In this episode my guest was Peter Wallin, who is a communications trainer and consultant.
Peter Wallin is one of the calmest people who possesses a wast wisdom and he had a huge impact on me during the time while I was making my own career transition. I wanted to know how he has become the person he is today and his story.
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Why should you listen to this episode
Peter made a career change from being an English teacher to being a communications trainer and consultant. He wanted to create more impact, he took action, he connected with people and created a new career path for himself. In this episode, he shares what supported him in this change, what impact he wants to create in this world and how we all can communicate and connect better.
You'll like this episode if you want to change your career, if you genuinely care about people and if you enjoy listening to stories (Peter is a great storyteller).
The Key messages I took away
As my previous guest Maja, Peter also mentioned the network being the key player in his career change. It was through connections he tried out something new which initiated a huge change for him.
The change started by meeting his mentor, who acknowledged his talent, supported him to develop it, gave him feedback but also sometimes a (metaphorical) slap on the face.
One big slap was that when he was talking about his work, he was only focusing on himself. He learned to focus on the change in the client's experiences. And now this is the meaning he finds in his work.
Most of us want to found our own businesses but Peter realized that when he is working in the company, he can do the work that he loves and leave work he does not really like to other colleagues, who love doing that work: It is a win-win situation!
The path of becoming a communications trainer and consultant started with the acknowledgment of his talent by a famous keynote speaker and trainer. Now it seems like the same is happening and a new path is being paved.. more towards the direction of therapy. How important it is to do work with other people and see ourselves through their eyes, learn to see our strengths through the feedback of others!
4:12 Peter introduces himself
6:01 How he ended up being a consultant
12:44 How his mentor supported him – and a story of a “Metaphorical” slap.
17:27 What his mentor saw in him and his strengths
23:35 What made him want to change his career
27:30 Where he felt stuck
30:50 How he wanted to first create his personal business but then how he realised he loved working in the organisation
Update on 20.12.19: Peter has published the book he mentioned in the podcast; it is called Dialogue Trumps Insults – A Guide to Stop Arguing and Start Connecting with Others. He generously offers his book starting from a price of 0, you can pay what you want. You can check the book description and download the book here.
You can contact Peter Wallin on LinkedIn or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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