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/ Alisyn Camerota, CNN Co-Anchor, to speak in Stamford Dec 12 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/12/alisyn-camerota-cnn-co-anchor-to-speak.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:af31ed37-a21b-69b2-58c3-a240afba1668 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 15:38:20 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fOTE2u_29bc/WiqxlP5UjpI/AAAAAAAACBE/vrJ5Bh8IxwQo5I1vlmiecUdPOaBdop0wACLcBGAs/s1600/Alisyn%2BCamerota%2Bevent%2B%25282%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="761" data-original-width="466" height="640" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fOTE2u_29bc/WiqxlP5UjpI/AAAAAAAACBE/vrJ5Bh8IxwQo5I1vlmiecUdPOaBdop0wACLcBGAs/s640/Alisyn%2BCamerota%2Bevent%2B%25282%2529.jpg" width="388" /></a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/w2NPYeqFfmY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Alisyn Camerota author book book writing networking NOIAW wbdc women Gilda Bonanno Video - How to Network at Holiday Parties http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/12/video-how-to-network-at-holiday-parties.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:09b6306d-21ad-ad18-1a0c-4a830bdf7dd2 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 02:32:23 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><iframe width="320" height="266" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/j8NdH3Wdrcs/0.jpg" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j8NdH3Wdrcs?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/P6iIDjwGNbk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience business business presentation communication introduction networking schmooze success video Gilda Bonanno 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 Trust Is Essential for the Health of an Organization – Part 3 http://www.wallyhauck.com/trust-is-essential-for-the-health-of-an-organization-part-3/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:efd57da0-c26e-0f31-30c7-df254d5faa3c Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:18:12 +0000 We have seen organizations achieve incredible success with leaders who exhibit questionable behaviors.  There are numerous stories about the petulance of Steve Jobs.  Some days he was ‘good Steve’ and other days ‘bad Steve’.  Steve Jobs was well known for exaggerated emotional outbursts laced with profanity. Yet still, Apple has been amazingly successful and, as [&#8230;] <p>We have seen organizations achieve incredible success with leaders who exhibit questionable behaviors.  There are numerous stories about the petulance of Steve Jobs.  Some days he was ‘good Steve’ and other days ‘bad Steve’.  Steve Jobs was well known for exaggerated emotional outbursts laced with profanity. Yet still, Apple has been amazingly successful and, as of this writing, is the most valuable company in the Fortune 500 (capitalization).</p> <p>How does one explain the valuation when the leader(s) can behave so poorly?  <a href="http://c-suitenetworkadvisors.com/trust-essential-health-organization-part-3/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Gilda is entertaining, inspiring & motivating http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/11/gilda-is-entertaining-inspiring.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:f0e889cf-7720-cbb6-7391-edee6d4374cc Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:45:12 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="margin: 0in;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UViwKUioRpk/WaRl11Y0ZgI/AAAAAAAAB5U/n_qzZjxdfnYpMrHfl0EN99tymZpb0TAKACLcBGAs/s1600/James%2BCantey.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="321" data-original-width="321" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UViwKUioRpk/WaRl11Y0ZgI/AAAAAAAAB5U/n_qzZjxdfnYpMrHfl0EN99tymZpb0TAKACLcBGAs/s200/James%2BCantey.jpg" width="200" /></a><span style="font-family: inherit;">"Just wanted to Thank you for speaking to our management and sales team. You tied in a lot of ideas and made then real and quietly energized our team. One of our team leaders said to me afterwards, <b>"</b></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Gilda is a very dynamic person and her presentation was not just entertaining, it was inspiring and motivating."</b></span></div><div style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">TPS group looks forward to carrying this into the future and we look to working with you and our sales people to refine their presentation skills."</span></div><div style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">-&nbsp;James P. Cantey, ASA,&nbsp;President,&nbsp;TPS Group - The Pension Service, Inc.</span></div><div style="margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin: 0in;">Find out more about Gilda's speaking services here:&nbsp;</div><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/speaking.aspx">http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/speaking.aspx</a><br /><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/B7SHjAylGOs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jim Cantey Keynote speaker management motivational speaker presentation skills public speaking sales Gilda Bonanno Trust is Essential for the Health of an Organization – Part 2 http://www.wallyhauck.com/trust-is-essential-for-the-health-of-an-organization-part-2/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:72ed2cad-ab00-8db7-70f4-a6fb65cbc166 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:46:35 +0000 In a recent blog I promised to expand and clarify how a leader can, and must, predictably manage the variation in trust to produce desired results.  Therefore, the purpose of this 4-part series of blogs is to clarify why trust is so important, define and appreciate a definition for trust, to clarify the most effective [&#8230;] <p>In a recent blog I promised to expand and clarify how a leader can, and must, predictably manage the variation in trust to produce desired results.  Therefore, the purpose of this 4-part series of blogs is to clarify why trust is so important, define and appreciate a definition for trust, to clarify the most effective way to think about trust, and to provide a framework for a predictable method for building and maintaining trust.  It needs to be predictable.</p> <p>Leadership theory is so challenging because it’s paradoxical. We want control, but we don’t want micro-management.  We want freedom to act, but we must avoid chaos.  What is the best way of thinking about the world (about people and problems) that will enable us to manage the variation in trust and deal with the complexity and the paradox?  The answer is ‘systems thinking.’  <a href="http://members.c-suitenetwork.com/blogpost/1615525/290268/Trust-is-Essential-for-the-Health-of-an-Organization--Part-2">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Trust Is Essential for the Health of an Organization – Part 1 http://www.wallyhauck.com/trust-is-essential-for-the-health-of-an-organization-part-1/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:8ac64d07-96f1-0ac0-1326-f3664adab3bc Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:40:41 +0000 The health of an organization is directly dependent upon the level of trust between employees, management and customers.  Results cannot be predicted when the health of an organization is threatened. Therefore, results depend on the level of trust.  Exceptional leaders recognize all this and will work hard to build and maintain trust.  In my experience [&#8230;] <p dir="ltr">The health of an organization is directly dependent upon the level of trust between employees, management and customers.  Results cannot be predicted when the health of an organization is threatened. Therefore, results depend on the level of trust.  Exceptional leaders recognize all this and will work hard to build and maintain trust.  In my experience however, they are often frustrated with their efforts to build trust.  This is often because their theory of trust is incomplete, and therefore their methods of building and maintaining trust are often ineffective or prove to be short lived.</p> <p dir="ltr">More and more CEO’s are becoming convinced that the soft skills of building and maintain trust is at least as important as technical skills for individual and organizational success.  What should be our strategy to build trust?</p> <p><a href="http://c-suitenetworkadvisors.com/trust-essential-health-organization-part-1/">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Women's Business Development Council 20th Anniversary Gala - More Photos http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/11/womens-business-development-council_26.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:74500c3f-7f6a-e61a-58c4-d2f7f60a809a Sun, 26 Nov 2017 19:03:10 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="margin: 0in;">Here are more photos from the&nbsp;Women's Business Development Council's 20th Anniversary Gala celebration at the Greenwich Hyatt on October 20.&nbsp;&nbsp;I was honored to serve as Emcee and Event Producer for the fourth straight year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: calibri; margin: 0in;"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iXI8dGVbY-M/WgNWj1APfYI/AAAAAAAAB_0/Ss1FQcEjle0OlTVIXiObo8W2QSdkZdIswCLcBGAs/s1600/Gilda%2Bon%2Bstage%2B6%2BW32A8030.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iXI8dGVbY-M/WgNWj1APfYI/AAAAAAAAB_0/Ss1FQcEjle0OlTVIXiObo8W2QSdkZdIswCLcBGAs/s320/Gilda%2Bon%2Bstage%2B6%2BW32A8030.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">The beautiful red jacket I'm wearing is courtesy of&nbsp; WBDC Woman With Impact Honoree Dara Lamb, CEO and Designer, DARA LAMB Custom Clothing</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mOmlgokXnkI/WgNW48u37pI/AAAAAAAAB_4/2iRnajB_hiw-vba_-AQyZq4sYRixs3cXgCLcBGAs/s1600/Table%2Bsetting%2BW32A7535.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mOmlgokXnkI/WgNW48u37pI/AAAAAAAAB_4/2iRnajB_hiw-vba_-AQyZq4sYRixs3cXgCLcBGAs/s320/Table%2Bsetting%2BW32A7535.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">The sold-out crowd of over 700 including elected officials, corporate professionals, entrepreneurs and stakeholders who came together to support WBDC in its mission to train and educate women entrepreneurs.&nbsp;</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3HqDc62zheQ/WgNRnh38HXI/AAAAAAAAB_c/mRikct_V_ZECsG7YL7iZ4T9t9moFcZDTwCLcBGAs/s1600/Flavia%2B%2526%2BCamilla%2BW32A7587.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1067" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3HqDc62zheQ/WgNRnh38HXI/AAAAAAAAB_c/mRikct_V_ZECsG7YL7iZ4T9t9moFcZDTwCLcBGAs/s320/Flavia%2B%2526%2BCamilla%2BW32A7587.jpg" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">WBDC Clients Flavia Naslausky and Camilla Gazal, Co-Presidents of Zaniac, were honored with the Deb Ziegler Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gfcD3ejw9Qc/WgNRvoG4fHI/AAAAAAAAB_g/LS5v7qFNbO455tLQrLFpjqf4VrJr3v1NwCLcBGAs/s1600/Congressman%2BHimes%2BW32A8123.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gfcD3ejw9Qc/WgNRvoG4fHI/AAAAAAAAB_g/LS5v7qFNbO455tLQrLFpjqf4VrJr3v1NwCLcBGAs/s320/Congressman%2BHimes%2BW32A8123.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Honorable Jim Himes, U.S. Congressman, offering remarks</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_MPOQfO_6Dc/WgNRys30_EI/AAAAAAAAB_k/e92hZ5RlgbgBKy4ifZPuGzXhU3pNfPv2gCLcBGAs/s1600/W32A7832avivamallerphotography.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_MPOQfO_6Dc/WgNRys30_EI/AAAAAAAAB_k/e92hZ5RlgbgBKy4ifZPuGzXhU3pNfPv2gCLcBGAs/s320/W32A7832avivamallerphotography.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Fran Pastore, WBDC CEO and Founder, with Patricia Russo, Executive Director of the Women's Campaign School at Yale, and one of the first members of the WBDC Board of Directors</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hYqiG1g5uHo/WgNR1_N4IrI/AAAAAAAAB_o/Y0BbhXifxSQIpFuwY4te4EJwL489NV5zACLcBGAs/s1600/W32A8196avivamallerphotography.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hYqiG1g5uHo/WgNR1_N4IrI/AAAAAAAAB_o/Y0BbhXifxSQIpFuwY4te4EJwL489NV5zACLcBGAs/s320/W32A8196avivamallerphotography.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">WBDC Client Neena Perez (Grace Farms Executive Chef and Owner, The Kiddie Kitchen) talks about the importance of the training she received at WBDC</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div style="font-size: 11pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="font-size: 11pt; margin: 0in;">To find out more about WBDC, please visit&nbsp;<a href="https://ctwbdc.org/">https://ctwbdc.org/</a></div><div style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><br /><div style="font-size: 11pt; margin: 0in;">Photos courtesy of Aviva Maller Photography</div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/Z9Q2cb6rs6g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> anniversary carla harris Dara Lamb entrepreneur Fran Pastore Linda McMahon Morgan Stanley Pitney Bowes wbdc women Women's Business Development Council Gilda Bonanno Women's Business Development Council 20th Anniversary Gala - Photos http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/11/womens-business-development-council.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:f4ab9970-6141-f035-d122-30c5b3230411 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:30:07 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EMlJgBphznA/Wf5gn5czW6I/AAAAAAAAB_A/xPrkQNBLAjof5MiOi9NtwtmtGMuYJQ0pACLcBGAs/s1600/Gilda%2Bon%2Bstage%2B3%2BW32A8012.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://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EMlJgBphznA/Wf5gn5czW6I/AAAAAAAAB_A/xPrkQNBLAjof5MiOi9NtwtmtGMuYJQ0pACLcBGAs/s320/Gilda%2Bon%2Bstage%2B3%2BW32A8012.jpg" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The beautiful red jacket is <br />courtesy of DARA LAMB</td></tr></tbody></table>I was honored to serve as Emcee and Event Producer for the Women's Business Development Council's 20th Anniversary Gala celebration at the Greenwich Hyatt on October 20.<br /><br /><div></div><div>The sold-out crowd of over 700 including elected officials, corporate professionals, entrepreneurs and stakeholders who came together to support WBDC in its mission to train and educate women entrepreneurs.&nbsp;</div><div><br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0C0IsmX0SN0/Wf5eshZlPTI/AAAAAAAAB-Y/3UI137pp9so0ICivMbJOiCra-TVizrlzgCLcBGAs/s1600/Fran%252C%2BAdministrator%2B%2526%2BHonorees%2BW32A7913.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0C0IsmX0SN0/Wf5eshZlPTI/AAAAAAAAB-Y/3UI137pp9so0ICivMbJOiCra-TVizrlzgCLcBGAs/s320/Fran%252C%2BAdministrator%2B%2526%2BHonorees%2BW32A7913.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Woman With Impact Honoree Dara Lamb, CEO and Designer, DARA LAMB Custom Clothing<br />Woman With Impact Honoree Abby Kohnstamm, Executive Vice President &amp; Chief Marketing Officer, Pitney Bowes<br />The Honorable Linda McMahon, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration<br />Fran Pastore, WBDC CEO and Founder<br />Woman With Impact Honoree Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley and Chair, National Women's Business Council</span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rxOVkZIWkg0/Wf5gNNCIRwI/AAAAAAAAB-s/8xGAyQE9X-gBplhiNliUFw82bXwBAhyHwCLcBGAs/s1600/Carla%2BHarris%2Bon%2Bstage%2BW32A8400.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rxOVkZIWkg0/Wf5gNNCIRwI/AAAAAAAAB-s/8xGAyQE9X-gBplhiNliUFw82bXwBAhyHwCLcBGAs/s320/Carla%2BHarris%2Bon%2Bstage%2BW32A8400.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Carla Harris wowed the crowd with her wisdom, energy and even singing!</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-G6L7Wy8ybVk/Wf5etjMtfnI/AAAAAAAAB-c/CU5sTjRNs5sqUT-Lg3aqZGBzo1zDTOF_gCLcBGAs/s1600/Gilda%2B%2526%2BAdministrator%2BLinda%2BMcMahon%2B2%2BW32A7962.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-G6L7Wy8ybVk/Wf5etjMtfnI/AAAAAAAAB-c/CU5sTjRNs5sqUT-Lg3aqZGBzo1zDTOF_gCLcBGAs/s320/Gilda%2B%2526%2BAdministrator%2BLinda%2BMcMahon%2B2%2BW32A7962.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">Sharing a light moment with U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z0Lrq68C6Xw/Wf5gWKHgCgI/AAAAAAAAB-0/BSdwH-aSyX4YsKui_lvTYMO65GRLy4tCACLcBGAs/s1600/Senator%2BBlumenathal%2BW32A8224.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z0Lrq68C6Xw/Wf5gWKHgCgI/AAAAAAAAB-0/BSdwH-aSyX4YsKui_lvTYMO65GRLy4tCACLcBGAs/s320/Senator%2BBlumenathal%2BW32A8224.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Honorable Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator, offering remarks</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4UX2RuhXMQo/Wf5jlXknxgI/AAAAAAAAB_M/qGwt4FsX8Dgp9G54j0P6B2ReoSa2B9xSACLcBGAs/s1600/W32A8549avivamallerphotography.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4UX2RuhXMQo/Wf5jlXknxgI/AAAAAAAAB_M/qGwt4FsX8Dgp9G54j0P6B2ReoSa2B9xSACLcBGAs/s320/W32A8549avivamallerphotography.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: small;">A tribute to 20 of WBDC's clients representing 20 years of supporting women-owned businesses.<br />They were surprised by the presentation of a free, round-trip airline ticket for each of them, courtesy of event Impact Sponsor Southwest Airlines!</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br />To find out more about WBDC, please visit&nbsp;<a href="https://ctwbdc.org/">https://ctwbdc.org/</a><br /><br />Photos courtesy of Aviva Maller Photography<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/a2ewbLCJws4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> carla harris Dara Lamb entrepreneur Fran Pastore Greenwich Linda McMahon Morgan Stanley NWBC Pitney Bowes Richard Blumenthal Southwest Airlines wbdc Women's Business Development Council women. emcee Gilda Bonanno STARS AND A CRESCENT MOON http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=500 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:26cc2c46-9ae8-3aee-bd82-34ed92b312f1 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:42:06 +0000 As we approach the holiday season, I thought a little poetry might be a good gift. A way to pause, breathe, slow down. Here are a few lines from Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, translated by Coleman Barks. This is the last stanza of a poem titled &#8220;A Bowl.&#8221; &#8220;The universe and the light [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/stars.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-501"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-501" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/stars-300x160.jpg" alt="stars" width="300" height="160" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/stars-300x160.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/stars.jpg 451w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>As we approach the holiday season, I thought a little poetry might be a good gift. A way to pause, breathe, slow down. Here are a few lines from Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, translated by Coleman Barks. This is the last stanza of a poem titled &#8220;A Bowl.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;The universe and the light of the stars come through me.</p> <p>I am the crescent moon put up</p> <p>over the gate to the festival.&#8221;</p> <p>(Image courtesy of Adobe images)</p> Burnout Jean Jean Nature-Inspired Signs to Give When Presenting http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/11/nature-inspired-signs-to-give-when.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:6be895e3-01a6-17f9-ad07-5d5267fea58f Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:30:57 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Here in the northeastern part of the United States, autumn has arrived and winter is not too far behind.&nbsp; How do I know?&nbsp; The leaves have turned from green to gold and red, there is frost on the grass in the morning and the days are getting shorter. Nature gives clues that signal the end of one season and the coming of the next.&nbsp; These signs tell me what to expect and they help me get ready to rake the leaves, pull out my winter coat and set the clocks back.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eLukeFg_hdE/Wf5aNDovezI/AAAAAAAAB-A/-BNXt6I-fa89Oyl1Lc9BGRQB2wHiPsuzwCLcBGAs/s1600/leaves%2B3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="902" data-original-width="774" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eLukeFg_hdE/Wf5aNDovezI/AAAAAAAAB-A/-BNXt6I-fa89Oyl1Lc9BGRQB2wHiPsuzwCLcBGAs/s200/leaves%2B3.jpg" width="171" /></a></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">When you present, you can be like Nature – and give your audience signs as to what's coming next.&nbsp; When you set your audience's expectations, it allows them to follow your message more easily.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Introduction<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">In your introduction, share your message – what is the point of what you're going to say and why is it important to them? If you're clear about you want them to get out of your presentation, it's easier for them to focus on hearing that message.<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">It may help to remind the audience how long you will speak.&nbsp; For example, you can say, "in the next 10 minutes, I will share…" or " as we work together over the next hour…"&nbsp; That clue helps them to calibrate their time, especially if there is a full schedule of presenters. <o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Be clear in your organization.&nbsp; Try to group your material into a few sections to make it easier to follow.&nbsp; For example, tell the audience if you're going to cover three case studies or four reasons or five steps.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Transitions <o:p></o:p></span></b></div><ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Make it clear how one section of your presentation is related to the next.&nbsp; Give the audience clues: are you continuing in the same theme, presenting the opposite point of view, focusing on a different company or talking about a different time period? <o:p></o:p></span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">The End is Near<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Give the audience a sign that you're nearing your conclusion.&nbsp; For example, "the third and final reason you should consider Jimmy's Jammies for all your pajama needs is… " or "the last story that I'd like to share with you about the bride and groom is…"&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></li></ul><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Don't Tease <o:p></o:p></span></b></div><ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"><li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">If you give a sign that you're almost done, for example, by saying "in conclusion…," don't go on for another 20 minutes.&nbsp; The audience will get restless and may stop listening.</span></li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">If you act like Nature and give your audience signs and clues when you speak, it will be easier for them to&nbsp;follow your presentation and make sense of it.&nbsp; And setting their expectations will help them understand and retain your message.&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/rNKb9U3nhX8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience business communication skills confidence introduction pitch presentation presentation presentation skills public speaking success Gilda Bonanno Stop Being a Bad Manager http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/11/stop-being-bad-manager.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:5492e5b7-6018-9a1f-ef2a-fead4b62a4e9 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:00:11 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Presentation by Gilda Bonanno <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="485" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/fbTTIGJu2uBNba" style="border-width: 1px; border: 1px solid #ccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"> </iframe> <br /><div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="https://www.slideshare.net/GildaBonanno/stop-being-a-bad-manager" target="_blank" title="Stop Being a Bad Manager">Stop Being a Bad Manager</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/GildaBonanno" target="_blank">Gilda Bonanno</a></strong> </div><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Want to avoid these problems and instead, become a better manager?</span><strong style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: blue; font-size: 12pt;">My Mastering Management Communication Mentoring Program covers everything from having coaching conversations with employees and delegating work to t</span><span style="color: blue; font-size: 12pt;">alking with senior executives and giving feedback to your team.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong><br /><div style="background-color: white; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The program is for&nbsp;</span><span face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">new or experienced managers who want to manage and&nbsp;</span>communicate<span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;with ease and achieve results with less wasted time and effort.&nbsp;<strong>You'll learn&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>management&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>best practices and insights from my experience working with managers on f</strong></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><strong>our continents</strong>, from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome.</span></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></div><div style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a href="mailto:gilda@gildabonanno.com" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank">Email me</a></strong>&nbsp;for an application or to find out more.&nbsp;</div></span></div></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/F8g9iVcFkx0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business communication skills confidence management PowerPoint presentation slides SlideShare success Gilda Bonanno ATD Hot Topic Round Table 11/13 in Norwalk http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/11/atd-hot-topic-round-table-1113-in.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:82d7c995-1a8a-e1f9-cb26-462e42a2068e Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:25:06 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" id="m_5237104515895914354content_LETTER.BLOCK1" style="background-color: white; 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font-size: 9.5pt;">Join Steve Gardiner in a fast-paced look at the art of Influencing Up, Down and Sideways.&nbsp; Discover the tips of: Preaching in the Rain, Peddling Pancakes Door to Door, Shooting for the Moon, Star Wars Strategies, and A Card from Hallmark.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong>Bio:</strong></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">&nbsp;<em><b>Steve Gardiner is President of Gardiner Associates, which specializes in conflict resolution, building collaborative relationships, and "rapid coaching," among other leadership skills. Steve is former Head of Learning and Development at International Paper and Purdue Pharma.</b></em></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 14.5pt;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 14.5pt;"><strong>Good Intentions Don't Make Good Assessments - Donna Horrigan</strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">There's no shortage of assessments designed to grow self-awareness and ultimately improve performance. And while well-intentioned, these same assessments may also be limiting your capacity to learn, grow and develop. &nbsp;Join our interactive session&nbsp;to learn about Lumina Spark's approach and how it might help you in your personal and professional development.&nbsp; Bring your smart phone to experience Lumina Splash App in real time.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong>Bio:&nbsp;</strong></span><em><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">Donna Horrigan is Vice President of Client Solutions for Lumina Learning, a talent development company that uses research-based, next-generation psychometrics. Prior to joining Lumina this year, Donna managed client services for Fortune 1000 clients in the Northeast for other talent development companies.</span></b></em></div><div><em><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><br /></span></b></em></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 14.5pt;"><strong>Team Coaching Techniques - Gavin Pommernelle</strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">Are your team development activities feeling stale or ineffective? Have you considered team coaching and understand the difference between team coaching and team building? Gavin Pommernelle will discuss a few of the&nbsp;techniques he has used successfully in coaching teams, followed by a group sharing of methodologies they have found to be effective.&nbsp; Areas to be explored include emotional awareness of other team members, the setting of clear expectations amongst team members, and the use of conflict resolution techniques to deflect conflict.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong>Bio:</strong></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">&nbsp;<em><b>Gavin Pommernelle is an executive coach with extensive global leadership experience. Notable accomplishments include facilitating a leadership team that added 70% business value through coaching, personal performance and team dynamics; and increasing employee engagement scores by more than 15 index points through leadership coaching and talent strategies.</b></em>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 14.5pt;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 14.5pt;"><strong>&nbsp;"Tell Me Something I Don't Know" - Julienne B. Ryan</strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">Learn about the power of story-telling for leaders! Julienne Ryan will take you through an interactive storytelling exercise guaranteed to have you thinking, smiling, and communicating.&nbsp; You will leave with valuable insights about personal and intellectual strengths that you can use in your professional life and techniques you can share in your organization.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong>Bio</strong></span><em><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">: Founder of J. Ryan Partners,</span></b></em><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">&nbsp;<em><b>Julienne Ryan is a story connector, speaker, trainer and coach.&nbsp; She utilizes stories and humor as learning tools and works with individuals and teams to develop their unique talents and strengths. Her methods allow clients to see themselves in new ways so they can become more productive, improve communications, and enhance knowledge transfer and collaboration.</b></em></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><em><b><br /></b></em></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 14.5pt;"><strong>Virtual Reality, Learning and xAPI - Hugh Seaton</strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">Join Hugh Seaton as he takes a soup-to-nuts approach to Virtual Reality in Learning. We'll review VR's virtues, how it can be used, and what is going on in the marketplace today. In addition, a new analytics standard, Experience API, is gaining in popularity, and we'll explore what that means for L &amp; D professionals. And of course, we'll have VR experiences ready for attendees.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;"><strong>Bio</strong></span><em><b><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 9.5pt;">: Hugh Seaton is a board member of&nbsp;<span class="il">ATD</span>&nbsp;SCC and CEO of Aquinas, a next-generation learning software platform that provides learning reinforcement solutions. Hugh is organizer of the NYVRExpo and multiple NYC &amp; CT VR and xAPI meet-ups, as well as a frequent speaker on eLearning topics. Hugh has been an adjunct professor at NYU &amp; Sacred Heart University, advertising &amp; marketing executive, and technology enthusiast.</span></b></em></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></span></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr><td align="left" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" class="m_5237104515895914354MainBG" colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="background-color: white; margin: 0px;" valign="top" width="100%"><table border="0" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0" class="m_5237104515895914354BlockMargin" id="m_5237104515895914354content_LETTER.BLOCK12" style="margin-bottom: 5px; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr><td align="left" colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="color: #323232; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0px;"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="background: orange; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14pt; margin: 0px; padding: 3.75pt; width: 410.444px;" width="99%"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; color: #323232; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Date:&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;<div style="display: inline !important;"><strong><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_511966109" 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, November 13th, 2017</span></span></strong></div></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><strong>Time:&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_511966110" 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;">5:45 PM</span></span>&nbsp;Networking/Registration;&nbsp;</strong></div><div align="left" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><strong><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_511966111" 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;">6:15 PM</span></span>&nbsp;Dinner and Program</strong></div><div align="left" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal; margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><strong><strong><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><strong>Registrations starts at&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_511966112" 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;">5:45 PM</span></span></strong></span></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><strong><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_511966113" 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;">5:45 to 6:15 PM</span></span>&nbsp;"Heavy" Hors d'oeuvres, Pasta Station,&nbsp;</strong></span></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;"><strong>Cash Bar followed by Program</strong></span></div></strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><strong>Early-Bird Registrations through Friday, November 10th:&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><strong><strong>$35 Chapter Members;&nbsp;$50&nbsp;Non-members; &nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;<strong>$25 In-Transition; $20&nbsp;Students</strong></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><strong><br /></strong></div><div align="center" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><strong>After&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_511966115" 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;">Friday</span></span>,&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_511966116" 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;">midnight</span></span>,&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_511966117" 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;">November 10th</span></span>, for Regular Registrations and Walk-ins:&nbsp;&nbsp;$45&nbsp;Member;&nbsp;$65&nbsp;<wbr></wbr>Non-member; $35 In-Transition; &nbsp;$20 Students</strong></div></div><div align="center" style="background-color: white; color: #323232; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><strong><br /></strong></span></div><div align="left" style="background-color: white; color: #323232; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><strong><div align="center" style="color: #ff6600; font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; text-decoration-line: underline;"><b>Bring a&nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; text-decoration-line: underline;"><b>Corporate Practitioner Guest</b></span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; text-decoration-line: underline;"><b>!!!</b></span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 16.1px;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 15.3333px;">Members are welcome to bring one free guest per event, an&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration-line: underline;">internal</span>&nbsp;Corporate HR practitioner only, if the guest has not yet attended a regular speaker event free within the past year.</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 15.3333px;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 15.3333px;"><strong style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333px; text-align: center;">Meeting Location:&nbsp;Norwalk Inn and Conference&nbsp;Center,&nbsp;<a href="https://maps.google.com/?q=99%C2%A0East+Avenue,+Norwalk,+CT&amp;entry=gmail&amp;source=g" style="color: #1155cc;">99</a>&nbsp;<a href="https://maps.google.com/?q=99%C2%A0East+Avenue,+Norwalk,+CT&amp;entry=gmail&amp;source=g" style="color: #1155cc;">East Avenue, Norwalk, CT</a></strong></span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 15.3333px;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="line-height: 15.3333px;">For more info or to register, visit <a href="https://atdscc.org/event-2693629">https://atdscc.org/event-2693629</a></span></div></strong></span></div></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/4XtSOH4yGz8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> ASTD ASTD-SCC atd coaching communication skills Influence Learning meeting Norwalk Training Gilda Bonanno Public Speaking is Just a Skill You Can Improve http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/11/public-speaking-is-just-skill-you-can.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:b90242d3-7143-cf79-327f-329aebc06655 Sat, 04 Nov 2017 01:48:32 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">As a presentation skills coach and trainer, I have had the opportunity to observe presentations by many people from all backgrounds and walks of life.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="height: 0px;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E0Ep2eri0fc/Wf0b53swaMI/AAAAAAAAB9k/75TFpZmH0Vg_xrknIfOBGXpWJeVtdt3kgCLcBGAs/s1600/Success%2Balpha%2Bblock.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="602" data-original-width="430" height="200" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E0Ep2eri0fc/Wf0b53swaMI/AAAAAAAAB9k/75TFpZmH0Vg_xrknIfOBGXpWJeVtdt3kgCLcBGAs/s200/Success%2Balpha%2Bblock.jpg" width="142" /></span></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><br /><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">It is my firm belief - and experience has not contradicted me - that while some people are more naturally comfortable with public speaking, EVERYONE can become competent at it, IF they spend the time and work on the right things. Yes, this means YOU, too! <o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">We all know people who are very knowledgeable about a topic but can't communicate effectively. We also know people who don't know very much, but they "talk good." Each group of people can only get so far in their careers before they hit a roadblock. Your goal is to have both knowledge AND the ability to communicate that knowledge effectively. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The ability to communicate effectively what you know is the one skill that will differentiate you from everyone else. It doesn't matter what your background is, where you went to college (or even IF you went to college) or where you grew up - if you are an expert at something and can communicate that expertise effectively, you will succeed. Period. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Make this the time in your life that you commit to getting better at public speaking and eliminating the roadblock in your path to success and confidence.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">How? There are many things you can do... practice, volunteer for opportunities to speak at work, join Toastmasters, hire a presentation skills coach, videotape yourself presenting, take a&nbsp;presentation skills class,&nbsp;watch&nbsp;a colleague who is a good presenter... the first step is to&nbsp;BELIEVE that you CAN get better&nbsp;and the second step is to COMMIT to spending the time and energy to get better by practicing in the right way.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background: white; line-height: 18pt; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">And as you take those steps, <a href="mailto:gilda@gildabonanno.com" target="_blank">feel free to reach out to me</a> for guidance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"> </div><div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/Ik0Yd6Et418" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> careers coaching communication communication skills meeting presentation presentation skills public speaking speaker success Gilda Bonanno SHARE THE DISH http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=496 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:d94e04d6-2d4b-949a-bfdc-757fd98d58fa Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:27:29 +0000 It&#8217;s taken five months, but at last, all three of our pets are getting along beautifully. Henry the cat&#8211;who thinks he&#8217;s a dog&#8211;was fine with the new puppy, Rudy&#8211;the black lab mix. But Bella, my wonderful therapy dog who is now going on 11, was not at all sure this was a good idea. She [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IMG_3040-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-497"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-497" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IMG_3040-1-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_3040 (1)" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IMG_3040-1-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IMG_3040-1.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>It&#8217;s taken five months, but at last, all three of our pets are getting along beautifully. Henry the cat&#8211;who thinks he&#8217;s a dog&#8211;was fine with the new puppy, Rudy&#8211;the black lab mix. But Bella, my wonderful therapy dog who is now going on 11, was not at all sure this was a good idea. She was territorial. Upset. And we saw a lot of snarling. But now, she plays with Rudy, still has senior privileges, and has discovered that it&#8217;s kind of fun to have another dog in the house.</p> <p>This got me thinking about office politics and change. Yesterday I was speaking with the head of sales at one of my publishers, and after 26 years she&#8217;s had two bosses in the past month and her company is being acquired. I tried to lighten her mood by suggesting she read the book I wrote that they published: &#8220;The Essential Job Interview Handbook.&#8221; She laughed, but I could hear sadness and shock that the world she had been part of for so long, was coming to an end.</p> <p>We can read statistics about the number of jobs and careers we&#8217;re all likely to have, but that doesn&#8217;t lessen the hurt. You&#8217;ve built something, been part of something, and now it&#8217;s gone. Chances are you aren&#8217;t the only one affected. And you know people who have gone through this before at other companies. Like my wonderful cat and two dogs, share the dish. Help each other. Acknowledge that this is a rough time, but take one small action every day to move forward. That could be updating your resume, making a networking call, or starting a list of organizations that interest you.</p> <p>Today I&#8217;m flying to Chicago to give a talk at my college:  &#8220;The English Major:  What You Have, Where It Could Take You.&#8221; Like my message to the students, remember that you have choices, that few careers follow a straight line, and that you&#8217;ll be surprised by what comes next as long as you put in the effort. Share the dish.</p> Jean Jean Gilda challenged us to think outside the box… and laugh! http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/10/gilda-challenged-us-to-think-outside.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:d662a495-1478-dd48-9841-40baad1f5bd1 Sat, 28 Oct 2017 18:42:14 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pZsantC4GM0/WaRkicgFWQI/AAAAAAAAB5M/4-Kb7Rl97bQWE3kVXSKCcKTXuUMhZZG5wCLcBGAs/s1600/Monica%2BZarba.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="150" data-original-width="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pZsantC4GM0/WaRkicgFWQI/AAAAAAAAB5M/4-Kb7Rl97bQWE3kVXSKCcKTXuUMhZZG5wCLcBGAs/s1600/Monica%2BZarba.jpg" /></a><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 10pt;">"I highly recommend the talented Gilda to you! <b>Gilda led a fun team building event for our GE Capital Controllership team. </b>The belly laughs we all had at the event were a great way to let off steam after a challenging business quarter. She employed techniques used in improvisational comedy to engage the team, challenge them to 'think outside the box' and most importantly, let their hair down and laugh!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 10pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 10pt;">Under the umbrella of good-natured fun, <b>the team picked up subtle negotiation skills, as presented in Gilda's "Yes, and..." improv exercise, and met that important 'thinking on your feet' challenge.</b>Thanks, Gilda!"</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 10pt;">-Monica Zarba, Training Coordinator &amp; Executive Assistant, GE Capital</span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 10pt;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 10pt;">To find out more about how Gilda can bring fun and learning to your organization, visit</span></div><div style="margin: 0in;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana;"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;"><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/training.aspx">http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/training.aspx</a></span></span></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/66sLX8L1opg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> GE improv improv comedy Keynote speaker management team testimonial Training yes and Gilda Bonanno WHAT DO LIBRARY WORKERS AND ASSISTED LIVING PROFESSIONALS HAVE IN COMMON? http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=492 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:ca782d77-93e9-4aee-9a7f-ab664a3e062e Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:08:57 +0000 Sometimes we learn things from proximity. In the past few weeks I&#8217;ve been on the road&#8211;out to Lancaster, PA for a wonderful conference of the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association with my dog, Bella, and then back in Connecticut for a session on customer service for library professionals. As I was thinking about it, the two [&#8230;] <p>Sometimes we learn things from proximity. In the past few weeks I&#8217;ve been on the road&#8211;out to Lancaster, PA for a wonderful conference of the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association with my dog, Bella, and then back in Connecticut for a session on customer service for library professionals. As I was thinking about it, the two have a lot in common.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s the easy similarities: both categories involve non-stop requests at work, both deal with deep issues that affect our communities such as poverty, disabilities, aging, etc., and of course both are at the heart of our communities.</p> <p>Here are a few things from each session that might be helpful to everyone.</p> <ul> <li>Nonverbal support is powerful (this is one of the many reasons why therapy dogs are so effective)</li> <li>Information opens doors</li> <li>You can&#8217;t fake patience or kindness</li> <li>You must take good care of yourself if you&#8217;re going to be effective in caring for others</li> <li>&#8220;No&#8221; is a wonderful word&#8211;just be careful how you say it</li> <li><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HUMOR.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-493"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-493" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HUMOR-300x200.jpg" alt="HUMOR" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HUMOR-300x200.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HUMOR.jpg 360w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></li> <li>Humor is really important, too. There&#8217;s something about these two dogs that cracks me up!</li> <li>Take advantage of your co-workers. They may be better at something that you&#8217;re struggling with. Team up and learn from each other.</li> <li>Use mini-breaks to refresh yourself and regain perspective.</li> </ul> <p>It was a long ride home after the conference in Lancaster. Bella didn&#8217;t mind&#8211;she slept for the six hours. It&#8217;s a tough job being a dog!</p> Jean Jean Effective Leaders Use Systems Thinking Not “Blame Thinking” http://www.wallyhauck.com/effective-leaders-use-systems-thinking-not-blame-thinking/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:f031e2ee-1c00-63cc-c0cb-6481ac216b82 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:25:59 +0000 I strongly believe that leaders who want to bring out the genius of every employee and who want to optimize results (especially through customer experience and employee engagement) must be systems thinkers.[1] READ MORE [1] Systems Thinking: Is a discipline of using data to identify patterns, processes, and structures that cause events. It’s a way [&#8230;] <p>I strongly believe that leaders who want to bring out the genius of every employee and who want to optimize results (especially through customer experience and employee engagement) must be systems thinkers.<a href="#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1">[1]</a></p> <p><a href="http://c-suitenetworkadvisors.com/effective-leaders-use-systems-thinking-not-blame-thinking/">READ MORE</a></p> <p><a href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1">[</a><a href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1">1]</a> Systems Thinking: Is a discipline of using data to identify patterns, processes, and structures that cause events. It’s a way of thinking and acting to obtain knowledge to make changes in process and structure to improve the interactions between the parts of a system and instead of making improvements to the parts of the system.  Excerpts taken from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=the+art+of+leading%3A+3+principles&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Athe+art+of+leading%3A+3+principles">The Art of Leading: 3 Principles for Predictable Performance Improvement</a> by Wally Hauck, PhD, CSP</p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Gilda to Emcee Women's Business Development Council's 20th Anniversary Gala 10/20 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/10/gilda-to-emcee-womens-business.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:ff4fae2a-9869-f193-cf4a-e5785795ad0c Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:25:13 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h2 style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #6aac44; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 40px; font-weight: 500; line-height: 45px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 30px; vertical-align: baseline;">Women’s Business Development Council 20th Anniversary Gala</h2><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">Join the Women’s Business Development Council on Friday, October 20th to Celebrate and Support Women’s Economic Empowerment:</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">I'm excited once again to be serving as Emcee for this event!</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">Hyatt Regency Greenwich<br />1800 East Putnam Avenue<br />Old Greenwich, CT&nbsp;06870</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">11:00 AM Registration, Networking and Raffle<br />12:00-2:30 Lunch and Awards Ceremony</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 30px;"><span style="color: #ec7a22;">Honoring</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: #6aac44; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 20px;">Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: #6aac44; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 20px;">Abby Kohnstamm, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Pitney Bowes</span></div><h4 style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #6aac44; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 20px; font-weight: 500; line-height: 45px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 30px; vertical-align: baseline;">Dara Lamb, Founder and Designer, Dara Lamb Custom Clothing</h4><h3 style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #ec7a22; font-family: Gotham, sans-serif; font-size: 30px; font-weight: 500; line-height: 45px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 30px; vertical-align: baseline;">20 for 20</h3><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">A special tribute to the Women’s Business Development Council graduates of the last 20 years.</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">For information, please contact Alicia Kalish at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:akalish@ctwbdc.org?subject=WBDC%27s%2020th%20Anniversary%20Gala%20Luncheon" style="border: 0px; color: #ec7a22; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration-line: none; vertical-align: baseline;">akalish@ctwbdc.org</a>.</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://ctwbdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Gala-Sponsors_9-28-17.pdf" rel="noopener" style="border: 0px; color: #ec7a22; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration-line: none; vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">Click Here to See Our Incredible List of Gala Sponsors!</a></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Merriweather, serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 37px; padding: 0px 0px 20px; vertical-align: baseline;">For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://ctwbdc.org/attend-an-event/20th-anniversary-gala-luncheon/">https://ctwbdc.org/attend-an-event/20th-anniversary-gala-luncheon/</a></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/bGWenNczuLs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business carla harris Dara Lamb entrepreneur entrepreneurship Fran Pastore Morgan Stanley networking NWBC Pitney Bowes SBA small business success wbdc women Gilda Bonanno Micommunication http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/10/micommunication.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:0bd75aa5-e187-26a2-e612-c7038046160f Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:33:03 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2T7OWUB5qDo/WZCpmq8XgyI/AAAAAAAAB0Y/YxbrmlGfD6YBlg4Wjju2spp-cAYUkK-8gCLcBGAs/s1600/GBShaw%2BQuote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="923" data-original-width="650" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2T7OWUB5qDo/WZCpmq8XgyI/AAAAAAAAB0Y/YxbrmlGfD6YBlg4Wjju2spp-cAYUkK-8gCLcBGAs/s400/GBShaw%2BQuote.jpg" width="281" /></a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/ISEclMGbVTQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> communication communication skills George Bernard Shaw leadership management quotations quotes success Gilda Bonanno 3 Employee Engagement Killers You Will See at an Airport http://www.wallyhauck.com/3-employee-engagement-killers-you-will-see-at-an-airport/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:fc576ecd-96ca-9459-0dfb-cff833c5faee Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:04:36 +0000 I originally thought about entitling this blog, “How to avoid behaving like an airport.”  When I think about airport customer experience and employee engagement I remember how much I dislike traveling now.  The thought of it gives me a stomach ache and heartache. The next time you are traveling look for these issues.  It&#8217;s an [&#8230;] <p>I originally thought about entitling this blog, “How to avoid behaving like an airport.”  When I think about airport customer experience and employee engagement I remember how much I dislike traveling now.  The thought of it gives me a stomach ache and heartache.</p> <p>The next time you are traveling look for these issues.  It&#8217;s an opportunity to remind yourself to avoid certain behaviors that can damage employee engagement and customer experience every time..<a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=5974&amp;type=post">.READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Creating Online Courses - NSA CT 10/12/17 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/10/creating-online-courses-nsa-ct-101217.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:2ad7b35f-d1fe-fc34-32ca-ed53e5d8c936 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 23:00:01 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">National Speakers Association - CT Chapter Meeting<br /><hr style="background-color: white; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-image: initial; border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-style: solid; box-sizing: border-box; clear: both; font-family: &quot;Terminal Dosis&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px; height: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 30px;" /><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-family: &quot;Terminal Dosis&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin-top: 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><img alt="" class="alignright size-full wp-image-4206" data-attachment-id="4206" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-description="" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;Richard Gasparro Studio,LLC&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="sylvie-di-giusto" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?fit=300%2C300" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?fit=300%2C300" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?fit=300%2C300" data-orig-size="300,300" data-permalink="http://nsact.org/events/sylvie-di-giusto/" height="300" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" src="https://nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?w=300 300w, https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?resize=80%2C80 80w, https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?resize=36%2C36 36w, https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?resize=180%2C180 180w, https://i2.wp.com/nsact.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sylvie-di-giusto.jpg?resize=120%2C120 120w" style="border: none rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; display: block; float: right; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; height: auto; line-height: inherit; margin: 4px 0px 0px 10px; max-width: 100%; padding: 0px; position: relative; vertical-align: baseline;" width="300" />10/12/17&nbsp;<strong style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://www.executive-image-consulting.com/" rel="noopener" style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; max-width: 100%; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">Sylvie Di Giusto</a></strong>: Creating Online Courses – How to develop, market and sell cutting-edge e-Learning programs</div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin-bottom: 0.85em; margin-top: 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Would you like to create a fun and valuable e-Learning program for your clients? Are you interested in a passive income model? Are you ready to learn the essential elements to make it happen? If you answered yes to these questions, make sure you don’t miss our upcoming chapter event with New York City based image consultant, trainer, author and e-Learning aficionado Sylvie di Giusto.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">In this session, Sylvie will showcase several ways how she incorporates e-Learning in her coaching and speaking business. You’ll walk away with plenty of ideas, tips, tools and techniques that will help you offer your own expertise online. You’ll be inspired how to make learning content more interactive and memorable with the many examples of learning units Sylvie will demonstrate live including text, pictures, videos, audios, quizzes, assignments, forum discussions or group work interactions. You will learn about different pricing models and you’ll understand how the quality of your e-Learning content defines its success or failure.</div><div style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot;, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></div><ul style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; font-family: &quot;Terminal Dosis&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; line-height: inherit; list-style-image: initial; list-style-position: outside; margin: 0px 0px 20px 7px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 0px 1em; padding: 3px 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">$25 for NSA-CT Professional members who have paid their annual BASIC dues</li><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 0px 1em; padding: 3px 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">FREE for NSA-CT members with an All-Access Pass</li><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 0px 1em; padding: 3px 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">$40 for guests</li><li style="border: 0px rgb(248, 248, 248); box-sizing: border-box; color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px 0px 0px 1em; padding: 3px 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">*ALL CHAPTER MEETINGS TAKE PLACE AT THE BEST WESTERN HOTEL, 201 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT (Exit 12/I-91)</li></ul><div><span style="font-family: &quot;terminal dosis&quot; , &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">For more info or to register, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://nsact.org/events/">http://nsact.org/events/</a></span></div></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/sfn5jvuPjKQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> meetings NSA NSA-CT speaker Sylvie di Giusto Training Gilda Bonanno Gilda's interactive style & practical advice earn rave reviews http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/gildas-interactive-style-practical.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:66459d16-41f8-a52d-dafd-84ab9895b6bf Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:39:08 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W9V7U_tCoHY/WaRjBf6ZHpI/AAAAAAAAB5A/EAM2D1PB8LovkDyNCWYogLduozkOoMIYQCLcBGAs/s1600/Mary%2BFrances%2BGorgas.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="300" data-original-width="300" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W9V7U_tCoHY/WaRjBf6ZHpI/AAAAAAAAB5A/EAM2D1PB8LovkDyNCWYogLduozkOoMIYQCLcBGAs/s200/Mary%2BFrances%2BGorgas.jpg" width="200" /></a>"After hearing Gilda's engaging presentation at SNEC-PMI's annual Conference, <b>I immediately knew I wanted to invite her to share her wisdom with more of our Professional Development events.</b></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since then I've had the pleasure of hearing her speak as Conference keynote and at several Chapter meetings on a variety of insightful topics. Her most recent presentation for us, <b>How to Communicate With Confidence, Competence and Composure,</b> was interactive and full of specific ideas that people could put into practice to demonstrate their expertise, establish credibility and communicate as a leader. And Gilda was very comfortable handling audience questions.</div><div><br /></div><div>We love having Gilda speak for us - <b>her presentation style and content consistently receive rave reviews from our attendees and she imparts knowledge that can be put to immediate use. </b>We can't wait to have her back!"</div><div>&nbsp;- Mary Frances Gorgas PMP, Board of Directors, Professional Development, SNEC-PMI; Associate Director, Business Integration, Synapse Group, Inc.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>To find out more about having Gilda speak for your organization or association, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/speaking.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/speaking.aspx</a></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/HZrG6UDrlvA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> communication skills confidence Keynote speaker motivational speaker PMI presentation skills public speaking SNEC-PMI speaker testimonial Gilda Bonanno Diversity Alone Is Not Enough – The 5 Initial Conditions to Optimize Performance http://www.wallyhauck.com/diversity-alone-is-not-enough-the-5-initial-conditions-to-optimize-performance/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:029e7f2d-6e10-6e6c-d8ed-eb5e35166200 Sat, 30 Sep 2017 11:23:08 +0000 Many consultants and consulting companies tout the benefits of diversity and make amazing claims about the results of having a diverse organization.  Diversity is perceived as a competitive advantage and as a progressive necessity if an organization is going to be able to claim a modern reputation.  I am unconvinced.  Just like anything else in [&#8230;] <p>Many consultants and consulting companies tout the benefits of diversity and make amazing claims about the results of having a diverse organization.  Diversity is perceived as a competitive advantage and as a progressive necessity if an organization is going to be able to claim a modern reputation.  I am unconvinced.  Just like anything else in life, too much of a good thing can become a negative&#8230; <a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=5865&amp;type=post">READ MORE</a><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1187" src="http://www.wallyhauck.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Distress_thumb-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck There is no perfect message http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/there-is-no-perfect-message.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:34f1484e-ce4a-075a-f1e4-5444f26f26ce Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:36:31 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pOLzN_a5n3Q/WcxDPwD1X5I/AAAAAAAAB8g/JE4Ve4UpKhosUWvOT4X8vnR-dhGlDSsKwCLcBGAs/s1600/There-is-no-silver%2Bbullet%2B-%2BVJ%2Bquote%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; display: inline !important; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="624" data-original-width="650" height="382" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pOLzN_a5n3Q/WcxDPwD1X5I/AAAAAAAAB8g/JE4Ve4UpKhosUWvOT4X8vnR-dhGlDSsKwCLcBGAs/s400/There-is-no-silver%2Bbullet%2B-%2BVJ%2Bquote%2B2.jpg" width="400" /></a><br /><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/TW5U9WGV82I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> inspiration Learning motivation quotes Gilda Bonanno Make Firing Employees Easier and Faster – Let Them Deselect http://www.wallyhauck.com/make-firing-employees-easier-and-faster-let-them-deselect/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:8c6c4306-74c0-ab07-e815-00b9ebc04865 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:01:10 +0000 Which is more valuable to an employer, the job skills employees possess or the skill of behaving with integrity?  Job skills and job knowledge are worthless without integrity and any employer who holds onto an employee who has a pattern of broken integrity is increasing costs for the organization&#8230;READ MORE &#160; &#160; <p><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1202" src="http://www.wallyhauck.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Choice_thumb-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />Which is more valuable to an employer, the job skills employees possess or the skill of behaving with integrity?  Job skills and job knowledge are worthless without integrity and any employer who holds onto an employee who has a pattern of broken integrity is increasing costs for the organization&#8230;<a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=5787&amp;type=post">READ MORE</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Tenor David Guzman & Pianist Natalia Katyukova in Concert 10/1 in Darien http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/tenor-david-guzman-pianist-natalia.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:77178a9c-fc44-dc34-2b21-3fbd1dc8c288 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:55:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0f4iPESQH6U/Wcg2rK-b8lI/AAAAAAAAB78/ifcfbQZU7ekpfakjQ_FkPsMHqY5BPYgdgCLcBGAs/s1600/david%2Bconcertguzman2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1237" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0f4iPESQH6U/Wcg2rK-b8lI/AAAAAAAAB78/ifcfbQZU7ekpfakjQ_FkPsMHqY5BPYgdgCLcBGAs/s320/david%2Bconcertguzman2.jpg" width="247" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Join us for an afternoon of music on&nbsp;</span><strong style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Sunday, October 1 at 3:00PM&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">featuring tenor,&nbsp;</span><strong style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">David Guzman</strong><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">, as he brings us&nbsp;</span><strong style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><em style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;">Art Songs from Latin-America</em></strong><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">.&nbsp; The program will feature selections from his latest CD recording (available at the concert), highlighting music from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Cuba and his native Colombia. The unifying theme of love - both paternal and maternal, human and divine will be explored as it was expressed by the composers of the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">David's wife,&nbsp;</span><strong style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Natalia Katyukova</strong><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">, assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and one of the most highly-regarded collaborators of her generation, will accompany at the piano.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact the&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:music@stmdarienct.org" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; text-decoration-line: none;">Music Office</a><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;at 655-3303, ext. 19</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: #f3f3f3;"><span class="footer_address" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; display: inline-block; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Location: St. Thomas More Church<span class="footer_address_context_hide" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;">,</span></span><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span class="footer_address_other" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; display: inline-block; font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">374 Middlesex Road<span class="footer_address_context_hide" style="-webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;">,</span></span><span style="font-family: Karla, Verdana, sans-serif; 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margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IKeMbYheWx8/WZTDBesmnEI/AAAAAAAAB2Q/GzylHCKaIVg9m9q4JaYA6VlqoeaiXr_cQCLcBGAs/s1600/_DSC4339.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1068" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IKeMbYheWx8/WZTDBesmnEI/AAAAAAAAB2Q/GzylHCKaIVg9m9q4JaYA6VlqoeaiXr_cQCLcBGAs/s320/_DSC4339.jpg" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Welcoming the audience in the historic chapel at Reid Castle</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ihXBFml-HPw/WZTDB2wYgOI/AAAAAAAAB2M/u-jKrPiFdbgKb6GWZ37h-IDMcjPKrGN8wCLcBGAs/s1600/_DSC4526.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1069" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ihXBFml-HPw/WZTDB2wYgOI/AAAAAAAAB2M/u-jKrPiFdbgKb6GWZ37h-IDMcjPKrGN8wCLcBGAs/s320/_DSC4526.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Introducing the panel of distinguished Manhattanville graduates</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vlLmVxENnE4/WZTDC9rqK4I/AAAAAAAAB2U/RAqYbDNxtksW5qZlNTGMPIzR7HObvoO1gCLcBGAs/s1600/_DSC4728.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="500" data-original-width="800" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vlLmVxENnE4/WZTDC9rqK4I/AAAAAAAAB2U/RAqYbDNxtksW5qZlNTGMPIzR7HObvoO1gCLcBGAs/s320/_DSC4728.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Concluding the day with a networking reception</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/drz7eUcBcIU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> confidence emcee Kathy Meany leadership Manhattanville meeting networking self-confidence Women's Leadership Institute Gilda Bonanno WONDERFUL LOMA CONFERENCE http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=487 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:d22215f7-6d24-d6e4-cf7c-a485e2ef6a29 Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:10:08 +0000 How bad could it be? San Diego, the Del Coronado hotel, and an international group of life insurance professionals. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking to this group on two topics:  How to Stop Burnout, and Presentation Skills. As I stood on the stage in the Crown Room&#8211;underneath an impressive crown&#8211;I felt [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_1074-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-489"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-489" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_1074-1-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_1074 (1)" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_1074-1-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IMG_1074-1.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>How bad could it be? San Diego, the Del Coronado hotel, and an international group of life insurance professionals. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking to this group on two topics:  How to Stop Burnout, and Presentation Skills. As I stood on the stage in the Crown Room&#8211;underneath an impressive crown&#8211;I felt so lucky to be there and grateful for what I learned from this audience.</p> <p>Some of the issues that were leading to burnout included:  trouble sleeping, feeling tired and sometimes afraid, losing weight, feeling overwhelmed and lacking in confidence. As we went through strategies to lessen burnout, individuals choose to exercise, keep a sense of humor, listen to music, learn how to turn work off, and to team up with others so that they weren&#8217;t facing work challenges alone.</p> <p>For the afternoon breakout session, &#8220;Stand Out Every Time You Talk&#8221;, we practiced solid eye contact, and how gestures make your ideas come alive. Everyone had a chance to see themselves using gestures to describe, differentiate and emphasize key points. We talked about how to run an effective Q&amp;A session, and what to do if the audience tunes out or is distracted.</p> <p>Lastly, it was a magical place. I had never given much thought or attention to palm trees, but I fell in love with their variety, elegance, and delicate fronds dancing in the wind. The place itself&#8211;with flowers everywhere&#8211;was an amazing burnout buster. I hope everyone went home energized and ready to use their new connections and knowledge to have their best year ever.</p> Burnout Jean Jean Wisdom From Thoreau http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/wisdom-from-thoreau.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:1c46247a-5bd1-965a-b5e8-b3d19ec27a37 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:31:03 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HYRR8vjGkQI/WZCoxl0Q_nI/AAAAAAAAB0Q/-9HmE1UlnPYI2DtgMBH1Owf-6X1sRv6pwCLcBGAs/s1600/Thoreau%2BQuote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="640" data-original-width="640" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HYRR8vjGkQI/WZCoxl0Q_nI/AAAAAAAAB0Q/-9HmE1UlnPYI2DtgMBH1Owf-6X1sRv6pwCLcBGAs/s400/Thoreau%2BQuote.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/wSitLF-0SQ4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> communication communication skills motivation quotations quotes Thoreau Gilda Bonanno Gilda to Present Networking Workshop for SMPS 9/20 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/gilda-to-present-networking-workshop.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:1a66ae2d-960b-beee-f70e-61ae2674ed07 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:00:16 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8eS1TwRCnWg/WanDzRdXaEI/AAAAAAAAB6o/K0nEqLm9GWs6aciA2TFhw4uxThaHfXD4QCLcBGAs/s1600/SMPS%2BLogo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="86" data-original-width="243" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8eS1TwRCnWg/WanDzRdXaEI/AAAAAAAAB6o/K0nEqLm9GWs6aciA2TFhw4uxThaHfXD4QCLcBGAs/s1600/SMPS%2BLogo.jpg" /></a><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Hate networking events because you never know what to say or do? Do you get stuck talking to the one person in the room that you know? Whether you’re looking to get new clients or be recognized as an expert in your field, networking is a key ingredient of your success.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">In this interactive and fun session, learn the secrets of being a master networker, including how to listen and think quickly, how to harness the power of nonverbal communications and how to deal with difficult people, like the obnoxious egotist and the boring timehog.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Benefits:&nbsp;</span></div><ul style="background-color: white; border: 0px; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5em; margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 30px; vertical-align: baseline;"><li style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Learn how to make networking work for you to build a consistent and clear personal brand&nbsp;</span></li><li style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Create a workable process for networking, from planning to following up&nbsp;</span></li><li style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Develop a clear statement of what you want to share about yourself with this particular audience&nbsp;</span></li><li style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Become more comfortable handling commonly encountered networking dilemmas, such as breaking into a networking conversation and making a graceful exit&nbsp;</span></li></ul><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Event Details:&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-transform: inherit;">Wednesday, September 20, 2017</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 11:30&nbsp;AM&nbsp;to 12:00 PM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Registration &amp; Networking</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 12:00 PM&nbsp;to 1:00&nbsp;PM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lunch</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:00 PM&nbsp;to 2:30 PM&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Program</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Location:</strong>&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Courtyard by Marriott - Cromwell</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">4 Sebethe Drive</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Cromwell, CT 06416</span><br /><em style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Free on-site parking is available.</em></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Registration:</strong>&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Please register by September 15, 2017.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">SMPS CT Members: $65&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Non-Members: $85</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Please note:</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><em style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Late registrations and walk-ins will be charged an additional $10.</em><em style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a refund.</em><em style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">No shows are responsible for payment in full.&nbsp;</em></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px currentcolor; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px currentcolor; font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">About the Speaker:&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Gilda Bonanno,&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-transform: inherit;">Owner of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/default.aspx" style="border: 0px; color: #ff9933; font-family: inherit; font-size: 1em; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: inherit; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">Gilda Bonanno, LLC</a><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-transform: inherit;">&nbsp;- Confidence. Influence.Success</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; text-transform: inherit;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rN7UOVBffS8/WamyEWXPBSI/AAAAAAAAB6Q/tYvlquC9BgUrHTEFvVhzTjFsio-zCvFDgCEwYBhgL/s1600/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="450" data-original-width="360" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rN7UOVBffS8/WamyEWXPBSI/AAAAAAAAB6Q/tYvlquC9BgUrHTEFvVhzTjFsio-zCvFDgCEwYBhgL/s200/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" width="160" /></a></div></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"></span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">GILDA BONANNO (<a href="mailto:gildabonanno@gmail.com" style="border: 0px; color: #ff9933; font-family: inherit; font-size: 1em; font-style: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; word-break: break-word;">@Gilda Bonanno</a>) helps you transform your communication and leadership skills so you can have more confidence, influence and success. She has worked with leading organizations, including GE, Travelers, Praxair, Assa Abloy, Wells Fargo and Yale University, on four continents from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome.</span></div><div style="background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #333333; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5; margin-bottom: 1.5em; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Since 2006, Gilda has run a successful business that reaches countless people globally.&nbsp; She has delivered thousands of in-person programs, her YouTube channel has received over 1 million views and her digital newsletter has reached subscribers in over 45 countries since 2008.</span><br /><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></span><span style="border: 0px; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-style: inherit; font-weight: inherit; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-transform: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">For more information or to register, visit&nbsp;</span><a href="http://smpsct.org/meetinginfo.php?id=47&amp;ts=1504291212" style="background-color: transparent;">http://smpsct.org/meetinginfo.php?id=47&amp;ts=1504291212</a></div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/cQ6_Kcm__k4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience business business presentation communication skills confidence marketing meeting networking schmooze self-confidence SMPS success Gilda Bonanno Do you Want Employees to Feel Like Volunteers or Slaves? http://www.wallyhauck.com/do-you-want-employees-to-feel-like-volunteers-or-slaves/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:7cfec25d-4f5a-5b52-e708-da9e5da755a0 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:09:18 +0000 If you are a leader of a team now, ponder this idea: everyone in your organization is a volunteer.  Would you treat them differently?  Why would you want to treat employees as volunteers and how can you start?  This blog will touch on the answers&#8230;READ MORE <p><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1178" src="http://www.wallyhauck.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Manager-Dependent-857x1280_thumb-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />If you are a leader of a team now, ponder this idea: <em>everyone in your organization is a volunteer.</em>  Would you treat them differently?  Why would you want to treat employees as volunteers and how can you start?  This blog will touch on the answers&#8230;<a href="https://members.c-suitenetwork.com/mpage/TrendingContent/?id=5666&amp;type=post">READ MORE</a></p> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Mastering Management Communications - Applications Now Being Accepted http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/09/mastering-management-communications.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:533f0c80-54f4-9f21-37b0-bf177d760b80 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:20:46 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h2 style="background-color: white; margin: 0in; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Mastering Management Communications: How to Lead Your Team and Maximize Performance, Commitment &amp; Results&nbsp;</span></h2><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The Mastering Management Communications program is a m<span style="color: #1d2129;">entoring program for new and experienced managers who are looking to accelerate their skill development.&nbsp;</span>We start you off strong and give you the <b>strategies and tactics to LEAD your team and maximize PERFORMANCE, COMMITMENT and RESULTS.</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">The program is an intensive small group experience for executives, entrepreneurs, business owners and independent professionals&nbsp;who want to manage and communicate with ease and achieve results with less wasted time and effort.</span><br /><br /><b style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/contactus.aspx" target="_blank">Applications now being accepted! Contact Gilda to apply now!</a></b></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IVLfvYG1_z0/WamxQZJK44I/AAAAAAAAB6E/n8221b7ejmslXQqPPnNFNz_0jd3n3EDdwCLcBGAs/s1600/Purchased%2BBusiness%2BPeople%2BFotolia_78609201_S%2B%2540kurhan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="595" data-original-width="807" height="235" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IVLfvYG1_z0/WamxQZJK44I/AAAAAAAAB6E/n8221b7ejmslXQqPPnNFNz_0jd3n3EDdwCLcBGAs/s320/Purchased%2BBusiness%2BPeople%2BFotolia_78609201_S%2B%2540kurhan.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>You meet with Gilda Bonanno by phone for regularly scheduled weekly sessions, along with a small, highly selective group of high-achievers like you</b>.&nbsp; During these sessions, she shares best practices and actionable strategies, and you<span style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;</span>work together to review progress, remove obstacles and establish new processes/habits&nbsp; for everything from to coaching employees and delegating work to schmoozing with senior executives and leading meetings.&nbsp; Additional one-on-one support is available via email in between your regularly scheduled sessions.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"></span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Everything (from big-picture strategy to day-to-day tactics and execution) is custom-tailored around your strengths, personal preferences, and the needs of your particular industry and business.</b></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><b style="color: blue;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">RESULTS</span></b></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Here is a partial list of results clients have received:</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*<b>Delegate work and hold employees accountable</b> for their performance and so that you can reduce your workload and boost your productivity</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*<b>Sharpen your communication and presentation skills</b> so you can avoid problems and wasted time caused by miscommunication or mismatched expectations</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*<b>Maximize your executive presence</b> and build your confidence so you know exactly what to say in internal meetings and at professional networking events</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*<b>Build a high-performing team </b>so you can achieve your performance goals and get the&nbsp;visibility, recognition and success you deserve, including that next promotion</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;*<b>Develop a step-by-step, no-fluff process</b> to follow before, during and after management conversations</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;*<b>Know what to do at every step when you coach employees</b> so you stop having the same conversation over and over with no results</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;*<b>Finally figure out how to turn meetings that waste time and accomplish nothing into productive working sessions</b> where decisions get made and things get done</span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;*Making management communications easy, effortless and enjoyable… and (at last!) effective</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>MASTERING MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS IS FOR:</b></span><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*&nbsp;New managers who want to ramp-up their communication and leadership skills and hit the ground running&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*&nbsp;Seasoned managers who feel stuck, stalled or sidetracked and want to regain their management mojo&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*&nbsp;Managers who work in a variety of industries in corporate, academic, government, healthcare, non-profit or entrepreneurial environments&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">*&nbsp;New or seasoned managers who have to communicate to and manage relationships with others, whether direct reports, dotted line reports, vendors, partners, consultants, customers, clients, colleagues, etc</span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; font-size: 12pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white;"></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Gilda helped me convert prospects into clients</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">"After just a few sessions together, Gilda pointed me in the right direction.&nbsp;She uncovered some bad habits and replaced them with new and effective ones that today are helping me to convert prospect in to clients. Gilda has helped me to organize my thoughts and plan out my presentations so that I am better prepared and more confident.&nbsp;<b>I am grateful to Gilda and for the help she has given me to become a more effective salesperson."</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Judith Giangoia, Private Banker, Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank, New York</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>After using Gilda's techniques, I now look forward to networking events</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">"I wanted to take a moment to thank you, and to let you know how helpful the “How to Schmooze” workshop&nbsp;was for me.&nbsp;It has completely changed how I approach networking events.&nbsp;<b>Rather&nbsp;than spending most of the time speaking to people I already know, or standing in the corner&nbsp;of the room looking at my phone, I now feel comfortable and confident in approaching people&nbsp;and making new contacts.&nbsp;</b>In fact, after using your techniques at a number of events, I&nbsp;can now honestly say that I look forward to networking events, rather than dreading&nbsp;them.THANK YOU VERY MUCH!"</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #0000aa; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Aleksandr Y. Troyb, Esq., Partner, Benjamin, Gold Troyb</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>High level of expertise and tangible strategies</b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">"Gilda Bonanno is a consummate professional willing to share her high level of expertise with any size or type of business group.&nbsp;<b>Her methods appeal to the entrepreneur or the seasoned veteran or mid-career individual, crossing multiple generations.</b><b>&nbsp;in addition, Gilda provides tangible strategies to implement right away.</b> I highly recommend Gilda to help your business put its best foot forward."</span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #0000aa; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Linda Burhance, Owner, Apparel Development Consulting</b></span></div><br /><div style="background-color: white; text-align: left;"><b><span style="color: blue; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">GILDA BONANNO BIO</span></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rN7UOVBffS8/WamyEWXPBSI/AAAAAAAAB6M/tNoBZxpnlVAmMd1UDqLuXXaytY9MtXTEACLcBGAs/s1600/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="450" data-original-width="360" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rN7UOVBffS8/WamyEWXPBSI/AAAAAAAAB6M/tNoBZxpnlVAmMd1UDqLuXXaytY9MtXTEACLcBGAs/s200/Gilda%2BBonanno%2BLow%2BRes.jpg" width="160" /></a><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;">GILDA BONANNO helps you transform your communication and leadership skills so you can have more confidence, influence and success. <b>She has worked with leading organizations, including GE, Travelers, Praxair, Assa Abloy, Wells Fargo and Yale University, on four continents from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome. &nbsp;</b></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white;">Since 2006, Gilda has run a successful business that reaches countless people globally.&nbsp;<b> She has delivered thousands of in-person programs, her YouTube channel has received over 1 million views and her digital newsletter has reached subscribers in over 45 countries since 2008</b>.</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div style="background-color: white; margin: 0in; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><b>Gilda has a proven track record of partnering for results with people in a variety of industries and at all organizational levels</b>, from C-level executives to sales teams to frontline managers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">Applications now being accepted. <a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/contactus.aspx" target="_blank"><b>Contact Gilda to apply now!</b></a></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="background-color: white;"></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white;"></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif, EmojiFont, &quot;Apple Color Emoji&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI Emoji&quot;, NotoColorEmoji, &quot;Segoe UI Symbol&quot;, &quot;Android Emoji&quot;, EmojiSymbols; font-size: 16px;"></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/E4EeWGjuYJU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> business coaching communication communication skills feedback listening Management By Walking Around Mastering Management Communications networking presentation skills team workshop Gilda Bonanno Gilda's insight & coaching made a tremendous difference http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/gildas-insight-coaching-made-tremendous.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:94689416-ddaa-d634-f75c-888fd6c6cae5 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:44:04 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="color: #212121; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.0pt; margin: 0in;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sd9OylQi-44/WaGIwP33IFI/AAAAAAAAB4c/QyVZx1A0ubEfw9nqg84yfDTjBEZCpy4ywCLcBGAs/s1600/Cynthia%2BGlass.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="100" data-original-width="100" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sd9OylQi-44/WaGIwP33IFI/AAAAAAAAB4c/QyVZx1A0ubEfw9nqg84yfDTjBEZCpy4ywCLcBGAs/s200/Cynthia%2BGlass.jpg" width="200" /></a>"I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the seminar that you gave on Mackinaw Island for the MASA Women's Leadership Retreat. I utilized the skills that I learned and my speech to 180 human resource professionals on June 2nd went extremely well!&nbsp;</div><div style="color: #212121; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.0pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="color: #212121; font-family: Arial; font-size: 12.0pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">I was able to get my nerves under control and confidence up with my new mantra beforehand and I was prepared</span>&nbsp;(actually practiced, not just studied my deck as I did in the past) and even able to adapt when there was a technical glitch because I was confident and comfortable!&nbsp;<span style="font-weight: bold;">Thanks so much for your insight and coaching-it made a tremendous difference!"&nbsp;</span></div><br /><div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; margin: 0in;">-Dr.&nbsp;Cynthia&nbsp;Marie Glass,&nbsp;VP, Chief of Staff, Henry Ford College</div><div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; margin: 0in;">To find out more about Gilda's coaching, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/Coaching.aspx">http://www.gildabonanno.com/Pages/Coaching.aspx</a></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/nsXwUaL3Cgg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> bold presentation skills confidence leadership MASA practice presentation skills public speaking testimonial women Gilda Bonanno Mistakes Managers Make That Damage Engagement – Mistake #6 http://www.wallyhauck.com/mistakes-managers-make-that-damage-engagement-mistake-6/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:c5c04f24-af56-1c8a-1d76-6efbad89b717 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:36:16 +0000 Do you have difficulty or hesitation leading performance conversations?  You are not alone.  According to recent research (by Interact in cooperation with Harris) 69% of managers admit there is something about their responsibilities that make them uncomfortable communicating with employees.  Most HR professionals believe that a manager’s most important job is to give feedback to employees. [&#8230;] <p>Do you have difficulty or hesitation leading performance conversations?  You are not alone.  According to recent research (by Interact in cooperation with Harris) 69% of managers admit there is something about their responsibilities that make them uncomfortable communicating with employees.  Most HR professionals believe that a manager’s most important job is to give feedback to employees. Yet most managers are very poor at it.  This leads to the feedback being infrequent, poorly timed, of inferior quality, or all three.</p> <h1>Mistake #6:  Misunderstanding feedback and its importance&#8230;<a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/08/28/mistakes-leaders-make-feedback/">READ MORE HERE</a></h1> Uncategorized Wally Hauck Mistakes Mangers Make That Damage Engagement – Mistake #5 http://www.wallyhauck.com/mistakes-mangers-make-that-damage-engagement-mistake-5/ Wally Hauck urn:uuid:9b37b7fd-6859-9c5f-b896-cffba51a8c34 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 01:33:26 +0000 We have discussed four mistakes so far which can damage employee engagement.  Today we address mistake #5.  Making and keeping agreements is the minimum we can do to be a model of leadership. It is the minimum we can do to live with integrity.  Any effective leader must be aware of this. Mistake #5: Being Unaware of [&#8230;] <hr /> <h4><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1202" src="http://www.wallyhauck.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Choice_thumb-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" />We have discussed <a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/06/28/employee-engagement-mistakes-manipulation-is-not-motivation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">four mistakes</a> so far which can damage employee engagement.  Today we address mistake #5.  Making and keeping agreements is the minimum we can do to be a model of leadership. It is the minimum we can do to live with integrity.  Any effective leader must be aware of this.</h4> <h1>Mistake #5: Being Unaware of Your Most Important Characteristic&#8230;<a href="https://wispapp.com/blog/2017/07/25/employee-engagement-mistakes-leaders/">READ MORE HERE</a></h1> Uncategorized Wally Hauck U.S. Open Tennis Lessons That Will Make You a Better Presenter http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/presentation-skills-lessons-from-us.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:a4898e29-a824-43f5-2b91-9351383bbfe7 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:32:41 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Today, t</span>he U.S. Open tennis tournament begins at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Last week, I visited the tennis center to watch the qualifying matches for players who didn’t make the main draw and also watch some of the superstars (like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) practice.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">I love watching tennis - and I think there are lessons from tennis that can apply to presentation skills: <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CYMHOup3Dzw/WaGBI4FE_WI/AAAAAAAAB3o/xuWw6aWZ6uQNcwi5OZ4WgguSB6Er7RDmgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_122846.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CYMHOup3Dzw/WaGBI4FE_WI/AAAAAAAAB3o/xuWw6aWZ6uQNcwi5OZ4WgguSB6Er7RDmgCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_122846.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Rafael Nadal practicing his serve</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">PRACTICE IS REQUIRED </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the best tennis players in the world and they practice for several hours a day. They never say, "I'm good enough, I don't need to practice anymore."&nbsp; I watched each of them on court practice their serving, forehand and backhand shots and movement.&nbsp;</span></div><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5NQt92y8Fg4/WaGBJzmT7CI/AAAAAAAAB34/6sKVj08RAzg4lzOy0ZBZ6t7tuG7WM47mACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_144438.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5NQt92y8Fg4/WaGBJzmT7CI/AAAAAAAAB34/6sKVj08RAzg4lzOy0ZBZ6t7tuG7WM47mACLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_144438.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Roger Federer practicing his forehand</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">The same is true for presentations – if you want to give a powerful and effective presentation, you can’t just show up and “wing it.” The more comfortable you become at giving presentations, the more focused your practice becomes as you learn what specific aspect of the presentation you still have&nbsp;to&nbsp;work on.</span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">MENTAL ATTITUDE IS KEY</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">During a match, what the player tells himself or herself is important, especially when they're down a set and facing a tough opponent. If a player thinks, "I can't beat this opponent; I'm going to lose," it will be very difficult to overcome that mindset and win. Instead, when a player uses positive self-talk, "Yes, I can do this!" along with an energetic fist pump in the air, he or she is better able to access their skills, step up their game and have a shot at winning. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aFrHDy_K_lA/WaGBKWYtISI/AAAAAAAAB38/SjsckzjrZ8cznmc44DYvKDfqs2zY_N1xwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_163652.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aFrHDy_K_lA/WaGBKWYtISI/AAAAAAAAB38/SjsckzjrZ8cznmc44DYvKDfqs2zY_N1xwCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_163652.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Jo-Wilfried Tsonga practicing on court</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Likewise, what you tell yourself when you present is also important.&nbsp; If you drown out the negative voice in your head and instead, use a positive phrase or mantra, you'll be able to present more effectively and confidently.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">BODY LANGUAGE MATTERS </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">Two of my favorite tennis commentators, John and Patrick McEnroe, are always pointing out the players' body language – how players act between points, how they walk to the other side of the court, how they respond when they lose a point, etc. Negative body language sends a message to their opponent that they are giving up and don't believe they can win. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EGmWplOwGqk/WaGBI0kYCrI/AAAAAAAAB3s/DGNDwnTF73EMBGA_3hv2nZNxgtMGo4vGACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_143531.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EGmWplOwGqk/WaGBI0kYCrI/AAAAAAAAB3s/DGNDwnTF73EMBGA_3hv2nZNxgtMGo4vGACLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_143531.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Roger Federer practicing his backhand shot</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">When you're presenting, your body language also sends a message to the audience – it should match the words you're saying and convey confidence and competence. For example, make eye contact with the audience, use appropriate gestures to illustrate your points, speak loudly enough to be heard and avoid nervous pacing. <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt;">The next time you have to give a presentation, remember these lessons from tennis to help you ace it.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7lHPs3y62tw/WaGBKxVD--I/AAAAAAAAB4A/RWnwK9leq9cnNDwJOWwljp5TL4fjktslQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170823_164314.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7lHPs3y62tw/WaGBKxVD--I/AAAAAAAAB4A/RWnwK9leq9cnNDwJOWwljp5TL4fjktslQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170823_164314.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Richard Gasquet returning a shot in mid-air</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/cUqoU2Vbgx4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> audience body language communication skills confidence practice presentation skills public speaking Rafael Nadal Roger Federer self-confidence tennis US Open Gilda Bonanno Gilda Emcees Women-Owned Business Day at the State Capitol http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/gilda-emcees-women-owned-business-day.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:ccfc43d0-8f3b-317f-e865-4a4d5113ed98 Sat, 26 Aug 2017 14:22:35 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I was honored to have served for the third year in a row as Emcee for Women-Owned Business Day at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT, sponsored by the Women's Business Development Council.<br /><br />Women entrepreneurs from across the state gathered to learn about issue of importance and to let their voices be heard by the state's leaders.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WEPvb98gMfs/WZTFV0Fo83I/AAAAAAAAB2w/VYYC6_TPOPo4oVQYL-CLOYjhvC4Av9qpQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4323.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WEPvb98gMfs/WZTFV0Fo83I/AAAAAAAAB2w/VYYC6_TPOPo4oVQYL-CLOYjhvC4Av9qpQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_4323.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Welcoming the audience that gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, CT</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QJrY9SjPQB4/WZTFUw8RC_I/AAAAAAAAB2g/_HtUQqwC0uY1wA-SEbfFmQfefbfyPwmewCLcBGAs/s1600/Panel%2BFP%2BGB.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QJrY9SjPQB4/WZTFUw8RC_I/AAAAAAAAB2g/_HtUQqwC0uY1wA-SEbfFmQfefbfyPwmewCLcBGAs/s320/Panel%2BFP%2BGB.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Left to right: Keynote speaker Esther Morales, Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council; Panelist&nbsp;Glendowlyn Thames, Executive Director of CTNext; Panel moderator Diane Smith, Emmy-award winning TV jounralist &amp; CTN anchor; Emcee Gilda Bonanno &amp; WBDC CEO Fran Pastore&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rSS9evfVBEQ/WZTFVMH_gsI/AAAAAAAAB2k/JqBl2ru6cAgDqMYsyeHH0T8JdOPEzGRVgCLcBGAs/s1600/Rep%2BPat%2BMiller.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rSS9evfVBEQ/WZTFVMH_gsI/AAAAAAAAB2k/JqBl2ru6cAgDqMYsyeHH0T8JdOPEzGRVgCLcBGAs/s320/Rep%2BPat%2BMiller.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Honorary event co-chair: &nbsp;The Honorable Patricia Billie Miller, State Representative and Assistant Majority Leader</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Jv7DDcaD9wc/WZTFVqlXQZI/AAAAAAAAB2o/1wuwhB298YkuCDINDmm0LIZLTqahEtgiwCLcBGAs/s1600/The%2Broom.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Jv7DDcaD9wc/WZTFVqlXQZI/AAAAAAAAB2o/1wuwhB298YkuCDINDmm0LIZLTqahEtgiwCLcBGAs/s320/The%2Broom.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Attendees heard from national and state leaders on issues of importance to women business owners</td></tr></tbody></table><br />To learn more about the Women's Business Development Council, visit <a href="http://www.ctwbdc.org/">www.ctwbdc.org</a></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/QKxH8rWjZCU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> entrepreneurship Esther Morales Fran Pastore government Governor Malloy Nancy Wyman NWBC Patricia Miller Themis Klarides wbdc women Gilda Bonanno Gilda Keynotes MASA Retreat http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/gilda-keynotes-masa-retreat.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:1c7050f6-b820-482e-4d35-cafe4fffd166 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:06:00 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">I was honored to serve as the keynote speaker for the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) Women in Leadership Retreat, held on beautiful Mackinac Island, Michigan.<br /><br />I presented 2 sessions to the group of women principals, administrators and superintendents: Developing Leadership Presence: Confidence, Competence and Leadership and Bold Presentation Skills.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1b7q3dsI87M/WZS-OyhwhoI/AAAAAAAAB08/18vcbh9EPzgUPBec2sGJ3vVl3Pv4CqwDgCLcBGAs/s1600/Class%2Bphoto%2BMASA.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="630" data-original-width="1200" height="168" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1b7q3dsI87M/WZS-OyhwhoI/AAAAAAAAB08/18vcbh9EPzgUPBec2sGJ3vVl3Pv4CqwDgCLcBGAs/s320/Class%2Bphoto%2BMASA.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A great community of women</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nSX8kjJvRQg/WZS-O3wTKEI/AAAAAAAAB1A/IxI3fKtJNnMQwezMOyJrC7TFpORjh4T6QCLcBGAs/s1600/TEaching%2Bat%2BMASA.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="900" data-original-width="1200" height="240" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nSX8kjJvRQg/WZS-O3wTKEI/AAAAAAAAB1A/IxI3fKtJNnMQwezMOyJrC7TFpORjh4T6QCLcBGAs/s320/TEaching%2Bat%2BMASA.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Learning to be better leaders</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EH1iBkOHvDY/WZTATUcxdTI/AAAAAAAAB1c/aNPZ8cC5EH45vt6IDHXTl1sZPPWiMXGDQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170510_151841.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EH1iBkOHvDY/WZTATUcxdTI/AAAAAAAAB1c/aNPZ8cC5EH45vt6IDHXTl1sZPPWiMXGDQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170510_151841.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The view from my hotel, of the great lawn and the water</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0E9Ns1GfNr4/WZTACoBeHLI/AAAAAAAAB1Y/G-JUHjQs5hIZqovAwB5GX9pT2U3fvHAQQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170510_145856.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0E9Ns1GfNr4/WZTACoBeHLI/AAAAAAAAB1Y/G-JUHjQs5hIZqovAwB5GX9pT2U3fvHAQQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170510_145856.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The horse-drawn "taxi" that serves as transportation on Mackinac Island - no cars allowed</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ecsI8Vfa8B0/WZTACo_Zu4I/AAAAAAAAB1U/ax_NPId9l5YPe7zQrnFN3fuR1Y_ALS_ngCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170510_145935.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ecsI8Vfa8B0/WZTACo_Zu4I/AAAAAAAAB1U/ax_NPId9l5YPe7zQrnFN3fuR1Y_ALS_ngCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20170510_145935.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Hard-working horses on the main street through town</div><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/wEFGCP90t90" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> bold presentation skills confidence executive presence improv comedy leadership Mackinac Island MASA meeting Michigan self-confidence women Gilda Bonanno Women's Business Development Council 20th Anniversary Gala Luncheon 10/20/17 http://gildabonanno.blogspot.com/2017/08/womens-business-development-council.html Gilda Bonanno's blog urn:uuid:3079fbe8-1a50-48f7-355a-c4240c49ac08 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:44:02 +0000 <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img height="640" src="https://www.ctwbdc.org/Assets/2017%20Gala%20Luncheon%20Invitation%20Image%20for%20Website.png" width="361" /></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />I am honored to once again serve as the Emcee for this event. &nbsp;For more information, or tickets/sponsorship, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ctwbdc.org/WBDCs-20th-Anniversary-Gala-Luncheon-C99.aspx">http://www.ctwbdc.org/WBDCs-20th-Anniversary-Gala-Luncheon-C99.aspx</a><br /><br /></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/GildaBonannosBlog/~4/KNrpQe8snMc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> carla harris Dara Lamb emcee entrepreneur meeting Morgan Stanley Pitney Bowes SBA wbdc women Gilda Bonanno LESSONS FROM A RIVER http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=480 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:d2e491f4-2707-3512-4734-beb06fff2209 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:54:20 +0000 Lucky me, I got to go on a Viking River Cruise up the Danube River, starting in Budapest and ending in Passau, Germany. What amazed me was how the river affected everything. First thing in the morning I&#8217;d open my curtains and see it flowing by. We ate breakfast looking at the gray-green water swirling [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jean-Linz.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-482"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-482" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jean-Linz-300x225.jpg" alt="Jean, Linz" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jean-Linz-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jean-Linz.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a> <a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Budapest.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-483"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-483" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Budapest-300x225.jpg" alt="Budapest" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Budapest-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Budapest.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Lucky me, I got to go on a Viking River Cruise up the Danube River, starting in Budapest and ending in Passau, Germany. What amazed me was how the river affected everything. First thing in the morning I&#8217;d open my curtains and see it flowing by. We ate breakfast looking at the gray-green water swirling around us (sorry, but the Danube isn&#8217;t blue) and at the other ships going by. We got off the boat and did walking and bus tours, but then, happily came back to our boat. And at night, as I was falling asleep, I could feel the force of the river as we cruised.</p> <p>One night I had trouble sleeping so I got up and opened the curtains. I gasped as I was faced with total blackness. My poor husband thought I&#8217;d hurt myself, but when I burst out laughing he realized I was okay. We were in a lock and were so close to the walls, I could touch them. And then, as if by magic, in the morning, we were at a new  port.</p> <p>It was always there. It sustained busy boat traffic and was lined by parks, forests, old churches and castles in the surrounding hills. It never stopped moving but invited me to stillness. I loved being up on the top deck, just watching. As it rushed by on its way to the Black Sea, its simple lesson was be here now. Discover. Enjoy.</p> Jean Jean “NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEY” http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=476 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:f769fb04-cd40-bbd6-7209-bc12db1bc6f6 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:33:18 +0000 Maybe you&#8217;ve heard this wonderful Polish expression before, but I just came upon on and love it! It is the best advice for those of us who like to solve problems. Who are compassionate. Okay, even maybe a little bossy. Every time I say it aloud, I laugh, which we all know is the best [&#8230;] <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/not-my-circus.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-477"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-477" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/not-my-circus-300x191.jpg" alt="not my circus" width="300" height="191" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/not-my-circus-300x191.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/not-my-circus.jpg 636w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Maybe you&#8217;ve heard this wonderful Polish expression before, but I just came upon on and love it! It is the best advice for those of us who like to solve problems. Who are compassionate. Okay, even maybe a little bossy. Every time I say it aloud, I laugh, which we all know is the best medicine. But the great thing about this phrase is that it helps me step back and make a choice&#8211;get involved, not get involved? It helps me remember that I&#8217;m not running things. It puts me in my right place. And if I were going to get a tattoo, which I&#8217;m not, I would have these words imprinted on my arm, or running up my leg. If I were a composer, I&#8217;d turn it into a song. So, being just me, I&#8217;ll share it with you.  I hope <del></del> it makes you giggle and helps you through your day.</p> Jean Jean YOUR HAPPINESS RECIPE http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=472 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:f27b07a9-bec3-42cd-c58a-b91a086b970d Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +0000 I was reading an article recently about mood boosters, and one of the suggestions&#8211;familiar to all my stop burnout buddies&#8211;is to practice gratitude. But when the dog pees on the floor, you have a problem paying a bill,  your children act up, work piles on more work, how can you be grateful? How can you [&#8230;] <p>I was reading an article recently about mood boosters, and one of the suggestions&#8211;familiar to all my stop burnout buddies&#8211;is to practice gratitude. But when the dog pees on the floor, you have a problem paying a bill,  your children act up, work piles on more work, how can you be grateful? How can you get yourself out of a really bad mood?</p> <p>This made me realize that each of us has a happiness recipe&#8211;something or some things that lift our spirits, make us laugh, give us perspective. One friend of mine uses humor, and her laughter muscle is so well developed, that she can laugh at almost everything. I find that being outside, taking a walk or zipping around on my bike, makes me feel better. Not 100% better, but less likely to snap. For others it&#8217;s giving back, and for still others it might be writing in a journal or painting a picture or taking some amazing photos.</p> <p>Challenge:  take five minutes today, no matter how busy the day is, to think about  your happiness recipe. When you look at all the burnout busters, we know the things that help, whether it&#8217;s exercise, wine, time with grandchildren, giving back. The trick is to give yourself the time, the gift of turning yourself around. Ready for the challenge? Can you take a swim after work, or go the park for a picnic with your kids? Have a clear image of what works for you. Here&#8217;s mine&#8211;floating in the water with my twin grandsons! <a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_2765-1.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-473"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-473" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_2765-1-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_2765 (1)" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_2765-1-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/IMG_2765-1.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> Burnout Jean Jean A LESSON FROM SUMMER http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=465 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:ea568d94-25ce-6866-a512-ac81e24f8053 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:42:15 +0000 I love all the seasons, but being a bit of a speed freak, summer is a good season for me as it slows me down. I&#8217;m content to sit outside and enjoy the warmth, listen to the birds, mess about in the garden. It&#8217;s exciting to harvest the first vegetables, and this year, thanks to [&#8230;] <p>I love all the seasons, but being a bit of a speed freak, summer is a good season for me as it slows me down. I&#8217;m content to sit outside and enjoy the warmth, listen to the birds, mess about in the garden. It&#8217;s exciting to harvest the first vegetables, and this year, thanks to a lot of rain, my roses are amazing. Summer is also a nostalgic time for me as I remember my childhood summers:  long days of swimming, playing with my cousins and brother and sister, eating outside, going barefoot, hanging my legs over the side of my father&#8217;s boat as we explored the Connecticut River.</p> <p>One of the lessons I&#8217;ve learned from summer is that slowing down doesn&#8217;t mean dropping out. In fact, taking time can allow the things that are most important to surface. For example, yesterday I had an endless of list of things to do to continue promoting my book, but because I wasn&#8217;t in a rush, because I sat outside and thought about what really matters to me, I decided that those things could wait. And instead I worked on a new book&#8211;one for children&#8211;called &#8220;Bella and the Cat Who Thought He Was A Dog.&#8221; And this story, came from an amazing thing my childhood cat did when one of our dogs was attacked my a neighbor&#8217;s dog. He rushed into the fray, scratching and biting the other dog, until he fled howling.</p> <p>Where it goes is anyone&#8217;s guess, but it felt good to complete it and submit it to my publisher. As I told a classroom of high school seniors a few months back, there are many ways to give yourself the gift of time. One habit I&#8217;ve taught myself, is to arrive for appointments about ten minutes early. I know, I can already hear you thinking to yourselves&#8211;<em>That&#8217;s crazy. I can barely make it on time! </em>The challenge I gave the seniors was to do it for a week&#8211;get to school ten minutes early. And then notice how the day goes. Notice how your relationships change. Be aware how kindness blossoms when you&#8217;re not in a rush. It&#8217;s summer. Take a deep breath and enjoy it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-467"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-467" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13-300x300.jpg" alt="photo (13)" width="300" height="300" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13-150x150.jpg 150w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13-300x300.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/photo-13.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0961.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-466"><img class="alignnone wp-image-466" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0961-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_0961" width="396" height="297" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0961-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0961.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 396px) 100vw, 396px" /></a></p> Burnout Jean Jean WHY NOT A LITTLE CHAOS? http://blog.jeanbaur.com/?p=460 Jean's Blog urn:uuid:8d9af359-faa8-b6d5-8ba2-9dd06e00a654 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:05:01 +0000 I don&#8217;t know about you, but in my world, &#8220;chaos&#8221; is a bad word. It&#8217;s something I try really hard to avoid with my spreadsheets, calendars, lists (yes I know I wrote about this in my last post). I even plan our menus for the week so that I don&#8217;t have to run to the [&#8230;] <p>I don&#8217;t know about you, but in my world, &#8220;chaos&#8221; is a bad word. It&#8217;s something I try really hard to avoid with my spreadsheets, calendars, lists (yes I know I wrote about this in my last post). I even plan our menus for the week so that I don&#8217;t have to run to the store at the last minute.</p> <p>But last week, my husband, who volunteers at a local animal shelter, fell in love. There was something about this puppy that got to him. The next day, we brought Bella, our ten-year-old therapy dog to meet the puppy. She basically ignored him so we thought, &#8220;Oh, this will be easy.&#8221;</p> <p>It&#8217;s not. Last Thursday Rudy came home. He was so frightened in the car that he threw up and pooped. Once we got him cleaned up, we walked both dogs so that they could meet again on neutral territory. Bella was puzzled but okay. But once Rudy came into the house (and he&#8217;s only allowed in the mud room and kitchen until he&#8217;s house trained), Bella snarled at him through the gate. She wasn&#8217;t any friendlier outside, but now, day six, we see small signs of detente. We had them both loose in the back yard and there was some avoidance, but no snarling. The ice might be melting. Our cat, Henry is stunned but won&#8217;t defend himself when Rudy knocks him over. Yes, we&#8217;ve got chaos. But it&#8217;s strangely okay.</p> <p>I&#8217;m trying to take a kind of Zen approach to it all, to see what happens and to untangle myself from my normal expectations. Okay, not much work gets done. So what if the kitchen floor is dirty? He&#8217;s sweet. He likes to fall asleep in my arms. Maybe charm really is stronger than chaos. One day I hope he&#8217;ll be a therapy dog like Bella. I hope he&#8217;ll be able to comfort people who are hurting. Yesterday, when Bella and I were at our local hospital, we visited a boy in the emergency psych ward. He was only 11 and was in a room by himself. I asked him if Bella could get up on his bed and he nodded. She curled up next to him. He touched her velvety ears and for those few seconds, I thought he looked less alone and unafraid. After several minutes, we said goodbye, and as we walked past the armed guard outside his door, I knew we would make it through the chaos.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><del><a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0971.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-461"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-461" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0971-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_0971" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0971-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_0971.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a> <a href="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_2668.jpg" rel="attachment wp-att-462"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-462" src="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_2668-300x225.jpg" alt="IMG_2668" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_2668-300x225.jpg 300w, http://jeanbaur.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/IMG_2668.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></del></p> Burnout Jean Jean Should I roll my credit card debt into my home loan? http://aboveallelse.org/should-i-roll-my-credit-card-debt-into-my-home-loan/ Above All Else urn:uuid:d98ad278-e2fe-8830-e12d-1dabfe88ef9d Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:16:03 +0000 It is normally not a good idea to roll credit card debt into your mortgage for several reasons. Lets look at the positive reasons and negative reasons to be better able to evaluate this. Positive Reasons To Roll Credit Card Debt Into Your Mortgage Interest may become tax deductible saving you money Your mortgage interest [&#8230;] <p><strong>It is normally not a good idea to roll credit card debt into your mortgage for several reasons. Lets look at the positive reasons and negative reasons to be better able to evaluate this.</strong></p> <p><u>Positive Reasons To Roll Credit Card Debt Into Your Mortgage</u></p> <ol> <li>Interest may become tax deductible saving you money</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Your mortgage interest rate may be lower than your credit car interest rate which may save you money</li> </ol> <ol> <li>The monthly payment can be lower than paying for the credit card and the mortgage separately</li> </ol> <p><u>Negative Reasons To Roll Credit Card Debt Into Your Mortgage</u></p> <ol> <li>Many people find that once they roll the debt from their credit cards into their mortgage (or into other debt options), their credit card debt goes right back up again leaving them with the higher mortgage payment and a credit card payment, making their budget even more difficult to manage than had they not rolled it.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Credit card debt typically does not have a &#8220;life&#8221; as long as a mortgage. For example your credit card debt may take you three-five years to pay off. If you roll it into your mortgage you have now spread it out over a 25-30 year mortgage. When you add up the total interest you will end up paying, it is normally a lot more than had you left the debt on the card.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>The amount you save in taxes will normally be a lot less than the total cost of the mortgage interest debt over the 25-30 years.</li> <li>Learning to manage your spending is critical. If you have credit card debt it is because you are spending more than you can afford. Make a decision to not use your credit card unless it is needed for a real emergency. Taking control of your spending can do a lot more for you than rolling your debt into your mortgage.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>©2016 Nancy Butler All rights reserved</p> Money Management and Insurance Success in Life credit card debt debt early money lessons lower debt money management mortgage balance nbutler What does a small business owner need to know about recruiting their first employees? http://aboveallelse.org/what-does-a-small-business-owner-need-to-know-about-recruiting-their-first-employees/ Above All Else urn:uuid:fdadcd9d-2bec-78ce-e2a3-667cc62c4678 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:04:53 +0000 Many business owners wait to hire help until they feel they can afford to do so, which for many is far too long. If you hire the right person, he or she will more than pay for himself or herself in a very short period, which will free you up to do the things that [&#8230;] <p>Many business owners wait to hire help until they feel they can afford to do so, which for many is far too long. If you hire the right person, he or she will more than pay for himself or herself in a very short period, which will free you up to do the things that bring more money into the business. As the business owner, your time is best spent bringing in business and managing the company, enabling the business to become more profitable. All other tasks should be completed by others who may not only be better at it, but can also do it at a lower cost to the business.</p> <p>Also remember that you get what you pay for. Hiring low cost staff can also be a mistake. Take the time to hire the right person. If necessary, hire an employment agency to help assure you hire the right person for the job at an appropriate rate of pay.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>©2016 Nancy Butler All rights reserved</p> Success in Business Systems, Strategies and Solutions entrepreneurs first employee hiring small bnusiness staff management staffing nbutler Keeping Business Costs In Line With Profitability http://aboveallelse.org/keeping-business-costs-in-line-with-profitability/ Above All Else urn:uuid:3e3ec9e8-299a-0ea2-73da-53ff59110af4 Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:08:28 +0000 I used to feel that every client deserves the same level of service regardless of the amount of income they provide to my business. That is, until there weren&#8217;t enough hours in the day to do that. To provide the same level of service to all clients, it reached a point where I realized I [&#8230;] <p><em></em>I used to feel that every client deserves the same level of service regardless of the amount of income they provide to my business. That is, until there weren&#8217;t enough hours in the day to do that. To provide the same level of service to all clients, it reached a point where I realized I had to either spend more time at work and less with my family.</p> <p>Or, hire more staff, which meant less income for my family. I wasn&#8217;t willing to do either.</p> <p>The level of service you provide and therefore the amount you spend should coincide with profitability to your company. With the current economic situation as it is, taking a closer look at the cost to service your customers and assuring it is properly aligned can improve the company’s bottom line and help to anchor your best clients to you and your business.</p> <p>It is normally more cost effective to keep existing clients than it is to obtain new ones. I coach many small business owners to code their customers or clients based on profitability to their business. The people that are providing the greatest income to the business, deserve the best service. Going above and beyond for them will also help to better assure they stay with you. For example, your “C” clients (<u>not</u> the best clients) may receive an <u>annual</u> newsletter and holiday card signed by everyone at the business. Your “B” clients receive a <u>quarterly</u> newsletter, holiday card signed by everyone at the business and a <u>semi-annual</u> phone call to check in and see if they have any questions and how you can further be of assistance. Your “A” clients (the best clients) would receive a <u>monthly</u> newsletter, holiday gift and card signed by everyone at the company and a <u>quarterly</u> phone call to check in and see if they have any questions and how you can further be of assistance.</p> <p>This is just an example. And of course you will need to set a plan that is appropriate for the type of business you have.</p> <p>The correct level of customer service for every client can be one key to the success of your business and provide the balance you need to more efficiently manage your time and resources while maximizing your bottom line.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>©2016 Nancy Butler  All rights reserved</strong></p> Success in Business Systems, Strategies and Solutions business profitiability client service Profitability nbutler How can you stop yourself from going into to your nest egg constantly? http://aboveallelse.org/how-can-you-stop-yourself-from-going-into-to-your-nest-egg-constantly/ Above All Else urn:uuid:ab3e51b8-5f32-da99-4b95-63125952143d Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:58:41 +0000 The answer is your mind set.  How you think about money greatly affects your potential for long term financial success.  When working with clients that had a hard time building and maintaining their cash reserve I would explain it to them like this. My definition of a “nest egg” or “cash reserve” is money that [&#8230;] <p><strong>T</strong>he answer is your mind set.  How you think about money greatly affects your potential for long term financial success.  When working with clients that had a hard time building and maintaining their cash reserve I would explain it to them like this.</p> <p>My definition of a “nest egg” or “cash reserve” is money that is set aside and is added to monthly so that it continues to grow until it is needed for an emergency.  First you need to agree on what an emergency is that gives you permission to withdraw from this account.  An emergency may be, basic food in your mouth, basic clothes on your back, reasonable transportation, etc.  An emergency is <u>not</u> a family vacation, buying because of a great sale, more clothes when you already have the necessities, etc.</p> <p>If an emergency came up today and you needed, for example a new roof on your home, where would you get the money from to fix it?  The answer always seems to be, I wouldn’t have a choice.  I have to have a roof so if I didn’t have the cash I would need to take out a loan and get the roof fixed.  My next question is, where will the monthly money come from to make the payment on that loan, since you are not able to put money away and keep it there now, that means that you are now living on the income you have?  The answer usually is, I don’t have a choice, I would have to cut back on what I could so that I can make the payments needed to be able to have a roof on my home.</p> <p>Really think about this scenario.  If you can cut back when an emergency arises because “you have no other option”, why wouldn’t you just cut back now so instead of having to go into debt and pay interest on a loan that you cannot afford, you can be your own “bank”.  If you know you can do it if you were forced to, odds are you can do it now if you really want to.  The problem is your priorities may not be in order.</p> <p>Here’s how I suggest you handle this.  With every dollar that goes through your hands there are three places it needs to go, not necessarily in equal thirds, but in three places.</p> <p>#1  Pay your bills &#8211; or you may not have your freedom for long.</p> <p>#2  spend some – if you save it all ‘till later and don’t live to enjoy it, what good</p> <p>would that be?</p> <p>#3 save some – to cover the larger ticket items that the weekly paycheck won’t</p> <p>cover and so that someday you won’t have to work anymore.</p> <p>The problem with many people today is that we do pay our bills, which is a good thing, but we spend some and save what’s left, and that is backwards.  You should be saving first and then spend what’s left.  Having a long term vision for your future rather than living for today is also a critical factor for success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>©2016 Nancy Butler  All rights reserved</strong></p> Money Management and Insurance Success in Life money money management saving money nbutler Effective time management can bring you success in business. And lack of it, can break you. http://aboveallelse.org/effective-time-management-can-bring-you-success-in-business-and-lack-of-it-can-break-you-2/ Above All Else urn:uuid:cddfcc8e-f72d-b572-0bed-6d3da3bfc0d1 Sat, 02 Apr 2016 01:52:49 +0000 With everything a business owner has to accomplish in a day to keep the business going, we can find it difficult to find any time to work on the business.  Scheduling time into every week to step away from the running of the business and spend the time to work on the strategies and changes [&#8230;] <p>With everything a business owner has to accomplish in a day to keep the business going, we can find it difficult to find any time to work <strong><u>on</u></strong> the business.  Scheduling time into every week to step away from the running of the business and spend the time to work on the strategies and changes that need to take place to take the business “to the next level” is critical.  By setting specific time each week aside and having an agenda ready, you can make the changes needed in your business to ensure success. If you are always “putting out fires” you can find you do not have the time to figure out how to keep the fire from igniting in the first place.  One way to help ensure the needed time is available is to have a “model week” and stick to it. You are the one to decide which calls you will take, when you can be interrupted, when you will be in and out of the office and how you will manage your time. Effective time management can bring you success in business. And lack of it, can break you.</p> <p><strong>©2016 Nancy Butler  All rights reserved</strong></p> Real Estate Success in Business Systems, Strategies and Solutions business business management success in business time management nbutler