To Do & Ta Da

July 29, 2008

Are you also having a long todolist? Too many things at the same time? Or do you often come across an interesting book that’s been recommended by friends, but you forget to buy it? What was that title again of that fabulous book? Oops! Or are you just looking for a very simple todolist? And you want to share it (or not)?

Ta-da Lists is probably a great lifehack to solve all this…

Next to creating great lists in a simple way, Ta-da lists lets you share it with the world or with just a couple of friends or colleagues. Of course, you can easily update your list or create a new one for another topic.

How? Just visit Ta-da lists and create an account in 10 seconds. Name your first list. Add items to it. Want to share it? Just click on share. Decide if you want to invite friends and paste their email and custom message or just share it with the world. Hello World 🙂

Alright then, have a look at my book wishlist to see a real life example. If you ever want to buy me a book, look here to get ideas 🙂 And you can subscribe to RSS, just in case…

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck


PS : Thanks to Martijn Aslander for sharing this lifehack

every note with evernote

July 28, 2008

Do you often find interesting info on websites and you paste it to your clipboard rather than just bookmarking the site? Do you save small snippets of text or images? Looking for a way to capture info and search it later on? What about text on post-its or pictures?

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.

To make Evernote more visual, take a look at this :

How does it work?

1. You capture the things you want to remember using what you already use.

2. Evernote runs everything through their recognition technology and then make it all available across your devices. You can then easily organize and tag the notes, if you want.

3. Search for (and find) whatever you need.

That’s it! Another simple lifehack 🙂


Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Brian Tracy in Antwerp!

July 27, 2008

Deear friends,

listen carefully, Brian Tracy is coming to town!

If you have never heard of Brian Tracy, then listen to this clip:

If you have ever heard him on CD or DVD or read one of his 34 books, you know you can not afford to miss this event! Byron Soulopoulos, a dear friend, is the CEO for Brian Tracy Benelux and he is organising this event on the 19th November 2008!

Check out the website and register as an early bird and get a 100 € reduction!

Of course, this is an extraordinary event, and if I’m right it would be the first time Brian Tracy is coming to Belgium. How many times do you get an opportunity like this…

I decided to take on this opportunity and enroll even for a Gold VIP ticket. This way I am having lunch with Brian!I am really looking forward to meeting him in person! What about you?

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute

PS : If you register for a ticket online, please use Bert Verdonck as your Customer Relations Manager. I’ll get you another surprise 🙂

Todo on top

July 23, 2008

Do you still write little notes and todos on yellow post-it notes ? Do you often loose track of your todo-list? How do you keep your priorities during the day? And where? Are they in sight (always)?

I found a very handy tool, called Next Action. This lifehack is basically a small application that runs on your Windows PC with a list of todos for today. You can easily adjust its place, the font and colors. On top of that it adds a timestamp when your task is done. It moves out of your way automatically and stays on top of all windows. Your todos stay on top, so you can be on top of them 🙂

If you are satisfied with a simpler version, then use Active Desktop. How? Just rightclick at your desktop -> Display -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop -> Web. Choose New, Browse and enter your file name (html) and confirm. That’s it! You can even drag the file to any place you like on your desktop.

There are plenty of similar solutions out there. Does anyone know one for Mac users? Thanks!

Enjoy every day,
Bert Verdonck

Ikea Hacker?

July 22, 2008

When redecorating your place or simply when you are moving into a new place, are you not looking for those smart(er) ways to decorate? How handy would it be finding tricks to upgrade cheap furniture and make it look expensive and sophisticated? Or are you more into a creative mood yourself and come up with unique interior design objects, whether they are functional or not?

Then, the Ikea Hacker Blog is probably something for you!

Why? It brings you a stack of lifehacking tips about how to pimp your IKEA furniture 🙂
Here are some examples:

Learn how to turn a kitchen wall cabinet into a stainless sideboard
How to turn wardrobe doors into a sliding room divider
From pillowcases to placemats
Give your speakers sexy legs
And handsfree reading

Maybe we should call him the Hackea-guy ? 🙂

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Forget the small stuff!

July 21, 2008

Are you also worked up about things that are not really a big deal, after all? Have you ever noticed how uptight you feel when you’re caught up in your thinking? Once you get in the details of whatever is upsetting you, don’t you feel more absorbed by it? One thought leads to another, and yet another and another one, until at some point, you become incredibly agitated and frustrated?

Here’s news for you : Forget the small stuff!

We tend to focus on little issues and concerns. We blow this “small stuff” way out of proportion. Rather than letting go, we create an imaginary confrontation in our mind. Many of us might even tell someone else about this “stuff”. Why don’t we let it go and go on with our day?

Too many people are spending so much time and energy “sweating the small stuff” that they completely loose touch with the magic and beauty of life. You have more energy and things move ahead much faster if you forget about the small stuff!

How to deal with it? Stop thinking about it! The more attention it gets, the bigger it becomes…Focus on positive thoughts instead. Let these thoughts grow big 🙂 Focus on how grateful you are and keep breathing. Relax and laugh at the small stuff, because it used to upset you, but not anymore! Encourage yourself to think happy thoughts. Think about your holidays, going out with your friends, your relationship, a great movie, etc.

Really enjoy this great stuff every day 🙂 

Bert Verdonck,
Create, Connect & Contribute

Prepare for rejection

July 20, 2008

Prepare for rejection is what Mike Southon learned me. We often prepare for success, for all kinds of scenarios, but do we actually plan for rejection? No, most of us don’t!

Why not? Because of fear! To be honest, I ‘ve been afraid and fearfull before…Now, I’ve changed tremendously, but I can still remember my days of insecurity and fear very well!

What else did I learn from Mike lateley? A great formula for case studies. Of course, like you, I also thought I  knew this already, but Mike added some added value to it!

“When people are sceptical about you, come with proof fast!”

That’s where case studies are handy. His structure : Start with the pain or problem your customer had. Then talk about what you did. Be specific! And finally, present the results. Talk this case study through with your client and ask them for the consequences. Are they willing to provide you with a quote? Go for it! (Or write it yourself and have them approve it 🙂 ) On top of that you could ask them if they know how much they’ve spend, invested with you. Ask them if they would order more? How much? While you’re talking to them ask them for referrals. At least 6! If you want to learn how to do this, enroll for Everlasting Referals (Jan Vermeiren)!

Another interesting lesson from Mike was about closing a sale : People can answer only in 3 ways : Yes, No or Maybe. If it’s a YES, it’s easy : STFU (aka Shut The F**k Up) and take the money. The biggest mistake people are making (including myself) is to try to sell something extra rightaway. Don’t do it! Just take the money (gently) and run. Next time, sell something extra. If you still keep pushing to sell something extra, you’ll end up confusing the customer and loosing even this first deal… I think Mike is right!

If the customer says NO, then in fact you have 2 cases : a true NO and a false NO. The latter is easy, you can straighten the facts, because most of the time it’s about a misunderstanding or miscomprehension or…Get those right and you’ll close the deal! If it’s a true NO, you loose the sale. Don’t worry, walk away, and invest your time in other prospects. You can’t win them all, right? By the way, what did you learn from it? Did you get feedback from this lost case? What will you do differently next time?

The hardest case is the MAYBE, but Mike’s answer is pretty simple : Walk away! These people are the Timewasters! They will eat up your time…So, walk away and focus on other prospects to close more deals! Wow, I realised I was still spending too much time on these people in the past…resulting in poor results.

Also looking for an outstanding salestraining, just talk to Mike Southon. His “Salestraining on a Beermat” was nearly perfect. Some stuff I knew already, but Mike got it all well put and added some humour and a significant value to them. It was worth every penny and minute of my time!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute

Go Bananas!

July 19, 2008

Today I updated the Go Bananas website. Our contribution to a wonderful initiative by Kevin “Banana Man” Allen. He’s an extraordinary man who was touched by a documentary about AIDS orphans in Zululand, South Africa. He took all his savings, bought a ticket and just went there.

He bought all the fruits from local merchants and started to feed the children, who nicknamed him the Banana Man. Once back in the UK he took on a second job to continue his contribution to save as much children he could. He started a charity and I felt like stepping up and give Kevin a hand with his big yellow mission 🙂

Lets Go Bananas and save a life!

Let's Go Bananas and save a life!

So, Tonia and I will participate at the Dodentocht (“March of Death”) on the 8th-9th of August in order to raise money for Banana Appeal, Kevin’s charity. Many people think we are nuts taking on a challenge of walking 100km in 24 hours, so that’s why we created a special website called Go Bananas! Let’s go bananas and save a life!

Our goal with Go Bananas is to raise money for 100,000 meals! Impressive, but if you know that Banana Appeal needs a mere 0.07 Euro to feed a child for 1 day, what’s keeping YOU from stepping up as well? Donate money today to this charity and also buy Kevin’s book, a unique Go Bananas ballpoint pen, a Banana Guard or taste our Award winning, genuine Banana Beer!

With just € 0,07 Banana Appeal can

1. Feed a hungry child fresh fruit for a day at school.
2. Help them gain an important education, as they attend school to receive the food.
3. This provides the children with a more stable environment at school.
4. Being fed regularly brings the children away from begging or prostitution.
5. This helps stop the children from contracting AIDS from infected adults.
6. This has a positive impact on the children’s mental and physical health.
7. Combined this gives the children hope of a better future.
8. It also provides many of the parents dying of AIDS a little comfort that their children won’t be left alone to fall into a cycle of poverty and abuse – but be fed, educated and looked after, once they have passed away.
9. The project also provides much needed trade to the local fruit sellers.
10. All whilst uplifting the spirits of an entire community.

Check out the website and start contributing NOW! For as little as 0.07 Euro (also £ and $ will work just fine!) you can help one child for at least 1 day. So, start giving and contribute to a really great cause…

Thanks for helping out the forgotten children in Zululand! For them it really makes a big difference…

Thanks for your support,

Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute

Automated File Management

July 16, 2008

Do you have a lot of icons on your desktop? Working a lot with Office documents? Loosing your way in the structure of directories? Do you have a lot of files coming in, reviewing them and sending them back out again? A lot of temporary files to process?

Then Belvedere (Windows) or Hazel (Mac) is something for you!

Belvedere/Hazel keep your desktop or any other folder on your hard drive organized and under control. They are automated file management tools. Use their friendly interface to create advanced rules to move, copy, delete, rename, or open files based on their name, extension, size, creation date, and much more.

Enjoy every day,
Bert Verdonck

Mike Southon rules!

July 15, 2008

Another day in London and I enrolled for a training. Not just any training, I am talking about the sales on a beermat training by Mike Southon! Yes, I am looking forward to another outstanding performance by this great mentor!

This afternoon, I planned some additional meetings with other XL Life Members, Ecademy Blackstars and other friends.

Tonight I am on the train back home…

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Create, Connect & Contribute