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English language training is the number one stop for effective international communication.

However, language skills need to be trained according to needs and goals. There is no point just aiming for fluency! This is an unrealistic goal.

What do you need your English for? Do you need to boost your confidence?

If you have a specific goal and a timeframe, get in touch and let’s see what we can do!

I am a Cambridge Oral Examiner.

I have trained a multitude of people from an array of industries including CEOS, TV presenters, artists, politicians, journalists, police officers, financiers, lawyers, bus and train drivers, engineers, health and safety managers, doctors and clowns.

The Offer

1-1 coaching sessions can be booked for a half day or 2 x 2-hour sessions online.

My training courses can be adapted to suit individual needs – if you have an idea of what you’d like to achieve, happy to talk!

Meet Me

My name is Vanessa and I am a trainer and teacher, helping professionals to work more effectively across cultures.

My training is in person or virtual, one-to-one or in groups.

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Cherry-picking Cultural Values

Cherry-picking Cultural Values

Part 1   About a year ago I asked around my networks on LinkedIn and Instagram to come up with some dimensions of their home cultures that they truly loved and valued. The scope of the sample was people who had worked across cultures or abroad and a lot of them...

My year in Australia

My year in Australia

This year I saved myself a lot of dosh on travel. I did manage to get to the Isle of Wight, the Cotswolds and Ibiza on holiday, and to Austria for work. However, for the most part I was here in Berkhamsted, a small town nestled in the sleepy Chiltern Hills. But thanks...

It’s not what you say – It’s how you say it

It’s not what you say – It’s how you say it

I was recently coaching a German client on how to communicate across cultures, and we got onto the topic of DIRECT versus INDIRECT communication styles. She told me that she was so shocked about her partner’s direct English that she’d overheard him using on his Zoom...

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

Nikhil Rustagi

Thanks to her support, I am now constantly developing my communication skills, reaching positive outcome from any interaction with people from all around the world.

Federico Stoppello

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 & Lust

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

Vanessa Zwinselman

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

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

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 Communicator

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 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 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

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

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 & Lust

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 Communicator

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

“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 Teams

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

Nikhil Rustagi

Thanks to her support, I am now constantly developing my communication skills, reaching positive outcome from any interaction with people from all around the world.

Federico Stoppello

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 has a great deal of knowledge that she’s gained through years of focused work with intercultural communication. Refining my professional intentions, I met with her to tap into her experience in this field. She introduced me to many resources I would not have otherwise known about. Our work together was useful, saved me time, and helped me gain even more clarity with direction for obtaining my goals. Thank you! Joan Ruffels ESL COACH

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

I also have other key courses also available:

Intercultural Training

Bespoke cultural awareness training for organisations and individuals working across borders

Joint Intercultural and English Language Training

Language and global mindset training for international executives

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