Born to be on stage, Niek van den Adel enjoys speaking on topics such as resilience, healthcare, leadership, customer-focus and inspiration for a wide audience. Year-round you will find him at 100+ business events, including those of big names like ABN AMRO, Albert Heijn, Douwe Egberts, Heineken and Unilever. There is no denying that Niek is a born storyteller. However, when he is on stage there is often only limited time to share his stories. And although you are guaranteed to go home with a backpack full of tips and tricks after his talks, Niek wanted to do more…
That is why Niek decided to pick up the pen (read: they keyboard) and write down all his experiences and findings on (digital) paper. This started with his autobiographical book Crash (also available in English), and has since led to 4 other books (Dutch only) that are not only inspiring, but above all motivating and activating in terms of dealing with change, being agile and showing resilience in difficult times.
This is not another story about someone who gets into a single-vehicle accident and sees the light. This is Niek’s story. A story about love, pain, dead sperm, power, a puppy, inclusivity, perseverance, humour and success.
Aged 28, Niek van den Adel 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. 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 it that case, you’d better do it good.
So five years later, he is married to his occupational therapist, has become dad of twins, has a house being built, delivers speeches to thousands of people as a coach and motivator, teaches senior-level executives about inclusivity and writes an insanely popular blog. His motto: happiness is not in your legs. Happiness is a choice.
Order books online
All of Niek’s books are easily ordered online and sold in various bookstores. Do you want to motivate, inspire and most importantly activate your employees or relations? Along with booking Niek as speaker resilience, healthcare, leadership, customer-focus and inspiration, we highly recommend giving them a book as well. We can easily arrange larger print runs for you or your organisation. Please give us a call for more information.