Graeme CowanGraeme Cowan


Graeme Cowan worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and AT Kearney. In 2000 he went through a 5 year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated.

He emerged from this crisis with a different view about how we can build our own resilience and mental fitness to thrive through disruption and change.

His third book, BACK FROM THE BRINK, was released in 2014, with a Foreword written by the actress Glenn Close, and a testimonial from the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He is a Board Member of R U OK?, and was instrumental in helping Gavin Larkin and a small team, create and grow this extraordinary movement.


As a professional speaker you put yourself under enormous pressure at times, running a viable business, exceeding client expectations, travelling extensively and meeting critical deadlines.

Then there are the fundamental expectations of the speaking business, the ability to present with a memorable presence not only yourself but valuable information and insights to a diverse range of audience members and audience sizes.

How do you ensure you are mentally fit and able to take care of you, and your audience?

How do we stay in the Green Zone (optimistic, resourceful, energetic grateful)? How do we know when we are slipping into the Red Zone (anxious, depressed, angry,)? How can we bounce back faster?

In this session Graeme and De will share with you their defining moments that lead them to speak about this topic to thousands of others.

You will learn practical and useful tips of identifying the different zones and learn the power of self talk and taking action to move out of a red zone and thrive again.

Both presenters are recognised as leaders in the field of mental wellness and they know that flourishing as a speaker is possible, but more importantly is a gift to your audience.

With De Backman-Hoyle