Educator of the Year heads business support event
Bill James, the Professional Speakers Association’s Educator of the Year and Attain NZ’s director of training and development, is to head up Inner Circle – the agency’s latest networking and support event. Crediting his own success to the team around him, James (pictured) believes that no business or person in business can go it alone long-term, particularly […]
Bill James, the Professional Speakers Association’s Educator of the Year and Attain NZ’s director of training and development, is to head up Inner Circle – the agency’s latest networking and support event.
Crediting his own success to the team around him, James (pictured) believes that no business or person in business can go it alone long-term, particularly as challenges can and do arise.
“Take away the team and there is no award. It didn’t come from me, it came from everything we did and continue to do through what we achieve for our clients. I only ever achieved it because of the people who surround me.
“The businesses that seem to have got through COVID-19 are the ones who’ve had someone with them. The ones that have struggled are the ones who have tried to do it on their own. Humans are social animals, and we work better in packs. Simple as that.”
Inner Circle – an event that will be running monthly – is focused around the idea of being stronger together in business, and provides the ‘team’ that is needed for businesspeople to thrive.
Unlike your typical networking group, James says Inner Circle offers a breakaway space where businesspeople can come to get real answers and new ideas for the challenges they face – something that he believes has never been more important in a post-COVID world.
“We are always going to be stronger together, even if it’s nothing more than just getting out from the inside what’s bothering you or stressing you. But that team needs to have the right people in it who have different perspectives and can be trusted to unload on. Sometimes you have to go outside of your organisation for that.
“You need to get the balance right – you don’t want to have too many people saying it’s all good because it isn’t always good. And you certainly don’t want a whole bunch of people telling you to watch out because sometimes you just have to be brave enough to take the step.
“Inner Circle will consist of a mix of different people in business – experts, inspirational speakers, and people like you who are probably experiencing similar things and feeling similar ways.”
Guest speakers and experts are a crucial piece of the puzzle, says James, as they offer unique stories and insights, and will provide attendees the chance to interact with and gain answers from.
“We certainly don’t know it all, so for us it’s about bringing other people in too to ensure that we get the best for whoever’s coming through the door.
“Just by surrounding themselves with opportunities to network, gain more information, fresh ideas, and the space to sharpen their knowledge is a huge edge. All of those things coming together are part of that inner circle.”
The launch event of Inner Circle will take place in Auckland on Thursday 27 May from 4pm. For more information: https://innercircle.attainnz.com/