Chic Interview: Deborah Shane - Train With Shane!

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If you haven’t met Deborah Shane yet - let this be your official introduction!

Deborah has transformed herself from a rockin’ singer and published songwriter, teacher and award-winning broadcast radio sales professional into a gutsy entrepreneur as the heart and soul of her business education and professional development company Train with Shane. Deborah has combined all of her skills, intangibles and talents from entertainment, marketing, sales, teaching and music into a new brand and business that guides and motivates others through their career transitions, business development and professional empowerment. Her career transition story and process is an example and testimonial that life is a continuum of beginnings and adventures at any age, but especially after 50! Her book: Career Transition-Make the Shift- 5 steps to successful career reinvention, is available now on
!. How did you get your start?
I started playing guitar, singing and writing songs at 8 in my bedroom! My singing debut was at my brother Jeff’s Bar Mitzvah at 10. I blew my father’s mind that day! At 16 I was cast as Anita in West Side Story in a joint drama and choir production, and at 17, I joined my first band in college at the University of Florida. These were all shapers and turning points that have led to all of the career paths I have taken. I have sang professionally, taught school, spent two decades in broadcast radio sales and management and now am a published author and expert, entrepreneur, speaker and media host!

2. Tell us about your new book!
Career transition, change and reinvention are key themes and dynamics in many people’s lives and it will continue to be. There is a 23 year low in job satisfaction (Harvard Business School) and 84% of Americans plan to look for new jobs in 2011 (Business News Daily). I have been writing since I am 8 years old. Poetry, songs, short stories, articles that have been published over the years, but not a book! This was an opportunity to take my own personal career transition journey from 2006 and tell it. This book is my story, my process and the lessons I have learned through several transitions and the 5 steps I created to help people go from where they are to where they want to go. I included other inspirational profiles of people who have reinvented themselves throughout the book including career powerhouse Tory Johnson, workplace contributor for ABC's Good Morning America and founder of, J.T. O'Donnell, founder of, and Maddy Dychtwald, author and founder of Age Wave, plus many more. The book also offers lots of resources, including websites, blogs and books from some well-known career experts. As the finishing touch, I created a FREE 30 page Career Action e-Book, a companion journal full of exercises and book excerpts that will help discover their passion and determine their  next career move. The Five Steps are designed to help  people uncover new career possibilities, develop a bold, fresh persona, and establish a realistic and achievable career transition blueprint and plan. It is my hope that my story inspires and motivates women and men of any age to believe that the life they want is the life they can have especially now and at any juncture of their life. The new book is available on and on Kindle too!
3. What do you wish you knew when you started out?
In looking back to different starting points, I think I’ve always had the fire, motivation and perseverance. The one thing I would say is you can’t rush the process and your progress. Success takes its own path and pace based on the clarity of your why and how you execute your how. Today it takes different skills and a lot more perseverance to be successful. Be in it for the long haul.

4. If you had one piece of advice for female entrepreneurs just starting out, what would it be?
Be very committed to building a clear, bold personal brand and be very active getting it out and standing out. Blending both in person and online activities is  super important today. We live and engage in two worlds now.

To learn more about Deborah Shane visit her website at 



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