Q&A Sessions with international experts in times of social distancing

The power of a strong lecture is personal interaction. However, the ‘live’ touch that our Lectures bring is momentarily impossible. That’s why we have turned the tables and have figured out a way to keep the experience of our Lectures for your employees intact by bringing the experts directly in to their homes…

Lecture introduces: Online Q&A Sessions With Experts

Specifically for this extraordinary period, we have developed a series of online Q&A sessions with experts who can support your team in these challenging times. The purpose of these practical and relevant sessions is to help with professional and personal difficulties that arise during the Corona crisis.



Building Mind Strength

Overcoming anxiety

Dr Jodie Lowinger is a Clinical Psychologist and the CEO and Founder of the Sydney Anxiety Clinic. Your team will be able to ask Jodie all about dealing with fear and uncertainty.

Jodie has worked in organisational, hospital and community settings for more than 20 years. She holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science (University of Sydney) and was awarded the University Medal for Psychology (UNSW). Jodie is also a Management Consultant and highly experienced Performance and Mindset Coach. Alongside her work at the Sydney Anxiety Clinic, she is the CEO and Founder of Mind Strength Consulting where she coaches CEOs and Executives and speaks in organisations. She is passionately committed to working with the media and speaking at global events to raise anxiety awareness and help individuals with the skills and strategies to conquer anxiety.

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Working from home (with kids)

With millions of parents having to work from home, there is a need for new rules

Mark McCartney is an executive leadership coach at Oxford University’s Saїd Business School and the School of Life in London. He works with a broad range of leaders who are also parents of young children. Your team will be able to ask Mark all about turning their homes into an office, and then back into a home. While they also take care of the children.

For many people it might be the first time that they’ve worked from home for a prolonged period. Mark will teach them to make the most of what will be a challenging period. During this session they will learn how to deal with (and anticipate) the positive and negative emotions that are sure to arise. How to reduce stress levels. How to use their home as an office an how to maximize productivity in order to benefit from the reduction in interruptions that we would normally experience in the office.

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Paradigm Shifts

How to reframe life in times of social distancing

Karim Benammar is a philosopher specialised in transformative thinking. Your team will be able to ask Karim all about how to reframe their professional and personal lives in times of social distancing.

Karim studied philosophy in England, the United States, and Japan. He has taught at Kobe University and directed research at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. In his career he has facilitated hundreds of reframing workshops for management teams around the world. He will focus on finding answers to questions such as: how your team can reframe their lives since they now have to work from home, take care of their children, bring their private life to a virtual standstill and implement social distancing? What should they do with regards to their work plans, meetings, and projects in the coming months? What basic principles are most important to them and how can they structure work/life balance in times of Corona?

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Crisis Management

How to manage during a crisis

Marjolijn van Oordt is an international expert in crisis management and crisis communication. Your team will be able to ask Marjolijn all about crisis management and leadership in crisis.

Marjolijn acts as a consultant and temporary member to boards facing situations in need of de-escalation. In this role Marjolijn has prevented, prepared and de-escalated a multitude of national and international crisis with severe impact on the economy at large. Marjolijn is an INSEAD certified board member, Harvard-trained negotiator, MfN certified business mediator and MBTI-certified professional. She is a guest speaker in crisis readiness at INSEAD for the International Directors Programme.

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How to prepare for after the crisis

Plan for a gradual return to (a new) normal

Marco Zannoni is responsible for Crisis Consulting Consultancy as part of AGRC in The Netherlands. Your team can ask Marco all they want to know how to return to a normal life.

He has over 20 years of strategic Crisis Management experience and is one of the leading experts in The Netherlands. He has extensive experience in crisis management training and consulting in both public and private sector. He is a leading expert in Dutch media on crisis management and Corona. The COVID-19 situation is highly dynamic. Societal impact and – as a result – organisational impact is increasing on a daily basis. The Crisis Management challenge is to adapt to these changing circumstances and to be prepared for the next phase. More and more aspects of daily business are impacted: from HR to Finance and from Business Continuity to Legal. This situation requires a timely ‘reset’ of the Crisis Management Organisation. It is important to start thinking about a plan of action for a gradual ‘return to (a new) normal’: a reversed continuity approach.

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Remote Working

How can your team become more productive when they start working from home

Saskia Langenberg has been supporting managers, leaders, and teams making the transition to productive remote work and successful online collaboration. Your team will be able to ask Saskia all about successful online collaboration, Online Coaching for managers and leaders of virtual teams. 

Saskia previously worked at Linz University as a lecturer in the International Management department where she taught the ‘International Business Project’ course around international remote teamwork, virtual teams and flexible work. There is more to virtual and remote work than flexible workspaces and the newest IT-solutions. Success depends on adopting a new mindset with new behaviors. It is essential that people learn to communicate using these new technologies. In the most recent years, Saskia has been supporting professionals to collaborate successfully online.

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Embracing uncertainty

Business opportunities that arise in times of uncertainty

Patrick van der Pijl is CEO of Business Models Inc., an international consultancy for strategy and business model innovation. Patrick is also the producer of the bestseller Business Model Generation. Your team gets the opportunity to ask Patrick everything on how to respond to business opportunities that arise in times of uncertainty.

Within uncertainty exist innumerable opportunities to design (or redesign) game-changing businesses. These opportunities are here for the taking if you know how to look for them. During his short introduction, Patrick will provide you with new tools, skills and mindset to harness opportunities born of uncertainty in order to design a better business.

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Epidemic Control Strategies

How do epidemic control strategies work

Dr Bharat Pankhania is an expert on communicable disease control at the University of Exeter Medical School. Your team will be able to ask him all about epidemics, control strategies and the current outbreak.

Dr Pankhania is head of Public Health Medicine teaching at University of Exeter Medical School and an expert in terms of pandemic Influenza outbreak planning and major plan testing exercises. He was the local Lead for Pandemic Influenza planning at Public Health England and became the reference point for outbreak planning, testing systems and control strategies. Teaching, training and mentoring have always been Dr Pankhania’s forte, he has been the training lead for Health Protection at his Public Health England, SW Region. Additionally, he has held honorary teaching positions, for over 15 years at University of Bristol, Imperial University, University of St Mark and St John, University of West of England.

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Dealing with adversity

How you cope with adversity determines how successful and happy you become

Frank Koerselman is a professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy at the University Medical Center Utrecht. He was also head of the psychiatry department at Sint Lucas Andreas hospital in Amsterdam. Your team will be able to ask Frank all about how to deal with fear and uncertainty (including for children).

Every single one of us is currently dealing with adversity both in our professional and personal lives. Throughout his career, Professor Koerselman has helped hundreds, if not thousands of people facing adversity. In a short lecture, he unravels how people’s ability to deal with adversity is the single most crucial skill people need in order to be happy and successful in life. Professor Koerselman will give your team tips on how to cope with the challenges in these difficult times and of course answer all their questions.

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The Oxygen Class

How to keep your calm in stressful situations

Marjon van Opijnen is a trauma and respiratory therapist. She teaches at both Nyenrode and Webster University on business ethics and leadership. Your team will be able to ask Marjon all about how to keep calm in a stressful situation through breathing exercises. 

Burnout, stress, sleeping problems; these are typical complaints of our time. Especially during this crazy period. Knowing how to keep yourself calm in a stressful situation is not only good for your team’s performance, it is crucial to their health. In the event of stress or fatigue, we often look for a solution outside ourselves. With the right breathing technique, you can both relax and activate your body. Breathing is actually the only unconscious process in our body that we can control. Marjon is an expert in the field of breathing and takes your team on a journey full of insights and practical tools for immediate use.

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Teaching your children at home

Now that it’s become a daily responsibility, we show people how it’s done

Felienne Hermans has taught at the TU Delft and is currently a professor at Leiden University, where she teaches in the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science. Your team will get useful insights in ways that they can help their children with new knowledge and skills at home.

Felienne helps your people now that they are in charge of helping their children learn. After lots of years of experience teaching children, and a lot of learning and reading, she discovered what works best to help others learn. She shows us how our brain works when we try to learn something new. After a short talk, Felienne will take questions on all matters related to teaching children new things.

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Inspiring lectures

Our lectures are short, powerful and inspiring. Each lecture takes approximately 50 minutes. During that time our lecturers can perfectly bring across their knowledge to the audience.

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The most inspiring professors

Our lecturers are inspiring and experienced speakers, which we carefully select. Some were selected University Lecturer of the Year, others give popular lectures at TedX, Coursera or on other known platforms. We also regularly ask very inspiring speakers from abroad to give lectures here in the Netherlands.

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All audiences

Our lecturers speak for large and small companies and at events, for young talent and for the Board of Directors. But we mainly provide plenary lectures at companies, where everyone is welcome. From trainee to senior management. In every setting and on every subject. Call or email us for more information!

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