Training Life Coach

February 27, 2009

Stats are a wonderful tool. One of the lessons that I learned going through my blog’s stats, is that a number of visitors are searching for “training life coach”, “cursus coaching”, “opleiding life coach”, “live life coach” and “open cursus”. In a similar way, people are looking for “cursus lifehacking”, “ecourse lifehacking” and “open cursus lifehacking”.

If I tell you that at least a couple of these are found daily in my stats…What does that tell me? Right, that I should probably do something about this!

So, I am in the process of organising more open courses on lifehacking later this year! YES 🙂

On top of that, nearly all coachees give me incredible feedback. And nowadays I sometimes have interviews with people who are thinking of becoming a life coach themselves. And they come to talk to me? Mmm, something’s out there…Some people are advocating me! Word of mouth still rules! I like it! 🙂 So, yes, I’ll be looking into ways of sharing my Create, Connect & Contribute-coaching programme with other coaches in the future.  Stay tuned!

Thank you all for being so supportive and for letting me share my gifts with you!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

PS : if you want to stay on top of what I am doing, follow me on Twitter!

Any Video Any Language

February 25, 2009

What do you do with videos you don’t understand (because you don’t speak the language) ?  Right, you select the subtitles, but how do you do that with YouTube or Vimeo movies? Uhm, ok.

Living in Belgium means we are accustomed to multiple languages (3 official languages Dutch, French and German). Then the question arises, how do we understand brilliant videos in other languages? Right, by using subtitles. How do we get subtitles in online movies? Simply by using this lifehack : dotSUB. I came across this great platform with one unbelievable strong extra asset over YouTube and Vimeo. You guessed it right : the subtitles. Ladies and Gents, I hereby present you to dotSUB Any Video Any Language!

dotSUBSo, what exactly is it? dotSUB is a browser based tool enabling subtitling of videos on the web into and from any language. There is nothing to buy and nothing to download. Recognizing the potential of global communication powered by the Internet, the founders of dotSUB created a web-based tool that enables video to be accessed in an open, collaborative, “wiki” type environment. The dotSUB tool gives anyone the ability to translate video content into multiple languages via subtitles rendered over the bottom of the video.

Check out the dotSUB site to see loads of videos being translated every day!  Isn’t this cool? By the way, there is plenty of room for you to jump right in too. Upload your own video and start translating it and go that extra mile for your viewers! 🙂

Let me give you 2 examples :

“Did you know?” is an outstanding video I already posted about earlier. Their newest version (3.0) is now out and translated with dotSUB in a wide range of languages.

“Twitter in plain English” is probably the best instructional video on the planet explaining what Twitter is. This video reached over 2 million viewers on dotSUB only!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Tonia’s Journey!

February 22, 2009

A new beginning, a new journey!

“Every walk is a kind of crusade, a move to “the West”, a journey into the wilderness, a trip to selfconsciousness, transformation and the future.” These are Henry David Thoreau‘s words, a 19th Century writer who wandered for days in the forests and in the human mind. These are also Tonia’s first words to announce her newest journey! She has decided to take on a new challenge…She’s going to walk 2,500 km with her backpack this summer!

Yes, you’ve read it right : 2,500 km! This means at a rate of 25 km / day on average, she ‘ll be walking at least 100 days!

It is time to take some time off, to step out of her daily patterns of stress and finally create time and space for herself to reflect, to explore in depth who she really is and to contribute to her own legacy, which is yet to be defined. This journey will start at our home in June and will take her through Belgium, France and Spain. Yes, she is walking to Santiago de Compostela and finally to Finisterre, the end of the world 🙂Tonia : Op weg naar mezelf

I congratulate Tonia and am proud of my superwoman that she stepped up to take control of her own life and am looking forward to an even happier life together!

You can follow Tonia on her own blog (in Dutch mainly) and she will add pictures too!

Have fun, always,


Writing a book

February 18, 2009

I signed up to become the co-author of a book! YES, I am in the process of becoming a published author 🙂 Who would have thought that…we all think about it, but how many really step forward and do it?

Next to lifehacking and genius shortcuts, I am passionate about transforming other people’s lives. What better way to promote myself than to become part of a promising bestseller book?

I will keep you posted on the progress 🙂

Have fun, always,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

David Allen Dinner

February 17, 2009

I am excited! Tonight I’ll be having dinner with Mr. GTD himself, David Allen, in Amsterdam. How cool is that?

I keep you posted on his insights and my experience 🙂

Have fun, always,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

Heart-shaped Paperclips

February 14, 2009

Heartshaped ClipsToday is Valentine’s Day and many people have a little note they want to give to their loved one.

How to stick it together? Or how to put together candies or presents?

Heart-shaped paperclips are the answer!

This is very easy to do it yourself 🙂

Thanks Jess for sharing this lifehack!

Heart-shaped paperclips

And yes, I did try this at home and it works very well…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

PS : Use round-shaped paperclips (like illustarted) to start from, otherwhise your heart will look squarish…

T-shirt Lifehack

February 13, 2009

Most men don’t have a clue how to fold a t-shirt. Some women as well 🙂

To help you out, here is a shortcut on how to fold a t-shirt in 2 seconds :

A special thanks to Nathaniel Stott for sharing this lifehack!

Have fun, always,

Bert Verdonck

London Calling

February 9, 2009

Today I am in London to participate in my boardroom club. I’ll explain this in a future blog, because I am thinking of creating my own similar club in the Belgium as well…

In the afternoon, I will be participating in the XL Power UP meeting, a classic (not quite :-)) gathering of London’s XL Life Members.

And tonight I’ll be co-presenting the infamous XL Momentum session, together with Tracy Julliard. In the footsteps of worldclass speakers like John DeMartini, Mike Harris and Roger Hamilton, Triumphant Events set the stage for a fantastic evening! Our goal is to bring clarity on why XL World was created. On top of that, we’ll share insights in social media and shortcuts (lifehacks!) to help all members achieve more online through XL World.

Tomorrow I’ll be hosting my first workshop for women entrepreneurs in London. Gaia Gold is a brilliant new network, gaining interest very fast with several outstanding women taking the lead. “Genius Shortcuts for a Flourishing Life” will be focusing on how to work more efficiently, to create more time for yourself. I’ll share several tips & tricks, when applied, that will alter every participants’ life (forever?)!

Tomorrow evening I have a “next steps” meeting with Tracy Julliard. After a debrief from the XL Momentum event, we are definitely accelerating to second gear 🙂 Also several products are being created. Oh, by the way, did I mention that as an XL Life Member, you can already enroll for our first Webinar : XL World : Extraordinary Results Online! Book your ticket right now!

Stay tuned, I’ll be back for more 🙂

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach
Create, Connect & Contribute

David Allen Interview Update

February 7, 2009

David AllenDavid Allen does not need to be introduced anymore. Everyone knows “Getting Things Done” (GTD) and his latest book “Making It All Work” strengthens his guru status in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. Martijn Aslander and I had the privilege of interviewing David recently. Of course we’d like you to share in this too…

David Allen describes himself as a very lazy person. This laziness was the impetus to develop what is now known as “process improvement”. David devised a number of “tricks” to more easily succeeded in and develop his career.

Two basic elements of GTD that he quoted during his interview are:

1. Collection of everything you have in our head
2. Determining your next action step

He got the advice that the publication of a (bestselling) book would make a significant strategic step forward for the expansion of his business. It took another 4 years for Getting Things Done to appear on the market.

David had to first learn what it meant to write a book. He had never written a book before nor had he developed a business plan around that. After learning these things, he needed a year to find a publisher and another year to write the first draft of Getting Things Done-The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Then came the second draft and work on the title and graphics.

David did all this in addition to his regular full-time job. But that’s “not recommended” he says!

GTD it is easy to understand and to implement because it starts from our own concrete experiences – that is the reason why GTD is so successful according to David Allen himself.

What’s unique about GTD, is the fact that it takes the position not of starting from what we think we should be doing, but rather from how we can simply and effectively improve how we think and how we do things.

Thanks to GTD, you get immediate control (back) over your thoughts and actions. In this way you can then develop your productivity.

The immediate effect of GTD in David’s own life was of relaxation. Thanks to his own techniques, David Allen succeeded in emptying his head [“mind like water”].

David describes himself as a researcher and educator. He had 25 years to acquire the knowledge that allowed him to become who he is today. The next 25 years will be focused on the dissemination of this knowledge.

In the accompanying audio track you hear a piece of David Allen’s life philosophy, guaranteed a great tip for you. Enjoy!

David Allen will give his public seminar in Amsterdam on February 19: GTD Seminar Making It All Work!

A special thanks to Nathaniel Stott for the translation in English and for publishing my article in the GTDTimes.

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

David Allen Interview

February 3, 2009

David Allen, auteur van “Getting Things Done” (GTD) en “Making It All Work”, omschrijft zichzelf als een zeer luie persoon. Naast enkele basiselementen beschrijft hij wat GTD uniek maakt en vertelt hij over hoe het 4 jaar duurde om GTD te publiceren. Een audio-fragment ligt zijn levensfilosofie toe en hij sluit af met een concrete tip.

Lees het volledige artikel op!