Neil Laughton is a motivational speaker. But his early years were characterised by failure, poverty and tragedy. However, Neil discovered the ingredients necessary to become an inspirational leader. He served in UK Special Forces, became an award winning entrepreneur and is a world record breaking adventurer. In his talks, Neil shares his extraordinary experiences, explains what it takes to be an inspirational leader, to build a high-performing team and how to achieve success, wealth and happiness.
“Neil is trying very hard but achieving very little” stated an early school report. Despite this inauspicious outlook and many subsequent setbacks, he was commissioned into the Royal Marines, qualified as a helicopter pilot and served 12 years in UK Special Forces (21 SAS) reaching the rank of Captain. Later on, he founded a construction company which grew to £40 million turnover before being sold to a FTSE 100 company in 2011.
At Laughton & Co, he dedicates his time to developing inspirational leaders and high-performing teams. Working with individuals and businesses, he helps them build their powers of discovery, teamwork and adventure (www.laughton.co). Neil is a Sussex Business Awards Winner, has a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and he won the Ness Award for “Inspirational leadership” from the Royal Geographical Society. He is also Chairman of the Scientific Exploration Society and Founder of the Penny Farthing Club.
Neil has a passion for travel, sport and adventure. He has organised and led more than 50 adventurous expeditions on 7 continents by land, sea and air. He climbed Mt Everest with Bear Grylls, was the first person to circumnavigate the UK & Ireland on a jet-ski and he piloted the world’s first road legal flying car on a 10,000 km journey from London to Timbuktu. Neil has Guinness World Records for riding a Penny Farthing bicycle with ‘no hands’ and for hosting the world’s highest black tie dinner party. But he is best known for his many ‘world firsts’ which include playing golf at the North Pole, cricket at the South Pole and paddling a bathtub across the Solent.
Neil’s first public speaking engagement was in October 1996 when he gave a personal account of surviving the ‘worst storm in 100 years’ whilst in the Death Zone on Mt Everest. Since then, he has spoken to audiences of up to 2000 people and for organisations including American Express, AstraZeneca, BP, British Airways, Coca Cola, Cunard, Fitness First, Network Rail, NHS, RNLI and TEDx.
Neil has an engaging, authentic and energetic style while speaking on stage. He uses exciting first hand stories, entertaining anecdotes and useful tips from a lifetime spent as a special forces soldier, as an award winning entrepreneur and as a world record breaking adventurer. After a talk from Neil, members of his audience will understand what it takes to be an inspirational leader, how to develop a high-performing team and be inspired to step out of their comfort zone in order to achieve success, wealth and happiness.
Neil is available for the following types of speaking events:
- Conference Keynotes
- After Dinner Talks
- Business Workshops
- School Speech Days
- Event Compèring
- Virtual Presentations