Some people are very comfortable with talking about themselves – sometimes too comfortable. The uncomfortable feeling you get, when someone drones on and on about themselves, is why you may find it difficult to talk about yourself without feeling immodest.
I understand. However, from time to time we are all inevitably required to introduce ourselves to new colleagues, coworkers, or team members and share our career history. Continue reading ‘How to Talk about Yourself without Feeling Immodest’
As an executive speech coach, people will confess to me, “Public speaking makes me nervous!” Are you one of these people?
If your lack of confidence stems from a lack of experience or know-how, you can change this with help from a professional. I recommend you seek out and take advantage of public speaking articles, videos, coaching, and training. With the right help, you can quickly transform your presentation skills and gain the confidence you need. That being said, even experienced speakers get nervous.
My brother, Robert Fripp, is a world-renowned guitarist and a founding member of the band, King Crimson. I find there are many parallels between public speaking and musical performance. Both can create an adrenaline rush, and you may feel charged with energy or a bit nervous when you take the stage. Continue reading ‘Public Speaking & Performance – Are You Nervous?’
Do your slides support your message? Or do they distract your audience? My friend, fellow presentation skills expert, Darren LaCroix, explains why presenters cannot overlook the quality and design of their slides. Darren and I will be teaming up with Mark Brown and Ed Tate for the Lady & the Champs Speakers’ Conference, February 28 – March 1, 2015 in Las Vegas. If you cannot attend in person, you can attend via live streaming! Enjoy Darren’s helpful advice on slides: Continue reading ‘Are Bad Slides Distracting Your Audience?’
Have you been invited to participate in a panel discussion? Almost everyone recognizes that a formal presentation requires preparation and rehearsal, but it’s easy to forget that “doing your homework” can ensure your success in any situation requiring you to speak. If you want the audience to understand and appreciate your ideas and information, organize your thoughts and understand your strategy well in advance of joining your fellow panelists on stage. My friend and colleague Rob Biesenbach shares these strategies to help you prepare to speak in a panel discussion:
Continue reading ‘What to Do When You’re Invited to Be A Panelist’
Are you agonizing over an upcoming presentation? Having trouble organizing your thoughts? Whether you are a novice preparing your very first speech, or a skilled presenter trying to develop your insights into a powerful new program, strong structure always underlies a successful presentation. In this short video, my friend and fellow presentation skills expert, Darren LaCroix, shares his tips to help you create an outline for your speech. Darren and I will be teaming up with Craig Valentine and Ed Tate for the Lady & the Champs Speakers’ Conference, February 28 – March 1, 2015 in Las Vegas. Enjoy Darren’s helpful approach to outlining your presentation:
Continue reading ‘How to Create An Outline for Your Speech’
Whenever I read Decker Communications’ review of the best and worst communicators of the year I feel a lot of pride. Bert Decker and I first became friends in the late 70’s, around the time he founded Decker Communications in San Francisco. Since then it has grown into a very successful communication company, now with Ben and Kelly Decker at the helm. Bert and I are both members of Speakers Roundtable, an invitation-only society of North America’s top speakers, authors, and thought leaders. Ben and Kelly share their list of the best and worst speakers of the last year and remind us all… as I often say, “There is no such thing as private speaking. Outside your home, all speaking is public speaking.” Enjoy!
The Top Ten Best (and Worst) Communicators of 2014
by Ben and Kelly Decker Continue reading ‘The Top Ten Best (And Top Ten Worst) Communicators’
Three Toastmasters World Champions of Public Speaking join forces with me for The Lady and the Champs Speakers’ Conference (February 28 – March 1, 2015). I asked them to share their opinions on what makes a speech buzzworthy. Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion responded, “A buzzworthy speech becomes memorable when it has a foundational phrase.” For Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion, “A buzzworthy speech must have a funny or shocking story.” Ed Tate, 2000 World Champion explained that, “A buzzworthy speech has a teachable moment.” Enjoy the seven speeches Toastmasters named as 2014’s most buzzworthy. You might discover an element of excellence you can bring to your own presentations. Continue reading ‘Toastmasters Presents The Seven Most Buzzworthy Speeches of This Year’
I was sitting across the desk from the brilliant president of a $2 billion software company…and I was about to tell him, “Sir, at this point, your speech is getting boring.” This was a problem, because as I often say, “An audience will forgive you for anything except being boring.”
Now step back, and let’s put this conversation into context. I was working with the person in charge of a national sales conference for that software company, which had just acquired one of its major competitors. They’d also nearly doubled their sales staff, to about 1,500 total. The future was bright and the strategy was strong. The president was described to me as an engineer, very intelligent and a little shy. Continue reading ‘Public Speaking – Take Your Speech from Boring to Soaring’
On December 16th, I will be presenting a RainToday webinar designed to help you “Give Your Sales Presentations a Competitive Edge.” RainToday is the premier online resource for professional services sales and marketing. Enjoy a preview of my webinar now by listening to this recent interview I did with RainToday; I discuss the best way to approach the opening of your sales presentation: Continue reading ‘Patricia Fripp Teams Up with RainToday to Teach You How to Be A Rainmaker’
Recently, I was chatting with a team member of a consulting firm who told me that because his organization focused on innovation, he found that it was absolutely necessary to clearly articulate his ideas. His problem: he often found himself struggling when approached in the hall by the head of another department or a senior executive. For him, it is much easier to speak in front of a large group than to master the “water cooler” vignette. He felt that larger venues allowed time for preparation and added that, “The impromptu meetings really catch you off guard.” Continue reading ‘Executive Communications: Big Impressions on Small Audiences’