CX Masterclass is a full-day event for CX professionals who want to understand what it takes to create great customer experiences that turn your business into a profit-making engine, as well as a pleasure to your customers. Guests also join us on a VIP Brunch on the second day.

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Our CX Masterclass takes customer experience to the next level – from managing to innovating the experience. This time the event, CX Masterclass with Ian Golding, is based on his book, ‘Customer What?’, and explores the hows and whys of strategy, culture and leadership in relation to customer experience management.



Great speaker, right on the painpoints of CX : )

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Excellent experience! Gamification, storytelling, wonderful Ian, joined to the fanclub

– CX Masterclass participant

Thanks for today. Ian was as always super inspirational. All other program bits were ok too. Arrangements, food etc excellent. Well done!

– CX Masterclass participant

“Wonderful day, nice venue and inspiring discussions! Thank you for organising this and I will be eagerly waiting for the next CX Masterclass day.

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”Thank you for a great day! It was very inspiring and I learned a lot. The example cases and videos were brilliant. Our guest experience was surprising and team work also a lot of fun : )

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”A big thank you, the day went past very fast. A lot of good and also familiar content. The next step could be to workshop more with the participating organisations around these topics. The tasks were nice, although I did not have time to really give my best to all of them : )

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”Very well organised, nice atmosphere, Ian is a great speaker and inspiring. We learned quite a lot of technologies in such a short day.”

– CX Masterclass participant

“The presenters were very good and there was a good amount of professional content. The tasks were nice! I could have used more breaks to relax my brain, there was so much to learn. All in all, a very succesful event.

– CX Masterclass participant

Thank you, Ian is very warm-hearted and nice person and it was very nice to listen to him. Many thanks to Sirte and the whole Shirute team! Good food, also in the afternoon+ oatly milk : )

– CX Masterclass participant


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Shirute           CXPA Finland          Customer Experience Consultancy

F-Secure          LähiTapiola          Qentinel


Feedbackly          Flockler          Futurice


Hanko Sushi          LEGO          Långvik Congress Wellness Hotel          Pakilan Kukkatalo                  Scandic


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Ian Golding
Global Customer Experience Specialist

Ian Golding

Global Customer Experience Specialist

Ian Golding is Customer Experience Specialist, Certified Customer Experience Professional and Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He has spent over twenty years in business improvement, working hard to ensure that the businesses he works for are as customer focused as possible.

A highly influential freelance Customer Experience consultant, Ian advises leading companies on Customer Experience strategy, measurement, improvement and employee advocacy techniques and solutions.

Sirte Pihlaja
CEO, Founder at Shirute

Sirte Pihlaja

Customer Experience Optimiser, CCXP, Trained LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator

Sirte Pihlaja (Certified Customer Experience Professional, Trained LEGO(R) Serious Play(R) Facilitator) is the founder and CEO of Shirute, the first Customer Experience Agency in Finland. She heads the activities of Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) in Finland (

Sirte is a CX expert with solid coaching skills, who has been internationally recognized for her thought leadership in the field. For over 25 years, she has advised businesses around the globe in strategy, experience design, sales and brand development to differentiate their brands by radically improving their CX. Sirte is a sought-after designer, keynote speaker, facilitator, blogger and chairperson, who is a familiar face in international influencer seminars.

Sirte produces creative solutions to revolutionize customer experiences, and helps her clients in creating memorable, profitable customer experiences through CX optimisation, research, measurement and design, voice of customer and reputation management, data-driven business and transforming businesses through service design and digitalisation. She guides decision makers in developing their customer understanding, and is known for transforming customer insight into actionable results quickly and cost-effectively. Previously, she worked as a business manager, senior strategist and service design lead at Accenture, Tieto and Fjord, as well as over 10 years in international media.


CX Masterclass 2019 Comments

I joined the event because customer experience is close to my heart. Ian is a great presenter, he gave real life examples that were interesting to follow. The best elements of the event were the group assignments and great conversations around the table. A lot of effort was put on the guest experience of the event itself.
Nora Lappalainen
Marketing Communication & Sales Professional, Otavamedia
The coach was very interesting and he had a lot of good case examples. The theory became to life in practice, and we also heard about the pitfalls. Networking and group work with the other guests were incredibly rewarding.
Tuuli Mäkelä
Manager of Oral Health Services, City of Espoo
Ian Golding’s speeches, assignments, and reflections were definitely the best. I got the last minute lessons from them for my certification test. This training is especially suitable for customer experience developers, who want new ideas for their work and who want to broaden their vision on the topic.
Sari Noukkala
Head Of Customer Relationship Experience Development, LähiTapiola
Ian's coaching was really great to listen to, the takeaways from his speeches are easily applicable to the work we do at our firm. Customer experience is a hot topic these days, and we can benefit from the knowledge that was on show during the CX Masterclass on both face to face and digital customer service.
Sirpa Ojala
Loyalty Program Manager, SOK
The training provided a unique opportunity to hear one of the world’s best customer experience experts, and to grow our own competence. We went systematically through the topics that we experience in our own work. I would recommend the CX Masterclass event to every CX professional and especially to individuals, who lead and drive its development in their company.
Marja-Leena Pinomaa
Head of Enterprise Feedback Management, Tieto
Ian Golding was good! This training provides an extremely good package for everybody who work in CX development and management. It’s great that Shirute and CXPA Finland bring experts with genuine world-class experience to Finland.
Juhana Tormilainen
Business Transformation Sales, Dassault Systemes
I would highly recommend CX Masterclass events for CX professionals. You get to meet experts in your field, from different companies. We all work for the same goal, aiming to deliver better customer experiences. Golding was an inspiring speaker, and it was nice to hear real-life examples.
Reetta Viitanen
Customer Experience Leader, Nordea Life
Coming to CX Masterclass, I had clear expectations and goals - to learn new ideas, insights, and learn new tools, in addition to networking. I focused more on goal-oriented customer experience, it’s definition and implementation in a concrete, high-quality, and memorable encounter for our organization during the fall. I would highly recommend this event for individuals working in quality assurance, and process development, it was a real brain engaging event
Noora Lindholm
Suomen Asiakastieto