Watch: How a bullied boy makes it massive as motivational speaker, enterprise coach and creator in Dubai

The multi-talented Phil Bedford is a world speaker, creator, enterprise coach, skilled networker and underwater hockey coach. He has additionally been a salsa and kite browsing teacher.
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Dubai: British expat Phil Bedford is an fascinating man to speak to. He’d higher be, you’d suppose, contemplating he’s a world speaker, creator, enterprise coach {and professional} networker.

However get previous the well mannered dialog and also you realise here’s a man who walks his speak.

A shy boy who beat the bullies; a tongue-tied teen who now holds a 4,000-plus viewers to motivational ransom; a laggard who flunked his English examination, but penned six books; a self-taught salsa trainer; an unlikely diver who turned a kite-surfing teacher and underwater hockey coach – there’s a lot extra to Bedford  than simply the hats he wears.

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An unlikely diver, Phil Bedford is now an underwater hockey coach.
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‘I used to be sat alone as a result of no person got here’

Delving into his eventful previous, the “52-running-on-26” Bedford, recounted: “I grew up in Brixham, a small fishing village within the UK. I used to be intelligent however chubby and closely bullied as a baby. I hated battle and would at occasions cover from others within the forests behind my faculty. Once I turned 15, my mother and father inspired me to have a celebration and invite my classmates house. They lay the meals on the desk and left. Once they got here again 4 hours later, I used to be sat on their own as a result of no person got here.”

And pray, why? “It was really my fault – I used to be too scared to ask anybody,” lets on Bedford.

The Insurgent Networker

However quick ahead to the current, and this “Insurgent Networker” will let you know how that no-show all these a few years in the past modified him perpetually.

A trendsetter host, he has even arrange a casual group known as the Worldwide Dinner Mates, the place he and 6 different males meet each six weeks at one in all their houses as they play chef, cook dinner and chat over a three-course meal.

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Phil Bedford at one of many Worldwide Dinner Mates meet-ups. The networking that occurs within the kitchen and over the eating desk is priceless, he says.
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The networking that occurs within the kitchen and over the eating desk is priceless, he says. “We’ve helped buddies land jobs, acquired family snags fastened free of charge and linked folks the place it mattered.” Why, he even ended up in a Spanish cooking present considered by eight million households, because of one in all these dinners.

Bedford’s foray into Dubai was happenchance too. “I first got here right here on a vacation in 1997 and met some fascinating folks on a desert drive. They provided me a job within the exhibition stands trade and chased me up, with the consequence that I used to be again the following 12 months to maneuver into the position.”

A brand new means of getting enterprise

As he grew from energy to energy and earned the popularity of an adept salesperson, it dawned upon Bedford that it was no coincidence. “I used to be a high salesman with none technical coaching in gross sales. I realised I had been networking all alongside whether or not it was in exhibition stands or recruitment and actual property which I used to be concerned with earlier,” says Bedford, who holds a masters diploma in development engineering.

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Phil bedfors has authored six books, a few of which have gone on to turn into worldwide bestsellers.
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“Due to buddies, the contacts I had from hobbies and doing job of issues, I used to be being referred to others and assembly nice folks. This was an entire new means of getting enterprise.”

He cautions in opposition to frequent misconceptions about networking although. “Networking is just not about exchanging playing cards and anticipating somebody to do one thing for you. Neither is it about chilly calling nose to nose and promoting at everybody. It’s about how one can enrich different folks’s lives and enrich yours within the course of too. It’s about reciprocity.”

By no means go it alone

One other necessary lesson that the grasp networker shares is that you simply don’t need to go it alone. To drive house the purpose, he talks of the time when his father tried to launch a ship hiring enterprise on his personal to spend extra time with the household. “However he went bust after which needed to dwell away from us. Whereas he did what he thought was the perfect, clearly his ardour was not sufficient,” says Bedford, regretting that he was not capable of assist him in any means as a baby again then.

However it’s exactly that ache which pushes him to assist different households and companies to succeed now, he causes. “Now, my dad watches me on social media as if to say, ‘That’s my boy’.”

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Phil Bedford along with his father within the UK again within the day.
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The bullies didn’t win

It’s the identical feeling that Bedford will get each time a consumer acknowledges his work. “For the child who would cover within the forests, each time somebody thanks me, I do know the bullies didn’t win,” he says. “The one cause I acquired right here is due to the folks I used to be surrounded with.”

A grasp franchisee for Asentiv within the GCC and former director guide on the networking main BNI Worldwide, Bedford says Dubai is likely one of the finest cities for networking. “There are lots of people from completely different backgrounds right here. In any case, all people you wish to meet on the planet might be launched to you thru somebody.”

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Phil Bedford can be a self-taught salsa trainer.
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He cites his personal story of how he turned an underwater hockey coach in 2017. “I used to dive with dad as a baby. Now after so a few years, a few of my contacts overseas reached out to me. They had been seeking to construct an underwater hockey crew within the UAE. So we plugged into our networks and acquired issues going. At this time, we’ve got two groups with 45 members, all making an attempt to get UAE on the worldwide map.”

Energy of networking

Constructing a sports activities crew is very similar to constructing a enterprise, he says, as each necessitate networking.

In keeping with him, nothing may have demonstrated the facility of networking higher than the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was a time when some simply sat at house and complained. Others took to Zoom and networked. I used to be one in all them and I used to be capable of develop my enterprise from my entrance room throughout COVID-19,” he says.

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Bedford, who had skilled for Triathlon a number of years in the past, has additionally begun coaching for an Ironman in South Africa.
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Bedford, who had skilled for Triathlon a number of years in the past, has additionally begun coaching for an Ironman in South Africa.

With all that he does, simply how does Bedford handle his household life? “My spouse Michelle, who I occurred to satisfy in a salsa class, is tremendous supportive of who I’m and what I do. Although she didn’t initially perceive the challenges of operating a enterprise, she at all times revered my pursuits.”

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Phil Bedford along with his spouse Michelle.
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However as we speak, the previous head of a college is impressed sufficient to launch a web-based cook dinner teaching enterprise of her personal.

Clearly, the couple clearly take pleasure in having their palms full.

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