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Interactive and highly animated!

Anne-Mieke Bovelett. Blonde hair in a bun, a colorful chiffon scarf and an elegant thin microphone in front of her mouth. I feel at home on stage. Both online and live in a venue. Stage fright is a foreign word to me. These are examples of the presentations I give:

Successfully selling the integration of online accessibility, internally and externally

This presentation is extremely energetic and is aimed at everyone involved in the design, creation, and maintenance of content for websites and webshops. You will get several convincing arguments for your customers why your higher price by integrating accessibility is actually profitable for them.

In the 60-minute “live on stage” version, I interact intensively with the audience. The duration is calculated including questions and answers. In a video conference, this session lasts about 30 minutes. There is no interaction with the audience during these 30 minutes, but there must be an opportunity for interaction afterwards. This requires an experienced presenter, because I learned with this online talk that it still ends up being a one-hour session. Simply because I ask people to tell me their “best negative customer experiences” so I can suggest how to counter them.

Latest events: online (Englisch): Atarim Agency Summit, 28. April 2022, offline: Novi Sad, Serbia, 9 September 2022.

Successfully Running a Creative Business with ADHD as Your Super Power

Booming with customers who fit you like a glove, in spite all of your quirkinesses. Who doesn’t want that? My life took a 180º turn when I was officially diagnosed with inattentive ADHD in my late 40s. That was the day I stopped trying to be what people expected of me. I changed the rules. I ceased all efforts to be that perfect fitting glove for the customer, draining myself by keeping up the game of appearing as “Mrs. cool chick who has everything under control all the time.” Because all the time I was doing that, no one saw the constant panic attacks, the periods of insomnia, living on the edge of burnout, while my brain acting like Pac-Man on steroids.

I want to share the steps I took to communicate differently with existing and especially with new customers. They understand now that they get the best of me when they allow me to be as I am. That they get the finest of my skill set and talents if they manage to challenge me in a way that makes me go into hyperfocus. Which I basically consider to be one of the superpowers of ADHD.

Most recent occasion, online: WordFest 2021, Juli 23, 2021

Approach it like a programmer would

Imagine you can create your own really funky foodblog with recipes, just the way YOU want it. Or a page with job postings that you want to be able to show and hide at your whim.

You can buy plugins for that, of course. Some of them are great! But as the makers seek to serve a larger audience, you may get confronted with tons of features you may not need at all. And often these slow your site down. Which potentially bums out your visitors and can actually affect your ranking in search engines.

Besides, you’re kind of stuck with what the makers consider logical, both in functionality and design. Which may not be logical to you at all.

I will demonstrate how I approached both cases like a programmer would, but in a very simple and straightforward way. I learned to work with custom fields and custom post types (which is not scary at all, take it from a girl who actually suffers from dyscalculia, a form of dyslexia with abstract stuff like numbers). Once you get the hang of that, you can create almost anything!

Do you need to know PHP? No! When I started to think about this approach, I knew virtually nothing about PHP, and I discovered you really don’t need to, to achieve goals such as a recipe website or a job site.

My demonstration will be done with Advanced Custom Fields, CPTui and Elementor Pro. Please note: I will never state that these are the only useful tools to get this job done. There are plenty of alternatives to these plugins with which people can use to achieve the same result.

Main goal is to show how the process of deciding how to approach setting up the structure of your records (posts) works. Which starts by grabbing a pen and a piece of paper!

Most recent occasion: This talk was originally scheduled as an on stage talk for WordCamp Antwerp 2020, which was cancelled due to the pandemic.

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