Avalon Reef Club, Isla Mujeres: hotel review

 SHANNON’S TRAVEL BAG: travel tips for women Shannon Skinner visits the Avalon Reef Club, Isla Mujeres, Mexico that’s an island unto itself.       I have visited Isla Mujeres, Mexico on three separate occasions over the past two years. It has a wonderful energy and beauty that keeps calling me back. One of the [...]

The rise of the woman orator

As I prepare myself for the speaking world, my speaker coach yesterday asked me a simple question: who do you consider the greatest orators? I rattled off a number of them, such as the obvious J.F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King — the usual suspects — and a number of others. Then I realized [...]

The “soft” power of women and the drawbacks of beauty

What is power? What does it mean to be powerful? And is a woman’s power any different from that of a man’s? As a woman, these are questions I find myself returning to time and time again. In my quest to understand a woman’s power, I regularly read about extraordinary women’s lives, I observe women [...]

I, the Reluctant Speaker

I recall reading some years ago that there are three fears in life: 1. Fear of public speaking 2. Fear of dying, and 3. Fear of dying while public speaking Cheeky, I know. But, this is exactly how I felt for many years – until recently. As a professional communicator, I have spent two decades [...]

Yes or no? Stand by your principles

Just this morning, I was thinking about why women (myself included) tend to say ‘yes’ to things we do not want to do. What perfect timing because this just so happens to be a topic today in Forbeswoman! How many times have you attended a function or special event when really you would have rather done [...]

Moving forward, using all my breath…

This past week, I was in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, attending the We Move Forward 2012 International Women’s Day event. The reason this event was so significant is its location: Isla Mujeres means “Woman Island” in Spanish. The event brought together dozens of women from across Canada, the United States, Mexico and other destinations, to hear [...]

What it means to be a w-o-m-a-n

Welcome to my new blog! This site is “under construction” and I decided not to wait to share my voice and words, so here it is… As I prepare to attend next week’s We Move Forward 2012 International Women’s Day event on Isla Mujeres (“Woman Island”), Mexico, I find myself reflecting on what it means [...]