#266: The Accidental Accountant & Bringing Fun to Finance

with Lizi Hills

Our Guest Mentor:

Lizi Hills is currently Commercial Finance Director at Burger King UK. Prior to this Lizi has held other leadership roles in the hospitality and FMCG sectors. 

Lizi holds an FCCA designation and is based out of London, England.  

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

Customer relationship is really the key.”[6:52] 

“We are so much more than number crunchers we can enable businesses to grow and we can prove to investors why to take a chance on us.” [12:26] 

[The Stereotypical Accountants] what we don’t do enough is communicate what we actually do and why we are important to the business. [15:04] 

 (Other resources and how to connect with Lizi below). 

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Key Points From the Episode:

– The value of customer relations in the finance and why an accounting career is rewarding. 

– Good reasons why the hospitality industry is a good fit for finance business partners. 

– 3 steps to start building better customer relations. 

  • one on one personal interaction
  • use common language 
  • don’t lie and be transparent 

The Stereotypical Accountant and what people think about accountants. 

How accountants can better answer the “what do you do for a living?” question. 

Time Stamped Show Notes 

[02:44 Lizi shares her career journey in accounting and finance which she currently worked as Commercial Finance Director in Burger King-UK also being in the hospitality sector for 6 years. After university she started working at Pizza Hut as Business and Financial Analyst then later at Casual Dining Group as Finance Director.  

[04:48] – Why Lizi loves working in the hospitality industry.   

[06:16] – The importance of customer relations in the finance and accounting career.  

[07:27] – Steps to start building better customer relations: 

  • one on one personal interaction 
  • use common language   
  • don’t lie and be transparent  

[10:46– Overcoming Dyslexia, knowing your strengths and using them to add value to the business.  

[13:48] – The Stereotypical Accountant, what people think about accountants. 

[17:50] – A couple accounting jokes Lizi told at a recent finance conference that helped break the ice. 

[18:58] – How accountants should answer the question, “what do you do for a living?”  

[20:43] – The best bit of advicLizi ever received. 

[23:04] – Great book to readsuggested by Lizi.  

[26:37] – Best way to connect with Lizi 

[27:07] – Lizi’s parting thoughts. 

Resources Mentioned: 

Books: 

Paperback 

Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? Olympic-winning Strategies for Everyday Success by Ben Hunt-Davis and Harriet Beveridge  

https://www.amazon.com/Faster-Olympic-winning-strategies-everyday-success-ebook/dp/B004VF7YHW 

Connect with today’s guest: 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizihills/ 

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