Anne Grady

Resilience expert, author, speaker and entrepreneur

How Resilient Are You?

A consultant to top corporations, resilience expert Anne Grady shows how people and organizations can overcome adversity, obstacles, and setbacks and grow stronger as a result.

We’ve all been there – knocked down by life, work, relationships, and everything in between. How do some people get back up more quickly than others? Why do some people conquer their fears while others are paralyzed by them?

Author, speaker, entrepreneur, and resilience expert Anne Grady has overcome trouble, trauma, and adversity beyond what many of us will ever face. Through those experiences, and her work as a consultant to top corporations, she's forged a new blueprint to help others grow stronger through resilience.

Anne is creator of Mind Over Moment, a science-based strategy to help people become aware of their thoughts, feelings, habits, and behaviors in the moment, so they can steer themselves toward better responses and outcomes. It's the subject of her upcoming book "Mind Over Moment: Harness the Power of Resilience."

Anne’s humor, humility, honesty, and practical strategies for building unstoppable resilience make her one of the most sought after female speakers in the world. Her audiences walk away with practical, actionable ideas to overcome obstacles, transform relationships, and minimize burnout. Anne weaves her inspiring story throughout to create life-transforming experiences.

With a master’s degree in organizational communication, Anne teaches people to use emotional intelligence to break out of reactivity so they can communicate, lead, and live on purpose. She put those lessons to the test 10 years ago as a single mom launching her own consulting business while raising her son, Evan, who suffers from severe mental illness and autism

Anne often begins her talks with the jaw-dropping story of how her son at age 3 violently attacked her with a pair of scissors then sadly begged her moments later, “Mommy, uppy. Please pick me up.”

The trauma of this and many other experiences since taught Anne to dig deep within herself to find the strength she needed to move forward, instead of focusing on her fears and weaknesses. Caring for a child who was oppositional, defiant, and violent, she had to learn to communicate proactively and strategically without reacting to his tantrums and rages. She learned she had to courageously take responsibility for her own thoughts, words, and actions, even when it felt easier to “play the victim.”

“I began to realize that I wasn’t a victim, I was a volunteer,” she says in her acclaimed TEDx talk. “I could either let this define and defeat me, or keep moving.”

Anne remarried, and with the love and support of her family continues to raise Evan and her daughter Rylee. In 2014, she faced a series of devastating blows. A relaxing massage turned alarming when the therapist found a lump behind Anne’s right ear. She underwent an intricate six-hour surgery to remove a tumor that left her face partially (but thankfully temporarily) paralyzed. Then, just before undergoing a second surgery on her eye and six weeks of radiation therapy, she fell down a flight of stairs and broke her foot in four places.

“Had I not had the courage and resilience training with Evan, I’m not sure I would have been strong enough to handle all of that,” Anne says.

Three weeks after finishing radiation treatments, she published her first book, “52 Strategies for Life, Love, & Work” and traveled to India for a speaking engagement.

Anne went on to write her second book, “Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph,” It’s based on the winning formula that can help anyone transcend any challenge, personally and professionally: Courage + Resilience = Triumph. "Mind Over Moment: Harness The Power of Resilience," will be published in fall of 2020.

Anne teaches that courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to work through the fear and discomfort we will all face at times. “Courage means you allow challenge and adversity to be a catalyst to help you grow strong enough.”

The second part of Anne’s equation, resilience, is the ability to recover quickly after you have been knocked down. Combined with courage, it provides the lift we need to triumph over adversity, even when it seems insurmountable

Anne’s inspiring talks have made her a favorite speaker for corporations and organizations of all kinds, from healthcare, education, and government agencies working with special needs populations to C-suite leaders and Fortune 500 companies. Topics she can address include:

* Mental health in crisis and chaos.
* Beat Burnout
* Work/Life Balance
* Using Gratitude to Build Gesilience
* Using Mindfulness to Build Resilience
* Growing Resilience Through Emotional Intelligence
* Building Resilient Leaders
* Building Resilient Relationships
* Using Failure To Catapult Yourself Forward
* Make stress work for you by understanding how our brains work under pressure.
* Fostering gratitude for better health, businesses, and relationships.

“Gratitude is fundamental to well-being,” Anne says. “Research has found you don’t have to find something to be grateful for; the mere act of looking releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, changing your neurology.”

In her books and talks that captivate, charm, and challenge her audiences, Anne shares strategies anyone can use to build grit and resilience.

“I used to think courage and resilience were innate characteristics, like skinny thighs. You either have it or you don't. But what I’ve come to learn and appreciate is that courage and resilience are skills that can very much be learned and cultivated. And whether we like it or not, life gives us plenty of chances to practice. If we use adversity properly, we can become more courageous and resilient as a result. We can triumph over anything life throws our way.”

Watch Anne in action above, or on YouTube.

Anne Grady discusses Mind Over Moment.

Anne Grady shares a bit about her newest book, Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph.

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