Warm Welcome for 2014!

The start of 2014 makes me think of Dutch painter Peter Klashorst who once explained that he could see a simple white wall as “One big abstract painting”. The eye of the beholder is a powerful thing! I did hatch some plans for this year and I do have ideas...

Visualising What Was Important

As I have written before, I tend not to believe that much in traditional evaluation forms any more. The information you receive is to a large extent not usable for you as trainer or facilitator. For instance if it concerns issues you have no influence on like who is...

Celebrating Your Life

As happens to the best of us, I found myself at a low ebb last week. This nagging feeling that things could be much better, if only I knew how. And just I was trying to figure what I could do to make myself feel better, the mailman brought me a nice old-fashioned...

Things My Mobile Saw This Year

It happened almost imperceptibly. But there it is. I seem to have started using my phone to take pictures. Initially, I did not see the point of having a camera on my phone. After all, I did have a real camera and I hardly used it. But as I was looking through my...

Make your online work place ad-free

Recently I was working with someone on a GoogleDoc. A very nice tool to write a text together online. It offers most of the options that Word has, too, like commenting and so on. One of the extras it provides is the possibility to have a chat if you are working online...

Evaluations are Boring and Useless

As trainer I am always curious to learn what participants think of the workshop: was it useful? Will they do something with what they learned and planned? Am I the new role model in their lives because I was so darn inspiring????? It has become custom to hand out...

Chemicals Management and NGOs

This week, the Republican Union of Agricultural Producers’ Associations of Moldova UniAgroProtect (UAP) is organising – in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment – Chemicals Safety Week in Moldova. During the whole week they organise...

Telling stories

Storytelling is all the rage nowadays. There are many places where one can learn how to tell one’s story, orally or in writing. More and more people are interested in sharing their stories through life books, or through online posts on different social media...

Serendipity and Instagram

Last week I shared my experiences with Instagram over the summer. It had taken me a while to put my thoughts into a post and I thought it had taken too long. Not so. It was meant to be. This week I read an article in Flair magazine about Instagram. It featured 3...

Instagram as a Tool for your Learning Process?!

This summer I was finally forced to try Instagram. Until then, I must confess I had not bothered to. I do like photos, but I always seem to forget to take pictures even if that is nowadays as easy as not forgetting to bring your phone. I first became more engaged with...