Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I have worked in online communications for 8 years as a web editor for different organizations such as cultural organizations, insurance companies and the Dutch tv show ‘De Wereld Draait Door’. In 2006, I received my Master of Arts degree in New Media & Digital Culture at Utrecht University. Since 2010, I have been the social media editor for Radboud University Nijmegen. I am also a community manager and give advice and workshops on the use of online media. I have created my own virals, conquered communication crises and achieved success at the same time.
What is your favorite area of expertise to present?
Social media and higher education.
By starting to give lectures to students at the university – I discovered both the relevance of spreading my knowledge and the joy of doing it.
NCOSM 2012 & 2013 (National Conference on Education and Social Media in the Netherlands) and the J. Boye Aarhus 12 Web & Intranet Conference (Denmark).
Online media is still changing and evolving so quickly that practical knowledge is more relevant than theoretical knowledge. That’s exactly why conferences are of good use.
The urge to ‘unconference’. We want to gather with a large group, but prefer not to have everything planned out. We want to search for our own answers.
Not using technology as a must have, but as a useful tool in addition to the speakers. Putting a twitter wall next to a speaker is only annoying when it’s content is not being used.
I would like feedback from other speakers and design help on my Prezi slides.
Any conference nightmares?
Besides technology failures, I prefer interaction and discussion with the audience. My nightmare would be an audience that’s quiet and agrees with everything I say.
Advice to aspiring speakers?
Get as much experience as you can. It really helps to grow and get better.
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