Phil’s background is as diverse as it is impressive; he left school with only a few qualifications and started his working life as a dishwasher in a restaurant, even at times working up to 3 jobs. These jobs allowed him to put himself through university, graduating with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering and later a Masters in European Construction Engineering. Following this he has built his career path in both the UK and Dubai, starting in recruitment, before moving into the exhibition stand industry, real estate, and even owning kite surfing and Latin dance businesses. His accomplishments in these varied industries can be put down to his skill as a networker. A major point of pride is that he never once turned to cold calling to gain leads.
Varied and continual education are pillars of Phil’s success and with skills gained, such as a certified Professional Behavioral Analyst and NLP Master Practitioner, Phil Bedford is able to instantly connect with individuals and captivate audiences. Inspiring and educating people to unlock their business potential and personal potential through his successful blog and web TV Show (www.therebelnetworker.com), which enable him to connect with audiences from around the world.
In 2015, he launched ‘The Rebel Networker App’ allowing people to engage in an interactive networking experience, where they are also able to keep a record of their networking activities - providing an element of accountability and access to FREE education.
In 2012 he coauthored “World’s Best Known Marketing Secret” Middle East Edition and in 2017 he authored “KISS the Rebel”, “You’re on Mute”, “Branding Shmanding” and “SE7EN Deadly Start Up Sins” in 2020 for which he achieved an International Best Seller Status.
After being introduced to BNI in 2007, Phil previously worked as a consultant director, training and launching new chapters. As a result of his success he was handpicked to develop Asentiv an international franchise dedicated to developing and honing the business skills for entrepreneurs, with a specialty in relational marketing. These skills enable individuals to quickly and efficiently increase their business by building a dynamic and sustainable network.
Phil’s drive comes from the fundamental belief that we can all reach our potential and be truly satisfied. We can have the time to live life to the full, be healthy, travel as much as we desire, and it is really simple to achieve. All we need to do is be around the right people and the right skills. When Phil isn’t training or travelling on speaking assignments, he happily resides in Dubai where he indulges his passion for food, enjoying his lovely wife Michelle’s cooking and hosting dinner parties.
Phil is also a sports enthusiast; a qualified International Kite boarding Organisation IKO level 2 instructor, a salsa instructor and an Underwater Hockey player and coach.