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Niek van den Adel is one of the best and most resilient keynote speakers in the Netherlands. Inspiring and activating others from the heart.

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Mr. Featherforce

Niek appears on stage in the Netherlands and abroad, speaking about topics resilience, healthcare, leadership, customer-focus and inspiration. His eventful life and the experiences he has had in recent years play a central role in his keynotes. Since his new ‘role’ he started to see things differently and visits all sorts of places he didn’t visit before, such as healthcare organisations. Happy anniv-injury, Mr. Featherforce is born.

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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.


Keynote speaker bringing you tears of laughter and tears of pity.

Niek knows better than anyone else that you have to change yourself, If you can’t change your circumstances.

On stage, his inspiring and thought-provoking way of speaking makes this clear yet again. Having been through a life-changing event in 2010 and dealing with these changes makes Niek a special and inspiring speaker with unique stories. His disarming way of telling stories, alternating between tears of laughter and tears of joy, his experiences and genuine advice render him a born motivator.

Resilience is already within you, I’m just giving you a push

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Not without reason, Niek is on stage more than 100 times a year at big (business)events in the Netherlands and abroad. Niek has the unique ability to raise awareness about the things that matter, even if it’s just about making every day a good one. The strength he developed to get back up again (or, for that matter, get back into that wheelchair every day) and enjoy life is admirable. His commitment, positivity and necessary dose of humour allow him to quickly connect with people at all levels of an organization. He has already done this with great pride as a speaker at big organisations such as ABN AMRO, Albert Heijn, Douwe Egberts, Heineken and Unilever.

Book Niek as inspirational keynote speaker

Book Niek as inspirational keynote speaker

Experience Niek as speaker resilience, healthcare, leadership, customer-focus and inspiration. His expertise in change management also makes him a valuable coach for entrepreneurs and directors. With a combination of inspiration, activation, and perspiration (dealing with change), Niek is an expert and you can count on him to help your team deal with setbacks and stay agile. In the end, you’ll walk away with practical tools that will empower you to start doing things differently.

What you can expect and learn from Niek as inspirational speaker:

  • How to get a better grip on your job
  • Why resilience is key to success
  • How to get more happy employees and customers
  • How to stay future-proof and own the future
  • You will go home with a backpack full of energy and practical tips and tricks to develop resilience.
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Mr. Featherforce?
Niek? Who?

In 2010 Niek’s life turns into a living hell, to put it mildly. On July, 16th he crashes his motorcycle and suffers a spinal cord injury, 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. According to Niek, paraplegia and a syrinx are the perfect combination for only the toughest guys. But as long as you can live with it, you’d better do so, he says. And in that case, you’d better do it good. Accepting his accident, Niek now feels the spinal cord injury changed his life for the better. He met the love of his life, is proud dad of three beautiful daughters and by helping others, he gained a sense of purpose.

Niek pitiful? Heck, no! With unstoppable energy Niek knows how to transform his suffering to something else: resilience. Mr. Featherforce was born! The heavy pains in the morning are still there, as well as the 37 pills per day, but he knows how to transform a terrible event into love, courage, perseverance, humor and success. Niek helps and inspires a wide variety of audiences in topics as customer-focus, leadership and dealing with change for more than 12 years already.

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As speaker resilience Niek gave inspirational talks for a wide variety of organisations and at big events. His clients are happy to share their experiences about this stage animal.

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