Entries by Shannon McKain

Patience is a Virtue

About a year ago, I made a bold decision. After only being a member of the National Speaker’s Association for a short time, I decided to submit a proposal to present a workshop for my peers at the National Convention. I knew it was a long shot – there were people far more experienced or […]

Why You Should Use SnapChat

Do You Snap? SnapChat isn’t just for your tweens anymore. The Wall Street Journal, ESPN and President Obama Snapchat, and you should too! Snapchat has evolved and, it’s continually updating features and adding users, making it the fastest growing social media app across all demographics today. Gaining Popularity Disruptive technology. Disrupters are popping up in […]

Building your Personal Brand for 2016

No matter your age or your occupation – chances are good that you’re being hit from all angles with messages from several mediums.  Social media helps us stay in touch with our audiences – but it can also hurt our personal brand if we’re not sure how to communicate who we are and what we […]

Tedx Talk | Connected vs. Connecting

If you’re familiar with TED or TEDx Talks, you know that the premise is: “ideas worth spreading.” TED Talk speakers have included people like magician David Blaine, “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe, activist/musician Bono, and motivational speaker Shannon McKain. That’s right – ME! I am honored to join the TED and TEDx community with my idea: […]

Personal Brand Look and Feel

I am a huge advocate for having a strong personal brand. To me, a personal brand is about more than your website, resume and credentials.  It’s about more than the brand of clothes you wear, the type of car you drive and the way you present yourself on social media.  My definition of a personal […]

Personal Brand More Than How You Look

When you hear the term “Personal Brand,” your first thought might wander to the outfit you are wearing or the color of your shoes. However, your Personal Brand is so much more than your exterior image. It’s how you think, how you treat others, how you make people feel and also how you communicate. When […]

The Most Important Valentine I Ever Gave…

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day! As I was planning my 2015 calendar at the beginning of this year, I knew I wanted to do something different for Valentine’s Day. My husband and I have been married for almost four years now (and together for eight), so the thrill of having a nice meal or receiving small […]

My Major Arena League Soccer Debut

They say go big or go home, right? A few weeks ago, I was asked to play in the “Media Game” at halftime of the Missouri Comets Major Arena Soccer League game. I have a long history with the Missouri Comets, including cheering for them during the 2005-2006 season, so of course I said yes! […]

Better KC | New Year Resolutions

This time of year nearly everyone creates New Year’s resolutions. People want to lose weight. Find a new job. Quit putting off that something they’ve been meaning to do. My advice? NYR’s are for the birds. That’s why we see a huge spike in numbers at the gym in January, only for those same folks […]

Better KC | Giving Thanks

It always seems like fall is a gorgeous time of year, yet the beginning of a stressful time of year. We enter November with kid’s activities, end of the year deadlines and worrying about upcoming family responsibilities around the holidays. That’s why I created the “November Challenge: Cultivating a Grateful Heart – The 21 Day […]