By the way, who is Florian?
First of all: Hello and a warm welcome I am glad that you made it here and are obviously trying to find something out about me.
I am Florian, that means ‘happylife.coach’, podcaster, writer, ultra runner and owner of a lodge in Zanzibar.
As unconventional as my path to becoming a ‘happy life coach’ and my current life was, as unconventional I am trying to stay in job and private life, now and in the future.
You find more about the different projects as well as links to all my social media profiles at flohjoe.com.
If you have any personal question regarding my person, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Why am I the one I am?
I deeply believe, that the addition of decisions in context with my surrounding, makes me be the person I am. You are in direct connection with your environment and yet you have the a free choice which decision you will take in each situation.
Recently I thought about the reasons why I became a glücklichtrainer (which means happiness coach in German) and author of my blogs. Where does this passion come from? I asked myself what it was, that made me passionate as a kid:
Simple answer. I loved adventure stories, especially in the wild west! But what is the connection between those stories and my job today?
What did I dream about when I was little?
Adventurers, riding through the wilderness, sleeping outside in the woods are created the same fascination as Native Americans who lived in a symbiosis whith their environment. Obviously I liked the idea of moving by your own means, exploring my limits and the pure joy of always seeing as far as the horizon – besides the power of words.
When the adventurers in my imagination where sitting at the campfire in the evenings, they where telling stories, listened to each other and I was one of them.
These thoughts created images in my memory that I connect with freedom and self determination. When I think about them, my mind travels to far away places and goes on vacation.
In many of these adventure stories conflicts have to be solved. In one of Germany’s most popular wild west stories the two bloodbrothers have to overcome cultural distances in their friendship over and over again. Two live their friendship they have to find compromises and listen to each other. Their friendship creates tension and to solve them they have to include the opposite opinion to find the solution. Their actions bring together people that would have never talked to each other. This inspires me.
What I do now:
For very long I didn’t pay attention to my childhood memories and to be honest, I thought they were embarrasing because they would nowhere fit into my today business life. When starting my coaching business in 2009 I became aware, that I actually included many of the stories’ motives into my daily life and work.
I travel a lot, meet the most different people, am independent, listen to peoples stories and try to find solutions with them.
I try to understand conflicts and want to help people find their own way to master them. If I managed to help somebody on his personal road to happiness, I feel good.
I learned that people only face problems that they are actually capable of solving themselves. You are bigger than your problems!
To discover this truth I had to face many problems myself. For very long I couldn’t imagine that other people experience and view the world other than me. I had to go through personal failures to discover that. Nowadays I know that I won’t anyones problems but I try to be a helping hand to find the solution.
My professional journey began when I was 21. I founded a coffee bar (break-fast) in Cologne, became a financial consultant (tecis AG) later, moved to Berlin, was a headhunter in the finance industry (LucasGroup), founded an online recruiting company (viasto GmbH) and later became the happylife.coach. As a career coach I was supporting the ESCP Europe Alumni.
I was born and grew up near Cologne, lived in the US for year, worked in an East German National park, lived in Cologne four years and in Berlin 9 years. Now I am traveling most of the time and have a home base in Thun, Switzerland and in Kizimkazi, Zanzibar.
Since 2009 I am coaching people on personal as well as business issues. To be successful on your pursuit of happiness means to be better at what you do while retaining and increasing your energy level.
This focus on personal strengths means specially for companies and teams to reach your goals faster and loose less energy on problems and frustration. I want to help on that.
I am a business trainer, personality coach and career advisor with an entrepreneurial spirit and a „can do“ mentality. I see the big picture and break it down to the next step. I am able to motivate people to reach higher goals and am a networking & communication talent with a passion of bringing the right people together.
To realize all of the above I have the knowledge to use all of the IT solutions needed.
Trainer, Coach, Consultant, happylife.coach, worldwide – 2009 to date
Happylife.coach s a symbol for my belief to follow your passion to achieve excellence. Therefor I give webinars, one-on-one coachings, training trips on sailing boats and coaching trips to Sahara. I am in charge of the conception, the marketing, the organization and the execution.
Podcaster & Writer 2013 to date
As my main marketing tool I am the author of a bilingual blog and the producer of a podcast at www.simplicity-of-happiness.com
Lodge Owner 2016 to date
Caveman Lodge in Zanzibar, Tanzania www.caveman-lodge.com
Career Service Consultant, ESCP Europe Alumni, Berlin – 2010 to 2017
I am the link between German Campus, German speaking Alumni Community and the Association. I motivate delegates to get involved, manage the Networking Events, created the Business Advisor Network, organize and hold the Career Workshops in German and am the German „stand by“ Career Coach to the Alumni network.
Chief Marketing Officer, viasto GmbH, Berlin – 2009-2010
As one of the three founders of viasto I was fully involved in the conception and creation of the „video assessment tool“. My responsibility was the „look and feel“ as well as the marketing and communication strategy which involved all sorts of online marketing including the structure and functionality of the website.
Consultant – Legal & Financial Services, Lucas Group GmbH – 2006-2009
As a consultant at Lucas Group GmbH I provided international HR consulting and executive search. My focus was on on mid level professionals of the legal & financial services industry. I did project management, client approach, client support, candidate approach, interviews & selection for our clients.To built up relationships with our candidates base I also gave career consulting advice to young professionals, www.lucasgroup.com
Consultant, Tecis AG, Berlin – 2004-2006
Independent Financial Adviser, Private Client Consulting & Support, Sales, Team management, Sales Training, Client Approach
Managing Director, Hornig Raumann Gbr, Cologne – 2002-2004
Owner of an American Bagel & Coffee-bar in Cologne
Hypnotist (Mike Mandel Hypnosis & NLP Canada)
Graphologist (Mike Mandel Hypnosis)
MINDscaper (Mike Mandel Hypnosis)
Reiss Profile® Master (RMP Germany)
LuxxProfile® Master (LUXX united)
NLP Practicioner (IN & DVNLP)