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Executive Speech Coach Patricia Fripp shares the secrets to powerful and persuasive presentations through Fripp Virtual Training.

Powerful and persuasive presenters recognize the importance of the pause. Alan Alda says, “It is the stuff between the lines that makes it a great performance.” (If you are familiar with my work, you know I do not like the word “stuff.” However, this is an actual quote.)

Your message is not simply conveyed by your words, but also by your pauses. A pause isn’t a moment of “nothing.” Used strategically, it is a tool to help you build intellectual and emotional connection with your audience. Continue reading

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What can you do to equip your employees with competitive communication and leadership skills?

Does your organization encourage, or even better, provide training to equip your employees with competitive communication and leadership skills? Have you considered your own in-house Toastmasters club or perhaps Fripp Virtual Training? If you are reluctant to allocate employee time or company resources to presentation training because you worry  “they might leave,” consider what my friend and colleague Jim Cathcart says, “What if you don’t train them, and they stay?”  Continue reading

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Your audience will not know how you feel; they will only know how you act.

You’re waiting your turn to deliver your presentation, when suddenly you realize that your stomach is doing strange things and your mind is rapidly going blank. How do you conquer the jitters? People ask me this question all the time; there is no single answer. You must prepare mentally, physically, and logistically.

Mentally

Start by understanding that you’ll spend a lot more time preparing than you will speaking. Continue reading

Patricia & Robert Fripp at The Lady & the Champs Speakers' Conference 2015

Patricia & Robert Fripp at The Lady & the Champs Speakers’ Conference

My brother, Robert Fripp is known around the world as a legendary guitarist and a member of King Crimson, but not everyone knows he is in fact a superb and entertaining speaker!  I recently had the pleasure of presenting with him at the 2015 Lady & the Champs Speakers’ Conference. (Our presentations were recorded and are now available.) I loved this article, featured last week on the Discipline Global Mobile website – Sid Smith shares the history of a remarkable King Crimson milestone.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Executive Speech Coach Patricia Fripp explains strategies for opening your speech with impact through Fripp Virtual Training.

Through Fripp Virtual Training, Patricia Fripp explains strategies for opening your speech with impact.

Stand still at the start of your presentation. Your audience members need a moment to become accustomed to the sound of your voice, your style of speaking, and sometimes your accent. After this, incorporate movement into your presentation, only if your movements are purposeful and support your message. Unconscious expressions of nervous energy will detract from your message.

Darren LaCroix, who will be presenting and mini-coaching with me August 16 & 17, 2015 at the Lady & the Champs Summer Speakers’ Conference in Las Vegas, shares these excellent techniques to help you make the most of the stage during your presentation:
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There is more to moderating a panel than asking a few questions and hoping panelists know how to respond.

My brilliant friend, Ian Griffin is a speechwriter, presentation expert, and fellow Brit. Ian and I recently teamed up for a web event to share presentation advice with the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable and Fripp Virtual Training members. Most people are aware that a formal presentation requires research and rehearsal, but keep in mind that preparation can ensure your success in all speaking situations.  If you have been asked to moderate a panel, be aware that there is more to this than simply firing off a few questions and hoping your panelists will respond with scintillating conversation. Ian shares these great tips to help you prepare: Continue reading

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A successful sales conversation is always focused on your client’s needs, even if you are amazing.

Do you think of yourself as the center of the universe? Hopefully not. Unfortunately, if we’re not thoughtful in our approach to sales conversations we can sound like we do.

When it comes to sales, the word “I” can be a barrier to connecting with prospects and clients. Continue reading

Executive Speech Coach Patricia Fripp explains how to open a presentation through Fripp Virtual Training. Video Still

Executive Speech Coach Patricia Fripp explains how to open a presentation through Fripp Virtual Training.

An audience of one or 1,000 will forgive you of almost anything – except being boring. In the first 30 seconds of your speech, your audience should discover that you really do have something interesting to say.  Use your opening to immediately engage your audience and they will be much more inclined to follow your talk with thoughtful attention. I recently shared a few of my examples of opening phrases in two previous posts and now here are a few more. You are welcome to borrow these and adapt them to your presentations: Continue reading