Archives for May 2013

Succeed With Your Personal Goals: 4 Podcast Shows To Listen To

Podcasts-personal development goalsI do not know about you, but I am someone who loves to listen to podcasts while commuting! Do you?

As I have been on the road quite a lot recently, I got to listen to a lot and sometimes I just got so inspired with new ways to achieve my goals, I had to figure out a way to make notes while driving (thank you Siri!).

So, I decided to share with you my Top 4 Podcasts for Personal Development, hoping that you will get good insights out of them as well. [Read more…]

Networking Challenge: How to Network When There is Not Enough Time

The Networking Challenge: No timeEver wonder how you can build up your network with little time at hand?

My personal recipe for this is to optimize the time available to have the maximum output. Sounds simple, but it is not so easy to implement.

How can you do that?

Keep reading. [Read more…]

How to Stay Focused: Four Simple Things to Implement This Week

how-to-stay-focusedThe key to stay focused on your goals is to make sure you implement the following four activities this week.

I will tell you in a minute, what they are. I would like to take a step back before doing so.

I do get busy a lot, and I also get overwhelmed quite often. Too often, actually.
When that happens I start to think about how I can use my tools at hand to organize my life better. That only helps for one aspect of the problem, though.

In my view, the rest depends on me. On my mindset, on my willingness and on my capabilities. And on all that combined.

Can you relate? [Read more…]

Learning Bites #4: How Are You And Your Team Developing?

How Are You And Your Team Developing - modelHow’d you like to learn a short exercise that helps you to highlight potential issues in your team and in your company?

You see, every company, from startups to multinationals, has its learning curve from the very first day to the current moment. Some days there are bigger lessons learned than on other days.

Leaders are often occupied with taking strategic decisions to keep the company moving forward. While this is crucial, it is also crucial to touch base with the team.

The following short exercise can be used to identify if your business is growing as planned from your team’s and your personal perspective. [Read more…]

Networking Challenge: Creating A Networking Group To Connect With Like-Minded People

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Logo of my new Meetup Group

If you want to develop, in whatever field, reaching out to others will make the difference.

You see, connecting with like-minded people can help you to develop much quicker than you would on your own through reading or listening to stuff. Particularly if you attend a meeting at which you know who will attend.


It will help you to connect quicker, if you meet people with a similar interest and hopefully even with similar beliefs. People who are like you and people whom you look up to.

In my view, one of the best ways to connect with these kind of people is to organize a meeting yourself. Being this active will not only allow you to improve your networking skills, it also allows you to “influence” who participates, what the topics should be etc. [Read more…]

The Networking Challenge – My Personal Development Goal Put Into Action

Personal Development Challenge: NetworkingYesterday, I have decided to make one of my biggest personal development goals for 2013 a ‘public’ challenge.

“What is this goal?”, you ask.

Here it comes: “To succeed in business, I want to enlarge my professional network as a new entrepreneur by 40 new people.”

Here, I am not talking about new connections on social platforms, I mean real-life work relationships with people that I get to know during the course of this year. Maybe not all of them physically, but at least through direct exchanges such as on Skype calls or Google Hangouts.

On a side note, the number “40” is not a key factor here, I use it as an indicator to have something tangible to measure myself against. It might be slightly more or less at the end of the day.

Why am I doing this?

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The Most Powerful Talks To Be In The Driver’s Seat

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

If you want to make a change in your private or business life, I encourage you to take one little step today: Have a look at a couple of the amazing talks I recommend below.

I first discovered the organization called TED, when I was participating in a communication training in London in 2007. The trainer introduced one particular speech to us for the simple presentation techniques the speaker used, but this is not the subject here.
I was amazed by the concept of sharing great speeches by great minds of a very short duration of between 2 to 18 minutes with the world.

Since then, I discovered other platforms which share similar conferences with interesting talks and I saw older, very powerful talks, some of which were even integrated in these platforms.

I watch these talks regularly to get new ideas and to boost my motivation, sometimes more often then others, but in principle, I watch them being on the go or on a lazy Sunday with a notepad in my lap full of notes.

Here it goes: [Read more…]