Joost Rigter

Coach, Speaker, Entrepreneur
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The change

Until the age of 26, Joost Rigter could see. Today he only sees 0.8 percent. A rare eye disease made Joost almost blind within ten years. It meant a complete turnaround, nothing would be the same anymore. But is life less beautiful now? Absolutely not, according to Joost. Different, but also very beautiful. This fact is at the heart of Joost Rigter’s lectures. A unique, but very recognizable story about change.

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Recent Articles


De wandeling

I have been a guest in the KRO programme De Wandeling (The Walk). In this episode I tell my life story during a walk with host Hella van der Wijst. Watch the episode here .

The Chairman at work

The Chairmen at Work offers visually impaired people a platform to do what they get energy and satisfaction from; giving chair massages.

Blind trust

The RVU made a short documentary about me for the programme Geluk in Uitvoering (Happiness in Progress). In this documentary I am followed in my first steps towards new happiness and success. You can see how I give my workshop 'A plate full of inspiration' for the...

My Workshops

How do you deal with change? How do you find light in the dark? How do courage, humour, acceptance and self-confidence ensure that obstacles are actually much smaller than they seem? Joost takes you with him during his lecture and shows you in a quite literal sense. Because, ‘there is always just a light switch somewhere’, according to Joost. Joost Rigter’s vision is an eye-opener, his lectures an experience and a source of inspiration. This explains Joost’s popularity as a speaker for the world of business, both nationally and internationally. From Shell to Walt Disney, from Deloitte to KLM and from the UWV to ABN AMRO, his story suits every company.

My Speeches

During my speeches I want the audience to experience what the world looks like without seeing, if only for a short time, and learn from this.


“The workshop Joost provides is an experience in itself. Go along with the fact that you are hindered in something for others it is a matter of course, feels different. Agreements are solid because of how everyone is different. Each has his or her story in which you can recognize a part of yourself. The story about Joost his loneliness is a familiar situation for me. Such loneliness can only be broken by talking and, just as importantly, listening to others. Nice process, it requires understanding, acceptance and patience of both parties.”


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