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Lizanne Jakobs

Lizanne Jakobs

Award winning business expert, Founder of the best- coaching and consultancy company in the Netherlands. Learn how to work in a more engaging, fun and effective way!

Management & Leadership
Expert | Thought leader, Business leader | Entrepeneur, Business coach | Mentor
Business coach, Keynote speaker, Expert, Master class, Debate
Languages spoken
English Dutch German Spanish
Travels from
The Netherlands


Are you looking for an interesting and captivating speaker on work related matters, who can deliver in flawless English and Dutch? Book Lizanne Jakobs as a speaker for your next event! Enterprise Nation named her one of the top 50 business consultants of the UK, where she resided for 13 years. She is an authority when it comes to entrepreneurship, business growth, globalisation, leadership and behaviour. She makes you think how to turn your aspirations for your work or organization into clear actions. Her unique take on organisations, combining hard business (strategy, processes, finance) with soft skills (motivation, behaviour, communication) combines into a comprehensive approach that gets great results. The notion that you can either enjoy yourself at work or deliver results does not hold true, you can very much have both!


Her mission: get as many people as possible working in a more engaging, fun and most importantly, effective way!


Lizanne brings a pragmatic approach, she seamlessly combines theory, facts and quotes with her own experience. Plus she can easily connect with the audience member's point of view. Where others only see problems between people with different backgrounds or departments with different goals, between management and the work floor, she sees how we can combine efforts and achieve more together. She speaks full of passion and connects people regardless of their status in the company or society.  Because of her years of experience in both improvisational theatre and as a speaker she knows how to connect to a room full of people.


Because of her 25 years’ experience in business as both an employee, manager, entrepreneur, external adviser and trainer in a whole host of industries she can shed light on topics from different angles. She has held various roles in international sales and marketing management where she worked with all types of people and nationalities, from small Spanish fork lift truck dealerships to C level execs at Shell and Volvo. This has shown her the best and worst examples of how people and organisations work. Her examples are often recognisable or make you laugh. Lizanne is full of energy, conviction and passion!


Lizanne is the founder and owner of Brilliant Work, a coaching, training and consultancy business that has quickly grown since it was founded in 2016 to an expert team of coaches and hundreds of clients. It was named best SME Business Coaching & Consultancy of the Netherlands in 2019 and 2020 and in 2022 was awarded Best Business Coaching Company in the Netherlands. Lizanne holds a Master's degree in International Business Communications and a B.A. in English, both from the Radboud University in Nijmegen. She is an Ology certified business coach and DiSC certified trainer. Lizanne has been accredited by the Dutch and British government as well as several Dutch provinces to help businesses function better, grow and export.



Business coach
Keynote speaker
Master class


Creating ownership in your organisation

The bigger the organisation, the less responsibility we feel for what happens in it. How do we keep our people engaged with their work, team, their clients. How do we get them to care about their results and KPI’s? Get the tools to work together successfully. More important now than ever with the tightness of the labour market and employees feeling less and less connected to their employers.


Innovation in your organisation

Only organisations that constantly improve, innovate and our customer focused will survive. How can everyone in your organisation contribute to this? And moreover as a manager, what should you stop doing to enable innovation? Hear how you can become or remain more Netflix than Blockbuster, more Apple than Kodak.


Working together internationally within your organization or with others

Our society is more internationally orientated and connected now than ever. Whether you do business with different countries or have foreign employees here. What are the differences and how can you best deal with them? Take an international discovery tour from the comfort of your own seat and learn the best possible and most effective way to work together. A must if you want smooth sailing within your own organisation or more turnover from business with foreign clients.


How to motivate people and apply coaching leadership?

Many managers don’t know how to get the best out of their team, what really motivates people to give it their all at work? By using entertaining anecdotes from Lizanne's own experience or your own business environment you will hear what goes wrong in the world of management and what the key is to managing, leading and developing your team in an highly effective and engaging way that makes people want to give their full potential.


Selling more than you ever dreamed by “selling” less

The days where you could land a new customer or keep one by pushing them to sign on the dotted line are long over. People are critical, are closed off to advertising, are over stimulated and want to be treated like human beings, regardless of whether you are selling in a B2B or B2C environment. An interactive, people oriented method in which both the sales person as well as the customer are at ease is what truly works. Learn how to respectfully and efficiently win large numbers of new clients, who spend more and stay loyal to your business for longer.