The Dirty Little Secret & What You Can Do about It

Clapping Hands The Dirty Little Secret of Training

An audience will forget most of what they’ve heard in a training session, especially without repetition and reinforcement.

I’ve been paid to speak, train, and consult for over 35 years. I will let you in on the dirty little secret of the training industry… When you have a great speaker delivering content the audience is genuinely interested in, even in the most ideal situation, two weeks later the audience will have forgotten 70% of what they heard. Certainly the 30% your audience actually remembers can and usually does make a big difference – if they’re committed. However, the best way to maximize your investment in training and coaching is repetition and reinforcement. (more…)

Make Decisions for Your Tomorrows Not Just Your Todays

Make your decisions for your tomorrows not just your todays. - Patricia Fripp

“Make your decisions for your tomorrows not just your todays.” – Patricia Fripp

It’s a thrill to be honored as one of the National Speakers Association’s 10 Leading Ladies! All of us have served as president of the Association over the last forty-three years.

The NSA was only 10 years old, when I became its first woman president. As young association, one of our greatest “growing up” challenges was to stop simply worrying each year, “What are we going to do this year?” and to start thinking long-term. (more…)

Public Speaking – What Fortune 500s Know

Business Presentation Woman Before Audience

What can you do to equip your employees with competitive communication and leadership skills?

Does your organization encourage, or even better, provide training to equip your employees with competitive communication and leadership skills? Have you considered your own in-house Toastmasters club or perhaps Fripp Virtual Training? If you are reluctant to allocate employee time or company resources to presentation training because you worry  “they might leave,” consider what my friend and colleague Jim Cathcart says, “What if you don’t train them, and they stay?”  (more…)

Not Every Great Communicator Starts Out That Way

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Not every great communicator starts out that way. As Secretary of The Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt bored his audience to tears. (Photo Library of Congress)

As an executive speech coach and creator of Fripp Virtual Training my clients include corporate leaders, celebrity speakers, well-known sports and media personalities, and even political candidates. Mastery of public speaking is a essential for public office.  If you feel the call to leadership, but you’re intimidated by public speaking, remember that with help and practice anyone can learn how to speak in public with confidence. My friend, Sims Wyeth, author of The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking, notes,Churchill fainted at his first speech in Parliament. As Secretary of The Navy, FDR bored people to tears. Bill Clinton was booed at the 1988 Democratic Convention for his long-windedness. Yet all three are now known as brilliant communicators.” As we reflect on our Nation’s recent midterm elections, I share this from Toastmasters on the role of public speaking in politics, public office, and leadership itself.