Background & Experience
Ian Gibbs, (AKA The Learnability Man), is a leading expert on individual learning and developing personal learning strategies. Based in Barcelona, Spain, Ian has 35+ years’ experience in the field of learning and personal development. He is the CEO of the educational theatre production company IPA Productions, one of the leading Theatre In Education companies in Europe. He works in both Spanish and English and is President of Professional Speakers Association Spain,
Ian studied Astrophysics at St. Andrews, Post-graduate in Education at Cambridge and an MBA with the Open University, UK. Ian is fascinated by trying to understand how to hack the human brain to get it to do the things we want it to do such as learning how to remember, understand and do the things we want to.
Ian is a great communicator and public speaker, and is able to help his clients do likewise as a public speaking coach to business executives at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain rated the top business school in the world in 2020.
Clients Bibliotecas Barcelona | University of Leicester | IESE Universidad de Navarra | PM Camp | Institute Montgròs | Institute Picasso | TEAMLABS/ SL | Bloom (Canada) | Centre Cívic Vallvidrera – Vázquez Montalbán | Educapro Learning and Performance, S.L | HP Printing and Computing Solutions, SLU | Appodeal Europe SLU | COPT | Escola Oficial d’Idiomes / de Calella/ de Rubí / del Prat /del Vallès Oriental
Approach & Benefits
Ian is often described as having an avuncular relationship with his audiences – genuinely friendly and caring but also playful and provocative. Ian sees himself as a catalyst, creating opportunities for audiences to experience their own challenges, make their own discoveries and formulate their own personal strategies to move forward with their takeaways from each session.
Ian turns his introvert style into a strength as his listening skills help establish clear understanding about the client’s needs. In fact, Power Listening is one of his specialities.
He also has a strong dislike of jargon and techno-speak.
The benefits of Ian’s approach include:
- Establishing immediate trust and rapport
- Powerful listening skills to fully connect with the client
- Down to earth, no nonsense approach
- Highly interactive style
- Puts the spotlight on attendees rather than himself
- Practical, user-friendly techniques
- Flexible approach to meet expected and unexpected requirements
- Makes sure sessions are fun and enjoyable as well as productive.
“It was such a pleasure having Ian speak at Bloom! He was incredibly collaborative and tailored his signature lessons for our platform. Not only was he engaging and delivered a fantastic lesson that our members thoroughly enjoyed, the feedback from attendees was, “please bring Ian back!” Ian is generous and wonderful to work with, and I can’t wait to have him back again.” Marketa Krivy – Bloom (Toronto)
“Ian is a person with a natural talent, able to make you feel comfortable, stimulating the environment, something demonstrated in the sessions I had the pleasure to organise and attend with him. Indeed a person worth sharing your time with. It’s always a win-win.” Alex Krøger – HP (Sant Cugat)
“Working with Ian was a very pleasant experience. His calmness and confidence created an environment where learning and growing was pure pleasure. He’s one of the best mentors I had. His insights and support contributed greatly to the success of the BCN PM camps.” Klaus Hofeditz – Deutsche Bank (Barcelona)