Ferry's outlook on life changed as a result of another traumatic experience, the terrorist attack at the Bataclan in Paris, in November, 2015. Instead of becoming angry and feeling sorry for himself, his experience taught him to reach out and help other people. The gratitude he felt from not being killed, coupled with sharing his grief with others, helped him to change from an angry person to someone who could forgive and be happy.
Reasons to book Ferry Zandvliet
- Let Ferry Zandvliet inspire your audience how to be resilient and transform themselves into better people even after serious challenges. He shows how channeling one’s anger into helping other people can actually make them a happier person.
- Having suffered from PTSD himself, and as a victim support expert, he has first hand experience of the power and healing effect of sharing grief.
- Ferry customizes his talks to every audience from children to adults. He shares how letting go of anger and fear, and not making yourself a victim can be very liberating.
Ferry Zandvliet was born in the Netherlands in 1978. As a teenager, he was profoundly affected by his parents’ divorce, becoming a very negative, angry person who made himself a victim. After leaving school, he pursued a career in the hospitality business, was a fitness trainer and coach before training to become a physiotherapist. His life changing experience came in November, 2015, when he survived the Bataclan Theater terrorist attack. When he shared his grief with a total stranger and his three fellow surviving friends, it allowed him to open up himself for the first time.
Although he was suffering from PTSD, he did not see himself as a victim and actually wanted to help other survivors. In 2017 he started a victim support group for fellow survivors of terrible attacks, and has campaigned for a better understanding and support of their needs. As a full time speaker, he has given inspirational speeches around the world including to police organizations and the UN. Talking about his experiences has helped him come to terms with them, and he encourages this in his victim support group. He wrote his bestselling book in 2020, and Ferry Zandvliet is now a happier person than ever due to his life changing experiences of the Bataclan.
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