“How meditation works!” Personality trainer Oya Erdogan, who grew up in Linz, had four minutes to convince in the final of the 12th International Speaker Slam in Mastershausen, Germany. And she did. Among 147 speakers and experts from 18 nations – more than ever before at one of these popular speaker competitions – she was awarded the coveted audience prize.
Even though the 52-year-old, who studied philosophy and oriental studies in Vienna, lives and works in Berlin, she still has a strong connection to Linz. “I’m still closely connected to my friends in Linz to this day,” says Erdogan, who graduated from the federal secondary school in Hamerlingstrasse before she went out into the world.
It is mainly family contacts that bring her back to her hometown, as she calls Linz, very regularly. “I’m in Linz for a week roughly every two months,” she says, experiencing the city in which she grew up with all its developments.
When she’s not speaking in front of an audience, she’s on the road a lot to coach and support people. Her new heart project is to bring the topic of meditation into schools and companies. “I am convinced that we can master the great change that we are going through. Meditating helps to be stable and safe from within, to activate the inner strengths and qualities and to use good ones for the issues that concern us to find solutions,” says Erdogan.