Joy and Curiosity
My own learning experience is a joyful one and is led by my curiosity. In my training sessions, I want to convey that experience to participants. I am interested in what everyone brings and how to playfully enhance people’s strengths. We all bring individuality and creativity with us, as we are shaped by our various cultural backgrounds. I am always interested in and fascinated by our diversity.
Deeply Rooted and Multicultural at the same time
I grew up bilingual in a German-English home. I am rooted in my Bavarian village yet multi-cultural at the same time. Thanks to my gregarious British mother, I grew up in an international setting. She knew every international person within 10 km. She founded a playgroup with other international families and later a group for "English Speakers Get Together", which I happily joined.
Curiosity, Family Cultures and Diversity in Germany
My curiosity led me out of the Bavarian village into the world: By being an exchange student at high school, and later at university in the U.S., I understood that every family has its own culture. I also explored numerous European countries with my international theatre companies. While commuting between Freiburg im Breisgau and the small town of Forst in the East of Germany, I gained an understanding of how diverse Germany is. The urban redevelopment project “Das Forster Tuch" in the East of Germany led me to people from all parts of the city. I became aware of how history shapes people and company structures.
Theatre Improvisation as a Bridge between Cultures
Whilst in China, my passion for theatre improvisation (impro) helped me to get in touch with locals and experience Chinese culture. The impro group that I founded, was a perfect tool for fostering understanding between cultures. The impro group was a diverse mix of Chinese and foreigners from nine different countries and four different continents. We playfully discovered cultural similarities and differences over the course of three years. Besides gaining self-confidence, participants also developed stronger communication skills, and some thrived professionally during this time. An additional side effect: In these three years all singles in the group found their life partners - coincidence or not?
The Cultural Nomad
A well-travelled school principal told me a few years ago: "You are a cultural nomad". He was referring to my international background coupled with my interest in people, which has gifted me with in-depth knowledge of human nature. I use this knowledge to build cultural bridges. I also apply these skills in heterogeneous groups of the same culture. No matter where, I am generally able to adapt to the cultural circumstances and etiquettes.
Inspiring Participants and Motivating them to learn
After 13 exciting and educational years in full-time employment as a German, drama, TOK (philosophy) and classroom teacher at schools in England, Germany and China, I decided to become self-employed. I throroughly enjoy classroom teaching; however, I love developmental programmes and workshops with teachers, students and other adult groups even more. In these settings, my training programmes have a synergy effect as I am able to contribute to valuable skill building. I was encouraged to establish Embrace Trainings, because of the feedback from participants. They stated that they had become more courageous and calmer when faced with challenges; that they were able to collaborate more effectively with colleagues, and that their students were more motivated. I realized that I had a mission to share my communication tools with even more people.
Doing Justice to All Learners
Because of my theatre background, particularly as a director and actress, the structure and rhythm of training sessions is very important to me. My workshops provide specific routines creating a safe learning environment for participants. At the same time the sessions are divided into different work phases and activities: such as individual, partner and group work; presentations, games, exercises and discussions. I aim to include everyone and to do justice to all types of learner, and to lead engaging trainings for everyone.
More about Me
Call me or send me an email to discuss your goals and to see what training is suitable for you. I am also happy to develop individual trainings and training concepts for you.
Telephone: +49 (0) 152 25 696 696