- Trainer, Speaker, Author, ASM, APS
- NLP Master Practitioner
- NLP Trainer
- Member of NSAA and AIM
- Overseas background as a teacher for adults and children
- BA from Macquarie University
- DipEd from Denmark
Dr Hanne Christensen has provided Computer Training and Personal Development courses for many years. She has developed and presented Management Development programs for various companies.
Hanne has successfully taught professional people in many organisations. Hanne completed her B.A. Degree (Macquarie University) and holds a diploma of Education. She has held teaching positions overseas for all forms and classes to senior schools. The position in Denmark included the teaching of adult students at Teacher’s College. Further studies have resulted in certification as a Master Practitioner and trainer in NLP (the art and science of Neuro Linguistic Programming).
Hanne has a passion for learning and is constantly updating her skills and knowledge. In December 2004 Hanne earned her Doctor degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy (DCH) from American Pacific University.
Hanne is often asked to speak about Mind Maps, Memory & Learning Techniques and recent years also about NLP. She also runs the courses “Creating your compelling future”, and “Speed Reading” and courses on “Emotional Intelligence”.
Hanne provides training in all common computer applications, and INTERNET. She has also attended courses in Accounting, Human Resources Development, Time Management, Presentation Skills, New Age Thinking, Mindpower for Managers, First Things First. She is also certified to conduct assessment.
Courses in America and Ireland July and August 1999 have provided Hanne Christensen with the skills to design individual programs to alleviate the dyslexia problem (success rate = 100%).
Hanne Christensen is a professional speaking member of NSAA (National Speakers Association of Australia) and a member of AIM (Australian Institute of Management).
The following information is from an interview that was printed in WEA’s Education & Training Program:
This semester Hanne’s courses include Memory and Mind Maps; Speed Reading;An Introduction to Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP); Train the Trainer,and Computer Training using accelerated learning techniques.
Hanne Christensen is a freelance teacher and trainer. She calls her company Just Be Clever, and this says it all! She believes implicitly that, with a little help, anyone can do anything they want to.
“Introduction to Word Processing, Spread Sheets, Data Base; Internet, Excel,Powerpoint, I love it all,” she said. “My students come from all walks of life, young and old.”
Hanne’s journey to the WEA Sydney is like an episode of ABC TV’s Australian Story! Trained as a high school and adult teacher in Denmark, she arrived in Australia with a husband, four children, and English so rusty she realised that to teach, to work with people, to do what she loves best, she had to do something about it, and she returned to university.
“I graduated in 1990 and towards the end of my studies I did statistics with computers, thinking this would be good on my resume!”
Hanne has always been interested in Personal Development, and applied
unsuccessfully for many jobs within that area, but no-one was interested. “A friend whose business is running computer courses asked me to help out. I fell into it by accident, and my first day was a fantastic event. I found I really loved it. I loved passing on information about possibilities, opening up worlds, letting students discover what they can do with a personal computer or PC.”
Another friend who was going overseas suggested she apply as tutor at the WEA.
“She told me I’d love it, it’s so well organised, and the computer rooms are so well equipped. So I visited Richard Pinder, the Computer Program coordinator, and he said he’d recently advertised for tutors, and I should put in my application with the others and he’d look at it. I was one of the lucky ones.”
Around this time another prospective client asked to see Hanne perform
before using her as a presenter and, as no computer was available,she gave a talk about mind mapping, a means of accessing memory developed by Tony Buzan in England.
“Buzan had become curious when two students, both of whom knew a subject well, performed very differently in exams. He found the successful student had a certain note-taking technique. Buzan took this further and called it mind mapping. He was actually doing NLP, namely modeling success. He developed techniques from his research to use both sides of the brain more efficiently. Hanne’s presentation fascinated her client. He suggested she design a one-day mind mapping course. She did, and offered it to the WEA where it proved so popular it has been included in every semester for the past four-five years.
Everything that Hanne teaches is connected, the mind mapping, speed reading and NLP. She is a Master Practitioner and trainer in NLP. “They are all learning or study techniques you can apply to anything. Today I even apply my accelerated learning skills and mind mapping to my computer courses and people say it makes it all so easy.”
Hanne says her work is wonderfully rewarding, but time consuming. She tutors at the WEA; she has corporate clients, and she teaches privately. Her family – her husband Jorgen and their four children – are supportive. “Family comes first, then my teaching and public speaking. I’m a member of the National Speakers Association of Australia. And I enjoy reading, walking, gardening, listening to music, and singing. I sing in Willougby Symphony choir, that’s my hobby.”
Last year Hanne made a study tour of the USA and went on to Ireland to learn more about a phenomenally successful technique for helping people – including children – to overcome dyslexia. She now takes great pleasure in passing this on in one-to-one private sessions. Last year she also made time to respond to popular demand and make a video and write a book, Magic Memory, about using mind mapping techniques to enhance memory and learning skills.
“I enjoy equally my computer work and the communications and personal
development side. I love going to work. The rewarding aspect is the happy faces when people realise they can do something they believed beyond them. It’s not work for me.”