Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg



Saturday, 07th of July

With rapid change being the by-word of today's business environment more and more work is becoming project-based. Leading and managing projects is a critical skill set.
A project is a temporary and one-time endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service or frequently to solve a particular problem.
The frist challenge of project management is ensuring that a project is delivered on time and within budget. The second, more ambitious, challenge is to optimally allocate and integrate the various inouts needed to meet the pre-defined objectives.
An efficient project management makes the difference between success and failure in business.


  • Introduction: What is a Project? What does Project Management mean?
  • Gain an Overview of a Project Life Cycle and Organization plan
  • Understand more about project Management Standards practices
  • Working with Project Management Processes
  • Discover Project Management Knowledge Areas like Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resource Management, Communication and Risk
  • Avoid clash "pitfalls"
  • This training provides you with the essential tools, techniques and skills for project management to turn your current and future projects into a personal and organizational success


Achieved results

  • understanding the meaning and the consequences of projects
  • identifying the scope, limitations and expectations linked to your project
  • breaking down projects into four crucial phases
  • mastering a variety of effective tools and techniques for each phase (milestone plan, cost&capacity plan, activity list & structure and further instruments)
  • identifying traps and success factors of communication in projects
  • knowing how to use leadership skills to gain agreement and support
  • managing your time by distinguishing between project, job and daily tasks
  • handling the complexity by efficient tools


Rüdiger Herbst, Challenge Learning

Location: Starting from SAOT, Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Registration: Please write to


How to survive in a job interview

13th April 2018, 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m., plus one hour on 14th or 15th April

The two-day-course trains the student how to perform in a job interview

  • On the first day the usual structure of and requirements in a job interview are presented and recommendations are given how to perform successfully. In small role plays the theory is put into practice.
  • On the second or third day each student will attend a real 'live' simulation of a job interview.

On the first day the whole group works together. On the second/third day individual time slots for the students will be scheduled. Therefore time required for each single student is only the first day (13th April) and about one hour on the second or third day (14th or 15st April) and the maximum number of attendants is limited to twelve. We ask for a registration by 21th March in order to know whether one or two days for the invidual interviews are needed.

Lecturer: Franka Strietzel, Dr. Jürgen Großmann

Location: SAOT / MAOT course room, Paul-Gordan-Str. 8/10

Registration: please write to


Present your speech to be remembered

How to present yourself and your subject to catch attention of your audience

January 26th and 27th

Why do some people get the attention and all the credit? Most presentations are forgotten in a blink … and what is even more upsetting: so many remarkable specialists who went to so much effort in the preparation vanish alongside with their presentations out of the memory of their audience.

In this absorbing 1 ½ days of group workshop you will develop your own way of presenting a professional subject and place yourselves in the middle of the attention … lasting!

We will meet friday afternoon and till saturday evening you will work out a thriving strategy to „pitch“ your presentations. 

You can expect answers, techniques, tools and tips for these questions: 

  • How do I talk so that my audience will listen up?
  • How do I speak so that my audience will memorize?
  • How do I present so that my audience will be effected?

Optional you can choose a second focus for saturday:

In meetings, at conferences and business appointments you get to know people … and knowing some persons might be the key to your personal success.

How do you present yourself, how do you introduce yourself so that your dialog partner  

  • will remember you,
  • will keep your requests in mind,
  • will be pleased to support you personally?

We will give to this focus the relevant space and time requested by the workshop group.

Time: Friday 15:00 - 18:00 , Saturday 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10
Lecturer:  Renate Mahr, Challenge Learning

Culture Shock Germany

25th, November, 2017

Intercultural Seminar about Germany

Every culture has its characteristics.

As a none-German you experience these every day and often find yourself puzzled, perplexed, sometimes offended. For you it is interesting to change the perspective and to discover, what lies behind the behavior, what attitude, values and intentions define the way Germans tend to act and talk.

For the Germans these characteristics are mainly invisible, yet still defining. For them the seminar is a glance in the mirror that helps to not only understand yourself but also behavior and reactions of your non-German co-workers.

Typical German
Life in Germany
                Working with Germans
                Good and bad impressions

Typical Stories
Case Examples
                Own Experiences
                Analyzing the German perspective, intention and effect
                Behavior in similar situations

German cultural standards

                Values and norms behind “German behavior”
                Their effect on Non-Germans
                their cultural-historical background

Steps to success

                Transferring cultural knowledge on upcoming Tasks                                                                    
                Things to know about Germany
                Tips and tricks
                Open questions

Time: 9:00 - 17:00

Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10

Lecturer: Dr. Sylvia Schroll-Machl works as intercultural trainer for many years, furthermore she did research about cultural standards at the University Regensburg. She is the author of many book about the topic including: “Die Deutschen – Wir Deutsche.

More information


Conversational Skills for Crucial Dialogues and Conflictmanagement

24th, June, 2017

The quality and outcome of your dialogues and conversations is a critical success factor in nearly every area of your life.

The way you handle conversations when it matters and how you prevent situations to escalate in conflicts have a huge impact on the quality of your life.

In this training you will learn how to handle difficult and important conversations better.

You will get tools to

  • Prepare for high-stake situations
  • Transform anger and hurt feelings into solution-oriented dialogue
  • Make it safe to talk about almost anything
  • Be a better listener
  • Openly address and solve difficult topics while improving the relationship


This training will be an intense mixture between short inputs and loads of training and exercises in small groups. You will have the opportunity to work on given examples as well as on personal challenging situations.

Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10
Lecturer:  Lothar Sippl, Challenge Learning





Business Administration (Simulation)

1st April, 2017


  • Balance Sheet and P&L (Profit and Loss)
  • Cash Flow
  • KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
  • Working Capital Management
  • Profitability
  • Direct and Indirect Costs
  • EBIT



You will be part of a group of directors. Each group has its own company as Board Simulation. In this group you will experience several different periods in the simulation. With coins and boxes you will understand how values move inside the company. It will be an interactive sesion where you have to do all movements on the board. At the end of a period you will calculate your annual result and the related KPIs.


With the help of the simulation it will be a highly interactive session. You will have the chance to "grab" entrepreneurial competence.

Date: 01st April

Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Location: Paul-Gordan-Straße 10
Lecturer:  Simdustry


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