AIA NZ held its annual one-day Peak Performance Summit on 31 August. The conference had a strong focus on encouraging advisers to put their health and wellbeing first, so they can achieve the best outcomes for their customers, their businesses, and most importantly, themselves.
An expert line up of local and international speakers shared their advice on wellbeing, nutrition, exercise, and how prioritising personal wellbeing enables people to deliver professionally.
Sharron Botica, AIA NZ Chief Partnership Distribution Officer, says it’s crucial to equip advisers with the tools and support they need to perform in all aspects of their lives.
“The NZ adviser community are engaging with customers day-in and day-out, providing advice to thousands of New Zealanders every year, and running a business alongside this,” says Sharron.
“Putting their own wellbeing first is the best thing advisers can do to ensure they’re in the strongest position to help others.
“Here at AIA, our purpose is to help people live Healthier, Longer, Better Lives – and this is something we want not only for our customers, but our advisers too.
“As leaders in our industry, we’re committed to spearheading this conversation around adviser wellbeing. We want advisers to leave the Summit with effective tools to help balance their workloads, goals, and energy, so they can deliver both in the office and at home.”
Attendees heard from a range of inspiring speakers, aligning with AIA Vitality’s four wellbeing pillars – Think Well, Eat Well, Move Well and Plan Well.
Back at this year’s summit by popular demand was Paul Taylor, an exercise physiologist, nutritionist, and neuroscientist. Tapping into his knowledge on neuroscience and behavioural economics, Paul shared his building blocks for planning, structure, and accountability for success.
Dr Libby Weaver, a thirteen-times bestselling author, speaker, and founder of a supplement range, encouraged advisers to take charge of their health and happiness, outlining the brain gut connection and simple field to table concept.
“It was brilliant to hear from a great variety of speakers who come from all walks of life, each with their own unique insights and advice to share. Our audience really engaged with the content and what each speaker had to say,” continues Sharron.
Former heavy weight professional boxer, Shane Cameron, shared the story of his inspirational and entertaining journey from small town Kiwi beginnings to international multi-title-holding heavy weight professional boxer – before getting the whole crowd up on their feet to practice a few of his best boxing moves.
Following Shane was Kristina Cavit, Founder and Director of The Kindness Institute. Having spent over a decade working with marginalised communities facing stress and trauma, Kristina shared her tips and tricks for breathworks, meditation, and sleep recovery.
“The event wrapped up with an inspiring talk from former Afghan refugee, Abbas Nazari, who shared his story of fleeing from the Taliban in 2001, touching on his journey of hardship and resilience.”
Feedback from the conference has been overwhelmingly positive.
“It was an incredibly rewarding experience getting to host nearly 200 advisers in Ōtuatahi Christchurch. We’re confident that we’ve provided attendees with the tools they need to truly start thriving and look forward to supporting their ongoing development.”