Pellegrino Riccardi Speaker

Pellegrino Riccardi

Author, Scandinavian cross cultural expert, communications consultant, teacher and motivational speaker

Pellegrino Riccardi: Biography highlights

Pellegrino Riccardi is an author, a communications consultant, teacher, motivational speaker and is widely recognised as being one of Scandinavia’s top cross cultural experts.

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He helps and motivates people to interact more effectively with each other, providing insights into why people do what they do and how to get the best performance from them. He appears regularly on Norwegian national TV sharing his insights on immigration issues and Norwegian culture.

Pellegrino’s clients includes some of Norway’s largest international companies working across the banking and finance, oil and gas, shipping, government and public sectors and include Statoil, Telenor, Aker Solutions and DNB.

As a speaker, he presents with a seamless fusion of masterful storytelling combined with observational humour in what he calls “edutainment”. He skillfully takes his audience on an emotional and visceral journey and wants his audiences to not only understand his message but also to feel it.

In Pellegrino Riccardi’s own words:

“In my talks and presentations I get to the core of what makes people tick, what motivates them.

My lectures and keynote speeches will inject life and energy into your conference or your teambuilding event. I will provide you with inspirational insights in how people communicate with each other, especially how Norwegians communicate across national borders.

Whether you choose to start the day off with one of my talks, or want me to “wake up” the conference delegates after their buffet lunch, or whether you decide to have me as the last person on the program so that you send the participants away on a high, I will both educate you and entertain you.

I will inspire you, motivate you, make you laugh and make you cry (in a good way), all within the space of an hour. I want you to FEEL what I tell you, not only KNOW and UNDERSTAND it.”

On moderating

“Just as important a factor in the success of an event is the moderator. I have been a speaker at thousands of events, so I have seen my fair share of great (and not-so-great) moderators over the years. I have shared experiences with hundreds of other great speakers around the world, and I believe I know what speakers and audiences are looking for from a good moderator.

My moderator style is warm, friendly, knowleadgeable, curious about the speakers and the panel discussion participants. I have an extensive repertoire of storytelling and presentation techniques to create smooth and relevant links between the various segments and speakers of an event.

My aim is to challenge people without making them feel threatened, as well as create the ultimate atmosphere for people to open up and share their opinions and insights with their audiences.

I can moderate in both English and Norwegian.”



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Available for:

After Dinner Engagement
Moderating and Emcee
Organisation Development Programme

Watch Pellegrino in action

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Cross cultural communication | Pellegrino Riccardi | TEDxBergen
Cross cultural communication | Pellegrino Riccardi | TEDxBergen
The way to a man’s heart is through his...?...Brain! | Pellegrino Riccardi | TEDxArendal
The way to a man’s heart is through his...?...Brain! | Pellegrino Riccardi | TEDxArendal
Constructive Discontent: Pellegrino Riccardi at TEDxTrondheim
Constructive Discontent: Pellegrino Riccardi at TEDxTrondheim

I have had the pleasure of knowing Pellegrino both as a colleague and a customer. Pellegrino is gifted with a unique ability to communicate with all kinds of audiences. In particular his use of personal stories adds a special sense of credibility to his content and message. Also, his stage presence and timing are very impressive. The topics Pellegrino covers in his presentations are as equally valid and relevant in people's personal lives as well as their professional lives. Education or entertainment? I would say Pellegrino scores a bullseye on both!'

Anne Sigrun Moen
Executive Vice President HR
InnoTown, Norway

'Pellegrino Riccardi was our moderator for InnoTown 2014 and 2015. On both occasions, Pellegrino displayed a truly unique ability to lead our international audience through two intense conference days. Always well-prepared, Pellegrino is both knowledgeable and highly entertaining at the same time. WIth his warm, disarming and humorous style, Pellegrino displays a rare ability to seamlessly link everything together. Pellegrino received unanimous praise from both the InnoTown attendees and the conference speakers themselves. We look forward to having Pellegrino back for more upcoming Innotown conferences.'

Dag Lausund
Managing Director

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