Bruder Paulus Terwitte – the “5 Premium Speakers Questions”

06. February 2023 – Mandy Weinand

Bruder Paulus Terwitte has lived as a Capuchin monk for more than 40 years. They are said to be close to the people, because they feel committed to serving people. The Capuchins are connected to God, creation-oriented and stand for a love of clear words. Bruder Paulus sees himself as an encourager for people. He wants to encourage them to take their happiness into their own hands. After all, life is too short to be unhappy for long. Bruder Paulus brings 20 years of experience from leading positions all over Germany. He has a broad interest in social issues and enjoys expressing himself as a book author and TV presenter. We talked to him about what topics his keynotes include.

Bruder Paulus Terwitte in interview:

1. What are the core subjects of your keynote speeches?

Bruder Paulus Terwitte:

In my lectures I talk about many topics that move people. Among others:

  • Ethics and dignity
  • The process of human and corporate transformation
  • Practicing spiritual mindfulness – Crises as an opportunity for new strength
  • Success and humility – learning from the tradition of the monks
  • Compassion and conflict as learning experiences for a new start
  • Love the other – then you will learn to love yourself
  • Diversity makes you strong. Why the monks were so successful
  • Spiritual training as a motor for everyday life
  • Grief and melancholy as a vital drive for life

2. Which audiance or which branch do you reach with your speech?

Bruder Paulus Terwitte:

Among them are:

  • Managers and board members
  • Shareholders and associates
  • Men and women who want to create meaning in business and society
  • Students in the decision-making process
  • People who are looking for new strength after a disappointment
  • Scientifically interested people who want to broaden their horizons
  • Politically interested people who are looking for the foundations of value and dignity
  • Team leaders
  • Creative people who are spiritually curious

3. Are you a PREMIUM SPEAKER? Where do you get your insights from?

Bruder Paulus Terwitte:

I have been speaking publicly in lectures for over 35 years. I studied philosophy and theology and am trained in gestalt therapy. As a book author I have a large readership. As a pastoral counsellor, I accompany people in conflict situations every day. As a leader in a religious order I have over 20 years of experience. I also presented talk shows on N24 and SAT1 for 15 years. That is why I am often invited as a guest. As an economist in our order, I know something about money and the issues involved. I am the founder and first chairman of a foundation for helping the homeless.

4. What will be in the future? Does «time» play an important role in your work?

Bruder Paulus Terwitte:

We shape the future today.

What we imagine comes from our past. The truly new is a creative achievement that emerges from genuine dialog. The future means origin. We need more conversations about visions and a free space where new thoughts are welcome. Many teams are far too conservative.

We need trust in each other today that we will endure, which we don’t know today. We will become more sustainable and more economical – and more considerate.

Voluntary restriction will be the new freedom. The new luxury is simplicity.

Deepening life here and no longer flattening it there … Staying at home will become more attractive. Shaping time, our unstoppable progress in it, is a design task.

5. Tell us your life motto? What do you want to give your listeners to take with them?

Bruder Paulus Terwitte:

  • Short here. Quickly gone. Forever there.
  • No one has ever become poor from sharing.
  • Live fully – do not hide your strength.
  • Love has two siblings: truth and justice.
  • I love every neighbor gladly. Just not always the way he wants.
  • It’s good that I believe. Then I already know that I am not God.
  • I choose for myself who may annoy me.
  • The shortest way to each other is the direct one. Therefore, do not talk in a roundabout way.
  • Life is much too short to be unhappy for a long time. You are unique. Whoever thinks he has a problem with you, has one with himself.

Bruder Paulus Terwitte

Capuchin friar, Consultant & Coach