Draw on top of your laptop with DrawTop

May 3, 2012

What happens if your computer battery dies on you? Do you still carry a pen and paper? What if you could write on your laptop? No, really, write on it, like on a whiteboard!

To be honest, I am using a Genius Shortcut called TheDrawTop on mine. It is like having a mini-whiteboard on your laptop computer (iPad, iPhone, etc. too!), where you can make notes. But is that the only thing?

Of course not!

So, how do I use it (properly)? Here are 5 ways to make the best of TheDrawTop:

1. When your battery runs out of power, but you still want to take notes. Start writing on your personal whiteboard.
2. When you want to mindmap or draw something quickly (and you don’t want to wait for the right app(lication) to load. Just write on top of your device.
3. When participating in a meeting, write your name on it, so people know who you are. At conferences I also write my Twitterhandle (@BertVerdonck) on it.
4. When you are giving a presentation, welcome all participants and invite them to ask questions. I also draw our customers’ logo on it, but granted not everyone does that. You could also draw a graph on it if there is not a flipover or other whiteboard available.
5. When you want to focus and isolate yourself, you can write a message or sign to let people know you don’t want to be disturbed (and scaring people away might be too much 😉 )

Now, I hear you say: All nice and well, but how am I going to keep what I’ve written down? Aha! Here are 3 easy steps to take it to the next level:

1. You take out your smartphone and you take a (clear) picture of your drawing, mindmap or whatever you wrote.
2. You wipe your whiteboard clean and can start all over again 😉
3. You synchronize your smartphone with your laptop later on (when you have power again). This way you have digitized your notes and drawings!

I admit, for the advanced lifehackers, there are a couple of next steps too:
1. Upload it to Evernote
2. OCR your drawing
3. Download it again as text or in whatever format you want it!

By the way, if you want to go cheap (TheDrawTop starts at 12 $) and do it yourself, you can also buy the adhesive whiteboard material at your office supplier. Of course, you still need to cut it at the exact dimensions of your laptop. As you know, I always choose the easy way. TheDrawTop asks you for the type of your laptop (or other device) and delivers it made to order for your computer. That’s the way I like it!

Tip: As an extra TheDrawTop also includes a set of 4 markers and a microfiber eraser cloth.

Enjoy drawing on your laptop,


How to REALLY use LinkedIn

December 4, 2011

LinkedIn is the largest professional (online) network in the world. The majority has 3 questions: “What’s in it for me?”, “I have a profile, now what?” and “How to get more results without spending a lot of time?”

Probably the best way to answer these questions is the book How to REALLY use LinkedIn“! Together with Jan Vermeiren, I wrote the second edition of this international bestseller.

"How to REALLY use LinkedIn" International BestsellerWith this book you will learn:

• 10 powerful ways to find new customers, employees or a new job
• 42 tips to make your profile stand out
• 11 strategies to apply LinkedIn at an organizational level
• 31 answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs)
• 30 lesser-known functions and opportunities
• Plus 53 new pages, including extra tips and timesaving tools

Discover also the free “Video & Tools Library”! It has a vast collection of how-to-videos and extra tools, including several Genius Shortcuts.

“How to REALLY use LinkedIn” is available in English, Dutch, French and Spanish. For more info check out www.how-to-really-use-linkedin.com

What most people don’t know (yet), is that Jan and I decided to

give away

1 million books

for FREE!


To actively stimulate the economy! Too many people are looking for new customers, new employees or a new job. They are hardly using LinkedIn, because they don’t know the platform well enough!

At the same time, we are raising 1 million dollar for charity! Check out our website www.how-to-really-use-linkedin.com for more info. And remember to download the book for FREE as well! (English and Dutch versions!)

To your success!

Lëkki : back to basics

November 29, 2010

Some people would agree that todays smartphones are too complicated for some users. Who needs mail, games, MP3 ringtones, social media or a music library on his/her phone anyway? Right, not everyone!

So, a French startup Lëkki offers a range of vintage, revamped mobile phones with a twist. You can opt for a hip mix of green, magenta, yellow and black. They launched with Motorala’s starTAC 130. Remember the 90’s? 🙂

Now, who would buy a revamped retro mobile phone? Apparently there is a market for people who believe they are becoming slaves of technology or those who want to simplify their (mobile) lives!

On top of that Lëkki also incorporates the concept of sustainable development and recycling by prolonging the life expectancy of a mobile phone by repairing all incoming phones and donating to Action Carbone.

Oh, in case you are curious about the functionalities on the starTAC 130 : you can call and send text messages. That’s it! Well, you do get vibration and it weighs less than 100 grams!

Instead of buying the latest in technology (like my iPhone), think about what you can do with the “oldest” one with a revamped look and basic functionalities. Life could be simple (again)!

Your Book in 100 Days

March 31, 2010

You can write your book in 100 days!

With the right mindset, motivation, guidance and determination to succeed, you will write an excellent book that will help you achieve your goals. “Your Book in 100 Days” is a practical and friendly book and it shows you how to tap into the power of your mind and bring your best ideas to life. You will write your book in much less time than average first-time authors take, and you will have more fun doing it! You will discover the answers to the big questions, such as

  • What is your dream, for your life as well as your book?
  • Who will benefit most from reading your book?
  • How can you structure the book in the best way for your reader?

Follow the advice of two authors who have helped hundreds of people create their books and see your book come to life in just 100 days!

About 1.5 years ago, I wrote a blog on how to publish a book in 1 month (in Dutch, on Lifehacking.nl). When I met Mindy at a Blackstar event (Ecademy), we talked about the possibilities on setting up a partnership by writing a book together. As a bookmidwife, Mindy specializes in delivering people’s books. For me as a lifehacker and life coach,  I am helping people to get clarity on what it is they want to achieve in life (and whether a book fits into that 🙂 ). On top of that, I suggest different tools and exercises to actually achieve these dreams in less time. So, it was a natural fit for the two of us to create this book. After all, we are two coaches who both believe passionately that if people want to do things in life, they should find a way to do them and they can do them quickly and easily. Did you know that 83% of people interviewed said they dreamed of writing their own book? The problem is that most people never even start, much less finish their book…

So, if you have “a book” in you, it is time to think about how you’d start writing it. Buy this book now at Amazon, Ecademy Press or directly through us and start reading first. Have fun with the exercises and create your own book. We want to hear you shout when your book is in print and we want you to see you reaping all the benefits that a good book can give you!

Launch Audio CD

January 1, 2009

How to shorten your working day by 2 hours?

Bert Verdonck brings you 17 genius shortcuts to transform the way you work!

From 115 hours of hard work to 40 hours of joy – and 30% more income – Bert Verdonck decided that he needed to reclaim his life. Burdened by overwork with no time to enjoy family life, he took time out to discover exactly how he could reduce his workload and still achieve the same results.

Leaving behind stress overload, he set out on an 8 month research journey that included 28 books, 80 websites and walking 800 kilometers, which not only revealed who he was, but how he could achieve more with far less effort.

Now he has distilled this new found knowledge for those unaccustomed to the benefits of the digital age and produced a practical guide for people who want to work less hours and master the magic of technology.

His audio cd will provide you with the necessary insights to shorten your working day by 2 hours!

The audio cd is yours for 19,99 € only. And to make it really easy and avoiding extra (shipping) costs, he prepared this audio cd as an MP3 download. So, order now and benefit immediately from the genius shortcuts that he shares with you!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach

PS : “Lifehacks” are called Genius Shortcuts from now on 🙂