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Intercultural Training “New in Germany”

You have recently arrived in Germany as an expert or executive, either having been recruited abroad as an international specialist in your field or within the scope of an international assignment?

As your culture guide I invite you to change your perspective and to get to know the values and standards that form the guidelines of life in Germany.

In my intercultural training you will learn how to integrate well professionally and privately, and how to live your life in Germany in practical terms. You will be provided with concrete tools and tips that will give you orientation in a variety of difficult situations.


The following questions often arise:

    • Everyday life in Germany: From A as in application to Z as in zebra crossing
    • Your own roots: preserving origins and opening up to new things
    • Images of Germany: expectations and ideas of Germany
    • Avoiding misunderstandings: dealing with directness and objectivity
    • Fundamental values in everyday working life: punctuality, accuracy, and performance orientation
    • Etiquette and courtesies
    • Behaviour in meetings and dealing with hierarchies
    • Bureaucracy: dealing with authorities
    • Socializing and making friends
    • Taking active steps: drawing up a plan for successful integration

How you will benefit as an international employee:

After the intercultural training, you will have a better overview of the most important professional and social rules and a better understanding of some behaviours. This will give you confidence and will make your start and integration in your host country easier.

In this context, you may find my article about the Germans’ concept of time quite insightful. 

How you will benefit as an organization:

If you employ foreign staff in your organization, this special training will provide a first orientation for employees who have newly arrived in Germany. You may as well invite the accompanying spouses of your international employees who also have to settle into unusual routines and who may regard such a training as very helpful for their integration in Germany.

Read here about one of my workshops at TÜV Rheinland and found out which topics are of interest to international employees.

Participant testimonial

Good teacher. Liked that she invested time in answering all questions.

You want to find out more?

Simply contact me via phone or email and let me know how I can assist you. I’ll be happy to hear from you!

I primarily offer my services in the Rhine-Erft district and in the Cologne area.

Kerstin Brandes, Portrait Wortwelten Brandes


What clients say

  • Liebe Kerstin, für mich war das Coaching sehr hilfreich und mir sind gerade im Nachgang einige Dinge noch bewusster geworden. Insofern war es für mich ein voller Erfolg!

  • It was the first course I really thought useful for my career.

  • It was really practical. I think that I can use everything I discovered that day.

  • What I liked about the workshop were lots of opportunities to practice and a very friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

  • Nochmals vielen Dank für das Bewerbercoaching bei Ihnen. Ich konnte sehr viel mitnehmen.



Kerstin Brandes, co-author Impulse für wirksame Führung

As one of 21 experts on "Successful Leadership" I wrote an article for this book published by Gabal.

Article as PDF