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Meet Riikka 

Globally Experienced Self Confidence Coach and Cross-Cultural Communication Trainer 

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.

If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela

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Third Culture Kid
(TCK) Life

Hi, Hei, Hola!

I coach non-native speakers of English to become more confident in their communication skills. I teach from the angle of an experienced multicultural, plurilingual adult third culture kid (TCK), which in a nutshell means I grew up in a very uprooted and international way. 

A mobile childhood enhanced my sensitivity and awareness around the topic and importance of cross-cultural communication. It was essential for me to connect with all sorts of people fast and express myself clearly, and establish strong connections in my new worlds

One of the great advantages of having acquired a cross-cultural skill-set "on the go" is that is has fuelled my passion for forward movement. It has allowed me to live as independently, spontaneously, and creatively as possible, while continuing to master the art of seamless and effective communication. 

 

I am an expat chameleon wherever I am, even in my "passport" country., which I consider to be another "host" country.

I've been simultaneously interpreting, translating and juggling at least two or three languages and cultures in my personal and professional life on a daily basis ever since I can remember. 

English Online

My international childhood (and later nomadic lifestyle) gave me total immersion. Communication was plurilingual, face to face (F2F) and limited to letter-writing and telephone calls.

I first began teaching English as a second language in a F2F classroom in the 1990's in Spain. I tasted different career paths but in 2005 I was attracted to teaching again and soon began training Finnish business professionals F2F in Finland. Much to my delight, I discovered I had a lot of value to give with my bicultural/bilingual Finnish heritage. 

 

Over 25 years of diverse work and life experience abroad really helps me to respond more effectively to the needs of my different clients today. I'm truly grateful every day for this work.

My strong knowing of the Finnish language and culture has so far enabled me to coach Finns for over 15 years, mainly F2F, but also now successfully online. My client base is expanding and my online reach already includes Finland, Spain, Germany, and Italy.

Every client has a unique and individual need so there's no "one-size fits all" method. I tailor my approach to each client. I'm also continuously developing my own personal and professional skills to meet those needs as well as keep up with my own trilingual family.

The good news is, there is a way forward, and it is totally do-able online. It takes trust, courage, determination, commitment and faith in yourself to let go of those fears and go for the results that are within your reach.

 

Nothing is impossible if you desire it. Are you ready to take your communication skills to the next level?

"I loved working with Riikka and highly recommend - she is simply the best English teacher!

 

She has a gift to support you no matter where you are and no matter your own situation changes. I booked her when I was very fond about learning English because I wanted to change my business into English.

 

She encouraged me to talk in English in a very hearty way. My favourite support are her audios as I love her English, her intonation, everything of her voice.

And even when I changed my mind on learning English and when I returned to German for my business, we went on talking and talking.

 

Thank you for this important lessons we spent together."

- Christiane Romahne, Germany

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"Are you ready to take your
communication skills
to the next level?"

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