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About keynote speaker Niek van den Adel Mr. Feather Force

Mr. Featherforce explanation

In Dutch the word for resilience is a combination of the words feather and force. We use the analogy of the strength -or force- of a feather, bouncing back after a setback.

To you it might sound crazy: celebrating your spinal cord injury every year. To Niek van den Adel it is not. On stages both in the Netherlands and abroad he is happy to talk about his turbulent life. Certainly, it was not fun all the time, but without deep lows, there are no great heights, right? Niek was a simple hospitality guy, who on a random day decided to become consultant. This resulted in a big house, a big paycheck, a big car and… a motorcycle. Yep, you can have a wild guess as to what happened next. Aged 28, Niek takes a nosedive while riding his motorcycle. It causes paraplegia, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Plus something extra: he has a syrinx, a cavity within the spinal cord that continuously threatens the body parts that do still work.

Lang zal ze leasie!
Mr. Feather Force is born

Nevertheless it did not only bring pain. Niek fell in love with his occupational therapist and luckily she also fell in love with him. After three months they lived together and one year later, they got married. Twins were born and later even a third daughter. So to say, the accident actually brought him happiness and joy.
In the same period, Niek realized he had chosen a profession in which he works with people all the time, but during his study Hospitality Management he actually never learned anything about human-beings at all. To improve this lack of knowledge, Niek immersed himself into Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP: how do we observe the world around us and how do we respond), psychology literature and actually anything which had the slightest connection with personal development. He also visited every guru for guidance on these topics.

After a terrible period of mental and physical pain, ups and downs, resistance and acceptance, Niek found out how to transform this traumatic event to power. Finally he understands what his purpose in life is. Lang zal ze laesie, Mr. Featherforce is born.

Niek’s purpose as keynote speaker
Back to the essentials of a happy life

As keynote speaker Niek appears on stage with the topics of resilience, leadership and healthcare. What this has to do with the aforementioned? Everything. In his new ‘role’ he sees things differently and visits places where he did not come before. Healthcare for example. He found out service-mindedness (being one of the most common things in hospitality) wasn’t common in other sectors at all. Weird parking attendants, angry doctors, nobody saying hi to one another. And “thank you for your visit” seems to be gone completely. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about service-mindedness in hospitality, public healthcare or the government: being nice to one another should be the most common thing to do, right?

Often this is not the fault of the employees themselves. They are just too busy, they are stressed, the pressure to work is too high and there is too little time. Causing workplace happiness far to fetch. But they can’t change the (social) system in which they work themselves. You can only change yourself. Because only by taking care of your own well-being first – making sure to lower your daily stress level, lowering your workload and by taking enough breaks (research from emergency wards shows 75% of the nurses almost never take a break), you can take care of somebody else. It is human to influence our environment with our own behaviour. Niek thinks we are able to make every day succeed. “I know that we have to make decisions ourselves, nobody else does that for you. And that is my mission!”

Niek brings his audience from resistance to resilience

Not only keynote speaker, but also… Entrepreneur, coach, writer and most of all human

Despite being wheelchair-bound all the time, sitting still is absolutely not in Niek’s DNA. Next to being on stage at 100+ events per year, he also is a coach and an entrepreneur in healthcare and in education. With his own organisation Team Heartbeats, he trains big organisations in healthcare and education throughout the whole country to become resilient, to deal with change and to show personal leadership.

To Niek, authorship started with the book about his intense accident in 2010. ‘Crash’ is already sold over 50.000 times, is translated in English and has a 5-star review. It is a story about love, pain, infertility, power, a puppy, hospitality, perseverance, humor and success. It is a story about a reborn human.

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Mr. Feather Force
As keynote speaker born to be on stage

As no other, Niek knows the moment you can’t change circumstances anymore, the only solution is to change yourself. This is the reason Niek is such a remarkable and inspiring keynote speaker. His disarming way of telling and his genuine advice make him born to be on stage. His story is very moving, telling you how he learned to stand up again, being able to enjoy life at fullest. And this he wants for everybody, whatever your story is, whatever situation you are in.

Book Niek as keynote speaker and do your colleagues a favour. Believe me, you won’t regret it.

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You would hardly expect it, but Niek loves to be in the spotlight. Noted, only to share his inspirational story and messages with the world. Proudly, he spoke to big organisations such as Unilever, Hyundai, L’oreal, Maxwell Leadership, and Heiniken. Furthermore, Niek is often asked as a guest on TV-programmes, YouTube channels/videos and on podcasts.



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Writer Resilience

Niek loves to be on stage as Keynote speaker resilience, but he is also very successful in writing about both this topic and topics such as healthcare, leadership, customer-focus and inspiration. As best-selling author, he sold over 50.000 copies already. And there is so much more to tell, so much more to come!

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This is not just another story about someone who gets into a single-vehicle accident and sees the light. This is Niek’s story. An autobiographical story with a recalcitrant view on reality. A story about love, pain, dead sperm, power, a puppy, inclusivity, perseverance, humor and success. About the fact that 90% of your body is not functioning anymore, while the remaining functional 10% could stop every single moment and you have to take pills every day to endure the pain.
You can also marry, become a father, blog, speak, train and become a coach. Niek chose the latter and shows you a piece of resilience you have not seen before.


Speaker • Resilience • Customer focus • Healthcare • Education • Inspirational • Motivational • Speaker • Keynote • Crash •  

Speaker • Resilience • Customer focus • Healthcare • Education • Inspirational • Motivational • Speaker • Keynote • Crash •