Honours+ Workshops

Find more information about the workshops offered in the Honours+ programme and sign up for the workshops of your choice.
In order to successfully conclude the programme, you need to have attended at least 2 workshops.

Choose min. 2 workshops to attend (although you are welcome to attend them all)

Teamwork & Constructive Communication

This workshop is only offered in an online setting, via ZOOM.

You and your fellow team members have just started an exciting new challenge. In order to deliver good results, you will have to be able to collaborate together in a constructive way. Effective collaboration is a vital condition for team success. Apart from that: working together in a constructive way can be a satisfying experience. Looking back on a pleasant way of working adds up to the team success. These are two important reasons to invest in collaboration skills. When collaborating with your favourite people, you may not need to think too much about how you say and do things. But professional situations do not always involve favourite people. And good collaboration does not occur by itself. You might experience difficulties. Some of these difficulties stem from differences in personalities, communication styles, interests, and perspectives. This workshop focuses on how to identify and handle those difficulties.
This requires not only a good look on the other but also a clear image of your own way of working. The workshop offers a practical introduction to students who recognize the importance of collaboration skills, and are ready to extend the range of options they can choose from when faced with “difficult team members”.

  • About you
    How do you tend to operate in a team? How do you handle conflicts? And what
    other options do you have? Each situation may ask for different strategies. We
    will discuss Thomas- Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, which describes
    different styles of behaviour in conflicts.
  • Considering the other
    Take the time to consider your team member. What questions would be useful to
    ask yourself about the other person in order to decide how to respond? We will
    do a mapping exercise in which we make an estimate of people’s motivations
    and perspectives. Special attention is given to interdisciplinary expectations and
    misunderstandings.
  • Action and reaction
    The way you communicate has an effect on how your team member responds.
    How can you increase the likelihood that team members respond in a fruitful
    way? We will work with Leary’s Interpersonal Circle, a model that provides
    insight into different communication styles and the reactions they provoke.
  • Giving and receiving feedback
    So now you know what to do, how will you do this? What can you say to a team
    member in order to solve the situation? You are going to make explicit what you
    are planning to try out and improve in future teamwork.

 

Results

  • The student is more aware of his/her own preferred way of
    communicating and handling conflicts in a team setting.
  • The student is attentive to what reaction his/her behavior may cause in
    other team members.
  • The student feels the importance of placing him/herself in the position
    of other team members.
  • The student is aware of the range of options of communication when
    the team is faced with conflict situations.

Your Workshop Host

Susanne Maris (Maris et al)


Susanne Maris is an experienced trainer and coach, specialized in talent development of high potentials. She has been training and coaching academics and researchers for more than a decade. Her focus lies on communication in science and diversity. Being certified by the Career Management Institute, Susanne works in the top league of coaches in the Netherlands. Originally, she was trained as a clinical and an organizational psychologist at the University of Amsterdam. Also, she graduated from the Geneva School of Art and Design.
Susanne gets energized by giving thinkers confidence to make the transition from insight to action. After her workshops, participants always go home with a concrete and doable action plan to implement the content of the workshop in their professional lives.

Available sessions:

  • Tuesday, 24.11.2020, 13:00-16:00 hrs;
  • Thursday, 14.01.2021, 13:00-16:00 hrs.

All “Teamwork & Constructive Communication” workshops will take place via Zoom. After registration, you’ll receive a notification with the Zoom link and further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Why?

During the course of Honours+, You will work in an interdisciplinary team with students from different faculties you have probably never met before. This workshop provides you with guidelines and tips and tricks to provide for a smooth team functioning, looking at your individual role in contributions to team functioning and how to improve that.

Creative Problem Solving

Creativity, or creative problem solving, is seen as one of the most important skills for the 21st century. A worldwide survey by IBM in 2010 under 1500 CEO’s stated that in an increasingly complex business world, creativity is a major leadership quality to embed in organisations. Next to our analytical know-how, we will need creativity to solve problems, to find opportunities and to accelerate change. Creativity is the outboard engine for innovation.

In this workshop we will give you a hands-on, introduction training in creativity skills and the creative process. You will work on a business case from the food industry and on a question/problem/case you are asked to bring along. Together we will try to find as many ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas as possible, for both cases. How to find extraordinary ideas and how to select and combine the best ideas? With the food industry case we will explore a couple of tools for divergent and convergent thinking. What is a good starting point for a creative process? We will tackle this using your own question/case.

We will wrap-up the workshop by discussing how to use creativity skills during your assignment. Furthermore, we will show you books on creativity and websites of interest.

Preparation assignment

Please note that this workshop requires preparation. Bring a question or problem concerning your study, your hobby or private life. For example, “I have a noisy neighbour, especially at night. I can’t study nor sleep” or “We are a group of 5 friends. Four of us want to go camping, one is afraid to sleep in a tent” or “In my team we seem to lose a lot of time on debates, I would like to speed up things, what to do?” Describe your question or problem in 4-5 lines and bring it to the workshop.

Your Workshop Host

René Hartman (Innovatiewerkplaats)


René has a Master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft University, worked in industry (e.g. General Electric Plastics, Ericsson), at the Free University Amsterdam (setting up spin-off companies) and consultancy (Innovation Centres) before he started his own consultancy company in 2004. René is co-founder of Innovatiewerkplaats and trainer for the Flemish COCD, Centre for Development of Creative Thinking. René’s passion is at the fuzzy front end of innovation, how to find new directions for strategy and business. He has a lot of experience training innovation teams at e.g. Philips, Schiphol, Microsoft, and at several universities and cities.

Available sessions:

  • Thursday, 04.03.2021, 17:30-21:00 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 10.03.2021, 13:30-17:00 hrs.

All “Creative Problem Solving” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require the sessions to be transferred to an online setting.
After registration, you’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Why?

Creativity is defined as one of the 21st-century skills. Future employers, whether in academia or other fields, define creativity as one of the most important competencies/skills for their future employees. This workshop provides you with insights/techniques in creative problem-solving. In H+ you can apply these techniques as a new way to approach your team challenge.

Time Management

If you want to excel it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to do more, quantity wise. It foremost means that you deliver better quality. However, of course you really excel when you can do more and do it better.

The problem with our brain is that it needs to be able to focus on the task at hand and that’s hard when there’s so much going on. If you’re stressed, lack a good overview, or your life is just an all-around mess, it’s probably hard to excel at anything.

In order to overcome this, you should:

  • know how your brain works to steer it away from procastination, “multitasking”, and distractions (e.g. a pesky social media habit);
  • know how your brain processes information;
  • streamline all the work that is coming at you (emails, homework, assignments, papers etc.);
  • plan ahead for the large tasks so that you don’t have to do everything at the last moment;
  • keep a good overview of everything on your plate and decide what to focus on.

In the Time-Management workshop we promise you one thing: we are going to cover all of these subjects (and more) in a non-boring fashion. You will be provided with ready-to-use insights and practical tips on how to stay on top of things with the use of the latest insights and technology (you may expect many useful suggestions for how various specific apps can adequately support time management).

Your Workshop Host

Patrick Stastra (TijdWinst)


Patrick is a trainer at Tijdwinst.com, specialized in time management trainings and an expert on way to work more efficiently. Tijdwinst.com organizes practical trainings, workshops, and lectures on time management and effective working topics throughout the entire country.
I encourage organizations and their workers, entrepreneurs & students to work, collaborate, communicate and learn smarter. All done by workshops, inspiring talks & e-learning programs.
“My 3 hour workshops and 1 hour talks are full of practical exercises, ideas and tricks, always served with a hint of theory (e.g. Getting Things Done), scientific foundation and a lot of enthusiasm. All my efforts are focused on changing your behavior to work, collaborate, communicate or learn smarter from the next day on.”

Available sessions:

  • Thursday, 11.03.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 23.03.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs.

All “Time Management” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require the sessions to be transferred to an online setting.
After registration, you’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Why?

Ever felt overwhelmed by juggling all your different tasks and to-dos? This workshop will support you in managing your time and tasks more efficiently, providing you with hands-on techniques and tools.

Science of Well-being

During this workshop we will dive into the Science of Well-being.

By teaching you how the brain works and providing you with recent findings on how to boost optimal functioning, this workshop will help you capitalize on positivity and improve your productivity, performance and well-being.

This workshop will be brought to you by drs. Barbara Kuiters. She is a skilled psychologist with an expertise in positive psychology and neuroscience. She runs a successful company as a psychologist, therapist and teacher to educate other (mental) health professionals on the power of positive psychology.

Your Workshop Host

Barbara Kuiters


Barbara Kuiters is a psychologist working in Maastricht, South Limburg, but in addition to her work in practice, she is also regularly hired to provide training, education and courses throughout the country. After completing her scientific studies, she specialized and certified in Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion and Mindfulness. Her mission is to make mental health care accessible, with the result of supporting personal development, strengthening health and increasing well-being.

In addition to scientific substantiation and theory, Barbara’s offer has a great focus on actual practice. Just fully understanding the theory is not the same as experiencing the content. The translation from theory to behavior is where sustainable behavioral change takes place. That is why the effects of her education, training and coaching trajectories reach further than usual.

Available sessions:

  • Friday, 05.03.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Friday, 19.03.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Life Satisfaction” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require the sessions to be transferred to an online setting.
After registration, you’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Why?

Insights into how to achieve a positive outlook on life, and appreciation of your achievements big and small, will help you dealing with challenging times and situation of highs pressure.

Debating Skills

How do you ensure you make a convincing argument? Which techniques strengthen your argument and how can you best respond to questions? This debating workshop addresses these issues and provides you with useful knowledge and skills which you will apply directly in a debate about current issues in university education and society at large. During this inspiring and varied programme, you will be provided with insight into rhetorical skills and techniques that are of great value in your (future) work. Afterwards, you will be able to present your ideas and recommendations more convincingly, leading to greater impact.

Het Debatbureau (The Debating Bureau) is specialized in debating and presenting. Based in The Hague, the agency supports professionals and students with training and workshops, and team members serve as moderator for a wide range of events. Trainings focus on improved debating, presenting and persuasion skills.

Your Workshop Host

Jordy Sweep (Het DebatBureau)


Jordy studied corporate law in Tilburg and has a passion for innovation. This shows during his guidance and supervision of Het Innovatiedebat (The Innovation debate). He advises politicians and performs as moderator during numerous activities. As one of the educational specialists, he is actively involved in projects, such as “Op weg naar het lagerhuis” and trains students in debating and public speaking. He also teaches debating skills to corporate professionals.

Your Workshop Host

Frits Bloemberg (Het DebatBureau)


Frits Bloemberg owns Het DebatBureau and studied Governance and History at Radboud University Nijmegen. He guided a special television programme with the Chairman of House of Representatives, Gerdi Verbeet. He was also actively involved in the coaching process of a national Dutch party leader, and chaired debates with famous public figures like Freek de Jonge, Inez Weski, Jort Kelder, Jan Terlouw, Diederik Samsom, Alexander Pechtold and Maarten van Rossem. In 2012 he hosted an international conference with UN former Secretary-General Kofi Annan as keynote spreker.

Available sessions:

  • Wednesday, 24.02.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 01.03.2021, 18:00-21:00 hrs;
  • Thursday, 15.04.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Debating Skills” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require the sessions to be transferred to an online setting.
After registration, you’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Why?

During group interaction and presenting your personal view or take on things, it is useful to know how to clearly define and formulate your arguments and how to use body language to get your point across and adapted.

Stress Management

We all find ourselves in stressful situations from time to time. Whether at work, during our studies, or when life throws nasty surprises at you. This is normal. But, when does it become problematic? When are you in danger of stress becoming a danger to your health and what do you need to do to avoid this? This workshop will give you basic insights into what stress is, where it comes from, and its effects. You will also get to identify your stress sources and tips on how to better manage these stressors and how to ensure
you have enough resources.

Your Workshop Host

Mona Shair-Wloch (Key2Advance)


Mona is the founder and principal trainer of key2advance, a coaching, training, career services and internship coordination consultancy. From 2007-2013, she led a high profile internship program at the European Parliament in Brussels for students from all over the world under the patronage of Pat Cox, former president of the European Parliament. Since 2010, she secured and coordinated internships for students at multiple universities and has coached recent graduates into finding opportunities that match their skills and interests. She has extensive experience in helping students gain clarity on their target career sector, enhancing their application documents and providing them with necessary skills for a successful school to work transition.

Available sessions:

  • Monday, 08.03.2021, 18:00-21:00 hrs;
  • Tuesday, 16.03.2021, 14:00-17:00 hrs;
  • Thursday, 29.04.2021, 18:00-21:00 hrs.

All “Stress Management” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require the sessions to be transferred to an online setting.
After registration, you’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Why?

Honours students are required to maintain or aspire to a higher level of time management, but also stress management is a useful skill you need to have when it comes to juggling multiple tasks at the same time, trying to keep a healthy balance in your life.

The Ultimate Presentation Skills Masterclass

Presentations and pitching styles can be as versatile as the subjects that are being presented. What makes a good presentation be memorable? How can you deliver the main message of your project in a professional way? From content to delivery, a strong presentation and the skills that are deployed during effective pitching can create bigger impact with the audience, and deliver the message they need to hear.

During a three hour workshop, you will learn the foundations of a good presentation and the adequate content for pitching a proposal, or a project finale.

From learning what kind of content is suited for each project, to mastering stage presence and nearly perfect slides development, this workshop aims at unravelling the natural skill of the presenter and blending it with the appropriate content to deliver an effective and professional pitch.

The structure of the session consists of three parts:

  • In the first part of the session, you will receive helping questions to give you structure for the content of your presentation.
  • In the second part, we will focus on some practical exercises that will enhance performance, boost self-confidence and give some tips for keeping a professional stage presence.
  • The third part of the sessiom is focused on practicing and receiving feedback and improvement suggestions.

Want to get the best preparation for your Closing Event pitch, or improve any presentation you will need to give during your studies, then sign up for any of these sessions.

Your Workshop Host

Adina Petre (Insights)


My educational background is in Psychology. After attaining my Master degree in Clinical Psychology, I worked as a career counselor and student psychologist for children and teenagers alike. I trained in Switzerland and my company in personal coaching started growing soon after.
I have always been deeply involved with the business community, the entrepreneurial life and the startup scene. I’ve offered workshops, trainings, and contributed to organizing events around the topic of entrepreneurship. I coached Enactus Maastricht for their first, second and third Dutch National Competitions. Meanwhile I was also working as project and community manager for LaunchBase – the first startup pre-incubation programme ever to be set up in Maastricht. I also worked for TedX Maastricht where I was part of the speaker liaison and story-telling coaches subteam. I’m always looking for interesting new projects, challenges and collaborations! But most importantly, I look for dedicated, passionate and interesting people that have a genuine desire to grow.

Available sessions:

  • Thursday, 15.04.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs;
  • Monday, 19.04.2021, 18:00-21:00 hrs;
  • Friday, 23.04.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Ultimate Presentation Skills” masterclasses will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require the sessions to be transferred to an online setting.
After registration, you’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the session.

Why?

During the Closing Event, you will be asked to prepare a 5-minute pitch about your challenge outcome and your team’s idea for a potential solution. How do you inspire, convince, keep the attention of your audience in the very first 20 seconds? This workshop will teach you stage-presence and confidence, which will benefit all your presentations and pitches you will give during your studies and career.

Resilience and functioning optimally

This workshop is only offered in an online setting, via ZOOM.

Corona is disrupting life as we knew it, and still there is so much you want (and need) to do for your study. Maybe you also have side job and then it would still be great to also have a social life and do some sports…

During this workshop, we will explore your current functioning and look how well you already achieve to maintain a balance. How do you tend to function in a busy week?
What are your symptoms of rising stress levels? Let’s look into assumptions you have on work and life.
How do you organize everything that comes your way during the day? We set goals, priorities and look into tools to manage our energy and stress levels to maintain a balance that works for you.
This workshop offers a practical approach to a balanced life. By the end of the workshop you will have your personal plan for a more resilience ready, that helps you function at your best.

Important topics are: your current load versus your capacity – how stress works – (un)helpful assumptions about yourself- do’s and don’ts of energy management – how to organize your day – your personal effectiveness plan.

By the end of the workshop, you will be:

• aware of what gives you energy and what costs energy.
• attentive to your personal symptoms of unhealthy stress levels
• able to reflect on assumptions that might form underlying causes of stress
• able to manage your tasks, your energy and your time.

 

Your Workshop Host

Susanne Maris (Maris et al)


Susanne Maris is an experienced trainer and coach, specialized in talent development of high potentials. She has been training and coaching academics and researchers for more than a decade. Her focus lies on communication in science and diversity. Being certified by the Career Management Institute, Susanne works in the top league of coaches in the Netherlands. Originally, she was trained as a clinical and an organizational psychologist at the University of Amsterdam. Also, she graduated from the Geneva School of Art and Design.
Susanne gets energized by giving thinkers confidence to make the transition from insight to action. After her workshops, participants always go home with a concrete and doable action plan to implement the content of the workshop in their professional lives.

Available sessions:

  • Tuesday, 13.04.2021, 17:00-20:00 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 14.04.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs.

All “Resilience during Crisis” workshops will take place via Zoom. After registration, you’ll receive a notification with the Zoom link and further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Why?

Coping with all the extra workload of an honours programme, whilst trying to enjoy a social life, hobbies and dealing with the limitations of Covid-19 can be challenging. Working on your resilience and identifying stress triggers is important to be able to maintain a health balance in life, now and after your studies.

Speed Reading

People spend a lot of their time reading: students and knowledge workers alike. Weird enough we are not aware of how we read, why we wander off and what we can do to read better and faster. The adult reads with a speed of 200 to 250 words a minute and comprehends approximately 60% of what he is reading. With some practical tools and insights it is possible to double the reading speed without losing any text comprehension.

In this workshop you get a better insight in your own reading and information processing skills and learn how to double your reading speed and increase text comprehension in a practical and effective way.

The main focus of this workshop is to:

  • Get valuable insights in the attention process during reading.
  • Learn efficient reading strategies and techniques.
  • Gain insight in inhibitions and distractions during reading combined with effective ways to tackle them.
  • Learn practical tools to increase your reading speed and text comprehension.
  • Practice with exercise texts to increase your reading speed and text comprehension.
  • Track progress in reading speed and text comprehension.

The only way to learn speed reading is by actually doing it. That is why practicing is the main focus of this workshop. Reading exercise texts, tracking your reading speed and text comprehension is therefore the main activity in this workshop.

Your Workshop Host

Patrick Stastra (TijdWinst)


Patrick is a trainer at Tijdwinst.com, specialized in time management trainings and an expert on way to work more efficiently. Tijdwinst.com organizes practical trainings, workshops, and lectures on time management and effective working topics throughout the entire country.
I encourage organizations and their workers, entrepreneurs & students to work, collaborate, communicate and learn smarter. All done by workshops, inspiring talks & e-learning programs.
“My 3 hour workshops and 1 hour talks are full of practical exercises, ideas and tricks, always served with a hint of theory (e.g. Getting Things Done), scientific foundation and a lot of enthusiasm. All my efforts are focused on changing your behavior to work, collaborate, communicate or learn smarter from the next day on.”

Available sessions:

  • Tuesday, 13.04.2021, 09:30-12:30 hrs;
  • Wednesday, 14.04.2021, 13:30-16:30 hrs.

All “Speed Reading” workshops will take place at EDLAB (TAPX), unless Covid-19 regulations require the sessions to be transferred to an online setting.
After registration, you’ll receive a notification with the exact room number or further instructions, two days prior to the workshop.

Why?

Speed reading is not just about reading fast. It is also about how much information you can remember when you have finished reading. As an honours student, you will need to be able to comprehend a lot of information in a short amount of time. This workshop will help you focus, take in a lot of information in a short time, and comprehend and reproduce the information, which is crucial at this stage of your academic development.

Workshop Registration S.O.S.

Please note that you can only sign up for workshops yourselves.
In case you wish to change the timeslot for a certain workshop, or cancel a workshop registration completely, you need to contact the Honours+ Central Management Team.

Fabienne Crombach

Honours+ Coordinator

043-3884173


Scheduling issues?

Juggling your Honours+ tasks next to your regular curriculum and personal life is challenging.
It could well be, that at some point you get stuck trying to plan your workshops or other tasks, even though you are honours students. We are happy to help out or look for a solution together, if you notify us in advance. Just send us an email in case you need help: honoursplus@maastrichtuniversity.nl