Neen James is the author of nine books including Folding Time and her most recent, Attention Pays. Named one of the top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru several years in a row because of her work with companies like Viacom, Comcast, Cisco, Virgin, Pfizer, BMW, and the FBI, among others. Neen earned her MBA from Southern Cross University and the Certified Speaking Professional designation from National Speakers Association.
She has received numerous awards as a professional speaker and is a partner in the international education company Thought Leaders Global. Neen is a leadership expert who delivers high-energy keynotes that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most at work and in life.
Audiences love her practical strategies they can apply personally and professionally, and meeting planners love working with her – they often describe Neen as the energizer bunny for their events. With a strong background in learning and development and managing large teams at various corporations, Neen is the perfect fit for organizations who want implementable strategies that will help their employees avoid distractions, stop interruptions, prioritize daily objectives and say ‘no’ to requests that steal time and focus from real goals and priorities.
Oh, did we mention that Neen is Australian? Why does that matter? Well, it means that she’s a bit mischievous, is pretty witty and a little cheeky. She also considers herself an unofficial champagne taste tester ... and is obsessed with her Peloton bike... a bike that goes no where!
What do clients say about working with Neen?
“I worked with Neen whilst running the Cisco Sales Associate Program. The program was designed to train early in career Account Managers and Systems Engineers from 52 countries worldwide. Neen was able to give great advice regarding productivity, professionalism and building a brand and was consistently amongst our highest rated guest speakers. Most recently she advised me prior to a major speaking event. Neen is down to earth, a fabulous speaker, fun to work with and adds real value to professionals of all ages.”
Maggie Morrison, Senior Director, Cisco Systems
"We were honored to have Neen as our closing speaker at the 7th Annual Pharmaceutical Meeting Management Forum in Philadelphia in late March. Even though she was scheduled to present until the end of the two-day conference, she spent the entire two days with us, getting to know our niche of the meetings and events industry and getting to know most of us by name. Her warmth, good humor, and laughter are infectious! Her presentation on super productivity was spot on. She knew her audience and delivered a message I very much appreciated. I now know why I like to get up early and work before the phone starts to ring and the e-mails become incessant. Neen is a wonderful speaker and I highly recommend her.”
Betsy Bair, editorial director, Medical Meetings/MeetingsNet, Penton Media, co-organizer of the Pharmaceutical Meeting Management Forums
“Neen is an outstanding speaker. I've had the pleasure of hearing her speak at several events over the past few years, and have been highly impressed and energized each time. In some cases, her sessions have been "Standing Room Only" - i.e. so popular and highly attended that people have stood around the edges of the room and in doorways, just to hear her. Her style is engaging, entertaining, direct, energy-filled, witty and full of flair. She delivers content that is insightful and valuable, and she provides practical, easy-to-use tips and guidelines for implementation. Audiences routinely leave her sessions energized and buzzing about how enjoyable and helpful they found her workshop. I always look forward to attending events when she is speaking, and highly recommend Neen James.”
Rick Kauffman, Business Development Manager, Performance Solutions, ITA Group