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Get Rid of Your “Um’s”

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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

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“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”

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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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2017 Could Be Your Year: Teleclasses Coming Soon!

There you are. In an elevator. In a grocery store line. On the sidelines of a kid’s soccer field. Someone turns to you and asks, “So, what do you do?” What do you say? Do their eyes light up or … Continue reading

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Be Curious. Never Assume.

Curiosity is respectful. Assuming is not. I learned this from a wonderful therapist long ago, and it was my lesson this week. When you don’t bother to find out about people who think differently from you, you can assume things … Continue reading

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Cubs Win! Women Win!

“C’mon Chapman – be a hero!” I found myself talking to the pitcher under my breath in my sister’s living room, watching the large screen. Then, double play, and it was over. Cubs win! Cubs win! I thought of my … Continue reading

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Strive to Keep it Alive

In the first week of the season, the story of the NFL games was come-from-behind victories. Exciting games to watch, but frustrating if your team was not the one that came back. You would think, or at least I think, … Continue reading

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