My Studies as a Door Opener
Studying geography at JLU Giessen was a door opener to explore the whole world: From research assistant jobs to internships and research projects in Australia, Benin, Germany, Ecuador and Norway. These projects paved the way to my postgraduate studies. Personal contacts and sometimes a bit of luck turned out to be door openers by then.
During my science career, my focus shifted from research to teaching. Working together with various students and teaching staff during lectures, seminars and excursions were real highlights and paved my way towards new adventures.
Knowledge transfer has been neglected for a long time, and even nowadays. Yet there is an unbelievable potential to reach many people in lectures and science presentations. It is my mission to improve the presentation culture in science and research. Since six years I provide training and presentation coaching, primarily for students and scientists as well as for people who work at the interface between science – business – international communication.
And so the circle is complete: From my studies as by far the best school for my later self-employment, to my time abroad as the best intercultural training, to 20 years of presentation experience. Nowadays I speak at conferences, develop and conduct workshops and deliver training and presentation coaching live and online.
We can reach many people through presentations. In this speech I share insights into personal experiences. We will then start an open discussion.