As long as I can remember, I have had an extraordinary fascination with other cultures and communication. Growing up, I devoured books about the lives of children in foreign countries. Anytime I went on holidays with my parents, I imagined myself living in the countries we were visiting.
During my journalism studies, a minor with an interesting name caught my eye: “Intercultural Communication”. Although I had no idea what it meant, I decided to enroll. In class we discussed and identified the different ways other cultures communicate. Super interesting! I felt that I had found my calling and decided on the spot that I wanted to pursue “something with communication and other cultures”. I graduated and, while the ink on my diploma was still drying, I hopped on a plane and left the Netherlands on a one-way ticket.
In the next 17 years, I lived, worked and studied in various places around the world, including Brazil, Surinam, South Africa, England, Chile, Argentina and the United States. Along the way, I had to deal with a wide range of cultures, people and situations and many times I committed huge faux-pas – like the time I arrived at a party in Rio de Janeiro… right on time, and nobody was there yet, not even the host. Or when my colleague in Cape Town asked me what I thought of her new hairstyle and, like a good Dutch woman, I told her it really didn’t suit her. She didn’t talk to me for weeks.
At the end of 2017, I decided it was time to return to the Netherlands. Yet adventure kept calling and my dream of “doing something with communication and other cultures” was still at the top of my list. I decided to found Magpie Communications (read here how I came up with that name) in which I combined all my passions and skills: a desire for adventure, passion for communication, interest in other cultures and my many years of experience with “other people”.
I live my life as minimalist as possible (that’s what you get when you’ve emigrated a few times). I like to read three or four books at once (digital versions, of course) and am a huge fan of CrossFit: a type of fitness that combines weightlifting, athletics and gymnastics.
My most annoying trait? I have loads of energy. If you’re not a morning person (and I mean early!) I suggest booking our appointments in the afternoon.
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Positive & energetic – I am passionate and enthusiastic about my work and I thrive on the positive dynamics that results from a good partnership with my clients.
Adventurous – ‘can’t be done’? Not on my watch! I always think in possibilities and never shy away from a challenge.
No-nonsense – don’t expect fancy suits and blah blah. I deliver on my promises, go for impact and strive for the best quality. Bullshit-free.
Authentic – I’m a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of woman. Simple and straightforward.