Turning Pain into Purpose

This was presentation to FABwomen. I love the audience there and always feel so connected. The sound on this video is not the greatest due to a corrupt sound card.

What do I offer that other speakers don’t?

  • Even though it’s a serious subject, I laugh and the audience does, too
  • I don’t make the audience feel guilty for having living children
  • I let people inside
  • I want to be with the people in the audience both on and off stage
  • I am not bitter
  • I leave the audience with hope and ways to heal
  • I help people understand that our greatest wisdom is often the result of our deepest wounds
  • Addiction and suicide: I talk about during it, after it, and preventing it
  • I am action oriented, offering concrete examples on what to do, say and look for
  • I use storytelling for most examples because that’s what sticks
  • I’m not in this to get rich. I want to help others avoid standing in my shoes
  • I activate the audience

What do others do that I don’t?

  • Others fly in and walk out without speaking to the audience or listening to their stories
  • Others tell people what to do. I allow audiences to choose what parts work for them
  • Others use a whole lot of statistics or put paragraphs of text on slides
  • Other mental health speakers leave the audience feeling sad, ashamed and lousy about themselves
  • Others focus on getting rich and famous

My 6-minute TEDx.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and my book, Diary of a Broken Mind, will be published in the fall. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website

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