TEDxGhent video

It’s finally here! The video of my session at TEDxGhent! It’s about Lifehacking & Genius Shortcuts, but you knew that already! Enough said, enjoy the video 😉

Of course, you can share it with your network too…

TEDxGhent

The second edition of TEDxGhent takes place on Saturday, June 16. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. And now for the second time, this experience is coming to Ghent.

At the TEDxGhent event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. This year, the TEDxGhent tagline is ‘Meeting of Minds’. All speakers will share their passion and vision, spread over three thematic blocks: ‘city and nature’, ‘body and mind’ and ‘work and life’. TEDxGhent wants to establish a genuine ‘Meeting of Minds’, both by introducing new and groundbreaking ideas and by offering the audience and the speakers the opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue.

Next to the fact that I really LOVE the TEDTalk videos, I am also very pleased to share that I’ll be a speaker at the TEDxGhent event. Indeed, I’ll share a couple of my lifehacking skills and Genius Shortcuts: Smart in Business, Fun in Life!

So, if you are ready for a (full) day of inspiration and connecting with likeminded people, this event is for you! More info? Check out the TEDxGhent website before it is sold out!

See you in Ghent,
Bert

PS : Did you know that Ghent is one of the most beautiful cities in Belgium?

How to REALLY use LinkedIn

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!

Why?

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!

Transformational Leadership Summit

The Association of Transformational Leaders, Asia (ATLA) organizes the inaugural event, the Transformational Leadership Summit, which will take place in Bali, Indonesia from October 13th to 16th 2011.

This event will be attended by Global Thought Leaders, Change Makers and Social Entrepreneurs: Individuals that are playing a transformational role in addressing the grand challenges of humanity (Attendance is by invitation).

The purpose of this summit is to bring together Transformational Leaders from various fields and many countries, to connect with each other, share experiences, create potential new partnerships and gain a new perspective for the common path we are sharing as a global community.

Transformational Leadership Summit

Many of the attendees will be giving 20 minute action talks on their area of experience and expertise. Along the lines of a TED talk, these will be high-impact recorded sessions. Each will be oriented around key learnings and actions, and each will also have a Q&A section.

As you already guessed, Bert Verdonck will be participating in this Transformational Leadership Summit in Bali.

Global Speakers Summit (#gss11)

I am excited! Why? Because I am invited to speak at the Global Speakers Summit! The GSS is the bi-annual conference of the Global Speakers Federation. The key of a GSS is to bring the global speakers community together to share resources and good times in a great place and share the spirit of service and abundance that every professional speakers association is founded on. As a member of the PSA-Holland association, I am thrilled to go this global conference. Not only are Jan Vermeiren and Bert Verdonck the only Belgians on stage, it is also a chance to meet and greet some of the best speakers in the world.

For the first time in history the GSS takes place mainland Europe. The PSA Holland is hosting the conference in Noordwijk. The #gss11 starts on the 14th of April and closes on the 16th April. More info on the #gss11 conference.

If you are a professional speaker or want to build you business as a professional speaker, this #gss11 conference is for you!

Of course, there are also plenty of side events. Probably the most important one is the International  CigarPEG. Have fun & network at this great event with fellow speakers! And at the same time you are contributing to charities too.

Wealth Garden

The Wealth Garden – Catching Butterflies without a Net – is a very inspiring book! Based on the ancient wisdom of the Chinese classic text the I Ching, Wealth Dynamics is a profiling system that shows how each of us can tap into our unique path to value and wealth creation. In this collection of insightful, real-world accounts of the power of Wealth Dynamics, entrepreneurs from five continents empower you to attract lasting wealth.The Wealth Garden Book Cover

The Wealth Garden is written by 34 entrepreneurs. Some names probably sound familiar : Mike Southon, Mike Handcock, Dr. Joanna Martin, Petrus Carstens, Gina Lazenby, Sheri Greenwell, Melinda Woolf, Dave Rogers and Bert Verdonck 🙂

If you want to grasp the full value of the Wealth Garden , you will find that the authors reveal:

  • How to build dynamic, balanced teams that get results
  • The perfect time to launch a new venture or product
  • How to draw people, resources and money to your project
  • The key to choosing profitable investment opportunities
  • How to influence positive change through entrepreneurship

Even if you are not familiar with Wealth Dynamics, the Wealth Garden provides you with easy-to-understand lessons in life, examples of achieving goals and moments of reflection.

Here are a couple of quotes in the Wealth Garden that I personally find insightful:

“At the end of the day, real wealth isn’t about our technology. It isn’t even about our skills. It’s about recognizing that there’s a smarter way to go about this whole game.”

“it is very easy to underestimate what we’re good at, since what we’re good at comes so easily. The first step on the path of least resistance is to fully understand what it is you’re good at. The next step on the path of least resistance is learning how to capitalize on what you’re naturally good at.”

“Being extremely efficient or competent at something doesn’t mean you’re in flow.”

“Be true to yourself, do more of what YOU love.”

If you are not so keen on paper books, the Wealth Garden also comes as a multimedia book. It includes audio and video from the authors! Order it online now!

Since it’s holiday season, I am giving away my chapter for free! Get it here. Make sure you mention my name in the “How you heard about us”-box. Thanks!

Have fun and enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

New Address!

Update your database, your Outlook, your CRM, your rolodex, your notebooks or whatever system you are using to keep our contactdetails up-to-date.

New address from now on:

Bert Verdonck

Kloosterstraat 118

B-2660 Hoboken

Antwerp, Belgium

Our phone number stays the same : +32 3226 0000

And of course, our online contact details as well

web: bertverdonck.com

blog: blog.bertverdonck.com

mail: info@bertverdonck.com

audio: geniusshortcuts.com

book: Your Book in 100 Days

twitter: twitter.com/bertverdonck

New Zealand : geniusshortcuts.co.nz

Or find me on LinkedIn, Facebook, Ecademy

#nsa10

After my extraordinary experiences at the PSA Holland convention, I decided to enroll for the NSA Convention in Orlando, Florida (a.k.a. #nsa10 on Twitter). That’s where you’ll find me in the coming days! The official program is from the 17th – 20th July, but as you might expect there are pre-convention events and also post-convention things to do…

So,what are my goals of participating at the NSA Annual Convention? I have 3 things in mind: inspiration, networking & visibility.

Inspiration: The NSA Annual Convention is, as I am told, a place where the best speakers in the world meet. If you want to be on stage, you must be a topnotch speaker with a proven track record. So, I’ll be in the right place to meet several of those experts and role models! I am looking forward to be massively inspired by them! Of course, I’ll keep you posted!

Networking: as you know, I am working together with Jan Vermeiren, the Networking Coach. He’s a frequent participant at this NSA Convention and knows his way around. I am the more extravert one and get connected to people quite easily. Conclusion: two professional networkers at play 🙂

Visibility: As you know, I made quite an entrance at the PSA by winning their “Elevator Pitch Contest“. And I am (secretely) looking for another Genius Shortcut to get major visibility at the NSA Convention too 🙂 OK, because it’s just between you and me : I’ll be wearing my famous green/red shirts. I wonder how long it will take people to notice me 🙂

And of course, I am also looking to have a fun time! As always…

Your Book in 100 Days

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 Blackstarevent (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 AmazonEcademy Press ordirectly 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!

PSA Holland Convention

PSA Holland, the Professional Speakers Association, is organizing their 3rd annual convention in Noordwijk (the Netherlands). Bert joined this organization a couple of days ago and managed to get on stage at the first day of the conference! And the great thing is, he won the Elevator Pitch contest too! Most speakers are always looking for an audience, right? How much effort does it take to get in front of your target audience? It took Bert less than 3 days to perform on stage for all participants. Another Genius Shortcut 🙂