Yet another GURU…

November 26, 2007

Today I am picking up Thomas Power at the airport. He is the Chairman of Ecademy, a (the!)  social business network. He is my guest for the coming days…

And of course, a lot of people consider him as one of the networking gurus. How many people have you met lately? Would you believe me, if I say he has met over 10,000 people? He is one of the most connected individuals in the online networks like Ecademy (duh!), Xing and LinkedIn. Recently he is appearing on Facebook too.

If you would like to meet Thomas, tomorrow is your chance! Ecademy Antwerp (yours truly is clubleader 😉 ) is organizing an event at L’étage (Koningin Astridlaan 82A, 2550 Kontich), where Thomas will talk about Personal Branding & Social Networking. For details, check out www.ecademyantwerp.com !

If you are already a member of Ecademy, you’ll get an entrance reduction fee and the chance to meet several Blackstars as well!

I hope to see you there…

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Network Creator

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Negotiate, negotiate and negotiate again!

November 19, 2007

Most Indian business people are very friendly and open. That is because they want you to do business with them. You are valued by the amount of business you can bring them. They are also born negotiators. Everything must be negotiated! Even if you think you have a great price already, recalculate again and go over it again, even if it is only about a few euro cents (£ or $).

It is a national sport to bargain your price! On top of that, bear in mind that when they ask you if you are visiting India for the first time, they will double the price if you say “yes”, because you would not know the local prices anyway…

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Network Creator


About meeting gurus?

November 13, 2007

During the past couple of weeks I am on a magical journey, meeting a lot of interesting people! So many things happening at an incredible speed…You wouldn’t believe it, would you? 😉

Next to the common men (and women), professional contacts and fascinating people with a real mission in life, I also met some people’s gurus. OK, I admit, not everyone has a (personal) guru (myself included), but nevertheless, it seems that I am connecting with inspiring individuals lately…

I already told you about going to Chris Howard’s seminar in London… I still have a few tickets left for his next seminar in februari (don’t wait too long to mail me!)!

Last week, I met Roger Hamilton in Amsterdam. Yes, Mr. Wealth Dynamics! Impressive…Oh, in case you were still doubting, I am a CREATOR. If you don’t believe me, check out my profile.

And yesterday, I went to attend Tom Peters, the management guru, in Antwerp. Wow, what a strong message he delivered here…truly, a gifted speaker! Download his slides, copy and steal them! That’s what he wants you to do 😉 Check out his website for some more goodies!

By the way, who is your guru?

I hope you are having a great time too! If you don’t, I’ll mail you some tips…

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Network Creator


The greater danger…

November 13, 2007

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

– Michelangelo –

This is so true! People tend to set their dreams or goals too low. If they finally achieve them, they have nothing left to live for…

What do you give to a person who has everything?

Go nuts! Have a ball and knock yourself out : define your dreams, think BIG! 😉

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck


Doing business in India?

November 6, 2007

Doing business is India is intriguing. India is a land of extreme contrasts: rich & poor, sweet & spicy, clean & dirty, fast & slow, hot & cool, etc., but also a land of opportunities!  

If you (want to) do business in India, there are a few facts you need to know and I will be writing several articles on this topic. So stay tuned for more…

Greeting ceremony 

The traditional way of greeting in India is folding your handpalms facing each other, making a little bow and saying “Namasté”. It is best to start with the oldest person. Traditional women can not be talked to nor touched until their husband gives you permission. More modern entrepreneurs shake hands. Do not worry if they hold your hand a fraction too long, it is a mere sign of friendship, without any sexual connotation.  It might seem that the Indians are very curious, because they want to know everything about you at the first meeting. It is their method of establishing a relationship by asking you all sorts of personal questions. Once you are getting through the first phase, they will often invite you to their private life as well. You might be invited to a family party or even to a wedding after knowing someone just a couple of hours! 

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Network Creator 


Happiness is …

November 3, 2007

Happiness is inward and not outward, and so it does not depend on what we have but on what we are. 
– Henry Van Dyke –

So, why are so many people focussing on what they (do not) have?

I got out of the rat race and am living the live I really want… Create, Connect & Contribute! And so can you!!! Drop me a line if you need a hint 😉

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Network Creator