The big change came in 2000 with another financial sales role, this time in Bogotá, Colombia. Paul never looked back!
In Colombia he put his business creativity and language skills to work on his own venture (more change!) as a translator and business English coach. Very early on, within weeks in fact, Paul noticed the potential for turning his freelance activities into a real business and founded Inglés Bogotá, an organization which today offers translation, interpreting and voice-over services.
The company grew quickly, attracting clients from around the globe. It was around 2005 that Paul (ever the engineer aka closet “tech” aficionado), developed an interest in all things “online.” He became a student of digital marketing, launched his first podcast and built scads of web pages and digital sales funnels. His growing curiosity expanded Inglés Bogotá into new areas.
One day a client asked him to voice record a translation. Almost overnight Paul morphed into a professional voice actor, providing voice-over services to global brands like Ford, Coca-Cola, Ironman and GlaxoSmithKline, among many others. Today he specializes in corporate and explainer videos, providing authoritative, educational and impactful voice to video content.
Increasingly adept at selling and managing complex enterprise translation, Paul began to help others; coaching language professionals to present their online presence more effectively, master their mindset, grow their client base and develop businesses that really work. He increasingly shared his expertise via webinars, as an online panelist and keynote speaker, through coaching calls, presenting at conferences and launching digital courses.
He was appointed Training Development Coordinator at ProZ.com with a simple goal: to help freelance translators achieve massive success. He currently helps the team with content development, eLearning solutions and the new ProZ.com training portal.
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Ok, not everything changes…No matter how many years in Bogotá (or anywhere else on the planet), Paul’s loyalty to Liverpool (Football Club) isn’t going anywhere. A true international citizen, he also loves good food and does whatever he can to avoid traffic jams.
Oh, and he didn’t go on to play professional rugby, but does hit the gym regularly. Online chess and reading are great forms of therapy and he always, always takes plenty of time for family, away from work.