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Inspirational speaker

A spinal cord injury and a syrinx: that’s two things you wouldn’t wish to anyone. But Niek thinks differently. According to him, it is the ideal combination for tough guys. On stage he teaches people that the key to happiness could lie in embracing pain. An inspirational speaker? Oh yes! But also one who activates you and gives you practical tools, to start doing things differently right away.

Inspirational speaker
What to expect

All Niek’s life has been one big process of change. What can we learn there as participants, as a team or as an organisation? He shares his inspiring story, unique research and gives practical tips and skills in how to deal with setbacks and how to stay agile. Why does one seem to dance through life, while the others get caught up? Why are some companies thriving, whilst others are drowning?

As inspirational speaker Niek discusses the next topics:

  • Inspiration to activation to perspiration (dealing with change)
  • Resilience as key to success
  • We don’t lack innovation, but the capability to innovate
  • Adaptability as the most important trait for the future

As keynote speaker associated with

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.


Getting and staying inspired
An inspirational speaker takes care of that

We are living in a remarkable time. We can no longer take our safety and health for granted, and uncertainty reigns. Together with research institution Integron Niek conducts ‘the National Resilience Survey’ every year. This research shows where the difficulties are and what needs to be worked on to remain agile and to adapt to changing situations.

This research is divided into the five factors of resilience, also called the Resilience model (New Masons University). This model will make sure you won’t only go home inspired, but also activated. Inspired?

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

As inspirational speaker,
Niek will get to work with you

Dealing with change does require some practice and a new mindset. Niek has been advising Dutch (and international) businesses for over 15 years and knows the ways of strong management in corporate cultureswith extensive leadership-programs. Do you want to help your colleagues become more resilient? Book Niekas inspirational speaker. Together we’ll get to work!

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As speaker, Niek would also like to inspire you about the next subjects

Besides speaker resilience, you’ll also find Niek on stage as speaker resilience, customer-focus, healthcare, education en leadership.


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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.

More About Keynote Speaker Niek

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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 •