Patrick Bird - Improving Communication and Personal Effectiveness
Patrick Bird is the Founder & Lead Consultant at InterActive Performance Management
I am a recovering accountant having spent 30 years in corporate live gave it all up in my mid 40s and went to drama school for a year and the more secure career as a Professional actor! Not quite sure which is more creative the accounting or the acting.
Patrick’s business experience
I left school at 16 and started work as a wages clerk working my way through exams, different roles, companies and locations, finally becoming Finance Director and Project Director in a large international company. Coupled with my business experience I am a Professional Actor & Role-Player which influences my current work as a skills trainer for managers and Leaders. I help people who have a technical specialism improve their communication and personal effectiveness skills, becoming influential and delivering an effective and memorable message. I do this using experiential training methods helping them to recognise and change their behaviours, what should be kept and honed and what needs to be stopped. I work globally delivering these changes for large organisations such as PWC, EY, KPMG, HMRC, BTGlobal, ENGIE. I also deliver financial awareness training for all levels of managers and leaders making it fun and experiential!
Five questions, five answers…
What has been your most pivotal moment in business?
Recognising the importance of transferable skills between different businesses, whether that is accounting or acting, personal effectiveness and the ability to communicate effectively is essential wherever you are.
If you could send a text to yourself the day you started out in business what would it say?
Stay calm, be flexible, remove the blinkers and have “me time”.
Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?
In my early 20’s my boss who was a hard task master but was always fair and cared about you as a person. It was my first time living away from home and he always made sure he or his secretary asked what I had eaten at the weekend. Always influenced me about caring about the people you work with.
What book should all business owners read?
Body Language by Alan Pease
What is your favourite quote?
Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I may remember, Involve me and I learn – Benjamin Franklin