Come alive!

We all have something that makes us special. But when we speak, we often leave part of us at home. And that’s a shame. Because over 20 years in communication have taught me: executives, colleagues, your customers, your team – they all want to be impressed. And how do you impress? By committing to the art of generous persuasion! It means to give top-notch value every time. I help people do that – with corporate trainings, big-event workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions.

That’s me

I am a communications lecturer and trainer, somewhat obsessed with the ancient art of rhetoric. I was lucky to do well in public speaking contests. People asked me whether I train that; and so I did. Ever since, my passion is to develop and refine methods that bring the fastest possible transformation: in what you say and how you say it. And I love the magic of it; because nothing boosts your confidence as much as the experience of having truly impressed your audience.

What I can do for you

Speech coaching

What if your presentation at the next big conference is the one everybody talks about?
What if you knew exactly how to inspire and persuade your boss, your team, the world around you?
What if you spoke up every time you feel you should?


Book me if you need an optimistic keynote speaker who inspires people to become more committed leaders and communicators. My preferred framework is the ancient art of rhetoric. It doesn’t sell one fits all solutions but gives us a practical framework to make the most of our communication, every time. That’s what my talks are about. I also give high voltage workshops at conferences.


Transformation in a single day through
1. A safe environment.
2. Practice, practice, practice.
For groups and teams up to 5 participants.

They’ve already worked with me

And many more via agencies I train for.

…and that’s what they say

I know you do this for a living but I have to say you are damn good.

Kouris Kalligas CEO, Therachat

Under time pressure, Carsten helped improve my speech a lot in little time. He is a wonderful coach.

Joyashree Roy Professor of Economics and joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize as member of the IPCC

Carsten’s speech was as enlightning as it was entertaining: he gave us a totally new approach to soft-skills. We are booking him again.

Erik Leung PMP, Content Leader PMI Belgium Congress

“Carsten’s training helped me become a better speaker on TV and in interviews. I use less jargon, making my field better understood by scholars in other fields. I’m also a better writer, writing for outlets like the London School of Economics blog. Most importantly, I have learned from Carsten how to translate “heavy” academic language into efficient and specialized languages for a variety of academic purposes, such as grant writing. I was a recipient of various prestigious EU grants. It is more and more fundamental for a junior European researcher to know how to secure academic funds.”

Georgiana Turculet Marie Curie Research Fellow

Carsten, you are simply amazing:
sincere, professional, a great coach and excellent trainer.

Murat Aydin Head of Quality Assurance & Business Excellence, GC Europe

May I say your speech was one of the funniest I have ever heard
– in TV, stand-up comedy, real life.
A good speech is one that the audience remembers forever. I will never forget.”

Sangbreeta Moitra Find the Speaker Within

I cannot help to write to you: your advice to spice up our talking has stayed in my mind and I constantly catch myself constructing funny phrases or adding funny remarks. Thank you Carsten, it works.

Alena Huberova Conference Host, Czech-Slovak Toastmasters Conference

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