Patrick Marman

“Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” (Neil Gaiman paraphrasing G K Chesterton)

THINK! In his classic book, As a Man Thinketh, James Allen observed,“As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be”. In today’s language that is ‘As a person thinks so is she or he! Male and female, younger or older, we are all included. Our thinking determines our actions, our results and our identity. My passion is to inspire students to become ‘thought leaders’ – critical and creative thinkers who will change their own reality, and go on to change the world.

COMMUNICATE! To do that you not only need to think well but to be able to communicate well. Next to thinking, great speaking and communication are my passions. To share an idea we must communicate well. To share a vision and hope we must communicate with clarity and purpose. To grow leaders we must communicate authoritatively. For this reason, training the next generation of leaders to think, speak and write clearly with passion has been my purpose. I have taught adults,\ and teens on 5 continents. In my present post, I have been a teacher in charge of DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING, TRAINING STUDENTS who qualify for national and international teams and awards.

CHALLENGE! Beyond the technical skilling of thinking and communicating, I believe in developing the whole person. Growth of character and world view and the ability to pay that forward and add value to others is a success. Leadership is key. The first person we lead is ourselves and for this reason, I continually seek to empower and equip my students. One of my favourite tools on the journey of self-discovery is the model of human behaviour – DISC. When we know and understand ourselves we can value ourselves, lead ourselves. When we understand others we can value and lead others, creating meaningful relationships, business and personal success and significance.

ADVENTURE. Leadership is not boring. I live this every day! Adventure, getting outside the comfort zone, is what growth is all about. I have taken teams of young people to Peru, Laos, Thailand, Borneo, India and put the learning into practice and seen the transformation that comes about.

As co-founder and co-director of Seaphoenix Pty Ltd, I have developed and delivered face-to-face and virtual courses which have seen lives transformed and individuals overcome personal barriers to achieve personal goals. With qualifications and experience ranging from English to Theology, Customer Service to Philosophy, Education to Leadership Training, my training encompasses an eclectic range of skills and knowledge, delivering transformational training which challenges the whole person.

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Training & Qualifications Earned:
  • BSc (1978) – University of Sydney
  • BTH Hons. (1984) – ACT
  • Certificate in Intercultural Studies (1989)
  • MTH Hons (1990)
  • Family Ministries (1995)
  • Certified John Maxwell Trainer and Speaker (2013)
  • Certified Personality Insights Inc Consultant (2015)
Lead Leadership Teams To:
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Borneo
  • Peru
Countries I’ve Taught In:
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Fiji
  • USA
  • Singapore
  • Bolivia
  • Korea
  • Holland
  • Zimbabwe
  • Tonga