The Founder of SprachKraft

Der SprachKraft-Gründer

Languages, namely German, English and Spanish, are my big talent. My parents and teachers discovered and boosted that talent early on. I also learned early in life how to communicate across cultural and language borders. I took my first steps in that field as a twelve-year-old in Swedish, later during prolonged stays in foreign countries in English and Spanish.

For more than ten years now, the respective author and I have turned often 'dry' subject matters into very readable texts. I have worked for ten years as a spokesperson for a top German banking industry association. I was responsible for a yearly publication in English and German, and I optimized a great variety of texts in both languages. Part of my job was also to write speeches (again in English and German) for CEOs and members of the board. I have been a proofreader since 1999. Academic basis for my work are two German degrees, one in law (Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen) and one in business administration (Diplom-Betriebswirt).

I have more than ten years of editorial experience for publications in the fields of banking, real estate (especially real estate financing and condominium law), railways, bakeries and law.

In my spare time, I love to put on my jogging shoes and go jogging. It clears my mind. Sometimes I also participate in jogging events, like 10 km runs or a half-marathon. These runs are much like I imagine writing a doctoral thesis to be: a bad drudgery under sometimes defeating circumstances. Yet that is no comparison to the feeling you have once you have crossed the finish line. And to the pride you feel in the days and weeks afterwards.

Academic Defense Coach

Susanne Usia, Verteidigungs-Beraterin von SprachKraft

Watching people and listening to them was always the talent of mine that I could rely on most. Going through acting school further improved my feeling for people and their inter- and intrapersonal processes.

After acting school my life was characterized by many turns and ups and downs. One of the few constants: the people around me kept telling me that my call was to advise or to coach other people. Which eventually I did, becoming a professional coach.

As a coach, I accompany people to develop a new professional perspective for themselves and to set and reach their personal goals. I find that their private issues have room here – as they are inseparably connected with the profession and the calling of a person.

For a long time, I considered the breadth of my interests and my ability to get involved and to become acquainted with new issues a burden. I seemed to tear myself apart, looking at all the possibilities that life offered, and I never fully engaged in anything. Now I think this trait is an asset: I am interested in and getting into the concerns of the SprachKraft-clients and get to know their intellectual world and their issues. I especially like asking „naive“, disarming questions. This usually helps to realize the simple in the complicated and to find sometimes surprising but fitting solutions.

As your academic defense coach, I will work with you on your convincing performance in defending your doctoral thesis or in any other oral examination. Together we take care that you „get your views and findings across“ clearly and comprehensibly. You will start the exam with self confidence and only that degree of stage fright that is essential for a presentation that will convince and enthuse.