Habits of High-Performing People – Secrets of the Sports World

lessons from the world of sports Greatness - The 16 Characteristics of True Champions by Don Yaeger

Don Yaeger reveals lessons from the best in the sports world.

Are you a peak performer? Would you like to be? Would you like to be more effective than you already are? I recently teamed up with one of America’s most provocative thought leaders, Don Yaeger to uncover the “Habits of High-Performing Individuals” and invite you to enjoy a replay of this exciting FrippVT web event. Listen in as Don Yaeger reveals lessons learned from great winners that empower you and your team to pursue greatness both professionally and personally! Don Yaeger is an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, a nine-time New York Times Best-selling author and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated. Few can lay claim to as exciting and colorful a career! Don draws from his years of studying the top performers and greatest winners in the world of sports to bring us important lessons we can apply to business leadership and personal achievement. (more…)

Grit Matters – Your Journey from Ordinary to Extraordinary

Grit to Great bookFor most people, even with natural talent, there is no such thing as overnight success. More often, success is a result of something my brother, Robert Fripp calls “discipline.”  In case you didn’t know, Robert is a legendary guitarist who is included on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists” of all time – so he knows something about success. As an executive speech coach and Hall of Fame keynote speaker, people ask me, “Can I become good enough to get paid to speak?” My response is, “I guarantee you do not lack the talent to do this. You might lack the patience. Learn to love the process.” This approach to success can also be called “grit.” Robin Koval and Linda Kaplan Thaler have just released a book on the undeniable power of grit. A few years ago, I was delighted when they included one of my stories in their bestselling book, The Power of Small. I share this excerpt from their newly released Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, And Pluck Take You From Ordinary To Extraordinary with you: (more…)

Opportunity Does Not Knock Once

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Executive Speech Coach, Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Opportunity does not knock once, it knocks all the time. The trick is, we don’t always recognize the sound. The key to becoming more successful is to find opportunity in everyday life – not just wait for that life-altering, retire-in-the-Caribbean bolt from the blue.

Here’s how to start: Each day this month, you’re going to take a good, hard look at one aspect of your job, business, or presentation…and improve it. (more…)

Public Speaking – Are You Afraid of Failure?

Legendary Guitarist, Robert Fripp with Guitar

Legendary Guitarist, Robert Fripp (My Brother)

My brother, the legendary guitarist Robert Fripp says that with music as with speaking, “When you do something well, everyone says, ‘Oh, he’s a natural.’ ‘Oh, she doesn’t have to worry; this comes naturally.’ However, even when it appears effortlesseven with natural talent – you still need the discipline of following the process and doing the work.”

Sometimes “following the process” means pushing through experiences that feel like complete failures. My friend, Sims Wyeth, author of The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, offers this perspective to help you better handle moments of “failure” in your public speaking:

Fail Your Way to Success
by Sims Wyeth (more…)