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my artistic work

Stien, what a top performance! A fascinating very personal story with fine music and lyrics. You played open and sincere, you have presence, you nuance, you switch beautifully, you have a deep strength. Everything is controlled and punctuated with a great peace and empathy.. Great variation in text and voice. Superb facial expressions Everything was so real! Congratulations!

What I love is how you let yourself be inspired by the people, what they put forward, and then put that in a text that really fits them like a glove!

It was fantastic to work on those black holes with you !! Thank you very much for that! We witnessed a drive here we've never seen before! People have outdone themselves one by one! Thank you very much for that! We witnessed a drive here we've never seen before! People have outdone themselves one by one!

what I contribute to events

Thanks a lot, Stien! You are an amazing artist and I am not the only one who thinks it, so many of my colleagues came to me to tell me the same thing

Sincere THANKS³! Added value at its best! Real class.

I would like to thank you for your stylish and adequate leadership during the interview that we had on Thursday 12 September in the Sint Martinuskerk in Oekene. Your approach balanced the controversy and allowed us to have a conversation with openness and some depth about our music and art experience and about the relevance of the relationship to sport (and of sport with regard to music). From the reactions after the concert I understood that this conversation and certainly your interventions as a moderator were very much appreciated.

Luc Martens
Politician, mayor of honour, old-minister of state

Depuis des années, je conceptualise et co-anime des workshops avec Stien. De l’avis général (et du mien aussi), notre duo fonctionne à merveille. Stien apporte sa créativité et son expérience du milieu artistique dans les différents workshops. Quelques exemples : des warm-ups originaux pour commencer le workshop ou redynamiser le groupe quand c’est nécessaire ; un fil rouge très parlant amené via une histoire créée sur mesure et qu’elle raconte afin d’ancrer le message à retenir ; un poème reprenant les éléments importants qu’elle a pu observer pendant le workshop. Je suis heureux que notre duo démontre que le milieu artistique a sa place au sein du monde du business, et pas à côté.

Xavier MathyBelfius

Thank you for an great contribution and an amazing performance at the EDPD 2016! Your story and painting about a little stream looking for and striving to be part of the mainstream made quite a footprint in me.

Elisabet Hvalgren

The story was an absolute added value for the boot camp. When I read it through for the first time, I was glued to my screen and couldn't stop reading (even though I had a lot of work lying around ...). Stien captured details that would have escaped others, and that reflected the context very precisely and recognisably, just as it really was. We told the story at the beginning of a creativity workshop and that perfectly helped to focus the challenge and get people in the right mindset.

Nele Smets, 2P coördinator en doorbraakarchitectTweeperenboom

Stien is a real storyteller. In no time she has written an exciting or very moving story for you. What I really like is that she uses this talent successfully in learning and development processes. Her sense of developing and growing people and organisations ensures that she understands very quickly how her story can have an impact on the process. A Stien story often says much more than 1000 words from a process facilitator.

Bert Smits, doorbraakarchitectTweeperenboom

This is a special and beautiful harvest of our workshop, the exchanges and the togetherness.  It is wonderful how you managed to reconcile the personal with the whole.  I am not only impressed, but especially moved by the beauty and accurate observations in your poems. (about poems of Stien Michiels & Dorothy Oger)

Leen Van Lindt, Co-organiser of a Learn & ShareLevuur

Poetic closing of an inspiring evening, breathtakingly expressed by Stien Michiels. Thank you Stien!

Organisatoren 3e WerfvergaderingLeuven Klimaatneutraal

Thank you Stien. This helps set the tone. A real talent of yours that touches others and sees them in what they want to express. (Following a poem written during a workshop with Ria)

Ria Verlinden, Gestalttrainer, Supervisor, Opleider Systemisch werkThe 7th C

ceremonies I contributed to

Never to forget, everything you have done for us - so valuable.

I designed most of the of the ceremony myself, using ingredients from different kinds of ceremonies we liked and felt connected to. During the whole process of designing, Stien and Willem were there to listen to me while my ideas took shape and to ask me the right questions exactly when i needed it. During the whole process of designing, Stien and Willem were there to listen to me while my ideas took shape and to ask me the right questions exactly when i needed it.

Stien's approach is at the same time gentle and concrete, personal and professional. In designing our wedding ritual, she listened openly and empathically to our ideas and desires. Then she translated it into a moving and profound form. Also on the day of the ritual itself, Stien was completely present and attuned. She lovingly spoke everything together and subtly managed the whole thing in beautiful ways. In this way she created a bed in which everyone felt welcome and relaxed. The end result felt completely "ours" and became a collective experience to remember.

Thanks to Stien, our wedding day was truly an unforgettable one. The ceremony was really perfect. From our introductory talk to the ceremony itself, you really noticed that she gave herself completely for this event. Everything was always prepared and she often asked for feedback so that everything was really as we had dreamed it. The ceremony was very intimate, Stien had coordinated all the texts nicely with the "speeches" of family and friends, making it one very nice and personal whole. A big thank you for this Stien! We really enjoyed your presence and energy!

Waaw, so beautiful !! I have just read the poems very quickly and I was already moved to tears. We are going to look at this more thourougly this weekend of course, but I would like to say a big thank you for voicing it all so beautifully. This is really our Amélie.

my work as a facilitator and trainer

From the evaluation form of Fopas: What should Fopas continue to do?

Keep on offering this training with the current trainer. I have been given concrete guidance and I have been able to work out my own case with which I can now work. Trainer has stimulated me to bring my own case.

Thanks again for this rich interaction today. Especially found it very interesting to prepare the joint session with you. The idea of closely observing our employees during the different exercises gave me a new dimension in coaching. It was a very special experience. Thanks!

I really enjoyed the Art of Participatory Leadership workshop very much. It was exactly what I needed for my work. I feel so inspired and full of ideas! Thanks to you and to the whole team.

 

Stien, thank you so much for the authentic, subtle and eye-opening coaching given during my leadership journey. It's been an intensive time and you exactly lead me where I wanted to end up: asking myself the right questions. I'm now even more convinced I have all the needed luggage to find the right answers. I truly hope others will have the same opportunity I got. Thanks again, best of luck and see you soon!
Yann ReyndersBelfius

It was a special day, very intense, warm and enriching and all this in a wonderfully calming setting. It was a bit of a dark day, but this made the solidarity among all of us very strong. In addition to the intense feelings / emotions, we have received many new views or a lot of material to grow further. It is as if we have moved a mountain 😉

Charlotte NysOrigin Architecten

Depuis des années, je conceptualise et co-anime des workshops avec Stien. De l’avis général (et du mien aussi), notre duo fonctionne à merveille. Stien apporte sa créativité et son expérience du milieu artistique dans les différents workshops. Quelques exemples : des warm-ups originaux pour commencer le workshop ou redynamiser le groupe quand c’est nécessaire ; un fil rouge très parlant amené via une histoire créée sur mesure et qu’elle raconte afin d’ancrer le message à retenir ; un poème reprenant les éléments importants qu’elle a pu observer pendant le workshop. Je suis heureux que notre duo démontre que le milieu artistique a sa place au sein du monde du business, et pas à côté.

Xavier MathyBelfius

Dearest Stien, thank you for your efforts yesterday! Everyone feels very well and the outcome also opens up new perspectives for our operation.

Dirk SturtewagenWaerbeke

You did an amazing job, thanks a lot and I´ll recommend you to many people!

Armin HerdegenTrodat

Thank you very much Stien. You were precious.

Daniela TerilleDG Home

I would like to thank you and Dorothy very warmly, in my name and in the name of the whole unit, for the excellent support you have brought us all along the process, before, during and after this very lively day with the whole team!

Laurence de Richemont, Head of Unit
European Commission, DG Grow, Single Market Service

Overall, trust has become a very important key concept. Our colleagues had to be able to openly and honestly tell their story in a safe environment. Stien has been very important here, as a person and as an expert. As a person to create that safe environment in particular and as an expert to answer the answers, bundle the conversation into one story that is ours.

Frank van de Leur, Hoofd ICTGemeente Oss

I have been working with Stien Michiels for years in the context of development and talent projects. She has a broad and deep knowledge of change and leadership. She combines this knowledge with an ability to listen and connect in an exceptional and creative way. This makes her achievements and interventions in training, coaching and change processes powerful and inspiring. I can highly recommend Stien.

Bénédicte Marchal, Talent, Leadership & Change Manager / Belfius Belfius Bank

Depuis cette réunion, je n’ai eu aucun souci pour mettre en place la gestion de la procédure avec mes collègues. J’ai même reçu un merci chaleureux! C’est formidable! J’ai été ravie de suivre votre formation. L’ambiance était vraiment sympa et vous nous avez donné des clés formidables pour l’avenir. Soyez certaine que je n’oublierai pas cette formation et les excellents conseils que vous nous avez donnés. Je vous remercie à nouveau pour votre travail tellement efficace et fructueux. Je suis certaine qu’une formation dont vous êtes facilitateur est d’office une formation réussie. J’espère donc bénéficier à nouveau très bientôt de votre expérience et de votre dynamisme!

A.L, Ressources Humaines, Fonctionnaire européenEuropean Commission

I want to thank you personally. This project for me was a considerable enrichment both on a personal and on a professional level. I want to quote again the words I used in my presentation: ‘Leadership implies removing obstacles, clearing the path and creating an environment in which people can perform at their peak and really be the best they can be’, and this is exactly what you did for me during this leadership course.

Els De Roo, Senior kredietanalist bij Belfius Bank en VerzekeringenBelfius Bank

Your ability to communicate, to actively listen and use effective questioning technique, allowed you to create a healthy interaction among the participants and effectively convey ideas and messages to them. You were able to hear not just the words, but also the actual thoughts or the message behind them, and respond appropriately. It also created the motivation and empowerment within the group members to bring out the best in them.  With your friendly and honest disposition you were able to convey a good sense of empathy for those participants who needed to be understood, and yet it was clear that you possessed the determination in seeing that the task was accomplished and the objectives achieved. I very much enjoyed the whole process of working with you.

Daniel Kropf, Chair of The Learning for Well-being Consortium in EuropeLearning for Wellbeing

Stien stands for a sincere, pure, professional and caring way of coaching and facilitating. Sincere in that she stands with her values, because that way she knows she can deliver real value as a coach and facilitator. Professional in that she knows her business, well-informed, well-taught and experienced as she is in multiple fields. Pure in the sense that what you see is what you get. Stien is a woman of her word, a coach and facilitator you can count on. She's caring in that she shows great care for every one involved in the act of coaching and facilitating. Stien taught me for example how even difficult issues can be dealt with with great care and appreciation for clients and participators.

Hannes Couvreur, Local Wisdom Cultivator, Coach, TrainerSuperbly Human

Stien has lots of experience in hosting and facilitating processes, with groups small and big. I love to work with her because her skills of noticing what the client needs and because of her attention to preparation and good relationships.

Ria Baeck, steward of the Art of Hosting BelgiumVitis TCT

Stien is an excellent professional who has the capacities and capabilities as facilitator to create an environment where even the most complicated work is made easier for the participants to both understand and perform! She is dedicated and passionate about her work and helps in a natural way people to unveil their qualities and strengths. I am grateful to her for introducing me into the Art of Participating Leadership!

my work as a voice over

Very pleased with the collaboration with Stien. She did the voiceover for a promotional video of mine and I am very satisfied with her professional, pleasant voice. She also helps with writing and fine-tuning the text as well as editing the video, and is very flexible and perfectionist (in the positive sense of the word). I recommend her!."

some of the organisations I worked with

 

Governmental Institutions
European Commission (DG Taxud, DG Sanco, DG Comm, DG Connect, DG Grow, DG Home, DG Empl, DG Entr, DG Near, HRB3, EECS, REA, EASME, JRC Ispra, Committee of Regions (CoR)), Gemeente Anderlecht, Gemeente Asse, Stad Brussel, Stad Genk, Dienst Integratie vzw Stad Leuven, Stad Gent, Gemeente Oss, Ministerie voor SZW Nederland

Private sector
Belfius Bank & Verzekeringen, Perfetti van Melle, Origin Architects, Janssen & Janssen, Tweeperenboom, Gial, Niras-Ondraf, Fopas, AG Insurance, AXA, AXA Tech, DKV, Delta Lloyd, AG Insurance, Federale Verzekeringen, KBC, Atrium, Trodat, Total, Congres voor Notarissen, Roche, MICE Club, Sanofi, DocCheck.Com, Fluxys, Ipsen, Spadel

Associations and (socio-)cultural organisations
GC Elzenhof, Masereelfonds, Den Teirling, BEWO/Mobiel Netwerk NW-Vlaanderen, De Ark, Museum M, De Schommel, Waerbeke, Circles – We have the Choice, Corporate Ceremonies, HIGW, Promethea, RAB / BKO, OCMW Sint-Gilles / Cie Tisserin asbl, Musea Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Kunsthumaniora Brugge, BEWO ZW-Vlaanderen, PAKT, GZ Netwerk NW-Vlaanderen, GGZ Netwerk NW-Vlaanderen, GGZ Gent, Rodenbachfonds, The Unfolding Conference, Beschut Wonen Gent, WZC Immaculata Edegem, Eliant, Sint-Jansbergklooster, TheO, theatre constellations, CVA/CNO Antwerpen. Eurodesk Network, Generation Europe Foundation (GEF), Unicef/Eurochild/Koning Boudewijn Stichting, Beschut Wonen Ieper

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