Andreas Kuffner – the “5-Premium Speakers Questions”

02. September 2019 – Melanie Hübner

In his lectures, he emphatically shows how important high relationship quality and resonance are for high-performance teams in order to increase the quality of cooperation.

Especially in times of high dynamics of change, the quality of relationships between the people involved is the most important basis for success – not only in sport!

What are the core subjects of your keynote speeches?

Andreas Kuffner:

In my opinion, resilience and the quality of cooperation are the basis for a fulfilled and successful life. In my speeches I take the audience with me on my very personal journey, in which inner “pig-dogs” and the will to win, holding on and letting go, deep conviction and fearful doubts sit in one boat and finally become a “Winning Team”. It’s all about developing a high performance team with other people “sitting in the same boat” as well as about the inner team that we all have in us at all times and that we can always put up anew depending on the situation in order to master challenges, changes or setbacks in the best possible way.
Above all, I want to inspire the audience and offer added value and special insights for individuals, teams and entire organizations with my very personal learnings from 16 years of high-performance sport and the German Rowing Eight. I am convinced that motivation and trust, resilience as well as a feedback and failure culture are the basis for a high relationship quality and success.

Which audience or which branch do you reach with your speech?

Andreas Kuffner:

From my point of view, it doesn’t matter in which industry or role the people are. “The structure of the performance is the same in all areas”, this sentence comes from Karl Adam and is from my point of view meant for more than just performance. I want to reach out to people so that they are not only inspired to leave my speeches, but can reflect on the content for their personal situation and life situation and finally transfer them. Therefore my speeches are suitable for any kind of company events, congresses and shows, where it is about inspiring people and giving impulses to grow personally and to go the further way highly motivated.

Why are you a Premium Speaker? Where do you get your insights from?

Andreas Kuffner:

In 16 years of high-performance sport with two to three daily training sessions on 330 days a year, two Olympic Games and full-time studies in industrial engineering and business administration, I have experienced intensive phases in my life. On my way to Olympic gold and silver, I have experienced many setbacks that have developed me further and strengthened me sustainably. The annual joint development of a high performance team from the most diverse and annually changing team chambers taught me the importance of a high relationship quality and the necessary feedback and error culture lastingly. The great change I experienced after my sporting career once again confronted me with challenges that challenged my “inner” team in particular. Today, as a premium speaker, I share these and the new insights gained every day from my work as a systemic coach and team developer as well as the daily personal challenges. For me, regular personal development is the basis of my work.

What will be in the future? Does 'time' play an important role in your work?

Andreas Kuffner:

We take around 20,000 decisions every day and we can never predict the consequences one hundred percent. Change is omnipresent and an exponential development in various areas normality. This requires one thing above all else: mental flexibility and resilience – skills that are indispensable.

What is your life motto? What would you like to give your listeners on the way?

Andreas Kuffner:

This quotation comes from Socrates and is a motto that has accompanied me for a long time. For me, this is exactly what we need to be able to deal optimally with the constant change.

"Whoever believes to be something has stopped becoming something."

Andreas Kuffner

World Champion & Olympic Champion in the German Rowing Eight