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I offer professional input as a moderator (presenter of conferences and workshops, as well as leader of debates and discussions) for large or small groups, in Dutch and English.
Next to that I work as a coach for people who want to improve their presentation skills. Sessions can be arranged individually or for (small) groups.

Background

Having worked for the fishing industry for almost 20 years I gained a lot of knowledge about policy making, communication, product promotion and about the food industry in general. I worked as a spokesperson on subjects as sustainability, quality, innovation and legislation for many years.

During that time I increasingly worked, nationally and internationally, as presenter of conferences and workshops, as well as leader of debates and discussions. Mostly in the fisheries environment, but also outside of that.

In 2012 I started my own company, working professionaly as a moderator and presentation coach

Moderator

Anyone can hold a microphone and ask questions. Leading a debate, discussion or a seminar is a different thing altogether. It should captivate the audience and give them the feeling they have witnessed a special event.

My starting point is involvement. In the program, the format, the participants, basically in the whole day.

To me it is crucial not to be satisfied with staple responses. I always try to interact, make connections, put people at ease but at the same time draw them out and challenge them to contribute to the discussion.

I don’t believe in non-committal conclusions. If possible I will let the participants make solid agreements and future appointments.

Experience

In the Netherlands I have been involved in numerous seminars, conferences and debates, working together with the government, NGO’s and scientific institutes.

Internationally I have lead debates for the Institute for Marine research in Bergen, Norway, presented a workshop at the Seafood Summit in San Diego, moderated the MSC Global Commercial Meeting in Brussels from 2013 to 2015

I was the auctioneer at the official start of the Dutch Herring season, when the first keg of herring is auctioned and proceedings are donated to a charitable cause, from 2006 to 2014.

You can see pictures , a short film and references of several of my activities under Experience

Presentation Coach

A lot of people are hesitant to speak in public, before small or large groups. The resistance they experience can be set aside in favor of enjoyment. My own experience as a presenter or discussion leader forms the basis of trainings I give. I can teach you how to have fun sharing your knowledge with your audience.

Experience

Besides numerous individual sessions with trainees from very different backgrounds (commercial employees, civil servants, managers), I was involved as a coach for a TEDx conference in 2014 related to the National Security Summit in The Hague.

In the autumn of 2014 I trained 20 scientists of the WRR (Scientific Council for Government Policy)

In September and October I worked with the management team of the MEC3 company, in Rimini, Italy, as part of their strategy to put the company up for sale on the international financial market.

Contact

If you’re interested in working together on planning an international event which can use a slightly different approach, or training yourself or your staff, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can find the details for getting in touch under Contact