From the Seven Summits to Southampton

Nick Hollis Everest Talk

Taking the keynote slot at ZAPD sales and marketing conference 2020 is mountaineer Nick Hollis.

Originally from Marlow, we caught up with Nick in between climbs to find out more about why he has got involved with ZAPD conference and what he will be covering on the 14th May 2020.

What’s your background?

I worked at HP for many years and left in 2012 from my role as EMEA Business Manager. I was leading a parallel life in the corporate world and in the mountaineering landscape. I decided to take a year out, review my options and work out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I decided to set up my own business, which combines my love for the outdoors and teambuilding. Fitways was born.

What does Fitways do?

We arrange corporate team building events – some of them on mountains and others on water! We take business teams and look at goal-setting and then do trips. Some of these are climbs to Kilimanjaro, Tubkal in Morocco or Everest Base Camp but we also do the Inca Trail and an Amazon Jungle Trip. As I had also managed to climb all seven summits, speaking opportunities started to come along and so that is part of my business now too.

How did you get involved with ZAPD?

I’ve known Kristy from way back and she told me about your plans. I thought it would be good to get involved as in my line of work, there is a great crossover of the challenges businesses and mountaineers face – from goal setting, perseverance, strategic thinking and working as a team. I thought it would be great to share the business skills that I had learnt in corporate life in my sales and marketing role and explain how they are absolutely fundamental in my new job. Hopefully attendees will be inspired to be more creative and braver with their thinking.

What are you going to cover at ZAPD?

How you can improve your business and life skills to achieve success. These include discipline, perseverance, leadership, teamwork and being able to operate under pressure. All of the attendees will come on a mental journey with me as I take them on an Everest journey from planning the trip, to reaching the summit and getting back down safely. It will be a mix of practical advice from my business and personal life experience.

What takeaways will attendees get?

I hope that attendees will be able to be more self-aware and realise the enormity of demands in the business world. It’s becoming increasingly important, in my opinion, that everyone takes some time out to recharge. For people to perform at their best, they can’t work flat-out without taking some breaks – both mentally and physically.

Nick will be speaking in the afternoon at ZAPD on the 14th May 2020.

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