- John’s Message Is One Of Optimism, Inspiration & Personal Motivation
- His Audience In No Doubt – That Potential Exists In All Of Us
John Nichol is at home at conferences, training courses or after-dinner venues, he describes himself as an ordinary guy who just happened to find himself in extraordinary circumstances. His presentation is tailored to the occasion and is electrifying, humorous, and captivating.
The first the world saw of RAF navigator Flight Lieutenant John Nichol was as a tortured Gulf War British prisoner of war, beaten and humiliated by Iraqis The famous television appearances which John and his fellow POW’s were forced to make were flashed around the world and became an enduring symbol of the first Gulf war. The daylight bombing raid over Southern Iraq upon which John had embarked had gone horrifically wrong. Hit by a surface to air missile he had been forced to eject over the Iraq desert.
The traumatic weeks of capture which ensued, gave John a unique insight into the human capacity to deal with 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.
His account of what happened takes his audience from the highly organised training and teamwork of an RAF 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. Indeed his physical survival is due to immense reserves of personal strength, flexibility and the capacity to withstand upheaval and uncertainty.
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 Times, The Observer and The Mail On Sunday and has published 9 books including the best-seller, Tornado Down. He has been a consultant and reporter for Newsnight, Breakfast News, ITN, World In Action and Cutting Edge.
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.
In a conference hotel outside Birmingham the audience has worked itself into a lather of exhilaration, their minds worlds away from sales targets. The music surges as Mr. Nichol walks off stage and the crowd goes wild. A straw poll found the consensus among the audience feeling uplifted and able to take on any challenge. – The Economist