A Valentine for Our Nora McInerny: TED Names Her Talk #4 Most Popular
14 Feb 2020
Joining the likes of Greta Thunberg in the top ranks, APB Speaker Nora McInerny’s, “We don’t ‘move on’ from grief. We move forward with it,” has been named the fourth most popular TED Talk of 2019. The list of 19 talks, ranked by number of watches, “reflect a year defined by fighting for what’s right, believing in the good despite all the bad, supporting others and yourself—and hoping for the best in the decade to come,” according to TED. Nora’s talk, with more than 3.7 million views and growing, recounts a six week period in her life when she miscarried her second baby, lost her Dad to cancer and became a widow at age 31 when her husband died of brain cancer. Described as “heartbreaking and hilarious,” Nora’s TED Talk champions her liberating approach to loss and grief. “A grieving person is going to laugh again and smile again,” she says. “They’re going to move forward. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve moved on.”
Nora, who has moved forward with grief to remarry, build a blended family, and become a bestselling memoirist, popular podcaster and keynote speaker, acknowledges that she has emerged as a “reluctant grief specialist.” Her work includes the critically acclaimed memoirs It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too), The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief and No Happy Endings: A Memoir. Her award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking has been praised for its ability to "continuously, unapologetically, ferociously plow into subjects most people are too uncomfortable to touch" (The Atlantic).
A longtime APB speaker, Nora has appeared before audiences ranging from business schools and corporations to community and healthcare organizations. As in her TED Talk, Nora draws from her moving personal story about living through loss, grief, change and new beginnings with humor and honesty—engaging with audiences on a deeply personal and universally human level.
APB congratulates Nora for this significant achievement and recognition by TED!