Esmeralda Tijhoff

Some thoughts on History, Politics, and the Art of Living

Posts Tagged ‘groningen’

How my bands helped me to give lectures for a large audience

Like many young professionals, I too struggled to find the confidence necessary to address a (big) audience during and after my studies. When I started my job as a lecturer at the University of Groningen years ago, the first thing I did was to hire a coach to help me find my cool and Zen in front of the students. He did help me and I was able to pass as a 'real' teacher. Students listened and most of them seemed to enjoy the lessons and discussions we had. But I never felt at ease, nor did I truly believe I belonged in front of those classes. Now, almost ten years later, I still get nervous to give a lecture or workshop. But in those ten years, I have found trust in myself. Yes, I belong in front of those classes and audiences. Yes, I have faith I have interesting stories and knowledge to share. And for a big part, this self-assurance is due to my experience as a musician in punkbands.
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Raad zoekt vrouw

Zucht. To do or not to do. In Groningen was vanavond het evenement RaadZoekVrouw, een initiatief vanuit alle locale politieke partijen om méér vrouwen in de gemeenteraad te krijgen. Doel is een fifty/fifty verdeling, want nu is slechts één derde vrouw en zijn alle wethouders en de burgermeester man. Maar ja, is conventionele politiek wel wat voor mij? Read more,....