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Summary Profile

Makheni helps organisations and individuals to perform optimally. She is the founder of Real Solutions Training in SA and Real Solutions Training Netherlands. Both offer customised interventions in organisational culture transformation, management as well as other people skills. 

As a South African based in The Netherlands, She has international experience as well as local context. She has real experience at different levels of management as well as fifteen years of consulting and management training. In 2013 she published a unique management book, ‘Storytelling meets Management.’ She is now writing a management book which is commissioned by a UK publisher, Bookboon.

She is a management specialist and she employs these communication tools: professional speaking, content facilitation, process facilitation, coaching, writing and storytelling. She is also a Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI®) Practitioner and co-owner of Breinvoorkeuren NBI® - the only Dutch NBI® Agent.

Apart from her unique entertaining style, Makheni is known for being a content speaker. Her talks are based on topics that she consults on and facilitates on. She has had a series of successful careers in a variety of fields, in different sectors and at different levels including operational and senior management. Her talks and the practical tools that she offers are thus based on real life. She is part of the faculty of the UK based Duke Corporate Education, a division of USA Duke University.

Among her achievements in the past decade she lists:
2003: Started The Listen and Grow cd and DVD series
2004 / 2005: Had a weekly unscripted inspirational slot on SABC3
2005: Rated as one of the top 6 speakers in the South Africa
2006: Nominated for the Woman of the Year Award for offering pro-bono work
2008 / 2009: Had another weekly unscripted inspirational slot on SABC3
2010: Started a second cd and DVD series
2012: A successful major reinvention – moving her personal life and professional life to Europe and establishing herself in Europe and Canada
2013: Self-published a management e-book ‘Storytelling meets Management’
2013: Received an award for promoting creativity and innovation worldwide

Makheni’s advice to anyone who will listen: ‘There are no substitutes for Diligence, Experience, Humilty, Integrity and Authenticity.’


Organisational culture transformation
Redefining operational management
Building a cohesive team
Individual and organisational diversity competency
Confidence and Assertiveness
Real innovation in the workplace
Setting yourself up to succeed

Makheni Zonneveld


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