Training Programs 

Customized, practical workshops & programs in communication, presentation, leadership and team skills to develop strong leaders, high-performing teams and excellent frontline staff. 

Executives value her global experience, real-life examples and focus on achieving business results while participants appreciate her engaging, interactive style and use of hands-on exercises that make the training relevant, effective and memorable.  

All of Gilda’s sessions are created in collaboration with you and based on the needs and background of your specific audience, from salespeople to customer service, management to frontline staff.  

Program length can be anywhere from 2 hours to multiple days, depending on the topic and your audience/time frame.  All sessions can be delivered to a group audience or through one-on-one or small group coaching.  All programs can be offered in-person, virtually or to a hybrid audience.

Training in Presentation Skills, Communication Skills, Team Skills & Leadership
Presentation Skills Training

Being knowledgeable about a topic is not enough.  You have to be able to communicate that knowledge effectively to any audience, whether you are presenting to the board of directors, potential clients or industry colleagues. In order to have the audience listen to you and take your ideas seriously, you have to present the right amount of information, with clear and focused organization, delivered in a credible and engaging manner.  

Skills covered include how to:

• Speak with confidence

• Engage your audience

• Create a strategic message for your presentation for this specific audience

• Use non-verbal communications (body language) to strengthen your message

• Stay within the time limit

• Eliminate ums, ahs and filler words

• Use PowerPoint® effectively

• Speak extemporaneously

• How to practice

• Handle audience questions without getting flustered or going off-track

• Incorporate stories into your presentations

• Overcome any anxiety you have about public speaking

Presentation Skills  Training can be offered with any of the following focus areas:

• Bold Presentation Skills

• Executive Presentation Skills

• Winning Sales Presentations

• Maximize Your Executive Presence

• How to Develop and Deliver Effective Presentations Over the Phone

Communications Skills Training

(for staff/individual contributors and/or managers)

Communication skills are crucial to individual and organizational success. Miscommunication leads to mistakes, missed goals, frustration and the inability to achieve your goals.  Whether you communicate internally (with colleagues, direct reports and managers) or externally (with external customers, suppliers and partners), you have to build relationships based on trust and authenticity. 

Communication Skills Training can include any of the following programs:

• Active Listening

• Giving and Receiving Feedback

• Coaching for Performance Development and Improvement (for managers)

• Coaching for Critical Conversations (for managers)

• How to Network for Professional Success

• How to Delegate Work

• Cross-Cultural Communications

• Delivering Winning Customer Service

• Sales Excellence Training

• Develop and Communicate a Strong Personal Brand

Team Skills Training

(for team members and/or team leaders)

Today’s organizations rely heavily on formal and informal teams to innovate, solve problems, deliver results and compete in an ever-changing market.  To create high-performing teams, managers need to set clear expectations for processes and results and team members need to understand their roles.  Communication at all levels is key and everyone has to capitalize on individual strengths for total team performance.  


Skills covered include how to:

• Create high-performance teams

• Match individual strengths with team roles

• Build team unity

• Shorten project cycle time

• Reduce conflict

• Manage projects, meetings and time

• Foster creative problem-solving

Team Skills Training can include any of the following programs:

• Creating High-Performing Teams

• Change Management: Communicating and Managing Change/Transformation With Integrity, Imagination and Flexibility

• Leading Effective In-person and Virtual Team Meetings

• Innovation and Brainstorming

• Getting Results Without Direct Authority

• Project Management


Gilda is an authorized partner of Everything DiSC® (a Wiley Brand) which provides a self-assessment and research-validated model that helps you understand yourself and others, saving you time, energy, and money.   The classroom training includes a report with the results of your online self-assessment and rich, compelling narration that adds depth to the data, contemporary videos to illuminate key messages and a personalized learning experience.  

Everything DiSC® helps you build more effective working relationships based on an understanding of different behavioral styles and:

• Provides a common language to help teams understand one another and work better together

• Acts as a springboard for conversation and team building

• Improves employee and workplace communication

• Helps you to understand people who aren’t like you... or are too much like you

• Reduces conflict and avoids misunderstandings

Everything DiSC can include any of the 5 following programs, each with a DiSC-based assessment:

• Everything DiSC Workplace®

• Everything DiSC Management®

• Everything DiSC Work of Leaders®

• Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders®

• Everything DiSC Sales®

Everything DiSC can also be added to any Communication/Team/Presentation Skills Training programs

See what Gilda's clients have said about the benefits of working with her

If you would like to learn more about how Gilda can help you reach your goals, contact Gilda today.

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Business Consultant


Gilda is by far the best facilitator I have ever experienced

"Given that I have had many opportunities to participate in many similar types of engagements, it is very clear to me that we were all were the beneficiaries of Gilda’s extraordinarily effective skill, expertise and style while serving as our facilitator. Gilda seemed extremely well trained in the art of facilitating and never detracted from our effort in any way.

I was particularly impressed that by the time Gilda entered her facilitator role during day 2, Gilda had already successfully gained trust and respect from all of us. Clearly this accomplishment enabled Gilda to successfully take the disciplined and directed demeanor manner she assumed.

Simply stated, she was, by far, the best facilitator I have ever experienced."


Executive Director

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

After working with Gilda, I know how to design and confidently deliver a presentation

As a seasoned executive, I have given many presentations but I knew I needed help in refining my message to make it more strategic and delivering it with confidence. Gilda walked me through a clear, easy-to-follow process for creating and practicing a presentation.

After working with Gilda, I know how to design and confidently deliver a presentation that connects with the audience and communicates my message, whether I am speaking at award presentations, soliciting contributions from corporate donors or providing education to my team. I highly recommend her.


Program Manager

United Technologies

Gilda did a fantastic job

Gilda 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.


Director of Sales Operations


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!”


Director of Corporate Sponsorship

PMI Central Massachusetts

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.”


Investment Advisor Representative

Anderson Wealth Management

I learned how to use well though out stories when presenting

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.”


Director of Marketing and Enrollment Services

Manhattanville College School of Business

Great communicator with excellent content

Gilda Bonanno’s webinar on Executive Presence for Leaders: Communicating with Confidence, Competence and Composure for the Manhattanville School of Business Women’s Leadership Institute was truly invaluable. Gilda herself is an example of a great communicator. Her webinar had excellent content and the presentation was organized and enjoyable. I would highly recommend Gilda for any communication training.”


Training Coordinator and Executive Assistant

GE Capital

Gilda challenged us to think outside the box... and laugh!

“I highly recommend the talented Gilda to you! Gilda led a fun team building event for our GE Capital Controllership team. 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! Under the umbrella of good-natured fun, 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. Thanks, Gilda!”


Assistant Director, Annual Giving

Marist College

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.”


Host and Organizer, President's Lecture Series

Dominican College

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!”


Vice President, Connecticut

Women's Business Development Council (WBDC)

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.”


Virtual Banking Operations Manager

Quorum Federal Credit Union

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!”