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John Nichol - RAF Navigator captured by the Iraqis during the Gulf War. Author, Broadcaster and Motivational Business Speaker 

John Nicol describes himself as "an ordinary guy who just happened to find himself in extraordinary circumstances". As a Royal Air Force Tornado Navigator, John was shot down during the first Gulf war in Iraq in 1991. Captured and tortured, he was paraded on TV provoking worldwide condemnation and providing one of the most enduring images of the conflict. John's inspiring and electrifying story takes his audience on an incredible journey from the highly organised training and teamwork of an RAF squadron, to the unbelievable challenges of being shot down and held as a prisoner-of-war. His experiences qualify him to speak with unquestionable authority on not only surviving challenges, but also turning them to your advantage.

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. And John leaves his audience in now doubt – that potential exists in us all

John Nichol - RAF Navigator captured by the Iraqis during the Gulf War. Author, Broadcaster and Motivational Business Speaker 

John Nichol - RAF Navigator captured by the Iraqis during the Gulf War. Author, Broadcaster and Motivational Business Speaker 

John Nicol describes himself as “an ordinary guy who just happened to find himself in extraordinary circumstances”. As a Royal Air Force Tornado Navigator, John was shot down during the first Gulf war in Iraq in 1991. Captured and tortured, he was paraded on TV provoking worldwide condemnation and providing one of the most enduring images of the conflict. John’s inspiring and electrifying story takes his audience on an incredible journey from the highly organised training and teamwork of an RAF squadron, to the unbelievable challenges of being shot down and held as a prisoner-of-war. His experiences qualify him to speak with unquestionable authority on not only surviving challenges, but also turning them to your advantage.

 

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. 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 is now able to present a fascinating insight into what happens when our innermost reserves are tested by external demands. 

After the Gulf War, John’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 12 books including the best-sellers, Tornado Down, The Last Escape & Tail-End Charlies. He has been a consultant and reporter for Sky News, The One Show, Newsnight, CNN, BBC News, ITN, World In Action and Cutting Edge

John’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 & Teamwork 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. And John leaves his audience in no doubt - that potential exists in all of us.

 

John Nichol - RAF Navigator captured by the Iraqis during the Gulf War. Author, Broadcaster and Motivational Business Speaker 


We required an entertaining, knowledgeable and credible motivational speaker to help motivate a team that has been through massive, rapid growth and change. From initial contact through to final delivery and post conference communication, John  consistently delivered using his professional and friendly manner. His speech was universally accepted as “the best we have ever heard” by my colleagues from all over the country. John delivered a riveting, motivational and at times hilarious yet moving account of his experiences. Two days later the team are still buzzing about it. Initial contact with John was easy and he offered sound advice as to what he felt would work and what would not work - his experience was certainly worth listening to, as both the event and his delivery were flawless. As for value for money, John is well worth every penny and I would whole heartedly recommend John to any organisation. He even took the time to stay behind and speak with many of my colleagues individually, which I know they greatly appreciated, as were the free and signed books for the best delegate question. We enjoyed an evening with John that I doubt any of us will ever forget and our conference has already been billed as the best we have ever had with tons of polish and credibility added to it by John.- 

Scott Apsey, Managing Director, Medstrom Healthcare  2015

"You were absolutely superb – and even then I think that’s playing it down a little. Your presentation was excellent and surpassed my expectations. I’d like you to know that I am exceptionally grateful for all the help, guidance and advice that you provided prior to the event and the professionalism with which you approached and executed at every stage. You really are a true professional. One of my clients has just emailed to say - 'Thank you for an extraordinary evening - I can honestly say that it was the best industry evening I have ever been to. John Nichol was an inspiring choice of speaker!' Rest assured there were many more thank you emails saying exactly the same thing! 

Martin Currie Investment Management 

"It seems amazing that we have been working together for 4 years; I never fail to be impressed by what you say and always learn something new. You are the highlight of the programme and the effect on the delegates is electrifying; I still meet former delegates who remember your presentations and who have taken many of the lessons back to the workplace and into their private lives as well." 

BT Management Training 

"John Nichol has made a big impression. He exceeded our expectations and has become a talking point within the organization. His presentation was very thought provoking - no one can fail to be motivated." 

Vice President sales, Nortel Networks 

"I have seen a lot of "motivational" speakers and it is an understatement to say that you were a complete hit! Your talk was inspirational and very motivating, as well as incredibly humbling....it certainly framed the day superbly, and will definitely be talked about for many meetings to come!" 

UK Sales Manager, B&Q

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