Jason P. B McMahon
When at school as a young boy, Jason aspired to be a helicopter engineer with the RAF, probably inspired by Airwolf. Then with equal dreams and being a bit of the school clown, Jason made plans to be a Stuntman (in reflection, probably because of The Fall Guy & Evel Knievel) and applied to a Stunt School in Canada. Sadly those dreams never became reality and Jason left school with hardly any qualifications and took a job in the local hardware store selling nuts, bolts, light bulbs and dog biscuits. Jason quickly realised this was not where he wanted to be in life, and took himself back to college to study mechanical & electrical engineering.
After completing his qualification, Jason developed his path into engineering as a junior control panel draughtsman (before CAD), leaving to become 'more hands on' with an air conditioning company, Eventually settling with a role as a junior technician with a well known watch manufacture. It is here that his life would change forever...
As a lifelong member of his rugby club, and just made captain of the 1st XV, settled in a regular job and young at heart, life was stable. That until one day his 1st XV manager asked Jason over a game of pool at the rugby club if he had ever thought about a role in 'sales'. Having never considered it prior, Jason took two weeks holiday and gave it a go... Starting very much 'door knocking' with lots of 'no's', it broke him in to the cycle of developing skill sets, then securing business relationships based on opportunity, trust, integrity and relationship.
Jason had over 20 successful years in commercial sales, growing with the bonuses of nice cars, doubling his salary in commission, and all the perks, but life was going to take Jason on a sudden change of path in the opposite direction. Following redundancy, divorce and the sudden death of his mother, his life took a different path. After spiraling with mental health issues and struggling for work, he took a new role in corporate fundraising at a homeless support charity. Now Jason visits businesses speaking to more than 5,000 people every year to educate, inspire and raise support to help people have a second chance in life. Not earning the salary or the commission as previously, but equally not working 50,60, 70, 80+ hours a week, Jason works less than 37hrs a week and his commission in life is seeing what the charity does with the money raised, and the positive immediate impact to sharing his story.
Soon after starting at the charity and hearing some of the clients' stories, he realised that we all can be so close to slipping into a sudden crisis - a change in circumstances, financial difficulties, affording a place to live, the majority all with aspects of poor mental health. Jason now uses his recent journey in life to inspire employers to be more educated & employees to reach out for support at times of need.
Member of the professional speakers association
Mental Health First Aid Instructor & Trainer
Berkshire Rugby - Mental Health Ambassador
'We have been inundated with positive feedback'
"Jason spoke with integrity, honesty and depth. His personal story engaged the whole team throughout his session and left valuable reflections on how we can all look after our own mental health, and how Investec can support us in times of need."
'I've seen lots of business speakers over the years who were intended to be inspiring, but Jason's presentation will stay longer in the memory and his real life story was genuinely thought provoking and an inspiration.’