How to Keep Going When Life Knocks You Down With Deri Latimer

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Meet today's guest:

Deri Latimer

is an expert in positive possibilities for people! She is one of fewer than 12% of speakers globally who hold the designation of CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), the international measure of excellence for professional competence, proven experience, and optimal client satisfaction. Deri combines a business degree in human resources management with 20 years of experience engaging audiences across every business sector.

 

A TEDx Speaker, Author and Organizational Consultant, Deri works with organizations who want to create happy, healthy, humane workplaces for increased positivity, productivity, and prosperity! She is mostly proud of the two beautiful human beings who call her 'Mom'...and everything she creates is with the hope that it will create a better world for them.

"Shortly after University I met a beautiful man, we got married and 8 months into our marriage he died by suicide. It was a complete shock to me – I had no idea that my husband at the time was struggling and for the first time in my life I felt shame."

Although this was a very 'foggy' time, I remember really questioning myself – my worth, wondering what I may have contributed to this horrible situation. There were very few resources available on this topic at the time and I would wander into bookstores searching for any information that could help me to understand.

When I did the TEDx talk many years later… that was me coming out of closet, because it was the first time I was really sharing the story of my husband in a big way. I was already speaking a lot, helping people with resiliency and such, but I still felt shame about what had happened."

Three things that helped Deri continue on after this tragedy:

  1. I spent a lot of time looking for information – to try and figure things out.
  2. I continued to move forwards… Every day I got up, got dressed and went out with purpose.
  3. I sought support and guidance from the people who I knew loved me and had my best interest at heart.

When Deri was given the opportunity to speak at TEDx, she really wanted to honour TED by providing an idea worth sharing and not just dumping a tragic story on the listeners. She decided to position her story around sharing this difficult secret with her 8 and 11 year old.

As a Certified Speaking Professional, Deri has given a lot of presentations, yet sharing this story with her kids, she maintains, was the biggest and scariest talk she has ever done.

Listen to our conversation to hear more of Deri's story… how her kid's reacted; the strategy she used to find the good in her mom's decline into Alzheimer's; what she does to stay vibrant and healthy; and more.

Deri's gift is a PDF of her own gripping narrative entitled What's Your Story? You Decide… which comes complete with guidelines to help the reader tap into her own resiliency. Subscribe to Deri's blog and she'll send you a copy.

Resources mentioned:

TEDx talk Choose Life: Deri Latimer at TEDxManitoba 2013 

Alzheimer's Blog: The unexpected gift of a slow death

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