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Mimi Donaldson co-authored the best-selling book Negotiating For Dummies, which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into 6 languages. Mimi Donaldson is full of surprises as she electrifies audiences worldwide and Fortune 500 corporations. Her humorous, insightful and invigorating keynote speeches, workshops and in-house training programs are tailored for immediate, practical application. A background in Human Resources, over 20 years in corporate comunications training, a BA in Communication from the University of Iowa and an MA in Education from Columbia University all contribute to Mimi’s unique and captivating style.

When Mimi speaks, people listen, laugh and learn.

Mimi is in demand as a speaker at top performer meetings. At the Million Dollar Round Table, she excited 7,500 insurance professionals to a standing ovation and a number one rating among the main platform speakers that year. Mimi’s keynote speeches and workshops motivate her audiences to laugh and learn. Her rare combination of sophisticated humor and insightful information inspire. Each of Mimi’s speeches is a success formula designed to be both enlightening and entertaining, showing people how to take charge of your life without being self-conscious about it.

Mimi Donaldson may stand just over five feet, but her energy is bigger than life. Heralded as one of the most popular and entertaining female public speakers in the United States, Mimi frequently shares the stage with the most prominent fellow keynoters in the world (the likes of General Colin Powell, Elizabeth Dole, Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Maya Angelou, and Suze Orman), as she delivers side-splitting presentations on matters that affect us all. As the co- author of the smash hit, Negotiating for Dummies, Mimi has seen her work published in many languages around the globe, making her an internationally sought-after expert in a myriad of aspects of both business and human interaction. 

What endears audiences to Mimi is her ability to take risks in the training room and on the platform. Whether addressing thirty educators or an audience of 7,000 salespeople, Mimi believes that “self-exposure is the key.” She leads by example and uses her own hilarious successes, failures, and observations as the model. Her exceptional success in training managers starts when she tells them, “The three most important management skills are model, model, model. You can’t ask someone to behave in way you will not,” says Mimi, in her matter-of-fact style. People love her because although she may look like a living doll, she is REAL. Her sharp wit and intelligent humor get straight to the heart of any matter. She brings audiences to their feet with her comic insights on communicating with bosses, coworkers, kids and the opposite sex.

Mimi is rare in that she backs up her talents with credentials. After having received her Bachelors degree in Communication from the University of Iowa, Mimi got a Masters degree in Education from Columbia University, where she was chosen to be a teacher of teachers in the Graduate School. From there, she spent ten years as a training consultant for Rockwell International, Walt Disney Productions, Northrop Aircraft and Random House before starting her own business in 1984. Her mission now is on a grand scale: she is devoted to inspiring and motivating others to be the best they can be. Over half a million people have been entertained by Mimi’s combination of practical advice and sophisticated humor. When Mimi speaks, people listen, laugh and learn.

Mimi’s tried and true philosophies about life and business are why Fortune 500 companies hire her again and again, and why groups and individuals play her tapes repeatedly. Just as Tony Bennett is expected to sing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” everywhere he goes, people ask Mimi to do her “Men & Women: Can We Talk?” speech (among other favorites) no matter if they’ve heard it twice before.