Friday, December 7, 2012

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Who is Mikki Williams, CSP?
  • Chosen as one of the best speakers by Meetings and Convention Magazine Mikki Williams in Action Giving a Presentationalong with Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell, Lou Holtz, Zig Ziglar, Mike Ditka, Jay Leno...
  • A certified speaking professional (only 600 worldwide)
  • A 25 year veteran of the speaking industry
  • Winner of the Golden Mike Award
  • Featured on the cover of  Speaker, the national trade publication of the National Speakers Association
  • She has spoken twice at The White House and also at President Mandela's South African home
  • She has spoken to over 1,000,000 people in seventeen different countries on every continent except Antarctica
  • One of the top tier speaker resources for Vistage International, the world's leading executive organization
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Smart Stuff from Dave Nelsen

Dave Nelsen is so smart! You can read his columns in my ezine every month and believe me, you'll learn something every time. I do!

Handy Link Shorteners
by Dave Nelsen
Yesterday, a friend sent me a link to a video he thought would be of interest:

Dave Nelson Social Media GuruSince this was in an email message, it was easy enough to click, but beyond being big and ugly, there’s a simpler and more powerful way to share links. This is especially valuable when we’re sharing verbally, or otherwise require more concise communication. Twitter anyone? This link 
alone (without any accompanying message) is 177 characters, far beyond Twitter’s strict 140-character limit.
Interestingly, much of the information in the URL is tracking data that is not required to reach the destination site. Notice that roughly 1/3 of the way into the address there’s a question 
mark. After that the information is purely optional. You don’t need the embedded date, email address, click source, etc., to reach the site. The following link will get you there just as well:
Still that’s a bit long for Twitter and a lot to communicate verbally, so we also have link shorteners. These services are provided by Facebook, Twitter,, (a surprisingly long name in a short business) and many others. My favorite is
These services create short addresses that automatically redirect to our longer addresses. On 
the website (also known as if an address ending in ‘.ly’ freaks you out) I paste my long link in the upper right corner where it says ‘Paste a link here...’ and voila! up pops my new 
short link:
Note that the letters are case sensitive but there are just 6 of them; nice and easy. Wait, it 
gets better. You can customize these links with easy-to-remember names. For one purpose oranother, I do this almost every week. 
For example, as a public speaker, I frequently share the address of my speaker demo video 
posted on (a clean, professional video sharing site with several advantages over YouTube). Here is the link in its native format: 
That’s a lot to type (or to place on a business card). So after shortening the address with, I click ‘Customize’ in the first pop-up box and change the address to: (note the underscore character between the words to create the appearance of a ‘space’ - nice for readability).
That’s very cool but it gets even better because tracks how many clicks you get. Just click the ‘i’ (for information) that appears as you hover over a given link in your dashboard and you’ll be able to see the click frequency. This is especially handy when sharing a link with a 
single individual - you’ll know if they’ve clicked or not. 
There is one last piece of this puzzle. Links can be encoded so that they are read automatically 
by a Quick Response (QR) Reader App on a smartphone. Shorter links encode more cleanly. The original (long) link to my video encodes as shown on the left, whereas the shortened version encodes as shown on the right.


As you can see, the QR Code on the right is simpler and therefore easier to scan. This makes it printable at a smaller size, more practical, say, on a business card. 
So next time you want to share a link, and even track the clicks, use one of these handy link shorteners and maybe also a QR Code. 
By the way, the emailed video from my friend who’s still using the long links is excellent. It’s a 3-minute reminder about the 10 simple truths for achieving your goals. Use one of the three links I’ve provided to access it yourself. I think I know which one you’ll try.

You can find more formal details here: 

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Business Travel - Oh joy!

Business Travel Mikki Williams

A silver-lining story: On plane to Philly last nite, sat on tarmac for two hours due to weather. We finally took off, got close but then had to hover due to new weather system. Running out of fuel, diverted to Baltimore (where, ironically, I am going after my Philly speech).

Decided there was no way that plane was getting there so made an executive decision: got off plane, dashed to shuttle and made a 6:30 train to Philly. Coach was sold out so had to go biz. :).
I LOVE Amtrak - it's my favorite mode of transportation!

Friday, August 31, 2012

He Who Laughts... Lasts | Video

At  NSA this year there were eight of us who did a short comedy routine called Whose Cliché Is It Anyway? Very funny.
Here's the list of clichés we had to incorporate into our presentation:
Think outside the box
Check up from the neck up
We become what we think about
Awaken the giant within
You’ve got to be hungry
Build a bigger pie
Think and grow rich
We didn't have to use the phrase exactly, just the general wording.
Check it out:

Risdall Marketing Group | Cient Testimonial

Speaking at Risdall Marketing Group in Minnesota

I recently had the chance to speak at Risdall Marketing Group, an independently owned agency in New Brighton, Minnesota. Here is a testimonial from one of their employees, Josh Dahmes.

I want to speak at your company! Learn more on my website -

Monday, August 27, 2012

Why You Should Come To Speakers School | Video

A few of the many reasons you should come to the next session of my Speaker's School in Chicago

Speakers School is coming up September 26-28. Anyone who gives presentations - sales people, CEOs, educators... can benefit. Here are a few of the many reasons you should attend and make an investment into your speaking career that will last a lifetime!

Get more details on my website or register now to reserve your spot, space is limited!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Speaking Tips: Your Introduction

Speaking Tips straight from my Speaker's School

1.  Always email your introduction ahead of time to the meeting planner and ask for the name of the person who will be introducing you. Highlight the important parts or the humorous parts, then brief the introducer on how you would like it to be read. Explain they should not deviate from the written copy.

2.  A good introduction should tell the audience who you are and why you're qualified on the subject. It should create interest in what you're going to be speaking about. Include your honors but not your résumé.

Mikki Williams Speaker's Schoo Logo3.  Bad introductions range from "This speaker needs no introduction," to "Here's _________," or (the worst) actually telling the audience that they're going to laugh and cry.

4.  Concluders:  Many speakers print a concluder on the back of the introduction sheet. This allows a speaker to exit the stage and go to the product table while the introducer is reminding the audience to fill out the evaluation forms, pass them in, meet the speaker at the back table, etc.

Looking for more speaking tips? Want to become a professional speaker? Attend my Speaker's School! I hold three sessions every year in September, February, and April. Visit my website now for more details.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dave Nelsen, Social Media Guru

Dave Nelsen is scary smart about social media. My brain's about to explode after he spoke to my two Vistage groups this week! If your company needs help in this area he's your guy.


Dave has a column in my Ezine every month. Sign up now to receive my monthly newsletter and never his is freaky-good advice!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Think You Don't Have Time To Work Out?

Taking the Lunge, Thinking Outside the Gym

Well, think again! Have you watched Taking The Lunge? I'm tellin' you, it's the greatest customized fitness plan for busy people! It's been a godsend for me as I fly from here to there and back again, and still get in a workout. And it doesn't matter if the hotel has a fitness room or not. My workout is customized for wherever I am, whatever the circumstances. So cool! Check out this episode and then get your own virtual trainer. I love mine!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I'm The New Spokeswoman for inerTRAIN! | Video

inerTRAIN has a new Spokeswoman

inerTRAIN is the company that brings you TAKING THE LUNGE, a reality-based program that follows five individuals as they fit fitness into their busy lives.
I'm part of every show and am featured on this Thursday's episode, July 12th, at 8pm Central Time. Be sure to tune in!
And watch this video - some very funny outtakes.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

From Cover Girl to Reality Show...

How cool is this? I'm featured on the reality-based program, Taking the Lunge, which follows five individuals (ME!!!) as they fit fitness into their busy lives.
Taking the Lunge Trailer 
Taking the Lunge premiers this Thursday, June 14th at 8pm CDT on Facebook - click HERE to watch. Just click on the Taking the Lunge Livestream button at the top of the page, and you can check in and chat with cast, crew and other fans of the show.

Can't wait to see you on June 14th for the series premier!

Here's the list of episodes. I'm in all of them and FEATURED in Episode 4.
1. Lunging in: Let's get physical (introduction/getting started/setting goals)
2. The meaning of "fit" (what it means to be fit)
3. Chew on this (nutrition)
4. Think outside the gym (anytime/anywhere)
5. I like to move it, move it (benefits of exercise)
6. The force behind the fitness (value of trainers as experts & motivators)
7. Forever fit (lifelong fitness & pillars of a healthy lifestyle)
8. The finish line: Lunging forward (the results show!)

Taking the Lunge social media pages:

Monday, June 4, 2012

I'm a Cover Girl on SPEAKER Magazine!

Mikki Williams SPEAKER magazine cover photo
I'm so honored to be the June cover girl for SPEAKER Magazine! And what a great article, written by Managing Editor Barbara Parus.

Hair She Is... by Barbara Parus
"A cat has nine lives" is a familiar expression that alludes to a cat's ability to survive and thrive under any circumstance. But those famous words do not apply to felines only, unless you notice a vague resemblance between a fluffy, white Persian outfitted in a jeweled collar and Mikki Williams, CSP.
Williams has been compared to Dolly Parton on steroids - you can't help but notice her big hair, flashy jewelry and sparkling smile a mile away. Known for her flamboyant appearance, personal style, business savvy, and razor-sharp wit, Williams has had nine successful careers - and counting - in the business world.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Very Special April Fruit Cake

You'll need the following: 
A cup of water, a cup of sugar, four large eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts, and a bottle of whiskey. 
Sample the whiskey to check for quality. 
Take a large bowl. 
Check the whiskey again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. 
Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. 
Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again. 
Make sure the whiskey is still okay. Cry another tup. 
Turn off the mixer. 
Break two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. 
Mix on the turner. 
If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers pry it loose with a drewscriver. 
Sample the whiskey to check for tonsisticity. 
Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares? 
Check the whiskey. 
Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find. 
Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. 
Don't forget to beat off the turner. 
Throw the bowl out of the window, check the whiskey again and go to bed.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Walking the Red Carpet

Me and Curt Hahn
I met Curt Hahn 15 years ago when he was an attendee at one of my speeches. We clicked immediately and stayed in touch all these years, following each others' careers. When I had the opportunity to be an investor in his latest movie, Deadline, I jumped at the chance. Last week was the red carpet premiere here in Chicago. How cool to see my name in the credits on a big screen!
Deadline is based on the true incident of a young black man who was killed and the murder went uninvestigated for 19 years. It's a heart-wrenching story, beautifully told (watch the trailer below). It opens soon in theaters around the country - in Chicago on April 13th. So look for it, go see it and help promote it for my friend Curt.
moi, Curt, my Sam, Sandy, Rich, Sandy, Darryl
And what a great opportunity it was to take my entourage to the red carpet screening, with my fabulous soon-to-be-famous-international-author, 'my Sam', as I have affectionately dubbed her. She has been my incredible Director of Everything and we have worked and played together, laughed and cried, created and shared some special memories.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Radical Sabbatical

My radical-sabbatical at my Florida home has been fabulous so far, from all many projects...up at 5:00 am every day, getting caught up on all my "piles" (more about all my projects later - what a tease!).  Have also taken time for myself to get in shape, walk, workout, eat right, enjoy the sun and that has been a blessing after last year's 118 flights!
Stay tuned...