John Nichol was shot down during the first Gulf War in 1991 and describes himself as an ‘ordinary guy who just happened to find himself in extraordinary circumstances’.
He is a regular keynote speaker & host at corporate conferences, management seminars, company training courses and after-dinner events. His presentation, tailored to the occasion, is electrifying, humorous and inspirational.
The first the world saw of RAF navigator Flight Lieutenant John Nichol was as a tortured British prisoner-of-war, beaten and humiliated by his captors along with his crew member John Peters.
The ensuing pictures were flashed around the world and became an enduring symbol of the first Gulf war.
The traumatic weeks of capture gave John a unique insight into the human capacity to deal with extreme adversity and change. Partly as a result of his own outgoing personality, partly as a result of the experience itself, John Nichol is now able to present a fascinating insight into what happens when our innermost reserves are tested by external demands.
After the Gulf War, Nichol’s military career took him on active service to the Falkland Islands and to Bosnia as part of the UN peacekeeping mission. He left the RAF in 1996 to pursue a career as a broadcaster and writer.
He has written for The Sunday Times, The Observer and The Mail On Sunday and has published 10 books including the best-sellers, Tornado Down, The Last Escape & Tail-End Charlies. He has been a consultant and reporter for Newsnight, CNN, BBC News, ITN, World In Action and Cutting Edge.
John Nichol’s account of what happened takes the audience from the highly organised training, planning and teamwork of an RAF fast-jet squadron to the isolation of being shot down and held in solitary confinement.
- His experiences qualify him to speak with unquestionable authority on not only surviving change and adversity, but also turning it to your advantage. Some recent speaking topics have included:
- Surviving challenges, change and adversity.
- Belief in yourself and trust in those around you.
- Leadership in times of change.
- The importance of planning and preparation.
John’s message is one of optimism, inspiration and personal motivation. His personal triumph lies in having discovered his potential to cope with extremes and achieve goals way beyond his perceived horizons. John leaves his audience in no doubt – that potential exists in all of us.