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Snapshot - The PR consultant

We asked Marina Kiphardt to answer a set of questions about her favorite food, pastimes and routines.

Marina Kiphardt

Name: Martina Kiphardt

Age: 36

Place of Birth: Bochum

Family Status: single

Children: none

Job: PR consultant and team leader

Education:
Training as a PR assistant and degree in communications

How do I start my day?
First I hop in the shower and get myself read for work quickly. I always eat something, because sometimes I don't have time the rest of the day to eat.

What's typically German?
Conscientiousness, order, administration, lots of paperwork for nothing. But also people who are open and aren't afraid to say what they really think.

Do I have any typical character traits?
Definitely not order! Conscientiousness is a good word for me. When I say I'll do something, others can count on me to do it.

My biggest strength is:
I seldom lose courage or confidence. I'm good at connecting with people and taking them with me.

My biggest weakness is:
When I do lose spirit, then I get moody and impatient. In general, I'm a very hectic person.

What do I do in my spare time?
I like to go to my favorite pub. It's not that I need alcohol every day to relax, but I go there to talk with people who don't have anything to do with my job and who I can tell about my day - or they can tell me something. Sometimes, I go home and sit on the couch and watch television or sit in my reading corner and read a book.

My favorite food:
That's difficult; there are a lot of things I like to eat. But I would say any kind of pasta. Although, my mother would probably say "Reibeplaetzchen" (potato pancakes). Whenever I haven't been to visit for a long time, all she needs to do is say "Reibeplaetzchen" and I rush over.

What music do I listen to?
It varies - everything from Marilyn Manson to Mozart. When I'm on my way into the office, I listen to more aggressive music to wake up a bit. And at the end of the day I like to listen to quieter ballades.

What would I like more time for? Time to read and time for me. Even taking care of household chores is a lot. Saturday is my stressful day; I have to do the ironing, go to the shoe repair or to the cleaners, and go shopping. I'd like to have more time so that I could take care of some of these things during the week too.

When I think of the future…?
When I think about the future and what I would wish for myself, then I would wish for more time. Otherwise, everything should continue just as it is.

My philosophy is:
"You can build something beautiful with the stones in your path." Erich Kaestner said that. I experience it every day.

Author: Kate Bowen

Editor: Rina Goldenberg