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Margaret Jankowsky Margaret Jankowsky


Nuremberg, GERMANY

How to successfully do business outside your own culture while keeping your sanity and sense of humor. By the way, does humor travel?



I was born and brought up in Ireland. Having always been interested in other languages and cultures, I did all my further education and training with a view to working internationally and interculturally. I´m a certified simultaneous translator English/Spanish Spanish/English, a certified language trainer, a certified intercultural communication trainer and co-active coach. I have lived and worked in Ireland, England, Bolivia and Germany for long periods of time and have worked in roughly twelve other countries ranging from Uruguay to the USA to the Ukraine by the way of several European countries. I give seminars, workshops, presentations and one-on-one coaching sessions in everything to do with working internationally and interculturally. I give keynote speeches at national and international conferences. I am also involved in international organizations on a volunteer basis. I am a Distinguished Toastmaster and am working on a second DTM in German. I´m the Chair of the Atlanta-Nuremberg Committee, a Sister City organisation. I speak on topics related to diversity, intercultural networking, intercultural presentations, intercultural humor, culture shock and how to avoid it, whether to accept a position outside your own culture or not. I´m very interested in intercultural mediation and its role in society and political life. I coach people, mostly women, who are at a crossroads in both their business and professional life and help them to unleash their hidden resources and potential. I am very interactive in the work that I do. Humor and storytelling are important elements of my work and daily life. I do all my training, etc., in English, German and Spanish. I have mentored countless young people with a view to helping them to develop their vision for their future. At the moment I´m extending my range to moderating international and EU conferences.

Industry Expertise (3)

Corporate Training

Professional Training and Coaching

International Affairs

Areas of Expertise (5)

Intercultural Presentations

Intercultural Teams

Intercultural Humor

Intercultural Networking

Intercultural Storytelling

Accomplishments (1)

Distinguished Toastmaster (personal)

Delivered 40 evaluated speeches. Had several leadership roles in different TM clubs. Founded three clubs, two English and one German speaking club. Carried out a highschool TM program and a leadership project program. Mentored several members.

Education (1)

Institute of Linguists: 1981

Certified Intercultural Trainer Co-Active Coach

Affiliations (3)

  • German Speakers Association
  • Atlanta-Nuremberg Committee
  • Toastmasters International

Event Appearances (1)

Key Competence Happiness

European Conference on Adult Education  Nuremberg Germany


Sample Talks (1)

Why can´t the others be like me?

Do I know my own cultural rules? Do I know my own values? Let´s look at the written and, crucially, the unwritten rules of our culture. What are the core values? What are the important rituals? Who are the "heros"? What symbols show us who we are? When I know the answer to these questions, I can look at the other culture and get to the root of the differences I encounter in communication and behavior. The result is confidence in my ability to be successful in business outside my own culture.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC


1500 to 2000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee