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M. Shannon Hernandez
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M. Shannon Hernandez is the founder of The Writing Whisperer, and her mission is to help business owners and authors become thought leaders, through the use of strategic content, so they can positively impact more people. The Writing Whisperer was named one of Top 100 Websites for Writers by The Write Life in both 2014 and 2015. Shannon continues to inspire others as a content strategist and copywriter through her blog, speaking engagements, and podcast appearances.

In addition to business writing, Shannon’s memoir, Breaking the Silence, chronicles her exit out of public education, after 15 years. Shannon is the host of the Courageous Living Show, and she is currently working on her second book, where she is exploring what it means to live courageously and create a life she LOVES. Throughout her travels, volunteer work, and everyday experiences, she is facing personal fears and examining the feelings associated with those fears. She continues to explore her role in society and reveal what she learns about humanity along the way.

Shannon has been featured on CBS Radio, Reinvention Radio, The Huffington Post, The Write Life, Identity Magazine, and Melinda Emerson’s Small Biz Lady. She travels the nation and speaks regularly at conferences, association meetings, and networking events. Her presentations are dynamic, engaging, and interactive.

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Entries by M. Shannon Hernandez

5 Simple Steps to Creating a Video Strategy for Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 1:39 PM

Been wanting to shoot some short videos as part of your business content strategy, but not sure where to start?

Great news! I'm going to take you through a mini-strategy session today so you can get your video series planned and launched within the next two weeks. Strap on your...

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How To Become The Go-To Person In Your Industry

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 2:45 PM

Inbox kind of empty lately?

What would your business be like if you were the person who came to mind every time someone said they need x, y, and z services? I bet your inbox would be full of referrals and appointments from qualified leads. I want this for you!

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Experiencing Art, History, and the Local Flavors of Bushwick, Brooklyn

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 10:12 AM

It was just a few years ago that I found myself cycling though Bushwick at dusk, minding my own business, when from the sidewalk I heard, "Cycle faster, Snow Flake." I was definitely a minority passing through the streets as the sun set, and I'm not gonna lie, I did...

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Are You a Thought Leader? Here Are Six Ways to Tell.

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2016 | 7:47 AM

You've probably heard the words "thought leader" a lot lately. Have you ever wondered whether you might be a thought leader?

Thought leaders are the go-to people in their fields or industries. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with new ways of thinking about things. They turn...

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What Do You Want to Be Known for in Business?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 7:36 AM

In the work I do with brands across the nation, I always begin our conversation with this exploratory question: What do you want to be known for in your business?

It doesn't matter if I'm giving a keynote session at a conference, sitting down one-on-one with a client for a...

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A Traveler's Respite Among Birds and Words at the Inn at 400 West High

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 9:40 AM


I was a weary traveler--completely drained since speaking at a three day conference in Staunton, Virginia. After days spent networking, presenting, and participating in group activities and dinners, I was yearning for a place where I could snuggle up beneath a warm blanket,...

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Nurturing Heirloom Plants at the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 3:51 PM


Tammy Holloway has a public confession to make. In 1991, she became infatuated with heirloom seeds. During that time, she lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was introduced to heirloom seeds by the Amish community. The question she kept asking herself over and over...

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Physical Therapist Helps Children with Disabilities Learn to Ski

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 7:54 AM

Pamela Paspa, owner of Paspa Physical Therapy in Manhattan, sits down for a lively interview and discusses her passion for helping people with physical and cognitive disabilities learn to ski. Pam is a volunteer with the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF).

Q: Pam, when did you get involved...

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3 Virginia Bed & Breakfasts Compete For a First Place Breakfast Victory

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 6:18 AM


Can a vegan cover a Southern-style cooking contest and do it justice? Read on to find out!

When the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia asked me to cover the breakfast cooking contest at their annual #StayVA2016 Conference...

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If I Die Today...

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 1:55 PM

I've started this piece several times...only to stop writing and think about how to capture the emotions that washed over me on my final day in India.

It was first a mix of dread, followed by the urge to bolt out of the Ahmedabad airport. Then, it was stomach-sickening,...

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The Biggest Lesson I Learned at an Exorcism in India

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 11:43 AM

I wasn't sure what disturbed me more--the constant, high-pitched shrieks--or the people crouched on the cold, cement floor, chained to the poles. I kept the scarf tied close to my head and face, as is customary for women within the walls of the Mira Datar Shrine. Even though my head...

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21 Things I Will Never Take For Granted Again After Visiting India

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 6:30 AM

I travel to learn more about the people and cultures of the world, more about the beautiful planet we inhabit, and more about myself. Also, as part of my mission to live a Courageous Life, filled with self-discovery and adventure, sometimes I travel to faraway lands, not really...

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My Kite Flying Experience in India on Makar Sankranti

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 5:45 AM

I've just returned from flying kites for the past 6 hours. I am slightly sunburned and rather parched, but I had a beautiful day with the locals celebrating the Hindu Kite Festival, also known as Makar Sankranti.

We climbed into a rickshaw around 10:30 a.m. and headed to a...

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10 Items That Saved Me In Ahmedabad

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 8:23 PM

I'm just coming off a 16-day trip to India, most of which was spent in Ahmedabad. Of course, I did plenty of research prior to leaving and cross-referenced several sources for what to pack, what to leave behind, and what I could get when I arrived.

The following list includes...

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From Public School Teacher to World-Traveling Copywriter

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 5:16 PM

Three years ago, I was a public school teacher, teaching 8th grade English Language Arts in New York City. When Hurricane Sandy slammed our coastline and caused destruction at levels I had never before seen. I took the time during school closures to examine my life. Was I happy? Did...

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A Struggle With Words: How Mindfulness Maneuvered Its Way to the Top

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 7:56 AM

My word for 2016 is mindfulness. I spent the first two weeks in December deep in thought about which word to choose.

Actually, let me back up. I didn't want to choose the word mindfulness. If I'm going to be completely honest. I wanted a more sparkly word, like...

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Friendship, Kites, and Spirituality in the Rice Fields of Bali

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 2:28 PM


I hear Bagia's wheels reverberating off the cobblestones, inching toward my villa. My private driver for the day has arrived, just a couple of hours after sunrise.

Prior to boarding the 30-hour flight to Indonesia, my friend, John, tried to convey the...

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50 Ways Small Business Owners Can Prepare for the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 3:58 PM


Woohhooo! We made it through another year as business owners. While you continue to finish 2015 strongly, there are plenty of ways you can get yourself prepared for the New Year, as a small business owner.

50 Ways Small Business Owners Can...
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30 Ways Authors Can Prepare for the New Year

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 5:03 PM


As writers, we are getting ready to close out another year of ferocious writing. Like all other aspects of our lives, there are plenty of ways that we can get ourselves prepared for the New Year.

30 Ways Authors Can...

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Chasing the Dreams That Scare You

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 9:02 AM


I'm on a mission to tackle a list of 52 dreams and goals in 2016 -- one for each week of the year. Some will be fun, some will require hard work, some might not happen at all, and some will push me...

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