Why hire Gilda as your coach?
Gilda has worked with a wide range of clients and believes that with the right training
and practice, anyone can become a more effective communicator.
Gilda has worked with businesspeople throughout North America and in South America,
Europe, China, Thailand and India.
Her previous work experience in the pharmaceutical and information technology industries gives her a keen understanding of the challenges facing businesses. She is a certified Project Management Practitioner (PMP), has a certificate in Process Reengineering and holds an
Advanced Business Certificate in Management from the University of Connecticut School of Business. Her expertise in process improvement and project management allows her to help clients use their communication and presentation skills to solve business problems.
Recognized expert who has worked with major clients
Gilda has worked with people at Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and small
businesses including: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wells Fargo, Praxair, GE Capital, Northeast
Utilities, United Illuminating, The Hartford and Hamilton Sundstrand.
She has delivered speeches for numerous professional associations, including: Association for
Talent Development (formerly ASTD), American Women's Business Association (AWBA), National Speakers Association (NSA), Project Management Institute (PMI), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Toastmasters International.
Gilda authored a chapter in Paid to Speak: Best Practices for Building a Successful Speaking Business, a book published in 2011 by the National Speakers Association, the premier association for professional speakers in the United States.Fellow authors included speaking luminaries such as Nido Quebein, Lou Heckler and Glenna Salsbury.
Gilda's coaching is customized, focused, practical and supportive
Gilda will design a coaching program that is tailored to your individual needs.We will discuss the kind of presentations you give, what works well already and what you'd like to work on. You'll deliver a few minutes of a sample presentation so Gilda can make a baseline evaluation of your skills and work with you to establish three or four goals that will have maximum impact.
You'll begin working on them right away using specific exercises and in-between session practice. We'll measure your improvement after each session and when we conclude our coaching engagement, Gilda will provide you with a roadmap for continued skill development and reinforcement.
Learn more about how Gilda's coaching can help you reach your goals - email Gilda today or call 203-979-5117.
Read more about how Gilda helps her clients with customized, individual coaching in the Coaching Case Studies.
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Get on the waiting list for Gilda's next coaching program in 2016 - Virtual Presentations: How to
Develop and Deliver an Effective Presentation Over the Phone - Click here for details
(Many of Gilda's executive coaching clients prefer to remain confidential.)
Before working with Gilda, I was nervous and unpolished
"As a Virtual Assistant who is relatively new to producing webinars, I was nervous and unpolished in delivering my workshop introduction and lacked a clear purpose for my comments. Gilda helped me isolate what was important to my presentation, while giving me great ideas for transitions and otherwise awkward moments. Gilda has been a pleasure to work with."
Jennifer Werner, Owner, Executive Assistance
Professional manner, calm presence and sense of humor
"Gilda Bonanno took me from A to Z in the process of preparing and delivering presentations.
Her professional manner, calm presence, sense of humor and encouragement helped
me to overcome my fear of the public speaking experience. Gilda supported me through
the planning, writing, visual, presenting and follow up segments. She provided a wealth of
information and ideas - always keeping in mind not only my needs, but also those of my
audience. It has been my pleasure to recommend Gilda to my peers because of the
high quality of her service."
Ruth Ann DeSantis, Certified Life Coach
I learned how to deliver my message powerfully
"As someone heading off to my first national conference presentation, I began the coaching journey with a lack of confidence that I truthfully thought I would never overcome. With my experience working with Gilda on Skype and the phone for a few months, not only did I overcome my lack of confidence, but I have learned how to deliver my message powerfully. In the end my presentation was organized and powerful and I was confident and clear. Gilda leaves you with the confidence to expand and leave your comfort zone which is necessary to grow and thrive."
Breanna Craft, Meriden, CT
Gilda gave me confidence
“I just want to tell you that my speech last night went well. I felt more confident this year
than last year. Last year this event took over my life for two weeks; I couldn't sleep at night
because I was so worried. This year, I was worried, but not out of control. Everybody liked
my speech! Your private session helped me a lot and gave me confidence. I never thought
that I would get better at speaking in public, but as you said - it doesn't have to be a nightmare,
and it really doesn't. Thank you.”
Kristina Lewis, YMCA
Clear, funny and a great listener
“Thank you for being so clear, open, funny and a wonderful listener. When you made
your points on improvement, they were very thought-out and easy to receive.”
Sandy Progano, MediaCom, Inc
After using Gilda's techniques, I now look forward to networking events
"I wanted to take a moment to thank you, and to let you know how helpful the “How to Schmooze” workshop was for me. It has completely changed how I approach networking events. Rather than spending most of the time speaking to people I already know, or standing in the corner of the room looking at my phone, I now feel comfortable and confident in approaching people and making new contacts. In fact, after using your techniques at a number of events, I can now honestly say that I look forward to networking events, rather than dreading them.THANK YOU VERY MUCH!"
Aleksandr Y. Troyb, Esq., The Troyb Law Firm LLC
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