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One Red Paperclip

A tale of optimism and possibilities If you seek inspiration, read “One Red Paperclip”. This is such a great story! Kyle MacDonald made 14 barters in 2005/2006. He started with a red paperclip and ended owning a real house. His writing style is witty. The book is full of funny self-reflection. What I like most […]

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Write your own book

In 2013 I spent a lot of time on my book. With the main focus on design I wrote a book about business cards. The subject of the book is the field of my profession, but the whole process I went through turned out to have a huge impact on my personal development. What I […]

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The Dilbert Principle in practice

My favorite cartoon when I had a staff of my own I never worked in the States (I am Dutch), but my Dad worked at a Holland-based American factory, so during my high school era all my holiday jobs were in the office of that factory. They had adjusted to the Dutch way and had […]

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Present your words

A presentation or speaking to groups of people can be a real challenge Before I was a graphic designer, I was a teacher at a high school in art, drawing and handicraft. In both my teaching and my business I had to address groups. So I am used to speak in public. Most of the […]

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An American Business Bootcamp in Holland

Things can change, also for the good Some years are more difficult then others. 2011 was far from perfect for me, but opened an opportunity that I did not immediately recognize. My friend Klaartje tried to encourage me to go to a Business Bootcamp. I had heard about this event on Twitter and I didn’t […]

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Guidelines for a speech

An event to remember The other day I was in a seminar given by Dave Vanhoose and Dustin Mathews. It was a day full of information and practical guidelines on speaking in public and building up a strong presentation. A week before that, I was given the honor to open an exhibition. I had to […]

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