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Mimi Donaldson        

Speech Coach, Motivational Speaker & Author of "Pitch Perfect: Speak to Grow Your Business in Seven Simple Steps"

As a professional motivational speaker, Mimi Donaldson has captivated audiences across the globe with keynote speeches, compelling workshops, and in-house training programs. She has shared the keynote platform with Colin Powell and Katie Couric, to name a few. In addition, she’s won acclaim for her rousing keynote speeches, compelling workshops, and in-house training programs.

Donaldson has spoken at more than 900 events in dozens of industries in more than 100 cities across North America and to audiences throughout Canada, Europe and Mexico. Donaldson has spoken at company events for 32 of the Fortune 500, eighteen of which are listed in the Fortune 100. She holds a Masters Degree in Instructional Design from Columbia University and was a staff Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft and Rockwell International.

Donaldson has been a featured guest on countless radio stations including KABC Radio in Los Angeles and numerous television appearances including Good Day New York. Thus, she’s been the subject of more than 200 articles in newspapers and magazines, having been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Ladies Home Journal and Harvard Management Review.

Donaldson’s latest book is designed to improve the quality of how you present yourself: "Pitch Perfect: Speak to Grow Your Business in Seven Simple Steps." She coaches individuals and sales staffs in creating and delivering their perfect marketing pitch.

Donaldson is also the co-author of "Negotiating for Dummies," an international bestseller that has been translated into six languages and has sold over a million copies. Her second book was "Bless Your Stress: It Means You’re Still Alive!" Donaldson’s third book is about success and football: "Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life." Donaldson uses football as a metaphor for shaking off the bad plays, or roadblocks of challenging times, and leading with perseverance and courage.

Speech Topics

Be Pitch Perfect: How Speaking Up Can Grow Your Business and Propel Your Career

Be Pitch Perfect is a motivating presentation designed to improve the quality of how you present yourself. You need to sell your best product, which is you. You never know who links to whom, so we need to be ready to “pitch” our products and services anytime. If it can save you time and make you money, it’s worth being ready with your request or message. You may find riches in the elevator, in the check-out line, or on the side of a soccer field. Your personal pitch needs to be relevant, timely, and effective.

Mimi will provide an action plan to help you:

  • Use your energy in positive ways to burn off nervousness.
  • Analyze your audience prior to preparing your pitch.
  • Organize your pitch based on your audience’s concerns.
  • Handle questions and answers with confidence and control.

Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Business

Mimi uses the ultimate team game to highlight motivational and team-building principles that are crucial in today’s hard-fought personal and professional success.

In this speech, Mimi helps your audience with these key concepts:

  • The intention to get to a certain place makes you unstoppable, and your action causes the impossible to become possible.
  • Time of possession is everything – the clock is the key.
  • When the whistle blows, the play is over.

In this practical, extremely humorous, female-friendly presentation, Mimi shares the secrets of capitalizing on opportunity and intention, so you can become the ultimate coach for yourself and your team.

Promoting Employee Engagement: Build Trust with Your Team

These days, trust is in short supply. To retain your best employees, it is more important than ever that they trust their leaders And it’s a two-way street. There are ways employees can build or rebuild trust with the boss. In this presentation, Mimi will enlighten you with action steps for both.

A few highlights are:

  • Be clear and focused about your expectations of people. If you are one of the “people,” make the effort to get clear.
  • Leaders must listen, sense, and respond. Employees can be proactive by modeling those behaviors.
  • Bosses need to give timely feedback and employees need to actively seek it. Both need to be willing to have those eyeball-to-eyeball conversations to build trust.

Gaining Trust With Your Clients: The Best Competitive Advantage

With technology generating more and more transparency, your customers and clients can hold you to higher standards. How can you make a profit when everyone has instant access to your cost, pricing, and strongest competitors? The best competitive advantage is gaining trust. Mimi, provides, with lots of humor, four growth strategies for gaining trust and three pitfalls to avoid on your road to triumph.

One of the three pitfalls to avoid is losing your sense of humor. Mimi will take you from misery to mirth and have you laughing about the very troubles that make “trust” a valued commodity.

Don’t Wait…Negotiate!

Life is one continuous chain of negotiations. Mimi is the master of the art, teaching audiences exactly how to get what they want with dignity and honor.

This speech will teach you:

  • Learn How And When To “Push The Pause Button”
  • Control Body Language And Speech To Gain Favorable Results
  • 5 Secrets To “Seal The Deal” Every Time

All Stressed Up and No Place To Go

From the book "Bless Your Stress: It Means You’re Still Alive!"

  • Discover the signs of the war within: worry – anger – resentment
  • Learn how to gain control before you blow the deal
  • Opt for alternative positive actions

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