How to Report to Senior Management without Being Nervous

Conference Room Report to Senior Management

You can report to senior management without being nervous, whether it’s a formal presentation or a boardroom conversation.

As a Presentation Skills Expert, I’m often asked, “Patricia, how do I report to my senior management without being nervous?” The secret is to be prepared, clear, concise, and to act confident. Now, how do you appear confident when you’re nervous?

First, prepare. Script out exactly what you are going to say, at least the opening of your presentation or conversation. It could be as simple as, “Thank you for the opportunity to update you on our project” or “The purpose of our meeting is to . . . ” or “As you will remember, at our last meeting you challenged us to . . .” (more…)

What Do You Really Mean? Specificity Is The Key to Credibility

Presentation expert Patricia Fripp reminds her speech coaching clients that specificity is the key to credibility.

“Specificity builds credibility,” Patricia Fripp reminds her presentation skills coaching and virtual training clients.

As a presentation skills expert and the creator of FrippVT, I always say, “Specificity builds credibility.” I adopted this expression, from my Silicon Valley colleague, David Palmer because it is so true. Specificity is the key to credibility. Every day I listen to intelligent engineers, experienced leaders, and true experts in every field and find that too many are sloppy speakers. If you want to build your credibility, listen to what you say. Record casual conversations, your side of a phone call, or yourself leading a meeting and you will find out how often even intelligent people can fall into the trap of using the word stuff. Stuff is rubbish. What do you really mean?

Of course, in everyday conversation we don’t normally prepare what we’re going to say – so, it can feel natural to be non-specific. However, I guarantee that your important conversations and presentations will be much better if you examine your current speaking habits and then consciously build specificity into your everyday language. (more…)

How to Make Your Audience Interested in Your Presentation

How to Make Your Audience Interested in Your Presentation

Do you know how to make your audience interested in your presentation?

When you start to put together a presentation, what do you think about? You probably wonder how to make your presentation interesting to your audience.

I recommend that you begin by knowing your audience and understanding not only what they need, but also what they want. They need to have “buy-in” for your topic. This means you will help your audience see why your topic is relevant to them, how it benefits them, or how it can enhance their lives. I share more on capturing your audience’s interest in this brief video:

Let me help you deliver your presentation with knowledge and confidence. (more…)

Why Is Rehearsing Your Presentation So Important?

Rehearsing Your Presentation Céline Dion Taking Chances World Tour in Sept 2008 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on Long Island by Erin Nikitchyuk

Celine Dion demonstrates how rehearsal pays off.

Bruce Springsteen, Céline Dion, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Winton Marsalis, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Kristin Chenoweth… imagine how any one of these top performers would respond if you asked, “What role has rehearsal played in your career?” Without a doubt, rehearsal is essential to success.

You’ve crafted an amazing presentation. You know that it will grab your audience’s attention and keep it. You’ve incorporated techniques and strategies from trusted advisers, but you’re busy. You feel like you don’t have an extra minute in your day to practice your delivery, so why bother?

Rehearsal is critical to the success of your presentation. I explain why rehearsal is essential and how to work it into your whirlwind life in this brief video. Enjoy! (more…)