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“I remember walking across the compound to gain visual contact with our infantry protection before walking back. The next thing I remember I was on the floor and managed to get myself seated. I looked down and saw my legs were in pieces – skin and muscle hanging off and bones poking out. I started screaming, I don’t think it was pain at that point, the adrenaline kept the pain off for a few minutes. My Team Commander came into my field of view and I managed to get a check on my emotions. I kept saying to him what he needed to do – get the helicopter, make comms with HQ, get the photos. In reality, he was all over it and I was only saying it to keep myself distracted. The boys saved my life and stopped the bleeding and we lay there smoking cigarettes while we waited for the helicopter.”
Following a life changing injury on the battlefield of Afghanistan, Dave has had to completely readjust his life, from the way he moves, the way he runs through to his career and his life goals. Using his unique experiences learnt in the military both pre- and post-injury, his journey through rehabilitation, learning to walk, and into competitive sport with the Invictus and Paralympic Games; Dave shares his life lessons in a humble, humorous and down to earth way that resonates with all audiences.
Covering leadership, team development, adapting to change and overcoming adversity, commitment, target setting and delivery, ambition and motivation, Dave’s talks can be tweaked to your target message and target audience.
Dave has spoken for:
- Lloyd’s Banking Group
- Business in the Community
- Reading Professionals
- Southampton Football Club
- Lean Service Forum
- Goldman Sachs
- Portsmouth Football Club
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (The James Clayton Prestige Lecture)