NOACK Training & Coaching Berlin in English and German

How to present yourself and what you’re offering successfully
Karsten Noack Coaching & Training Berlin

Act always so as to increase the number of choices.

 

Heinz von Foerster

 

 

 

Welcome!

 

Yes, that’s right! You’ve arrived at the right place! Well, you have if you want to see excited beaming faces in front of you in your future presentations and speeches and to learn how to stand confidently in front of the camera without needing the handbook “confidence in front of the camera and mic”. If you want to be mistaken for a TV presenter, to learn how to negotiate cleverly and successfully, to be able to come up with one-liners on the spot, to know how to be witty and charismatic on cue, to leave lasting impressions on your audience and to persuade and show people what it is that you do, or even if you just want honest feedback for new insights and additional perspectives, then you have definitely come to the right place!

 

 

 

May I introduce myself?

 

Hi, I’m Karsten Noack! I live in Berlin and at the same time am a globetrotter. Since 1998 I’ve been an independent coach and trainer and speak German and English. More about me? Well, I’m media-savvy and a talented speaker. Height: 1.83 m just in case you want specifics! The main focus of my work is coaching and training in Berlin (see website title ;-) ) to help people to present themselves and sell their proposition, ideas or whatever it is that they are offering in a convincing and successful manner. My clients are companies, executives, professionals and start-up  businesses, people in politics and science, but some are also private individuals. And maybe you will be my next client too.

So what I can I do for you? …

 

 

 

Where the shoe pinches: Typical client issues

 

Land ahoy! To see the solutions I have to offer you please click here.

 

 

 

One more question, Mr. Noack: What exactly is coaching?

 

“Coaching is …” Well, as far as the lexicon is concerned there are many definitions but for me, coaching is to support people who are at a turning point or stuck in a dead end. People who have important decisions to make, who have ideas but find it difficult to implement them. People who want to change direction but still wrestle with old habits. In these areas and more, I’ll help you by giving constructive feedback and suggestions, I’ll encourage reflection and create clarity. I offer additional perspectives and expand your creative leeway, preparing you for change and accompanying you on your journey even through the challenging parts.

And where necessary I offer training to address weak areas, optimize skills and to expand knowledge. After that, then you are really well prepared.

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