A Public Speaking Lesson from Contest Winner, Donne Davis

I am pleased to announce that Donne Davis, founder of the GaGaSisterhood ("Where Grandmas bond, brag and benefit"), has won free attendance at our Encore! Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations seminar that is occurring today and tomorrow, September 29 and 30 at the Crown Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto, CA.


Congratulations Donne for winning a prize worth $1,195! 


It was a pleasant surprise to pull Donne’s name out of the raffle hat since I had the privilege of working with her when she attended the National Speakers Association/ Northern California Chapter Pro Track program in 2008. At that time Donne had just founded the GaGaSisterhood and was beginning to speak publically to get the word out.


A Natural Communication Style

Donne is a delightful person who has a sincere and natural communication style and an appealing message to grandmas everywhere! Her gentle enthusiasm combined with a passion for her topic engenders trust in her audience. The challenge she faced was in learning to project greater physical energy by using her body language and vocal skills more intensely. In one short coaching session she quickly learned to let her body speak as loudly as her words and in the process she became a more compelling and engaging speaker.


Life Long Learning   

While Donne moved forward during our short coaching session she wanted a deeper learning experience with more focused coaching. As someone who believes that continuous improvement is critical for career advancement and personal success, she wanted to refine her presentation skills even more. While one short video coaching session provides a foundation for success, becoming a highly competent and confident public speaker is a journey that requires perseverance, dedication and hard work over time. So, she decided to take a chance on a free class --and won!


While I regret that I am not there to work with Donne this week (I’m working with clients on the east coast), she is in the excellent hands of our talented senior consultant and master trainer Kathy Andre. I’m sure Donne will grow tremendously from the Encore! experience and achieve her public speaking goals.


You Could Be Next

What can you do to move to your next level? If you want to receive valuable public speaking information, tips and resources, sign up for our newsletter and blog. And if you want to challenge yourself and accelerate your presentation skills with an in-depth training program and focused coaching, sign up for our video based two-day Encore! program. Our October programs are sold out but registration is still open for our two-day Encore program November 17 & 18, 2009 in Palo Alto, CA register today.


And don’t forget to participate in our next contest. You could be the next grand prize winner!


Many thanks to everyone who entered our contest – and many thanks to Donne Davis for being an inspiration to us all!

Raffle: Win a FREE SEAT in our Encore! Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations Program!

I just got an email from our contest winner and because of a work emergency she is unable to attend our Encore! Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations Program next week on September 29 and 30, in Palo Alto, CA. It’s unfortunate that she cannot attend and we will miss working with her, but this creates a great opportunity for us to give away her FREE SEAT to another lucky winner!


The cost of this program is $1,195, but for the winner attendance is FREE.



The winner will have the opportunity to experience the DeFinis Communications powerful brand of presentations skills training complete with dynamic media, unique learning models, extensive practice exercises, video feedback and our signature Line by Line Coaching™ process.


This contest is a raffle

There’s not much that you have to do and there’s not much time, so if would like to take advantage of this professional growth opportunity please go to the DeFinis Communications web site now and leave your name and email address. Then in the comments box please tell me why you would like to attend the program next week. That’s all there is to it!


Once we have received all submissions we will draw the lucky winner’s name out of a hat.


For a complete Encore program description please go to:


This offer is only good for the Encore program next week on September 29 and 30, 2009 in Palo Alto, CA.


This contest will be open until 3PM EDT on Friday, September, 25, 2009


The winner will be notified by 5PM EDT Friday, September 25, 2009


Tell your colleagues and friends about this unique opportunity.


And Good Luck to you!


Win a FREE Seat to a DeFinis Communications Public Seminar!

DeFinis Communications is proud to announce our Fall 2009 Public Seminar schedule.

Building Professional Presence is our new, one-day program designed to give a general audience exposure to the best practices of creating and delivering powerful presentations. During this lively and educational session for up to twenty-five participants, individuals engage in activities and exercises designed to help them understand the fundamental principles of public speaking. Learn more here.


We are also offering our flagship two-day program, Encore! Elegant Skills for Powerful Presentations. Encore! is a video based,  two-day, hands-on learning laboratory. With only eight participants per class, individuals will experience the power of personalized attention and our signature Line By Line™ coaching process. Learn more here.


To celebrate the announcement of these programs, DeFinis Communications has created an exciting contest—and we hope you will participate!

One grand prize contest winner will receive a FREE seat to DeFinis Communications’ Building Professional Presence program on either September 22nd in Mill Valley, CA, or October 15th in San Jose, CA. Winner selects the date.

One runner-up will receive a free over-the-phone coaching session with DeFinis Communications founder and President, Angela DeFinis.

Three third place winners will receive a signed copy of Angela's book, Roadmap to Success.

How to enter:

1.     Simply invite your contacts to join DeFinis Communications’ e-mail list, LinkedIn group, Facebook fan page, or Twitter page. The more people you invite the better your chances of winning these great prizes!

2.     Tally the number of your invitations.

3.     Post the total amount as a blog comment or on the group/fan page discussion section or wall.


·         All entries must be submitted by Midnight EST on August 24th, 2009.

·         If the amount of invitations increases after your initial submission, you must indicate the previous number on subsequent entry posts.

·         You may keep adding invitations until the contest deadline.

·         Please be honest! 


Good luck, have fun and thank you for your participation!