drive = journey

drive = to steer

drive = motivation


Drive communications is your partner on the journey  to internationalization.

Whether you need to polish your English language skills and/or explore cross-cultural communication, we are there to steer  you in the right direction.

It’s not about memorizing a list of words.  It’s not about do’s and don’ts in a foreign culture.  It’s about maintaining the motivation  to develop your verbal and non-verbal skills in our global world.

Come along for the ride!

Diane Ruppert
+358 50 303 4516


The absence of words


As a language and culture trainer, I am more interested in silence than what is actually said. What adjective do you assign to that period of quiet: respectful, awkward, peaceful, nerve-wracking?

Finland is often referred to as a place where silence abounds. This can be experienced in the small town of Suomussalmi in Eastern Finland. Reijo Heikkinen’s permanent installation Hiljainen kansa (direct translation Quiet people) is made up of 1000 peat-headed figures standing in a field on the side of the road. I happened upon them when they were all donning Jackie-Kennedy-like pillbox hats. I wonder if the non-verbal message they convey would be different in the summer when volunteers complete their semi-annual wardrobe change?