Five minute interview: Niall Anderson, Avaya

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Five minute interview: Niall Anderson, Avaya

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MicroScope puts its questions to Niall Anderson, regional channel director, UK and Ireland, Avaya

What is the best advice you have received and from whom?
My father always told me: "believe in yourself." I now tell my children the very same thing.

What is the best book you've ever read?
William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill called "The Last Lion" was a fascinating read.

Tell us something most people do not know about you:
I spend a lot of time working with charities and I actually biked across Africa to raise money for charity.

What temptation can you not resist?
Chocolate - of any kind.

Where is one place you'd like to visit before you die--and why?
The Galapagos Islands for the nature and scenery - it is a unique place on earth.

Which bit of technology would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island, and why?
An MP3 player. I would need music.

Who helped you get to where you are today?
A previous mentor who spotted a talent in me and believed in my potential

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?
My first car was a Ford Escort. Like my current car, it had a heated rear windscreen!

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
I have a dog, named Bailey.

Why are you good at your job?
I'd like to think I have the ability to get the best out the people who work with me and I am able to stop speaking and really listen to the people around me.

If you were shipwrecked, who would you like to have with you?
I would want to be with my friends and family.

Name three items (smaller than a fridge) that you would like to have with you if you were shipwrecked:
A coffee machine is absolutely necessary, then I would want a phone and a camping bed.

If you could be an animal for a day, what would it be?
A dog in a good house.

Do you prefer cities or the countryside? Explain why:
I just have a preference for the country; I like to visit the city, but visit from the country.

Describe your prefect night out:
A nice beer at a nice restaurant, surrounded by a crowd of family.

What would be your perfect holiday?
A trip to Sicily.

Sum up the IT channel in one sentence:
It is a value added channel that performs various parts of a solution and must be well-trained and well-resourced.

 

This was first published in June 2011

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