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Speaker Resilience

Mr. Featherforce is written all over Niek. If you can transform such a life-changing event into something strong, imagine how this comes off on stage as speaker resilience.

Speaker resilience
What to expect

He is a valuable, passionate speaker on resilience due to his unique experience and tireless perseverance in dealing with change. And you can learn it too! Niek knows how to get his autobiographical story across to your colleagues or audience in such a way they will not soon forget.

Speaker resilience

  • An inspiring autobiographical story with tears of pity and tears of laughter, that will be talked about for months;
  • Lots of practical tools you can use right away, for you as an employee, team and organization;
  • Insight and research, specific to your industry, with a clear plan of action
  • A backpack full of energy and directly applicable tips and tricks on how to develop resilience for yourself.

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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.


How resilient are you?
Turn your greeve into glory!

Reorganisation, new technologies, new employees, high workload and so on and so on. The fact is, the world around us is changing very fast! And that’s not a bad thing at all. As speaker resilience, Niek tells you how at the age of 28 everything changed for him. How do you create a new reality when everything, literally everything is different?

“I still know how angry and sad I was, resenting everything and everyone, wanting to keep everything the way it was. However, this strategy didn’t bring me much. It only brought me more anger and sadness. But why did I and many others succeed? Why can some people and organisations just go with the flow, dealing with change as if it is nothing?”

5 factors of success in resilience

As speaker resilience, Niek shares his 5 factors of success, making sure you can use them in your daily practice right away. Change, stress or setbacks can throw you off your game, whether it is at your job or at home. A coffee machine is placed somewhere else, your partner invited friends over without consulting you first, your faithful four-legged friend has (also without consultation) defecated in your house. Resilience is coping and moving along with change. It’s a muscle you can train and Niek teaches you how.

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

Strong enough to dance through life
That is resilience!

Accept what you cannot change, change what you cannot accept. This way you take ownership of your future. “As long as I’m breathing, I can handle any setback in my life.” That is what Niek wishes for you most of all. You are strong enough to dance through life. Whatever happens, turning right or left: you stay in control. That is resilience!

Imagine: you embrace all changes, because you know it brings you joy. You transform every setback into an opportunity. Resistance is something you no longer know, because now you understand it’s not the company you work for that determines your happiness. No, it’s you!

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Step by step Resilience comes by trial and error

It may seem as if Niek endured his setbacks and changed his behaviour all on his own. Of course, that is not possible. No one has ever successfully changed their behaviour overnight. It takes trial and error and you need the right people around you. There is a well-known proverb in Dutch saying: a donkey doesn’t stumble twice on the same stone. Sometimes in life, if one falls, it takes quite a while to get up again. Maybe you and your donkey stumble on the same stone frequently. You have to work hard to achieve small steps, old pitfalls are always lurking. How do you change this? Sometimes it is a matter of acceptance. And that is the most difficult thing. Taking a step backwards and accepting that is okay to do. Every day brings you another opportunity to choose a different direction. All you can do is choose a different behaviour.

Resilience: to be able to transform merely experiencing setbacks, into accepting setbacks. Develop confidence in whatever crosses your path, you can handle it. People who handle change well are curious and optimistic. Being speaker resilience, Niek often says it: “Be one with your donkey: dare to make mistakes.” Ask questions. Enjoy learning and try to come up with solutions that are helpful not only for yourself, but also for others.

As speaker resilience Niek will get to work with you

Becoming resilient and staying resilient does require some practice and a shift in your mindset. As an inspirational speaker, Niek has advised Dutch and international businesses for over 15 years already, on leadership issues and in change management. He supervises leadership programmes and coaches top entrepreneurs and executives. Do you want to help your colleagues become more resilient? Book Niek as speaker resilience. Together we will 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 healthcare, education, customer-focus  en leadership.

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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