What’s your job at TEDxDelft?
As a passionate performer coach I am lucky to work in the stimulating academic setting of Delft University of Technology. Since the first TEDxDelft in 2011, I have been a member of the TEDxDelft team, responsible for performer coaching. With a dedicated team of coaches we will support TEDxDelft performers to prepare a captivating and convincing presentation. Story telling and theatre techniques, stage direction and English language feedback will enable performers to deliver a performance they will never forget.
Can you tell us something about yourself?
I am a proud father of six-year old twins. inline skating and singing in a choir are two of my hobbies. Furthermore, I love to spend time on either liquid or frozen water. I am passionate about teaching and presenting and fascinated by language. My main job is to lead Focus Centre of Expertise in Education at Delft University of Technology. Our team of ten professional trainers, coaches and consultants cares for educational quality at the University. In my ‘spare’ time I coach academic teachers, researchers and students both in The Netherlands and abroad to become professional speakers.
What’s your idea worth spreading?
My hobby horse is the underestimated power of using silence in presentations and teaching. My personal Idea Worth Spreading: the quality of performances would drastically increase if performers used more silence.
What’s your favorite TED(x)talk?
Some of my favorite TED talks for various reasons:
- Sugata Mitra Kids can teach themselves
- Susan Cain The power of introverts
- Andrew Stanton The clues to a great story
- Julian Treasure 5 ways to listen better
- John Francis: Walk the earth … my 17-year vow of silence
- Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness