The chefs in the Speech Republic kitchen are an eclectic mix of personalities. We come from a variety of backgrounds, from theater to political science and American Studies. Together we are constantly on the lookout for new ‘recipes’ for creating magic communication. Get to know the people behind Speech Republic. Please feel free to ask whatever you want to know!
Maartje van Bavel
Fleur van Wijck
Beerd BeukenhorstSpeech Republic coach - The (Mad) Scientist
Words matter. Appearance matters. Everyone recognizes sincerity and stories can stir up a storm. It’s magic 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.
Marle SmitSpeech Republic coach - The Polygot
My love for languages and endless curiosity for what motivates people are joined in stories. Your stories! I believe that stories have the power to connect people. This allows for mutual understanding to grow and then room for change is created; inside organizations or beyond. Important in all this, is that you speak the language of your audience so that you can touch their minds and hearts. What makes my job great is that I may explore, together with you, how you can make this ‘translation’…while staying true to who you are as a person!
Maartje van BavelSpeech Republic coach - The Powerbroker
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.
Fleur van WijckSpeech Republic Coach - The singer-songwriter & political scientist
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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Renske DriestenSpeech Republic coach – The Artificial Intelligencist
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!
Monique Baidjnath-BadloeSpeech Republic coach - The Interviewer
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.
Natascha JacobszSpeech Republic coach – CNBC Anchor
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. As a Speech Republic Coach 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.
Bianca OttenOffice manager - The Smile
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.
Bas MoutonSpeech Republic coach - The Speechfreak
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.
Ben CopelandGrowth Hacker
''I don't know, but I know how to find out.''
* Journalist turned model turned growth hacker.
* Doesn't function without coffee.
* Can't sit still. Lived in Shanghai, Melbourne, Singapore, Cape Town and Madrid.
As a Growth Hacker at Speech Republic, I'm responsible for everything digital. What makes me tick? Philosophising about the future, new tech, automation and design.
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ObiSpeech Republic Puppy - The office dog
* Speech Repuppy
* Fan of balsports
* 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 ;)