Meet Paul

 

I research, write and speak on how people in organizations can LISTEN better, COLLABORATE better and ACHIEVE more in the workplace. 

Through my speech, I share insights on listening, collaboration, trust and leadership gained from my over 25 years of working with great musicians on the concert stage. It's a transformational program that will dramatically impact how they see working with others in order to achieve a common goal.


Some facts about me

  • Selected to present for hundreds of organizations through North America and Europe including Microsoft, RBC, Goodyear, Shoppers Drug Mart, Heineken, FedEx, Telus and P&G.

  • 20 years as a speaker and workshop facilitator and featured on CBC Television, Global TV and in newspapers and magazines.

  • 30 year career performing in orchestras, chamber music groups, world music groups and Hollywood films.

  • 20 Years on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of music . 

  • Father and Husband, P90X workout addict, road weary hockey parent and tennis enthusiast.

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  • He was able to help us push our own boundaries and individual and group limits by showing how we can improve the way we interact and work together.
    — GTAA
  • Fabulous experience....exciting, thoughtful and empowering. Your team will thank you and believe in themselves more than ever! I guarantee it!
    — Tom Stoyan - Canada's Sales Coach
  • We left the room with hands burning but laughing, happily speaking to each other, and taking with us the lessons given by Paul.
    — Goodyear
  • Paul quickly engages people, enabling them to create harmony. Paul energizes any group and creates a climate in which people want to do their best.
    — Ernst and Young
  • ... the session brought together key learnings from the entire program. It was a great finale to the leadership program which engaged both the leadership participants and their coaches.
    — The Cooperators

WHEN THE CHEERING ENDS, YOU WILL BE PRAISED!

From the moment Paul hits the stage, he pulls you and your colleagues in through his humour, warm personality,  stories, insights and powerful, interactive musical pieces. His goal is simple - to help you to listen to each other better and collaborate with each other better so you can achieve extraordinary results.

Paul's presentations are typically rated as the "highlight of the event".  He has received THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE AND CHEERS from the world's best brands including: Microsoft, RBC, Goodyear, ING, Heineken, FedEx, PwC, and P&G.

 

 

 

Event Planners: Don’t let the fact Paul’s programs are fun fool you. There's deep learning inside. Over 30 years of being a performer have given Paul a lot to share.  The best audiences for Paul’s programs are the ones that want to take things to another level and achieve more by working together better. They are one’s that will be cheering at the end and thanking you for bringing in a different kind of speaker.

If you have an event that needs that an unforgettable presentation that will get them cheering while their learning then let's talk!

Conferences, Retreats and Keynotes

LISTEN. COLLABORATE. ACHIEVE.

Bust through the silos to listen & collaborate better to achieve more.

Let's face it. Most people are focused on their own performance. After all, they've spent years learning to do what they do. But guess what? Achieving great things as a team, as a group, as an organization only comes about through learning how to listen to each other. And that ain't always easy. 

Listen. Collaborate. Achieve. shows people just what they can accomplish when they really connect with those they're working with.

Interactive, insightful and fun –This action packed keynote is an incredible experience for any audience. Sales people, IT specialists, Healthcare Workers, Engineers, CEO’s and bankers have all voted with thunderous applause and cheers.

We left the room with hands burning but laughing, happily speaking to each other, sharing impressions and taking with us the lessons given by Paul!
— Goodyear
Paul did a great job at facilitating our management group to helps us re-discover the importance of listening to each other.

— Heineken

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

LISTEN – Changing outcomes starts by changing how you think about being connected. The act of Listening or seeking connections with your co-workers is the first step in creating collaboration. (Your audience will actually experience this). This key lesson will impact their way of thinking when it comes to working with people

COLLABORATE - Collaboration is an attitude. Here you will learn how to collaborate across silos and departments to make the most of your colleagues’ skills and abilities.

ACHIEVE – Achievements are realized by great connections and great collaborations but also by knowing how to contribute to the present moment. This part of the program examines the respectful negotiation that needs to take place to realize great outcomes.

Best audience: Any group wanting to collaborate better

Program Length: 60 - 90 Minutes

Best Group Size: 40 to 300


LEADERS NEED TO COLLABORATE TOO!

How to conduct your team to achieve your vision!

Leadership can be complicated especially when your managers need to bring a team together to realize challenging and time sensitive goals. Do your leaders know how lead with confidence and humility?  Do they know how to build trust and be accountable?  Do they know how to build confidence and motivate their people to achieve more than they think is possible?

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Paul's has developed an amazing presentation that allows your people to experience and examine leadership in action. Imagine having to take a group of people who have been given tools that they have never worked with before and getting them to realize a goal that they think is impossible. Paul does just this with your group using a solid vision of the outcomes combined with the perfect mix of patience, encouragement, confidence building, constructive criticism, motivation, and trust. 

If an experiential, music-based workshop on leadership, personal accountability, and teamwork may sound unconventional, you’ve got to experience one of Paul’s programs!
— CIBC
...participants thoroughly enjoyed the unique experience and the session brought together key learnings from the entire program. It was a great finale to the leadership program.
— The Cooperators

Attendees Will Learn :

  • how to lead with confidence and humility

  • why you need to own your mistakes and why mistakes important

  • how to build a collaborative culture through acceptance and flexibility

  • how to build trust among your team

Best audience: Managers and leaders

Program Length: 90 to 120 Minutes

Best Group Size: 40 to 300

Download Program Description (PDF)


Things about change that will never change!

When change comes into our life, our anxiety acts like a magnifying glass. It magnifies all the possible things we're worried about. It consumes our thoughts throughout the day (and often the night). We are full of what-ifs and maybe still thinking about the "why". And some of us may be stuck on "I can't", when "can't" isn't an option.

Paul's powerful presentation on change will show you that despite the changes going on around you, there's a lot you can hang onto: things around you that can make the transition easier and more successful. You may not be able to bring it all with you but there are lots of things about change that won't change.

You captured the interest of every person in the room. Who needs coffee in the morning when Paul is around! Thank you for such a great presentation and for a wonderful experience!
— Ontario Real Estate Association
Paul’s presentation demonstrate so many truisms that we can all bring to our work and personal lives: that steady and progressive skills development can produce results; that a disparate group of people with diverse backgrounds can come together; and that music is joyful and uplifting!
— Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

Attendees Will Learn:

  • discover ways to make change more comfortable

  • how to get comfortable with change

  • how to leverage change for success

Best audience: any group going through a change

Program Length: 60 - 90 Minutes

Best Group Size: 40 to 300

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WHEN SAYING "TRUST ME" IS NOT ENOUGH

Every action we take with someone either creates trust, maintains trust, or takes away from it. 

You can't just say "Trust me!" yet we do all the time.

Trust is built over time through words and actions. It's a slow process that has to be handled with great care and respect, but once you have trust incredible things can happen. People can go where they never thought possible. Risk, all of a sudden, shrinks almost out of sight. Trust can make you comfortable with the uncomfortable.

 Paul has developed a fascinating presentation that allows your people to experience and examine how to build trust as group and to harness it's incredible power

Attendees Will Learn:

The powerful impact that occurs to build mind-trust and connectivity to others on a whole new level makes his program one of the most memorable in my experience.
— Halsall Engineers
  • the importance of listening to build trust

  • the importance of putting yourself out there to build trust

  • what to do to build trust

  • how to use what you already know to build trust

Best audience: any group that needs to rely on each other to reach a goal

Program Length: 60 to 90 Minutes

Best Group Size: 40 to 300


BREAK OUT SESSION

CREATE. PERFORM. REMEMBER 

Developing passion, identity and vision for your team.

Do you have an organization made up of many small teams? Could those teams be more unified? Could the individuals on those teams be more connected? Would it be helpful if the team had a stronger sense of identity?  Would it helpful if they really knew what their strengths were?  Would it be helpful if they could come up their own vision for their success?

Paul's breakout sessions have been a popular choice for many A-list organizations who really want to focus on these goals.  His break-outs are fun, challenging and extremely productive.  They take people out of their comfort zones and set up an incredible environment that gives people the chance to think deeply about who they are and what they can accomplish together. Through Paul's creative process, they solve the big questions about how they are going to move forward together. 

How it works - First your whole group meets together and participates in an introductory activity to set the tone.  Then they are divided up into their separate teams and given a challenge. (The nature of this challenge will decided through our consultation with you). We'll provide them with the musical instruments they need to complete this challenge.   Yes, it does involve something musical but will be within their abilities.   (Yes, we know they don't think they have any - they're wrong and we'll prove it). As they work together their separate areas, Paul or his assistants will coach and advise them. After a suitable amount of creative time they will come back and present what they've come up with to their peers.  The best part is that they will explain their thinking and their process for all to benefit from.   It is fun, entertaining yet extremely powerful to the people in your organization.  To learn more, check out the video above.

QHN.CA has brought in Paul for a wide range of applications - ice breaker, team building, change mastery, problem solving. We highly recommend Paul for an innovative and enjoyable experience.
— Quality HealthCare Network
Paul manages the creative process to deliver an innovative and inspirational experience!
— Ernst and Young

Your group will:

  • develop a strong team identity

  • create a vision for the future and know where they can best contribute.

  • be more confident in who they are as a group and how they can make a difference.

  • be more unified and support each other better.

Best audience: Leaders and managers

Program Length: 90 minutes to half day 

Best group size:  40 to 150 to be broken up into teams no fewer than 6 and no more than 15 per.


Logistics

Due to the nature of Paul’s programs there are a few logistical considerations you should be aware of. Here they are:

Timing

  • Minimum time for keynotes or concurrent sessions is 45 minutes.

  • Preferred time is 90 minutes.

  • Got lots of time? Two hour programs are no problem.

Sound and space requirements 

  • amplification system with headset mike. No other audio-visual items.

  • A space large enough to set group up in a circle or concentric circles.

  • Small Stage in center for Paul

  • No obstructions and good lighting.

  • Arm less chairs for attendees

  • Set up time - 60 to 90 minutes

  • Tear down- 45 minutes tear down.