An article written by my friend Ian Griffin is worth reading – and reposting. Ian is a speechwriter, presentation expert, fellow Brit, and a Past President of The National Speakers Association Northern California chapter. He is also a popular presenter at the Ragan Speechwriters Conference – one of my favorite events to speak at or attend. You are invited to join us this Friday, May 22nd for a complimentary webinar. Ian will interview me on “Speech Coaching Principles that Simplify Your Job and Electrify Your Executives.” Click here to register.
Here is an excellent article from Ian on the how to deal with a hostile audience. Thankfully, it’s quite rare for a speaker to face a hostile audience; though it can happen when delivering bad news or managing a crisis. This first appeared in Ragan Communications newsletter: Continue reading ‘How to Deal with A Hostile Audience’
A good speaker is able to electrify an audience without electronics. Used well, slides and other visual aids strengthen your message. Used badly, technology takes over and your connection with your audience is lost. I agree with sales and communication expert, Tod Novak, when he says there is no substitute for genuine human connection. It’s true both in business and personal communications. Tod’s new book, Has Technology Left Us Speechless? Restoring The Human Connection In Our Digital Age is about creating balance between using technology and human interactions. I share this excerpt with you: Continue reading ‘Has Technology Left Us Speechless?’
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. I am honored to deliver the opening keynote at the 2015 Toastmasters International Convention in Las Vegas this August. The last time I addressed a Toastmasters International Convention was in 2001, when I watched my colleague, Darren LaCroix, win the World Championship of Public Speaking and my friend, a fellow NSA (National Speakers Association) Past President, Jim Cathcart win Toastmasters Golden Gavel Award. Darren LaCroix will also be speaking this year and with the 2015 Golden Gavel going to Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, this promises to be a truly international and exciting event! Continue reading ‘Toastmasters Awards Golden Gavel to Nobel Peace Prize Winner’
I have had the honor of speaking at the Ragan Speechwriters Conference several times. It was an exciting experience and I made many new friends, including John Howze, who kindly allowed me share his “best of” conference notes with my readers. Many of them came from my presentations! Consider how you might incorporate some of these ideas into your public speaking and writing. Remember, many of the presenters at the Ragan Speechwriters Conference literally write for history. Continue reading ‘The Communicator’s Job – Can You Improve Your Speaking and Writing?’
Always start your presentation with a strong opening; this is the most effective way to ensure your audience is engaged, listening with thoughtful attention, and able to follow what comes next.
It may seem natural to open with a greeting like, “Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to be here with you today to talk to you about X…” But this is just too predictable, and you run the risk of your audience members tuning out before you’ve even gotten started!
Continue reading ‘Do Your Audience Members Tune Out Before You’ve Gotten Started?’
LaCroix & Fripp’s Get Coached to Speak Champ Camp: June 24-26, 2015 or December 2-4, 2015 in Las Vegas
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Create & Deliver POWERFUL PRESENTATIONS
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Wednesday – Friday, June 24-26, 2015
8:30am – 5:30pm (all three days)
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Maybe you’ve noticed, that between my blog, Twitter, and Fripp Virtual Training, I am virtually everywhere these days! Though I am usually the first in line for any new technology available that supports my work as an executive speech coach and professional speaker, I am also the first to agree with my friend, sales and communication expert, Tod Novak who reminds us that there is no substitute for genuine human connection both in business and in personal communications. Continue reading ‘Are You Hiding Behind Technology?’
The first 30 seconds of your presentation is the optimum time for you to capture your audience’s attention. Don’t waste it! Give your opening words some extra consideration. Always start your presentation with impact. When you engage your audience immediately, you help to ensure the overall success of your presentation. Here are a few of my favorite opening phrases. Continue reading ‘The Optimum Time to Capture Your Audience’s Attention’
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How often have you wondered what a higher visibility in your community could do to increase sales? Continue reading ‘How to Increase Your Visibility, Be Seen As An Expert & Make New Contacts’
Are you losing sales you feel you deserve to make? Perhaps you are making one or all of the biggest, most common mistakes of sales professionals!
Would it be helpful if your prospect remembered what you said?
Would it be beneficial if, three weeks later, your prospect could repeat your key ideas?
Would it be profitable if your prospect clearly knew why others selected you as their vendor of choice? Continue reading ‘How to Get Greater Results from Your Sales Presentations’