Start Sharing on LinkedIn

April 21, 2010

Most people already know that I am a Certified LinkedIn Trainer and with Networking Coach we are really helping a lot of people with getting more results by using LinkedIn.

So, I thought, it might be a good idea to start sharing some interesting tips on LinkedIn. Now, why would I do it all by myself if LinkedIn has their own clip on YouTube clip to show it to you 🙂

Happy Sharing!

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Letting Go

April 20, 2010

What can you let go?

We all have our own routines, and habits we take for granted. Some even call it rituals. Some of these might be draining our energy and distracting us from the truly important things in life. Would eliminating them free up time, energy and money?Really? Of course it would! The question is which ones do you consider to let go? Is it your daily Starbuck’s coffee on the way to the office or your afternoon snack? Is it your quest for the perfect car, the latest blockbuster DVD or that extra pair of designer shoes? Is it that after work drink with colleagues or your habit of eating out every day? Can it be your mobile phone upgrade to the next gadget or hype? What about those take-out meals or overrated posh vacations?

Indeed, we can certainly live with less, but what are we prepared to let go? Are all these things really what we were longing for? Let’s be honest here. Some things were bought because we felt the social pressure from our peers, friends, neighbours, etc. So, are you living their lives or your own? Let’s imagine you could choose again. What would you leave out? Probably a lot that you own right now. That’s exactly what we are looking for!

Oh, by the way, I bought a book recently (“Give It Up!” by Mary Carlomagno) about giving up a certain habit for 1 moth. She eliminates unnecessary facets of life, in order to determine what she could live without. You need examples? Think about alcohol, chocolate, television, dining out, elevators or cell phones. Isn’t that a great challenge? I dare you…

Let me finish with a great Buddhist saying (yes, I read it daily, because it hangs on our wall, thanks for asking!) that gives me a lot to think about:

“In the end what matters most is:
How well did you live
How well did you love
How well did you learn to let go”

So, just out of personal curiosity, what are you prepared to let go? And how well did you learn to let it go?


150 Lifehackingtips

April 16, 2010

Wie wordt niet dagelijks overspoeld door allerlei soorten informatie. Hoe kunt u er nu voor zorgen dat u overzicht houdt en voorkomt dat u gaat lijden aan informatiestress? De kunst is de informatie op te sporen, te organiseren, te filteren en te delen. Dat is waar lifehacking over gaat, over meer doen, in minder tijd op een leukere en slimmere manier. Tijd overhouden om te creëren en u te richten op zaken die u echt belangrijk vindt. Lifehacking wordt daarbij geïnspireerd door het boek ‘Getting Things Done’ van David Allen. Een handige en complete manier om prettig en efficiënt te werken zonder stress.

Voor wie is dit boek bedoeld? Voor iedereen die in zijn werk gebruik maakt van een computer, maar geen idee heeft hoe je met een kleine inspanning een hoop dagelijkse taken veel makkelijker voor elkaar krijgt. Voor iedereen die veel op het web werkt, maar nog nooit van RSS gehoord heeft. En voor mensen die de schoonheid van een slimme vondst kunnen waarderen, en er hun voordeel mee doen.

Op lifehacking.nl schrijft een team lifehackers over deze vondsten, en dragen de lezers bij in onze zoektocht naar slimme hacks in deze wereld.

Om het jullie makkelijk te maken, volgen hier een aantal antwoorden.

Ja, dit is de intro van het nieuwste boek over lifehacking:
150 Lifehackingtips, om slimmer en efficiënter te werken

Ja, het is de update van het vorige boek 100 Lifehackingtips, om prettiger en efficiënter te werken (nog steeds gratis te downloaden)

Ja, Bert Verdonck heeft ook een lifehack in dit boek geschreven.

Ja, Bert schrijft af en toe ook op lifehacking.nl

Ja, je kan het boek “150 Lifehackingtips” ook bij mij bestellen.

Ja, het staat op #1 bij managementboek.nl

Ja, je krijgt dit boek in april 2010 GRATIS bij bestelling van een of meer boeken uit een speciale actie met Van Duuren Management. Meer informatie over deze speciale actie vindt je hier.


Attitude at Work

April 6, 2010

Nothing halts progress like someone who is discontent simply for the sake of being discontent. It’s demoralizing to others, and it draws energy, resources and time from the tasks being executed. I used to have a big issue with people like that. And I still do. I understand some people are choosing security over anything else in their job, but with this attitude we are going nowhere!

I love it when people are enthusiastic about the task at hand. It’s inspiring and it will get done much faster and more efficiently. And of course, I know that it is never easy for people who are discontent. The thing is, when they are discontent about something, we can talk about it, we can get to the core or the reason of this attitude. I love to have discussions on that, because it builds a common trust and understanding.

Where I do have an issue with are people who are discontent for the sake of it. When you start a discussion with them, nothing is good. “We’ll never get it done” or “It won’t work” are quotes they are frequently using. On top of that, they don’t have any interest in what they do each day or what the team is trying to achieve. They will never change and they are proud of it. Any reasonable discussion is waived or avoided. They never smile, in the best case they are indifferent. In most cases they are demoralizing the other members of your team.

My advice : Get them out! Move them off the team or they will destroy your team. Why would you cope with them if they are only there to get the money at the end of the month? Why invest time in them if they are not willing to do anything with a good attitude? It might seem harsh, but I think it is the only way to make your team more successful. Remove the “bad” apple from the basket…

What’s the alternative? Let them sit there and let them destroy your team? I don’t think so! Rather get them out. Move on with your team and get things done…

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Text 2.0

April 1, 2010

Imagine there were input devices which could allow text to know if and how it is being read – how would this change the reading experience?

A very daring and interesting question! With the help of an eye-tracker, Text 2.0 follows your progress and presents effects just in time.
This means that while reading, music starts to play, new images and animations appear while approaching keywords or elements in your text.

What else can Text 2.0 do?

  • Translations appear when you need them.
  • Words are explained on the fly (intelligent footnotes).
  • Compound words are automatically divided.
  • If you are lost, a red arrow guides you back to where you left off.
  • You can even ask for the pronunciation of words in your text. How cool is that?

As most of you know, I a big fan of speedreading. So, I kept the best for last :

Imagine Text 2.0 would know when you are skimming through a text and it would fade out irrelevant information to streamline your reading. What would that do to you?

Yes, I am a fan already. I can’t wait to start test-driving Text 2.0 myself! Think about where I’ll be going next time I’m in Kaiserslautern? 🙂

Have a look at this YouTube movie yourself and let me know what you think?

Where does this come from?

Ralf Biedert, Georg Buscher, Andreas Dengel and DFKI, the German Center for Artificial Intelligence

Contact Ralf directly if you need more info. Downloading a Text 2.0 paper could help too…

Oh, one more thing, Do you want to know why it is called “Text 2.0” and not “Reading 2.0“? Read it at the FAQ of the Text 2.0 website.