Gorbatschow, Gauck, Merkel, alle sind da! Sie sitzen auf der Ehrentribüne. Vor mir, das Brandenburger Tor. Eine 15km lange Lichterkette mit Luftballons läuft hier entlang quer durch die Stadt. Meine Mutter und ich, wir sind die ganzen 15km abgelaufen, bis hierher zum Brandenburger Tor. Und jetzt steigen die Ballons hoch in die Luft. Genau in […]Read more "MAUERFALL (in German)"
One of the difficulties I faced when I started with public speaking, was making eye contact with the entire audience. Looking people in the eyes is crucial to connect with them. 2 years ago, I was preparing myself to give an important speech. My sister Natalia helped me practice. She knew that I had to […]Read more "PLAYING WITH TEDDY BEARS"
Last Friday I went to the “Deutsche Oper Berlin” to see Swan Lake with my girlfriend Lilian. We saw a beautiful 1st act, where the amazing prima ballerina Iana Salenko mesmerized the audience playing Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. But then something even stranger happened… The 2nd act started […]Read more "LESSONS FROM A BALLERINA"
2 weeks ago, I attended a 2 days public speaking training. The first day started at 09:00. I arrived at 07:45. The trainers arrived at 08:00 to prepare everything. They asked me: “Why are you here so early?” Why did I decide to be the first to arrive at the venue? Even earlier than the […]Read more "BE THE FIRST! … AND THE LAST!"
“Basti, you are a stalker! A very gentle stalker! Keep it up! Cheers!” Those were the toast words of my friend Olivia at my birthday party, last year. Why did she say that? Olivia is a Londoner, living in Berlin. She overcame a speech impediment to become the top woman speaker in the Finals of […]Read more "BE A STALKER!"
2 years ago. It was a cold November night in Berlin. I was very excited. I finally had the opportunity to meet one of my public speaking role models, Florian Mueck. After we met he gave me a very important homework… Flo is a skinny, funny, tanned German. With Latino attitude. A person who started his […]Read more "FINISH THE HOMEWORK!"