Patricia Fripp Answers: What To Do If You Freeze On Stage

One of my competitors at the 2017 Toastmasters Division-level International Speech Contest froze for an excruciating 45 seconds in front of everybody. Then they tried to regain their place, managed a few single-word restarts, but continued to sputter for another 15 seconds. What Would You Do If You Froze On Stage? Here’s what world-renown speaking … Read more

Good Eye Contact Makes You A Badass!

Correction. Good eye contact makes your audience think you’re a badass! Whether you’re speaking to your board of directors, investors, customers, employees, or competing at a Toastmasters International Speech Contest, good eye contact makes you look confident! As Chris Anderson, TED Talks Conference curator, observes in his article How To Give A Killer Presentation in Harvard Business … Read more

How To Practice A 5-7 Minute Toastmasters Speech

You will discover that some techniques for practicing your speech work well, while others do not. My approach for practicing a speech is unique to me, so it’s important for you to gather advice from others as well. Research which patterns, practices and procedures work best for you to present a 5-7 minute speech, without … Read more

How I Prepared for the 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest

Step 1: Getting feedback from local Advanced Toastmasters clubs Reality check! A couple of brutely-honest – and painful to hear – District 39 Advanced Club evaluators were concerned that my District-winning speech wouldn’t hold up to the competition I was going to face 3 months later at Semifinals on Aug 22, 2013 in Cincinnati, OH. Turns out they … Read more

Tips from $10,000 Keynote Speaker Patricia Fripp

World-renowned keynote speaker, Patricia Fripp, presented “It’s a Mystery Every Speaker is Not Awesome” at Saturday’s (Nov 3) District 39 Toastmasters 2012 Fall Conference in Rancho Cordova, CA (near Sacramento). A Hall of Fame Speaker, Patricia presented a couple of tips for the Toastmasters audience, including: For sales people: selling is “explaining the result.” She took a … Read more