Meet Vanessa Paisley

Are you and your team ready for the world of global work?

We may be globally connected these days doesn’t mean that we all have a global mindset and the tools needed to work effectively across cultures.

I have always loved looking at the world from different perspectives, taking all learning beyond the textbook out into the real world and challenging stereotypical thinking.

Having lived and worked abroad for 25 years and personally experiencing the challenges of culture shock and reverse culture shock, I am passionate about helping people to bridge cultural gaps.

The field of intercultural communication has been my professional home for almost 20 years, and I have been training clients in English and German across all levels of seniority in educational establishments and industry, including professional services, hotel and catering, technology, luxury travel, media and sport.

Before establishing a career in Intercultural Communication, I worked in radio journalism (Blue Danube Radio, Vienna), teaching English as a foreign language to top execs from all over the world, bilingual education design and translation (German to English).

In my corporate training, I regularly deliver country specific coaching for living and working in the UK. Other topics I look at are “Working with a Global Mindset” and “Cross-cultural Team-building”.

Do you need to sharpen your cross-cultural skills?

Why am I qualified to help you

And in case you’re wondering about my educational background …

  • BA Hons German

  • MA Communication Studies

  • DPI (Developing People Internationally) certified trainer, York Associates

  • TIP (The International Profiler) licensed coach, Worldwork

  • Cert TESOL, Teaching English as a Second Other Language, Trinity College

What You Can Expect

Training is in person or virtual, one-to-one or in groups.

I provide training in 3 main areas:

Intercultural Training

Bespoke cultural awareness training for organisations and individuals working across borders

English Language Training

Communication skills for international professionals

Joint Intercultural and English Language Training

Language and global mindset training for international executives

Chat with Vanessa

Let’s have a chat about how I can help you and/or your organisation communicate more effectively across cultures.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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What Others Are Saying

Read my testimonials

Vanessa was my English professor at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. What she taught us about cultural differences and their impact on international cooperation was incredibly valuable and interesting. Vanessa is not only a highly professional teacher, but also a very lovely human being.

Sarah Kohl

Vanessa is a professional intercultural trainer who adapts quickly to different situations so that she meets the expectations of clients both intelligently and personally.

Saskia Torn Broers, MEd

She has such in-depth knowledge about cultures and communication based on different global industries

Nikhil Rustagi

Vanessa’s cultural knowledge helped me to relocate from Europe to the States

Vanessa Zwinselman

My ambition to become a “Competent Trainer” took me to you. You have oceans of “International Cultural Knowledge” & “International Communication Skills”. During our sessions, I learnt a lot from you. But still I am done yet. I love all my trainers and you are one among my elite group of trainers. Love you Mam..!! Anand Dwipesh Train the Trainer I International Customer Service I… Read more “Vanessa has oceans of Intercultural Knowledge and Intercultural Communication Skills”

Vanessa is extremely knowledgeable in all intercultural concepts and models and has examples to share from an abundance of international work assignments she has completed

Sarah Grötzinger

Vanessa is a pleasure to work with and she is genuinely passionate about what she does. She works very hard to ensure she delivers the best outcomes for our clients and as a result feedback is always very positive.

Cathy Wellings

Vanessa is a great trainer who has helped me polish my interview skills in English. The lessons were varied, interesting and we had a lot of fun too. I loved the discussions about social behaviour in Austria and England.

Raphaela Stefandl-Herburger

I enjoyed working with Vanessa on a few occasions as she contributed to our corporate Insights blog. Vanessa wrote articles specialising in language learning and culture, often proposing subjects and researching for submissions. Given that Marketing didn’t have an in-house copywriter, Vanessa’s editorial work over the years has been instrumental to some of our core Marketing campaigns. She is reliable, easy to work with and receives feedback well. I look forward to reading more of her in-depth articles.” Charleen Parkes Founder and Head of Digital Content  Travel &… Read more “Vanessa’s editorial work over the years has been instrumental to some of our core Marketing campaigns.”

What I liked the most – she is able to involve all the students to participate in the discussion. Her workshops prepared me well for my first years living abroad, made me more conscious, and helped to avoid many adaptation problems

Alexandra Demidova

Vanessa’s cultural knowledge helped me to relocate from Europe to the States

Vanessa Zwinselman

Vanessa is a pleasure to work with and she is genuinely passionate about what she does. She works very hard to ensure she delivers the best outcomes for our clients and as a result feedback is always very positive.

Cathy Wellings

What I liked the most – she is able to involve all the students to participate in the discussion. Her workshops prepared me well for my first years living abroad, made me more conscious, and helped to avoid many adaptation problems

Alexandra Demidova

She proved to be able to transfer her own intercultural experience and sensitivity to others in a motivating way. Participating in her lectures was highly rewarding. Without the insights gained during her lectures I might not have chosen to go for a Master’s degree in cross-cultural communication afterwards.

Dorothee Simpfendörfer

Vanessa is extremely knowledgeable in all intercultural concepts and models and has examples to share from an abundance of international work assignments she has completed

Sarah Grötzinger

Vanessa is a great trainer! Throughout my classes with her, I enjoyed not only business English but intercultural components of working abroad. She is very disciplined, knows where to focus and always finds the ways to motivate you!

Elif Arikan

My ambition to become a “Competent Trainer” took me to you. You have oceans of “International Cultural Knowledge” & “International Communication Skills”. During our sessions, I learnt a lot from you. But still I am done yet. I love all my trainers and you are one among my elite group of trainers. Love you Mam..!! Anand Dwipesh Train the Trainer I International Customer Service I… Read more “Vanessa has oceans of Intercultural Knowledge and Intercultural Communication Skills”

“I thoroughly enjoyed Vanessa’s interactive and eye-opening intercultural webinar “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Through her webinar, she helped me remind me what I know about intercultural communication and taught me many new points about being more effective on intercultural communication. I can definitely recommend Vanessa for intercultural communication training. Thank you, Vanessa!” Ronald Minkyu Kim Interculturalist I Cross-cultural… Read more “I can definitely recommend Vanessa for intercultural communication training.”

Vanessa is a great trainer who has helped me polish my interview skills in English. The lessons were varied, interesting and we had a lot of fun too. I loved the discussions about social behaviour in Austria and England.

Raphaela Stefandl-Herburger

The webinar “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it” covers lots of useful points and insights, allowing you to estimate yourself and also to understand others in a better, profound way. Communication is an art which needs to be trained. And Vanessa is a highly professional trainer, who is always ready share her experience or view. As a speaker she never makes you bored and lost. Information she shares is indeed interesting and… Read more “Vanessa is a highly professional trainer”

Anastasia

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