How To Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay with Liz Fosslien

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Welcome to the What's Next! podcast with Tiffani Bova.

Striking a balance between informational science and emotional perspectives, Liz Fosslien is equal parts illustrator and writer, telling the story of how we all have big feelings and that’s what makes us human. We welcome Liz back to the show to share details about her new book co-written with Mollie West Duffy titled “Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay.” The book highlights seven difficult emotions and enables readers to learn how to thrive in difficult situations and emerge a better person on the other side of it.

Liz Fosslien is the head of content and communications at Humu, a company that makes it easy for teams to improve, every single week. She has designed and led sessions related to emotions at work for audiences including TED, LinkedIn, Google, Viacom, and Spotify. Liz’s writing and illustrations have been featured by The Economist, Freakonomics, and NPR. Liz is co-author and illustrator of the bestselling books, “Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay” and “No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work.” Follow Liz on LinkedIn or Instagram.

THIS EPISODE IS PERFECT FOR… workplace managers and leaders who want to create better environments where their employees can talk about the big feelings and reach a deeper sense of meaning.

TODAY’S MAIN MESSAGE… Humans are emotional creatures, and it’s both inevitable and unavoidable that we will be experiencing our emotions at work. It is important to check in with both yourself and others to better understand our oversized feelings that aren’t easy to predict or control. We must seriously and thoughtfully address these uncomfortable moments to help ourselves and our colleagues feel seen and heard and, ultimately, human.

WHAT I LOVE MOST… Liz Fosslien reminds us that amidst a global pandemic, multiple years in quarantine, and a transformed workplace experience, having big feelings of uncertainty, burnout, and regret are totally normal. We can’t stop ourselves from experiencing these emotions, but we can learn how to make peace with them to achieve a deeper sense of meaning.

Running time: 30:12

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