A well-educated man, and having studied law at university, Kyran has a great understanding of rugby and what businesses can learn from rugby and sport in general.
Having battled for the starting scrum half slot with Matt Dawson through his career, Kyran’s story is very much about competition in addition to overcoming adversity, as in his first cap against the All Blacks when he was cruelly stamped on suffering a nasty injury.
He then went on to have major back troubles, but always fought back. There were times during the world cup that he wasn't even able to bend over to do up his boots before a game. His story is one of mental toughness, perseverance and focus.
Additionally, Kyran’s experience running his own business, a touring skating show, means that he is an ideal choice to speak on managing change, retraining and goal setting.
Kyran’s keynote speech topics include:
Leadership in tough times
Building a winning team
Tackling Mental Health
In this candid and no-holds-barred speech, Rugby World Cup Winner Kyran Bracken opens up on his personal struggles with mental health. Having dealt with his issues privately, this is now a topic that he’s happy to speak about publicly.
All through Kyran’s rugby career he struggled immensely with OCD and anxiety. He wasn’t able to sleep, suffered bouts of nausea, along with adrenaline rushes. Things came to a serious head when he became hooked on sleeping tablets.
On occasion, Kyran would only manage to get a few minutes sleep before an international match. The OCD became a major obstacle in everyday life having bed time rituals that meant he couldn’t focus on the important matters of family life and his sporting career.
“Every year I was in a fight for mental and physical health, on top of fighting for form. I felt embarrassed and isolated.” Commented Kyran. Through the Rugby Players Association, he was fortunate enough to get help when he opened up to a sports psychologist and then a psychiatrist.
Through 1-1 sessions, medication and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Kyran managed to control the anxiety and quell the OCD. He is now on a mission to spread the message to those out there who suffer with their mental health, that help really is out there and share the power of Mindfulness and CBT.’
Speaking topics include:
• Mental Health & Masculinity
• Overcoming Adversity
• Health & Wellbeing
After Dinner Speaking
Not only is Kyran Bracken a great fit for focused keynote business speaking, he also has a fantastic array of anecdotes and entertaining stories for more relaxed after dinner speaking opportunities.
Thanks to his timing, sharp wit and ability to laugh at himself, Kyran makes a great after dinner speaker that doesn’t only appeal to sport fans, but everyone, male and female, young and old(er).
Kyran Bracken is also adept at hosting and facilitating corporate events.