As a professional speaker and speech coach, I am frequently asked, “Were you always this confident?” The answer is, “No.” Confidence in public speaking doesn’t come naturally to everyone. It’s built over time through a commitment to learn, improve, get coached, review your presentations, and continuously stive to hone your skills. Even those with natural […]

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My brother Robert Fripp played guitar on David Bowie’s Heroes. When my brother and I delivered our presentation, How to Be a Hero for More than One Day, I asked him, “How can we become heroes?” He replies, “By performing acts of quality.” The next logical question is, “Why is an act of quality important?”

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It never ceases to amaze me that intelligent, well-educated, and ambitious professionals frequently overlook developing the number-one skill guaranteed to position them ahead of the crowd: the ability to stand up and speak eloquently in public, or at least stagger to their feet and say anything at all. What terrifies so many about public speaking? […]

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A short simple story heard while jogging with my friend Bobby Lewis decades ago influences my actions every day. Ralph Waldo Emerson is well known for a phrase very similar to this “What you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say.”  Great advice for leaders and parents. Honesty, Ethics, Parenting If you […]

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