Nigel Vardy is famously known as Mr Frostbite. He almost froze to death in a severe storm in May 1999, high on the slopes of Mt. McKinley in Alaska and I love mountaineering, adventure and travel. A temperature of -60°C turned his fingers, toes and nose black with severe frostbite, and all were lost to surgery.
After recovering, he learned to walk without toes, work with battered hands and come to terms with the facial scarring. In his words, “Physically, that was hard enough, but the mental scars were much deeper cut, and I knew of only one way to heal them. I had to climb again…”
The zeal that Nigel had, was not from the books, health professionals or experts. He relied on his close friends, who pushed Nigel to attempt first rock face after sixteen months of the accident. Though his wounds stung and bled, there was no way that he was going to stop. After his successful first attempt, Nigel moved back onto the ice a few months later and have never looked back.
Nigel began speaking about his experiences to businesses and schools across the UK and Europe. His story of survival has inspired many people, but not just a story speaker. Since 1999 Nigel has travelled the globe, climbed mountains and volcanoes, bashed through dense jungles, set climbing records and had his fair share of scrapes, facing death and injury on numerous occasions. It might sound irresponsible to some but pushing ourselves to the limit allows us to truly learn who we are.
Nigel brings experiences that he has gained and lived to the keynotes. He has two books based on his experience, worked with media organisations across the world and a regular contributor to both TV and Radio.
Nigel brings over 30 years of experience in engineering, professional training and educating to the stage. He believes in planning and expertise in his speaking.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.