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Best-Selling Author, Creator and Host of Podcasts “Terrible Thanks for Asking” & “It’s Going To Be OK”
"Nora was AMAZING! We had such good feedback from the attendees about her. She had folks laughing, some crying, and all left with positive feelings about her presentation. She had several folks come up to her afterwards to convey how excited they were to hear her speak since they had listened to her podcast. She connected well with the nurses! I am so pleased that she was our keynote this year! I hope she had a positive reception from the event as well. She is just a lovely human overall.”
"Months later, we are still talking about Nora’s keynote."
"Her relatable and funny style is honest and real and hit the most important points about grief & resilience."
How are you? Nora McInerny wants to know the truth. As the creator and host of the podcasts “Terrible, Thanks For Asking” & “It’s Going To Be OK," and the TED speaker known for her viral talk, “We Don’t Move On From Grief, We Move Forward With It,” Nora McInerny specializes in making space for emotional honesty and difficult conversations. From her bestselling memoirs and essay collections to her pieces in The New York Times, TIME magazine and The Washington Post, Nora’s work regularly touches on topics many would rather not discuss — death, loss, illness, mental health, trauma and change — with disarming wit and earnest candor. Read More >
Drawing on her personal experiences with grief — Nora lost her husband, second pregnancy and father within a few weeks of each other — and her years of interviewing people who have lived through their own terrible experiences, Nora’s unforgettable talks inspire audiences to face and conquer any obstacle — with the strength that comes from knowing that we are not alone.
Though Nora addresses challenging and uncomfortable topics, she does so with a light touch. Her disarming humor and wit break down the barriers that often isolate people who are going through adversity and change. Whether Nora is presenting a keynote or participating in moderated Q&A sessions, she creates interactive one-of-a-kind multimedia presentations tailored to her audience, giving everyone new tools to help them connect more deeply with themselves and with each other. Read Less ^
TED: We Don’t “Move On” From Grief. We Move Forward with It.
Virtual Keynote: It’s Going To Be Okay (Eventually)
Walk In My Shoes
What's the Worst that Could Happen
On Surviving Grief | Tam Talk
Timing is Nothing at All
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too)
Before it became a popular buzzword, resilience was an adjective used to describe goldfish or tires, something that didn’t need much taking care of. Even the dictionary says that resilience is about the “ability to return to the original shape.” Isn’t that a little ridiculous? How can we possibly be expected to return to our original shape when our lives fall apart? Don’t we want to allow ourselves to be altered by disruption, setbacks or change? Isn’t adaptation—a true change—something to celebrate in a rapidly changing world and workplace? In this talk, Nora McInerny uses stories from her own life and her podcast to introduce a new definition of resilience, one that acknowledges the changes we didn’t choose.
Why do we ask, “How are you?” when we don’t want to know the real answer? And why do we always say, “fine,” even when the truth is that things are not always fine? What are the three words to avoid if you want to connect with someone, or more importantly, with yourself? There’s an ongoing mental health crisis, and the invisibility of grief makes it that much harder to acknowledge. Utilizing stories from her award-winning podcast, Nora invites audiences to consider a less isolating, more honest answer to the question, “How are you?” This talk is also available as a 90-minute workshop.
Expanding on her viral TED Talk, “We Don’t Move On From Grief, We Move Forward With It,” Nora McInerny guides audiences through the impact of grief on their brain, body and interpersonal relationships, and how the language we use around death and loss can help grievers move forward with their loss into a life truly lived.
There’s nothing funny about brain cancer. But Nora McInerny and her late husband laughed all the time during his treatment. No one wants to be just another sad story. And even the heaviest experiences have moments of levity. Nora walks caretakers and healthcare providers through a more complex version of the patient experience—inviting audiences to laugh and cry alongside her and reminding us of the humanity that coexists alongside terminal illness.
If there is one thing the past few years have taught us, it’s that employees want to be a part of organizations that are concerned about their financial, physical, and mental health—not just the bottom line. And that’s good news because happy, healthy, engaged workers lead to an increase in productivity, morale and profits. But so many organizations get it wrong—and it’s costly. Presenteeism—employees who are at work physically but not mentally—costs the U.S. economy $150 BILLION A YEAR. In this talk, Nora McInerny shows audiences how to create a more empathetic work environment that truly meets people where they are. It’s a realistic, helpful and hopeful message for building a thriving workforce.
It’s no secret the last few years have been mentally tough on everyone. But none have been hit harder by the pandemic than students. According to recent surveys, anxiety, depression, sadness, and feelings of isolation and loneliness are all on the rise. In this talk, Nora McInerny lathers on her trademark humor and shares her journey as she tells audiences how to support students through their grief; how to build a community that treats each other with kindness; and how to use our shared experiences to connect on a deeper level with each other.
"Nora McInerny was such a great part of our annual leadership conference. She is able to engage with a virtual audience in a way that made us all feel like we were in her living room. She delivers information about difficult topics, like grief and loss, with a realness and humor that not many could. The participants got so much out of what she shared."
"Nora was AMAZING! We had such good feedback from the attendees about her. She had folks laughing, some crying, and all left with positive feelings about her presentation. She had several folks come up to her afterwards to convey how excited they were to hear her speak since they had listened to her podcast. She connected well with the nurses! I am so pleased that she was our keynote this year! I hope she had a positive reception from the event as well. She is just a lovely human overall."
"Nora was fantastic! I love her authenticity, preparedness, and easy going nature. I have no doubt our employees will find the speaker series we put together highly memorable!"
"….people were really tuned in…. Please thank Nora from us for delivering a great session."
“Not only was she engaging, funny, relevant, articulate and authentic, but she went above-and-beyond to connect her message to the mission of our hospital. On top of which, she was suffering from a concussion and still managed to make the entire room laugh repeatedly at 8 in the morning! Nora and her team were great to work with leading up to and during the event. We are grateful for all Nora did to make our event a success, and we highly recommend her. I still hear from participants about how great Nora was, and I'd be happy to recommend her anytime.”
"You were so great! I’m sure it wasn’t easy shifting from talking in front of hundreds of people to speaking to your monitor! Thank you for being flexible and for working with us to provide support to our healthcare heroes at the moment they most needed. Thank you for sharing your story and bringing comfort to the people that sometimes are too numb to move forward. Your work is beautiful.”
"Nora was the keynote speaker at the one hundred, an annual fundraiser for the Mass General Cancer Center honoring 100 individuals and groups making a difference in the fight against cancer. She shared her story with more than 800 advocates, volunteers, caregivers, researchers, philanthropists, and other guests – many of whom have been personally affected by cancer. She captivatingly laid out her experiences as our attendees laughed and cried. Months later, we still talk about Nora’s keynote and how it left all of us with such a profound sense of how important it is to value each and every moment. In addition to her remarkable ability to connect and engage with each and every person in a room, Nora is extremely professional to work with and was intent on delivering an appropriate speech for our audience. I can’t recommend her enough!"
"Thank you for the perfect blend of nostalgia-drenched humor, wit, and heartbreak, Nora."
“This story will compel you to both laugh and cry, just as the title promises. May we all bring Nora’s honesty, passion and hope to our lives.”
"Nora was excellent. Very easy to work with, and the audience seemed to really enjoy it. Thanks for all your help!"
Bad Vibes Only: (and Other Things I Bring to the Table)
The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief (TED Books)
It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too)
Podcast: Terrible, Thanks for Asking
Nora McInerny: What Does Moving Forward Look Like After Loss?
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