Don’t Wait Till Thanksgiving

Funny Thanksgiving Turkey

Don’t wait till Thanksgiving to thank people. Do it now and always. So I want to say thank you to my bold brave clients, who are willing to put themselves out there and speak. Thank you for taking the word … Continue reading

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Why You Should Never “Wing It”

Bird Flying (Wing It)

Remember, one of Mimi’s Laws of Great Speaking: “Never make an audience nervous.” It’s not just that the audience is reminded of 8th grade speech class. They are more sophisticated now. With the popularity of TED Talks, people are used … Continue reading

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The More You Know, the Better the Flow

I Heart Google

Picture it: your audience is sitting in front of you. They are potential clients or customers. Here’s the way I see it. If there are five or fewer adults in your audience, they will remain adults, exhibiting the sophisticated behavior … Continue reading

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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Speaker with Note Cards

Ya know how when you go to a wedding, and speaker after speaker comes to the front, extolling the virtues of the bride and groom? And it’s just lovely, except the part at the beginning, when they pull out three … Continue reading

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Get Rid of Your “Um’s”

Public Speaker Image (Smart Meetings)

Have you ever heard a speaker who punctuated each sentence with “um?” Did you ever get distracted by the excessive use of “like?” Have you ever found yourself counting the “ya knows?” When someone asks, “What do you do?” is … Continue reading

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Nervous to Speak? Ask a Friend

Nervous Speaker

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” —William Arthur Ward (1921-1994) Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker … Continue reading

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Your Speech Coach Says, “Lead With Their Need”

Nervous In Front of a Crowd

When you call potential clients, do you know their pain? The only way you can get someone to trust your solution for their pain is to motivate them with your words—about their needs. What happens to them if they don’t … Continue reading

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What’s Your “Why” Story? It’s Your Legacy.

If you had 10 minutes to speak about what has been most important in your life, what would your Legacy Speech be? It would probably include your “why” story. Why do you do what you do? What’s at the heart … Continue reading

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Sign Up Today to Work With Mimi!

“Oh no,” says your limbic brain, “This is all new, so it must be dangerous! I must keep you safe – stay away!” This is what my mind was screaming as I learned how to facilitate my 6-week telecourse on … Continue reading

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Comeback Time? Yes, We Can!

Momentum is highly overrated. The Patriots came back after being down 28-3. The Cavs won after being 3 games to one. And my beloved Cubs came back after being 3 games to one. The definition of “comeback” in sports is: … Continue reading

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