Joining me this week from Amsterdam is Gilbert Eijkelenboom.
Gilbert helps turn analytical thinkers into compelling communicators. He focuses mainly on data professionals, data scientists, data analysts, and works with many of them through training events and public speaking. He’s also the author of the book People Skills for Analytical Thinkers, a guide on how to boost your communication skills and advance your career. He is currently working on his own online course. This was an inspiring conversation for me because I’m fascinated by people who have followed their passions, who can decode what they do eloquently, and who are passionate about teaching it to others – and Gilbert is one of those people.
In our conversation, we unpack the lessons he’s learned from playing poker, studying behavioral economics, and running his own company. Gilbert shares insights on decision making, communication, empathy, co-creation, and how to get an entrepreneurial venture off the ground.
In this episode, you’ll learn about:
- How emotions give us information.
- How journaling every day can help you unlock that information.
- How to use empathy to co-create.
- Why beginning with the end in mind, is the best way to go about creation.
- Gilbert’s three C’s for communicating analytical concepts: Connection, Curiosity, and Clarity.
This was a highly practical episode with lots of good takeaways to easily apply – regardless of what field you’re in and regardless of how you identify yourself as a thinker.
So please enjoy my conversation with Gilbert Eijkelenboom.
- We talk about Gilbert’s early life, from studying behavioral economics and his interesting journey as a professional poker player. (00:02:10-00:04:04)
- Gilbert shares lessons learned from poker and behavioral economics, and how he has applied them in his daily life. (00:04:05-00:08:32)
- Handling emotions through self awareness and absorbing life lessons through reflection. (00:08:33-00:11:36)
- Gilbert’s definition of an analytical thinker. (00:11:37-00:13:15)
- Can an analytical thinker also be a creative or emotional thinker? (00:13:16-00:15:21)
- The challenges of data analysis companies face. (00:15:22-00:17:21)
- The difficulties and challenges analytical thinkers are confronted with when in communication and in social environments. (00:17:22-00:18:51)
- We discuss how to use empathy to co-create and the importance of beginning with the end in mind. (00:18:52-00:22:33)
- Gilbert’s three C’s for communicating analytical concepts: Connection, Curiosity, and Clarity. (00:22:34-00:26:42)
- Making the connection. How to create a genuine bond and build rapport. (00:26:43-00:28:52)
- Gilbert’s inspiration. How he came up with the idea of MindSpeaking as a framework, and the lessons learned from starting his own company. (00:28:53-00:35:58)
- The significance of asking questions and receiving feedback. (00:35:59-00:37:35)
- Gilbert offers advice for anyone considering creating their own course. (00:37:36-00:39:21)
- Gilbert’s view on curation and the value gained and lessons learned when creating your own course. (00:39:22-00:45:16)
- What is MindSpeaking? (00:45:17-00:46:31)
- Gilbert shares the key components in his approach to teaching. (00:46:32-00:47:51)
- The impact and significance of Gilbert’s teachings in transforming the lives of people. (00:47:52-00:49:37)
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