What led you to work in the energy storage industry?
My great interest for supporting environmentally friendly technical solutions.
What’s most fun about your job?
Being able to participate in development projects that have an environmental focus in one way or another. Also, to be able to engage with other people who are driven by their environmental commitment and to be a part of a solution to an issue that I’m passionate about solving.
What is the most common misconception about your role?
When talking to acquaintances, the most common misconception is the assumption of my job within sales being similar, in many ways, to jobs within telemarketing. When talking to people within my industry, I often get mistaken for being a deeply technically knowledgeable engineer.
Early mistakes that you learnt from in your career?
Within technical sales, not to move too quickly; let the technique take its time. Early in my career I was more eager to sell, I realized early that it’s better to make a good sell than a quick sell.
Who inspires you?
In general, good speakers and rhetorics. Simon Sinek is someone for example. He is knowledgeable, well-briefed and has a clear image of what he wants to convey. Bill Gates is another example; he is engaged, dedicated and knowledgeable.
A good book you’ve read?
Emotional intelligence by Daniel Goleman. It’s a good book to read to better understand the expression EQ. Another type of very interesting intelligence. The book made me aware of different aspects to how we function and how to train characteristics other than the intellect.
What is the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
Electrification of stoves and kitchens in African villages. This project is a very clear example of why I chose this occupation.
A secret talent?
I happen to be a hobby-rockstar. I’m the lead vocalist in a band called Captain Black Beard; you can find us on Spotify. I have been singing for about 20 years.
Best tip to stay productive?
Training in the mornings. I try to run three times per week. One thing I’ve learned from quarantine is spending some time working alone can increase work efficiency.
What’s the best thing about working at Nilar?
It’s a company under build-up which gives the employees increased opportunities to affect their own work situation. We have a lot of possibilities to engage in activities with our colleagues and it’s a very flexible working environment.