Your Job: Be the Nicest Person in the Room

It pays to be nice. As a professional speaker, for over 30 years, I have found this to be true. Don’t believe the hype, even when people tell you that you’re fabulous at what you do. Years ago, I experienced … Continue reading

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Better Than the First Day of School

Yesterday was the First Football Sunday of the 96th season of the National Football League.  I took the whole day off from writing my next book. The working title is Pitch Perfect: Speak to Grow Your Business in 7 Simple … Continue reading

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Your Speech Coach Says, “Put Your Audience First”

How do you persuade customers or clients? The only way you can get someone to give you what you want – to persuade them to use your product or service – is to motivate them with your words. And here’s … Continue reading

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What’s Your “Why” Story?

If you are speaking about what you do for more than five minutes, an important story to include tells WHY you are doing what you are doing, or selling what you are selling.  What is it that lights your fire?  … Continue reading

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Your Speech Coach Says, “Play to Your Strengths”

Loved watching every moment of the NBA Finals—tweeting with millions of others as I watched!  I looked for a connection between those fast-paced, close-scoring games, and coaching you to present yourself and your business with confidence.  I found 3 points … Continue reading

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Your Speech Coach Says, “We. Don’t. Quit.”

Ever notice you barrel through, or stumble through, the meat of an assignment, but then, when it comes to putting on the finishing touches – BAM! Life gets in the way. To achieve most things in life, even small ones, … Continue reading

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Why You Should Never “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, it’s that they are way more sophisticated now. With the advent of TED Talks, … Continue reading

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The Two Things Audiences Will Not Forgive

As you may know, the number one fear of people is public speaking. Death is number five. But the truth is, audiences really want you to succeed. There are very few things they can’t forgive. I know of only two: don’t be … Continue reading

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Managing Your Butterflies – Part 2

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2015 Resolution: “I will put myself out there more to grow my business.” Is this your resolution? As a professional, you have many opportunities to speak in front of groups of people. This could be THE year you do it! … Continue reading

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Speaking with Confidence: Managing Your Butterflies

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2015 Resolution: “I will put myself out there more to grow my business.” Is this your resolution? As a professional, you have many opportunities to speak in front of groups of people. This could be THE year you do it! … Continue reading

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