I just love talking business
Hi, I’m Derek. Married to the lovely Petra and father to two wonderful daughters. I was born in Ireland, but I’ve been living in Austria for over 24 years. Since starting my career as a Business English Coach 19 years ago, I’ve been lucky to work with a lot of great companies, helping senior management and their staff achieve their professional goals.
Where I come from
I was born in Dublin and spent the first 22 years of my life there. My parents worked hard and did everything to give us (I have 2 brothers and 1 sister) a great childhood filled with fun and adventure.
My two passions as a child and teenager were football and music. I loved playing football for local teams, and playing music in bands with friends gave me some of my best memories.
I finished school in 1994 and started college in the same year, but computer science wasn’t for me, so I went into the working world as a trainee restaurant manager and then a salesman in a bank before I had the opportunity to go and experience another culture.
I arrived in Austria in 1999 and loved it from the first minute – beautiful mountains, new people and the challenge of learning a new language.
Why I became a coach
My new Austrian friends were more interested in improving their English than helping me with my German! Over time I started to enjoy helping them and I loved seeing how much they appreciated it and seeing them improve.
So, after a few years of working as a bar manager, I took the opportunity to go in a completely new direction and started my career as an English Coach. In the first language school I worked in, I gained a lot of experience going to local companies and coaching employees in Business English. I knew how to teach English but teaching Business English was a new challenge. It was definitely a dive into the deep end, but I learned quickly and my previous business experience helped a lot. I got to know a lot of businesses: from tourism to retail, manufacturing to marketing, and was always eager to learn about how different companies work.
One of the most rewarding things about coaching business English is seeing how my learners develop and feel more confident working in English. It’s a great feeling to know that I have had an impact on their careers, and I love when people give me feedback and tell for me that a promotion/business deal/a new business relationship wouldn’t have been possible without my coaching!
Why I chose to coach online
I’ve seen a big change in the last few years: a lot of my existing clients find it hard to schedule lessons because of their busy calendars. That’s why I started creating short lessons that people can watch and learn from at any time. With my background and valuable experience teaching face-to-face, I am now able to give something back.
I’ve already mentioned how satisfying it is to know that my face-to-face lessons make such a positive difference to my clients, and now with my YouTube channel and online course, I’ve been able to reach thousands of people around the world and make a difference in their professional lives!
What challenges me
My goal is to continue teaching face-to-face locally but also to grow my online coaching business and reach more people. Doing both at the same time is not easy and very time consuming, but it’s also very rewarding!
In my free lessons on YouTube and Instagram, you will find basic information and helpful tips and tricks. However, in my online course, we go more in-depth and focus on one of the most important skills in business: small talk!
I strongly believe that confident small talk skills help you to build strong relationships at work that can open doors to better opportunities! Click here to find out more about the course.