What motivates me?
Unlocking people’s potential
It all started with technology
I completed an electrical and electronic engineering training program in the German navy (ending with a Master craftsman’s qualification)
I gained a further qualification as a maintenance engineer / aviation inspector class 2 (avionics) at
I set up and headed Lufthansa CityLine’s vocational education and training program
I qualified as a trainer and worked in the field of technical training at Lufthansa CityLine
My experience of being a trainer
Like most people, when I first started working as a trainer, I spent hours preparing and perfecting PowerPoint presentations, although I did often wonder whether I was doing the right thing. I couldn’t help feeling that something was missing. What that something was remained a mystery to me.
The answer came to me much later and as a complete surprise during a train the trainer qualification program. It unlocked potential in me that I never knew I had. Within three weeks I had totally changed my attitude to training and the learning experience. A personal development process had been triggered. I suddenly became acutely aware of what I should be doing. My understanding of myself as a trainer changed fundamentally. I discovered my own trainer personality and came out stronger for it.
What has changed?
Put simply, people always come first, whatever I’m doing.
I channel my energy into preparing physical classroom materials and the training room setup rather than PowerPoint presentations.
My aim is to create a positive learning environment in which participants feel comfortable
I believe in building good relationships right from the start, with each participant and with the group as a whole.
Above all, I see myself as a learning facilitator providing participants with the skills and confidence to acquire knowledge on
My skills in the area of training and organization development
A trainer personality is not something that develops overnight. That is why I have never stopped attending courses to improve my knowledge and skills, repeatedly channelling these new insights into my trainer qualification.
It has been a fascinating journey and included the following:
- Train the Trainer
- Comprehensive trainer qualification program
- Accelerated learning & suggestopedia
- Educational neuroscience
- Systemic hypnotherapy concepts for groups/teams at the Milton Erickson Institute
- Systemic consultant for organization development
- Online trainer qualification
What do I do when I’m not working?
True, I don’t spend all my time unlocking the potential of your trainers!
I enjoy listening to music, anything from acid and big band jazz to “Pop meets Classic”, and I play
I also like reading non-fiction books, including ones about educational neuroscience or
I like spending time with my family and friends, especially travelling with them and exploring different cultures.