How to Engage Your Audience No matter who your audience is… …how long you have to speak, what your subject is about, or if you are speaking in person or virtually, there is a quick easy way to captivate your audience. Learn from Hollywood movies and consider what screen-writing teacher David Freeman calls the “flavor […]

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Congratulations! You’ve been chosen (or drafted) to deliver a speech. Don’t panic. Because executive speech coach Patricia Fripp is here to answer your questions. Here is everything you need to know about preparing your speech or presentation: Preparing Your Speech What Do I Talk About? Begin by asking yourself these three questions: Who is my […]

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Business and educational professionals know that whenever you present, whether you’re talking to one person or one hundred, you want to connect with your audience and get your message across. What’s the best way to do this when you deliver a virtual presentation? These strategies will help you get your message across, maximize your impact, […]

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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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Do you know how to be a leader who inspires action and commitment from your team? Laura Stack of Leadership USA and I recently met to talk about how leaders can inspire action and commitment. I share this recording and transcript of our webinar. Enjoy!

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When You Open Your Presentation – Don’t Waste Words When you open your presentation, you have just thirty seconds to command your audience’s attention. Don’t waste your opening words. Prepare a winning opening and give it extra attention as you rehearse your presentation. A relevant and compelling quote is one way to open a presentation […]

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How do you open your presentation? Do you immediately capture your audience’s attention? You will if you start with a strong presentation opening. In Hollywood, the opening of a movie is “the flavor scene.” I like to relate the first three minutes of a film to the first 30 seconds of a speech. Think of […]

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Lisa Poole VP, Application Configuration and Operations Consultant at SunTrust Bank is one of the speakers at the American Payroll Association. Each year there are hundreds of breakout sessions; most are highly technical. Engaging an audience and immediately and proving to them that, “This will not be dull” can be a challenge. This is how […]

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