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Gilda helped me step up my game

"After just a few sessions together, Gilda pointed me in the right direction. 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. I am grateful to Gilda and for the help she has given me to become a more effective salesperson."

Judith Giangoia, Private Banker, Vice President,

Wells Fargo Private Bank, New York

 

 

Incredible ability to speak to, train and motivate a group
The exercises were fun and interactive while still delivering a very important message. Thank you for your time and energy in, once again, delivering a top notch presentation. If there ever is a time I can recommend you and your incredible ability to speak to, train and motivate a group, please feel free to have your client contact me.

Nancy Margiano-Sylvester, Vice President of Training and Development & Recruiting at Family Security Plan

 

 

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 

 

Passionate, powerful, erudite

"'Passionate, convincing, powerful' are the words that come to mind as you listen to Gilda Bonanno, the erudite speaker, on her recent talk titled "Bold Presentation Skills for Project Managers" given at the PMI Central MA chapter."

Suresh Nadig, Director of Meetings, PMI Central Mass


Gilda helped me see the LIGHT

"If you want a good presentation and you need to start from zero, get Gilda as your coach. She talks you through it, gets you into the process and helps you see the LIGHT. As I begin my fourth semester of Columbia University's Master's program, I still get butterflies, but I know I can get through it by engaging in the process of learning how to do things the right way and getting better at them.Practice, practice, practice - that was the key that Gilda taught me."

Pat Miller, Landscape Designer

 

 

Who Has Gilda Worked With?
Gilda has worked with clients at Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and small businesses throughout North America and in Europe, China and India, including:

 

  • Advance News Magazines
  • Altria Group
  • Barden Corporation/Schaeffler Group
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • The Center to Promote Health Care Studies
  • Cigna
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Dominican College
  • General Electrical (GE) Capital Finance
  • Gucci
  • The Hartford
  • Hamilton Sundstrand
  • Heidmar Inc.
  • IBM
  • Manhattanville School of Business
  • Marist College
  • Medley Global Advisors
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Northeast Utilities
  • Praxair
  • Purdue Pharma, LP
  • Schering-Plough (now Merck)
  • Sirius Decisions
  • Southern CT State University
  • Sterling House Community Center
  • Travelers
  • United Illuminating
  • United Technologies (UTC)
  • University of Kentucky HealthCare
  • University of New Haven
  • Wells Fargo
  • Women's Business Development Center
  • Yale University

 

 

Gilda has delivered speeches for numerous professional associations, including:

 

  • Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD)
  • American Women's Business Association (AWBA)
  • Business Networking International (BNI)
  • Entrepreneurial Women's Network (EWN)
  • Financial Women International (FWI) 
  • National Speakers Association (NSA)
  • Media Communications Association International (MCAI)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Toastmasters International
  • Women in Business Summit
  • Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)

Thrilled to work with Gilda

"The Office of Alumni Relations at Marist College was thrilled to work with Gilda Bonanno to offer a 'How to Schmooze' workshop for our alumni. She provided practical and hands-on advice for putting your best foot forward and building bigger and stronger networks. We look forward to the opportunity to work with Gilda again in the future!"

Bobbi Sue Tellitocci, Associate Director, Alumni and Donor Programs, Marist College

 

 

 

 

Valuable ideas - I walked away with insights I can use

“I had the pleasure of attending Gilda's presentation, “Bold Presentation Skills for Project Managers.” She was very engaging and shared valuable ideas on business communication. I walked away with insights that I can use at my professional presentations. I really liked her examples and the fact that she didn’t use slides. She was very precise in sharing her ideas and I am sure the other attendees felt the same. I have a presentation coming up and plan to take her advice about not having verbose slides and instead use more images and graphs/charts that speak to the audience. I would love to have the opportunity to hear her speak again.”

Mafruha Haque, District Manager, Kelly IT Resources at Kelly Services

 

 

Her energy, enthusiasm and humor engaged the audience

"We invited Gilda to present "Bold Presentation Skills for Women in Business" for our Women's Leadership Council event.She did a fantastic job! Her energy, enthusiasm and humor engaged the audience and she provided coaching tips that are easy to incorporate into our presentations.The feedback from the attendees was very positive - each woman walked away with specific ideas to make her presentations more confident, memorable and powerful.We look forward to inviting Gilda back to speak to us again."

Lisa Labella, Executive Director, Women's Leadership Council, Bridgeport Regional Business Council affiliate

 

 

Unique ability to capture attention, education and entertain

"I invited Gilda to teach a networking workshop at Oxbridge Academic Programs in New York City for students from several different nations including Turkey, South Africa and Chile. With her unique ability to capture attention, educate and entertain, Gilda helped all the students understand the value and process of networking during professional and social events. After Gilda's workshop, each student expressed complete satisfaction and reassurance with regards to his or her networking abilities before, during, and after attending a future event."

Neeraj Joshi, Faculty Member, Oxbridge Academic Programs & Counsel, Meredith & Keyhani PLLC

 

 

 

Gilda did a fantastic job

"Gilda spoke at our annual SNEC-PMI Conference this past April. She did a fantastic job at making the audience think about what is important to them, and how life is too short (~28,000 days) to delay goals. I highly recommend that you hire Gilda as a speaker, and/or for your organization’s training needs. She’s a very effective speaker."

Fred Johnson, Southern New England Chapter of PMI, Board of Directors & Program Manager, Climate, Controls & Security, United Technologies (UTC)

 

 

 

 

High level of expertise

"Gilda Bonanno is a consummate professional willing to share her high level of expertise in networking with any size or type of business group. Her methods appeal to the entrepreneur or the seasoned veteran or mid-career individual, crossing multiple generations. in addition, Gilda provides tangible strategies to implement right away. I highly recommend Gilda to help your business put its best foot forward."

Linda Burhance, Owner, Apparel Development Consulting

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

With Gilda, you will see results

"Gilda was a great resource in developing my presentation skills. She simplifies things so that they can easily be remembered and implemented. Not only that, she is an absolute pleasure to work with. If you are looking for an organized, honest coach, look no further. You will see results!"

Joe Ort, Director of Sales Operations, SiriusDecisions

 

 

 

 

 

Educational and entertaining

"Congratulations on the excellent presentation given at the SNEC conference. Presentation skills are so basic to what a project manager does it continues to amaze me that there is so little emphasis on such a critical PM tool. Your presentation was very entertaining as well as educational - the best kind! Thank you for your excellent contribution to the conference attendees."

Dick Kennedy, Director of Corporate Sponsorship, PMI Central Mass
 
  

Provided a wealth of opportunities for participants to actively learn

"It was an absolute pleasure having alumna Gilda Bonanno present her workshop on “How to Schmooze” with our institution’s alumni. Her training and coaching credentials and her ability to engage a diverse audience with a wide range of professions provided a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for our participants to actively learn and craft their networking skills."

Anthony Izzo, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, NBC Universal Media

 

 

 

Gilda was great and very effective

"As much as I was terrified to stand up and present, I actually really enjoyed the process and the feedback. I thought Gilda was great and very effective.We accomplished a lot in a short amount of time."

Laura Houser, Assistant Controller, Heidmar Inc.

 

 

Provided actions attendees could use - inventive and engrossing

“I have heard Gilda speak several times and she is an extremely engaging and well prepared presenter. She winningly applies the guidelines that she recommends in her newsletters, blogs and coaching sessions. As the closing keynote speaker for the 2011 Conference of the Southern New England Chapter of PMI, Gilda demonstrated her best practices by showing her confidence, influence and successful methodology for her session on “How Will You Spend Your 28,000 Days?” She provided real life experiences of techniques she has used and provided actions that the attendees could use. It was a very inventive and engrossing presentation.” 

Laura Frank, Project Manager, Synapse Group

 

 

Dynamic and very knowledgeable

"I have had the pleasure of working with Gilda on the 6th Annual Women in Business Summit and by all reports she was outstanding! Comments received from workshop attendees included "excellent facilitator"; "dynamic and very knowledgeable"; "would attend another workshop from her". Gilda made my job easy; she was professional and made great recommendations to improve the effectiveness of her workshop. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with her again."

Kisha Samuels, President, Events of Joy


 

I learned how to gracefully exit a conversation

"It was a pleasure to meet and hear you speak about schmoozing skills. I consider myself a pretty outgoing person that usually doesn’t have trouble talking to strangers.  However, your pointers still helped a lot, especially when I am in situations where I might feel that I have nothing in common with anyone in the room.  I learned about how to gracefully break into a conversation and how to exit one."

Geeta Ludwiczak, Commercial Real Estate Analyst, Wells Fargo Bank; NY/NJ Chair, Wells Fargo Asian Connection



Smooth, professional, enlightening and entertaining

"I have attended Gilda's presentations for the past three years at the annual Southern New England Chapter of the Project Management Institute's conference. She is a polished speaker who always has an upbeat professional message to deliver.


This year's presentation, "Presenting with Power and Passion," was of particular importance and timing for me. We are currently training our newer Project Managers and technical staff to prepare and deliver presentations to Senior Management. I picked up some new tips from her presentation and also confirmed some of the things that I had been doing correctly. I was so impressed by her presentation that we invited her to speak at our company's next Project Manager's Forum. I highly recommend Gilda's presentations."

Eugene Kallaur, PE, PMP, Project Director, Transmission and Substation Projects, The United Illuminating Company

 

 

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, www.radesantis.com

 

 

Effective and engaging, makes a real connection to the audience

"Gilda is an effective and engaging speaker and trainer. She has presented several workshops for the Women's Business Development Center over the past three years, including Public Speaking: How to Talk to Strangers, Presenting Your Best Self: Communicating & Advocating for Success, and Grow Your Career With Networking Savvy.Gilda is well organized and prepared for every workshop. She does her homework on fine tuning her presentation for her audience. She is easy to work with and very supportive to participants.


Whether she is helping aspiring women entrepreneurs learn how to speak effectively about their businesses or teaching Hispanic business owners how to network with their colleagues, Gilda provides practical exercises and techniques that empower people to build self-confidence and develop bold communication skills.Gilda cares about her audiences and is able to make a real connection with them. I highly recommend her.

Marian Cicolello, Vice President, Connecticut Women's Business Development Council (WBDC)

 

 

Easy-to-implement insights that I will put into use immediately

"I recently attended Gilda's Bold Presentation Skills and I'm so happy I did! Gilda provided some really great tips on how to utilize story telling within a presentation that I will put into use immediately. I'm looking forward to practicing her "easy-to-implement" insights and guidelines with my next presentation. Thanks Gilda!”

Jennifer Covello, Owner & Founder Frittabello LLC www.frittabello.com

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Gilda showed me how to engage the audience

"Your class, Public Speaking: How to Talk to Strangers, has helped me tremendously. I had a 10 minute presentation to my networking group recently and in advance, practiced the skills and advice you suggested. Keeping my discussion to 10 minutes, I engaged the audience, we had a few laughs and the end result was good. I'm definitely improving my skills. Thanks so much!"

Kallie Gordon, Owner, Curtain Call, thecurtaincall@att.net

 

 

 

 

 

Gilda modeled what she was talking about

"Gilda’s workshop was effective primarily because Gilda modeled what she was talking about. She had great stories. She paced the presentation really well. She modulated the volume, tone, timing of her speech, use of humor, etc. Among the valuable things I learned, I will definitely work on having stories well thought out before I speak."

Anne M. Wilkins, CFP, Investment Adviser Representative, Anderson Wealth Management

 
 

 

 

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
 
 
Universal message needed by senior corporate audiences
"Gilda did an oustanding job in presenting to our administrative assistant staff. She took on a potentially touchy subject, fear and empowerment in the workplace, with humor, energy and tact. She leveraged her experience as an administrative assistant optimally. I believe her messages are universal and would be welcome, and much needed, by other, more senior, audiences. Gilda is very entertaining and thought provoking."
Doug J. Manion, M.D., Vice President, Viral Diseases Global Clinical Research Bristol-Myers Squibb Research & Development

 
Engaging, entertaining and enlightening stories and exercises
"We had asked Gilda to provide an inspirational and motivational talk for our group of over 50 administrative associates on Administrative Associates Appreciation Day. Gilda did an outstanding job of engaging, entertaining, and enlightening the audience with stories and exercises regarding trust, fear, aspirations, and success stories. The audience was very appreciative of her talk and left feeling invigorated and motivated."
Jack A. Grebb, M.D., Vice President, Neuroscience Global Clinical Research Bristol-Myers Squibb Research & Development

 


Gilda was engaging, effective and enjoyable

"Gilda, A most sincere thanks for presenting to our MCAICT group on March 26th. I thought you did a great job engaging the audience. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and get something out of it! I borrowed your half-life idea and presented it with credit to you at our Toastmaster meeting that Friday. They enjoyed it, too. You have a nice easy style of presenting that is effective, yet friendly. I'll certainly keep you in mind to refer to others."

Diane Ploch, Media Communications Association of CT

 

 

Fun and easy to follow
"I loved Gilda’s presentation. I thought she had great ideas and kept it fun. I especially liked how she kept it simple. The handout was great and to the point.”
Melissa Mednick, Vice-President, The Wilton Bank

 

 

I could use her suggestions right away
"Gilda, It was a pure pleasure meeting you and working out with the members of our group last night. And I actually learned something that I could use right away. I was really impressed with the way you took your own advice and left us with something quite valuable. Plus, the format made for an intimate evening, yet one in which no one felt uncomfortable regardless of their past performances. I look forward to having you speak again at a meeting next season."
Steve Washer, President-elect, Media Communications Association of CT; Executive Producer, MedView Media


 

Gilda had her audience riveted

"It was a tremendous thrill getting to work with and host Gilda Bonanno, who was the featured speaker at Dominican College’s President’s Lecture Series in November 2013. Gilda’s commanding narrative of her experiences had the audience of mostly high school and college students riveted. Additionally, Gilda’s strategies for enhancing communication skills and maximizing opportunities were especially helpful to the adolescents in attendance, particularly in today's economic climate.

 

Working with Gilda proved to be one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had hosting speakers. She is a consummate professional, generous with her time and someone whose passion for what she does is contagious in the best of ways!"

Matt Robertson, Host and Organizer, President's Lecture Series, Dominican College