Ten years ago, I was a professional poker player.


Every day I was optimizing my decisions based on data and human behavior.

"In this situation, what is my best play with Ace-King?"


I don’t play poker anymore, but I am still passionate about psychology and numbers.

My background in Behavioral Economics gave me the theoretical understanding of data and human behavior.

In my analytics career I have experienced how this works in practice.

Also, I've learned that 85% of analytics project fail (Gartner). Strikingly, the main challenge is not data or technology. The main challenge is the interaction between people.

In the last years, I've helped hundreds of professionals through training and coaching.

Now I use this human-centric approach to enable organizations getting the best out their data opportunities.

Through my training and coaching programs Data Scientists learn how to ask better questions, communicate with the business, and present their results with data storytelling.

In other words: Soft Skills for Hard Problems.


Data can be lucrative.

Just like Ace-King in poker.

However, if you don’t play it in the right way, it will only cost you money.


Curious how you can play data as a trump card in your



Let's plan a call to discuss your chances.

Gilbert Eijkelenboom

Founder MindSpeaking

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I've founded the company MindSpeaking, because I'm on a mission to help 100,000 analytical thinkers improve their people skills.

Through my training and coaching programs Data Scientists grow valuable soft skills that they need to understand requirements and build trust with key stakeholders. As a result, Data Scientists create data products that end-users will actually use.

What's in the name? 

MindSpeaking is about the 'Mind':

Our complex brain that we use to make decisions in life.

MindSpeaking is about 'Speaking':

We build relationships and express ideas by saying what's inside of us. 

MindSpeaking is about 'Speaking your Mind'.

Don't make the same mistake I made: thinking too much in social interactions.​ I help analytical thinkers to improve their people skills by becoming more open and expressive: speaking what is on their mind.



People Skills for Analytical Thinkers

When I told other people that I founded a company, they asked me:

“How do you feel?”


I used to HATE that question.


I thought:


“What do you mean, how do I feel? I guess I don’t feel much.”

The rational side was never a problem for me. But understanding and expressing emotions is another game.


Now I know better how important this side of the equation is.


Many people are geniuses when it comes to the rational side.

They have amazing left-brain skills:

🔹 Programming

🔹 Analysis

🔹 Math


But in this interconnected world, that is not enough.


According to McKinsey, Deloitte, and the academic world*, collaboration and communication are crucial.


Emotional Intelligence is more important than ever.

I'm passionate to help people in developing these skills. That's why I wrote the book:  

People Skills for Analytical Thinkers

* References:

  • McKinsey Global Institute (2018) - Automation and Future Workforce

  • ​2019 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends

  • Borner et al. (2018) Skill discrepancies (...) reveal the critical need to supply soft skills for the data economy.