Jedi Jim Inspires Local Insurers

Thomond Underwriting is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Belfast Insurance Institute Premium Masterclass series.  Representatives from Thomond Underwriting were joined by Finalist of the BBC’s The Apprentice and now Regional Director of Groupon in Ireland, Jim Eastwood, as he helped the Belfast Insurance Institute (BII) launch a series of Masterclasses designed to inform and inspire managers and professionals in the local insurance industry.

Under the theme of ‘Premium’, the series, now in its 4th year, will feature technical insurance presentations from industry experts alongside talks focusing on the soft-skills involved in business and management success.  The initiative, developed in partnership with local specialist event and management development consultancy, Podiem, is quickly gathering momentum as those participating reap the rewards of this two pronged approach.

Speaking at the launch event on Thursday 26th September, Peter Kelly, President of the BII, explained ‘In the face of a continuously demanding business environment it is essential that local insurance firms and professionals continue to seek new and improved ways of doing things. Most people in the insurance profession recognise that in addition to the importance of upskilling on the technical aspects of their business, it is equally important to address other ‘softer’ skill sets. In response to this, the Premium Masterclass Series provides updates on technical insurance topics as well as insights into key business disciplines such as leadership, communication and high performance.’

Kicking off the series, Jim Eastwood, best known for his sales prowess during his time on The Apprentice, delivered a talk entitled ‘The Art of Influencing’, in which he emphasised how the ability to sell is crucial in any business role.

Speaking at the launch, Sharon Slack, Thomond Underwriting said, ‘We are delighted to support the BII Premium Masterclass series. In the past the masterclasses have always been incredibly beneficial and we look forward to hearing what the 2013-2014 series has to offer’.