Who is Chris Van den Abeele?
Chris not only has a famous face, but he also has a famous voice. For over 20 years, he has been a journalist, documentary maker and presenter for the VRT, on radio as well as television. In 2005, he was honoured for his Panorama documentary about illegal betting and the Mafia in Belgian football. And sport will always remain close to Chris’ heart. He also spent quite a while working for TV programme De Zevende Dag, but now works full-time on the radio, where he presents the night time news. Chris can manage your debates or events with empathy and a lot of warmth. But Chris also wants to talk about the burn-out he experienced. He offers tips about how to overcome such breakdowns, but mainly about how to prevent them. “I think a debate or discussion can only be regarded a success if it does not become a boxing match and if the audience is clearly informed. I listen to people with genuine curiosity and warmth. But I also don’t mind throwing in a little bit of subtle critique from time to time.”
The presentation by Luk Dewulf and the testimony of Chris Van den Abeele were met with great enthusiasm. Both speakers earned a well-earned score of 8 out of 10 during the evaluation by 65 participants. We are thus very pleased with the presentations. Luk's humour and Chris’ warmth caused people to listen attentively for the full 2 hours. And many of them said that the lecture was truly worthwhile.
We worked with Chris during a study day called ‘Bedrijvige kern’ (bustling core) and an award ceremony for ‘Laureaat Ondernemende Gemeente’ (enterprising municipality award); everything went exactly as we would have liked. Chris Van den Abeele is a really nice person to work with. Easy to access, flexible, responds quickly to e-mails and instils confidence. He is a very good moderator, has a pleasant voice and adds humour to his presentations, but can also deal with complex themes. The audience was also very positive about him.