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You Can Lead a Speaker to a Speech…

My TEDx event at Loyola Marymount University is fast approaching on October 27. I’m the speaker coach for all nine speakers! And I’m the emcee! The speeches are written, edited, fine-tuned. Now the work begins. I say “You can lead a speaker to a speech, but you can’t make them learn it.” And you need…

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Does the coach need a coach?

Does the coach need a coach? Female referee signaling time out

So the coach needs a coach…really? YES! Over a year ago, I was asked to do a SUE Talk—not TED—SUE. It stands for Successful Unstoppable Empowering women—and they are. As the website says, “Join us for one incredible evening of bold, passionate and inspiring talks by successful, unstoppable and empowering women changing the face of…

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Mostly, Your Stuff is for Your Book . . .

Years ago, I asked, ”What’s a keynote?” My client answered, “We just want the funny, pithy parts.” I’ve never forgotten that. And now, in the age of TED Talks with an 18-minute limit, it’s even more relevant. Attention spans have shortened. You cannot afford potential eye-rollers, like “Let me tell you the whooole story from…

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Resist the Urge to Overshare

Ever thought “Why is she telling me this?” “Why am I listening?” “I want the last 10 minutes of my life back.” My client was at a conference. She introduced herself to the woman sitting next to her – – and the floodgates opened. The woman started talking about her hip! And her surgery. And…

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Make the Second Half Count

Are you over 50? What if, for everything you do in the second half of life, you get extra credit? It’s true in figure skating scoring. I’ve been wanting to write this to you since the Olympics a few months ago. Not only do I adore figure skating, but I’m fascinated by this fact: In…

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Mimi is an Official TEDx Talk Speech Coach!

TED Talk speaker on stage with TED Talks logo

Have you had dreams of being a speaker on a big stage – – lighting up the audience with empowering thoughts and meaningful laughter? I have been doing that for over 30 years on the keynote stage. Lately, however, the keynoting business is celebrity-driven. So unless you are already “famous” or have a best-selling book…

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Leave It All On the Ice

Like some of you, I just spent two weeks watching 6 hours a day of Olympic coverage. Whew! I love figure skating more than football or any other sport. I find the Shib Sibs (Shibutani siblings) synchronized twizzles (multi-rotational one-foot turns) in ice dancing moved me to instant tears, just as the running back who…

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2nd Row in Zumba Class

Just had a birthday. I love my birthday. I love the whole month of February. It’s when I take stock of my life – – where I stand in the scheme of things. This time, I understand what Dad meant, “It’s all about quality of life.” So, I am thrilled at my quality of life.…

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No Resolutions – – Just Do It!

When someone you want to have lunch with says, “Let’s have lunch sometime,” do you say, “Yes, let’s,” and leave it at that? Or do you get out your calendar? I get out my calendar and I schedule it. PLAN is not a 4-letter word. Most things get done because they are scheduled. Ask a…

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Happiest to You!

Happy Chanukah! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! And one more thing: Don’t go crazy. Attend only events that are absolutely necessary, and parties that will bring you joy!

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