Phoebe Blackburn

Multicultural Communication Consultant

More about me


Words, words, words! As a child, I collected words, read dictionaries, and wrote letters to pen friends around the globe. 19 years after my first class Oxford degree in Modern Languages, I still love to discover new words (salamalecs, éperluette, in French, recently; in English, slacktivism, coco bonds, future holder; in German mimosenhaft, postfaktisch, Lebenskünstler). My career has always involved communication, in the corporate and social-profit/public sector and arts sectors: motivating people to do things, explaining, moderating, translating things across cultures or sectors, writing, conceiving, helping others formulate what they mean, presenting and helping others to perform and present in public. I like to do this in areas that I care and know about: Sustainability, circularity and ‘green issues’, Energy & Waste, Corporate Responsibility, HR, General Business, the Arts & Culture.

Why work with me? My services are creative and adapted to the needs and motivations of my clients and students. My personal values, my corporate and public sector/NGO experience, working both at high-level as a chief of staff, and operationally, as an executive, my thorough knowledge of French, German and UK culture, and my interest in singing, theatre, literature, travelling all help to bring creativity to the work I do, building bridges between the arts & humanities and the often dry world of business. Finally, my passion for circular economy and supporting the transition to a more circular and humane economy and society is today a prime motivation in my work, and I try to convey this in my approach and in the projects I work on. My multi-sector and creative perspective give me an edge in a very competitive market and many clients use several of my services. Try me!

Why ‘Phenomenal Words’?

Aside the phonetic link with my first name, I see my job as one where I need to get the words right, help students and clients find their voice or the right words in English, French and German, in the areas I know and care about. I bring in an element of the ‘phenomenal’ using creativity and interactive exercises to motivate participants and their organisations to become truly phenomenal. As regards communicating in a foreign language, whether we like it or not, it is becoming ever more necessary, so we may as well make it fun and relevant, which is also how we learn best. Voilà! Let me now help you and your organisation become phenomenal!

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