Make Peace with Your Grief and Watch Where It Leads You

TEDx Tysons

“One of the only TED Talks I’ve heard with an idea that is immediately actionable – it’s not a takeaway, it’s something that changes you right then and there.”

“Susan McCorkindale has taken an everyday issue and given it a voice.”

“If death is one of the only guarantees in life, then Susan McCorkindale’s talk will make you realize that allowing your grief in is the only way we’ll all make it out alive.”

“Susan McCorkindale inspires! There are so many lessons in her story and it is a gift to so many that she has the courage to share her experiences.”

“Susan McCorkindale shares real life experience. Loss of many types are part of living, whether it’s a job, relationship, illness or death. Her honesty and humor opens you to listening, understanding and learning. I will be sharing her TEDx talk with my clients, family and friends.”

Presentation Topics

Make Peace with Your Grief and Watch Where It Leads You

When author Susan McCorkindale lost her husband to cancer, she knew one thing: how she did not want to handle her pain. She did not want platitudes, and she wanted more than peace. By describing her journey of what she learned from sleepless nights and being still, her talk gives both those who are grieving and those who love them the tools to get the good stuff from grief.

She Who Laughs, Lasts

How is it possible to find the humor in hopeless situations? What could possibly be funny about cancer, care giving, death, the loss of a job you’ve devoted your life to? According to Susan McCorkindale, a lot. In this heartwarming, hysterical, high-energy talk, she shares her journey of discovering the healing power of humor and, more importantly, the resilience building benefits of learning to laugh at life’s curve balls.

Flaws Are the New Black

Anne Lamott once said, “Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting.” Susan McCorkindale couldn’t agree more. In this fast-paced, funny, and inspiring talk, Susan recounts her days as a people pleasing perfectionist, her recovery, and others’ frequently displeased responses to it. As one audience member said, “Flaws Are the New Black is quite possibly the perfect celebration of our perfect imperfection.”

5 Dos and a Do-over

Shortly after her husband’s death, Susan McCorkindale was asked what advice she might have for someone facing a similar situation. Her response became 5 Dos and a Do-over. In it, Susan shares five ways of living that grew out of the painful preparation for her husband’s death (and one aspect she’d really like a Do-over on!). One of her most popular keynotes, 5 Dos and a Do-over helps others find the courage and strength to believe that, while life as they know it is over, the road they’re embarking on can be beautiful, hopeful and happy, filled with sunny days, love and, yes, laughter.

“No” is a Complete Sentence and Other Lessons I’ve Learned

In this hysterical talk/stand-up hybrid, Susan McCorkindale takes us on a tour of her adventures as a counterfeit farm girl, cancer care giver, wife, author, autism mom and widow.

Speaker Demo 

“I have heard Susan speak to three different audiences and hit a home run each time. She can tailor her unique craft to fit any audience, from college students, to women’s groups, to a room full of all ages, and grab their hearts, make them laugh and cry, and leave them feeling full of hope and inspiration.”
Sandi Pope, Former Development Officer, Germanna Community College

“Susan McCorkindale is an utterly captivating storyteller. She’s both charming and hysterical.”

Linda Dick, President, Fauquier Women Inc.

“Susan is a natural-born comedian who uses her humor to present important information. After hearing her speak about the trials she’s faced and the path she took to care for her family, I left inspired to implement positive change in my own life.”

David Urso, Former Executive Director, Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation