Great Leadership Presentations Honor Heroes

Communication is critical to effective leadership. In challenging times, this is even more true. When you prepare a presentation, remember the everyday heroes in your organization.

My brother Robert Fripp is 1 year, 1 month, 2 days, 12 ½ hours younger than I am. He often says, “I am not surprised my sister gets paid to tell people what to do. She was a very bossy little girl.”

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Stories are the best way to inspire and motivate. I was coaching an executive with the Gap. He needed to inspire action and commitment. I first asked him to tell me about himself. He said,“I’m a newly promoted vice president and this is my first speech to the company since my promotion.”

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How Can a Good Speech Coach Make You a Better Speaker?  Watch and see.

Patricia Fripp delivered this session as the third presentation at the District 1 Toastmasters Virtual Spring Conference 2020. Patricia was coaching brave coachee’s. The audience saw how editing, specificity, painting a picture, using shorter sentences, using time as a setup phrase, increasing drama made an incredible difference.


 Under the Magnifying Glass in Action: Patricia Fripp’s Virtual Coaching

Patricia Fripp delivered this session as the third presentation at the District 1 Toastmasters Virtual Spring Conference 2020. Patricia was coaching brave coachee’s. The audience saw how editing, specificity, painting a picture, using shorter sentences, using time as a setup phrase, increasing drama made an incredible difference.

Patricia’s online learning platform www.FrippVT.com is the best way to learn presentation skills easily, quickly, conveniently, and cost-effectively.

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Good to Great Presentations Virtual Keynote Speech Patricia Fripp


Under the Magnifying Glass: Good to Great Presentations Virtual Keynote Speech

Delivered by Hall of Fame keynote speaker and presentation skills expert Patricia Fripp. This was delivered at District 1 Toastmasters Spring Conference 2020.

The keynote content covered in this presentation is on how to connect to your audience, options of how to open with impact, story improving techniques, and how specificity builds credibility.

Patricia’s online learning platform www.FrippVT.com is the best way to learn presentation skills easily, quickly, conveniently, and cost-effectively.

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How to Make a Good Presentation Great with Good Examples

Patricia Fripp’s “Under the Influence” Virtual Keynote Speech

Presented to the District 1 Toastmasters Virtual Spring Conference 2020

Patricia Fripp posed the question “Who influences you?” The title came from her friend Peter Legge’s latest book. Over her keynote career, she has spoken over 3,500 times on 5 continents and hundreds of virtual and online meetings and conferences.

Her content covered finding content from the treasure trove of your life experience. The audience enjoyed seeing a clip of what Patricia said on 60 Minutes.

Patricia’s online learning platform www.FrippVT.com is the best way to learn presentation skills easily, quickly, conveniently, and cost-effectively.

 

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As a presentation skills expert, people frequently ask, “Patricia, what happens when I have to cut my presentation?” For professional speakers it is not uncommon to be booked for an hour’s time and have your slot cut to 40 minutes to keep the client on schedule. Business meetings often run over and take a lot longer than scheduled. Let’s face it, if the boss speaks an extra 20 minutes, you will have to cut time from your presentation.

My best advice? Do not apologize. Do not say, “Oh, my time has been cut short by 20 minutes.

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Great communication is essential to great leadership. In challenging times, this is even more true. As a leader your team members, partners, and customers want to hear from you. They need to hear the truth, both good news and bad.

They want to look into your eyes, even if it is through a computer screen, and see that you are authentic and empathetic. Although charts, graphs, and detailed PowerPoint slides have their place in presentations, this isn’t the time to entrust your message to visual aids. Instead, create an energetic intimacy through your delivery.

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The key to connection is conversation. The secret of conversation is asking questions. The quality of the answers you receive depends upon the quality of your questions. That is critical in sales.

Learning how to ask relevant questions was an important part of my own educational experience. When I was a young woman, I was a hairstyling apprentice in the south of England, working in a very posh salon. As soon as I got to know our rich, glamorous customers, I used to say, “What were you doing when you were my age? How did you make your money? Did you make it yourself, or did you marry it? If you made it yourself, how did you do it? If you married it, where did you meet him?” Good market research.

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“We Are Here to Talk About Heroes”

I was coaching a gentleman who needed to inspire action and commitment. Ed worked with The Gap, and I said, “Okay, Ed, tell me about yourself.” He said, “I am a newly promoted vice president of a certain division, and this is my first speech to the company since I’ve been promoted.” “Who is your audience?” He replied, “All of the Gap executives and 500 Gap managers.” I asked, “Well, what does a Gap manager look like?” He said, “24 to 28 years old.” I said, “Ed, remember, you are a 45-year old, prematurely silver-haired executive. How long are you going to speak?” He said, “Eight minutes.” I said, “No pressure, but you do realize that in that eight minutes all the executives and 500 Gap managers are going to think either, ‘Now I know why he got promoted,’ or, ‘In a company our size, couldn’t we have done better than that?’ That’s the power of a presentation. I asked, “What is your subject?” He said, “I have to talk about the program in which our employees give us ideas that will either make or save the company money.”

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