Dia Bondi

Dia Bondi

Executive Communications Coach & Professional Auctioneer

Know yourself, then build range  

So many of my clients are dying to use their humor in their presentations. “People tell me I’m a funny guy!” is what I often hear.  And, yes, humor is an important and even life-saving speaking device at times. However, it can also be a crutch. For some of us, nailing a punch line is fun and easy and keeps us safe. Giggles from the audience feel great. They mark engagement and provide a kind of feedback that is almost addictive. But every strength has a weakness, and every weakness has a strength. In my coaching, I’ve seen the strength …

Make it personal

  Leaders I work with in coaching always ask me, “How do I tell stories about me, without making it about….me?” Leaders who speak on stage have an appetite to tell personal stories about their experiences. Understood. We all have great things we saw, experiences that happened to us or lessons that are dying to be shared. Problem is, many leaders I coach shy away from telling those stories. Or when they do, they share their stories awkwardly because they want to do it quietly. Somehow, they’ve been made to feel that it could be inappropriately all about them, or …

Mulitpotentialites push organizations forward- you need us corporate world

Last week, I learned a new term: Mulitpotentialite. It’s a term coined by Emilie Wapnick. She talks about it in this TED talk. This idea so resonated with me that I’d like to share with you a little of what Emilie talked about with a layer of my own thoughts smeared on top. A Multipotentiliate is a person who does not have, seek or need a single true calling in work. A person whose work and interests span a wide variety of activities, specialities and passions. These people (I am one of them) live a life of seemingly unrelated interests …

Let it live!

When things feel like this….be glad. I saw this on the walk back to my car at the end of my work day. Sometimes a new idea that’s trying to emerge or a new learning is trying to land, things can feel like only a sprig of green reaching from a dry crack in the earth.  It’s rich and a total contrast from what’s usually present, and it’s compelling.  Compelling and sometimes feels like a sunburn, evidence of a good day, but the sting is real. This is the time to watch it grow, see what it looks like, be …

New experiences can grow empathy

Consuming an array of experiences helps us with empathy.  It’s so easy to just “do the things that we know we like” but when we push ourselves to try something new, even seemingly stupid little things, we grow empathy and our capacity to see joy in others. Dumb example: I am gym-less. In my search for a new one I sampled a kettle bell club.  Scrappy, low-fi, marginally listenable music (for me) and chalk all over the floor.  But, in hearing how members talk about the sport, with passion and compassion for their own physical limitations, I feel opened up, …