Inspiration shot Summer 2011

Fun videos

Talent shows in various countries provide lots of surprises and feel good moments. This audition in Korea (over 9 million views!) really touched me. I collected the best auditions from over the world and will keep adding classics and new surprises. So if you want to relax for a bit or need some inspiration, this is the place to go.

Saving time with clever software

keepvid
Download movies from youtube and other sites in 2 seconds. Just copy and past the url onto http://keepvid.com/, choose the format and size and you’ll have the video, high quality on your computer.

scrivener

Writing a book, screenplay or report? Scrivener (Mac only) helps to organize your document, research, chapters and pages in one convenient screen. I have used it to write my last two books and I am a fan!

Inspiring websites

Pecha kucha
Interesting presentation method when you want something different, faster, more dynamic and with more impact. 20 slides show for 20 seconds each, totaling no more than 6.40 minutes. New slides (often picture) appear automatically while you tell your story.

elance
(Fre)elance
I completely renewed my websites with a ‘virtual assistant’ (=VA) from the Philippines. Another VA from Romania keeps my address book up to date. Nearly everything that can be done in English and over the Internet can be outsourced. Often for as little as $10 per hour.
www.elance.com helps with the selection of worldwide professionals, from programmers to marketing specialists. My advice is to deal with individuals rather than companies that present themselves on the site. Select persons who have already done at least 6 jobs via Elance and have received 98% positive feedback. Start with a small job and proceed when satisfied. What would you like to cross off your to do list? Admin? Internet marketing or research? Try it and see if it works for you. Nothing to lose, much to gain!

Social media tips

LinkedIn headline
Most LinkedIn users don’t know that it’s possible to personalize their ‘headline’. If you do only one thing on LinkedIn, this should be it. Laura Roeder made a video about this and gives many more practical social media tips on her website.

Twitter
Many people and organizations are not comfortable using Twitter. Start by looking around and listening, is my advice. Look for keywords representing your product or interest and discover what is being said. As soon as you start reacting to that, you’re already ‘in the game’. There are many tips on the Internet on >what to tweet about.

Tweeteffect shows which tweets result in extra followers and which tweets make people unfollow you.

Personal news

I just finished writing my new book ‘Have you find your Mr. Wrong yet?‘, which will be published in The Netherlands in October this year. The book is about the nice side of these men and it is, of course, based on my own experiences! Watch the book trailer for a sneak preview.
My previous books ‘What is your Excuse?‘ and ‘What is your Dream?‘ are being translated into English and will be available on Amazon hopefully before the end of this year.
My ‘No Excuses’ story features in the book ‘Speaker Anthology 101‘ with the best US speakers. It became an Amazon bestseller!

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