Trainer Meeting 2018 – from Expansion to Supervision


The room was buzzing with activity on the weekend of January 27 and 28, 2018, when twelve trainers who regularly work for ti communication met in the Regensburg offices to participate in the annual trainer meeting. The atmosphere was so animated that it was clear: All attendees were communication experts. And that’s how it should be, because the primary goal of this two-day event is for trainers to share theoretical and practical experiences in a convivial gathering, as well as for them to learn from each other’s areas of expertise. Ti communication contributes by providing the trainers with the latest news from the ti communication world.


New ti communication location in PortlandDiscussion

That Saturday began with a warm-up and meeting exercise conducted by senior trainer Philip Werner. Subsequently, Gerhard Hain, Managing Partner of ti communication, informed the trainers present about the current market and corporate situations, as well as upcoming projects. Sabine Amend, CEO of ti communication, Inc., the recently founded US subsidiary, explained the tactics needed to enter the US market and the strategic significance of the location in the USA. The US subsidiary is situated in Portland, Oregon, an economically budding city with excellent business ties to China and within range of the most important business locations on the US west coast.

New training format on the topic of security

A lively discussion took place during senior trainer Cristina Ramalho’s lecture on Latin America on the topic of intercultural security awareness – a possible new training format. It became clear that several expats go into training situations harboring fears and concerns, and sometimes unrealistic ideas about their target country, and it is a formidable challenge for them to deal with these fears. 

Body-based work as a key to training success

Body-based work

 In the afternoon of the first day, everyone had the chance to move around a bit more, because they explored the topic of employing body-based work in intercultural training courses. Sabine Amend used practical exercises to demonstrate how to apply various techniques (such as the gyrotonic method) to get participants to reflect upon themselves, experience their bodies, and obtain energy from those experiences.

On Sunday morning, senior trainer Alfonso Müller-Albán put his Latin American temperament to use – in the introductory exercise. He demonstrated how one can convey content in intercultural training courses with the help of music, dance, and swinging hips. What a start to the day!


Foreign assignments and supervision – special training formatsForeign assignments

With a bit less fire but just as interesting, the day continued: In a workshop on foreign assignment training, led by senior trainer Kiriko Nishiyama, the various facets and challenges in this realm were examined. Foreign assignments not only pose practical problems to trainers, but also psychological and family-related challenges which trainers need to consider when working on the methodic design of a training course. The dynamic discussion which then ensued, in which several case examples were also discussed, emphasized the complexity of this topic.

Australia expert and senior trainer Birgit Mau-Endres demonstrated how to use supervision in an intercultural context as a training method. In a group exercise, the trainers discovered how supervision as a type of consulting can help trainees to better reflect on their private and professional situation, thus allowing them to be optimally prepared for the new cultural environment.

“That was stupid!” – The art of providing feedback

The last point on the agenda of the wide-ranging trainer meeting was led by our senior trainer for Central and Eastern Europe, Adrienne Rubatos: She first lectured on her own research regarding feedback culture in various countries, then, along with the trainers, examined the opportunities and risks of the currently conventional method of feedback – and possible alternatives.

All in all, this year’s trainer meeting was, once again, a complete success. In a relaxed, cooperative atmosphere, all participants were able to exchange ideas and mutually develop new ones. We are already looking forward to next year, when our offices will once again be abuzz with activity.Feedback

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