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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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Don’t Wait Till Thanksgiving

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 journey with me to write your answers to the question, “What do you do?” You…

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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. They are more sophisticated now. With the popularity of TED Talks, people are used to well-structured excellence from the speaker on stage. They expect you to be smart, polished,…

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The More You Know, the Better the Flow

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 of giving you their attention. In my 30 years of speaking in front of groups,…

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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

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 sheets of paper, and you can kinda tell, even from far away, that the type…

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