How to Sound Intelligent in a Speech

The One “Thing” to Avoid

by Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

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.

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. The question I most frequently ask my speech coaching clients is, “If it were not a ‘thing’ what would it be?” (more…)

Can A Billionaire Give You Presentation Advice?

Sir Richard Branson at the eTalk Festival Party, during the Toronto International Film Festival by Richard Burdett

Where do you get your presentation advice? Even intelligent and highly accomplished individuals like Sir Richard Branson can benefit from an honest evaluation and coaching.

Speech coach and author Gary Genard is a great blogger. In a recent post, Gary discusses Sir Richard Branson’s advice on public speaking. Branson, the entrepreneur, adventurer, humanitarian, and founder of the Virgin Group, explained his approach to presentations in an article called, “My Top Tips for Public Speaking,” on the Virgin website.

Branson declared, “90 percent of the time, it is better to ad-lib rather than read from contrived speech notes. Even if you forget certain points you wanted to make, the people who are listening always desperately want to hear your passion, not just your theory.”

Gary counters, “…passion matters. But not at the expense of well-planned and formulated remarks. Actually, this sentiment is a weakness sometimes found among super-successful people. Whether it stems from anxiety … or arrogance, (more…)

Why Video Matters & How to Make It Work for You

Video is at the heart of my highly interactive on-demand coaching platform, FrippVT.

Video is at the heart of my highly interactive on-demand coaching platform, FrippVT. Make it work for you.

With current technology, you might not be surprised at how often I’m asked, “How do you use video in your business?”

As often and in as many ways as possible! We have a green screen, professional lighting, and great recording equipment, and my assistant has become highly proficient at adding backgrounds, images, and branding.

Videos are effective for promoting upcoming events, webinars, and for explaining how to make the most of an upcoming seminar or coaching experience. We record live speeches, cut them into segments (more…)

Professional Speakers – Why You Still Need A One Sheet

Lois Creamer

Professional Speaker, Author, Branding & Marketing Expert, Lois Creamer

As a speech coach and the creator of Fripp Virtual Training, my clients include corporate leaders, media personalities, and even top-tier professional speakers. While I work with professional speakers to help them develop more powerful and persuasive presentations, my friend and colleague, Lois Creamer works with them to help them book more business, make more money, and avoid costly mistakes. Lois Creamer knows the speaking business! I share this article from Lois, who explains why – even in the era of LinkedIn – your speaker’s “one sheet” is still an indispensable marketing tool and how you can optimize your one sheet to increase your bookings. Enjoy my interview with Lois.


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