Congratulations to Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, the 2014 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking! On August 23rd, Hettiarachchi, a human resource development (HRD) specialist from Colombo, Sri Lanka, won the world’s largest speech contest, the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, with a humorous speech titled, “I See Something.” Below is a clip from his speech. Along with eight other final contestants, he reached the championship level after several eliminating rounds, which began six months ago with 30,000 participants from 126 countries; Toastmasters International is truly international! Past World Champion winners of this prestigious contest include my partners in World Champions’ Edge and Lady and the Champs: Ed Tate, Craig Valentine, and Darren LaCroix. I share this from Toastmasters’ International: Continue reading ‘Sri Lankan Wins Toastmasters’ 2014 World Championship of Public Speaking’
World Champions’ Edge and Fripp Virtual Training Members to Compete at Toastmasters International Speech Contest
As you read this, the Toastmasters International Convention is being held outside North America for the first time – in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before I became a professional keynote speaker and long before I became an in-demand speech coach… I joined Cable Car Toastmasters in San Francisco. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. Who would have guessed how that action transformed my life and opened a career I would never have imagined.
On behalf of my partners in World Champions’ Edge, Ed Tate, Darren LaCroix, Craig Valentine, and the convention’s opening keynote speaker Mark Brown and out over 500 worldwide members, we are full of pride that many World Champions’ Edge members and Fripp Virtual Training members are in Kuala Lumpur competing in Speech Contests at this year’s International Convention. Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Toastmasters who make it to the international speech competition have already won competitions, beginning with club contests and continuing through area, division, and district level contests, in order to reach this elite level of competition. Congratulations and best wishes to our World Champions’ Edge members and Fripp Virtual Training members competing in this year’s International Contests – we know you can keep those judges Frippnotized! As Darren LaCroix, who in 2001 won the World Championship of Public Speaking and is there to cheer you on says, “It is not about the trophy, although that is nice, it about the skills and discipline you develop along the way.”
Good luck Edge members. It is an honor to know you.
Continue reading ‘World Champions’ Edge and Fripp Virtual Training Members to Compete at Toastmasters International Speech Contest’
Leadership traditionally comes from the top down, and paradoxically leadership is also necessary from the bottom up. My friend and fellow speaker, Lee B. Salz is a sales management strategist who very wisely recommends giving sales people the responsibility of creating their company’s sales business plan. In taking on this responsibility, sales people become leaders and deepen their commitment to their company’s sales objectives and strategies. As I often say, “A team is a group of people who may not be equal in experience, talent, or education… but in commitment.” I share these excellent insights from Lee:
How Sales People WANT To Be Managed…And How They SHOULD Be Managed
by Lee B. Salz
Sales people often say they want to be managed as if they were operating their own business. And, that’s exactly how they should be managed. Yet, there is a disconnect between how sales people perceive running a business works…and real-life. A sales business plan can help bridge this gap. Continue reading ‘How to Treat Your Sales People Like Real Business Operators’
A successful presentation requires you to devote much more time to preparing your presentation than you will spend in delivering it. Even experienced speakers must prepare for a presentation; this includes rehearsal. My friend and colleague, Rob Biesenbach names inadequate rehearsal as one of the “11 Deadly Presentation Sins.” In his recent book with this title, Rob provides these strategies to help you prepare for your presentation:
So How Long Should You Rehearse?
by Rob Biesenbach
I love to ask this question of audiences: “For a one-hour speech, how many hours of rehearsal do experts recommend?”
The guessing usually starts at five hours. And each time I call out “higher,” people’s eyes get wider. Ten? Fifteen? Twenty? When we finally land on 30 hours, they don’t quite believe it.
Continue reading ‘Public Speaking – How Many Hours of Rehearsal?’
My friend Pat Ferdinandi is a video strategist who helps individuals and organizations demonstrate their value and establish client trust through video. More than one billion unique users visit YouTube each month. Whether your videos are posted to YouTube or created exclusively for is specific clients, video is one of the most effective ways you can explain your service to prospective clients, ensure that your products and service stands out in a sea of competitors, satisfy current customers, and expand your customer-reach. The fact is that outside the privacy of your home, all speaking is public speaking. Pat recently created a video explaining how some of my signature Fripp techniques for outstanding presentations can greatly improve your promotional videos. I share this with you here: Continue reading ‘Use Outstanding Presentation Techniques to Improve Your Videos’
How Huge Changes in Buying Have Impacted Selling
According to Daniel Pink, bestselling author of To Sell is Human, selling and buying has changed more in the last 5 years than it did in the last 100 years! Unfortunately, most salespeople have NOT adapted to these changes. What worked well just a few short years ago can be a liability today.
As part of our continuing goal of bringing interesting speakers and ideas to you to help you develop as a salesperson, manager, and business executive, we’re excited to invite you to a dynamic, new webinar on Wednesday, August 6, 11am Pacific.
Why not sign in and join me in learning how we can improve sales with Jim Dunn, partner at Whetstone Group, a sales process improvement and training company. He is the co-author of several books, including Common Sense Selling, Sales Mastery, and The Monday Morning Sales Coach. He has trained 1000s of salespeople in over 17 countries. Jim brings a new perspective to the old game of selling, one that will help you understand how these changes are affecting your everyday selling activities and how salespeople are now being manipulated. You’ll walk away with some fresh ideas on how to begin making the transition to selling more effectively and selectively. We will also learn a tool that you can put into practice immediately.
The webinar is complimentary. You won’t want to miss this.
Click here for more information and to reserve your spot now.
We all need to have a competitive edge. This webinar will help.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. Before I became a professional keynote speaker, before I had the and long before I became an in-demand speech coach… I joined Toastmasters. This year, for the first time, Toastmasters International is holding its International Convention outside North America, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I share this year’s line up of tremendously talented and fascinating and speakers!
Toastmasters Reveals 2014 International Convention Speakers
Toastmasters announced the featured speakers for its upcoming 2014 International Convention. The lineup of presenters is highlighted by former Head of Development at BBC Television, Robin Sieger and Malaysian media CEO Rohana Rozhan.
“We have an impressive and diverse group of speakers who represent the excellence that Toastmasters speakers are known for,” says George Yen, Toastmasters 2013-14 International President. “In addition to an exceptional schedule of events, convention attendees will hear presentations that reinforce Toastmasters’ commitment to communication and leadership skills development.” Continue reading ‘Toastmasters Reveals 2014 International Convention Speakers’
To be powerful and persuasive, you must connect with your audience both intellectually and emotionally. Enhance your connection with your audience by customizing or personalizing your message for each specific audience. Customization is indispensable for professional speakers. However, even if you’re not a professional speaker, you will find that taking the time to tailor your next presentation to your audience’s unique interests and concerns will help ensure your success. I share this brief video sample from Fripp Virtual Training that explains the importance of customizing your speeches and presentations:
Join me Wednesday, July 16th at 11am Pacific, for a business-developing learning experience. I will be partnering with the Sales Coach to deliver an action-packed, information-rich webinar to help you deliver sales presentations that get results! This is a complimentary event. As a member of the Fripp community this is my gift to you.
Discover the strategies behind effective sales presentations, as I share the Inside Secrets of Powerful Persuasive Sales Presentations. Presentation skills are critical, because being perceived as a dynamic, inspiring, and persuasive communicator is no longer just a nice skill to have. It is a necessity that can mean the difference between business and career life or death!
Join Me in Dublin, Ireland October 18, 2014 for How to Prepare and Present Powerful Persuasive Presentations
How to Prepare and Present Powerful Persuasive Presentations
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Seminar: 10:00am to 4:30pm (IST)
1 N Wall Quay
DUBLIN 1 Dublin 1
Being perceived as a dynamic, inspiring, and persuasive communicator is no longer a nice skill to have. It is a necessity that can mean the difference between business and career life or death! Continue reading ‘Join Me in Dublin, Ireland October 18, 2014 for How to Prepare and Present Powerful Persuasive Presentations’