Who is Richard

Customers call him, a real pro, authentic, enthusiastic and a very likeable personality. With his team, he has been conducting around 100 seminars and key-notes each year since 1995. As an entrepreneur since 1991, he started 4 companies. Sold 2 of them successfully and is passionately driving the other 2.

He has always enjoyed being on stage. As a small boy, he apparently told his mother: “I want to go to go to the school for pop stars”. This explains the compelling urge he felt, especially while in secondary school, to form bands with his friends and travel the country. He therefore considers himself to be very fortunate to be able to combine this passion for music with his job. 

Richard de Hoop uses music as a metaphor and a source of inspiration for businesses and interactions within them. He compares the range and diversity of peoples’ characters to musical instruments; thus a drum represents an active, motivated, hands-on pacesetter, whereas the horn is the unobtrusive yet observant team player. Both are important for a successful team. Richard de Hoop uses a total of eight instruments to classify individual characters. The main message of his inspiring, passionate presentations is: only the joyful ensemble playing of the orchestra as a whole (the employees), working under a motivating conductor (their superior) can lead to a full sound experience and top performances from the entire group.

In his keynote speeches Richard de Hoop motivates his audience by calling on them to focus on the strengths of each individual and to place that person where he or she can best use their talents. Just as each instrument in an orchestra has its own musical role to play. He calls this the ‘Revolution of strengths’. Only when an individual operates from a position which is right for him can he demonstrate enthusiasm and passion in his work, thus enabling his team to strive for exceptional performance. Indeed, Richard de Hoop’s advice to all those who have a motivating leadership role is: ‘look for the sparkle in your employees’ eyes’.

Richard de Hoop’s life exemplifies the authenticity and passion which imbue his electrifying presentations. He loves life, people and music and on stage he combines all these elements with enthusiasm and passion to create a harmonious orchestral whole which both fascinates and inspires. In June 2014 he achieved the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers, the Certified Speaking Professional ® (CSP) designation. Richard is regularly asked to speak as a guest lecturer at various universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands.

  • 2019 nominated as "speaker of the year" in Germany in the category success
  • 2018 Introduction of the new presentation: Future music (How do you stay of value in the future)"
  • 2017 The book "Teams of the future" translated and published in China.
  • 2015 Executive council member at the Global Speakers Federation
  • 2015 Launched the e-learningplatform Team Talent Training
  • 2014 Author: Teams of the future
  • 2014 Certified Speaking Professional (CSP designation)
  • 2013 Award Best Performer in Germany
  • 2012, Author, “Herrie of harmonie”, published by Van Duuren Management
  • 2012 Partner TalentMe
  • 2011, Professional Speaker, GSA Steinbeis-Transfer-Institut Berlin
  • 2011, Certified Belbin Groen Team Role Trainer
  • 2011-present, Authorised licensor for SCIL Strategy in The Netherlands
  • 2010-2012, Executive committee member, PSA Holland
  • 1995-present, De Hoop Entert®ainment
  • 2004-2006, Bizzformit bv, (founded, developed and sold)
  • 1991-2006, Cat consultants bv (founded, extended and sold)
  • 1987-1991, Accounts Manager, Siemens-Nixdorf
  • 1985-1987, Sales, Cikam
  • 1984-1985, Sales, Afga-Gevaert
  • 1979-1984, The Royal Netherlands Army

In his spare time, he loves to exercise (running, going to the gym, skiing), to relax, to cook with friends and really wind down once a month with the “Hatseflats-club” (an aftercare group for the parents of children that have finished primary school;-). 

Richard is the proud father of two beautiful kids and the happy husband from Jacqueline. Here together during their 25th wedding anniversary.


We love life! But we hat to experience the cruelty of life on the 23th of Octobre 2015. After a wunderful day of shopping, my wife Jacqueline and our daughter Sanne got involved in a car accident which our lovely daughter did not survive. Because we are ever so proud of her and grateful of the 20 beautiful years we had with her we want to remember her here as well. For us, it is very clear, that you need friends to get by. That is why we want to share the musical memorial for Sanne with you. It is written by Franck van der Heijden and sung by Joris and Richard. Bfly for ever...

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