I'm Shelby Barnes. A communication strategist with more than 20 years of experience helping business leaders create and tell stories with impact. Mile 23 Strategies is my consulting company.

Do You Get Mad at the Miles?

We learn a lot about ourselves when we can't control the conditions. What if instead of getting frustrated when things aren't going our way, we could just make peace with challenges and open ourselves up for the lesson? I encountered such a teaching moment last fall when frustration nearly got...   Read More

Were you ever The Pirate?

I’m taking improv classes. That’s code for, “I’m getting intimately familiar experiencing Shame, Failure, Embarrassment, and Uncomfortableness while other people watch.” Sure. I have fun and laugh too but usually when I’m watching my classmates. To get more practice and build confidence, I left the safety...   Read More