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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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Get Rid of Your “Um’s”

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 your first word “um?” If your answer needs to be a 30-second intro or a…

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Nervous to Speak? Ask a Friend

“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 Speaking in front of groups? Called on to speak at meetings? Here’s some useful stuff…

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Your Speech Coach Says, "Lead With Their Need"

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 use your product or service? What are the consequences when people don’t use your solution?…

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