Speaking Raves

Mimi and fellow keynoter Maya Angelou in Maya’s dressing room

Mimi and fellow keynoter Maya Angelou in Maya’s dressing room

Women

“We would like to add our own personal thanks for your contributions at the Women Business Leaders Forum of ASPPA. Thanks, also, for your spirit of cooperation throughout the past several months. We have greatly enjoyed working with you.”

Elizabeth A. Deutsch, CPC, QPA
Savvy Retirement Plans
Conference Co-Chair

Katrina Moody, QKA
Retirement Plan Administrators, LLC
Conference Co-Chair

“I loved your talk today! My favorite quote, “The intention to get to a certain place makes you unstoppable.” I am going to practice my own 2 ½ minute drill!”

Kim Selby, USC Alumni Women

“What a pleasure to hear you speak last week at NAWBO. You were sensational, and left me with much food for thought. I’m so glad that I had a chance to hear you.”

Denise RichardsPresident
Richards Interiors

Sheila D. Stillman,
Women Leadership Forum

“I overcame my ‘casual’ tendency and am sending this in a ‘formal’ timeframe! Thank you so much for an enlightening and enlivening presentation.”

Rebecca Kenary, Treasurer
Women Leaders Forum, Indian Wells, CA

“Mimi… thought your talk was hilarious! Would love to know if you have a CD of that speech as I would love to purchase it if you have that speech on tape. I thought I would give it to my husband as a gift so let me know if in fact, you have taped it. Thanks so much and you were terrific. Best wishes…Lola Green”

Lola Green
Rancho Mirage, CA

“Just thinking about you makes me smile. Your presentation was so fabulous. My cheeks (on my face!) and my stomach hurt so much from laughing so much! You truly have a gift for speaking.”

Linda Wisler Luft
President, Fireball Coaching
President, Central Ohio Coaches

 

Entrepreneurs

Business Owners, Negotiations and “Necessary Roughness”

“Last night, we had the absolute pleasure of attending the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Orange County chapter in their monthly dinner seminar. It was incredible seeing a room filled with over 100 women (and a few men) representing a growing minority in the business world.

After about an hour of networking and sharing with the group the kinds of services that Plethora Businesses provides (valuations, consultation, assisting in the selling of businesses and developing exit strategies), we were entertained and educated by the great Mimi Donaldson. Mimi’s talk, as well as her book, Necessary Roughness was about the need to do business like football. You go in with a mission, you do the impossible and you stop when the whistle blows. She had us laughing, nearly to the point of tears, but also made many realize that women, especially strong women, have a hard time doing business, solely because they let their own emotions get in the way. Want to sell your business? Fantastic. But it’s important to first know realistically how much it’s worth. We can’t stress enough the important of a valuation. Looking to develop and exit strategy? Make sure you plan it 3-5 years before you actually want to walk away.

Some women are methodical planners, but like football, the need to be objective is required and often rough. Please check out Mimi’s website and book. She’s hilarious but also informative. She, like an objective M&A transaction adviser, can provide you with the wealth of knowledge needed to succeed.”

George Lanza, President
Plethora Business

“What a pleasure to hear you speak last week at NAWBO. You were sensational, and left me with much food for thought. I’m so glad that I had a chance to hear you.”

Denise Richards, President
Richards Interiors

“I want to extend a heartfelt thank you for the presentation you made to the Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce! You are a impactful, entertaining motivational speaker. Funny and yet insightful, the examples and stories you shared are very helpful to people in any business. I look forward to finishing your books and leveraging that knowledge in both my professional and personal life.”

Mona Strehler, HR Consultant
TPC Enterprises

 

Broadcasting

“Thank you so much for presenting ‘Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Business’ at the 2011 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Summer Conference. This topic is of utmost importance to our membership! You certainly energized the room.”

Linda Baun , Vice President
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association College

“Mimi, I am getting so many emails thanking me for organizing the event. My mailbox is flooding. I’m so popular now :)

Here are a few latest ones.
‘I thought it was very entertaining and I was remote. Mimi had realistic points which I could relate too and use in my position. I loved it! ‘

I just wanted to thank you for hosting this most awesome presentation.  I didn’t realize I would leave there with my face killing me from smiling so much.  Much appreciated.  Would love to attend more of these presentation.  Thanks again.

Thank you Nuzhat for all of your fabulous work and coordination of this amazing workshop. Mimi was just mind-blowing.

Excellent poise, control of a situation when “the unexpected” resurrected itself.  NY GIANTS FAN or advocate of their management philosophies.

Displayed a passion for her work and beliefs.

She’s also waiting for an invite to the Jay Leno Show. Take a fairly dry subject and makes it memorable.
Good for her…! Would have her back in a heartbeat.”

Nuzhat M. Karim, Program Manager
University Relations Director of Professional Development, ISEC

“I loved your talk today! My favorite quote, “The intention to get to a certain place makes you unstoppable.” I am going to practice my own 2 ½ minute drill!”

Kim Selby, USC Alumni Women

 

Radio & Television

“Thank you so much for presenting ‘Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Business’ at the 2011 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Summer Conference. This topic is of utmost importance to our membership! You certainly energized the room.”

Linda Baun, Vice President
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

 

Technology

“I didn’t get the opportunity to say hello after you spoke at Air Cargo in San Diego in March. You have a unique style in speaking to an audience and getting their attention. I enjoyed what you shared and was challenged as well.
My primary job involves me leading the IT organization for AFC Worldwide Express (dba R+L Global Logistics). I can apply a lot of what you shared in this role in particular the title of your book ‘Necessary Roughness.’”

Conrad Maynard, Director of IT
R+L Global Logistics

“Nice to connect on LinkedIn. We met years ago at a NAWBO event where you were speaking. It was a keynote presentation on how women and men communicate differently. At the event I purchased the Mrs. Right and Mr. Right dolls. The phrases the dolls speak are hilarious. I shared the dolls and their phrases as part of a special blessing that I gave at my daughter and son in law’s wedding rehearsal dinner. It made a point with humor and helped the young love birds and guests to look at no matter how much you love someone the truth is the only Mr. And Mrs Right are those dolls. Just as your speech and dolls made an impact on me, I have paid it forward on numerous occasions. Thank you for teaching me a profound lesson with style and humor that I have never forgotten. That is the mark of an EXCEPTIONAL speaker. Keep up the great work because you are making a difference.”

Madelin Butler, Acquired Tech Resources

“I enjoyed your presentation. Like you, I too fall into the ‘formal’ category and I found myself snickering at your descriptions. You were very insightful and entertaining. I wish you much success in the New Year!”

Lara S. Rosen , Career Services Specialist
ITT Technical Institute

“Even though I expected a dynamic presentation and successful reception, today just blew me away! Thank you so much, I personally loved it, and had such fun, including meeting you and Debbie. I also have sisters, and we have such fun with one another it was a treat to see you with yours!”

Barbara Crofts, Controller
Main Electric Supply Co.

Financial

“We are overwhelmed by your professionalism and dynamic delivery of your presentation. Of the 187 participants at your presentation, we consistently heard that, ‘You really saved the best for last. Mimi was great and so full of energy’ and ‘Mimi was a great choice to wrap it up for us. Touching but humorous.’

Please allow this letter to serve as a resounding affirmation for your program and share it with others who request references for your work.”

Melissa Curzon, President
Melissa Mednick, 2009 Conference Manager
Christine Dillon, 2009 Host Committee Chair
Financial Women International

“We would like to add our own personal thanks for your contributions at the 2011 Women Business Leaders Forum of ASPPA. Thanks, also, for your spirit of cooperation throughout the past several months. We have greatly enjoyed working with you.”

Elizabeth A. Deutsch, CPC
QPA
Savvy Retirement Plans
Conference Co-Chair

Katrina Moody, QKA
Retirement Plan Administrators, LLC

Conference Co-Chair

“I watched your TV interview after first meeting you, buying your books, reading them and hearing you speak (in Boulder). I like you better in person.”

Cynthia S. Ellner, President
California Pension Administrators & Consultants, Inc.

“Everyone really related and enjoyed your talk. It was a real treat.”

Lisa Brammer,SMGMA Treasurer
Mill Financial and Insurance Services

 

Healthcare

“First and foremost, thank you for the stunning negotiations PowerPoint and presentation you gave at the Simmons School of Management Leadership Conference. Working in a male dominated industry (personal health records software and development), I have learned many of the lessons shared by trial. Interestingly enough, I find that your negotiations suggestions work best with my female colleagues and family. Who would have thought? . . . But thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Tiffany Pearson
Dossia Service Corporation

 

“Thank you Mimi for your presentation. You are hilarious and you have inspired me to buy a new purse!! The truest truths are always humorous. I will be using your services in the future. As a doctor I have come to understand laughter as one of the best medicines.”

Dr. Dena G. Churchill, Chiropractor, Psychologist

 

Human Resources

“Thank you for taking the time to speak to the group. I think you inspired the group to change the way we think. It was another enjoyable, informative, entertaining, engaging presentation with powerful insight and information that we can all sue. I always enjoy your great sense of humor!”

Craig Inouye, Human Resources Professional

“I want to extend a heartfelt thank you for the presentation you made to the Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce! You are a impactful, entertaining motivational speaker. Funny and yet insightful, the examples and stories you shared are very helpful to people in any business. I look forward to finishing your books and leveraging that knowledge in both my professional and personal life.”

Mona Strehler, HR Consultant
TPC Enterprises

“I just attended a presentation that Mimi delivered to the Challenger Gray Networking Group—she is FABULOUS! She engages everyone immediately and her message is clear and easy to understand. Not only that—she brings a refreshing sense of humor in her illustrations!
Ask anyone who attended the presentation this week—and get their feedback!”

– From a posting on a Human Resources Linkedin site, by Sharon M. Consoli, SPHR.

 

Insurance

“I always admire successful women and you certainly personify that model. You are engaging, animated and perfectly capture the nuances that not only define men and women but casual versus time-bound. We are who we are and like the leopard, cannot change our spots. How brilliant to relate football to a room full of women (mostly). You gave us the opportunity to laugh knowing we’ve all been there, heard that, and despite our differences will continue to look for a minute before heading to the shoe rack. I am truly happy I did not miss this morning’s event. You made my day and I intend to check out your books!”

Darlene Ungard

Farmers Insurance

“Our speaker Mimi Donaldson is one of my all time favorites, and promises to provide you with guidance you will use throughout your life, as she has taught me.

You will laugh —then realize as you leave that your take-away is as strong as your laughter.”

Cathy Daugherty, Owner
Trademark Insurance
Past President, National Association of Women Business Owners – Orange County Chapter

“Hi Mimi – that’s great. “We loved you at Keenan. I’m just reading the book new. FYI my son’s Pop Warner football team went to the national championships this year. He’s the Quarterback. It was so exciting. Your perspectives in Necessary Roughness are helping me view my job at Keenan and potential success a new way – like my son’s football team did this year to make it to the championships. I’m approaching my job like a football team approaches a season. I love it.”

Karyn Goodsite
Keenan & Associates

“Thank you for speaking at our monthly Chapter meeting this past Tuesday especially since our honored executives were in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the information and anecdotes as well as your enthusiasm, energy and passion.”

Natalie Park, Administrative Assistant
Swiss Re Group
Treasurer, International Association of Administrative Professionals

 

Realty

“Mimi Donaldson has a God-given gift of delivering a serious topic in the most hysterical fashion!

I first met Mimi Donaldson about 4 years ago and watched her through tears as she imparted valuable insight as to how to say ‘No’, in the workplace. Although extremely funny, Mimi has a knack of making you sit up and say ‘Hey! She’s talking about ME!’, while simultaneously learning better ways of negotiating through this thing we call life.

On her most recent delivery that I attended, Mimi drew a parallel between football strategy and business. Let’s face it, my husband has been trying to teach me football for ten years and yet I gained a far better understanding from Mimi in 40 minutes, while picking up a good few life lessons, too! Riveted, I felt a pang of sadness that I had no nachos or beer – and I am not even a beer drinker!

At this event, Mimi discussed those people who have a ‘formal’ arrangement with time and those who have a ‘casual’ arrangement with time. My eldest son definitely has a casual arrangement with time – he was three weeks late at birth and has had no idea of time in his 38 years! I called him one February, suggesting that our family Thanksgiving dinner might be at his house (relating to him the roster to date)…. His answer was “Geez, Mom – call me in November – this is WAY too early for me to know what’s going on at Thanksgiving!” Did I relate? You betcha!

Some comedians exaggerate in order to find humor but Mimi doesn’t have to do this – she’s a REALIST and in relating the humor in everyday life, Mimi Donaldson teaches alternative ways to become successful.

If you want to howl with laughter at how very complicated we make the simple process of life and business, then contact Mimi Donaldson NOW!”

Althea Garner
REALTOR (R) MBA, MCI, e-Pro, Women’s Council of REALTORS(R)

“I have been meaning to follow up and ‘thank you’ since you spoke at our Forum in March. I know that many enjoyed your talk and comparison between football and baseball and the male/female things. One of my co-workers said she learned to travel to the airport separately. She then noted how many flights they have missed!”

Nanette McConnell
Keller Williams Realty, 2009 President WCR (Women’s Council of Realtors) Long Beach/South Bay Chapter

“What a delight to have Mimi address our chapter. Those fortunate enough to enjoy your presentation are still raving about their entertaining experience.”

Judi Abbott, (employed by Century 21), President Elect

Women’s Council of Realtors

 

Associations

“Your lunchtime keynote address was the highlight of the conference. Our 200 attendees raved about it in the conference surveys. Comments included:

  • “Great inspiration.”
  • “Mimi was fantastic! I will contact her.”
  • “This girl has passion!”
  • “I never laughed so hard at a conference.”
  • “Exceeded expectation. Outstanding speaker.”

We asked attendees to rate speakers on a scale of 1 to 5 and you received 5’s on every single survey! I’ve never seen that happen at our conference.”

Anne Valentzas, VP Marketing
Leo Schachter Diamonds, VP Education, Women’s Jewelry Association

 

Administrative Professionals

“Thanks for much for being our speaker last night. We wanted another hour of you! I went right home and told my husband all about it. Your insight will serve us well into the future.”

Judy Shellman, Past President
Stellar Chapter, IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals)

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