In recognition of the challenges facing employers in today’s competitive markets, jobactive provider Job Prospects created a series of Business Forums in regional South Australia to talk about the value of goalsetting and finding and keeping good people.

More than 100 employers representing small, medium and large local businesses from the Riverland (Berri), Murraylands (Murray Bridge), Fleurieu (Middleton) and the South-East (Mount Gambier) attended the forums to hear from keynote motivational speaker Dale Elliott, on how to use goal setting and leadership to succeed through adversity.

Hosted by well known television and radio personality Leigh McClusky, the audiences also heard from a panel of local employers in each of the four locations, to discuss the challenges specific to their region on finding, hiring and keeping good people for their businesses.

The forum was organised by Job Prospects as a means of providing local employers with insights and tactics that might provide a competitive edge for them in today’s challenging business environment.

Dale Elliott has become a popular stand up comedian and successful keynote speaker after having a devastating motorbike accident which shattered his spine, resulting in him becoming a paraplegic and having to give up his much loved career as a commercial pilot. His success in turning adversity into prosperity since then by sharing his experiences with a variety of audiences, including business leaders, has led him to speaking to audiences of over 10,000 people and receiving a 2010 Citizen of the Year Award.

His story and his approach to turning adversity into prosperity was very well received by employers in all of the locations.

“It’s something that everyone can relate to. Most people can understand how devastating my experience would have been, so to see how I used goal setting to create a new career and reach prosperity and fulfilment after all of that, inspires them into using goal setting in their own business or personal life to achieve the same things” Mr Elliott said.

Job Prospects Director of Operations, David Furniss, said that the Forums provided a great opportunity for employers to network and share experiences with their local counterparts in each region.

“We were delighted to facilitate this discussion for local employers” Mr Furniss said.

“We have been in the business of sourcing good employees for our employer customers for nearly two decades now, so we know how important this is and we know how best to go about that” he concluded.

Job Prospects is now planning another series of Business Forums in Melbourne, in June 2016, and is confident they will be equally well received in that market.