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Patty Chang Anker

Good Housekeeping "Blogger We Love", Author of "Some Nerve", Yoga Teacher

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 Patty Chang Anker Biography

“You can face your fears, you can learn and grow – and you can have the time of your life doing it, too. You can go from being an armchair adventurer to the heroine of your own story and you don’t need a personality transplant or a sudden windfall to do it. You don’t even need to do anything crazy (unless you discover, as I did, that you really kind of want to). All you need is some nerve.” – Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker is not adventurous by nature. While other kids were out climbing trees and skinning knees, she was inside reading books about people climbing trees and skinning knees. (“I guess I was more of an armchair kid.”) That, plus a Chinese-American fear of failure and losing face is how she grew up never really learning how to ride a bike, do a handstand, or dive into a swimming pool. And why she started blogging "Facing Forty Upside Down" three days after turning 39. The mother of two and a yoga teacher, Patty realized she couldn’t expect her children and students to go outside their comfort zone if she wasn’t willing to do it herself.

“We don’t let our kids ‘opt out’ of trying new things and we don’t let them give up if it doesn’t come to them easily. I realized I was giving myself a free pass to say ‘I’m too busy or tired to do that’ when what I really was, was scared.” Patty started doing, writing, and talking about the things that frighten her, and "Facing Forty Upside Down" was born. It soon became apparent that she was not alone, and that many in midlife are searching for ways to live bigger, braver lives.

Patty is a Good Housekeeping Magazine “Blogger We Love” and was voted a Top 25 Funny Mom at Circle of Moms. Her writing has also been featured in The Huffington Post, iVillage, and Audrey Magazine. Her media appearances include a live interview on Martha Stewart Living Radio “Morning Living.”

Patty’s first book, "Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave" – an inspiring look at how ordinary people face their fears – was published by Riverhead Books in 2013. "Some Nerve" draws on Patty’s interviews with teachers, therapists, coaches, and clergy to impart both practical advice and profound wisdom. Through her own journey and the stories of dozens of others (many of whom she helped to triumph over common fears), she conveys with humor and infectious exhilaration the most vital lesson of all: Fear isn’t an end point, but the point of entry to a life of incomparable joy.

Patty is a former Director of Media Relations for The New York Times and veteran book publicist for W.W. Norton, Taunton Press and Basic Books. Her campaigns include the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series “How Race is Lived in America.”

She currently writes the “Some Nerve” blog at PsychologyToday.com and is a certified yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Bodyworker, and Reiki practitioner who believes in the power of yoga to uplift and heal. She is certified in prenatal yoga and yoga for children with special needs, and is a sought-after teacher, workshop and retreat leader. Her work has appeared in magazines and websites from Marie Claire to iVillage.

Thankfully, Patty does not have a fear of public speaking and loves motivating people to live fuller, more joyful lives. Although she does still have a fear of clowns.

Patty lives in a village north of New York City with her husband and two daughters.

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Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

Speaking Topics
  • Becoming Brave (Or, What Are You Afraid Of?)

    By facing her own fears and helping others to face theirs, Patty can speak passionately to how common everyday fears can limit our lives and what people can do to overcome them. Fears for discussion: Aging, Becoming Boring, Biking, Bullies, Chaos, Clutter, Control (loss of), Crime, Death, Driving, Exercise, Failure, Flying, Getting hurt, Heights, Letting go, Looking dumb, Math, Nature (mosquitoes, bats, sharks, the list goes on), P.E., Pleasure, Public Speaking, Public toilets, Rejection, Roller coasters, Success, Surfing, Tubing, Unemployment, Unknown, Water, Writing. And Wedgies.

  • Stand Up! Speak Up!

    A good thing about growing up with Tiger Parents is that Patty was expected at a young age to recite Chinese poetry for company. She also grew up seeing how differently immigrants were treated depending on whether they were outspoken or shy. A media and public relations professional and a member of Toastmasters International, Patty speaks powerfully to the importance of conveying the messages that matter to you, and gives valuable techniques for working through stage fright.

  • Quieting the Greek Chorus of Perpetual Doubt

    The Greek Chorus Patty carries in her head includes her Chinese immigrant mother, her P.E. teacher, and all the popular girls from college. That’s a lot of noise in there! Patty shows how to quiet the negative thoughts that can subvert your ability to perform at your best and enjoy life to the fullest, with techniques used by therapists, coaches, teachers and yogis.

  • The Biggest Smile of Your Life (Or, "I Can't Believe This is Me!")

    When was the last time you did something you thought you couldn’t do? When you did something completely out of character? That was probably when you smiled the biggest smile of your life. For Patty, the biggest surprise of facing her fears was how often it led directly to pure, unadulterated joy. “I had expected to feel terrified and miserable while doing the thing I feared and then relieved when it was over. I didn’t expect to feel terrified and happy at the same time!” In watching adults learn to ride a bike, tread water, drive a car, and give a speech, Patty saw again and again how the thrill of the unknown, pride, and accomplishment filled people with a sense of being alive. Sometimes, this requires shedding an old story in order to try something new. A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Patty can speak to how one’s genes, upbringing, culture, and history can shape one’s views but how much power we have to become the heroines of our own stories going forward.

  • Facing Forty Upside Down: Making Changes in Midlife

    Patty went from a decade-long career in public relations to a decade of full time parenting and teaching yoga to becoming a professional writer and blogger. She features stories of midlife change at Facing Forty Upside Down and can speak to the challenges and rewards experienced by those who do.

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Patty Chang Anker

Good Housekeeping "Blogger We Love", Author of "Some Nerve", Yoga Teacher

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Patty Chang Anker Biography

“You can face your fears, you can learn and grow – and you can have the time of your life doing it, too. You can go from being an armchair adventurer to the heroine of your own story and you don’t need a personality transplant or a sudden windfall to do it. You don’t even need to do anything crazy (unless you discover, as I did, that you really kind of want to). All you need is some nerve.” – Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang Anker is not adventurous by nature. While other kids were out climbing trees and skinning knees, she was inside reading books about people climbing trees and skinning knees. (“I guess I was more of an armchair kid.”) That, plus a Chinese-American fear of failure and losing face is how she grew up never really learning how to ride a bike, do a handstand, or dive into a swimming pool. And why she started blogging "Facing Forty Upside Down" three days after turning 39. The mother of two and a yoga teacher, Patty realized she couldn’t expect her children and students to go outside their comfort zone if she wasn’t willing to do it herself.

“We don’t let our kids ‘opt out’ of trying new things and we don’t let them give up if it doesn’t come to them easily. I realized I was giving myself a free pass to say ‘I’m too busy or tired to do that’ when what I really was, was scared.” Patty started doing, writing, and talking about the things that frighten her, and "Facing Forty Upside Down" was born. It soon became apparent that she was not alone, and that many in midlife are searching for ways to live bigger, braver lives.

Patty is a Good Housekeeping Magazine “Blogger We Love” and was voted a Top 25 Funny Mom at Circle of Moms. Her writing has also been featured in The Huffington Post, iVillage, and Audrey Magazine. Her media appearances include a live interview on Martha Stewart Living Radio “Morning Living.”

Patty’s first book, "Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave" – an inspiring look at how ordinary people face their fears – was published by Riverhead Books in 2013. "Some Nerve" draws on Patty’s interviews with teachers, therapists, coaches, and clergy to impart both practical advice and profound wisdom. Through her own journey and the stories of dozens of others (many of whom she helped to triumph over common fears), she conveys with humor and infectious exhilaration the most vital lesson of all: Fear isn’t an end point, but the point of entry to a life of incomparable joy.

Patty is a former Director of Media Relations for The New York Times and veteran book publicist for W.W. Norton, Taunton Press and Basic Books. Her campaigns include the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series “How Race is Lived in America.”

She currently writes the “Some Nerve” blog at PsychologyToday.com and is a certified yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Bodyworker, and Reiki practitioner who believes in the power of yoga to uplift and heal. She is certified in prenatal yoga and yoga for children with special needs, and is a sought-after teacher, workshop and retreat leader. Her work has appeared in magazines and websites from Marie Claire to iVillage.

Thankfully, Patty does not have a fear of public speaking and loves motivating people to live fuller, more joyful lives. Although she does still have a fear of clowns.

Patty lives in a village north of New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Patty Chang Anker Videos

  • Warning -- leaving comfort zone: Patty Chang Anker at ...
  • Patty Chang Anker reading “The Cookie Jar”

Patty Chang Anker Books

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Patty Chang Anker Speaking Topics

  • Becoming Brave (Or, What Are You Afraid Of?)

    By facing her own fears and helping others to face theirs, Patty can speak passionately to how common everyday fears can limit our lives and what people can do to overcome them. Fears for discussion: Aging, Becoming Boring, Biking, Bullies, Chaos, Clutter, Control (loss of), Crime, Death, Driving, Exercise, Failure, Flying, Getting hurt, Heights, Letting go, Looking dumb, Math, Nature (mosquitoes, bats, sharks, the list goes on), P.E., Pleasure, Public Speaking, Public toilets, Rejection, Roller coasters, Success, Surfing, Tubing, Unemployment, Unknown, Water, Writing. And Wedgies.

  • Stand Up! Speak Up!

    A good thing about growing up with Tiger Parents is that Patty was expected at a young age to recite Chinese poetry for company. She also grew up seeing how differently immigrants were treated depending on whether they were outspoken or shy. A media and public relations professional and a member of Toastmasters International, Patty speaks powerfully to the importance of conveying the messages that matter to you, and gives valuable techniques for working through stage fright.

  • Quieting the Greek Chorus of Perpetual Doubt

    The Greek Chorus Patty carries in her head includes her Chinese immigrant mother, her P.E. teacher, and all the popular girls from college. That’s a lot of noise in there! Patty shows how to quiet the negative thoughts that can subvert your ability to perform at your best and enjoy life to the fullest, with techniques used by therapists, coaches, teachers and yogis.

  • The Biggest Smile of Your Life (Or, "I Can't Believe This is Me!")

    When was the last time you did something you thought you couldn’t do? When you did something completely out of character? That was probably when you smiled the biggest smile of your life. For Patty, the biggest surprise of facing her fears was how often it led directly to pure, unadulterated joy. “I had expected to feel terrified and miserable while doing the thing I feared and then relieved when it was over. I didn’t expect to feel terrified and happy at the same time!” In watching adults learn to ride a bike, tread water, drive a car, and give a speech, Patty saw again and again how the thrill of the unknown, pride, and accomplishment filled people with a sense of being alive. Sometimes, this requires shedding an old story in order to try something new. A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Patty can speak to how one’s genes, upbringing, culture, and history can shape one’s views but how much power we have to become the heroines of our own stories going forward.

  • Facing Forty Upside Down: Making Changes in Midlife

    Patty went from a decade-long career in public relations to a decade of full time parenting and teaching yoga to becoming a professional writer and blogger. She features stories of midlife change at Facing Forty Upside Down and can speak to the challenges and rewards experienced by those who do.

FAQs on booking Patty Chang Anker

  • How to book Patty Chang Anker?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Patty Chang Anker for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Patty Chang Anker, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Patty Chang Anker or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Patty Chang Anker?

    Booking fees for Patty Chang Anker, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Patty Chang Anker, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Patty Chang Anker?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Patty Chang Anker for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Patty Chang Anker for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Patty Chang Anker or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Patty Chang Anker or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Patty Chang Anker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Patty Chang Anker for your event is available upon request. Patty Chang Anker generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Meg Meeker, MK Asante, Wade Rouse, Joseph O’Neill and Robert K. Massie. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Patty Chang Anker for an upcoming event.

Patty Chang Anker Speaker Videos

  • Warning -- leaving comfort zone: Patty Chang Anker at ...
    Patty Chang Anker reading “The Cookie Jar”

Patty Chang Anker Speaking Topics

  • Becoming Brave (Or, What Are You Afraid Of?)

    By facing her own fears and helping others to face theirs, Patty can speak passionately to how common everyday fears can limit our lives and what people can do to overcome them. Fears for discussion: Aging, Becoming Boring, Biking, Bullies, Chaos, Clutter, Control (loss of), Crime, Death, Driving, Exercise, Failure, Flying, Getting hurt, Heights, Letting go, Looking dumb, Math, Nature (mosquitoes, bats, sharks, the list goes on), P.E., Pleasure, Public Speaking, Public toilets, Rejection, Roller coasters, Success, Surfing, Tubing, Unemployment, Unknown, Water, Writing. And Wedgies.

  • Stand Up! Speak Up!

    A good thing about growing up with Tiger Parents is that Patty was expected at a young age to recite Chinese poetry for company. She also grew up seeing how differently immigrants were treated depending on whether they were outspoken or shy. A media and public relations professional and a member of Toastmasters International, Patty speaks powerfully to the importance of conveying the messages that matter to you, and gives valuable techniques for working through stage fright.

  • Quieting the Greek Chorus of Perpetual Doubt

    The Greek Chorus Patty carries in her head includes her Chinese immigrant mother, her P.E. teacher, and all the popular girls from college. That’s a lot of noise in there! Patty shows how to quiet the negative thoughts that can subvert your ability to perform at your best and enjoy life to the fullest, with techniques used by therapists, coaches, teachers and yogis.

  • The Biggest Smile of Your Life (Or, "I Can't Believe This is Me!")

    When was the last time you did something you thought you couldn’t do? When you did something completely out of character? That was probably when you smiled the biggest smile of your life. For Patty, the biggest surprise of facing her fears was how often it led directly to pure, unadulterated joy. “I had expected to feel terrified and miserable while doing the thing I feared and then relieved when it was over. I didn’t expect to feel terrified and happy at the same time!” In watching adults learn to ride a bike, tread water, drive a car, and give a speech, Patty saw again and again how the thrill of the unknown, pride, and accomplishment filled people with a sense of being alive. Sometimes, this requires shedding an old story in order to try something new. A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Patty can speak to how one’s genes, upbringing, culture, and history can shape one’s views but how much power we have to become the heroines of our own stories going forward.

  • Facing Forty Upside Down: Making Changes in Midlife

    Patty went from a decade-long career in public relations to a decade of full time parenting and teaching yoga to becoming a professional writer and blogger. She features stories of midlife change at Facing Forty Upside Down and can speak to the challenges and rewards experienced by those who do.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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