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Hi, I'm Willem van Uijen

As a kid, I felt invisible. At age 14, I ran away from my perfect upper-middle-class Dutch family, only to return to the expectations-filled life path 5 days later.

I was passive for most of my life - always dreaming, never acting.

It wasn't until I was in my 30's that I took radical control over my life. After a decade of consulting, a shipwrecked marriage and failing as a foster parent, I hiked 3.089 km through the Italian mountains alone. 

It broke me, and healed me all at once.


My listening deepened. First, I listened to the voices and doubts in my head. Then I started listening deeply to people around me. Since then, I have made listening my business.

It got me so much more than I expected. 

Promotions, new friends, a wonderful relationship with myself and the people I care for, and even my own business.


I want to share this fortune with the world, through my work. I believe if you truly listen, you can solve all conflicts. You can make the world a better place.

I intend to give motivated people more skills to make the world an even more beautiful place.

My experience


Founder & owner, Leer Luisteren

I get to teach business owners & CEO's what I love. The power of listening. It's the best thing since sliced bread. 

Being a business owner also makes me grow as a person in new ways.


Financial consultancy, team management & training

This is where I did the reps. The countless hours of talking to new customers to train the muscle of listening, influence and soft sales.

Then I started training my own team in listening skills - increasing my impact by 10x.


Oil & Gas consultancy

My first years as a grown-up out of university, I helped oil companies find more oil. I worked for Nigerian and Iraqi oil companies, Shell and Total, and delivered multi-million dollar projects. I loved interacting with clients, but I got bored of technical work - so I quit.


B.Sc. & M.Sc. Geology
Utrecht University

Fascinated by the natural world, I dove into the ancient science of geology during my university degree.

Certified NLP Practitioner

12+ years experience

AvaAvailable in Dutch & English

1000+ excited


Now it's your turn

I'd love to get to know you

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