What do they say about us?
Director Medienzentrum, Eupen
With Talking Circles, we conceived and successfully launched our web-platform. What impressed me most about our cooperation is the disposition to handle new findings that popped-up during the project and to implement them in a flexible way. Furthermore, the profound knowledge of the general and local media was of great help. The enjoyable and effective communication with different partners confirmed the philosophy of the enterprise: dialogue first!
Communications Manager EMEA, Terumo EuropE
Talking Circles assists us with our internal corporate communications campaigns. They successfully combine strategic advice, based on their broad experience in corporate communications, and a hands-on mentality. Adding to that their flexibility and multilingual skills (always comes in handy) make it a pleasure for us to work with Dirk and his team.
Director General at Federal Agency for Nuclear Conrol
When the head of our communication department fell ill at a moment when we were getting a great deal of media attention, we hired Dirk as a temporary replacement. Although he was not familiar with the technical matters, his overall insights and strategic views were of great added value. In addition, he also helped out on the fine details of the work to be done. His work was very much appreciated, both by the team members and by management. I would not hesitate to contact him again if the need should arise.
VP Operations - EMEA at Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres
Dirk is an excellent communications professional and a highly collaborative team member. I recommend him without reservation.
Peter De Caluwe
CEO Ogone (Ingenico)
Dirk supported me in defining an internal communication strategy at Ogone. In a very short time he managed to understand the business and our human challenges and came up with a great plan. He also supported our teams in executing the plan. I can recommend Dirk for any company who is looking for a highly experienced, multicultural communication specialist with a pragmatic approach.
Veerle van Mierlo
Head of Communications, B-Logistics
I had the pleasure of working with Dirk for a few months during a crucial transformation process at NMBS Logistics. He listens and analyses and gets straight to the heart of the matter. Thanks to his know-how, experience and insight into internal communication, he provided the organisation with great added value. Dirk took on the challenges in both a strategic and pragmatic manner. He challenged me, the team and the organisation as a whole in a very constructive way. In very difficult circumstances, he successfully set up and implemented an important awareness campaign about safety that required a very different working method on site. And he also managed a corporate branding campaign that is still in use today. Finally, Dirk is just a great guy to work with.
HR Business Partner, SABIC Belgium N.V.
As a new production site, we realised we had a need for professional support in communications during our start-up phase, mainly for organising events such as the groundbreaking ceremony, the official opening of the site, etc. At such moments, it is crucial to be able to rely on somebody who has the appropriate know-how and experience when it comes to external communications with media, political decision makers, VIPs and others. During the entire process, from start-up to the operational phase, Talking Circles has always given us very practical and professional advice. On top of this, they support us in producing our employee magazine as well as in building and updating our website; things for which there is never enough time internally. Talking Circles has also trained our management team in crisis communication and on how to deal with the media in general. We are very pleased with Talking Circles’ services.
Johan van Putten
Managing Director, Hydro Aluminium Raeren
Always professional and good ideas. Can be used very well for all kinds of internal and external communication and/or presentations. Top qualities: Great results, high level of integrity, creative.
John van Meel
Business Readiness Manager SABIC P2P
Talking Circles supported the P2P (Purchase to Pay) project with internal communication advisers. They know the best methods for communicating the actions and results of the project to all levels in an organisation and delivered perfect publications. Dirk Vandriessche was our ‘go to guy’. He is very dedicated and can find his way around the organisation (communication) of a company in no time. He is pleasant and flexible to work with. He understands what the project is all about very quickly and delivers high quality on time.
General Manager, Weert Groep
For a customer survey, which Talking Circles conducted for Weert Groep, Dirk showed a good sense of customer empathy and came up with well-defined conclusions. First he tried to get a clear picture of what we expected from him, then he carefully fulfilled what we had agreed. Not too much, to avoid unnecessary costs, and not too little, to ensure that conclusions were drawn with the right amount of diligence.
Owner, Wide Circle
Dirk is a highly experienced, knowledgeable and creative communications professional. He demands high quality both from himself and his suppliers. He keeps up to date with emerging trends in communications and is constantly challenging you as a supplier to explore innovative solutions, be it for new challenges or to improve existing processes. With his command of several languages, he is also one of the most culturally versatile communications professionals I have known in my career. As a result, he is a real asset to any organisation operating in the international arena. On a personal level, Dirk has a very high level of integrity in everything he does. He is loyal to his employer and treats his suppliers fairly. And he has a great sense of humour! It's a pleasure to work with him.
Alberto Carrero De Roa
Internal Communications Manager Arcelor Asturias (Aviles, Spain)
During his position as Internal Communication Manager at Arcelor Flat Carbon Steel, Dirk showed good skills in managing a team of communicators spread over different plants and countries. He launched creative and innovative communication solutions, listening to those responsible for communication at plant level and he was high oriented toward the business.
Ex-Director CommuniCation and Public Affairs, Inbev France
Dirk is a strong communications professional as well as a self-controlled and empowering manager with subordinates. His corporate function led him to manage InBev countries' communication network. He has perfectly fulfilled this role, showing his comprehension of the challenges in the field, being open to new ideas, as well as being able to bring added value to the network. Focused on the general interest, he has succeeded in conciliating local needs with corporate policies.
Ex-Director Trade Marketing, Interbrew (AB Inbev)
I hired Dirk to start up a new magazine that was to be sent to thousands of customers across the country on a quarterly basis. Although he had to start from scratch, Dirk did a wonderful job; each new issue was better than the previous one, our customers liked what they saw and we achieved our communication goals in a strategic market. But more importantly, while developing the product, Dirk also developed the necessary procedures and guidelines for making our magazine, allowing us to outsource more and more of the work and create a better ROI.
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