Motivational Speaking

Since his golden race in 2008, Maarten gives motivational presentations to all types of audience. Because of the universal themes in his speaking, it’s very easy for every person (young/old, man/women, …) to relate to Maartens story.

Universal themes in Maartens presentation:

favicon-196x196 Dealing with adversities2014-Maarten-als-spreker
favicon-196x196 Persistence
favicon-196x196 Innovation
favicon-196x196 Ambition
favicon-196x196 Need to achieve
favicon-196x196 Relationship between parent and child
favicon-196x196 Relationship with coach/supervisor/manager
favicon-196x196 Collaboration
favicon-196x196 Introspection



After booking Maarten as a speaker at an event, he will contact his client to learn more about the event and audience and to adjust his story to his clients’ needs. This results in a custom-made speaking with the following topics.


2014-maarten-als-spreker-2favicon-196x196 Are we the master of our own success?
We want to believe that everything we do/achieve is a result of the choices we make and therefore we like to believe that we can control our own lives. But is this true? In this presentation, Maarten tells about his view on controlling your own success from his experiences in his childhood, his illness and his career as a professional swimmer. His personal and inspiring story gives an insight on how he dealt with the deathly disease he got and what encouraged him to work hard to become an Olympic Champion. This presentation will encourage the audience to think about their own life, their strengths and weaknesses and how they want to reach their personal and professional goals. Maartens story will make your audience wake up the other day with a lot of energy and motivation to reach their personal best.


favicon-196x196 Reaching consistent and sustainable success
After reaching the Olympic golden medal at the Olympic Games of 2008 in Beijing (open water swimming, 10km), Maarten retired from swimming. Despite of his retirement, he didn’t lay back, but became a successful speaker (over 200 presentations in the Netherlands and abroad, average graded 9/10), wrote his autobiography (sold over 50.000 examples, hit the book top 10 in the Netherlands) and started a fast-growing successful carrier at Unilever. How did Maarten manage to continue his success in other areas different than sports? What are his ‘secrets’? Maarten his insights can help you and your company to reach consistent and sustainable success, given to you in an inspiring, amusing and personal way.


Do you want to book Maarten as your guest-speaker? Click here for bookings.