How to stop feeling like a wimp and acting like a jerk

By: Steven Lips, Expatica Communications. Lately, I have been feeling like a wimp when meeting new people from the States at networking events. At two recent networking events with people from the US (not at the AABC, of course), the following occurred: I met a guy at the bar; shook hands with him; introduced myself by saying my name; and looked him in the face. Then it started. The guy started to pitch himself in a way that totally took me by surprise. It was as if he was facing the Dr...
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Member Spotlight: Albert Both

Each month we'll feature a different AABC member in our new Member Spotlight, this month Albert Both. Would you like to be featured in a future edition of our Member Spotlight? Get in touch with Veronica at marketing@aabc.nl Who are you? Introduce yourself My name is Albert Both and people also know me as Mr. Dutch Brainwash. I have my own company Talencoach (languages coach) and I show people how they can learn and speak Dutch faster than they ever imagined. For this purpose I developed my ...
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Housing Survey ICAP

Finding a decent place to live can be a major headache in Amsterdam, and a costly one at that. The International Community Advisory Panel, set up to try to improve the dialogue between the international community and Amsterdam officials, is carrying out a new survey on housing - to identify bottlenecks and hopefully bring about improvements. The results of ICAP's previous survey on education are currently being finalised. We can tell you over half of the city's international residents want to...
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Business Networking. Do It the Right Way.

By: Neifor B. Acosta, AABC Secretary of the Board Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “networking” as “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically, the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.” 1 [emphasis added] The two operative words in this definition are “exchange” and “cultivation” because without either of these important elements, it would be impossible to grow your network and derive its benefits. This...
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Business Strategy

By: Michael Knulst, www.sophiq-software.com Why are you in Business? What is the value of your Business? Are you in the right Business? We have entered a new era: many of the old business models with their related revenue models don’t seem to work anymore. There is a whole new dynamic and as entrepreneur we have to shift our old paradigms and ways of thinking. Many consultants emphasize that business strategy is necessary and I agree with that. The main question however is how to do this? In ...
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The Importance of Video

By: Stef Prein, www.studiofets.com Remember the good old days, when we only had a TV in the living room and maybe a computer upstairs, hidden in a study because it was an ugly machine you didn’t want to see? Remember when the central place in any household was that TV? Remember when videos on the internet looked like a mosaic pattern of colored squares? Know that those days are definitely over… In today’s world no day goes by with having seen a least one video. On the internet. On your pho...
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Do what you love, love what you do

By: Kirsten van Rijn, www.kirpunt.nl “Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Unkown Since I started my own business, this is how I feel about what I do. By turning something negative, a serious back injury, into something positive, choosing the job I really like, I made one of the best decisions of my life. After completing my Bachelor Business Administration I started working as an Office and Account Manager at Cava Barcelona, where I sold Spanish w...
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Your Personal Brand Is Important

By: Cristina Stoian Portraits, www.cristinastoian.nl You are already a brand. Everyone is. Even if you don’t always feel it… Whether you are a small business, a single professional, or a creative - your personal brand matters. A professional portraiture session lets you steal the show, which in my eyes, is your show anyway. Casual photographs (like ‘selfies’) aren’t right in many places nowadays, and to move onto the next level, you might need something that captures you naturally, professi...
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Member Spotlight: Adam Kiolle

Each month we'll feature a different AABC member in our new Member Spotlight, beginning with Adam Kiolle, our board member in the position of Legal Affairs. Would you like to be featured in a future edition of our Member Spotlight? Get in touch with Veronica at marketing@aabc.nl Who are you? Introduce yourself. My name is Adam, I am 29 years old and am an Australian attorney at a commercial law firm in Amsterdam, Blenheim Attorneys. I am also a member of the AABC’s board of directors and res...
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Key Retirement and Tax Numbers for 2017

Beacon Financial Education IRS 2017
Every year, the Internal Revenue Service announces cost-of-living adjustments that affect contribution limits for retirement plans, thresholds for deductions and credits, and standard deduction and personal exemption amounts. Here are a few of the key adjustments for 2017. Retirement plans • Employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans can defer up to $18,000 in compensation in 2017 (the same as in 2016); employees age 50 and older can defer up to an additional $6,000 in 2...
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