While you might already know my brother, Robert Fripp as one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists,” you may not know him as a superb and entertaining speaker. When we deliver presentations together, it’s always a delight – both for us and for our audiences. Robert has an extraordinary ability to connect with an audience both intellectually and emotionally. I was so encouraged and inspired by these closing words from my brother; I thought I would share them with you: Continue reading
My friend and colleague, Sims Wyeth, author of The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, shares this excellent and practical advice on what to do, and not do, when introducing a speaker.
How to Introduce A Speaker
by Sims Wyeth
First, you must be brief.
Avoid all stale and stilted phrases such as, “It is indeed an honor…,” “A man who needs no introduction…” and “We are gathered here tonight…”
November is National Nonfiction Writing Month. After you’ve written a nonfiction book, you face the challenge of marketing it. My recommendation? Speak to sell your book. Speaking is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to market your book, develop a following, and expand your audience. Polish your speaking skills and start speaking on your subject in advance of publication. You can ask your audience to opt-in to your list to let them know when your book is released. Continue reading
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To win over your audience, you must connect emotionally. Use your opening words to establish an immediate emotional connection. As an executive speech coach when I work with a group, I’ll invite individuals to come up to the front and deliver their opening lines. On one occasion, I had a presenter Stephen, who began to share the facts of his experience of living with deafness since birth. After he spoke, I felt he was missing an opportunity. Continue reading
“It is simply impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator,” observes leadership writer, Mike Myatt in Forbes magazine. As a leader, the responsibility of communicating effectively rests squarely on your own shoulders. This is true even if you are fortunate enough to have a communications department or team of speechwriters at your beck and call.
As an executive speech coach, people sometimes will confess to me, “Public speaking makes me nervous!” It’s normal to experience an adrenaline rush when getting up to speak – it can even be helpful. Adrenaline factor aside, speaking can be intimidating when it feels like uncharted territory. The good news is, even if you aren’t a born speaker, you can learn to speak with confidence in public. I share this from Toastmasters International, explaining five speaking myths that might make you nervous. In case you didn’t know, Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. Enjoy! Continue reading
A few years ago, I had a conversation with my friend Jeff Davidson, a prolific author and popular professional speaker, about why it is that speakers sometimes fail to hit the mark. The result of our brainstorm was the article below, which explains the three most common reasons speakers do not connect with their audiences or live up to a meeting planner’s expectations. They are still true today. Whether we are experienced professional speakers, or aspiring speakers, it is a good reminder of the continual commitment and work required to consistently deliver excellent presentations: