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Michael Traindt

Coaching in politics – insights from the political arena

Theme: Results
Area: Coaching
Type: Workshop
Style: Mainly Lecture

Session on Thursday, Mar 02, 16:45
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Michael Traindt is a coach, trainer and speaker based in Vienna (Austria). He obtained his master’s degree in political science and law at the University of Vienna, Austria, and studied at Bradford and Cambridge University. His special fields are quick wit, negotiation and conversation techniques for professionals in politics and business. As a coach he is mainly working with politicians in Austria and Brussels (EU). Before starting his coaching business Michael Traindt worked for an MP in the Austrian Parliamant, he was a board member of the European Forum Alpbach (a European think tank) and the Federation of Austrian Industries.


The importance of coaching in politics is on the rise. The time of the dazzlers and phoneys will soon reach its peak and will be replaced by the time of truthfulness. Coaching can contribute greatly in this time of transition. In politics, it is all about credibilty, integrity, and authenticity. It is about “professionalising your practice” on a personal level. Questions politians ask during a coaching process include: How do I keep a clear mind in a financial crisis? How can I keep an open heart in the refugee crisis? How do I deal with personal attacks? What personal information should I share during a campaign? If everything a politician says, does, and shows is public domain (social media), how can he/she possibly stay centred and focused?

We will discuss how politicians can benefit from coaching and what is important when working with politicians. All participants are more than welcome to share their experience from their respective home country. This session will provide valuable insights for political coaches or people aspiring to become a political coach, as well as coaches from other fields.

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