Monthly Archives: January 2013
To wrap up a very successful year and to welcome in 2013, this post outlines my major achievements for the past year.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me and helped me grow in results, in mind and in competence.
See you next year!
Business growth inline with previous years
- Revenue = 22.1% growth on 2011
- Number training days delivered = 108
- Number man/training-days = 1099
- Number NEW people trained/conferenced in 2012 = 1192
- Welcomed my 3000th training participant on Dec 13th during the Kluwer Management Assistant Day
Conference speaking became a more important activity
- Invited to speak in May 2013 at the ASTD2013 ICE in Dallas 🙂
- Designed and spoke at Epsilon SoMe conference – led to several wins
- Spoke at Epsilon Forum+ Conference 2012 on “Practical Use of Social Media for Formal Learning” + “Gamification for Learning” …sold out both sessions in the Foyer Royale of Aula Magna, LLN (+/-200pp)
- Spoke at twice Kluwer Trainer’s Lounge on “Social Media for Trainers”
- Spoke for Kluwer + Epsilon on my experience at ASTD almost immediately after the ASTD ICE
- Spoke for 35 Learning Managers of the Federal Government on the importance of a new way of learning in the new world of work
- Spoke at the Kluwer Meet + Greet in October on my experience at ASTD and “Gamification for Learning”
- Tractebel “NVC”
- Animated the of Ipsen 3I Academy Kick-Off conference
- Spoke at 2 conferences on the benefits of social media for engineers
- Got 17 managers of a large Belgian organisation to agree during a conference that professional usage of SoMe can bring added-value to their business
- Thanked by Kluwer for being an inspiration in their social-media evolution
Visited ASTD2012 ICE Denver, sponsored by Kluwer
- Met Tony Bingham for the first time – who also agreed to make for me a short film on the value of training
- Met Sarah Bloomfield , Snr L+D specialist from Google
- Met @LnDDave in a burger joint in Denver…
- Very successful live blogging from the conference – 725 hits in 4 days on my blog, which at the time was a record (see below for more)
- Most mentionned author in LnDDave’s back channel resource page ..
- One twitterer I met at Mile High Stadium said he could no longer refer to me as an “urban legend” (since we had now met)
Got new clients and did a mix of work, with some new colleagues
- Ran my 1st “open-calendar” training in May for “Presentation Skills” ..and set up second open-training for January 2013 for “Prezi”
- Did 2 brainstorming sessions – one on the use of social media for work productivity and one for a Belgian training company who wants to improve their offer
- New clients including Fed-Gov, Belfius, Demos, Ephec, Electrolux, Elia, Ipsen, Yara
- Continued with many of my own clients, particularly that large international food client who doesn’t like to be named, Interel in Brussels, The University of Gent, Kluwer and Cefora
- New prospects in the pipeline for 2013 look pretty solid
- Outsourced work to 2 new people and continued with one person from last year
- Delivered 56 days of training for Kluwer
- Massive upgrade of training with social media before, during and after
- Deliberate official use of last year’s NLP training in coaching activities with the logical levels method
Continued efforts with writing and different social media platforms to grow visibility and publish ideas
- 23702 hits this year on my own blog (compared to 6800 in 2011)
- Hits per month over 2500 since October
- People start to comment and subscribe
- Named by Juana Llorens of ASTD as one of her “go-to resources”of 2012
- Guest blog interviews with Steve Gavatorta on Gen Y and Intergenerational Issues and Michel Schwarz on Happiness and Gamification
- Guested on Sarah Bloomfield’s blog and several times on Kluwer’s Learning Live blog
- Featured on the ASTD blog-site towards the end of the year
- Published my first rap
- A LOT of hits every week for my post “15 Best Prezi Tips I Found Today”
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
- 1268 followers at the time of writing (up from 303 end 2011)
- RTs and mentions are now regular, rather than a surprise from time-to-time
- Failed in my second attempt at a Twitter chat 😦
- Starting to experiment with a Facebook fan page
- Continuous use of LinkedIn groups for Presentation Skills (50 members) and Leadership Foundation (86members)
- Published an article in ASTD’s T+D Mag December 2012: “Improve Formal Learning with Social Media”
- Started to write my book “Open” + my ebook “Build and Deliver Awesome Presentations” – expect an update soon!
…and that’s pretty much it.. …except for my pre-summer mini-burn-out, post-summer new work ethic, new motorbike and 14 weeks holiday 🙂
At the beginning of the New Year, it’s a good time to think about all those things you want to do. But don’t forget the things that you don’t want to do.
It is time to delete.
A few questions to help you get started….
Delete it all.
Don’t look back. Just do it.
And don’t worry about “what if?” and “can I?”
If any of those things have any worth, they will come back to test you again in the future.
In the meantime, this small moment of deletion will give you more power and motivation to focus on all the good things you actually want to do in 2013 and beyond; the things that do bring you joy and success.
Delete and get focus.
Delete and be happy.
Happy New Year.
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