April 2012

Apr 30 2012
Blogs are one of the most valuable marketing tools ever created. I believe that. I don't just say it. I mean it by walking the talk. I started blogging in September 2003, and since then I have written almost three thousand posts. more...

Apr 30 2012
“You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.” – Breakfast at Tiffany’s One of my favourite things to do is make a big bowl of popcorn, sink into a so... more...

Apr 30 2012
We want to give the opportunity to every passionate purposeful entrepreneurial woman in Toronto to attend this amazing event and enjoy a day of celebration, inspiration and connection – so here’s a contest you can enter to win a pair of fre... more...

Apr 29 2012
PFW Founder, Katia Millar, will be one of the expert panelists for this event, so please join us for a fun evening out! Divas in the City is about loving yourself- what we call self-love. We believe Toronto needs a forum for the fabulous females in ou... more...

Apr 29 2012
“As busy as I claim to be, I’ve still got the greatest job in the world.” Peter Criss What was happing this week? Well seemingly the better question may very well be what wasn’t happening this week… CRAZY!! The junior league- Dele... more...

Apr 28 2012
I was recently invited to be a judge at a speaking competition that brought together grade 5 and 6 students from a number of Toronto’s private schools, which took place at Holy Trinity in Richmond Hill. Over the course of a lovely afternoon, I witnessed 19 speeches, all roughly two minutes each, from boys and [...] more...

Apr 28 2012
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine Travel and Décor When you dream of the ultimate vacation experience do you conjure up images of a luxurious Caribbean resort or an excursion to Bali? Would you d... more...

Apr 27 2012
First off before I do anything else I have to give a huge shout out to my friend Erica Diamond for telling me about WordPress for my iPad. Just sayin, my writing has been limited and I was blaming it … Continue reading more...

Apr 27 2012
The Business Book Club meet on Tuesday May 1 at 7pm to review Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Contact Rashmi Biswas for more information Tel: 289 929 0216 more...

Apr 27 2012
I recently had the privilege of interviewing Rona Maynard, former editor of Chatelaine magazine, Canada’s leading magazine for women, on my talk show Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner. Rona was at the helm of Chatelaine for 10 years and through innovation and drive, she made the magazine a massive success. During the time that [...] more...

Apr 27 2012

In 2008, I blogged about work/life balance in response to the topic being wildly covered in the press with tips and strategies claiming to help us achieve balance.  The topic has evolved with many of my coaching colleagues addressing the myth.  Here is a reposting of my 2008 blog explaining my take on this myth; […]

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Apr 27 2012

Sarah Liberatore

Shannon Skinner interviews Sarah Liberatore, Founder, STLTO Wine

Founder, STLTO Wine

Sarah Liberatore is the founder of STLTO Wine. She was recently awarded with the "Top 30 Under 30 Innovators." Find out what it is like to be a young 24 year-old entrepreneur. In this interview, she also talks about why she supporting the Ignite 'n' Connect event hosted by Positive Fabulous Women on May 4th. more...

Apr 27 2012
Constructive Discontent- A Critical Life and Leadership Skill The Coachable Moment for the Week ending April 27, 2012     Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | QBlog Helping smart people and organizations move forward smarter, fas... more...

Apr 26 2012
Elevate at Market [ a new innovative forum, by Decor Mentor, for design pros to exchange expertise, encouragement and inspiration ] kicked off with a serious punch last Saturday at 4pm at High Point Market! High Point is the largest wholesale home furnishings market in the world and we were thrilled to have the market ...MORE more...

Apr 26 2012
Collage: Building Applications for Better LivingImages Credit: MS Office Clip Art“Gone are the days of dead structures providing shelter for living things.Now is the time for living structures that support life…all life…Peapod Life.” – Our Mo... more...

Apr 26 2012
The emotional part of your brain sends signals to your facial muscles, so that your expression can reflect the way you feel. This process can also work in another way, so that the expression on your face stimulates an emotional … Continue reading more...

Apr 26 2012
Dr. John Izzo dropped by Speakers' Spotlight HQ to vlog about his presentations. more...

Apr 26 2012
“Create your own visual style….. let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”  – Orson Welles -  Defining Your Style Likely not hard to see I love colour!!  How do you determine what truly represents you?  You can lov... more...

Apr 25 2012
“By Changing Nothing, Nothing Changes” – Anthony Robbins The butterfly signifies growth and development. In order to emerge the butterfly goes through an extreme process of metamorphosis -from egg to larvae or caterpillar, to pupa or cocoon and from the … Continue reading more...

Apr 25 2012
Roses are red, Violets are blue, Here are some snapshots, Especially for you!         more...

Apr 25 2012
“Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”  – Arthur Koestler - “It takes a village….” is a huge understatement when it comes to ... more...

Apr 25 2012

Customers for Life – Making the Investment Customers are the people who put their hands in their pockets to pay the dealership and in turn pay YOU! Customers are our source of revenue and therefore, it pays to think of them an investment. Investing with the intention of return – a good return – requires […]

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Apr 25 2012

Kelly Nolan

Kelly Nolan interviewed on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

Director, Avita Integrative Health & Restoration Clinic

Kelly Nolan is a compounding pharmacist and director, Avita Health & Restoration Clinic, based in Brampton, Ontario. She is an expert in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), something so many women face, which she discusses in this interview. more...

Apr 25 2012

Rebecca MacDonald

Rebecca MacDonald interviewed by Shannon Skinner on Extraordinary Women TV

Founder/Executive Chair, Just Energy Group

Rebecca MacDonald is the founder and executive chair, Just Energy Group. more...

Apr 24 2012

Dr. Adrienne McRuvie

Dr. Adrienne McRuvie interviewed on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

Chiropractor & Doula

Dr. Adrienne McRuvie is a chiropractor and doula, and talks about the growing role of the doula. more...

Apr 24 2012
Screenshot: eiei home features Wo-Built Inc. and Peapod Life at 2012 Toronto National Home ShowMarch 16-25, 2012 at Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place;Image Credit: eiei home"It is at once beautiful and eco-friendly."- eiei homeIt seems there more...

Apr 24 2012
“In both business and personal life, I’ve always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do. Evidence of the languages, cultures, scenery, food, and design sensibilities that I discover all over the world be found in every ... more...

Apr 24 2012
“What’s the ROI of Social Media?” That’s the question that gives me ulcers when asked it. Easy now, old-school business folk, I don’t have a problem questioning the value or return of something that takes potentially both time and money fro... more...

Apr 24 2012
As most of you have come to know, I like adventure.  I am curious by nature and as such welcome unexpected experiences, surprise visits, and last-minute jet-setting. Sometimes though, I enjoy the “normality” of everyday life. Or is there such a thing?   Last Tuesday, I groggily woke up early to make Drew breakfast and [...] more...

Apr 24 2012
The saying goes: when the student is ready the teacher appears. Can the teacher be a dog?This was a question I was asked on Linnaea’s radio show. I love the question, and I think the answer is YES. Maybe even HECK YES! One of my teachers was our dog ... more...

Apr 23 2012
I made  two quiches from one Emu Egg  this weekend in honor of Earth Day. Why don’t I have my own show on the Food Network? Hello?? Is my phone broken?? haha more...

Apr 23 2012
“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.”  – Napoleon Hill - Pinch me, another dream has come true!! By the time you read this, I will have been a guest on City Line hosted by incredible and gorgeous Tracy Moore. Click h... more...

Apr 22 2012
“There is a trick to the ‘graceful exit’. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over- and let it go. It means leaving what is over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. I... more...

Apr 22 2012
Have you ever been to the kind of presentation, where someone stands up and gives a dull powerpoint? The kind of presentation where someone has ... more...

Apr 22 2012
We all have areas in our lives where we are a work in progress; where we need to improve and do better.For me it is around confrontation and conflict.  I will go to great lengths to avoid both, and yet, as I learned recently, sometimes it is unavo... more...

Apr 22 2012
  My last name being Kimmett, I was called Kermit a lot. Like the frog on the Muppets, get it? I hated it as much as ... more...

Apr 21 2012
“To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being”   Well we are here!! In Highpoint and like a proud Mama I just witnessed Design history in t... more...

Apr 21 2012
When we have a big vision for ourselves, and are taking steps toward fulfilling that dream, it can be time of major transition and growth. When we are in this stage of growth, we need to muster all that we have to make our creative dreams come to fruition. Including our self-confidence. I have been [...] more...

Apr 20 2012
It’s SPRING! Of course that means that we’re gearing up for the 14th Annual Canadian Progress Club Ladies Scramble Golf Tournament, in support of the Toronto Seals Swim Team and Special Olympics Ontario. As always, we have a special day pla... more...

Apr 20 2012
“Growth is the only evidence of life.”  –  John Henry - I am leaving today for a few “much needed” days of inspiration at High Point Market. It is definitely “work” covering the ten million square feet of showroo... more...

Apr 20 2012
Have you ever fallen in love at first sight?That’s how it was for our dog Toby and I. Christopher,my husband, showed me Toby’s picture on the NASAP adoption website, and I sawthis big happy face, gorgeous brown eyes and the biggest pink tongue I ha... more...

Apr 19 2012

Rona Maynard

Rona Maynard interview on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

Author, speaker, former editor of Chatelaine magazine

Rona Maynard, author, speaker and former editor of Chatelaine magazine. Rona talks about the significance of the mother-daughter relationship and how that impacted her life and career success, and also about the upcoming event - Ignite 'n' Connect - that she is speaking at on May 4th in Toronto (hosted by Positive Fabulous Women). more...

Apr 19 2012

Kristin Crowe

Kristin Crowe interviewed on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

President, T.A.S. Communications/Alarm System/Falcon Security

Kristin Crowe is President, T.A.S. Communications/Alarm System/Falcon Security. She is based in Ontario, Canada. Kristin's story of overcoming breast cancer and redefining beauty in her life is sure to inspire you. more...

Apr 19 2012
    Deb Kimmett’s new BOOK OF FRIVOLITY: ” Will have you LOLing right from the get go. Kimmett is one of the most brutally honest comediennes in ... more...

Apr 19 2012
Photo-Collage: Wo-Built's Green Commitment at the Green Living ShowPeapod Life™ - an affordable sustainable home additionApril 13-15, 2012 at Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place;2012 @ wobuilt.comHere’s our spring consumer show wrap-up. It wasn... more...