From Showing Off to Showing Up
An Impostor's Journey from Perfect to Present
by Nancy Regan
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Pub Date 06 May 2022 | Archive Date 10 Jun 2022
An intimate memoir and guide to overcoming imposter syndrome, stage fright, perfectionism, and embracing our most authentic selves, from the former host of Live at 5.
“My life was perfect. I was confident and outgoing. I was a deliriously happy wife and mother. I loved my job. That all sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, every one of those statements is false. I was false.”
This might seem like shocking honesty, but to Nancy Regan, it’s simply the result of dropping a mask she clung to for decades. In her first book, the former television broadcaster gives us a behind-the-scenes account of her experience hosting a newsmagazine with a daily audience of over a quarter million—and interviewing some of the biggest celebrities in the world—all while studiously concealing fear, insecurity, and self-doubt. With remarkable candour, Regan describes how she created the illusion of having it all together because she didn’t want anyone to know how close she was to falling apart.
In From Showing Off to Showing UP, Regan explores in lyrical prose how overcoming these challenges enriched her life and now fuels her ability to help others through her work as a presentation coach. Weaving together memoir and self-help, this intimate book takes readers on a compelling journey—from Regan’s childhood growing up in the thorny world of politics, through highlights and lowlights of her TV career, to what she considers her greatest personal accomplishment: self-acceptance. Featuring soulful lessons from her conversations with such luminaries as Oprah and bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love) and serving up some of Regan’s favourite practices for staying grounded in presence, From Showing Off to Showing UP is a powerful roadmap for living a more authentic life.
Nancy Regan is a professional communicator whose dynamic career includes tv and podcast hosting, emceeing, and presentation coaching. She has a passion for storytelling which she brings to every interaction and conversation—whether she’s assisting a business leader in sharing their vision, or helping an individual preserve their life story for future generations.
Nancy built her reputation as the highly rated host of ctv Atlantic’s Live at 5 for fifteen years. She also served as the national host of ctv’s Good Morning Canada and That News Show on tvtropolis, and has interviewed some of the most famous people on the planet—including Oprah, Madonna, Russell Crowe, and Harrison Ford. Nancy is also an actor, having appeared on stage at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, and in tv and film productions such as Haven, Trailer Park Boys, and Reversible Errors. nancyregan.ca
A Note From the Publisher
This title is already a national bestseller in Canada!
“Nancy Regan has charted an illuminating, intimate, and unceasingly courageous course through the challenging landscape of the soul. A revelatory, accessible, and searingly honest memoir of one woman’s journey to self-awareness.”
—Ron James, comedian and author of All Over the Map
“A crisp, insightful, and inspirational guide to the art of living in the present, connecting with others, and contributing to community. Nancy succeeds in illuminating the darkness and spreading light to others.”
—The Hon. Myra Freeman, former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
“Nancy has always been good at telling other people’s stories; she’s done a masterful job sharing her own, with authenticity and good humour.”
—Steve Murphy, CTV news broadcaster
“As Miles Davis famously said, ‘Man, sometimes it takes a long time to sound like yourself.’ I have struggled for years as a broadcaster to do this. Nancy Regan taught me how. For that, I will be forever grateful. It’s all in this book.”
—Mary Lynk, CBC radio journalist and podcast host
“A beautiful call to live a more authentic and fearless life. Insightful, funny, and unblinking in its self-examination. Read it, and you may get to know yourself a little better.”
–Anne Bérubé Ph.D., author of The Burnout Antidote and Be Feel Think Do
“From Showing Off to Showing UP is a deeply vulnerable account of personal and public life, and an inspiring transformation from self-loathing to self-love.”
–Maria Panopalis, co-host and producer, News at 5
“From Showing Off to Showing UP is so much more than a book. Nancy Regan parks her ego and bares her soul to advance our collective thinking on what it means to look UP. A novel lens on life, it provides an honest and open look at what it means to be human—and will leave you feeling enlightened and ready to rise to the challenge of becoming more.”
–Starr Cunningham, President and CEO, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
“Nancy Regan says her viewers saw her as the paragon of self-assurance; she saw herself as chronically and painfully inadequate. Her extraordinary account relates her struggle to free herself from that bondage. From Showing Off to Showing UP is the memoir of a tortured soul struggling to find herself. Regan achieves such intimacy of tone that a reader may feel like a eavesdropper to a religious confessional or to a patient on a psychiatrist’s couch, in effect creating a living course in continuing education for readers with enough life experience to appreciate it.”
–Robert MacNeil, award winning journalist and author of 11 books, including Burden of Desire