#278: Revolutionising Finance For Non-Finance Professionals with Mark Samowitz

Our Guest Mentor:

Mark Samowitz is the CEO and founder of Accounting Made Easy. Accounting Made Easy is a global training company specialising in Finance for non-financial managers. Using a visual, gamified approach, the Accounting Made Easy 6-hour course upskills non-finance staff to understand and make better decisions on their numbers and talk accounting and finance with confidence.

Mark studied at Wits University in South Africa and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 after completing his traineeship at Grant Thornton. Mark then pursued a music career in New York where he lived as a fulltime musician/entertainer for three and a half years – yip – an accountant who can sing! Accounting Made Easy combines Mark’s love for entertaining with his passion for making accounting come alive. It is a perfect marriage of Mark’s accounting knowledge and his ability to connect with people, empower and transform them. Mark and his team of trainers are passionate about disrupting accounting and finance education globally.. Mark lives in Jerusalem,is married with four children, and plays a really mean game of table tennis.

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

“If it is important to you, you make time for it.”[05:16]

“If you want to do it your way at your own time then you have to forge your own path and your own journey.”[08:09]

“Throw a hundred pieces of wet tissue paper on the wall and something is going to stick.”[27:26]

“If accounting scares you, you were taught badly.” [36:04]

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

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Key Points From the Episode:

– Juggling between singing at the same time practicing accounting career

– Forging your own path and your own journey to be your own boss

– 3 Steps to make to in using one common language:

o Check-in with people, let them repeat what you say

o Have the courage to ask

o Be on the same page

Time Stamped Show Notes

[03:01] – Mark shares his career journey when he took accounting at Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2004, he became a South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Went to New York to be a professional singer and entertainer for 3 and half years to pursue his 1st love. He moved back to train accounting for non-accountants for the last 12 years.

[04:49] – Juggling between singing at the same time practicing accounting career.

[05:58] – Entertaining clients with a mini-concert at the board room with free cheese and wine is an opportunity for building good relationship not just tick and bash.

[07:45] – Forging your own path and your own journey to be your own boss.

[09:02] – Aside from singing career Mark shares his interest in table tennis as he played and coached a region in South Africa.

[10:17] – Mark shares his vision of uplifting non-finance professionals to know the language and not be intimated by numbers.

[13:00] – Diverse audience and what works for them aside from using traditional approach in teaching accounting to non-accountants.

[17:17] – Mark’s teaching methods not only apply to corporate setting but also considers the academe.

[19:23] – If we don’t speak one common accounting language, it costs us money.

[23:13] – Steps to make to in using one common language;

o Check-in with people, let them repeat what you say

o Have the courage to ask

o Be on the same page

[27:24] – Mark’s best advice ever received

[28:37] – Offering virtual solutions to clients to continue learning amidst the pandemic

[31:30] – Services customization that are offered to different functions of the organization

[32:23] – Answering questions visually that creates connection and better understanding

[33:14] – Best way to connect with Mark.

[34:26] – Mark’s parting thoughts about not fearing accounting

Connect with today’s guest:

Email : mark@accountingmadeeasy.co Website : www.accountingmadeeasy.co

Telephone # : +972-53879-1016

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBG1n1x3FKYZDrFs5659KDg

Accounting Made Easy promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W751AyC8gM

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