My name is Karlo Krznaric. But don’t bother trying to pronounce my last name.
Sometimes I can’t pronounce it myself.
Let me tell you a story.
When I was little, I was often sick, so my mama and I spent quite a lot of time in hospitals doing checks-ups, seeing doctors, getting blood tests, getting injections… Pretty much whatever they could offer. If you’ve ever been to a public hospital in basically any country, you know what a world of stressed out doctors and nurses, numerous paper forms and long waiting times it can be. But my mama, she always had a way with people. With her relentless smile, simple but skillful words and her understanding of what other people were going through, she would not only get me what I needed in short time, but you could also see a tremendous positive change on the faces of nurses and doctors after talking to her.
Half of my lifetime later, I am doing my Master’s degree in conference interpreting at the University of Vienna. However, like many people, I’ve never really known what i want to do in life – and this is one of the best things that happened to me. In the meantime I had been president of the student council at my high school, travelled on student exchanges, was a member of several amateur theatres, student organisations, sport associations, taught German, worked as an entertainer and finished my Bachelor’s degree in English and German studies.
Since I have moved from Zagreb to Vienna, I have been helping a few friends prepare their speeches and improve their public speaking and communication skills. I like to refer myself as a “nonprofessional communications coach.” I say self-proclaimed as I am not an expert on the matter in any official way, but only teach and work with people based on my experience and what I’ve learned from books and other people. Because of this I find it wouldn’t be appropriate to charge my services, but I enjoy this kind of work and I’m even thinking that this might be what I want to do in life. However, I still have a lot of other interests and this is where you come in. Can you teach me to play an instrument or some computer skills, another language, or maybe even how to get better at writing… Basically, whatever skill you have and you wish to teach me – I’m looking forward to it. If you don’t have time or for any reason don’t want to do it, you can simply make a good old “freie Spende” to me – the German word for a small donation.