Mimi  Donaldson

Mimi Donaldson

Speech Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author

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Mimi Donaldson

Mimi Donaldson

Speech Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author

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  • Mimi Donaldson presents enlightening and hilarious insights on the communication differences among team members and clients. Her upbeat presentation focuses on how to stop blaming the person whose style is different and how to bear it with a grin.
  • Mimi’s background in Human Resources is evident in her solid content on motivational and team building principles that are crucial in today’s hard-fought personal and professional success. Plus, she’s hilarious!
  • How do you build trust with your team and with your clients? In this age of transparency, they can hold you to higher standards. Mimi provides, with lots of humor, four growth strategies for gaining trust, and three pitfalls to avoid on your road to triumph.


Mimi’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.

For over twenty years, Mimi has captivated audiences from the Fortune 500 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.

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.

An instructional designer, speaker and trainer with over 25 years experience, Mimi Donaldson has designed and presented programs in subject matter areas including public speaking, gender communications, customer relations, business writing, manager orientation, high performance team building, supervisory skills, conflict resolution, stress management, goal setting, and sexual harassment prevention.  She has conducted needs assessments, written participant and instructor materials, and trained trainers.

As an internal Human Resources trainer for Northrop Aircraft and Rockwell International Space Division, Ms. Donaldson instructed first and second level supervisors and middle and upper level managers in presentation skills.

Mimi was Director of Educational Media at Walt Disney Company.  She designed and implemented full-day instructional workshops on motivating and managing, goal-setting and problem solving techniques. She trained over 2,600 instructors and school administrators in 24 major U.S. cities.

She received a BA in Speech and Dramatic Arts from the University of Iowa.  She received her Masters degree in Education from Columbia University.

Since 1984, Ms. Donaldson has been President of her own company.  The central focus is training and development of individuals and teams within the workplace. Clients include Kaiser Permanente, Rockwell Collins, Northwestern Financial Network, and Johnson & Johnson.  Mimi constantly updates her variety of courses, most recently diversity and gender differences.

Mimi is 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!  Mimi’s third 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.

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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. Learn How And When To “Push The Pause Button.” Control Body Language And Speech To Gain Favorable Results, and discover the 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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