- OUR PAST WORKSHOPS
- December 3, 2019: "Building a Powerful Personal Brand"
- November 5, 2019: "Pitching With Impact!"
- October 3, 2019: "Navigating the Dutch Labour Market"
- September 12, 2019: "Create Your Life with Intention - Return to Your Heart"
- July 18, 2019: "Face Your Fears. Dare!"
- May 21, 2019: "Rediscovering Unities in Cultures"
- April 16, 2019: "The Art of Asking Questions"
- March 19, 2019: "The Perception Gap"
- November 29, 2018: "4 Steps from Stress to Success"
- October 30, 2018: "Maximize Your Talents"
- October 11, 2018: "Unraveling Dutch Culture"
- September 13, 2018: "Volunteer The Hague Workshop - Take Back Control!"
- August 30, 2018: "Creating a Networking Game Plan"
- July 19, 2018: "Find Your Inner Peace"
December 3, 2019: "Building a Powerful Personal Brand"
If you've been in the job market in recent years, you've probably come across the concept of "personal branding" - the idea of marketing yourself and your skills to advance your reputation and the impression you give to the outside (professional) world. A powerful personal brand has the potential to create new professional opportunities by allowing you to craft an image of yourself to put out there, one that can allow you to stand out in today's highly competitive landscape when pursuing your goals or new professional prospects. At our eighth workshop of 2019, international brand advisor Michiel Maandag spoke to workshop attendees about the many advantages of personal branding, what goes into an effective personal brand, and how attendees can work to define their own personal brand in simple terms using what he calls a "Personal Brand Compass." If you'd like to read our recap of this fascinating workshop, visit our news article here!
November 5, 2019: "Pitching With Impact!"
In work and in life, we need to sell - sell our ideas, sell our goals, sell ourselves. We do this every day in ways big and small, and we do it through the art of the pitch. Making a pitch is a way to persuade others to believe in what you believe in. When you sell yourself and your skills at a job interview, trying to persuade hiring managers why you're the best person for the job, you make a pitch. When you're trying to get your boss to implement one of your fantastic ideas, you make a pitch. It is only through pitching our ideas that people will hear us out, adopt them, and believe in our solutions. But making an effective pitch can be tricky! When pressed to answer the question, "What are you looking for," you need to craft a short, powerful, and convincing answer, often on the spot. At our seventh workshop of 2019, pitch coach Frank Smallegange taught us that pitching is a skill - and like any other skill it needs to be honed and practiced. To that end, we learned all about what goes into an effective pitch, and even had the opportunity to craft our own personal pitch! If you'd like to read more about what we learned at this fascinating workshop, take a look at our detailed workshop recap!
October 3, 2019: "Navigating the Dutch Labour Market"
From CV fonts to LinkedIn profile photos, interview strategies and salary negotiations, we all know how stressful job hunting can be. This is true even in our own home countries, so it's no surprise that, as internationals in the Netherlands, the process can be even more complicated and frustrating. How can we craft a CV that meets Dutch business standards? During interviews, are we really allowed to be as blunt and forthright as the Dutch often are? Where are the best places to look for work? And what the heck is a motivational letter? At our sixth workshop of 2019, speaker Tessa Faber of Making Sense answered these and many more questions, guiding us through the typical job search process here in the Netherlands, telling us about some of the quirks of Dutch business culture, and giving us strategies to use as we enter the job market. We know how important this topic is to many of you, so please click here if you would like to read more about Tessa's workshop!
September 12, 2019: "Create Your Life with Intention - Return to Your Heart"
Moving through life, have you ever felt as if you were on autopilot? Or do you sometimes get the feeling that you're just a spectator in your own life, instead of the actor? At our fifth workshop of 2019, speaker Manuela Damant of Azkua taught us that this feeling has become common in modern society - but also that a new paradigm is possible. By taking the time to answer some important questions about what truly motivates us and why, we can find a way to stop living on autopilot and live our lives with intention and with purpose in order to achieve self-actualization. If you would like to learn more about the process of shifting to this new paradigm, please be sure to contact Manuela. And if you'd like to read a more detailed summary of this workshop, please click here!
July 18, 2019: "Face Your Fears. Dare!"
They say that fear is the only thing that gets smaller as we walk towards it. Together with Vassia Sarantopoulou, counselor-psychologist and founder of AntiLoneliness, we not only attemted to walk towards our fears, but also learned to embrace and understand that fear is there to protect us and not to harm us. Vassia explained how to not hold ourselves back again and how to stop felling that our lives or jobs are in danger because of our fears. If you're interested in joining one of Vassia's informative workshops or sign up for an individual session, be sure to send her an email at email@example.com. Read more about Vassia's workshop here.
May 21, 2019: "Rediscovering Unities in Cultures"
We have all heard of the cultural iceberg, but what about the cultural tree? Together with vrijwilligersacademie and the intercultural communication expert and linguist Ute Limacher-Riebold we worked together to understand the complex and hidden meanings behind every day cultural interactions that often lead to misunderstandings. We would like to give a huge thank you to Ute for her amazing presentation and eye-opening insights on intercultural communication, as well as insights within ourselves. If you would like to read up on how to improve your intercultural communication, and forge a new understanding on culture, read our recap here.
April 16, 2019: "The Art of Asking Questions"
The act of engaging in meaningful and open dialogue with another is a skill that should not be underestimated. The insightful Hugo Skoppek shared his wisdom and experience with us for a workshop dedicated to personal development through question-asking, honest expression and active listening. If you're interested in joining one of Hugo's monthly conversations, be sure to join him on www.meetup.com/SlowTalk and send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd like to read a more detailed recap of the workshop, you can do so here!
March 19, 2019: "The Perception Gap"
We teamed up with the Vrijwilligersacademie to bring both Dutch locals and internationals together to discuss common cultural misconceptions and misunderstandings that arise from living side-by-side. The proactive Cathy Delhanty split everyone into small groups with half Dutch half international attendees to rationally discuss some issues in our most practical workshop to date. Be sure to contact Cathy a email@example.com to ask about her new amazing nonprofit Wool For Warmth and what you can do to help. To check out some of the issues talked about and their solution, be sure to read up on your article recap here.
October 30, 2018: "Maximize Your Talents"
Astrid Spanjaardt’s workshop was so practical, informative and interesting that every person in the room took something valuable home with them. Talents are not the same as skills or competencies—they are what comes natural to you and almost seems effortless. Focus on your strengths and what you do have, not your weaknesses! You can contact Astrid here and read our article detailing more about the fascinating workshop so you don't miss out on her information!
October 11, 2018: "Unraveling Dutch Culture"
Our speaker Ute Limacher-Riebold captivated everyone with her powerful perspectives on culture, thought-provoking and fun games, and insights on how to embrace life in the Netherlands fully. Once you begin to understand the cultural nuances below the “cultural iceberg,” you can tackle any situation in any foreign country with poise, acceptance and confidence. You can email Ute at firstname.lastname@example.org and read in more detail about her presentation here.