Interview with Nina Sossamon Pogue
Updated: a day ago
Nina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story of becoming an author and speaker has had many chapters. From my early days as an elite gymnast and member of the US team, I was performing. After a knee injury while competing for LSU I got into Journalism and worked in television news. I was a news anchor for more than a dozen years and told stories from the anchor desk. I was very successful in that role but was let go at one point, then regrouped at a new station and won an Emmy for best newscaster in the southeast. Later, I made the unlikely transition from TV to Tech. I spent 12 years on the leadership team of a SaaS company and helped to craft and tell the story of the company’s technology, growth, and highly successful IPO. When I found myself becoming the go-to person for people going through challenges and tough times, I got curious about why I was so successful after hardships and that sent me into a chapter of research, writing, and speaking about resilience. How individuals and companies adapt and get stronger. Now that’s my full-time job.
I am the author of two best-selling books covering the intersection of personal and professional resilience:
1 - This is Not the End: Strategies to Get Through the Worst Chapters of Your Life where I share my proven approach to get through a devastating event in your life and empower people to take control of what’s next.
2 – But I want Both, A Working Mom’s Guide to Living a Life She Loves, where I share my proven approach to working and parenting – for high achieving women who don’t want to give up the jobs they worked so hard for.
Resilience has always been a part of your life even before the topic became popular in 2020. What should we expect to hear in your new post-pandemic resilience keynote?
This new keynote is really fun to share and audiences immediately connect with it. Unlike speakers who talk about grit or persistence, ‘resilience’ is all about how we adapt in a positive way when something happens in our life. My new keynote taps into how we all adjusted, adapted, and became more resilient during the pandemic. The intersection of personal and professional resilience. It gets audiences assessing how they handle adversity, then, using big data, analogies, and stories, I share strategies to use their new strength in the future. It empowers the audience to regain control when so much is out of our control these days.
Congratulations on your podcast! Can you tell us more about it?
During the pandemic, I launched a podcast on resilience. It is called THIS Seriously Sucks, the Right podcast when life goes seriously Wrong. It is a tough subject but we create a comfortable place for the conversation and listeners seem to take so much from my guests and their stories. It is for people feeling defeated and not sure how to keep going. It is the ‘don’t jump off the bridge’ podcast that will make you think and likely make you laugh, even in the middle of devastating, life-changing events that have you feeling like your life is ruined. We talk about how to get through whatever ‘THIS’ is that you are going through and my guests offer practical ideas and usable tools.
What advice do you have for young people?
Life is long. Whatever you are going through doesn’t last forever. Someday it will be a story you tell. Make that story a good one. Chapter 6 in my book is all about looking at your life in context. I love sharing my lifetime timeline concept with young readers of my books, audiences I speak to, or listeners of my podcast. It is a little complex to share in a couple of sentences, basically, you do the math… when things feel so overwhelming at certain moments in your life, you can put them in the context of your entire life by looking at the fraction of time they are compared to the whole of our life. I have 3 college kids and they now share that concept with their friends when they go through tough times. That four years of college seems like everything, but it is a small fraction of your entire long life.
Where can our readers find you? (Social Media, Website, Podcast?)
I am online at ninasossamonpogue.com and I am also active on social media on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. My book This is Not The End can be found anywhere you buy books, both online and in bookstores… print, e-book, and audiobook. My podcast is on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. I think this message of resilience is so important I want to share it with as many people as possible.