Written by Kate Billing, Founder & Creative Director, Blacksmith


We are living in an era of pandemics – SARS, MERS, Ebola and now COVID-19. The patterns of pandemics are known and predictable, as are the immense impacts on our body and mind. We must become masterful at managing ourselves to prepare and succeed despite the risks: to first survive, then thrive.

With a focus on the double-sided coin of body and mind, clinical psychologist Dr. Amy Silver and DNA-based performance expert Alessandra Edwards have created a FREE guidebook called Brace for Impact, about surviving and thriving in the era of pandemics.

With decades of knowledge-gathering and experience in physical, genetic, behavioural, and psychological strength, they want YOU to know what THEY know.

They want you and the people who matter most to you, at home and at work, to be strong facing into this pandemic and even stronger coming out.

In this 55-minute conversation Amy, Alessandra and I talk about:

  • Self-responsibility, awareness and the choices we still have, even in a constrained reality
  • Understanding motivation for the long haul of Life in The Levels
  • Coping with the magnitude and layering of difficult emotions this experience is creating
  • The value of taking a week-by-week approach in a constantly changing context
  • Playfulness as a physical wellbeing strategy
  • Practicing self-compassion and using your senses to ground yourself
  • Managing emotional contagion, especially to protect against catching undesirable emotions; and
  • Priorities for leaders and their teams as we learn to live and work in The Levels.



Kate Billing:

Kate is the Founder & Creative Director of Blacksmith www.blacksmith.co.nz, a specialist leadership development practice focused on the development of human-centred leaders and fully human organisations.

For more than 20 years Kate has worked in the people, culture and leadership space, building a reputation for sharp insights, compassionate challenge, warmth, and energy. Over that time she has worked within a range of industries and organisations, with leaders from the boardroom to the front line, all of whom have demonstrated their capacity for personal and collective evolution.

She believes it’s time for a new kind of leader, human-centred leaders who together will create the world we need for our shared future. Leaders who are examples of what’s possible when we commit to the highest levels of humanity and responsibility in the ways that we live, lead and do business.

Dr. Amy Silver:

Amy is a psychologist, speaker and facilitator. She is an expert in psychological and social safety.

Amy has spent three decades as a psychologist developing IP on how fear restricts us and safety expands us. Her work enables people to step courageously into connecting to themselves and to others.

Amy has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Masters in Forensic Psychiatry, Masters in Performance, Bachelor with Honours in Psychology, as well as further therapeutic training in cognitive therapies such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Compassion Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. She is a contributing author of many books including the acclaimed Oxford Handbook of Behavioural Experiments (Oxford University).

Alessandra Edwards:

Alessandra is a performance expert who’s obsessed with one question: how far can we stretch our genetic limit so we can achieve our maximum potential?

Combining a Bachelor of Health Science with a Postgraduate Professional Certificate in Genetics and Genomics from Stanford University (class of 2018), as well as a decade of clinical nutritional practice, Alessandra has helped over a thousand clients achieve their highest level of cognitive and physical performance. Her DNA-based approach to high performance has led her to work with corporate and government leaders, as well as elite athletes and sports managers.


Enjoyed our webinar and what to learn more?

  • Download your FREE copy of Amy and Alessandra’s e-book Brace for Impact: Surviving and Thriving in a Pandemic Era HERE
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