Four corners of growth

This morning, I review my life’s purpose and mission statement, as I do first thing most mornings, and ask myself: have I grown enough as a human being?

Shannon and Bob crossing the bridge

I read a lot about the topic of success and have interviewed hundreds of (mostly) women about it. Success is something a lot of people seem to want, if the plethora of “how-to” material available in the marketplace is any indication. Lately, I find myself closely examining the word success and reflecting on it more than ever.

As we know, success is relative. For me, the meaning of success is to have the ability to follow my heart. I have come to the conclusion, though, that success is an over-used word and like so many over-used words (think inspire and hero) in our vocabulary, it is losing its power.

With 2016 fast-approaching, and as I soon enter a new chapter of my life, instead of focusing on success, my aim is “growth.” As such, I have identified four corners of growth, and they are:

“Gratitude is the heart’s memory.” ~ French proverb

1. Gratitude: Be thankful every day for what you have and for what you don’t have, and be balanced in the perception that everything that happens to you in life serves a bigger purpose. When you are experiencing a negative emotion or situation, find out how it helps you get where you want to go – and be grateful for it. The key is to be balanced and not let our emotions take over, and gratitude helps us do that.

 “If you want to be loved, be loveable.” ~ Ovid

2. Love of the heart: Your heart knows its truth. Listen to its whispers. When you come from the place of your heart, you experience joy. When you make decisions based on love for yourself, in your highest values, you cannot go wrong. You will become more compassionate and have more love for yourself.

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman

3. Inspiration: Inspiration is the fuel that ignites our dreams and keeps the energy revving so we are able to manifest. When the mind is inspired, we can turn distraction to laser-like focus. Spend time learning and developing your mind. Ignorance is not bliss; it is detrimental to evolution.

“All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene.” ~ William Ellery Channing

4. Enthusiasm: Unless we are enthused and our bodies are energized, we will not have the energy long term to make anything happen. Vitality is key. When we are in a state of good health and vitality, we can put enthusiasm to work. Do whatever it takes to become enthusiastic about the work ahead of you to make your dreams come true, or they will not happen. End of story

I would love to know what your corners of growth are. Please feel free to share.

Shannon Skinner is a television and radio show host, inspirational speaker and author of “The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity.” To hire me as a speaker for your organization, contact me at shannon (at) shannonskinner.com.

 


Speaking at U of Sask

I am honoured to be presenting this live on-stage event with the Dean of the College of Arts & Science, Peta Bonham-Smith, at the University of Saskatchewan, my alma mater. It’s taking place on Oct. 7th at the U of S. I’m really excited to return to my home province. Details below…

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Tonight on Shannon Skinner Live: anti-aging secrets with beauty expert Vian Sharef

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO, June 16, 2015 — Tonight on Shannon Skinner Live radio show, host Shannon speaks with beauty expert and owner of Toronto-based Dermedix Laser Clinic, Vian Sharef, about beauty and anti-aging secrets. Tune-in to VoiceAmerica Women at 7pm EST/ 4PM Pacific.

Vian photoVian Sharef, owner, Dermedix Laser Clinic

Shannon Skinner Live is a weekly radio show that uncovers the stories and solutions to living an extraordinary life and making this world a better place. It features interviews with experts, visionaries and activists, and more.

About Vian Sharef:

Vian Sharef is a single mother, beauty expert and the founder and owner of Dermedix Laser Clinic, based in Toronto. Born and raised in Iraq, Vian came to Canada as a teenager with her family, after living in a refugee camp for 3 years in Turkey. She would eventually achieve a successful career in the financial services industry  – and get married. Later, in 2008, life would have its challenges again. Vian lost her father, job and her marriage disintegrated within 6 months, and, as a single mother to a young daughter, she made the decision to go back to school to study medical aesthetics. Today, she is a successful businesswoman and has helped thousands of women and girls look and feel their best.

About Shannon Skinner:

Shannon Skinner is a Canadian television talk show host, speaker and writer. In 2010, she launched Shannon Skinner’s Extraordinary Women TV, the first of its kind, as a live web TV show, and later developed it into an broadcast television show and online platform that is the ultimate online life-guidance resource for women. She is the author of the Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity; and she writes on a range of topics, including creativity, inspiration, feminine leadership, change and travel.


Classical Guitarist Liona Boyd on Reinventing Herself

I grew up watching classical guitarist Liona Boyd’s television performances and being in awe of her talent and beauty. So when the opportunity to interview one of the finest guitar players in the world, I felt I already knew her. But of course, there was much to learn.

When Boyd first set out to create a career as a guitar player, she was met with many obstacles. In fact, she was told she would never make it as a woman in the guitar world, one that was a male-dominated industry.

Did she ever prove the naysayers wrong.

Over the course of her glamorous career, Boyd has performed for world leaders, and kings and queens. She has recorded 23 albums — many have gone “Gold” and “Platinum” — and has received numerous awards, including five Junos.

She has also worked with symphony orchestras such as The Boston Pops, and recorded with Sir Andrew Davis and the English Chamber Orchestra, Yo Yo Ma, Georges Zamfir and Michael Kamen. Breaking with classical tradition, she toured with Gordon Lightfoot and Tracy Chapman, and recorded with Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, David Gilmore and Roger Whittaker.

In my interview with Boyd, we chat about her glamorous life and her latest album entitled Return to Canada With Love, an ambitious project that features guest performances by many celebrities such as Olivia Newton-John, Jann Arden, Dan Hill, Serena Ryder and even Chris Hadfield.

But at the heart of it, this is a story about reinvention.

Boyd was diagnosed with focal dystonia, a neurological condition that causes involuntary muscular contractions and abnormal postures. She was told she would never play guitar again. On that note, Boyd began the journey of reinventing herself.

“It was the biggest blessing in my life, says Boyd. “Sometimes you think it’s a tragedy when something bad happens to you. But I was able to turn it around, and open up a whole new chapter called singing and songwriting, which I would never have done.”

I invite you to watch my full interview with “The First Lady of the Guitar,” Liona Boyd, who speaks with passion about her success, love and how learning the art of singing and songwriting is changing her life.


Episode 19, season 2, of Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV

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Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

 

 

Episode 19, season 2, of Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV
Guests: singer Robyn Dell’Unto and realtor Nicole Van Stone

TORONTO, March 25, 2014 – In this 19th episode of season two’s Extraordinary Women TV, host Shannon Skinner sits down with Toronto-based singer/songwriter Robyn Dell’Unto to discuss her sophomore album “Little Lines,” plus realtor Nicole Van Stone, one of Toronto’s top real estate agents, about what it takes to be a top real estate agent in Toronto. This episode also feature’s Shannon’s special segment — “Women to Watch” — celebrating local up-and-coming Toronto-area entrepreneurs. This week highlights Toronto-based designer, Sarah Catalfo. The show airs tonight at 7pm ET on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough.

The hit television series began as the first-of-its-kind web TV talk show for women in Canada, and has grown into an inspirational, relevant and informative resource for women who want to follow their hearts and dreams, and live extraordinary lives. In January 2013, the show began airing on Rogers TV in Toronto/Scarborough, with 46 episodes being produced and aired over two seasons. This past summer, the show was also picked up on Rogers TV Mississauga and Richmond Hill.

Shannon’s guests are successful women from all walks of life – many high-profile — from Toronto and across Canada, from a range of industries, including: arts and entertainment, business, finance, charities, eco, media, experts – and more. Some past notable guests include: entrepreneur Debbie Travis; singers Jully Black, Sarah Slean and Suzie McNeil; entertainment editor at 680 News, Gloria Martin; dean of law faculty at the U of T, Mayo Moran; fashion designer and Canadian icon, Linda Lundstrom; president/CEO, ROM, Janet Carding; Rebecca MacDonald, founder, Just Energy; actress Sarena Parmar; Plan Canada’s president/CEO, Rosemary McCarney; beauty expert, Cheryl Gushue; among many others.

More than 100 episodes have been archived on the web since its inception in September 2010, when it began as a live web TV series. Extraordinary Women TV is produced and owned by Shannon Skinner and Comfy Chair Productions Inc., and is filmed in Toronto.

Rogers TV Toronto’s full scheduling information: click here.


Shannon’s guests tonight on Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV: Rose Barroso & Lynda Budd

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Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Guests on tonight’s episode of Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV
Rose Barroso, Barroso Homes; AND Canada’s leading tea expert, Lynda Budd

TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2013 – Tune-in tonight for the next episode of season two’s Extraordinary Women TV, when host Shannon Skinner speaks with Rose Barroso, founder, Barroso Homes, about how she went from being and airline stewardess to becoming one of few women in Canada who build homes, and how she manages to work and thrive in a male-dominated industry; PLUS Canada’s leading tea expert, Lynda Budd, founder, TeAlchemy, discusses her unique company that blends and sells teas and wares online. The show airs at 7pm ET on Rogers TV Cable 10 & 63 in Toronto/Scarborough.

The hit television series began as the first-of-its-kind web TV talk show for women in Canada, and has grown into an inspirational, relevant and informative resource for women who want to follow their hearts and dreams, and live extraordinary lives. In January 2013, the show began airing on Rogers TV in Toronto/Scarborough. This past summer, the show was also picked up on Rogers TV Mississauga and Richmond Hill.

Shannon’s guests are successful women from all walks of life – many high-profile — from Toronto and across Canada, from a range of industries, including: arts and entertainment, business, finance, charities, eco, media, experts – and more. Some past notable guests include: one of Canada’s most successful women, TV personality and designer, Debbie Travis; singers Jully Black, Sarah Slean and Suzie McNeil; entertainment editor at 680 News, Gloria Martin; dean of law faculty at the U of T, Mayo Moran; fashion designer and Canadian icon, Linda Lundstrom; president/CEO, ROM, Janet Carding; Rebecca MacDonald, founder, Just Energy; actress Sarena Parmar; Plan Canada’s president/CEO, Rosemary McCarney; beauty expert, Cheryl Gushue; among many others.

More than 240 one-on-one, in-studio interviews have been archived since its inception in September 2010. Extraordinary Women TV is produced and owned by Shannon Skinner and Comfy Chair Productions Inc., and is filmed in Toronto.

Rogers TV Toronto’s full scheduling information: click here.


Shannon Skinner’s Extraordinary Women TV now airs on Rogers TV Mississauga, Richmond Hill

Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

 

 

 

Extraordinary Women TV now airs on Rogers TV Mississauga, Richmond Hill

TORONTO, July 8, 2013 – Starting today, Rogers TV viewers in the Ontario communities of Mississauga and Richmond Hill (York Region) can now view Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner, a talk show for women about success, achievement and making a difference. The show continues to air weekly on Rogers TV Cable 10 & 63 in Toronto/Scarborough at 7:30 pm ET.

Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner got its start as the first-of-its-kind web TV talk show that is an inspirational, relevant and informative resource for women who want to follow their hearts and dreams. In January 2013, the show began airing on Rogers TV Cable 10 & 63 in Toronto/Scarborough Monday nights at 7:30 pm ET, with repeats throughout the week.

Shannon’s guests are successful women from all walks of life – many high-profile — from Toronto and across Canada, from a range of industries, including: arts and entertainment, business, finance, charities, eco, media, experts – and more. Some notable guests include: singers/songwriters Suzie McNeil, Sarah Slean, Anna Cyzon and Amy Sky; news director/anchor, Kym Geddes; media personality/relationship expert Jen Kirsch; journalist/author Jan Wong; fashion designer and Canadian icon, Linda Lundstrom; businesswomen Rebecca MacDonald (Just Energy) and Kelsey Ramsden (Belvedere Place Development); actresses Sarena Parmar, Lisa Berry; Plan Canada’s Rosemary McCarney; former Chatelaine editor Rona Maynard; among many others.

More than 200 one-on-one, in-studio interviews have been conducted and archived since its inception in September 2010.

Rogers TV’s full scheduling information for Toronto: click here. Rogers TV Mississauga: click here. Rogers TV Richmond Hill (York Region), click here.


Imposter Syndrome: real or imagined?

The Imposter Syndrome is a growing “phenomena.” What is it? Is it real or imagined? And, if it is real, what what can be done about it?

Imposter Syndrome

Many women who I have interviewed in the past have told me they experience feeling as though they are imposters or frauds; that their accomplishments are a result of either fluky accidents, luck, divine intervention or the aid of someone else. They fear that someday, someone will discover it and call them out – as frauds.

I began to wonder if this is a gender issue. That is, until I had a conversation about it with a man friend of mine, a highly respected, successful businessman who is accomplished in every way imaginable. He shed some light — from the male perspective: “We all feel that way at times,” said my man friend.

The topic came up yet again recently when I attended an event at the Verity Club in Toronto hosted by Marsh Engle, a U.S.-based transformational, creative and career coach, radio show host, and founder of the popular Amazing Woman’s Day movement. The topic was raised by a participant: a woman. Engle, who acknowledged that many women do feel it, dismissed any serious weight to it with a response that provided an interesting and thoughtful perspective: “Your work is evolving you, you are not evolving your work,” she said.

This intrigued me. So I did my research and scoured the internet. Lo and behold, there is a ton of material available on the subject. Coaches, health experts, educators, entrepreneurs…many have written about their experiences or provide advice — including:

Julie Moreland, President, PeopleClues, tackles the subject head on in Fast Company.

Janine Falcon, founder and editor, BeautyGeeks, covers the topic in Best Health magazine.

Caroline Dowd-Higgins, Director of Career and Professional Development and Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, wrote an insightful article on it in the Huffington Post.

Maybe the cure for the “Imposter Syndrome” simply comes down to this: the need to build-up self-worth, or self-love, and belief in oneself. Own our heart desires. Own our accomplishments. I think this is something we can all do, regardless of wherever we are at in our careers, businesses or personal lives.

Have YOU experienced the Imposter Syndrome? Would love to hear from you with your comments.


Shannon speaks at Women in Business Luncheon (VIDEO)

I was recently the keynote speaker at the Women in Business Luncheon honouring International Women’s Week, hosted by the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by RBC.

The event was livestreamed by CanadaOne.com. Here is a video of my talk about “Unleashing Creativity.”

 

Women in Business Newmarket chamber of Commerce event

 


Special guests appearing March 11 on Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV

Guest-line up for March 11 episode of Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV
Kym Geddes, news director, NewsTalk 1010; and Trey Anthony, actor/producer

TORONTO, March 11, 2013 – Tune-in to Rogers TV Cable 10 & 63 in Toronto/Scarborough tonight at 7:30pmET for another episode of Extraordinary Women TV when host Shannon Skinner speaks with special guests Kym Geddes, news director, NewsTalk 1010 radio in Toronto; and Trey Anthony, star/creator, ‘da Kink in My Hair.

Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner is the first-of-its-kind web TV talk show that is an inspirational, relevant and informative resource for women who want to follow their hearts and dreams. In January 2013, the show also began airing on Rogers TV Cable 10 & 63 in Toronto/Scarborough Monday nights at 7:30pmET, with repeats throughout the week.

Shannon’s guests are successful women from all walks of life – many high-profile — from Toronto and across Canada, from a range of industries, including: arts and entertainment, business, finance, charities, eco, media, experts – and more. Some notable guests include: singers/songwriters Suzie McNeil, Sarah Slean and Amy Sky; media personality/relationship expert Jen Kirsch; journalist/author Jan Wong; businesswomen Rebecca MacDonald (Just Energy) and Kelsey Ramsden (Belvedere Place Development); actresses Sarena Parmar, Lisa Berry; Plan Canada’s Rosemary McCarney; former Chatelaine editor Rona Maynard; among many others.

More than 180 one-on-one interviews have been conducted and archived since its inception in September 2010.

Rogers TV’s full scheduling information: www.rogerstv.com/ExtraordinaryWomenTV

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For information, contact:

Shannon Skinner
Producer/Host, Extraordinary Women TV
416-576-8809 (cell)
shannon@skinnerpublicity.com
www.ExtraordinaryWomenTV.com


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