Where's your home town?
My home town is Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. This is where my family is from and where I grew up although I was actually born in Stoke-on-Trent.
Wolverhampton. It's a city about 15 miles north of Birmingham and 70 miles south of Manchester in the centre of England. If you are interested in football, Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) were in the premiership for a couple of seasons. May 2018 - Wolves are champions of the championship and back again. 2019 - Finished 7th in the Premiership and reached the FA cup semi-finals winning against both Liverpool and ManU to get there. Remarkable really.
Did you study at a University in the U.K.?
Yes, I went to the University of Liverpool and spent the 3rd year of my 4 year course studying abroad in Nuremberg in Germany and Caen in France.
So, how did you come to Germany?
It's a long story but suffice to say, I worked in export sales after finishing at Liverpool, then did full-time post-graduate management training and certification (special subject: sales & marketing) and worked in Central and Eastern Europe after that. I came to Germany and was going to spend a year here before going back home. That's the short version. As I said, it's a long story.
What did you do before coming to the HSD?
I ran my own training, coaching and consultancy business for over ten years. In addition, I lectured for the Business Department at the Hochschule in Moenchengladbach and more recently at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg. I also spent the summer of 2008 working on a pre-sessional Masters' programme at the Business School at the University of Birmingham in Great Britain.
Have you done any further qualifications?
Yes, I spent a year doing a post-graduate Diploma in Teaching English for Business (TEB) at London Guildhall University in the 90s and completed accreditation in coaching (practitioner coach) with the Open College Network in London from 2004 to 2005.
What are your areas of special interest when it comes to using English in business?
My latest publication, "Case Studies for Business English", was published in September 2019. This book has been 10 years in the making and is based on the development and use of short original case studies in Business International Management. Hopefully highly original and ground-breaking, the case studies are designed to develop analytical skills and the communication of analysis and business strategy by means of report writing, presentations and meetings.
Much of my corporate work has been in marketing communications for the past 20 years. Working in this field has been fascinating, absorbing and even frustrating because little (and/or useless) ELT / ESP material existed for this particular business area which has very specialised language needs and uses. My materials' development led to my book, "Marketing Communications in English" being published in 2016.
In addition, I've spent years researching the use of presentations as a communication tool in business and have done extensive training and coaching for presentations. My philosophy is that everyone can become an authentic effective presenter. My book and DVD, "Presentations in English - Find Your Voice" has become a standard work in the Business English teaching profession since it was first published in 2008. It has been recommended by:
Queensland University of Technology, Australia (English Australia (EA) Journal)
International House, London, UK - "Presentations in University EFL classes"
Khakiv Polytechnical Insititute, Ukraine - "Training Communication Competence in Giving Presentations"
Trinity College, London, UK - Certificate in International Business English Training (UK Cert IBET)
and is now used as a course book in a large number of universities worldwide including:
- FH Kärnten, Austria
- Lambton College Toronto, Canada
- Hochschule Düsseldorf, Germany: B.A. Business International Management / B.A. Communications & Media
- Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Dresden, Germany
- Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany
- Hochschule Niederrhein, Germany
- Hochschule Schmalkalden, Thuringia, Germany
- Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
- Soran University, Kurdistan
- Global Leaders Program, Toyo University, Japan
- Poznan University of Technology, Poland
- Lomonsov Moscow State University Business School, Russia
- University of Cagliari, Sardinia
- Universitat de Girona, Spain
- Geneva School of Business Administration, Switzerland
- Kainan University, Taiwan
- University of Birmingham, UK
- Glasgow Caledonia University, UK.