Afternoon Tea with Sharon Delaney McCloud

March 19, 2020

Afternoon Tea with Sharon Delaney McCloud

 “Part of discovery is allowing yourself to be a bit vulnerable."

Sharon Delaney McCloud, VP of Professional Dev at Walk West, Owner/Founder at Sharon Delaney on TV

To say that Sharon Delaney McCloud is superhuman might just be an understatement.  Sharon is a mother, an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, advocate, TEDx Speaker, cancer survivor, author, communications expert, and entrepreneur. It’s near impossible to find something that Sharon has not conquered.

About 15 years ago while Sharon was enjoying a successful career working as a television news anchor, she suddenly felt her life pulled in a different direction after the loss of her daughter to cancer.  Sharon realized she wanted to change her focus and though she was not sure exactly what to do, she knew she wanted to have more control over her life and time with her family.

Sharon started the process by asking herself “What am I good at?” and “What comes naturally to me?” She asked her friends those same questions and wanted to know what they saw in her.  The common answer was that she was an amazing storyteller and could help others tell their own story. And with that, she set off on her own journey to put her gifts to use coaching clients and helping them learn how to communicate their own stories through media relations, message development, and digital marketing.  

Sharon will tell you that great storytelling requires creating a connection and showing uniqueness in your story. But in a noisy world, it can be difficult to connect and Sharon says that soft skills - which she prefers to call power skills - are paramount to forming a deep connection with your audience. She believes women naturally have these power skills which combine high emotional intelligence with intuition, authenticity and reading people and situations.  And Sharon’s ability to use those power skills to quickly connect is something you feel the moment you meet her. 

What can our intentional community do to help Sharon?  Sharon would love if we could support the organization she created to help families that suffer the loss of a child. After she lost her own daughter to cancer, Sharon was inspired to create Vilomah Voice to give a voice to grieving parents everywhere. This community provides a safe space for parents to talk about and celebrate the lives of their little ones that have passed away.  You can support this amazing organization at Vilomah Voice.

Also, make sure to follow Sharon on Facebook and check out her amazing TEDx talk in North Carolina. Let's be intentional together.

 




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