Shona Hirons has, quite simply, been through hell and back in between her mental health and physical health struggles which left her attempting to take her own life. Cancer, working an 80-hour week, a mini-stroke, heart surgery and a terrible cycling accident leaving her in an induced coma for 2 weeks are just a few of the horrible events Shona had to endure. A lawyer by trade, Shona realised how deeply unhappy she became and made a drastic life change, embarking on a Life Coaching course, gained a diploma in Advanced Nutrition and a master’s in Mindfulness, Shona is now an award-winning motivational speaker, resilience coach and CEO of Mindset in Motion. Shona has corporate clients in over 55 countries, helping to improve employees’ resilience and helping leaders spot signs of burnout.
Having graduated from Law school at the University of Wales in 1996 Shona began her 2-decade long career working as a Lawyer before it led to a breakdown from work-related stress. All of this was after being born 6 weeks prematurely and given a short life expectancy by doctors, having a mini-stroke aged just 22 and then later finding she had a hole in her heart aged 32. After her heart surgery, Shona was working 80-hour weeks as a part-time employee. Shona neglected her physical and mental health, suffered panic attacks before work, came home from work crying and eventually collapsed. She was pressured back to work and eventually left the job she loved after 14 years, prioritising her own health to become a Spin Instructor.
2 years after becoming a Spin Instructor, Shona was hunted for a new job but used mindfulness techniques to manage her stress levels, helping her to let go of the past. Whilst cycling to work Shona was in a horrific cycling accident where numerous bones were shattered and broken, suffered loss of hearing, moderate brain damage and had major facial reconstructive surgery. Her recovery was long and slow, her husband left her which led to Shona attempting to take her own life. Soon after she went to therapy and her life completely changed for the better. Shona became goal-orientated and sets herself a crazy challenge every year. She plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2024.
Now Shona is a published author of her book titled ‘The Girls Who Refused to Quit – Volume 3’ and has finished writing her second book ‘Broken to Bionic’. Determined to help as many people as she can with burnout, Shona has become an internationally recognised speaker and is helping break the stigma around burnout. Shona also works with employees and leaders alike to help create an atmosphere where employees can thrive in a culture where speaking about mental health issues comes with no stigma. If you are looking to improve your resilience or want to learn how to spot the signs of burnout, having won ‘The Inspired Award’ for her contribution to mental health and wellbeing, do not miss your chance to hear from Shona Hirons today.
“In 2021, The Jordan Legacy CIC was blessed to have several inspiring speakers at our very first Hope for Life (UK) COnference and your story SHona was truly inspirations and powerful. I remember thinking at the time, how can one person experience so much trauma and still keep going and actually thrive, not just exist.
If you’re looking to book a inspirational story about triumph over destiny, I can’t recommend Shona highly enough!!”
“Quite recently I attended a meeting at which Shona took the speaking slot. I was impressed by the way she engaged the audience immediately and was willing to show some vulnerability which achieved empathy from the audience. Shona talked about her career and the learnings that had brought her to this event.
She has a great message for the attendees in terms of how you can use your thoughts to bring about the best outcomes for yourself.
There were plenty of questions asked after Shona spoke which in my book is a great sign of an audience really thinking about the message.
I would not hesitate to recommend Shona’s speaking ability especially her engagement skills and besides all that she really is a very nice person.”
“I heard Shona give a keynote speech at an event in Bristol. She was engaging, insightful and amusing and I was hanging off every word. If you haven’t heard her story, then get yourself to an event she is speaking at. I also had the pleasure at sitting at her table for dinner and enjoyed chatting to her very much.”
“Shona Hirons partnered with Velocity Global as Resilience Coach over the past year. Shona first delivered her signature speech to our employees which truly resonated with so many of our people and we then asked Shona back to support our employees navigating through remote work in an international context (we have employees across 55+ countries across six continents). Shona talks with passion and from her own experience, and she has an amazing ability to apply a practical tool box enabling everyone she worked with to take ownership of their own boundaries, managing their time and responses more effectively and becoming an all around Resilience Coach. Thank you Shona!”
“I have been fortunate to hear Shona’s ‘Broken to Bionic’ talk and found it not only inspiring but very relevant. Listening to ‘real life’ struggles turn to great success’s is very powerful and moving. Shona puts this over in such a way that is engaging, interesting and useful.
The beauty of how Shona lays out her story, she wraps it with easy to understand and useful take away tools. Not just a talk but useable tips on burnout, stress anxiety, self-management and more.
In today’s fast paced and high pressured environment, Shona’s message and content is not only useful, it is vital.
Fantastic speaker, author and coach. Very highly recommended.”
“Unfortunately there’s no classification for “Shona gave a brilliant presentation at two of my events” but that’s precisely what she did and impressed me (and more importantly the delegates) so much that I’ve invited her to be part (a major part) of the Six O’Clock Club Small Business Summer School.
Shona has a great story to tell about how she overcame adversity but much more than this is the way she’s using that experience to help stressed out business owners (like me) achieve far better balance and purpose in their lives.
Whether you’re looking for a talented and inspirational speaker or seeking help to work smarter and bring the stress levels down in your business…
Speak to Shona!”