Erik van Vooren
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Ask Erik Van Vooren what he does for a living, and he will give you his laconic answer: "I’m an EnterTrainer, which is a combination of a trainer and an entertainer."
He is a trainer as he teaches his audience how to make the most of their own skills and talent. He knows how to grip his hearers and has a very amusing way of telling things. And that makes him somewhat a professional entertainer.
Erik teaches seminars to the farthest corners of the planet: in Sydney, Buenos Aires and Cape Town he’s not a stranger. He also is a sought after guest lecturer at several universities in Belgium and abroad.
In earlier days Erik worked as a faculty member with the University of Gent (Rijksuniversiteit Gent), as an account officer with the Chase Handelsbank, as a marketing manager with the consumer-association Test-Aankoop and as founder and managing director with the advertising bureau BBDO/DIRECT.
In 1988 he founded his own DM Institute, initially focusing on different kinds of marketing training seminars. In the past few years clients have been asking more often for Erik to provide them with “staff motivating speeches”. These are now fully integrated in the day-to-day business of the Erik Van Vooren DM Institute.
Besides that, Erik is chairman of the DM Research Centre and holds a chair in Direct Marketing with De Vlerick School Voor Management of the University of Gent.
Areas of Expertise
Erik’s original professional background is consumer psychology and (direct) marketing communications. He was among others, the marketing officer with Chase Manhattan Bank, the Belgian Consumers Association, and managing director of BBDO Direct, an advertising agency.
Erik started 18 years ago as a professional speaker in direct marketing. This took him all around the globe as a keynote speaker at direct marketing conferences in Sidney, Singapore, Cape Town, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Toronto etc.
Over the past 10 years Erik has extended his field of interest to include broader motivational topics such as personal success, creativity, stress management and teambuilding.
Erik positions himself as an EnterTrainer, because he brings a balanced mix of scientific concepts and principles, illustrated in a playful way by means of music, video clippings and interactive exercises with the audience. He uses Powerpoint in quite a unique way. Like a weather forecaster on television, he "interacts" with his slides, that contain only a few words or a catchy picture.
He believes that the same techniques we use to motivate consumers to buy our products, can be used to motivate teams, to stimulate their creativity, to reduce stress and to motivate ourselves.
His latest presentation "We can work it out! What top teams can learn from the Beatles" was one of the highlights of the annual marketing conference here in Belgium last December 2005, attended by 1.200 marketing professionals from all industries
Erik always get very high ratings, because of his enthusiasm and charisma.
Some of the titles of his presentations are:
- Unleash the full power of sm@rt direct marketing
- 7 proven techniques to boost the effectiveness of your marketing communication
- Unchain your brain: how to be more creative?
- How to thrill your audience with a whole brain presentation?
- How to stay calm when others start to panic?
- 3 easy roads to a more relaxed life style
- We can work it out: what can top teams learn from the Beatles?
“I don't know how he does it, but every time I am like glued to my chair. Fascinating, amusing and inspiring every time again"
Luk Temmerman, Belgacom, Belgium
"The seminar was a great event for all participants. Mr. Van Vooren is a lecturer with a bunch of fresh ideas, approaches and experiences. No one was bored at any moment.”
Milan Matos, Mladinska Knjiga, Slovenia
"As a direct marketing prophet, Erik managed to make the whole department realise the use and the future of direct marketing. An enriching experience, also for professionals"
Philip Van Bost, Flanders Expo, Belgium
"In a powerful and entertaining way, Erik Van Vooren demonstrated the key factors of direct marketing to the IBM staff."
A.J. Van Ast, IBM, the Netherlands
"The team's unanimous remark was: the best seminar ever had!"
Alain Hardy, 3M Health Care, France
"A clear explanation, to the point, fun, well illustrated, gives you a lot to think about and put into practice. Mr. Van Vooren is a good animator, who knows his subject well, and presents it in a way that guarantees to attract attention."
various participants, Swift, Belgium
"In an entertaining, pleasant and instructive manner, using numerous examples from our industry, Mr. Van Vooren demonstrated how direct marketing is actively and effectively put into practice."
Paul Vandermoere, Lufthansa, Belgium
"The seminar fully met everyone's expectations and was well adapted to the specific context of our industry. Moreover, it was presented in an excellent way".
Claude Van Houcke, Winterthur, Belgium
"30 Slovenian companies, not one negative remark!"
Peter Rondaij, CTU,Slovenia
Jill Isaac, Nemtech UK Ltd, participant at the London International DM Fair
"Exactly the right mix of theory and practice. One of the best presentations I've had in a
Pascale Muylaert, Tony Stone Images, UK
"I got many good ideas for my business, and the way of presenting was interesting and
amusing. Erik is not only a good trainer but indeed an entertainer.”
participants at Management Centre Europe seminar, Brussels
"The DM-Day in Stockholm was a success in which you took a great part. You were highly appreciated as a speaker; I think this is actually the highest score ever for a speaker at this event. So thank you."
Lena Thörne, Swedish Direct Marketing Association
"It is with great pleasure that I thank you and congratulate you for your success in delivering the "Principles of Direct Marketing" course. The people who attended your seminar were very pleased with your presentation. They not only valued your excellent teaching method, but also the content which they found very valuable."
Mike Thompson, IBM International Education Center, Belgium
"What can I say. I have never seen such an excellent reaction from participants. They simply loved your presentation. Thank you for giving us so many happy participants which we know is not easy to achieve."
Joleen Smith, Conference Manager, the London International Direct Marketing Fair
"When I first met Erik, the first thing I noticed was his bow tie - his trademark. Like most
men who wear a bow tie, Erik is a bold and courageous thinker who delivers new ideas to an audience without them ever being aware they are motivated to reconsider convention. He is a compelling and knowledgeable speaker who mixes his knowledge with well-earned wisdom and... wonderfully enough a great sense of humour. You will love learning from this delightful gentleman!"
Darlene Richard, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
“Everything was just perfect. I really had a great time with your performance!”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in particular one more time for the fascinating and exceptionally polished motivational speeches which you prepared for HBK-Spaarbank in April. The reactions from the sales points have been extremely positive. Your clear presentation has brought our employees a new awareness of the scope and potential of database marketing.”
Frank Pyra, head of training, HBK-Spaarbank
“Your presentational style is very calm, practical and not preachy. You appeal to the intellect of the participants, not just their emotions. Apart from that, my compliments on your PowerPoint presentation, which was exceptionally well put together.”
Aernout M. van de Panne, Legende Education