities and tell yourself something like, “I am an interesting person. I am a good listener. I am fun to talk to. I have something to offer. I am learning. I am growing. I am here to make connections. I am here to make someone else feel welcome.” </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">Stop talking to yourself in negative language that you would never use with a friend, your child or someone you care about. </div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">Once you start building foundation of confidence, it will be easier to work on building your networking skills, including preparing and practicing your message, working on your delivery, getting into and out of conversations and following up.</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;">by Gilda Bonanno LLC</div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt;"><br /></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/nkhmYEzVbek" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business communication skills confidence networking self-confidence success Gilda Bonanno Declutter Your Presentation http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/04/declutter-your-presentation.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:ca9c390c-f585-3cdf-0302-f8282babee02 Tue, 01 May 2018 02:33:04 +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/-JI_XQaqlrCg/WrMW2OhrZOI/AAAAAAAACJQ/0AQy7tXLPDcvxM_syWdBk89OmHYpQceygCLcBGAs/s1600/Too%2BMuch%2BPaper.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1008" data-original-width="1010" height="319" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JI_XQaqlrCg/WrMW2OhrZOI/AAAAAAAACJQ/0AQy7tXLPDcvxM_syWdBk89OmHYpQceygCLcBGAs/s320/Too%2BMuch%2BPaper.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">A cluttered home or office can overwhelm you and make it difficult for you to find anything.&nbsp; Likewise, a cluttered presentation can overwhelm your audience and make it difficult for them to find your message.&nbsp; Here's how to cut out the clutter in your presentation so your message is easy to find and understand:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">1.<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Cut Out the Extra Material</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Before you deliver a presentation, be clear about your message - the one thing that you want your audience to walk away with from your presentation.&nbsp; Look at every example, detail and story you'd like to include in your presentation and decide whether they relate directly to your message.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Sort them into three groups: keep, not sure and throw out.&nbsp; Focus on the keepers, resort the "not sure" group and throw out the rest.&nbsp; You want to make it easy for your audience to find your message rather than forcing them to sift through all the clutter to uncover it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">2.<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Cut Out Your Filler Words</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Filler words include "um," "ah," and words such as "like," "so," and "ok," which are used as a verbal bridge to the next word.&nbsp; These words just fill in space while you remember or think of something to say next.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">They are the verbal clutter that distract the audience and give the impression that you lack confidence or knowledge about your subject. Instead of using a filler word, pause silently and breathe, then move on to your next word.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">3.<span style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Cut Out the Extra Text on Your Slides</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you have to use slides, cut out any extra words or graphics.&nbsp; Slides are not a substitute for you, the presenter, so they should only contain supporting material rather than a script of all your words.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If your slides contain countless bullet points in tiny print and impossible-to-read charts, then you are forcing your audience to dig through all that clutter to get to the point.&nbsp; Whenever I see those types of slides and hear a presenter say, “I know you can’t read this," I want to shout back, "Then why are you showing it to us?!"</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The next time you have to give a presentation, spend time decluttering it.&nbsp; A neat and organized presentation will allow you to focus on your message, which means it will be easier for the audience to follow and understand.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/du2hld62OoQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience communication skills confidence practice presentation presentation skills public speaking speech Gilda Bonanno Are You a Traditional Manager or Facilitator for Self-Management? http://www.wallyhauck.com/are-you-a-traditional-manager-or-facilitator-for-self-management/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:4f2f7246-4a4e-f513-2b58-946c2e8fb2d6 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 21:58:37 +0000 Are you a traditional manager or self-management facilitator?    A shift is occurring.  Some managers recognize the need to change now and they are aware and working hard to personally transform their thinking and their methods.  Some organizations will be able to delay the transformation and others will need to change now or will suffer increased [&#8230;] <p>Are you a traditional manager or self-management facilitator?    A shift is occurring.  Some managers recognize the need to change now and they are aware and working hard to personally transform their thinking and their methods.  Some organizations will be able to delay the transformation and others will need to change now or will suffer increased costs in turnover and low employee engagement.  Those organizations who are unaware of the need and/or who ignore it may end up going the way of the Dodo bird at some point&#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.com/advisors/are-you-a-traditional-manager-or-facilitator-for-self-management/">READ MORE</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck How to Practice Your Presentation http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/04/how-to-practice-your-presentation.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:f774f0f6-3b6b-35f8-8de3-2361ceae96b9 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 02:31:04 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-STIylOErE7Y/WrMVrBuk8uI/AAAAAAAACJI/fWJzTK3Zadc7MY93G-pRkFkiXISeHU7hwCLcBGAs/s1600/Clarinet.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; display: inline !important; float: right; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="396" data-original-width="602" height="210" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-STIylOErE7Y/WrMVrBuk8uI/AAAAAAAACJI/fWJzTK3Zadc7MY93G-pRkFkiXISeHU7hwCLcBGAs/s320/Clarinet.jpg" width="320" /></a><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">When I was in high school, I played clarinet in the school band<b>.</b></span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">&nbsp; Every afternoon, I&nbsp;climbed up the hill from the bus stop&nbsp;carrying my clarinet case and every morning, I trudged back down the hill carrying my clarinet case, still unopened and untouched.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">My performance on the clarinet failed to improve because merely carrying the clarinet was not enough to help improve my skill at playing it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">The same is true for presentations.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When you're preparing to speak to a group, no matter how small or large, it's not enough to&nbsp;<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">think</i> about what you're going to say or flip through your slides while you're sitting at your desk.&nbsp;&nbsp;That doesn't count as practice. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Practice means that you actually open your mouth and say the words out loud in as close to the real environment as possible.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>So, for example, if you're going to stand while presenting, stand while practicing. If you're going to present while sitting around a conference table, then practice while sitting around a conference table.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The purpose of practice is to become comfortable enough with your material and the mechanics of presenting it in the environment that you will be able to deliver your presentation naturally and effectively.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">You should practice going through your presentation at least a few times.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Memorizing it may make you more anxious since you'll be worried about forgetting the exact words you memorized.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Instead, become familiar enough with your key ideas and message that you can use different words and phrases to express them each time you practice. If you choose to use notes, practice how to use them effectively without clinging to them or reading from them.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">There are three major areas of content that you should focus on during your practice:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Introduction<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">This is your opportunity to engage the audience and also to build your confidence. You should be so comfortable with your introduction that you can deliver it effortlessly, with full eye contact, a strong voice and few pause words (like "um" or "ah").<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Transitions<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Presenters often get lost between points or slides.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You want to practice how you will move smoothly and logically from one idea to the next.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Having a well-organized presentation makes transitions easier because you can say something like, "the second reason we need a new process for handling customer complaints is…" or "the next phase of the project involves testing the software against the requirements…" <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Conclusion &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">This is your last chance to remind the audience of your message.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Don't just let your voice trail off with "well….. that's it, I guess…."<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You should end with a powerful conclusion such as a call to action or a strong reiteration of your message and its importance to the audience.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">I learned the hard way – it's not enough to carry the clarinet around and think about practicing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>To improve, you actually have to open the case and play it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>So the next time you have to give a presentation, make the time to practice the right way by saying the words out loud in as close the real environment as possible.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As a result, your actual delivery of it will be smooth and effective. <o:p></o:p></span></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/GjpU_4sf73o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience coaching communication skills practice presentation presentation skills self-confidence time limit Gilda Bonanno 2 Reasons Why Your Performance Appraisal Is Not About You http://www.wallyhauck.com/2-reasons-why-your-performance-appraisal-is-not-about-you/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:666b484c-c9d1-4233-c7d9-1dbd08c5eb11 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:08:22 +0000 Most performance appraisals are not really about the people but instead about some other motivation or intended outcome.  This is so unfortunate because the latest research shows that people are hungry for feedback, especially millennials. Aren’t performance appraisals supposed to be about improving the performance of the individual?  The typical performance appraisal process is a failure [&#8230;] <p>Most performance appraisals are not really about the people but instead about some other motivation or intended outcome.  This is so unfortunate because the latest research shows that people are hungry for feedback, especially millennials.</p> <p>Aren’t performance appraisals supposed to be about improving the performance of the individual?  The typical performance appraisal process is a failure and it&#8217;s not about you. Here is why&#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.com/advisors/2-reasons-why-your-performance-appraisal-may-not-really-be-about-you/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Cut Out Your Filler Words http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/04/cut-out-your-filler-words.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:1742410b-d6e7-12d4-5f18-97f6ecec597f Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:59:09 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V7c63lPP1P8/WrMOXJseFgI/AAAAAAAACIc/8XTXNy9Z-vkK5MehKoqk8BLXY5FmdtdGQCLcBGAs/s1600/Filler%2BWords%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="706" data-original-width="694" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-V7c63lPP1P8/WrMOXJseFgI/AAAAAAAACIc/8XTXNy9Z-vkK5MehKoqk8BLXY5FmdtdGQCLcBGAs/s200/Filler%2BWords%2B2.jpg" width="196" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Filler&nbsp;words include "um," "ah,"&nbsp;and&nbsp;words such as "like," "so," and "ok," which are used&nbsp;as&nbsp;a verbal bridge to the next word.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">These words just fill in space while you remember or think of something to say next.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"> Rather than being effective bridges, <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">they are&nbsp;roadblocks</span>, distracting&nbsp;the audience and interrupting the flow of your message. <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">These filler words weaken your presentation and give the impression that you don't know what you're talking about</span>. Starting&nbsp;every other sentence&nbsp;with fillers (for example,&nbsp;"you know" or "like I said")&nbsp;can also be interpreted&nbsp;as verbal expressions of your anxiety or lack of confidence. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">The good news is that you can learn to eliminate filler words.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">&nbsp; And like with so many bad habits, the first step towards change is to become aware that you're using them. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">How can you become conscious of the filler words you use?&nbsp; Listen to yourself as you speak, record yourself or ask someone in the audience.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">&nbsp;Or attend a Toastmasters meeting (an international organization dedicated to helping people improve their public speaking <a href="http://www.toastmasters.org/"><span style="color: windowtext;">www.toastmasters.org</span></a>) , where there is an official Um and Ah Counter. He or she tallies up all the filler words used by the speakers and then reports on it at the end of the meeting. The point is to hear yourself using them so you can cut them out. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Once you have become aware of when you use fillers, here's how to eliminate them: <o:p></o:p></span></div><ol start="1" style="margin-top: 0in;" type="1"><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Stop speaking when you hear yourself use a filler word.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">SILENTLY pause instead of filling the space with words. <o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Breathe. <o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Move on to your next word. <o:p></o:p></span></li></ol><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Here's an exercise that you can use to practice this at home:</span></div><ol start="1" style="margin-top: 0in;" type="1"><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Speak for 1-2 minutes about something you know, like your job or what you did today. <o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Every time you hear yourself using a filler word, STOP, breathe and repeat that sentence – eventually, with more practice, you will get through the entire 2 minutes without using any filler words!</span></li></ol><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Cutting out your filler words will help you convey your message to the audience without any distractions getting in the way.&nbsp;And you'll sound more polished and professional.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/ZbwBL-zbJ_M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> ah communication skills confidence filler words practice presentation skills public speaking um Gilda Bonanno 5 Ways to Be a Better Listener http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/04/5-ways-to-be-better-listener.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:285e3cc4-14b5-6a1d-cbef-212f67ddde4e Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:15:00 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 27pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Listening is a crucial skill for professional and personal success.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It seems like such a basic skill but although this skill is basic in theory, it's difficult to execute.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Yes, everyone can listen, but how many people can listen well?</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><o:p></o:p><br /> <div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 27pt; text-align: left;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xDiVgLz6KT8/WrMTcvw2apI/AAAAAAAACI8/10W9IrHKyIAPLIA6MxBHnk0o6tI8l7FewCLcBGAs/s1600/Purchased%2BListening%2BWoman%2B%2BPiotr%2BMarcinski%2B-%2BFotolia.com_60483739_S.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="566" data-original-width="848" height="212" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xDiVgLz6KT8/WrMTcvw2apI/AAAAAAAACI8/10W9IrHKyIAPLIA6MxBHnk0o6tI8l7FewCLcBGAs/s320/Purchased%2BListening%2BWoman%2B%2BPiotr%2BMarcinski%2B-%2BFotolia.com_60483739_S.jpg" width="320" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Why is listening important? First, it shows respect to the speaker.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Second, if you listen well, you can learn something.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If you ask a good question and then open your ears and close your mouth, you'll be amazed at what people will tell you.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>What new things could you learn if you stopped to listen?<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 27pt; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 27pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><b>Here are 5 ways to improve your listening skills: <o:p></o:p></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 27pt; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-align: left; text-indent: -0.25in; vertical-align: middle;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">1.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><b>Focus.</b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If you decide that someone is worth listening to, then give the speaker your full attention.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Turn away from the computer and set your cell phone to vibrate.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We may like to think we can multi-task, but we really can't do it with tasks, and we certainly can't do it with people.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You can't read your email or read the newspaper and listen to someone at the same time.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You might <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">hear </i>what they are saying, and you may even catch the meaning of some of it, but you are not really <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">listening</i>. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-align: left; vertical-align: middle;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-align: left; text-indent: -0.25in; vertical-align: middle;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">2.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><b>Show that you are listening.</b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Make eye contact, ask relevant questions and avoid distracting behavior like yawning or checking your watch frequently.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-align: left; text-indent: -0.25in; vertical-align: middle;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">3.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><b>For a few minutes, let it be all about the other person.</b> Don't use the time to think about your rebuttal.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It's important to remember that the function of listening is to understand what the other person is saying, not necessarily to agree with it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Yes, you can disagree, but first you have to understand the other's point of view.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And sometimes, just listening and having the other person feel "heard" will be enough to defuse any disagreement. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-align: left; vertical-align: middle;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-align: left; text-indent: -0.25in; vertical-align: middle;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">4.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><b>Read between the lines.</b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Don't just listen to the words – also tune into the non-verbal communications.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Watch the other person's body language and become aware of the feelings behind the words.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If you're not sure, ask questions to check that your understanding matches theirs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Usually you have to deal first with the person's feelings, whether anger, frustration or joy, before you can move on to problem-solving or resolution.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-align: left; text-indent: -0.25in; vertical-align: middle;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">5.<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><b>Resist the urge to interrupt.</b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Ah, this is a tough one for many of us, me included. Sometimes we're so agitated by what we've heard, or we're so excited, that we feel we have to cut them off with "but that's not what happened" or "you think that's bad, wait till you hear what happened to me!"<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Interrupting tells the other person that you think your words are more important than theirs, which is not the message you want to send.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As with any skill development, practicing helps.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-align: left; vertical-align: middle;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-align: left; vertical-align: middle;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">As Stephen Covey reminds us in <i>The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, </i>"seek first to understand, then to be understood."<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The next time you're in a conversation with a colleague, a loved one or even someone you've just met, practice active listening.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You'll be amazed at how that simple habit can improve your relationships and give you opportunities to learn. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/v87II82ws_c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business communication communication skills listening Gilda Bonanno FINDING YOUR COMPASS http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=523 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:4137fcb9-a896-c3ef-ada4-5066c4790216 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:30:38 +0000 I hate getting lost. Whether I&#8217;m on my way to a business meeting, or just out doing errands, I like to know where I am. But sometimes, getting lost is a really good thing. Sometimes it leads us to possibilities in our lives that we hadn&#8217;t considered. But here&#8217;s the thing:  you&#8217;ve got to be [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/COMPASS.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-524"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-524" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/COMPASS-300x160.jpg" alt="COMPASS" width="300" height="160" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/COMPASS-300x160.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/COMPASS.jpg 449w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>I hate getting lost. Whether I&#8217;m on my way to a business meeting, or just out doing errands, I like to know where I am. But sometimes, getting lost is a really good thing. Sometimes it leads us to possibilities in our lives that we hadn&#8217;t considered. But here&#8217;s the thing:  you&#8217;ve got to be able to tolerate being a beginner. You&#8217;ve got to not panic when you&#8217;re lost.</p> <p>Last year, I worked extensively as a speaker, and I not only spoke on topics that I&#8217;ve given before, but I was also invited to help associations with issues such as customer service, and I went back to my college to give a presentation on careers for English majors. I was flying. Busy. It was fun.</p> <p>Then December came and I didn&#8217;t notice how quiet my work had become because I was recovering from all the travel and talks I had given, and I was focused on the holidays. But when January hit, I was like a hiker out in the middle of nowhere without a compass. It was really quiet. And my wonderful dog, Bella, my therapy dog died.</p> <p>As I worked through my grief, I saw that I could either shake the bushes and look for more speaking engagements, or I could use this time to think about what I really want to do. It seemed important not to be too busy. Having worked as a writer throughout my career, it gradually dawned on me that this was where I wanted to put my energy.</p> <p>There were bumps in the road, but having written for children years ago, I joined an association of children&#8217;s book writers and illustrators, and I signed up for their retreat. Now I have traveling companions and support. And one of the picture books I&#8217;m working on is &#8220;Bella and the Scaredy Cat&#8221;&#8211;a fun reversal where the cat saves the dog.</p> <p>I can&#8217;t tell you how you&#8217;ll find your compass, but I hope my example helps, and that you&#8217;ll be less afraid when there are no road signs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Jean Jean Gilda kept everyone engaged http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/04/gilda-kept-everyone-engaged.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:19acd631-17f9-3a6a-47e8-d026cb7a5bcb Sat, 14 Apr 2018 23:22:04 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cdtqZApLY94/WrBF1_oXPdI/AAAAAAAACHk/DMiOB84VpFcmUBMruohvc19u-hOULBmowCEwYBhgL/s1600/Sharon%2BPomeroy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="450" data-original-width="450" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cdtqZApLY94/WrBF1_oXPdI/AAAAAAAACHk/DMiOB84VpFcmUBMruohvc19u-hOULBmowCEwYBhgL/s200/Sharon%2BPomeroy.jpg" width="200" /></a></div><div style="color: #212121; font-family: Garamond; font-size: 12.0pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">"We kicked off our program year with a Networking Skills Workshop. &nbsp;Gilda delivered an outstanding presentation to an audience that represented a variety of experience levels.&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold;">She kept everyone engaged by interspersing interactive sessions at appropriate intervals, giving us an opportunity to put techniques to the test.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="color: #212121; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.0pt; margin: 0in;">Gilda’s humor was infectious and her sociability makes her especially relatable.&nbsp; <span style="font-weight: bold;">Our post-program survey results revealed that we’d set the bar high and that this was a worthwhile program.</span>&nbsp; Gilda’s networking advice is easy to apply and will definitely be added to everyone’s professional toolbox."</div><div style="color: #212121; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.0pt; margin: 0in;">Sharon Pomeroy, Connecticut Chapter President, Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS); Marketing Director, Caldwell &amp; Walsh Building Construction, Inc. </div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/_duZpHJBPl8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> meeting networking presentation skills schmooze Sharon Pomeroy SMPS testimonial Gilda Bonanno 2 Blind Spots Leaders Often Have Regarding Performance Discussions http://www.wallyhauck.com/2-blind-spots-leaders-often-have-regarding-performance-discussions/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:cb3e2743-e673-6688-a632-0b6a2911e144 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:10:05 +0000 Have you ever watched a movie where the hero is being chased by predators through the woods? He quickly arrives at a cliff screeching to a halt and nearly falling off into a river far below. He now has a choice, stay to face the predators, which will likely kill him, or take a chance [&#8230;] <p>Have you ever watched a movie where the hero is being chased by predators through the woods? He quickly arrives at a cliff screeching to a halt and nearly falling off into a river far below. He now has a choice, stay to face the predators, which will likely kill him, or take a chance and jump into the river below risking possible severe injury or even death. He reacts and jumps.</p> <p>In my opinion, this describes the decision many major organizations made when they made major changes to their performance management processes. They were being chased by the poor results of the typical appraisal&#8230;</p> <p>These Performance management “predators” are real.  Even so, reacting and jumping into a “river” you don’t really understand, is not necessarily the best option.  When you have blind spots, you only see the jumping option&#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.com/advisors/2-blind-spots-leaders-often-have-regarding-performance-discussions/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Gilda to Emcee 5th Annual Women-Owned Business Day 5/2 in Hartford http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/04/gilda-to-emcee-5th-annual-women-owned.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:c6086137-0456-fbc4-6ee8-7b22627e46fa Mon, 09 Apr 2018 02:05:04 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><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 to serve as Emcee once again for the Women's Business Development Council's 5th Annual Women-Owned Business Day</div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pmgWgf4v-lg/WrMP6uHRzYI/AAAAAAAACIo/ir5P5gQqDVMJCikDrDg_7dZ0UcM11uO7ACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4323.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pmgWgf4v-lg/WrMP6uHRzYI/AAAAAAAACIo/ir5P5gQqDVMJCikDrDg_7dZ0UcM11uO7ACLcBGAs/s320/IMG_4323.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Gilda as Emcee for the 2017 Women Owned Business Day <br />at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT</td></tr></tbody></table><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Co-Chairs</strong><br />House Republican Leader Themis Klarides<br />Assistant Majority Leader Patricia Billie Miller</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;"><strong style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Wednesday, May 2, 2018</strong><br />9:00am – 12:00pm<br />Legislative Office Building, Room 2C, Hartford, CT</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;">&nbsp;<a class="btn" href="https://ctwbdc.wufoo.com/forms/z1oo9jxw146epfu/" style="background: rgb(236, 122, 34); border: 1px solid rgb(236, 122, 34); color: white; cursor: pointer; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 28px; margin: 0px; padding: 15px 30px; text-align: center; text-decoration-line: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Click here to register</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;"><br /></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;"><span style="border: 0px; color: green; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Connect with the largest organization in CT dedicated to women’s economic&nbsp;</strong><strong style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">equity</strong></span></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;"><span style="border: 0px; color: green; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><img alt="" class="wp-image-626 alignnone" height="221" sizes="(max-width: 499px) 100vw, 499px" src="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Evite-pic-300x133.png" srcset="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Evite-pic-300x133.png 300w, https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Evite-pic.png 378w" style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;" width="499" /></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;"><strong style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">As a member of the Women Owned Business Day Delegation to Hartford you will have the opportunity to:</strong></div><ul style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 16px; list-style: none; margin: 0px 0px 30px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><li style="border: 0px; color: #373737; display: block; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 25px; position: relative; text-align: left; vertical-align: baseline;">Hear from national thought leaders on policy issues facing women business owners;</li><li style="border: 0px; color: #373737; display: block; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 25px; position: relative; vertical-align: baseline;">Network with community leaders and other entrepreneurs from across the state.</li></ul><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><b style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Join WBDC for an&nbsp; empowering discussion&nbsp; about the economic clout of&nbsp;</b><b style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">women entrepreneurs.&nbsp;</b></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="border: 0px; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><b style="border: 0px; color: green; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Delegation Partners:</b></div></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;"><img alt="" class="wp-image-623 alignleft" height="30" sizes="(max-width: 125px) 100vw, 125px" src="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/reSET-logo-300x72.png" srcset="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/reSET-logo-300x72.png 300w, https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/reSET-logo-768x185.png 768w, https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/reSET-logo.png 1024w" style="border: 0px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;" width="125" /></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;<img alt="" class="alignnone wp-image-624" height="42" sizes="(max-width: 214px) 100vw, 214px" src="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Entre-Center-U-Hart-300x59.jpg" srcset="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Entre-Center-U-Hart-300x59.jpg 300w, https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Entre-Center-U-Hart-768x151.jpg 768w, https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Entre-Center-U-Hart-1024x201.jpg 1024w" style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;" width="214" />&nbsp;<img alt="" class="alignnone wp-image-625" height="26" sizes="(max-width: 181px) 100vw, 181px" src="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Refinery_Logo-300x43.jpg" srcset="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Refinery_Logo-300x43.jpg 300w, https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/The-Refinery_Logo.jpg 378w" style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;" width="181" /></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 16px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" class="alignnone wp-image-492" height="52" sizes="(max-width: 103px) 100vw, 103px" src="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/colorSBA-300x153.jpg" srcset="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/colorSBA-300x153.jpg 300w, https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/colorSBA-768x391.jpg 768w, https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/colorSBA-1024x522.jpg 1024w" style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;" width="103" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" class="alignnone wp-image-652" height="69" src="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/WHCC_Logo_vert.jpg" style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;" width="63" /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/K2yYoqTGo9U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Fran Pastore Hartford Patricia Miller Themis Klarides wbdc Women's Business Development Council Gilda Bonanno ATD 4/16 Meeting: A LEGO Group Case Study - Change & Transformation http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/04/atd-416-meeting-lego-group-case-study.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:e6d06e6a-b31c-9252-31c5-3b9c965c2a09 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 02:25:00 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="color: #ff6600; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 21px;">The Association for Talent Development (ATD) -&nbsp;</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="color: #ff6600; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 21px;">CT Chapter presents</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><em><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 32px;">Change and Transformation:&nbsp;</span></em></strong></strong><strong style="text-align: left;"><em><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 32px;">A LEGO Group Case Study&nbsp;</span></em></strong></div><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"></span><br /><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 21px;">How LEGO GROUP turned around losses and declining market share to become one of&nbsp;<em>Fast Company’s</em>&nbsp;top 10 most innovative companies in consumer electronics!</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><span style="color: #ff6600; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 21px;">Monday, April</span></strong>&nbsp;<strong><span style="color: #ed7d31; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 21px;">16</span></strong><strong><span style="color: #ff6600; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 21px;">, 2018</span></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><strong><em><span style="color: #ff6600; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px;">Presented by Lego Group’s</span></em></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 18px;">Tracy Michaud, Senior Manager,</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 18px;">Global Leadership and Organizational Development,</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 18px;">and Barbara Walton, Senior HR Professional</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 18px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" border="0" height="140" src="https://astdscc.org/resources/Pictures/tracy%20michaud.JPG" title="" width="118" />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://astdscc.org/resources/Pictures/barbara%20walton.JPG" title="" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #ff6600; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 24px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12px;"><strong>Tracy Michaud, SPHR&nbsp; -&nbsp; Barbara Walton, SPHR</strong></span></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"></span><br /><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">As the LEGO Group entered the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;century, it enjoyed a well-respected brand, loyal customer base, and expansion from building blocks into theme parks, movies, and even clothing.&nbsp; But changes in the toy industry were not all working in its favor, and Lego faced declining market share and losses in 2003 that threatened bankruptcy or perhaps even breaking up or sale of the company.&nbsp; Lego quickly sold off assets, reduced headcount and outsourced production to cut costs and generate cash.&nbsp; In addition, it began to think more systemically about innovation, which led to 10 years of strong natural growth.</span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /></span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">But in 2017, performance stagnated again.&nbsp; The company needed again to change by becoming a smaller and simpler organization while reducing its position in some less profitable markets.&nbsp; The resulting initiatives seem to be working.&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Fast Company</em>magazine named LEGO one of the top 10 most innovative companies in Consumer Electronics, along with Apple, Amazon, Nintendo, and Sony for 2017.</span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /></span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Lego Senior Manager of Global Leadership and Organizational Development, Tracy Michaud, SPHR, and Director of Rewards and Recognition for the Americas, Barbara Walton, SPHR, have played key roles in enabling the organization to thrive despite the constant change. During this session, Tracy and Barbara will:</span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><ul><li>Share the research results concerning why the stall-out occurred.</li><li><span style="font-size: 12px;">Walk you through the re-mobilizing of the organization via the change initiative and the various interventions and approaches used to right-size and stabilize the organization.&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="font-size: 12px;">Introduce a few key tips and tools designed to&nbsp;disrupt and challenge working mindset and ways of working.</span></li></ul><strong><span style="font-size: 12px;">We all know that Change is Constant.&nbsp; Come learn about HR’s critical role in successfully executing Business Transformation.</span></strong></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /></span></strong></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><u><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 12px;">About the speakers:</span></u></strong></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>T</strong></span><span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>racy Michaud</strong>&nbsp;is currently Senior Manager, Global Leadership and Organizational Development with the LEGO Group. She leads a team of Human Resource professionals in the US and Mexico responsible for HR Operations, as well as benefits, labor compliance, employee relations problem resolution, policy creation and deployment, and employee recognition.</span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /></span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Tracy’s HR experience is diverse, including an assignment in Singapore, HR Business Partnering across the Americas and South East Asia, and leading HR Operations, including compliance, payroll, benefits and health and safety.</span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><br /></span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">A graduate of the University of Hartford, Tracy was an instructor in the HR Continuing Studies programs at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT for nearly 11 years.</span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div align="justify" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>Barbara Walton</strong>&nbsp;has over 30 years in Human Resource, has held several leadership positions responsible for human resources strategy in workforce planning, talent acquisition, global recruitment strategy, benefits, compensation, employee relations, organizational restructuring, HR Partnering, and HR systems. She holds a Bachelor’s in Science in Retail Merchandising and Business from the University of Massachusetts.</span></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong><span style="color: #f26522; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px;">EVENT DETAILS:</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">Location: The Norwalk Inn &amp; Conference Center</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">Date: &nbsp;Monday, March 19th, 2018</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">Time:&nbsp;5:30 PM&nbsp;Networking/Registration;&nbsp;6:15 PM&nbsp;Dinner and Program</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;"><br /></span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">$35 Chapter Members;&nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">$50&nbsp;Non-members;&nbsp;</span></strong><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">$25 In-Transition; $20&nbsp;Students</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">There will be a $5 additional administrative charge for walk-ins&nbsp;</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;">with no prior online registration.</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;">For more info or to register, visit</div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12.8px;"><a href="https://astdscc.org/event-2867130">https://astdscc.org/event-2867130</a></span></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/2R82_oZPFaA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> ASTD ASTD-SCC atd business Lego group meeting networking Norwalk Gilda Bonanno One Question You May Not Want to Ask as a Coach http://www.wallyhauck.com/one-question-you-may-not-want-to-ask-as-a-coach/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:df728d74-ffd0-58d1-e061-2b8c18b2b430 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:32:12 +0000 What is coaching?  It is a process that uses trusting relationships to inspire insights and new options to create positive change for individuals and teams.  Ideally, it is a predictable process.  If we know what questions to ask and which to avoid, it can become more predictable. &#8230;READ MORE <p>What is coaching?  It is a process that uses trusting relationships to inspire insights and new options to create positive change for individuals and teams.  Ideally, it is a predictable process.  If we know what questions to ask and which to avoid, it can become more predictable.</p> <p>&#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.com/advisors/one-question-you-may-not-want-to-ask-as-a-coach/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Think on Your Toes - and Watch Out for the Wasp! http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/03/think-on-your-toes-and-watch-out-for.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:5dfbc07b-f963-78ef-24fd-cf32650aba11 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 01:52:05 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wptDGqXYNVI/WrMNSszYSXI/AAAAAAAACIU/GnNg86GtNEU5b2bntzwv9Wixo6kMCDSzgCLcBGAs/s1600/wasp.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; display: inline !important; float: right; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="332" data-original-width="402" height="264" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wptDGqXYNVI/WrMNSszYSXI/AAAAAAAACIU/GnNg86GtNEU5b2bntzwv9Wixo6kMCDSzgCLcBGAs/s320/wasp.jpg" width="320" /></a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">I was scheduled to speak about "Thinking on Your Toes"</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> to a group of employees at a consumer organization.&nbsp; I was well-prepared; I had interviewed several people from the audience over the phone and I had my notes, handouts and driving directions ready.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">I arrived onsite more than an hour early and stopped in the restroom on the way to having lunch with the participants.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>A few seconds later, I felt a sharp pain in the back of my leg, as if&nbsp;I had been poked by a needle. I looked down at the floor and saw a&nbsp;black-winged insect that was fully grown and looked like it had been reared on steroids and protein shakes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I realized that it was a wasp, shortly before crushing it with my shoe.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">I had never been stung by a wasp or a bee in my life. <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Ever.</span> So I had no idea whether I was allergic. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">I considered the situation.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>There were 50 people in the room next door getting ready to have lunch and then listen to me speak.&nbsp; <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">And I had planned an interactive session that included improvisational exercises</span>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>What if my leg swelled up, or the sting hurt too much to stand comfortably? How could I lead a session on "Thinking on Your Toes" when I was sitting down? <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Or worse</span>, what if I had a severe allergic reaction and went into shock right in front of the audience? <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">So I went out to the hallway, told one of the program organizers what had happened and asked if there were any medical personnel on duty.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She looked shocked and then quickly made a phone call.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>In less than three minutes, the security guard who had let me into the building earlier arrived with his little black bag since <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">he was a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Off we went to the first aid room - Joe the EMT, the program organizer<span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"> and</span> <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">me, limping along, and I got the grand tour along the way, because of course, the first aid room was on the other side of the building</span>. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">I kept saying, "This is going to make a great story! I am <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">so</i> going to use this story!" <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">It's what a trainer or speaker calls</span> <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">a "teachable moment," when something happens that you can't ignore and you use it to make a point.</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>(It's what normal people call a "Murphy's Law moment" and an improv comedian calls a perfect opportunity!)<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">Joe gathered my medical history and checked to ensure that my breathing, blood pressure and heart rate were all normal.&nbsp; After administering topical cream, antihistamines and an ice pack, he concluded that I showed no signs of a severe allergic reaction <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">and that I could go ahead with the program as planned.</span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">So, at 1 p.m., I went on as scheduled, with only some soreness and mild swelling. I<span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;"> led the participants through a series of improv exercises that helped them get comfortable thinking on their feet, which is a crucial part of their jobs.&nbsp; </span>Of course, I shared the wasp story with them, showed off my ice pack&nbsp;and made the connection to "Thinking on Your Toes." <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">The next day, one of the organizers emailed me: "Your presentation was filled with interactive fun and useful information. The activities you planned encouraged us to go beyond our comfort zones and, as made obvious by the laughter that filled the room, your games were engaging and thoroughly enjoyed." Then she added, "My, what extent you go through to give examples of 'thinking on your toes'!"&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">What is the moral of the story? <span style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">Despite your best plans and preparations for a presentation or anything else, sometimes things just happen that are outside your control.</span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Then you have to think on your feet, rely on your experience and your skills and ask for help when needed.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Be confident and trust that you will say and&nbsp;do the "right" thing - and the "right" thing is defined as the best that you can do in that moment, given those circumstances.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;">So the next time the unexpected happens and you have to think on your feet, be confident that you can handle it</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;">- just watch out for the wasp! <o:p></o:p></span></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/JQLWSlyjUEk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business presentation communication skills confidence impromptu speaking improv speaker Gilda Bonanno Gilda to Speak at New England Federation of Humane Societies Conference http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/03/gilda-to-speak-at-new-england.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:a4f253f5-a815-d9f3-fb27-f1f93e4caa07 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 01:30:29 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I'm excited to be presenting the following 2 sessions at the 2018 New England Federation of Humane Societies Conference in Nashua, NH April 7-9:</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WNZaDbqjYJQ/WrMHvYX6mvI/AAAAAAAACIE/Pj7pTbvxgGoI8hgB1gtCKYQsxIWXBa6AgCLcBGAs/s1600/New%2BEngland%2BFed%2Bof%2BHumane%2BSocieties%2Blogo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="209" data-original-width="655" height="102" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WNZaDbqjYJQ/WrMHvYX6mvI/AAAAAAAACIE/Pj7pTbvxgGoI8hgB1gtCKYQsxIWXBa6AgCLcBGAs/s320/New%2BEngland%2BFed%2Bof%2BHumane%2BSocieties%2Blogo.jpg" width="320" /></a></span></div><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Management by Walking Around, Part 1, AKA Please Don’t “Prowl, Growl and Scowl”</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Management by walking around (MBWA) is a common management practice that can be very helpful in managing and engaging employees, setting a good example, and staying in touch with what’s really happening with employees. The session will cover:</span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div><ul><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Why great managers use MBWA</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Common MBWA pitfalls to avoid</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Making sure your non-verbal communication (body language) supports your message</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">How to make MBWA part of your regular routine</span></li></ul><br /><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Management by Walking Around, Part 2, AKA Please Don’t “Prowl, Growl and Scowl”</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you missed part one, you’ll still gain benefit from attending this session, which will focus on:</span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"></div><ul><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Asking open-ended questions to get information and feedback</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Active listening</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Demonstrating authentic leadership presence</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Overcoming challenges</span></li></ul><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">For more information or to register, please visit <a href="https://www.newenglandfed.org/2018-conference/">https://www.newenglandfed.org/2018-conference/</a></span></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/OLp74hi473s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> conference Management By Walking Around MBWA New England Federation of Humane Societies SAWA speaker Gilda Bonanno 2 Foolproof Ways to Ruin Employee Engagement and Cause Turnover http://www.wallyhauck.com/2-foolproof-ways-to-ruin-employee-engagement-and-cause-turnover/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:5b66a8ea-ddca-c5ea-8436-897daadf1f51 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 22:10:39 +0000 Can we agree leaders bear most of the responsibility for employee engagement and turnover? Gallup research tells us that managers are at least 70% of the reason why employees are disengaged. (Adkins, 2015)  Employees eventually leave because they are disengaged and, according to Gallup, 70% of the time the relationship between the employee and his/her manager [&#8230;] <p>Can we agree leaders bear most of the responsibility for employee engagement and turnover? Gallup research tells us that managers are at least 70% of the reason why employees are disengaged. (Adkins, 2015)  Employees eventually leave because they are disengaged and, according to Gallup, 70% of the time the relationship between the employee and his/her manager is not optimal.  Employees expect that relationship to be optimal and when it is not it leads to disengagement.</p> <p>If we can all agree the root cause of most disengagement and turnover is a poor-quality relationship with the direct manager, what is the manager doing or not doing to cause the poor-quality relationship?  If we knew this, we could help managers take immediate action to correct it.  &#8230;<a href="https://c-suitenetwork.com/advisors/2-foolproof-ways-to-ruin-employee-engagement-and-cause-turnover/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Wayne Dyer on Contemplation http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/03/wayne-dyer-on-contemplation.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:6ab8b0bd-5dbc-d790-e347-6862d96e8e34 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 17:52:09 +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/-ltWvN9kpZuM/WrKbvOtagRI/AAAAAAAACH0/3oR5WAMoM2E2UJUjEOx1p2F2r0A3NOrlACLcBGAs/s1600/Wayne%2BDyer%2BContemplation%2Bquote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="640" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ltWvN9kpZuM/WrKbvOtagRI/AAAAAAAACH0/3oR5WAMoM2E2UJUjEOx1p2F2r0A3NOrlACLcBGAs/s400/Wayne%2BDyer%2BContemplation%2Bquote.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/gHaHUt7o3gg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> quotes Wayne Dyer Gilda Bonanno Gilda is a great communicator with excellent content http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/03/gilda-is-great-communicator-with.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:86e72ac3-a9c8-ec9d-8797-2b18bbf9b3d6 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:09:00 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div style="color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12.0pt; margin: 0in;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0TI5EViynbI/WrBDHyOgx6I/AAAAAAAACHY/q8CNsWXuRUE_grOonpG2CNkZE_pZUrNUACLcBGAs/s1600/Jean%2BMann.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="200" data-original-width="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0TI5EViynbI/WrBDHyOgx6I/AAAAAAAACHY/q8CNsWXuRUE_grOonpG2CNkZE_pZUrNUACLcBGAs/s1600/Jean%2BMann.jpg" style="cursor: move;" /></a><span style="font-size: 11pt;">"Gilda Bonanno’s webinar on</span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-style: italic;">&nbsp;Executive Presence for Leaders: Communicating with Confidence, Competence and Composure </span><span style="font-size: 11pt;">for the Manhattanville School of Business' Women’s Leadership Institute was truly invaluable. Gilda herself is an example of a great communicator. Her webinar had excellent content and the presentation was organized and enjoyable. I would highly recommend Gilda for any communication training."</span></div><div style="color: black; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">-Jean Mann,&nbsp;Director of Marketing and Enrollment Services, Manhattanville College School of Business</span></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/fwDGj72l5D4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> communication skills confidence executive presence leadership Manhattanville self-confidence webinar Women's Leadership Institute Gilda Bonanno NSA-CT Book More Business With Lois Creamer 4/12 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/03/nsa-ct-book-more-business-with-lois.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:df759fd7-f436-c5cb-c731-bf91d807807d Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:54:00 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h2 style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: #222222; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: 1.1em; margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">The CT chapter of the National Speakers Association proudly presents its April 12 meeting:</span></h2><h2 style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: #222222; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: 1.1em; margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OM9zt0hL8Ow/WrBAvZu6b9I/AAAAAAAACHM/OajWjeQ2N7Yd8pwT_Fz6jEPpwaSfZGUbACLcBGAs/s1600/Lois%2BCreamer.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="386" data-original-width="386" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OM9zt0hL8Ow/WrBAvZu6b9I/AAAAAAAACHM/OajWjeQ2N7Yd8pwT_Fz6jEPpwaSfZGUbACLcBGAs/s320/Lois%2BCreamer.jpg" width="320" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Book More Business: MAKE MONEY SPEAKING - with Lois Creamer</span></h2><ul style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: inherit; list-style-image: initial; list-style-position: inside; margin: 0px 0px 20px 7px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Create your own positioning statement (concept and outcome statement) for their business</span></li><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Learn the value of leveraging and targeting to grow their businesses more productively</span></li><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">“After Care” : hat it is and how it can create more meaningful relationships with correct clients</span></li></ul><div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>About Lois Creamer</b></span></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">Lois Creamer is a recognized expert working with speakers who want to book more business, make more money and fully monetize their intellectual property. She is a veteran in the speaking industry, having started her company, Book More Business, in 1998. Lois is a proud member of the National Speakers Association, and a frequent presenter at their national meetings and chapters.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">Notable clients include&nbsp;</span><i style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333;">Chicken Soup</i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">’s Jack Canfield; bestselling author of&nbsp;</span><i style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333;">The Sales Bible</i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333;">, Jeffrey Gitomer; and presentation guru Patricia Fripp. Lois has advised Hall of Fame speakers and other speaking superstars, like Jeffrey Hayzlett, Karyn Buxman, Kathleen Passanisi, Roger Crawford, LeAnn Theiman, Bill Cates, Marjorie Brody, and Cy Wakeman, as well as those earlier in their careers. One of the things Lois has valued most in her 20 years in the speaking industry has been the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting people in the world -- from a notorious gang member (now reformed and wildly successful) to a former general who was head of NATO. Lois also developed sales programs for corporations and associations under the banner&nbsp;</span><i style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333;">Fast Forward Selling.</i></span></div><div style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.85em; margin-top: 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.85em; margin-top: 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>April 12, 2018, 6:30-8:30</b></span></div><div style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.85em; margin-top: 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Best Western Hotel, 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT</span></div><div style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.85em; margin-top: 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">For more informationlo or to register, <a href="https://www.blogger.com/visit%20http://nsact.org/product/april-2018-meeting-lois-creamer/" target="_blank">visit&nbsp;http://nsact.org/product/april-2018-meeting-lois-creamer/</a></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/v_pNO3-r8dY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Global Speakers Foundation Keynote speaker Lois Creamer meeting motivational speaker National Speakers Association NSA NSA-CT speaker Gilda Bonanno You're Invited to Explore My New Website! http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/03/youre-invited-to-explore-my-new-website.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:37b7575a-54ce-6bf3-3a4d-e5242f673169 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:30:19 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333px;"><div align="left" class="x_GreetingText" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #005295;">I'm excited to announce that my new website is live at </span><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/"><span style="color: blue;">www.gildabonanno.com</span></a> </span><span style="color: #005295; font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt;">! I have redesigned it to make it easier for you to navigate, incorporated a modern design and reorganized all the resources I have created to help accelerate your development.&nbsp; Please take a moment to check it out and send me your feedback.&nbsp;</span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333px;"><span style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt;"><div align="center" style="font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><img border="0" data-imagetype="External" height="174" hspace="5" name="x_ACCOUNT.IMAGE.150" src="https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/96b98aa7001/65873c98-bb06-4099-b97b-935b16ab8b3b.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333px;" vspace="5" width="290" /></span></div><div style="font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><strong>Check out these features:<span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></strong></div><div style="font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Mobile-friendly:&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">You can now access the website from any tablet or mobile device (in addition to your desktop and laptop) and it should give you a user-friendly experience.</span></div></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt;"><div style="direction: ltr;"><div style="direction: ltr; margin-left: 0in; margin-top: 0in; width: 6.6944in;"><div style="direction: ltr; margin-left: 0in; margin-top: 0in; width: 6.6944in;"><div align="center" style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold;">Articles</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">: On the<a href="https://www.gildabonanno.com/articles" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="https://www.gildabonanno.com/articles" target="_blank"><span style="color: blue;">Articles page</span></a></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: blue;">&nbsp;</span>(found under the Resources tab), you'll find more than 125 articles I've writen, sorted by topic, from Presentation Skills and Networking to Management Success and Brainstorming.</span></div><div align="center" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div align="center"><img border="0" data-imagetype="External" height="370" hspace="5" name="x_ACCOUNT.IMAGE.152" src="https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/96b98aa7001/9bd3e938-dedf-4f96-b790-222b1f381f51.jpg" vspace="5" width="371" />&nbsp;</div><div align="center" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div align="left"><span style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold;">Featured Articles:&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt;">On the <a href="https://www.gildabonanno.com/featured-blog" target="_blank"><span style="color: blue;">Featured Articles page</span></a>,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt;">you'll find my most popular articles, including&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic;">6 Tips for Introducing Yourself at the Start of Your Presentation, Cut Out Your Filler Words</span><span style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic;">Management By Walking Around</span></div><div style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Videos:</span>&nbsp;On the&nbsp;<u><a alt="https://www.gildabonanno.com/presentation-skill-coaching-videos" href="https://www.gildabonanno.com/presentation-skill-coaching-videos" rel="noopener noreferrer" shape="rect" style="color: #0000ee;" target="_blank">Videos page</a></u>&nbsp;(found under the Resources tab), you'll find more than 25 videos where you can see me in action providing solid practical advice. It includes&nbsp;<span style="font-style: italic;">How Will You Spend Your 28,000 Days</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;(my first video - about the experience that launched my career) and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-style: italic;">How to Introduce Yourself Quickly</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;(my most popular video - that propelled my YouTube channel to more than 1.2 million views)</span></div><div style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><div style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-imagetype="External" height="400" hspace="5" name="x_ACCOUNT.IMAGE.153" src="https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/96b98aa7001/cc5f3f8e-5bdc-400e-b0f9-a250ae0d178e.jpg" vspace="5" width="448" /></div></span></div><div style="color: blue; font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;">&nbsp;</div><div style="color: blue; font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Discover how I can work with your company</span></div><div style="color: blue; font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt;">Another major goal of my new website is to give you the information you need when you're considering me to make a presentation to your business group or company, or you want to bring me onboard to help you push your business forward in today's challenging competitive environment.</span></div><div style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;">Point your browser to my&nbsp;<a alt="https://www.gildabonanno.com/keynote-speaker-connecticut" href="https://www.gildabonanno.com/keynote-speaker-connecticut" rel="noopener noreferrer" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank">Speaking Page</a>&nbsp;(under the Services tab)<span style="color: #0070c0;">,&nbsp;</span>where you'll learn about my approach to providing valuable content for conferences and company events. 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-- I appreciate your feedback and your sharing the website with your colleagues.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: Arial, serif, EmojiFont; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div></div></div></div></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/QFnKDv2dfCk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> communication skills executive presence Keynote speaker leadership motivational speaker presentation skills speaker Training Gilda Bonanno ATD 3/19 Meeting: Learning & Technology http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/03/atd-319-meeting-learning-technology.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:203937ce-95c4-232d-d7b4-0ad68de03d0e Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:01:04 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><div align="center" style="color: red; margin-top: 0in; text-align: center;"><div align="center"><div align="center" style="color: red;"><div style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center"><div align="center" style="color: #001a81;"><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><div align="center" style="color: #323232; 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font-size: 12.8px;"><strong style="color: #ff6600; font-family: Verdana, &quot; sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 24px;"><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_175202995" style="border-bottom: 1px dashed rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">CT Chapter Meeting</span></span></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="color: #ff6600; font-family: Verdana, &quot; sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 24px;"><strong><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_175202995" style="border-bottom: 1px dashed rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday, March 19th, 2018</span></span></strong></span></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><br /></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><strong><span style="font-size: large;">A Look Ahead:&nbsp; The Now and the&nbsp;</span></strong></span><strong style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><span style="font-size: large;">Next of Learning and Technology</span></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><strong><span style="font-size: large;">with Guest Speaker David Kelly,&nbsp;</span></strong></span><strong style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><span style="font-size: large;">EVP and Executive Director,&nbsp;</span></strong><strong style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><span style="font-size: large;">The eLearning Guild</span></strong></div><span style="font-size: 16pt;"><img border="0" class="m_3656516688586489700cc-image-resize CToWUd" height="129" hspace="5" name="m_3656516688586489700_ACCOUNT.IMAGE.252" src="https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/Aq6vOjarJcGLmehHDQEcJ5prclMHX7jvJ0gWVuS1V6br7BbbVE4k_g4j5C3LB2wG-GBAZPH93Ev5JPKErpYYgiguJIFE7b6_bWxjbE2grj2nrBUJhNHpj6NuYusOZHiKdIPi7RARsCgnr00=s0-d-e1-ft#http://files.constantcontact.com/015cfd09001/8bcada47-94be-42a6-8f4a-c974bb69e65f.jpg" vspace="5" width="129" /></span></div></div></div></div></span></div></span></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></span></div><span style="background-color: #d6dce4; color: #4c4c4c; font-family: Tahoma, &quot; sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 21px; text-align: -webkit-center;"></span><span style="background-color: #d6dce4; color: #323232; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; text-align: -webkit-center;"></span><br /><div style="background-color: #d6dce4; text-align: -webkit-center;"><div align="center"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center"><div align="center"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center"><div align="center"><div align="center"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center"><div align="center"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center"><div align="center" style="color: #4c4c4c; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 20pt; font-weight: bold;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><strong style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">Note:&nbsp; New Start Time!</strong></div></div><div align="center" style="color: #4c4c4c; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 20pt; font-weight: bold;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><strong style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_175202996" style="border-bottom: 1px dashed rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">5:30PM - 8:00PM</span></span>&nbsp;- Norwalk Inn, Norwalk, CT</strong></div></div><div align="center"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">Technology continues to advance rapidly, changing how we live and interact with the world around us. Today's learning professionals face the challenge of staying ahead of this curve and tracking the technologies that are shaping the future of organizational learning, while simultaneously recognizing technologies that may be more of a passing fad.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">In this session, you will explore the changing face of the learning technology landscape. You will discuss the various technologies that have shifted the landscape of organizational learning. You will examine the common characteristics of these shifts so that you are better equipped to recognize which emerging technologies have the potential to disrupt organizational learning, as opposed to those that are just hype. You will leave this session better prepared to stay ahead of the evolving technology curve.</span>&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">In this session, you will learn:</span></div><ul style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><li style="margin-left: 15px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 9px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">How technology can disrupt organizational learning.</span></li><li style="margin-left: 15px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 9px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">Which technologies are shaping the future.</span></li><li style="margin-left: 15px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 9px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">The common characteristics shared by disruptive technologies.</span></li><li style="margin-left: 15px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-size: 9px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">Tips for staying ahead of the technology curve.</span></li></ul><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">Attend this thought-provoking meeting to keep up-to-date on technology affecting your profession!</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><strong>About the speaker:</strong></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><strong>David Kelly</strong></span>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">is the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of The eLearning Guild, a member-driven community and resource provider&nbsp;for eLearning professionals. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for more than 15 years. This includes being Senior Vice President at New York Community Bancorp and Vice President roles at Carver Federal Savings Bank.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community and can frequently be found speaking at industry events. He has contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;">David is also known for his curation efforts, especially related to conferences and events for learning and performance professionals.&nbsp; He holds a BA in Management, Communications, and Education from New England College of Business and Finance.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, &quot; sans-serif&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; text-align: justify;"><div style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;"><strong>Date: &nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_175202999" style="border-bottom: 1px dashed rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday, March 19th, 2018</span></span></strong></span></div><div style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; font-weight: 400; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt;"><strong>Time:&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_175203000" style="border-bottom: 1px dashed rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">5:30 PM</span></span>&nbsp;Networking/Registration;&nbsp;6:<wbr></wbr>15 PM&nbsp;Dinner and Program</strong></span></div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; font-weight: 400;"><strong>For more info or to register, visit&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="background-color: #d6dce4; font-size: 14px;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div align="center" style="display: inline !important;"><div style="background-color: white; display: inline !important; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><b><a href="https://atdscc.org/event-2841457">https://atdscc.org/event-2841457</a></b></span></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></span></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/AJ3anVrXP88" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> ASTD ASTD-SCC atd elearning Entrepreneurial Women's Network Learning meeting Norwalk technology Training Gilda Bonanno Why Don’t Performance Reviews Work at Home? http://www.wallyhauck.com/why-dont-performance-reviews-work-at-home/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:b2ba0cff-df8f-8e36-c7a7-433d1c136ce7 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:46:36 +0000 On St. Valentine’s Day this year there was a funny little piece on the opinion page.  A wife giving a performance review for her husband.  He was labeled a “potential optimal husband”.  He was not quite there yet.  She explained the development opportunities for him, acknowledged his accomplishments as a husband for the past 20 [&#8230;] <p>On St. Valentine’s Day this year there was a funny little piece on the opinion page.  A wife giving a performance review for her husband.  He was labeled a “potential optimal husband”.  He was not quite there yet.  She explained the development opportunities for him, acknowledged his accomplishments as a husband for the past 20 years, and made recommendations for development. (Brody, 2018)</p> <p>It was funny because it was tongue in cheek.  More importantly, it was funny because it is highly unlikely we would ever attempt to have a performance discussion at home with our spouse or partner.  In my experience, I can’t think of any situation where I would be willing to receive that kind of feedback. I can’t imagine my partner would either.  Am I wrong? &#8230;<a href="http://c-suitenetworkadvisors.com/dont-performance-reviews-work-home/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Gilda's speech tied the entire day together http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/02/gildas-speech-tied-entire-day-together.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:18879545-8d01-bf07-0f97-4d5f61516959 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:59:00 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">"On behalf of TPS Group and our entire staff, I want to thank you for your presentation of “How will you spend your 28,000 days.” <b>As the final speaker on an all-day agenda, your uncanny ability to tie the entire day together and inspire our staff to recommit to their lives, their careers and themselves was incredible.</b> We are very excited to continue working with you in many capacities to enhance TPS Group and its staff."</span></div><div style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">-Michele Henry, Vice President, Operations,&nbsp; TPS - The Pension Service, Inc</span><span style="font-family: Calibri;">.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/contactus.aspx" target="_blank">Contact Gilda</a> to have her speak at your event, conference or meeting</span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/5OHeRN0X3jU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> keynote Keynote speaker motivational speaker presentation skills public speaking tsunami Gilda Bonanno 3 Tips for How to Use Your Voice Effectively When Presenting http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/02/3-tips-for-how-to-use-your-voice.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:7bbb0afe-65cb-5c46-6192-6ca8c0454c8e Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:00:32 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background: white;"><span style="background-color: transparent;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">When you’re presenting, the words you say are important – and so is your voice. Your voice (and all your body language) should match your words, help you convey confidence and content to the audience and engage their attention. Here are 3 tips for effectively using your voice when presenting</span></span></div><div style="background: white;"><span style="background-color: transparent;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Speak loudly enough to be heard&nbsp;</span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 115%;">How loud depends on the environment.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>If you're in-person and it's a large room, you might need to use a microphone. Learn how to use it well and a microphone will allow you to speak naturally so the people in the back of the room can hear you easily.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Your voice really matters when presenting over the phone<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Your voice is particularly important if you're doing a teleconference or a webinar where people can't see you. They have no other body language to see or hear, other than your voice, <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">If you’re on a phone, you probably need to speak a little louder than you would normally, especially if it's a speaker phone that's a foot away from you on the desk, or if you're talking on a cell phone, where the connection might not be great.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HmjAPoU-wFo/Wo4z2FT-JQI/AAAAAAAACFY/Eg7HB7qtXesh1m0iB2K676_sDFLuG1hVwCLcBGAs/s1600/Purchased%2BQuestion%2BMarks%2BiStock_000000994557Small.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><img border="0" data-original-height="848" data-original-width="566" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HmjAPoU-wFo/Wo4z2FT-JQI/AAAAAAAACFY/Eg7HB7qtXesh1m0iB2K676_sDFLuG1hVwCLcBGAs/s200/Purchased%2BQuestion%2BMarks%2BiStock_000000994557Small.jpg" width="133" /></span></a><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Also over the phone, you need more energy than when presenting in person. Stand up, use a wireless headset so you can walk around or keep a mirror on your desk so you can see if you’re smiling. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Avoid “uptalk”<o:p></o:p></span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">“Uptalk” is when you end every sentence with a question mark so everything sounds like a question. For example, you might say, "My name is Gilda? [voice goes up in scale] and my idea about the project is this?" <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Instead of using declarative sentence ending in a period, you end every sentence with a question mark and it makes you sound like you're not sure of anything.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">I had a coaching client who had this issue.&nbsp; I had never met her in person, but I listened in on one of her teleconferences where she was presenting to a key client.&nbsp; She was a very smart woman with a lot of experience, but everything she said sounded like a question &nbsp;- so she sounded unsure about everything.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">At the end of it, I said to her, "Do you realize that you end every sentence with a question mark?" She had no idea until I gave her that feedback.&nbsp; Then we recorded the next teleconference so she could hear for herself.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Once she realized it, we were able to work on it so she could replace each question mark with a period instead.&nbsp; For example, “I have three recommendations?” became “I have three recommendations.” Period.&nbsp; "Here’s what I suggest you do.” Period, or exclamation point, or colon, or comma, or semicolon, or quotation, or anything other than a question mark. Save that question mark for when you're actually asking a question. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Removing up talk will automatically make you sound more serious, smarter, and more confident.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Following these 3 tips will help you communicate your message clearly and confidently while capturing and keeping your audience’s attention. <o:p></o:p></span></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/FPIZu5uXlzM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> body language communication skills microphone non-verbal communication phone presentation presentation skills public speaking teleseminar uptalk voice webinar Gilda Bonanno How to Read a Newsletter or Blog http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2018/02/how-to-read-newsletter-or-blog.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:4c1fa943-58ed-c6dd-c72b-4f34bf022e54 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:31:08 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Io8WhD0kIM0/Wo4vYcw3UrI/AAAAAAAACFM/Bd8LNQ2T3pArZXsCc_-iNf1tNHxZi_3oACLcBGAs/s1600/Purchased%2BTips%2BFotolia_133837501_S.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="566" data-original-width="848" height="133" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Io8WhD0kIM0/Wo4vYcw3UrI/AAAAAAAACFM/Bd8LNQ2T3pArZXsCc_-iNf1tNHxZi_3oACLcBGAs/s200/Purchased%2BTips%2BFotolia_133837501_S.jpg" width="200" /></a><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Yes, you know how to READ the words in a newsletter article or blog.&nbsp; What I'm talking about is the ability to read it so you learn something from it that you can apply to improve your skills or your life.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">These tips apply to any newsletter, blog post or other content.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ol start="1" style="margin-top: 0in;" type="1"><li class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; color: #222222; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in; vertical-align: middle;"><b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Reading takes time<o:p></o:p></span></b></li></ol><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">You may skim or browse the newsletter when it hits your inbox, but then as more email comes in, it gets pushed to the bottom. If you're not going to have the time to read it fully now, put it in a "to read later" folder.&nbsp; Then actually have a time scheduled to go through this folder, when you can focus.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ol start="2" style="margin-top: 0in;" type="1"><li class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; color: #222222; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; vertical-align: middle;"><b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Make the connection<o:p></o:p></span></b></li></ol><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">As you're reading, try to make the connection between the topic and how it relates to something you are doing, have done in the past or will be doing in the future.&nbsp; You might take notes or mark the information that most resonates with you.&nbsp; The more you make the connection, the more the information will stick with you.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ol start="3" style="margin-top: 0in;" type="1"><li class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; color: #222222; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in; vertical-align: middle;"><b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Plan how you will use the information<o:p></o:p></span></b></li></ol><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Think about how you will implement or try out the idea, strategy or tip from the article.&nbsp; For example, if the article covers how to practice a presentation, &nbsp;then how will you&nbsp; apply that to your next presentation? Perhaps you can add a note to one of your slides now to remember it, or write a reminder on a real or virtual sticky note.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><ol start="4" style="margin-top: 0in;" type="1"><li class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; color: #222222; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo4; tab-stops: list .5in; vertical-align: middle;"><b><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Share<o:p></o:p></span></b></li></ol><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">To &nbsp;help you truly master the subject, try explaining and teaching it to someone else. Is there anyone you know who could benefit from reading this article? If so, send it on to them and offer to discuss it.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="background: white; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin-bottom: 0in;"><span style="color: #222222; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">The next time you see this blog post or any newsletter appear in your inbox or social media feed, try out these tips, so you can change it from more than just a quick, nice-to-read article to a valuable part of your learning and skill development.<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/Ak_RHazmj0M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> blog communication communication skills leadership Learning management newsletter success Gilda Bonanno Step Out of Your Comfort Zone http://aboveallelse.org/step-comfort-zone/ Above All Else urn:uuid:33425488-861f-9794-2c37-79b4ab9e81fa Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:06:39 +0000 <p>Successful Entrepreneurs are not only willing to step out of their comfort zone but they seek out opportunities to do things differently to take their business to the next level. Whether it be learning new technology, changing a system you </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/step-comfort-zone/">Step Out of Your Comfort Zone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <p>Successful Entrepreneurs are not only willing to step out of their comfort zone but they seek out opportunities to do things differently to take their business to the next level. Whether it be learning new technology, changing a system you have used successfully for years or trying something completely new, it is about being flexible and confident enough to uncomfortable and move forward.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/step-comfort-zone/">Step Out of Your Comfort Zone</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Women Nancy Butler No One is Good at Everything. Learn What You Are Good at And What You Are Not http://aboveallelse.org/no-one-good-everything-learn-good-not-2/ Above All Else urn:uuid:92692f9c-dda9-0921-138f-2eba325e977c Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:12:00 +0000 <p>Many people spend more of their awake hours at work than anywhere else. Life is too short to not enjoy what you do. As an entrepreneur, you are in a unique position to be able to create the ideal </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/no-one-good-everything-learn-good-not-2/">No One is Good at Everything. Learn What You Are Good at And What You Are Not</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <p>Many people spend more of their awake hours at work than anywhere else. Life is too short to not enjoy what you do. As an entrepreneur, you are in a unique position to be able to create the ideal team. Learn what you enjoy doing and are great at and what you do not enjoy doing and are not good at. When hiring your team learn the same about them when interviewing them. You should not hire a “clone of you” but instead people who are good at and love doing the things that are not your strengths.</p> <p>Step Out of Your Comfort Zone<br /> Successful Entrepreneurs are not only willing to step out of their comfort zone but they seek out opportunities to do things differently to take their business to the next level. Whether it be learning new technology, changing a system you have used successfully for years or trying something completely new, it is about being flexible and confident enough to uncomfortable and move forward. </p> <p>Many business challenges are similar for men and women. See the articles in “Success in Business” category for more helpful information.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/no-one-good-everything-learn-good-not-2/">No One is Good at Everything. Learn What You Are Good at And What You Are Not</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Women Nancy Butler What You Need To Focus On To Be Successful http://aboveallelse.org/need-focus-successful-2/ Above All Else urn:uuid:32742801-f695-2b3a-dd9f-1833ea828f25 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:11:23 +0000 <p>Have a clear vision of what your business will be in the future.<br /> It’s important to have a vison, to know what success is to you and how you will know you have “arrived”. Is success a certain amount of </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/need-focus-successful-2/">What You Need To Focus On To Be Successful</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <p><strong>Have a clear vision of what your business will be in the future.</strong><br /> It’s important to have a vison, to know what success is to you and how you will know you have “arrived”. Is success a certain amount of income? Is it how many people you reach? Is it how much product you sell? Or is it something else? Be clear about your goals. Know them whether they are big or small.</p> <p><strong>Set your goals. What are reasonable goals?</strong><br /> It is not a reasonable goal if it is something that will fall into place on its own with little work on your part. It is not a reasonable goal if there is no reasonable chance that you can attain it. A reasonable goal is one that you have to work hard for, but if you do, you can achieve it.</p> <p><strong>Create great habits.</strong><br /> Successful Entrepreneurs adopt healthy habits now and throughout their life. They embrace change and seek it out. They have the ability to create habits that work for them. What are you doing that isn’t working? You don’t need to tackle everything at once. You only need to continually make steps in the right direction. What is one habit if you changed it today, would have a great impact on the success of your business? Grab it and work on it now. Set a time line for the outcome you need and when you will have it completed. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/need-focus-successful-2/">What You Need To Focus On To Be Successful</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Women Nancy Butler Resources for Women Entrepreneurs http://aboveallelse.org/resources-women-entrepreneurs/ Above All Else urn:uuid:619b34aa-fc52-7f84-7790-1fa8b124ab99 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:10:08 +0000 <p>The Small Business Administration, Office of Women&#8217;s Business Ownership<br /> The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/resources-women-entrepreneurs/">Resources for Women Entrepreneurs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Small Business Administration, Office of Women&#8217;s Business Ownership</strong><br /> The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo">https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo</a></p> <p><strong>The SCORE Association</strong> &#8220;Counselors to America’s Small Business&#8221; is a nonprofit association comprised of 13,000+ volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories.<br /> <a href="https://www.score.org/">https://www.score.org/</a></p> <p><strong>National Association of Women Business Owners.</strong> Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 9 million women-owned businesses in the United States.<br /> <a href="https://www.nawbo.org/">https://www.nawbo.org/</a></p> <p><strong>Women&#8217;s Business Development Center.</strong> Founded in 1986, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) provides services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy by creating jobs, fueling economic growth, and building strong communities.<br /> <a href="https://www.wbdc.org/">https://www.wbdc.org/</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/resources-women-entrepreneurs/">Resources for Women Entrepreneurs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Women Nancy Butler A Perfect and Inexpensive Gift That is Especially Good for Someone That Seems to Have Everything http://aboveallelse.org/perfect-inexpensive-gift-especially-good-someone-seems-everything/ Above All Else urn:uuid:0b01efc2-e00d-3a58-e2e2-0d3bf76e6c77 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:08:00 +0000 <p>I bought some fancy paper and cut it into 4” x 1” strips. I sent 6 strips in an envelope to each family and friend along with a note explaining what to do. They were to write a memory they </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/perfect-inexpensive-gift-especially-good-someone-seems-everything/">A Perfect and Inexpensive Gift That is Especially Good for Someone That Seems to Have Everything</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <p>I bought some fancy paper and cut it into 4” x 1” strips. I sent 6 strips in an envelope to each family and friend along with a note explaining what to do. They were to write a memory they have of my mother (one per strip), sign and then return all slips to me by the stated deadline. I had a gold plate made up stating “Our Memories Of You” for a mahogany box I purchased. I then folded each strip and put them in the box, wrapped it and gave it to her as her birthday gift. There were over 100 memories in the box! She cried with joy when she read each one and keeps the box on her coffee table for all to see and for her to re-read whenever she “needs a smile”.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/perfect-inexpensive-gift-especially-good-someone-seems-everything/">A Perfect and Inexpensive Gift That is Especially Good for Someone That Seems to Have Everything</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Home and Family Seniors Nancy Butler Low Cost or Free Family Entertainment, Especially Helpful During a Difficult Economy http://aboveallelse.org/low-cost-free-family-entertainment-especially-helpful-difficult-economy/ Above All Else urn:uuid:906ec796-2c9a-d901-ca78-a54b878d0449 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:02:41 +0000 <p>With the difficult economy many face today, below are suggestions for inexpensive family activities.</p> <p>Volunteer as a family for a charity that you believe in, i.e. soup kitchen, women’s shelter, etc. It gives the whole family a way you can </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/low-cost-free-family-entertainment-especially-helpful-difficult-economy/">Low Cost or Free Family Entertainment, Especially Helpful During a Difficult Economy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <p><strong>With the difficult economy many face today, below are suggestions for inexpensive family activities.</strong></p> <ul> <li>Volunteer as a family for a charity that you believe in, i.e. soup kitchen, women’s shelter, etc. It gives the whole family a way you can share the experience while not spending any money and at the same time you can feel great about helping others.</li> <li>A day at the park – fly a kite, ride a bike, etc.</li> <li>Use the library to borrow books and movies</li> <li>Go on a picnic instead of eating at a restaurant</li> <li>A day at a public beach and bring lunch</li> <li>Playground – there are many great free public playscapes for children</li> <li>Let the children have a sleep over for friends</li> <li>Take a hike together</li> <li>Board games, card games</li> <li>Do crafts together – there are many at low cost</li> <li>See plays for free by volunteering as an usher.  Many theaters will let you see the show if you help with the paying patrons.</li> </ul> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/low-cost-free-family-entertainment-especially-helpful-difficult-economy/">Low Cost or Free Family Entertainment, Especially Helpful During a Difficult Economy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Home and Family Money Management and Insurance Nancy Butler It’s All About Attitude http://aboveallelse.org/its-all-about-attitude-2/ Above All Else urn:uuid:29210a1e-543f-603f-55a6-b6852e4bc2d4 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:52:51 +0000 <p>Many very successful people today were “knocked down” time and time again. They may have lost their business to fire or flood, claimed bankruptcy or had other major setbacks.<br /> No matter how many times we “get knocked down”, the key </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/its-all-about-attitude-2/">It’s All About Attitude</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <p>Many very successful people today were “knocked down” time and time again. They may have lost their business to fire or flood, claimed bankruptcy or had other major setbacks.</p> <p>No matter how many times we “get knocked down”, the key to getting back up and thriving is our attitude. We are the only ones that control how adversity affects us. Will you allow adversity to keep you down or use it to make you stronger?</p> <p>Learn from adversity and use it to grow and make you even stronger going forward. You can take control of your future if you have the right attitude. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/its-all-about-attitude-2/">It’s All About Attitude</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Adversity Nancy Butler Creative Job Search Techniques http://aboveallelse.org/creative-job-search-techniques/ Above All Else urn:uuid:54741aeb-5222-23f2-f940-a216e9380b66 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:51:05 +0000 <p>Many years ago when needing to find a job after having just moved 70 miles to a new location, I came up with a great way to contact decision makers and market my services.<br /> Having left a job in real </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/creative-job-search-techniques/">Creative Job Search Techniques</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <p>Many years ago when needing to find a job after having just moved 70 miles to a new location, I came up with a great way to contact decision makers and market my services.</p> <p>Having left a job in real estate property management, I went to the local phone book and looked up all of the apartment complexes in the area. I then took that list with me to the town hall where the property was located and looked up each property on the town land records. Since this is public information it was easy to obtain. I looked up the owner’s name and contact information and then contacted each owner directly by sending a cover letter with my bio via traditional mail. This enabled me to “go right to the source” and bypass the secretary or other staff person which would have made contact more difficult. I received several calls back stating they really appreciated my ingenuity in how I contacted them. I am sure there are many other jobs that this type of research could also be helpful to.</p> <p>P.S. Yes, I did get the job!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/creative-job-search-techniques/">Creative Job Search Techniques</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Other Students Nancy Butler BUILD TO CRUMBLE http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=519 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:ed350a8f-07e6-9dcf-18b6-ad42d080f640 Sun, 04 Feb 2018 19:12:12 +0000 Here is a beautiful illustration of a human pyramid, and having spent a cold, winter&#8217;s afternoon with my three oldest grandchildren (ages 7, 9 &#38; 11), I had the clever idea that we could build a pyramid. I, of course, was on the bottom, and as I felt their bony knees digging into my back, [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/HUMAN-PYRAMID.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-520"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-520" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/HUMAN-PYRAMID.jpg" alt="HUMAN PYRAMID" width="288" height="240" /></a></p> <p>Here is a beautiful illustration of a human pyramid, and having spent a cold, winter&#8217;s afternoon with my three oldest grandchildren (ages 7, 9 &amp; 11), I had the clever idea that we could build a pyramid. I, of course, was on the bottom, and as I felt their bony knees digging into my back, I held my breath, not wanting to be the one who brought the youngest child crashing down from the top. The parents were out and I had images of rushing one or more of them to the ER for stitches. We did not stand up. This was an on all fours pyramid and a wobbly one at that.</p> <p>We tried different variations&#8211;two of us forming the base, then one, and the smallest again on top. No matter what we did we laughed so hard that the structure shook and collapsed. The dog thought it was a game and licked as many faces as he could reach. There is a certain kind of joy in destruction. I&#8217;m sure that&#8217;s why people like to watch buildings implode.</p> <p>Build to crumble. Make something that can&#8217;t last. Fall down with it. Roll on the floor like a kid. Or a dog. Mess up. I haven&#8217;t had so much fun in ages, and no one was hurt in the making of this memory.</p> <p>(Image courtesy of Adobe Images)</p> Burnout Jean Jean Effective time management can bring you success in business. And lack of it, can break you. http://aboveallelse.org/effective-time-management-can-bring-success-business-lack-can-break/ Above All Else urn:uuid:0ccd8c3d-57a2-3e34-260b-755fd9f6ae0c Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:46:05 +0000 <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 on the business. Scheduling time into every week to step away from </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/effective-time-management-can-bring-success-business-lack-can-break/">Effective time management can bring you success in business. And lack of it, can break you.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <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 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 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>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/effective-time-management-can-bring-success-business-lack-can-break/">Effective time management can bring you success in business. And lack of it, can break you.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Real Estate Nancy Butler Be Present http://aboveallelse.org/be-present/ Above All Else urn:uuid:9bbb7e2e-f1a6-695f-b797-be652213b9e4 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:35:45 +0000 <p>Connectivity is a blessing and a curse. Because it’s easy to quickly check email, call a client or edit a proposal, you may find yourself doing these things on days you’ve designated as time-off or, even worse, on sick days. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/be-present/">Be Present</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> <p>Connectivity is a blessing and a curse. Because it’s easy to quickly check email, call a client or edit a proposal, you may find yourself doing these things on days you’ve designated as time-off or, even worse, on sick days. During your “time off” put the work away. Don’t take it home. If necessary, use Friday as a day to organize the work you will need to address on Monday and leave it at work. If you’ve told people you’re taking time off, honor that commitment to yourself. It will make it easier for others to honor it as well.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org/be-present/">Be Present</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://aboveallelse.org">Above All Else</a>.</p> Balancing Life and Business Nancy Butler WAITING http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=514 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:389dece2-f7ba-2b9e-d543-b623a7e63e4a Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:04:06 +0000 Henry and Rudy waiting by the door, watching the geese in the field. I don&#8217;t  know about you, but I&#8217;m terrible at waiting. I don&#8217;t like to do it, whether stuck behind a car that has suddenly stopped for no reason, or in line at a restaurant. It makes me twitchy. But I recently heard [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_1061-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-516"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-516" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_1061-1-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_1061 (1)" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_1061-1-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_1061-1.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Henry and Rudy waiting by the door, watching the geese in the field.</p> <p>I don&#8217;t  know about you, but I&#8217;m terrible at waiting. I don&#8217;t like to do it, whether stuck behind a car that has suddenly stopped for no reason, or in line at a restaurant. It makes me twitchy. But I recently heard a sermon about emptiness&#8211;really about how we have to tolerate &#8220;no&#8221; before we can get to a &#8220;yes&#8221;, and that helped me look at waiting a little differently. (And by the way, Henry and Rudy are really good at this.)</p> <p>Emptiness is scary. It can make us feel alone, useless, uncertain. But the sermon I heard helped me see it&#8217;s also a creative time&#8211;a time of possibilities. It&#8217;s time when we can reflect, pause, breathe, and let go. It forces us to be present, and like meditation, gives us the gift of the here and now.</p> <p>That&#8217;s my goal for the New Year. To wait, consider, take my time, see what happens.</p> Burnout Jean job search Jean BEAUTY FOR THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=510 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:988e48be-1780-3c14-d17a-b32ecfcd0e79 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:01:49 +0000 My best and oldest friend, Nancy, makes these elegant ikebanas. They are a form of meditation and invite us to contemplation. Wishing all of you a good holiday and some moments of quiet to help you prepare for the New Year. <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_2328.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-511"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-511" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_2328-224x300.jpg" alt="IMG_2328" width="224" height="300" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_2328-224x300.jpg 224w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_2328.jpg 478w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p> <p>My best and oldest friend, Nancy, makes these elegant ikebanas. They are a form of meditation and invite us to contemplation. Wishing all of you a good holiday and some moments of quiet to help you prepare for the New Year.</p> Burnout Jean Jean AFFIRMATION http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=504 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:7fa74cb2-9261-2672-2840-18792e47a310 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:03:30 +0000 That&#8217;s no easy thing, is it? Believing we are enough just as we are. With what we have. Without someone else telling us how wonderful we are. Here&#8217;s what made me think of this. I had an incredible fall. I was asked to speak to diverse groups, from an insurance association to library groups to [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Enough.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-505"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-505" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Enough-300x200.jpg" alt="Enough" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Enough-300x200.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Enough.jpg 360w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>That&#8217;s no easy thing, is it? Believing we are enough just as we are. With what we have. Without someone else telling us how wonderful we are. Here&#8217;s what made me think of this.</p> <p>I had an incredible fall. I was asked to speak to diverse groups, from an insurance association to library groups to assisted living professionals. Topics included stopping burnout, presentation skills, lessons from an unlikely therapy dog, and included a workshop on customer service. Then I got to go back to my college and give a presentation for English Majors:  &#8220;What You Have, Where It Will Take You.&#8221;</p> <p>I was preparing, researching, creating PowerPoint presentations, rehearsing and finally getting myself to the conferences and giving the talks.  It was exciting and exhausting. I was running on super drive. And then, the engagements stopped and my phone was silent, and I told myself that this was good&#8211;that I needed to recover. (In the middle of all this I caught a virus and lost my voice&#8211;just to add to the drama.)</p> <p>But after a few weeks, I was hungry for affirmation. I wanted someone to call me up and ask me to speak. I wanted to fill my calendar. I wanted someone from the outside to do the work I needed to do on the inside. That made me stop. As a flaming extrovert I like noise and excitement and affirmation, but I also know I can&#8217;t depend on it. So in this busy holiday season, in this time when the afternoons are dark by 4PM, when it&#8217;s getting colder, I&#8217;m watching, waiting, seeing what happens if I don&#8217;t need all that busyness.</p> <p>My new dog, Rudy (a puppy nine months old), has the right idea. Stretch out on the couch. Take it easy. Enjoy walks in the brisk air. Pay attention. And he too likes to be told, &#8220;Good dog,&#8221; but I think he knows it even when the house is quiet and all you can hear is the cat snoring.</p> <p>(Top image courtesy of Adobe Images.)</p> <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_1154.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-507"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-507" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_1154-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_1154" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_1154-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_1154.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> Burnout Jean job search Jean