Peter Bubriski has been coaching industry leaders in effective communication skills for over 20 years.
His work with some of the country’s best-known design and engineering firms helped them secure major contracts, including:
- Manhattan’s Second Avenue Subway
- LA’s Exposition Line Phase 2
- The Trans Hudson Express Tunnel Construction Management
- Harvard University Campus Landscape Design and Traffic Improvements
- major projects with the Chicago Housing Authority
- The Brooklyn Courthouse, and
- Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub
Peter also consults with clients outside of the design, engineering, and construction industry, including Harvard Business School, Morgan Stanley, Fidelity, UBS, Sodexo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dupont, Merck, Pfizer, Novartis, Sanofi Aventis, MIT, and American Greetings.
A graduate of Yale University and London’s Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Peter teaches at Boston University’s School of Management, and has guest lectured at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Executive MBA Program and Williams College. Peter is a professional actor with 20 years of credits in theater, film, and television ranging from ABC’s “All My Children” to “The King and I” with Yul Brynner, and independent films with Katharine Ross and Tyne Daly.
In 1990 he co-founded B&B Associates, a communications consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
What can actors teach people in business about communication?
The point is not to become an actor, but to use some of the skills an actor employs to make your audience feel something…and thereby understand you and your message in a deeper way.
When I was acting full-time in New York, I realized that the tools that helped me succeed at my craft could help people in business achieve their goals.
As an actor, your greatest tool is yourself — your voice, speech, and physical presence. Also, your stories — the experiences that make you truly unique -- are fascinating if you can convey them with specificity, energy, and clarity. That’s what you contribute to any business project at hand.
Knowing yourself, being able to hone the physical skills of communication — voice, gesture, stance (no nerves!) --- and being able to organize and edit your information – your “script” — makes you wonderfully authentic and rewarding for your audience, whether it be a team, a new client, a potential employer, or a national television audience.
Using these tenets, I design programs of instruction with disciplined exercises in physical expression, creative delivery of complex information in easy to understand organizational modules, and most of all, which are fun and enjoyable learning experiences.
Becoming a better communicator is always about uncovering the rich and unique potential that leaders have, not layering on rigid cookie cutter rules. It is about freeing the authentic person inside and making you irresistible to any audience.