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 for a one-on-one conversation or a formal speech from the platform.

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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Robert Fripp in His Own Words shares an inside look into King Crimson.

Robert Fripp Performing with King Crimson

By July 2018, Robert Fripp will have been getting out of vans and tour buses as a working musician for 57 years and a professional musician for 48 years. Would you like to know how he went from a tone-deaf 12-year-old with no sense of rhythm to an internationally acclaimed musician? In his own words?

While you might already know my brother, Robert Fripp as one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists,” you may not know him as a superb and entertaining speaker. He has an extraordinary ability to connect with an audience both intellectually and emotionally.

Robert captivates and reveals everything you ever wanted to know about him in The Wit, Wisdom, and World of Robert Fripp in His Own Words, available through Robert FrippVT. Robert went from novice to master and you can too.

Robert Fripp on Quality

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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…)

Patricia Fripp helps you sound intelligent as an Executive Speech Coach and the creator of Fripp Virtual Training.

Patricia Fripp, Executive Speech Coach & Creator of Fripp Virtual Training

Whether you’re delivering a sales presentation, keynote speech, or report to the board, choose your words carefully to build credibility, sound intelligent, and make your message understood. When you do, you have the power to make your message stick and get quoted from the boardroom to the convention hall.

The One “Thing” to Avoid

by Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Never be vague if you want to be believed. Use exact, precise words – words with power and value.

People tune out when they hear weak, overused, catch-all words. (more…)

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…)

A pithy presentation is a powerful presentation.

A pithy presentation is a powerful presentation. Edit until your message is to the point.

Subtle changes can make a tremendous difference in your public speaking. Here are a few of my inside secrets on editing to ensure that your presentation is a success. A “pithy” presentation is “to the point” and “forcefully expressive.”  That’s powerful.  The word “edit” is commonly misused as a synonym for “delete.” However, “edit” actually means, “correct, revise, or adapt.”

1.) Revise by deleting repetitions, digressions, fuzzy phrases, and meaningless clichés. For example, “today” might be the most overused, impact-diluting word used in presentations and business communications. Simplify where you can without sacrificing meaning. (more…)

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…)

Executive Speech Coach & Creator of Fripp Virtual Training, Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Executive Speech Coach & Creator of Fripp Virtual Training, Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Stand still at the start of your presentation. Your audience members need a moment to become accustomed to the sound of your voice, your style of speaking, and sometimes your accent. After this, incorporate movement into your presentation, only if your movements are purposeful and support your message.

Learn how to make your movements match your words. Unconscious expressions of nervous energy will detract from your message.

My friend and fellow speech coach, Darren LaCroix shares these excellent techniques to help you make the most of the stage during your presentation:
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