I grew up in the multi-cultural environments of New York City and Cape Town, South Africa, and have lived in Asia for the past 18 years. I am bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese and am passionate about all aspects of cultural intelligence. I consult with as well as train individuals, academic institutions, and companies on intercultural communication as the founder of Elephant Communications/ 雙象溝通 and I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals and groups from all walks of life as a corporate trainer, intercultural consultant, language coach, and yoga therapist.
I graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, attended University of Melbourne in Australia, am a certified Business Cultural Trainer from International House London in the U.K and an Intercultural Trainee in EIFID (European Institute for Intercultural Development)'s TTIT certification program. I'm also a certified yoga therapist from the Atmavikasa Institute of Yogic Sciences in Mysore, India.
My hobbies are yoga, running, cooking, reading, and drinking tea. I enjoy sharing ideas as well as learning from people from all walks of life, and think that I'm very lucky to call Taipei my home.
"This is the best cross-cultural training I have ever had. The topic is so useful! We all know sympathy is important, but it is easier said than done. However, when we find that taking action can be advantageous to our life and job, then it becomes our skill to practice. In the session, it wasn't a principle or boring theory, rather it was fun and useful. I hope to have my next training with Michelle, it was a really good session!"
- Mr. Huang
"Michelle creates a very comfortable environment for people to share ideas in. She is a highly experienced, skilled, and kind trainer who simply does a great job. Her trainings are interesting and offer practical takeaways for challenging situations in intercultural settings. I'd be up for another one! Recommend it to anyone interested in taking a closer look at the Chinese Culture."
"Very inspiring, exciting and rewarding sessions with Michelle. By the various examples and fun videos shared with the classes, I could thoroughly understand the key cross-cultural communications. I found it really helpful for me to use these skills not only in work but daily life. I strongly recommend it to everyone!"
"Michelle's class is informative and inspiring. She is open-minded and good at directing the students to the core of the lesson. I love every lesson with Michelle."
"Michelle's teaching style is a model of oral English expression- with moderate speed, elegance and kindness, plus sufficient lesson preparation. Her Chinese proficiency is also good and she understands Taiwan and Taiwanese as well. The intercultural communication terms and concepts taught are very interesting and practical, and Michelle is also very good at driving discussions. I personally recommend Michelle to give presentations or oral expression courses, which I believe will benefit even more people."