Cross cultural expert, motivational speaker, teacher, communications consultant and even a world-touring rock musician, Pellegrino Riccardi has spent the last 30 years travelling the globe connecting with people. The common thread running through these many roles is making a connection with audiences through their hearts and minds, and also helping the people he communicates with to connect and interact more effectively with each another, which today is the essence of his role on stage as an international keynote speaker.
Pellegrino’s style of public speaking is a seamless fusion of masterful storytelling and observational humour in what he calls “edutainment” (education + entertainment). Coupled with a unique combination of powerful visual and multimedia effects, Pellegrino takes his audience on a visceral and emotional journey. “I don’t just want my audiences to understand my message; I want them to feel it too,” says Pellegrino.
I was born in the UK to an Italian family. My mother and father emigrated from Avellino in the south of Italy to a city called Bath in the UK. I grew up with two very different cultures inside me. I learnt how to reconcile these two cultures and, even more importantly, how to capitalize and get the best out of these two very different worlds.
Today I live and work in Norway. I am married to a Norwegian and I have 3 Norwegian children. Every day I work at reconciling this third culture into my life.
Pellegrino is a very unusual first name, even for Italians. It means “pilgrim”. It is a very suitable name for me because for the past 30 years I have travelled around the world in various professional forms and interacted with countless different cultures, nationalities and people-types. I use this experience to help me in my work.
Moving my life to another country brought about a lot of change in me as a person, and it wasn’t an easy change either. I learned to see myself through the eyes of others, which was not always pleasant. Human beings are great adapters to their environment, and I have certainly adapted to mine. I share my knowledge and experiences with thousands of people every year through my courses and presentations.
One of my mantras in life is “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand!” In my work, I help people to understand themselves, understand others, understand what drives and motivates people, understand how to get the best out of themselves and out of others.