Deborah Kimmett
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Deborah Kimmett is one funny lady. Writing and performing one woman shows for 30 years, Kimmett is currently heard on CBC Radio “The Debaters” DNTO and Laugh out Loud.

She is a regular on the Winnipeg comedy festival is a sought-after speaker and emcee.

An accomplished author of three books, “Reality is Over-Rated," “That Which Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Funnier” and novel “Outrunning Crazy.” Plus,

She was nominated twice for the National Magazine Award for Humour and her play Miracle Mother nominated for the Governor General Award.

She tours North America as a keynote regaling organizations with her thoughts on Change, Creativity and Communication in organizations and her passion is bringing out the creativity in people by unlocking the blocks to creativity.

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Creative Ideas Need to Be Nurtured

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 11:36 AM

Ideas start off as gut feelings and flashbulb moments. They start unformed. Barely visible flickers. Once they are formed, they are like premature babies; they need incubation and respirators to survive on their own.


My daughter Laurel was born three months premature. Twenty-four...

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Are You Always Reacting to Life Instead of Responding to It

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 10:08 PM

Some of you know I have been writing a movie about prison guards. After showing it to family and friends, I asked two professional writers to read it. One was a friend and one was a colleague. This is a project I have worked on a lot. It's been a...

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Are People Living Rent-Free in Your Head?

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 11:33 AM

I woke up this morning, and in my head I was arguing with a former therapist. Not my therapist, but one my friend had gone to see 20 years ago. I still remember the stupid thing he said:

"Some people use humour to deflect their true feelings."

Given what I...

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How I Dealt With My Adult Son's Visit Home (Right After He Quit Smoking)

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:30 PM

A few weeks ago, I had just finished telling someone how nicely my son had turned out. How he was quite the lovely young man, how he's grown up and no longer visits with friends wearing only his boxer shorts, how he's stopped scratching body parts at the dinner table,...

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When Doctors Say "Scooch" It's Never a Good Thing

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 12:23 PM

I was in need of a medical tune-up, so I called my doctor. The receptionist said he could fit me in late in the afternoon. I thought it would be a quick visit. I would be put up on the hoist and be back on the road in short order....

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How I Was a Depressed Motivational Speaker

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:14 PM

Thanksgiving always reminds me of times when gratitude was lacking and how sometimes the universe shows up with a funny situation that shocks you out of sadness.

A few years ago I had just turned 50 and I went through a long dark patch. I could call it a dark...

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The Most Important Woman in My Life

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 2:25 PM

Marie Hopps was the first person I ever met who thought I was lovely, just because I existed. I called her my soft place to fall.

I met her when she came to The Second City to see a show I was performing in. She should have been the one...

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6 Ways to Hold Brainstorming Sessions that Produce Results

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 5:27 PM


You know you need to innovate in order to stay viable, but you have limited time and money to do so. So when you have a brainstorming session for your team you want it to be focused and be able to produce results.


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How I Got Through My Life Without Wearing Shorts

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 3:39 PM

I was down by the beach the other day and I marvel at the young women strolling by in their shorts. Shorts so short they could double as car chamois.

Personally, I haven't worn shorts in decades. I don't ever feel the need to push my...

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When Is It The Right Time To Take Off Your Wedding Ring?

(81) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 12:15 PM

A year had passed since my divorce, but I was still walking around wearing my wedding ring.

It wasn't because I was sentimental or hoped for a reunion. In fact, the ring had been bought at a going-out-of-business sale, which should have been a clue as to how things were...

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It Ain't Easy Being Green

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 11:19 PM

I perform regularly on the CBC Radio show, "The Debaters," so in the spirit of recycling here is a debate on living green.


Kermit the frog, said "It's not easy being green." You got that right, Kerm! In fact, it isn't easy...

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Why Innovation Is More Imporant Than Ever in Business

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 7:01 PM

As an improvisor I have always felt that innovation and improvisation are so important to develop new ideas in business.

This is my conversation with Lee-Anne McAlear (who is co-director of the Centre of Excellence in Applied Innovation Management for the Schulich Executive Education Centre, at York University. )

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How a Pint-Sized Gal Gave me the Scoop!

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Mother Earth must be having a hot flash.

It's been stinking hot, hasn't it? My air conditioner has been dripping sarcasm and my body parts have been sticking to each other like Post-it notes.

One day last week, I was hot and cranky, and although there had been a lot...

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My Night With Willie Nelson

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Thursday night Willie Nelson and I spent the night together. He was on stage and I was in Row 13 at Massey Hall. Actually he brought along the band that included his 82-year-old sister, Bobby Lee, whose fingers have been flying up and down the chords of the upright piano...

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My Dad and Bill Cosby

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 1:38 PM

My dad was the Bill Cosby of Napanee. That's if Bill had been white, and moked 2 packs of Players Plain a day, smelled like Old Spice Cologne and cleaned his ear with a nail.

Maybe it was just that Bill and Dad were my soft places to fall. The...

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Live Comic Walking: My Tour of a Federal Prison

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 5:22 PM

My script "Guarded" was recently submitted for jury selection at the Austin Film Festival and this got me thinking about two years ago, when I toured Millhaven Maximum Security.

See, a lot of people live their whole lives without thinking about doing a day trip to maximum security,...

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