Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
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Professional experience (14 years)
(1 year, 9 months)
- Sep 2011 - present
- Feb 2013 - present
(3 years, 9 months)
- Sep 2009 - present
(3 years, 9 months)
- Sep 2009 - present
(8 years, 9 months)
- Sep 2004 - present
(12 years, 5 months)
- Jan 2001 - present
- Dec 2012
(11 years, 6 months)
- Jul 2001 - Dec 2012
- Apr 1994
(1 year, 7 months)
- Oct 1992 - Apr 1994
- Employment status
- Sep 2011 - Jan 2014
- Oct 1996 - May 1997
- Oct 1987 - May 1992
Having taught English for over 10 years, I'm now focusing on my skills as a business trainer so that I can provide communications training for international (multi-lingual) teams. I want to move away from teaching English to training - in English. Having completed a business trainer "Ausbildung", I want to further my skills with some formal NLP training (I've read a lot about NLP and find it fits my way of working). Eventually, I aim to be able to offer the full spectrum of training, coaching and consulting.
I love living in Southern Germany; the countryside is beautiful. We have access to city life while enjoying the freedom of living in the country. The thing I miss most about my home country is the sea. I love being near water. Prior to having my first child, I had notched up over 120 dives since achieving a BSAC Sports Diver license. I'd spent a year living in Canada (on Vancouver Island) where I got my PADI Advanced Diver certificate. Definitely the best year of my life so far. I learnt so much in that year - emotionally, spiritually and academically.
June 2006 was the first time I had dived since getting pregnant. A week's boat diving in Egypt - FANTASTIC!!! I plan to return to Sharm el Sheik this year again.
The other major plan for 2009 is to get my new business off the ground. This is the year for success...!!!
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Professional coaching for trainers who are non-native speakers of English.
Michelle is a certified Business Trainer. She has over 10 years experience teaching business English in companies in and around Stuttgart.
Now she provides communications training for multinational teams – people of mixed nationalities who have to work together using English as the tool for communication. The focus of the trainings is to re-establish team dynamics which may have broken down due to misunderstandings arising from the misuse of English or from cultural differences.
In addition to offering her own courses, Michelle has discovered a need among her fellow trainers who are not native-English speakers. “keeptraining” has become a (clarion) call to all trainers who are keen to build up their personal skill set, particularly English language skills. As human beings, we tend to strive for more knowledge. As trainers, we are naturally inclined to improve our skills and search for ways to expand our horizons. Ultimately, we aim to share our knowledge with our participants and add to the quality and depth of our courses.
It is becoming more and more apparent that trainers are required to hold their courses in the common language of business – English. In order to take advantage of this opportunity to reach a wider variety of people with your expertise, you need to be sure that you are adequately equipped. Once you have done all the usual preparations: flips drawn, power point slides saved, particpants’ handouts printed and stapled, the technical side of your training session is ready to go. But what about you? Are you confident that you will be able to express yourself as professionally in English as you do in your own language? You’ve facilitated these courses any number of times already. Doing it all in a foreign language, however – even one you’re happy using on holiday, with friends and colleagues from other countries – is another ball game. Are you sure you’ll use the right word to accurately express what you mean? Can you fluidly link from one part to the next? Will you understand a participant with a strange accent? Adding a different language to the trainer mix could be more of a challenge than you had expected. Think about:
How much would a professional English coaching session prior to your scheduled training course help?
How would you feel after working a number of hours with a fellow trainer, fluent in the idiosyncrasies of English and experienced in the area of professional business training?
What kind of feedback will you receive from your course participants when you know you’ve communicated clearly and accurately in English?
How much more business will you be able to take on when you can offer multi-language training packages?
With all this in mind, there are any number of ways in which you can work on preparing yourself for upcoming courses; or simply improving your general English skills for future use.
One-to-one coaching - usually in preparation for an upcoming course
Group coaching - general training in using English-on-the-job
Translating materials - help with re-writing material for an English version of your course(s)
Team training - working directly with you on the course, as a co-facilitator
Stand-in trainer - for situations where the main trainer is unable to present their course for whatever reason.