Angus Mackenzie
– the founder of Straight Talking

angus mackenzieWith dual UK and Dutch citizenship, Angus Mackenzie is equally at home in either culture, giving him an unparalleled ability to work across language and cultural barriers when coaching or translating. When coaching, it’s important that a strong and confident relationship is established very early, and Angus has a background that gives him a head start in working closely and ‘sparring’ with others.

With a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Graduate and Postgraduate Diplomas in Law, he practised law for five years in the City of London, experiencing the cut and thrust of legal argument at the highest levels – a skill he calls on when ‘sparring’ with his language clients, to help them not just speak a second language but to excel in clear and precise communications. He is CELTA trained and has also undertaken a specialised Business English Language Training to Adults course.

After practising law, he moved into Legal Recruitment, serving both the London and Hong Kong markets, before relocating to Amsterdam to work with an international Executive Search firm dedicated to the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. He continued his career progress by establishing two successive businesses that focused on Executive Search, Recruitment and Interim Management for international finance positions in well-known stock-quoted multinational companies.

This breadth of experience gives Angus a powerful set of tools to engage with individuals and help them move forward, whether that’s in their language development or in their careers. Over 25 years working in industries where soft skills are vital to success means that Angus can both develop skills in others and use his extensive skill set to enable better, deeper and more impactful learning for his clients.

In establishing Straight Talking, Angus has drawn upon his background, education and training, and also looked at the needs being expressed by business people and the business community at large for career coaching and Business English training. His decades of success in several different sectors have given him insight, experience and above all – an instinctive sense of how to work with each individual to achieve the best for them.

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Based in Riogordo, Malaga province, Andalucía, Spain.

+ 31 (0) 651 220 306

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What they’re all saying

Angus’ approach is truly unique as he is focused on really understanding the core values: he asked the right questions and highlighted the key issues we were facing. Angus was engaged and readily available as well as being open to feedback. He is also not afraid to challenge you when he sees strong potential that may have been overlooked. I would thoroughly recommend his services.

Sarah McMaster - Senior Recruitment Business Partner EMEA

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2019-11-22T08:44:09+00:00

Senior Recruitment Business Partner EMEA

Angus’ approach is truly unique as he is focused on really understanding the core values: he asked the right questions and highlighted the key issues we were facing. Angus was engaged and readily available as well as being open to feedback. He is also not afraid to challenge you when he sees strong potential that may have been overlooked. I would thoroughly recommend his services.
Stepping out of one’s comfort zone can be difficult. But starting the journey with someone who has always stayed at the forefront of career coaching helped make up for lost ground very quickly. The mentoring I got from Angus made a difference: the sessions were fit for purpose, personal, interactive and full of ‘a-ha’ or ‘light bulb’ moments. Leaving the final session, I felt re-energized and confident to tackle the market.

Calvin Qui - Global Finance Business Performance Leader

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2019-11-25T14:34:03+00:00

Global Finance Business Performance Leader

Stepping out of one’s comfort zone can be difficult. But starting the journey with someone who has always stayed at the forefront of career coaching helped make up for lost ground very quickly. The mentoring I got from Angus made a difference: the sessions were fit for purpose, personal, interactive and full of ‘a-ha’ or ‘light bulb’ moments. Leaving the final session, I felt re-energized and confident to tackle the market.
Angus took the time to ask relevant and targeted questions to understand fully and clearly the requirements of the brief. All in all Angus did an excellent job for this
important brief and I would thoroughly recommend his services to partner with.

Steward Warburn - Human Resources Director EMEA

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2019-11-25T14:35:59+00:00

Human Resources Director EMEA

Angus took the time to ask relevant and targeted questions to understand fully and clearly the requirements of the brief. All in all Angus did an excellent job for this important brief and I would thoroughly recommend his services to partner with.
At a time when I had decided to make a significant change in my career, the career coaching with Angus was a great help in the self-analysis and market analysis processes which were necessary to define my new direction. Angus provided a well-structured series of coaching sessions tailored to my requirements. He has the ability to ask precisely the right questions to highlight one’s strengths, passions and areas of expertise, as well as revealing conflict areas and threats. I can thoroughly recommend Angus as a career coach for anyone looking for a new challenge in their career either within their existing organization or as a step to moving outside.

Ian Gronbech - Strategic Planning Manager EMEA

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2019-12-02T10:00:37+00:00

Strategic Planning Manager EMEA

At a time when I had decided to make a significant change in my career, the career coaching with Angus was a great help in the self-analysis and market analysis processes which were necessary to define my new direction. Angus provided a well-structured series of coaching sessions tailored to my requirements. He has the ability to ask precisely the right questions to highlight one’s strengths, passions and areas of expertise, as well as revealing conflict areas and threats. I can thoroughly recommend Angus as a career coach for anyone looking for a new challenge in their career either within their existing organization or as a step to moving outside.
Angus is a highly experienced career coaching professional. He brings a well-balanced and focused view to his work and shows special enthusiasm and empathy in coaching
professionals to maximise their chances of finding new career opportunities. Angus has a very sound understanding of what his customer needs are derived from his excellent listening and communication skills. With his own international profile and years of experience on the Dutch market, he is also ideally suited to mentoring international expats located here. Highly recommended for professionals looking to find a new career opportunity!.

Maria Cecilia Martina Martínez - Higher Education Professional (Banking & Financial Services)

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2019-12-02T10:01:45+00:00

Higher Education Professional (Banking & Financial Services)

Angus is a highly experienced career coaching professional. He brings a well-balanced and focused view to his work and shows special enthusiasm and empathy in coaching professionals to maximise their chances of finding new career opportunities. Angus has a very sound understanding of what his customer needs are derived from his excellent listening and communication skills. With his own international profile and years of experience on the Dutch market, he is also ideally suited to mentoring international expats located here. Highly recommended for professionals looking to find a new career opportunity!.
I was looking for a native speaker teacher who could be able to help leverage my creative English writing skills. After going through Angus Mackenzie's profile on Linkedin, I was confident that he would correspond to my goals given his amazing expertise and curriculum vitae. He not just succeeded my expectations but went far beyond. He is very knowledgeable and wise and through our wonderful exchanges, I really felt an improvement towards my writing process. He not only has a very good teaching method but also, importantly, was the way in which he would let me be comfortable to choose the course of the classes.

We had lessons together for three months in Amsterdam. The only reason that made me stop having tutelage with Angus was because of his moving to Spain. Otherwise I would have certainly carried on! I can strongly recommend his work!

Malu Neves - Head Of Content at Guide Me To

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2020-10-05T08:56:55+00:00

Head Of Content at Guide Me To

I was looking for a native speaker teacher who could be able to help leverage my creative English writing skills. After going through Angus Mackenzie's profile on Linkedin, I was confident that he would correspond to my goals given his amazing expertise and curriculum vitae. He not just succeeded my expectations but went far beyond. He is very knowledgeable and wise and through our wonderful exchanges, I really felt an improvement towards my writing process. He not only has a very good teaching method but also, importantly, was the way in which he would let me be comfortable to choose the course of the classes. We had lessons together for three months in Amsterdam. The only reason that made me stop having tutelage with Angus was because of his moving to Spain. Otherwise I would have certainly carried on! I can strongly recommend his work!
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