Vanessa Paisley

Vanessa Paisley

“Use your difference to make a difference.” (Tayo Rockson)

I’m an interculturalist by birth, upbringing, education and life! I was born in Tanzania, grew up in the UK, lived in Austria for over 20 years and am now back in the place where I grew up, in a small town just north of London. I studied German and love the language and the literature. Later in life I decided to do a Masters in Communication Studies as I realized that miscommunication was not just down to language when working across cultures. These days I feel 50% British, 50% Austrian and 100% European. I have 2 bilingual kids. I also know all the ins and outs of being different, being an expat, not belonging, integrating and I am at best when facilitating groups of differences! I like to be on the move, can’t stand to be caught up in too many boring routines, partly the reason why I’m self-employed! I love art and reading and listening to our diverse Spotify Family Mix which currently is a mixture of Max Richter, Erasure and Stormzy. I truly believe that story connects humanity and you can find a lot in tales, whether it be The Arabian Nights, the Bhagavad Gita or Brother Grimm fairy tales. In my job, I am the mediator and see things from 360 degrees. I encourage people to find out about the world – how are you supposed to manage in a global world if you don’t know anything about it?


India, Russian Federation, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, General


English, German
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Professional Background

  • Degree in German, University of Reading, 1991
  • Exchange student , University of Vienna 1989-1990
  • Today at Six radio producer, Vienna – interviewing Austrian politicians in English to make sure their English was radio presentable, 1992 – 1994
  • Masters in Communication Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, 2007
  • Research in what causes miscommunication in international teams in Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, 2007
  • Intercultural Communication training to managers and ship captains for Uniworld on a luxury cruise ship on the Danube, 2011
  • First Xplore Russia cross-cultural field trip for the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Certified DPI (Developing People Internationally) trainer
  • Cert TESOL, Teaching English as a Second Other Language, 2016
  • Business English training at The London School of English for a Swedish TV presenter who was preparing a speech for EU parliament on the protection of freelance journalists against keyboard warriors/trolling online
  • Certified TIP coach, 2018
  • Facilitated high energy cross-cultural team training at Hermann Miller, UK to integrate two new Indian colleagues into the Product Design team and at the same time created to team strategy incorporating cultural, company and individual values, 2019
  • Global mindset and negotiation training for a top Italian lawyer negotiating in the Middle East, 2019
  • 2020 – Facilitating tenth Xplore India exchange program for the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences

Experience as Coach

I’ve worked as an intercultural trainer for over 15 years in Austria and the UK. I have delivered over 600 hours of intercultural lectures in the fields of International Business Administration, Engineering, Social Work and Education and over 100 company training/coaching sessions. I have worked in Austria, Switzerland, UK, Russia and India. I have conducted country specific training session on living and working in the UK, Germany and Austria. In India and Russia I facilitate cross-cultural learning beyond the textbook with mature students from Austria. I have thousands of hours of Business English and Presentation and Storytelling training under my belt

Additional Work Experience

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. I worked in the translation industry for many years and my experience in journalism helped me to transcreate interesting content, helping companies ensure that Austrian/German/ Swiss brands are well represented in English, localising media content to suit its audience.

What Clients Say About Me

“I had the opportunity to work closely with Vanessa for a one-week training program on intercultural communication. In such a short time, she was able to guide me into this relatively unknown world, giving me valuable communication tools and extremely useful hints and suggestions on how to approach discussions and negotiations with people having different cultural background. 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, Lawyer, SACE S.p.A.

“Vanessa has worked as an intercultural trainer for The London School of International Communication since 2016 delivering a range of individual programmes and group workshops.  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, Director London School of International Communication

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