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Sean Chapple

 

Others say

"Sean brought a fresh, inspiring dimension to the leadership discussion at the conference. The challenges of the expedition connected well to the audience - facing leadership challenges of their own."
Group Managing Director, Potential Squared

"Using Sean as a motivational speaker at our sales conference provided the perfect example to demonstrate that through applying self-drive, planning and teamwork you can succeed in even the most challenging of situations. The personal account of his experience and the approach he took to meeting his goal enabled the audience to identify with their own personal challenges and feel motivated to being able to achieve them. Undoubtedly, he added value to the overall event."
Nynas Bitumen, Belgium

"Sean is a regular guest speaker at the London Business School on both the Accelerated Development and Essentials of Leadership Programmes. His inspirational talk offers a different perspective on the challenges of leadership which offers real value to executives and senior managers attending our programmes."
Director of Learning Delivery, London Business School, England

"Visiting Florida, I was able to get the 'Ice Man' to really warm up a local audience. His insight into leadership and teamwork based on his polar adventures created a sense of awe in the group. Sean's wit and engaging personality kept the audience excited and energized. Thanks for the instant energy!"
Success Dynamics International, USA

Sean Chapple is a motivational speaker of the highest calibre, he served as an officer with the Royal Marine Commandos and is an influential polar expedition leader.

Sean left school at the age of seventeen and decided that he would pursue a career with the Royal Marines. Throughout his commando training, Sean showed qualities of a natural leader and was quickly promoted, he received a commission into the Officer Corps. He had a long and successful career with the Royal Marines and was used for active service around the world; he became a master in mountain, Arctic and desert operations.

In addition to his military career, Sean has established himself as one of the world’s most successful expedition leaders. He is known as the Ice Man and has set numerous world records, leading the way for groups on polar expeditions. In 2006/07 Sean was the leader of the first UK Armed Forces Expedition since Captain Scott, he had recently returned from leading another group expedition to the North Pole. Sean and his team raised the Union Flag when they reached the Pole and on their return the team would finish the furthest military overland journey in Antarctic history. Throughout their expedition the teams well being was challenged and abilities put to the test, they nearly starved and also suffered from frostbite and snow blindness. With Sean as their leader, the team worked together to successfully complete their 1,400 mile journey in 71 days.

"The feedback from ALL the members that attended Sean's speech was outstanding."
Medtronic, Portugal

Sean has pioneered numerous expeditions including ‘Youth to the North Pole’, he took eight children aged between fourteen and eighteen to the Arctic and taught them about teamwork while also engaging them in adventurous activities and introducing them to a new culture. Other expeditions include the ‘First Successful Winter Crossing of Iceland’, ‘3-Month Ski of the Northwest Passage’ and ‘In the Footsteps of Parry’, where a he retraced the footsteps of Lietenant Parry RN.  

Sean is a successful author and has written four books about his various Polar adventures. He wrote ‘No Ordinary Tourist’ about his ski journey across Iceland from west to east coast. Sean has also released a leadership book called ‘Leading High Performance Teams’ he uses practical examples that people can learn from. His other books are ‘Polar Quest Vol I’ and ‘Polar Quest Vol II’ about his North and South Pole Expeditions.

In his speeches, Sean focuses on the leadership aspect of his polar expeditions and his ability to motivate people, even in life threatening conditions. His experiences have taught him about teamwork, leadership management and pushing yourself to the limit; all of which he can apply to a working environment.

Sean is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an accredited TMSDI practitioner in the Team Management Profile, Linking Skills Profile and Team Performance Profile. 

Speaking Topics

  • Team selection and alignment  
  • Gaining commitment and maintaining focus
  • Facing and overcoming setbacks 
  • Critical elements for success
  • Leadership challenges
  • The Spirit of Adventure philosophy

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Interview with Sean Chapple

Question:

How did the corporate speaking start?

Answer:

After completing the first ski crossing of Iceland 1994, I was invited to speak about the journey to my childhood Scout group. The talk featured in the local town paper and I began getting other requests to speak.

Question:

Can you remember your first speaking engagement?

Answer:

My first corporate engagement was supporting a 4-day teambuilding conference. My talk overran by 30 minutes!

Question:

And your last event?

Answer:

Speaking in the Middle East with the use of an interpreter. The interpreter became so interested in listening about my journey she kept forgetting to translate and I frequently had to prompt her to translate.

Question:

Which event has been your favourite and why?

Answer:

I really enjoy speaking at the London Business School. I always have to allow for long Q&A session because the audience always want to discover more about how I manage risk and how I get my team to perform at the highest level.

Question:

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

Harvard Business School

Question:

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Answer:

Miles Barber. A truly inspirational adventurer.

Question:

On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?

Answer:

20

Question:

Do you use powerpoint?

Answer:

My presentation is visual, multi-media and powerpoint based. I use powerful imagery and video footage from my polar journeys.

Question:

Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?

Answer:

Yes. Whatever the size of the audience I always speak as if I was sharing my insights over a coffee with one person.

Question:

How do you like to be introduced?

Answer:

I have a short script that I take along to speaking events. It includes a few bullet points on my achievements - the 'Ice Man®'

Question:

Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?

Answer:

The majority of speaking engagements include a briefing call is useful, but email correspondence and the completion of pre-event questionnaire is equally important to gain as much detail about the desired outcome of the event, key messages and understanding any challenges the client organisation is facing. Ultimately, I aim to ensure my talk ‘fits’ with the overall objectives of the event.

Question:

What are the most asked for topics?

Answer:

Team selection and alignment, Gaining commitment and maintaining focus, Facing and overcoming setbacks, Critical elements for success, Leadership challenges

Question:

Is your speech interactive with audience participation?

Answer:

Not during the speech itself. Q&A on completion.

Question:

Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?

Answer:

Early in my speaking career I was once invited to speak at an event only to discover that the event organiser had the speaker booking dates mixed up. I speaking speak on the wrong date, to the wrong audience and on a topic that in no way fitted. The talk went ahead, I think to bemusement of most of the audience wondering why I was about team leadership and polar exploration!

Question:

Your favourite film?

Answer:

Paint your wagon.

Question:

Favourite book?

Answer:

Danzigers Travels.

Question:

Favourite holiday destination?

Answer:

The Scottish Highlands.

Question:

Country or townie?

Answer:

I was born in the City, but now live in country and as an explorer I do have an affinity with the outdoors. So at heart a country!

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