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Sales Presentation Expert, Patricia Fripp, Explains The Secrets to Effective Sales Presentations through Fripp Virtual Training.

Are you losing sales you feel you deserve to make? Could you and your team benefit from being more powerfully persuasive? Join me for a complimentary 45 – 60 minute interactive training 10:00am PST Wednesday, September 2, 2015. I will be sharing secrets of super star sales presentations! Continue reading

Patricia Fripp with Toastmaster Friends at The 2015 International Convention

Executive Speech Coach & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Patricia Fripp with Toastmaster Friends at The 2015 International Convention in Las Vegas

This last week, I had a wonderful time at the Toastmasters International Convention in Las Vegas, where I delivered the opening keynote to a truly international audience. (Just in case you don’t already know, Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network.) One of the many highlights of this year’s convention was the final competition for the World Championship of Public Speaking. Congratulations to Mohammed Qahtani of Saudi Arabia, who emerged from a field of 30,000 contestants to become the 2015 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking! Past winners of this prestigious competition include: Ed Tate, Mark Brown, and Darren LaCroix, my co-presenters at the Lady & the Champs Summer Speakers’ Conference which followed the Toastmasters International Convention this last Sunday and Monday. I share this from Toastmasters’ International: Continue reading

Executive Speech Coach & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Patricia Fripp

Executive Speech Coach & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Patricia Fripp

Long before I became a Hall of Fame Speaker and an in-demand speech coach, I joined Cable Car Toastmasters in San Francisco, California. Who might have guessed how that action would influence my life and help launch a career I never would have imagined? It’s an honor and delight to deliver the keynote at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2015 Toastmasters International Convention in Las Vegas this evening. I am looking forward to meeting a truly international group of attendees. The semifinalists in the 2015 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking hail from every continent, except Antarctica. (Although, I understand a club has been established at Antarctica’s McMurdo research station.) On Friday, the prestigious Golden Gavel Award will be presented to Nobel laureate and humanitarian, Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh. In case you didn’t know, Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network.  If you cannot make it to Las Vegas this week, I encourage you to take advantage of a Toastmasters club near you. Here is a short piece from the organization about its expanding international growth: Continue reading

Executive Speech Coach & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Executive Speech Coach & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Are your presentations persuasive? Powerful? Subtle differences in language can make an enormous difference. Maybe you’ve already edited a script of your speech. This is a great first step, but I recommend you also record yourself and listen carefully. Then, fine-tune your words and phrases to maximize your impact. Consider both your word choices and word order. Here are a few inside secrets I share with my speech coaching and Fripp Virtual Training clients:
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Toastmasters International LogoI am honored to speak this month at the 2015 Toastmasters International Convention in Las Vegas. The semifinalists in the 2015 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking competition have just been announced. Those who make it to this international speech competition have won competitions, beginning with club contests and continuing through area, division, and district level contests. Just 96 of 30,000 initial participants made it. Statistically, contestants had a better chance of being admitted to Harvard! The work it takes to get to this level of competition is an education in itself. Continue reading

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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.) My brother Robert Fripp, the legendary guitarist and one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists” explains, “The music is between the notes, not in the notes.”

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

Nervous Speaker

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