Are You Strong Enough?
A consultant to top corporations, resilience expert Anne Grady shows how people and organizations can overcome adversity, obstacles, and setbacks
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, and resiliency expert Anne Grady, a communication and leadership consultant to top companies, has overcome trouble, trauma, and adversity beyond what many of us will ever face.
Anne’s humor, humility, honesty, and practical strategies for facing change make her one of the most sought after female speakers in the country. Her audiences walk away with practical, actionable ideas to overcome any difficulty after hearing her inspiring personal story.
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.
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. Then 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 the winning formula that can help anyone transcend any challenge, personally and professionally: Courage + Resilience = Triumph.
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 troubles don’t let up.
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:
* Resilience self-assessment. How resilient are you?
* Discomfort as a catalyst for growth.
* Steps to work through fear.
* Dealing with setbacks.
* How to build resilience and characteristics of resilient people (including humility, gratitude, and compassion).
* Why risking failure is a key to success.
* Managing stress by understanding how our brains work under pressure.
* Understanding the fundamental attribution error (we judge others by their behavior and ourselves by our intent).
* Triumph: Letting go of what’s holding you back in order to embrace where you are heading.
* Relinquishing control over what you don’t control.
* Fostering gratitude for better health, businesses, and relationships.
“Gratitude is huge,” 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 increase courage and resiliency to triumph in any circumstance.
“I used to think courage and resilience were innate characteristics, like skinny thighs. You either had them or you didn’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.”
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Anne Grady shares a bit about her newest book, Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph.
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