Paul Houle helps people in organizations collaborate more effectively so they can achieve extraordinary results. His unique music-based program quickly builds incredible connections among leaders, managers, and co-workers. His methodology combines the power of interactive music-making infused with key insights that help people listen and communicate better. His program breaks down silos while he shows people how their workplace can be as unified as a great orchestra.
Paul’s charismatic and relaxed presentation style puts every audience member at ease while they absorb the powerful lessons he has to share. Through patience, humour and a keen sense of seizing the moment, he helps people think differently about corporate interaction while they achieve more than they think is possible.
Paul began speaking to corporate audiences in 1998 and continues to be hired by the world’s best brands to help them develop more inclusive workplaces, listen more effectively and increase collaboration. His clients include Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, FedEx, Goodyear, DeWalt, Heineken, IMAX, and Rubbermaid.
Aside from being a speaker, Paul has had a long career as a professional musician. He started working as a pro at 16 and he put himself through university working as a bandleader and orchestral contractor and by teaching rock drumming lessons. Following his degree, his early career was that of a classically trained, tuxedo-wearing percussionist playing in symphony orchestras, Broadway musicals and chamber music groups. Over the last 35 years, he has performed on stages all over the world in a wide variety of musical settings and has done work for radio, television and Hollywood films. A lover of musical diversity, he has spent years researching and performing music from many cultures around the globe.
A gifted educator, Paul used his love of music from other cultures in his position as Director of Percussion studies at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music and as Executive Director of the RCM World Music Centre.