Introducing a Speaker? What to Do, What to Avoid

Patricia Fripp

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

My friend and colleague, Sims Wyeth, author of The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, shares this excellent and practical advice on what to do, and not do, when introducing a speaker.

How to Introduce A Speaker
by Sims Wyeth

First, you must be brief.

Avoid all stale and stilted phrases such as,  “It is indeed an honor…,” “A man who needs no introduction…” and “We are gathered here tonight…”

How to Successfully Moderate A Panel Discussion


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: (more…)

What to Do When You’re Invited to Be A Panelist

Microphones for Panel Discussion

Participating in a panel discussion? It is a mistake to think you can just “wing it.”

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:

What do National Speakers Association Awards Mean?

Patricia Fripp, Executive Speech Coach, National Speakers Association Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE, Past President of the National Speakers Association,  & Executive Speech Coach

This week I will be attending the National Speakers Association’s National Convention in Philadelphia.  As a Past President of the National Speakers Association and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker I am sometimes asked, “What do National Speakers Association awards mean?” These awards and designations give meetings planners confidence. Here is a brief explanation:

The CSP designation is conferred by the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) only on accomplished professional speakers who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. CSPs must document a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise as well as a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service and ethical behavior.

The Cavett Award is NSA’s most cherished award. It is presented annually to the member whose accomplishments over the years have reflected outstanding credit, respect, honor and admiration in the Association and the speaking profession, and whose actions (in terms of sharing, guiding and inspiring other members) most closely parallel the illustrious career of NSA’s Founder Cavett Robert. (more…)