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Nina Sossamon-Pogue's speaking fee falls
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Nina is an inspirational thought leader, who’s experience as a communicator powers her ability to share her framework for a successful life. As someone who’s adapted through a lifetime of major challenges and reached the highest levels of sports, television, and then corporate America, she is now dedicated to other people’s success.
Nina was a member of the USA Gymnastics team in the 1980’s and then became an award-winning journalist and Emmy-award winning television news anchor. Nina left TV for Tech and spent 12 years on the leadership team of a technology company during its hyper-growth expansion and highly successful IPO.
Nina’s successes, the highs, are only part of her story. Her ability to adapt and find new levels of success after major failures and devastating plot twists in her life (the lows) are what she considers her real accomplishments. After repeatedly being asked, “How did you do that?”, she began her research into why some people thrive while others struggle with change. Years of research and two books later, she identified the specific actions and mental shifts needed to adapt in a positive way during the highs and the lows that a full life brings. She created a proven framework that anyone can use to create future success.
An expert on Resilience, Nina uses her story as a backdrop to show how the highs and lows in each person’s story create a lifetime of learning and new strength. She takes audiences on a journey into the book of their own life and gives them tools to create success in their chapters ahead. Her first book, This is Not The End: Strategies to Get You Through the Worst Chapters of Your Life (2019 Morgan James Publishing) offers readers strategies to handle life’s most difficult challenges and control their own destiny. Nina is also the host of the podcast “This Seriously Sucks, the Right Podcast When Life Goes Seriously Wrong”, where she shares stories of amazing people who have overcome devastating challenges.
Nina sits on several non-profit boards and is an Executive Advisor with the Alzheimer Association. Nina has lived a very public life highlighted by her ability to connect with and encourage people. As a gymnast Nina was named Miss Congeniality at the USA Gymnastics Championships, and during her television career she was voted Charleston’s Favorite News Anchor for 10 consecutive years. Nina was also named a ‘Woman of Distinction’ by the state of South Carolina.
Nina and her husband Ben have three adult children who are recent college graduates. Nina lives in Charleston, South Carolina and speaks throughout the United States, inspiring audiences to think of their future in new ways.
Helping hard working people handle the highs and lows that come with working to be successful.
We are in a Mental Health Crisis that is crippling individuals and organizations across the globe. Nina’s message and ‘Resilience Reboot’ framewark, are helping during this unprecedented time.
In her Resilience message Nina addresses the need to ‘adapt in positive way’ to change. She offers a unique perspective of a ‘Lifetime Timeline’ and ‘Reverse Resume’ and gives the audience a mental hack to handle the cognitive load created by change.
THIS is Resilience, Do You Have This Superpower?
What exactly is resilience? How do you handle adversity? Nina gets audiences to reframe their thinking about the strengths they bring to a project or team, then she hands them a framework to handle any challenge they face. This presentation is an Aha! lesson into the strength we’ve all gained when adapting to change and how ‘expert adapting’ can become a repeatable process that becomes a superpower!
Using the word ‘THIS’ to represent our personal challenges of all sizes, Nina shows audiences a new way to look at ‘THIS’ and shares a cognitive hack to put ‘THIS’ in its place and handle the anxiety and stress that ‘THIS’ creates.
Audiences learn: their own style for handling adversity, their Reverse Resume, and the Resilience Reboot strategy for the next time something doesn’t go as planned, so no matter how big that challenge is, You’ve got THIS!
Categories: Stress, Burnout, Change, Uncertainty, Poor Productivity
You’re Doing the THIS! Resilience for the highs and lows of being a High Achiever
A session for all the smart humans doing the hard work! The contributors who are setting goals, hitting KPIs and making their quarterly numbers! When you are the one up early, doing the job and juggling it all, ‘THIS’ can make you feel super stressed. This session is an Aha! lesson in being a high achiever and how to better handle that lifestyle. You choose not to take the easy path or sit on the sidelines and watch others have success, but now you’re caught in the constant stress cycle of achievement.
Audiences go from feeling they’re ‘stuck in the spin’ of this technologically advancing era and the immense cognitive load, to being excited that they’re ‘on the ride’ and harnessing the momentum. This powerful session is packed with actionable insights to increase productivity and improve culture.
Nina taps into the FOMO and imposter syndrome created by peers on LinkedIn, Instagram influencers, Facebook friends, and then throws in some Machine Learning to uncover the constant feedback loop that tells us we ‘still aren’t good enough’! Using her own very public successes and failures as a backdrop, she helps audiences embrace the constant stress that comes with choosing to work toward success.
Audiences learn: The High Achiever Success Cycle, Their Reverse Resume, why Time seems to be moving faster, and the Resilience Reboot strategy for all the challenges ahead.
Categories: Success, Pressure, Stress, Anxiety, Exhaustion and Burnout
Resilience 101: How Suck and Success fit together. THIS is Adapting to Achieving
*For High School and College Audiences
Resilience is not what it used to be!? Nina gets audiences to think in new ways about the highs and lows that will come with trying to succeed in today’s technology infused world. Using her own stories as a successful athlete in high school and college, her years being ‘popular’ on TV, and decade as a ‘successful’ Tech executive, Nina shares the failures that accompanied her success and takes young audiences into their own possible futures full of successes and failures.
A parent of three ‘adulting’ 20-somethings, Nina taps into today’s digital overload, constant connectivity, machine learning, FOMO culture. She shifts audiences from the stress of being a human in this era of hyper-advancing technology, to the amazing opportunities. She empowers them to be themselves, gets them excited about all the different ways their futures could play out and inspires them to do great things.
Audiences learn: Why Resilience is a buzz word right now, How adapting during change creates mental strength, Why time seems to be moving faster as they get older, and the Resilience Reboot strategy, so when things don’t go their way in the future, they know, they’ve got THIS!
“We have speakers all the time – Nina and her team really did the research to find out what this audience is about and really tailored her presentation to meet the needs of the actual audience. Her message is professional yet personal.
— Lori Lombardi / President, One Connection Management Group
“We have heard so much positive feedback about Nina’s speech at our annual breakfast event. I even got “BEST ONE YET!”. She really connected and made an impact on our attendees. There was one moment when I think no one took a breath. She’s so motivational.”
— Cady Nell Keener | Co- Chair | Ellevate SC
“Nina is a pro. She knows how to handle a room from the stage and she could jump back stage and help trouble shoot AV issues. She knows her stuff and she’s fun to work with. Nina understands the sublime and what it takes to emotionally communicate an impactful message to every single person in the audience – and that is a rare gift.”
— Quinn McMurtry | Producer & Creative Director | MAC Productions AV & Live Event Production
“Her energy is contagious! It is obvious that Nina takes time to prepare. She gives the audience useful advice that they can take back to their companies, and use for their personal success too.”
— James Kelly | Senior Vice President, Sales | HSA Bank
“Nina is great to work with because she gets it from the planning side of the speaker business. Because she has lead marketing and events teams, she knows the value of learning the audience, showing up on time prepared, and delivering on her promises.”
— Hunter Smyth | Director, Event Marketing | Benefitfocus
“It (her keynote) was a very impressive and very thoughtful, provoking, insightful presentation. It certainly did it for me and I’ve gone through about 40 of these.”
— Ernest Andrade / Executive Director, Charleston Digital Corridor
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This Is Not The End.: Strategies to Get You Through the Worst Chapters of Your Life
Advice on how to handle a rough chapter in your life, from someone who’s been there before.
Nina Sossamon-Pogue, former world-class gymnast and award-winning television personality turned successful corporate executive, pulls from decades of high, lows, and public pain to write This Is Not the End. It became the resource Nina needed when she thought her life was over and sometimes wished it were.
In this book, Nina shares candid stories of her own journey toward healing after a series of traumatic events. She uses the wisdom gained from her experience, combined with proven and practical tips, to show those going through a difficult time how to:
· Figure out where to put this event in their head
· Create the script that will protect them in public
· Assess which people and places are helping or hurting them
· Learn how to look at a traumatic event as a fraction of their life story
· Understand that even the most public pain (television trucks on the front lawn) comes and goes
· Practice the mental gymnastics needed to get them to the next chapter (yes, there is a next chapter!)
While today may seem miserable, This Is Not the End can help you see that your life is not ruined. You’re merely in a tough plot twist, and better days are ahead…
But I Want Both: The Working Mom’s Guide to Creating a Life She Loves
Imagine excelling in your career and feeling like a great parent!
When your career takes off at the same time you start your family, everyone needs more from you at once. You know you could be great at both work and family life, but you feel like you are failing at both. What’s the secret? You don’t want to give up what you’ve worked so hard for, but you worry you are missing out or messing up your kids. At this point in life, it seems everyone is counting on you, and if you even think about the things you want to do, you feel selfish.
Think again! It’s possible to keep being a key player at work, stay on the fast track to success, and be involved at home, being the parent you want to be. In But I Want Both, bestselling author Nina Sossamon-Pogue draws from her experience as a parent and a professional to show you how you can have a successful, high-stakes career and wonderful life with your family. Learn how to:
· Stop worrying that you are failing as a parent
· Feel confident in your skills and value at work
· Be ready for anything life throws at you a
· Stop looking at the clock like it’s your enemy
· Feel great about the choices you make
If you’re spending time at work feeling like you should be at home and using up your time at home feeling like you should be working, then But I want Both can help. Don’t let your life zoom by feeling like you are missing out in both places!
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