Robert Fripp’s Favorite Grace & Engage Your Brain Before Eating

Robert Fripp performing with King Crimson.

Robert Fripp performing with King Crimson.

This is a time of the year that many friends and families get together for a special meal and give thanks, even if it is not their normal habit to do so. The grace that Brother and I have adopted works well for all faiths and is as follows.

This was the grace used when my brother Robert Fripp was in retreat with J.G. Bennett:

All life is one and everything that lives is holy.

Plants, animals and people all must eat to live and nourish one another.

We bless the life that has died to give us food.

Let us eat consciously, resolving by our labors to pay the debt of our existence.

For anyone who is interested in Robert Fripp and King Crimson check out their new website Disciple Global Mobile known as DGM. Robert Fripp says on the home page, “A small, versatile and independent website packed with exciting ways to extract your hard-earned pay.” However, there is a lot more than that. Robert is on tour with King Crimson in Europe where they are playing to sold out concert halls.

This is an article from the San Francisco Chronicle in 1999: (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…)

Has Technology Left Us Speechless?

Has Technology Left Us Speechless?

Has Technology Left Us Speechless?

A good speaker is able to electrify an audience without electronics. Used well, slides and other visual aids strengthen your message. Used badly, technology takes over and your connection with your audience is lost. I agree with sales and communication expert, Tod Novak, when he says there is no substitute for genuine human connection. It’s true both in business and personal communications. Tod’s new book, Has Technology Left Us Speechless? Restoring The Human Connection In Our Digital Age is about creating balance between using technology and human interactions. I share this excerpt with you: (more…)

Are You Hiding Behind Technology?

Has Technology Left Us Speechless?

Has Technology Left Us Speechless?

Maybe you’ve noticed, that between my blog, Twitter, and Fripp Virtual Training, I am virtually everywhere these days! Though I am usually the first in line for any new technology available that supports my work as an executive speech coach and professional speaker, I am also the first to agree with my friend, sales and communication expert, Tod Novak who reminds us that there is no substitute for genuine human connection both in business and in personal communications. (more…)