2012: My Very Own Disaster Movie—Kerry-Anne Gilowey

As 2012 started, I was recovering from hip replacement surgery, and looking forward to having my mobility—and life—back. But two months into the year I had to face the fact that my business was failing, and wasn’t going to recover. I had to close it, and quickly. In the process I put five people out of jobs—the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I lost my colleagues, I lost my business, I lost my identity, and perhaps most importantly, I lost faith in myself.

In the months that followed, I had constant migraines, started to panic in crowded places, cried an awful lot, gained weight, stopped going out, and felt dizzy every day. All I wanted was to stay under my duvet for a few months, read, watch movies, eat chocolate, and comfort myself back to some semblance of confidence. But that wasn’t an option. I was committed to hosting an international conference in October, so I had no choice but to keep it together, as best I could.

Throughout 2012, I made plenty of mistakes, and I learnt many hard lessons. I’m finally ready to talk about them. In my presentation you’ll learn:

  • The importance of telling yourself and others the truth, about your circumstances, your character flaws, and your state of mind.
  • How to set about rebuilding your life and career after a failure or setback.
  • Why finding your people is the key to making it through.

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