Our story

Debatrix is an internationally rewarded training company, renowned in the field of persuasiveness and debate. We teach the leaders of today and tomorrow how to get their message across with the required persuasive power.

Our experts and moderators are highly sought after for high-profile and prestigious assignments all over the world. For the past years we have been coaching (international) leaders in the corporate and political sector. We are very proud that the American business magazine BusinessWeek placed us right up at the top most promising companies of Europe.

Why is Debatrix unique?


Debatrix is founded by the former world champion debating.


All the services we offer are moulded to your case, enabling you to apply the skills the very next day.


Over 100 TED speakers have trusted us to guide them towards their TED-talk.


Our experts campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Ideas worth sharing

Having a great idea is one thing, convincing others that your idea is brilliant and to gain support for it, is something completely different. You need to be persuasive to get your idea to the next level. And that is where we step in to guide you.

Others about Debatrix

The Masterclass was very valuable. The combination between theory and practicse was a very good fit!

Rukshana Mohabbat | Project Management Officer Run & Optimize | ABN Amro

I first discovered the impact of a keynote speech by Debatrix’s Lars Duursma at a Randstad top 70 Finance Leaders conference, which I organised. The audience? CFO’s from all over the globe. The topic? The best way to persuade a client. With a 9,2 out of 10, Lars Duursma was rated as best speaker of the conference. Responses from the participants included: ‘Very effective and memorable’, ‘Top profile with an unique experience’ and ‘fired up and ready to go!’.

Since then, I have often collaborated with Debatrix in a very diverse manner. Together, we guided several different target audiences in obtaining their goals. Challenges such as delivering the perfect pitch, learning to listen in an active manner and applying negotiating techniques were dealt with.

Frouke Maas | Former HR director | Randstad

The perfect balance between theory and practice, individual feedback in a well coordinated programme, which was immediatly applicable.

Martijn van Zonneveld | Manager Virtual Office | Rabobank Rotterdam

Very interesting Masterclass with great pointers, which could be applied immediately.

Marco Pijnappel | Manager Controlling | AFAS ERP Software B.V.

The Masterclass was surprising and very effective. A real recommendation!

Simone van der Doelen | In-house Tax Specialist | Van Lanschot Bankiers

The trainer taught me a lot in an enthusiastic manner, mostly by providing me with a lot of personal feedback.

Emile Broesterhuizen | Equity & Structured Products Specialist | Van Lanschot Bankiers