Which friends made you shine in 2011? Here are 50 of mine

Just as we are enjoying the last hours of 2011, and celebrating the first hours of 2012 I want share this with you.
Friends that made me shine in 2011. Great company 🙂

Pieter van Osch

Pieter van Osch – now working on his Dutch bog customervibes.com and Refresh Interactive but has an international plan on mindful marketing for 2012 @pyotr

Drive your business growth with super enthusiastic customers.

Monique Bolung

Monique Bolung – a coach that is really good in team coaching especially management teams. She is launching a new program and starts in January 2012. So glad that I am her Greater Than Yourself project. She is helping me to face my fear for earning more money and making me look beyond myself. A warm hard and a sharp mind. @breinkorf

boardroom consultant, executive coach, team coach, conflictcoach

Brigitte van Tuijl

Brigitte van Tuijl – She is going to make a big difference in people’s life in 2012 with her new program Big Mission, Big Impact. We talked in September and concluded that 2012 is the year we will make the full switch to English. Or as she says on her blog “A Purpose & Breakthrough Expert for Heart-centered Entrepreneurs. @brigittevanT

Helping heart-centered entrepreneurs that struggle to reach more people with their message to get unstuck so they make a bigger difference and contribution while making more money.

Lianne Ebbinkhuijsen

Lianne Ebbinkhuijsen – of Being In The Room from she moved from fear of speaking to selling with your presentation. A great move. A skill that a lot of self-employed are missing. I see a great future for her new program Sell Your Excellence by Speaking from the Heart, launching in January. @lianneebbink

Moving your Audience

Becky McCray

Becky McCray – a Small town business specialist. What a wonderful business women. Building on several business at the same time. Running a liquor store in Alva, Oklahoma, starting Tourism Currents and taking care of the farm. Enjoyed our long talks during SOBCon and our monthly master mind sessions.

Specialist in small town and rural issues in small business, government and tourism.

Stephanie Ward

Stephanie Ward – my first English webinars was earlier this year together with Stephanie. We did even a workshop together for the AABC members in Amsterdam April 18, 2011. A good start for my international aspirations.

I am passionate about helping Business Owners attract more clients and grow their businesses!

Liz Strauss and Terry St. Marie

Liz Strauss – we had a couple long chats via Skype about my direction earlier this year. She and Terry ‘Starbucker’ St. Marie are making it possible that there will be a SOBCon Europe in 2012. Looking forward to this energetic event. @lizstrauss and @starbucker

Liz is truly a community builder and develops a warm relationship with readers of her blog.

Laura Babeliowsky

Laura Babeliowsky – missed working with her this year. We stopped the Social Media Event that we have organised for 3 years together. She invested in coaching and training during 2011. Expect to see some great things from her in 2012. I feel she will move into the 7 figures revenues this year. @laurababel

Business Coach for the self-employed to get more clients

SMC Amsterdam team

The Social Media Club Amsterdam team – Olchert Vels, Remco Janssen, Leo Verdonck, Sandy de Roos, Pieter van Osch for 2 years of SMC Amsterdam already and the great plans we have for 2012. Meeting great and smart people who attend the monthly events and listen to great speakers. Personal highlight for SMC Amsterdam in 2011: presentation David Meerman Scott. @smcamsterdam @olchert @remcojanssen @leoverdonck @sandydr @pyotr

WordCamp NL team

After some hard thinking I decided to step down of the WordCamp Netherlands board. As initiator for this WordCamp it feels like letting your baby go after 3 years. Wishing the team lots of fun and a sold out event for WordCamp Netherlands 2012 @wordcampnl @chantalcoolsma @yoast @defries @illutic

Clients, freelancers and friends

Love working with clients like Selma Foeken, Brigitte van Tuijl, Lianne Ebbinkhuijsen, Chi-Yeun Gulick-Lee, Marianne Schutten, Marije van Duijne Strobosch, Olaf Rutten, Marietta Boland, Karla Mooij, Suzanne Meijles, Marina van Walsum, Minky Spijkerman, Josephine Bots, Marjon de Stefano, Marlene Langbroek. Thank you for sharing your business and experiences.

Impressed by the work of Chantal Coolsma @chantalcoolsma, Matthew Rockow @rochow, Sinian Nienhuis @Virtualsz, Sabine Schmidt @smdsocialmedia and my wife whom all helped me out in 2011. Looking forward to outsource even more work to you in 2012. 🙂 Love to keep you busy.


Learned a lot from these coaches and trainers in 2011 – they help me to make progress without meeting them in person:

Sandi Krakowski – A Real Change – a really smart business women and serial entrepreneur. From bankruptcy to multi millionaire. A hard-working mom that found the peace to take care of business AND her family.

Kendall Summerhawk – shows me new ways of looking at earning money. Have been following Kendall a few months now.

Fabienne Fredrickson of Client Attraction, great tips and insight on how to grow as an entrepreneur in business and life.

Brendon Burchard founder of Experts Academy. Respect of how is over US $ 10 million in just 2 years.

Derek Halpern of Social Triggers – learning about better website from Derek. Was following him from the beginning of 2011 and got to listen to him at SOBCon in Chicago. Love his way.

I did not hire these coaches, I followed them online. In 2012 I will hire a business coach.

Authors that made a difference for me

I have read a lot of books last year. It feels like the most books I have ever read in a year. About every 2 weeks I finish reading a book. The books and authors that really touched me were:

Tim Sanders @sandersays – Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence

Steve Farber @stevefarber – The Radical Leap Re-Energized: Doing What You Love in the Service of People Who Love What You Do

Scott Belsky @scottbelsky – Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

Arjan van Erkel @aartjan – Verleiden op Internet

Paulo Coelho @pauloCoelho – Aleph


Blogs that I read the most in 2011 and shared a lot of stories from. Thank you for your high quality content.

Social Media Examiner – an online magazine on social media with Michael Stelzner, Cindy King and many more.

ChrisBrogan.com – don’t know how he does it, writing multiple post every day.

Conversation Agent by Valeria Maltoni

Jonathan Fields – great launch of his new book Uncertainty.

Dan Zarella – great statistics and insights

Duct Tape Marketing – John Jantsch – small business support

ProBlogger – with Darren Rowse and others. Great about making money with your blog and more.

Social Media Explorer – Jason Falls

Mack Collier – Helping companies understand the “social” part of social media.

Jeff Bullas

James Altucher – serial entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist

Mari Smith – the Facebook Queen.

Convince & Convert by Jason Bear

Brian Solis

HubSpot Blog

And you?

Whom are you proud of?
Share your inspiration below.

The inspiration for this post came from 20 Bloggers to Watch in 2012 by @jadecraven

By Erno Hannink

Sparring and accountability partner for entrepreneurs who create sustainable positive impact. Explores decision-making. Shares his insights on this in, articles, books (Dutch), podcast, newsletters, and tools. Has a life mission to reduce social and ecological inequality. Father of two children, husband of M., runs, referee for the national soccer league, and uses stoicism for calm. Lives in the Netherlands. Speaks Dutch, English, and German.

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