Want to Be Regarded As A Brilliant Conversationalist?

You can be a brilliant conversationalist if you ask good questions and then listen, really listen.

You can be a brilliant conversationalist if you ask good questions and then listen, really listen.

What makes someone a brilliant conversationalist? Brilliant conversationalists engage others by asking excellent questions. You can improve the quality of all of your conversations, professional and personal, when you ask good questions and then listen, really listen, to the responses. This is also one of the best ways to get smarter.

Maybe you know of my brother Robert Fripp, the legendary guitarist? He’s one of Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time. You might not know that he’s also a thoughtful and erudite writer and speaker. In truth, Robert is one of the most brilliant people I know and he listens well. He’s said: (more…)

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…)

Robert Fripp Shares The Steps to Take to Go from Beginner to Mastery

Robert Fripp Rehearsing with Andy Summers, From a BBC Documentary on Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp Rehearsing with Andy Summers – from the BBC Documentary on Robert Fripp

I recently came across a fascinating video clip from a BBC documentary about my brother, Robert Fripp. Though he wouldn’t describe himself this way – he is truly a legendary guitarist and included on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists. Robert will be speaking with me later this month and I invite you to join us via live streaming from anywhere in the world! 

Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with Robert Fripp?

Are you curious about what he really thinks of life as a musician, the steps to take to go from beginner to mastery, and the responsibility of a musician and the audience for the quality of a musical performance?

Would you like to hear him tell his stories about having Jimi Hendrix say, “Shake my left hand, man; it’s closer to my heart.”? (more…)