Mimi Donaldson

Talk is Cheap…Real Communication is Priceless

Donaldson, Mimi

Talk is Cheap…Real Communication is Priceless
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About Mimi Donaldson

Mimi’s latest book is about success and football: Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life. As a very funny, football female, Mimi uses football as a metaphor for shaking off the bad plays, or roadblocks of challenging times, and leading with perseverance and courage.

For over twenty years, Mimi has captivated audiences from the Fortune 100 to the just plain fortunate. She’s won acclaim for her rousing keynote speeches, compelling workshops, and in-house training programs. She has shared the keynote platform with Colin Powell, Katie Couric and Maya Angelou.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Speech and Dramatic Arts from the University of Iowa, and a Masters Degree in Education from Columbia University. For 10 years, she was a staff Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International.

Mimi has been a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government. She was the “pitch coach” on ABC’s American Inventor and coached the contestants to success persuading judges and America.

Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Business

Author of Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life, Mimi uses the ultimate team game to highlight motivational and teambuilding principles that are crucial in today’s hard-fought personal and professional success.

• 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.

“Whom Do You Trust?”

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. Some 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

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.

Men & Women: Can We Talk?

Only two types of audiences qualify: Men and Women! A must-see presentation for anyone who has contact with the opposite sex. Insightful. Rousing. Hilarious.

• How to talk so men/women will listen
• Get past the myths and stereotypes for winning/improving team performance
• Learn how to go from frustration to fun

Don’t Wait…Negotiate!

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

• 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


“I have seen many speakers in my career, and you are one of those that exceeded my expectations! I would love to have you speak again . . . and again!”
– Ann Cate, Coordinator, Convention Programs, National Automobile Dealers Association.

“Thank you for your outstanding performance and for making the program such a success. Just fabulous!”
– Walter G. Schnee III, President-Elect, Million Dollar Round Table (Rated #1 speaker in front of 7,500 people)

” Your ability to relate to a wide spectrum of people is a real strength and you obviously held their attention. Mimi, your energy and enthusiasm were a shot in the arm to our attendees.”
– John J. DeBuono, Vice-President, New York Life Insurance

” Not only were people well entertained, but…we have a new basis of communication. I would not hesitate to recommend you to other similar venues. Thank you for sharing your pearls of wisdom in your uniquely humorous style.”
– Anne K. Barrette, Vice President, Northrop Grumman Management Club