In this episode, I talk to Mike Shoreman - who is an absolute inspirational force! We met unexpectedly when I stumbled into the front row of his now viral Speaker Slam speech (link below). In a surprising, compelling and heart-wrenching manner, he shared with journey with suddenly falling ill and his remarkable rise. Mike is now a renowned author, speaker and mental health advocate. What I really love about him though is his humble honesty, beautiful heart and inspiring resilience. Prepare to be inspired by the Unbalanced Paddleboarder!
(00:50) Mike’s Bio & Mike’s Speaker Slam Speech
(05:48) Mike shares his personal journey with us
(07:20) When Mike got sick
(09:58) A reactivation of chicken pox (Ramsay Hunt Syndrome)
(10:33) What this diagnosis means for a paddleboarder
(11:48) The moment when it felt like life was over & the anger that comes with that
(13:30) How Christmas felt & Mike’s mental health journey
(15:33) How Mike navigated his mental health
(18:05) Mike learns he can do hard things
(18:46) Mike’s first time back on a paddle board
(22:50) What inspired Mike’s awesome Speaker Slam talk
(27:35) Mike’s Speaker Slam remarkable experience in his own words
(30:00) Paddles Up!
(35:10) The legend of the Unbalanced Paddleboarder and its viral influence
(36:33) Mike’s core message is for us to get up when we’ve been knocked down
(37:03) What’s happening next
Mentioned in This Episode:
Speaker Slam Speech: The Diagnosis that Changed My Life
Speaker Slam Grand Slam Speech: Super Heroes Rise Together
Diaries of the Unbalanced Paddleboarder: Crash & Rise
More About This Guest:
In November 2018, Toronto-based Stand Up Paddle coach Mike Shoreman was diagnosed with a rare disease, the Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. All at once, he lost his balance and as a direct consequence, his independence, his SUP-coaching business and his social life. But Mike’s story in 2019 is not about falling down, it’s about standing up again. A public speech competition about the power of positivity which he won in last year has created a viral effect on social media, touched millions of hearts and triggered the #PaddlesUp movement amongst the worldwide SUP community. Mike is an ambassador for several non-profit organizations and a mental health advocate who fights to break stigmas. Mike is now officially the Unbalanced Paddleboarder. He does inspirational speaking and recently published his book, Crash & Rise.
This Summer (2021) – Mike will be the first person to ever paddleboard between the US and Canada. Check out his website to learn more!
Instagram : @theunbalancedpaddleboarder
Facebook : Mike Shoreman
Linked In: Mike Shoreman