How to Make A Powerful Impact in Your Presentations

Powerful and persuasive presenters recognize the importance of the pause.

Alan Alda says, “It is the space between the lines that makes it a great performance.” (more…)

How to Shorten Your Presentation without Losing Impact

You can shorten your presentation without losing impact.

Don’t panic. You can shorten your presentation without losing your impact.

Imagine, you’ve done all the work to prepare and rehearse a major presentation and at the last minute you’re told, “I’m so sorry, but we’re short on time. Can you give us the five-minute version?”

Is it possible to shorten a presentation without losing all of your impact? Yes. Don’t panic. After all, a sound bite is often more powerful than a lengthy dissertation. Here’s how to condense your speech without losing impact:

1. Don’t apologize or mention that you usually have much more time. Find confidence in the fact you’ve prepared. You can still get your central message across in five minutes.

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.

FrippVT can equip you and your team with powerful persuasive presentation skills and give you a competitive edge.

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…)

Public Speaking – Make Sure Your Movement Supports Your Message

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE - Executive Speech Coach, Sales Presentation Expert & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker

Patricia Fripp, Executive Speech Coach & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker

Some presenters like to move, while others stand still. At the beginning of any presentation you should stand still. Your audience members are getting used to you, how you sound, how you speak – how fast, your cadence, or your accent.

As you continue your presentation, make sure your movement supports your message. Avoid unconscious expressions of nervous energy. Have you noticed that some speakers look as though they are doing a little dance? Do not distract your audience with unnecessary movement.

Exceptional speakers employ three types of movement: