Going from being a CPA to taking the “numb out of numbers” for thousands of other accountants is definitely the road less traveled, but that is exactly the path Peter chose.
Accounting was never the career Peter envisioned for himself at 17 – standup comedy was going to be his ticket. However, based on his father’s advise – “Don’t be a funny guy, Pete. Be a CPA, you’ll never be hungry.” – and a knack for numbers, Peter earned his Master’s in Accountancy and then his CPA license. He worked in key positions in several large organizations and did very well. But accounting really wasn’t his passion. He was, in fact, The Accidental Accountant.
During his time as a corporate CPA, Peter took improv classes and performed stand-up comedy. Communicating directly with audiences was life-changing, and Peter discovered his true passion: Teaching what he knew rather than being a practicing CPA. That led him to university faculty positions where Peter combined his accounting skills with his improv performance skills. He realized his students not only learned more when they were entertained and engaged, but they also retained that knowledge and could apply it in new situations. It was an epiphany.
“Applied improv is all about the ability to draw upon your experience, knowledge, and education to apply them in a way that meets the needs of the person you are talking to or working with – and it can be taught.”
Through his keynote presentations and customized workshops, Peter shows how the tools used in improv – like listening, flexibility and trust – can change how a team interacts with each other and their clients. Bottom line, Peter can help your team learn new methods to improve their communication and build stronger relationships with your clients, customers, stakeholders, and associates.
About Slide Deck Improv
Slide Deck Improv is on a quest to develop more effective business communicators. We do this by bringing together technical professionals, improv concepts, a mystery slide deck and a topic from the audience.
Because we stretch people to observe and try new skills, Slide Deck Improv is more fun, less scary and more impactful than traditional public speaking and communication workshops.
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