While supervising mine-clearance in Mozambique in 1995, Chris Moon was blown up in a supposedly clear area of the safety lane. He lost his lower right leg and right arm and survived only through sheer determination.
Less than a year after leaving hospital, he ran the London Marathon, raising money for charities assisting the disabled, defying all expectations for his own future. He has since completed more than fifteen other marathons, including the punishing Marathon des Sables, which is a 137 mile race across the Sahara.
As well as a practical understanding of human performance in the most extreme situations and overcoming adversity his Masters Degree in Security Management covered human behaviour and management theory. Chris Moon read several hundred books on achievement giving him an intellectual perspective, which he illustrates with his own humorous and uplifting anecdotes. He’s been speaking and delivering workshops obtaining top feedback scores for more than 10 years and adds the shared learning from this.
Chris Moon is a former British Army Officer with three years operational experience. His training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and experiences as an Army officer provided a world-class grounding in leadership, motivation and personal and team development. He left to work for a charity clearing landmines in Asia & Africa. He survived being taken prisoner in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge (one of the most brutal terror groups in history) and negotiated his release and that of two colleagues from threatened execution.
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Chris Moon taught himself to run again and is the world’s first amputee ultra-distance runner. In 1997 he completed the gruelling Marathon De Sables and inspired many to follow in his footsteps. Since then he’s run the world’s toughest ultra- marathons, including the Badwater Death Valley 135 mile ultra and the 95 mile West Highland Way Race. He’s run numerous ultra-distance events and several one thousand mile events. When it comes to challenging the concept of limitation, adapting to change and overcoming adversity he literally walks the talk.
Chris Moon is a veteran adviser to the NHS on state-of-the-art prosthetics and has been involved with many charities in roles including President, Trustee and fundraiser.
Chris Moon was awarded an MBE for his work in demining and in recognition of his humanitarian work, he was given the honour of carrying the Olympic Flame into the stadium at the opening ceremony of the Nagano Winter Olympics. His achievements have been featured in the media, with coverage on TV, radio & in national newspapers and magazine articles.
Humour, passion and inspiration
As a keynote and after-dinner speaker Chris delivers humour, passion and inspiration. Topics include change, motivation, risk and safety, communication, improving sales and personal and strategic leadership. He runs short workshops to improve individual and team performance & coaches and mentors a wide variety of executives.
Chris has a passion for the process of achievement and has been a bespoke motivational speaker delivering to specific client briefs for ten years obtaining top feedback scores. In everything he says and does he challenges the concept of limitation.
When his first ultra the Marathon Des Sables was covered around the world, his words were quote of the week in Time Magazine: The biggest limits in life are those we impose on ourselves often without even realising it.
In life perhaps it’s what’s in our hearts, who and what we are, how we think and what we do that are truly important. Most of Chris’s clients want the audience to understand the principles and mindsets he shares and be enabled to use them in their own lives.
An inspirational speaker usually delivers warm and uplifting messages telling a personal story of overcoming great adversity of which Chris Moon has shed loads of experience. Surviving no win situations like being held prisoner by one of the most brutal guerrilla armies in history, being blown up in a remote minefield in East Africa and surviving against all odds.
Then he completed his first marathon less than a year after leaving hospital, the world’s first amputee ultra-marathon runner.
As an inspirational speaker Chris shares extreme credible experiences, mindsets and techniques which people can use to improve their performance and go beyond the point at which they feel they can go no further.
Some clients want a degree of profile, recognition and academic rigour. Chris has worked with psychologists and psychiatrists in the last ten years to understand the process behind his principles. Resilience and improving human performance are complex subjects. He’s been academically published and his autobiography One Step Beyond was published by Macmillan.
Chris Moon was awarded MBE for services to the HALO Trust clearing anti-personal landmines in 1996 and has Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Exeter, Leicester and Plymouth. He’s been given several awards for leadership in disability including PALM (American Physicians) and the Snowdon Award.
Chris believes it takes 10 years to become a good keynote speaker able to understand the complexities of an event, different organisations, the needs of all parties involved and how to deliver the message in an appropriate way.
Recent examples of headline keynote speeches Chris Moon has delivered:
As well as being the title of his autobiography and the story of his life Chris has been frequently asked to be the keynote speaker on this theme when people are being asked to change, deal with tough situations and conditions, deliver challenging targets or face difficult market conditions.
In the current economic climate, where many companies had to make an adjustment two years ago after the banking crisis and now with Eurozone issues, people are literally being asked to go the extra mile in challenging markets. Chris did his first ultra-marathon in 1997 (the Marathon Des Sables) and as far as we know was the first amputee ultra-distance runner and perhaps more importantly he’s still going strong, in fact faster than ever after 15 years. He can share a practical philosophy which will empower his audience to go the extra mile.
Chris imparts an understanding of the psychology of what limits human potential and gives uplifting stories and practical strategies people can use to challenge their boundaries and deliver more of their potential.
Chris and his Associates passionately believe leadership is about engagement and creating an environment in which people can thrive and deliver their best.
Different situations require different solutions. One size does not fit all. In many organisations leaders are responsible for creative people with specialist technical knowledge and abilities who don’t always enjoy structure and direction. We have keynotes and development experiences which will help leaders develop and deliver:
Human beings are creatures of habit. We naturally settle into a comfort zone. When asked to change different people react differently. Some people experience negative emotions and fear which need to be dealt with. Others may develop unrealistic expectations. If managed and led correctly the negativity can be removed from the change process and desired outcomes can be achieved.
Keynote and workshop outcomes are:
Chris has been involved with many disability organisations and acted as host and facilitator at a number of diversity days, some for disability networks. He and his associates create a bespoke powerful and innovative experience which enables difficult issues to be faced and solutions found. Topics include:
“Inspirational, motivating, funny… if we can take even a snippet of your positive energy & will power then we are destined for success”
St James’s Place Wealth Management
“Chris is not just a motivational speaker, his is a motivational life”
“Your presentation was extremely thought provoking, motivating and of great benefit to the overall conference message and the delegates feedback has been extremely positive.”
Fantastic talk Chris. Feedback has been universally positive. It has really challenged the way we think about risk.”
Barclays Bank Plc
“My sincere thanks for your time with us at the Leadership Forum. Your style was hugely inspirational and you had a clear impact with all colleagues in the room. The sentiment of the session hit the right chord for the organisation in a very significant way. The momentum gained during the day will not be lost and your passion for leadership remains with us.”
Avon & Somerset Constabulary
“Many thanks for another stellar performance. The teams haven’t stopped talking about it and the feedback we have received has been tremendous. It really hit the mark with everyone.”
British Gas Multi Site Sales
“We have been personally inspired by your story and its key messages of remaining positive in the face of adversity and embracing change. You brought humour to what is a massive life changing experience and our team has said that they will take this on board in their professional and personal lives – which was the aim of your talk.”
UK Border Agency