Are You Speaking Too Quickly? Expert Advice

Executive Speech Coach, Patricia Fripp How to know if you are speaking too quickly and what to do about it.

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Are you speaking too quickly? It can happen unconsciously. Sometimes public speaking can trigger an adrenaline rush. You might feel charged with energy or a bit nervous.

If you’re speaking too quickly, you are likely to lose your audience. You jeopardize the overall success of your message.

For some speakers, speaking too quickly is coupled with a rise in voice pitch which makes even a knowledgeable speaker sound like Minnie Mouse.

Pay attention to audience feedback. If one person reports a problem with understanding you, this may be an individual perception or opinion. But if several do, you need to time yourself. (more…)

Why Is Eye Contact Important? How Long? When?

Eye contact is essential to creating an emotional connection with an audience of any size.

Eye contact is a proven factor in the persuasion process.

Your presentation can be powerful and persuasive when you connect with your audience both intellectually and emotionally. Eye contact is essential to creating an emotional connection with an audience of any size. This is true whether you’re speaking one-on-one or delivering a formal presentation from the stage.

Eye contact gives you an edge in business. It’s a proven factor in the persuasion process. It demonstrates confidence and increases likability. I explain the importance of eye contact, how much is enough, and how you can practice to improve the way you use eye contact in your business and sales presentations in this short video from Fripp Virtual Training. Enjoy!

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A Brilliant Perspective on The Three Qualities of A Hero

Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, and David Bowie

Brian Eno, Robert Fripp & David Bowie

My brother Robert Fripp is an internationally acclaimed guitarist and a founding member of King Crimson. His discography includes an innovative performance on David Bowie’s Heroes. Remarkably, Robert is as brilliant a thinker, writer, and speaker as he is a musician. Experience The Wit, Wisdom, and World of Robert Fripp in His Own Words when you subscribe to Robert FrippVT.

I asked Robert to share his thoughts on what it takes to be a hero.  He said that heroes aspire to embody three qualities: (more…)

How to Rehearse for Your Talk

How to rehearse to ensure your presentation is a success.

Rehearse to ensure your presentation is a success.

You’ve edited and fine-tuned a written version of your talk. Now you’re going to rehearse it. You might think practicing your delivery is too much trouble. Or, maybe you feel like you don’t have time to rehearse? Rehearsal is essential to the success of your presentation. (Don’t think you can skip it.) You’ll be glad you did.

How to Rehearse

1. Record yourself reading your talk out loud to check on timing and emphasis.

2. Prepare outline notes. Even though you’ve dedicated significant amounts of time and energy to creating a written version of your presentation, you’re NOT going to read it! Nothing will put an audience to sleep faster. Instead, you’re going to speak directly and spontaneously to the audience, maintaining essential eye contact. (more…)