The Ice Man cometh
Former Royal Marine Commando Neil Laughton, described his day job as business consultant & training executive, when delivering an informative and interesting talk on his career adventures to over 200 cricket lovers. Neil mentioned he couldn’t get into the school cricket team but managed while in the army to captain the British cricket side in the Antarctic against a rest of the world eleven. Cricket on ice is not unheard of, Laughton showed a number of slides that illustrated not only the game in snow, but stressing the temperatures of 40 degrees below freezing. And some people say Britain is cold. He emphasised the loss of feeling one can have in such low temperatures, recalling a fellow officer accidently leaving his snow suit flies open, after visiting the icy loo and no one noticing the fact until later. Neil then displayed a photo of a frost bitten hand with gasps from the audience, to illustrate what extreme low temperatures can do. Made your eyes water.
Obviously a man driven to succeed he recounted the challenge he took up with a friend to cross a freezing uninhabited island between Alaska and Russia, eventually conceding defeat and having to call in the American coastguard to get them out.
What was refreshing about this talk was Neil was unafraid to share is failures both in business and in life. He further stated the fact that although he had one highly successful commercial venture there were others that lost money and went bankrupt. This was good to see someone admitting failures, but coming through with one gigantic business success. Leaving one executive to comment ‘he was really inspiring and engaging today’.
Neil left us with 5 major talking points for achievement –
1. Push the boat out – Take a chance in life
2. Get a good night’s sleep (Be ready)
3. It’s not what you know (but who you work with)
4. Team work. Look for character and attitude over how many qualifications people have.
5. Crisis what crisis? (Try to stay calm)
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.