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