The chefs in the Speech Republic kitchen are an eclectic mix of personalities. We come from a variety of professional backgrounds, from artificial intelligence to political science and American Studies. Together we are constantly on the lookout for new ‘recipes’ for creating communication impact. Get to know the people behind Speech Republic. Please feel free to ask us whatever you want to know!
Maartje van Bavel
Fleur van Wijck
Maartje van BavelThe Powerbroker
''Don't you let the bad guys win.''
* Underwater explorer.
* Proud owner of Speech Republic.
* Passion for unleasing people.
The world is changing, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Change is fueled by people with a vision and revolutionary ideas. People who have the guts to be different and go against the grain. What could be more exciting and powerful than making a real difference? The great thing is: we all have the power to do it. I love empowering people to change the world just by using their ideals.
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Jenny CheungManaging Director
''There is a solution to every problem.''
* Managing director bij Speech Republic
* MCU geek
As managing director at Speech Republic, I am doing what I do best: I am responsible for a great place to work for our team, who in turn help you find your communication superpower to speak for change.
In reality, this means one day listening to a Netflix podcast and sharing the best practices with the team, the other day I am stocking up the jars with Tony Chocolonely's and think about ways to improve our customer journey. If you want to know what Tony Chocolonely flavours we have or you want to share your Speech Republic experience with me, please feel free to contact me!
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Beerd BeukenhorstThe (Mad) Scientist
''You bring meaning to your story, and that's nothing less than a superpower.''
* PhD in lessons from the past.
* Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Hip-Hop and upside-down apple pie – the foundation of everything.
* There is motion beneath stillness.
Words matter. Appearance matters. Everyone recognizes that sincerity and stories can stir up a storm. It’s magical to see how people can build entire worlds with words and can bring ideas to life. It is a privilege to work with that sometimes minute, sometimes enormous power and see how it helps people flourish.
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Renske DriestenThe Artificial Intelligencist
''Everybody's got a dark side.''
* Donald Duck comic collector.
* Old-school tattoo fan.
* A.I. Specialist (that likes all things analog).
People are at their best when they are themselves. My fascination with authenticity means that I’m always in search of finding the real you. A story gets a deeper meaning when the speaker is his/herself, at the same time it increases the possibility to truly touch and inspire ones audience. Because of my background in Neuropsychology and Artificial Intelligence, I know that the rational and emotional go hand in hand. The same applies to magical communication. Together, we investigate how you can share your story with your audience in a way that gets your audience moving, thinking. So that in the end you can make that difference that you are aspire to on stage!
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Monique Baidjnath-BadloeThe Interviewer
''You are a micro version of the cosmos, start acting like it!.''
* Karma? Nope, Svadharma!
* Disney fanatic.
* Two Masters degrees, because one just wasn’t enough.
Words have an impact, whether intentionally or unintentionally, they can make a world of difference. Just like a mantra can affirm the spoken word, you have the ability to strengthen your communication message to have impact. By speaking and by listening. To my mind, magical communication is a mindset, one in which you utilise your full range of qualities in service of your story and your audience. It is the moment that you surrender yourself to the energy that emanates from your words, whilst completely trusting in it. It is not a trick, it is Empowerment. It’s optimizing your own unique qualities. For me it is truly a privilege to be able to guide people in the search of their own inner potential.
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Natascha JacobszThe News Anchor
''Do what you can, with what you have.''
* Couch potato that climbed Kilimanjaro.
* Obsessive fact-checker.
* International Broadcast Journalist.
As a South African and growing up in a multi-cultural environment, I’ve always been fascinated by people and their stories. Even more so, when I started traveling the world as a journalist and anchor for CNBC Africa. The more I travelled… the more I engaged with people both in studio and in the field, the more I experienced the universality of the human condition and with it, the need to connect with others. I believe that sharing stories regardless of the type of podium, is a way to forge that connection – to connect yourself with the world of your audience regardless of language, culture or geography.
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Fleur van WijckThe (Singing) Political Scientist
''Your world, is your stage. Don't forget to step on up.''
* Creative soul with analytical expertise.
* MA Political Science and International Relations, MA Turkish Studies.
* Singer-songwriter that’s not afraid of a bum note.
As a political scientist I’ve become increasingly aware of the fact that a great deal of what we perceive as reality, consists of the stories we tell each other. For better and for worse. Let us make sure those stories, are the right ones! I can help you to bring about your story for change. A story that elucidates, inspires, and activates. A good story needs a stage. As a former jazz-musician in Istanbul, I know the stage all too well: the fun, the applause, but also the shaky legs, sweaty hands, and doubts. I can help you to dare to speak up! To play with your story, your perspective, and your audience. Does that mean going off-tune on occasion? Probably. It's all part of the game. And often the start of what turns out to be a great improvisation!
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Bianca OttenThe Office Smile
* Organizational ninja.
* Lady in red (lipstick).
* Labradoodle owner (x2).
I believe that a great training makes you feel welcome, takes away your worries and allows you to focus. I personally make sure of that by taking care of everything from planning to billing and all other organizational matters. That’s what Speech Republic and I stand for: welcome, warmth, care and magic.
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Bas MoutonThe Speech Freak
Speech Republic supports individuals and organizations that want to make a difference, whether it's politicians that impact an entire society, or team leaders that want to motivate their team. I work with those who separate themselves from the masses, those who initiate real change, real impact. I believe it is my mission to ignite that fire, which is why I founded Speech Republic. I believe that it’s better for the world and those who live in it.
ObiThe Office Dog
''Where's the ball?.''
* Speech Repuppy.
* Ball fanatic.
* Avid beach and forest walker.
The Speech Republic office is my second home. Research shows office dogs reduce stress, increase walking breaks and improve the atmosphere at work! Quite some impact for a small dog like me, huh? If you come to the office: make sure not to trip over me, as I'm rather close to the ground as a small dachshund ;)