Hendrik Deckers

Hendrik Deckers

Proactive Networking


Hendrik Deckers is the Proactive Networker. He knows the ins and outs of business networking, is a trendwatcher and expert in online networking and a leader of several networking clubs and Internet communities.

Hendrik is the Chairman of Ecademy, the most popular open online business network, in the Benelux and the founder of CIOnet.com, the world’s first exclusive private online business network for ICT Directors.

Hendrik is the Chief Executive of a European business development company and has worked for and with companies such as Cognos, SAS, FreeMarkets, Altiris, Aventeon and many more.

Hendrik is a trainer and consultant in the art of networking and an inspired speaker on the topics of Proactive Networking and Online Business Networks with a track record in Italy (Yee Regatta), France (American Chamber of Commerce), The Netherlands (Uvon, ExpertSelect) and Belgium (KVIV, Stichting Marketing).




Keynote speeches of 1/2 to 1 hour.
Interactive Workshops of 4 hours to 2 days.
Content can and will be addapted to the context and goals of the events.


1. Proactive Networking: the way to lifelong success

Proactive Networking is the systematic, planned and prepared process of managing your existing connections and establishing relationships with new people so that all parties can tap into their network to reach personal and professional objectives.

This program is based on the Proactive Networking Process (see below) and will leave the participants with a deeper understanding and awareness of the power of networking and will change their networking attitude.

Participants will learn
• How to build and develop your Networking Profile
• Which human networking skills do you need to network
• What online and offline networking tools work best
• How to set Networking Objectives
• How to manage the current network
• How to expand my network: in function of my goals
• How to ask the right networking question

Proactive Networking is all about becoming more successfull by building better relationships faster in order to reach your goals in life.

2. The new age of Online Business Networking

So what are Online Business Networks? Have you heard of LinkedIn, OpenBC, Ecademy, Ryze, Spoke, Orkut, Tribe, Viaduc, ... ?

This program gives an overview of all the different players en put them into 4 different categories. (see below)

You will learn which Network is best for you and how to use these networks and related tools such as Skype and Plaxo.


“Hendrik is an inspiring speaker. He tells his story with flair and with nice examples. You will take the message as an easy cooky. Due to his presentation, I now understand what I can do with Networking.”
– Tim Klein Schiphorst - Hoofdweg Coaching, Amsterdam

“Hendrik gave an excellent overview and classification of "Social Business Networks" at an I.T. Works event. He understands the power of networking.”
– Patrick Van Renterghem - Managing Director at I.T. Works

“I'm very pleased to have signed Hendrik as Ecademy Chairman for Benelux, he is highly driven, well connected and a true networker who practises the Ecademy ethos of "Winning by Sharing".”
– Glenn Watkins – CEO at Ecademy

“Hendrik is a trustworthy, intelligent and creative professional and networker - I have no hesitation in recommending his deliver capabilities - also he is good fun to work with which always helps!!”
– Julian Kulkarni - Group Marketing Director at easyFairs

“Hendrik believes passionately in people-power and has a natural flair for networking and business development. His hard work does not go unnoticed, and i for one am indebted to him for this opportunity.”
– Shaun Gisbourne – Networking Coach -
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“Hendrik enlightened us about the importance, efficiency, joy and succes of networking in his own, special way. He broughts us his inspiring and personal story on 'The new age of networking'. An real Eye Opener and a Must Hear for everyone who values his own network.”
– Guido Keutgen – Managing Director - ExpertSelect The Netherlands

"I witnessed Hendrik the first time in the PSV stadium in Eindhoven at a networking events for creative people. It was short and he made me very curious. In his presentation for Uvon in Zwolle he inspired us to the concept of world wide networking. I started this morning!"
– Annette Wessels – Bestuurslid – UVON

“Hendrik proved in his training “Proactive Networking” at Stichting Marketing that effective networking is an art as such. The possibilities of e-networking as a modern networkingtool and the do’s & don’ts in face-to-face networks were a a real enrichment. An investment worth every penny.”
- Red Vanhuynegem - Managing Partner - Quest4Q Interim Management

“I have met Hendrik quite a few times now at various networking events and am impressed with how many people he knows so well. He makes sure that he knows about the real person - not just what they do for a living. A really supportive person who enjoys helping and connecting people. He's still my great example from how a true, honnest networker must be ! Hendrik thank you for what you already did for me! If I must describe you in one word: AMAZING”
- Filip Hamerlinck - Managing Director, FH Business Consulting

“Hendrik is a gentlemen and outstanding networker. He leads by serving the network. As a result of his activities, Ecademy Benelux is gaining incredible media visibility in a little bit more than one year. He´s my role model and source of inspiration in my networking activities in Brazil and South America. Congratulations !!!”
- Octavio Pitaluga - Chief Relationship Officer, Tech-bridges Marketing Ltda, Brazil

Networking / Management / Business

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