This is me.
My name is Margreet Jacobs. Or Maja as most people call me. From the age of 4, I was drawn to teaching (mostly my dolls and our cat named Mickey at the time) and being in front of a crowd. But it wasn't until almost 30 years later that I pursued a career in public speaking training and coaching.
After studying journalism and Arabic languages, being a full-time dance teacher and spending 7 years as a sales consultant in software, I came in touch with NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). NLP taught me how to be a better communicator. Not just with others, but with myself as well. Being fascinated as I was by human behaviour I started to learn all there is to know about non-verbal communication. And as I became more and more skilled, people started to ask me about their next presentation. Where to leave their hands, how to handle their nerves... And that is how my job as a public speaking coach chose me. I didn't even know it existed until I started doing it.
I still remember the very first training session I did.
I volunteered to do a workshop on presenting yourself for a group of 25 people who were looking for a job. The workshop started at 15:00 and by the time it was 15:02 I felt like I was flying. I know that I had found what I was meant to be doing. I loved every second of it and didn't stop since.
Now, almost 5 years later I coach Tedx speakers, work with CXO's and deliver group training in serveral large companies in Amsterdam.
Some fun facts.
You can't teach if you don't love learning first. And I love learning new things. Not just about my field of expertise but about anything. And that comes in handy because the speakers I work with are experts in many different fields. Software engineering, recruitment, plastic recycling, forgiveness, project management and even poetry!
I am super clumsy
But really, super duper clumsy. Not a day goes by that I don't drop, knock over or bump into something. It's who I've always been and I have completely embraced this side of myself. 🙂
I’m a dancer.
At the age of 18, I fell madly in love with salsa dancing. 2 years later I was teaching and performing. living the on-stage life I had dreamed of. But when a serious surgery on my left hip put a halt to that life, I had to reinvent myself and at 26 years old, my personal development journey took off.
I’m a do-everything-with-full-dedication kind of person
My motto in life? Do things all the way or don't do them at all. If I start something, I give it my absolute everything. When I give training for 2 or 3 days, I need a full day to recover. And I'm okay with that. Some people say I give to much. But I wouldn't have it any other way.