John Nichol - Conference host, facilitator and motivational Speaking

Shot down during the first Gulf War in 1991, John Nichol describes himself as an ‘ordinary guy who just happened to find himself in extraordinary circumstances’. He is a regular speaker, compere and facilitator at corporate conferences, management seminars, company training courses, and after-dinner events. His presentation, tailored to the occasion, is electrifying, humorous and inspirational.

B&Q UK Sales Manager -
"I have seen a lot of ‘motivational’ speakers and it is an understatement to say that you were a complete hit! To get that level of interaction and attention from our team after nine hours hard graft speaks for itself. Your talk was inspirational and very motivating, as well as incredibly certainly framed the day superbly, and will definitely be talked about for many meetings to come!"


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.


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.
  • Planning and preparation –The keys to success.

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.

Konika Minolta
"Please accept my sincere appreciation for the role you played at our Annual Sales Awards Ceremony; what a fantastic awards’ compère you made – excellent! And your speech was very inspiring and thought provoking indeed - you certainly ticked all our boxes. Without exception, feedback from the team was positive. You delivered exactly what we asked for and more. I certainly would have no hesitation in recommending you to any other clients."

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Client feedback from past presentations:

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

Vice President sales, Nortel Networks

Your speech was the stand-out feature of a very worthwhile event. Your presentation was thought provoking and inspirational and your message was just what we needed to help us focus on the importance of “the team” and to make a difference to our service

Radian Housing Association

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

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. The effect on the delegates is electrifying and for many you are the highlight of the programme; I still meet delegates who remember your presentations and who have taken many of the lessons back to the workplace and into their private lives as well

British Telecom Management Training

Thank you for speaking to our sales force at this years conference. I think your presentation was inspirational and I know from the delegates, that they felt the same

Scottish Mutual

All who attended have said how much they enjoyed your speech and question and answer session. It was fascinating, humorous and very, very interesting

Shell UK

Your talk on teamwork was highly entertaining, you captured and held the audience's attention to the full... It is a mark of your success that our delegates were still talking about your presentation on the final day. I would book you again without hesitation

Training consultant, GE capital

The comments received after the event were most favourable...your speech was interesting and entertaining achieving the right balance of humour and interest and highlighting the links between your own experiences and the subject of the conference

Benefits Agency

We wanted to say a big thank you. We were absolutely thrilled, particularly with the way your presentation fitted the brief

Telecom New Zealand

Thank you for an excellent after dinner speech and for taking the time to speak with us afterwards. Apologies if we kept you talking so late – this was totally due to our enthusiasm and interest

National Sales Manager, GE Capital

Thank you for the excellent seminar on Leading Under Stress; we received excellent feedback from the delegates