A Danish management engineering student with a mechanical background, language freak, runner, boxer, football fan, Latin music lover, world traveler and passionately curious.
When coordinating a thousand people, you rarely have time to deal with individuals and they end up turning into an big impersonal crowd. However, to make sure you execute the event plan as intended, the crowd must somehow be reached as individuals. This article is about what I learned from coordinating a recent 4-day introduction event with 1000 participants:
1.The rule of a thousand people; If something can go wrong, it will go wrong;
2. It takes the double time you might think to move people around;
3. No other person than you has the level of insight of what is going on;
4. Trust and understanding with your subordinates is crucial;
5. Clear responsibilities and duties must be delegated as early as possible;
6. All responsibility delegations must have “what” and “why” and as little of “how”, “where” and “when” as possible;
7. Dinner buffets should be fast and effective;
8. The flow of a schedule cannot depend on single units of people;
9. The more you pamper, the more helpless people will get;
10. Saying skål (cheers) to a thousand people is awesome.
During the last week of August this year, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) welcomed its new international students from over 50 different countries all over the world. Universities around the world use very different amount of resources to welcome their foreign exchange and full-degree students to ensure a good start. DTU definitely belongs to the group spending a lot of energy on this and I’m one of the head coordinators of its version of an international introduction week.
This is the second out of two posts about my experiences in Argentina, the first is Argentina and its impact.
“¿Por qué volviste, Andreas?" (Why did you come back, Andreas?) - a professor asks me outside of the auditorium right after class.
The question was extremely simple and I had answered such question about my many returns to Argentina a lot of times. My usual answer would be “la carne argentina" (Argentine meat) along with a cheeky smile leaving interpretation to the listener, which usually produces a great laugh - in other words, I’d answer with a joke. But something was different this time, I had eight Argentine engineering professors standing in front of me with great expectations of my answer. They were all impressed with my Argentine Spanish skills and it was obvious they were looking for something out of the common, a side of Argentina only a foreigner from far away with great local knowledge can detect. Why is the country worth travelling back to continuously from the other side of the planet, when any other location could have been chosen for exchange in my mechanical engineering degree?
Anybody who’s ever had even a brief conversation with me has noticed Argentina popping in somehow, somewhere along. Since I traveled there first in 2008, this place has not only been my second home, but a great passion, too.
Why Argentina has had such an impact on me has a few explanations. First of all, this was the first time I had left my home continent, Europe, and the first time I did a long independent travel after high school. In other words, it had a sort of “first-time-impact” you just don’t get again after years of travelling the world. Then there’s the fact that the country profile matched what I love: world class football, big steaks and the language I had learned through high school, Spanish. Plus, the cheap prices didn’t make things worse.
The following article was published on the 22nd of May at BoxingNews24.com.
By Andreas Strøjer Tynan Schmidt: In 1013, the Danish Vikings and the Englishmen settled a battle that had been going on for years and eventually ended in the capital of England, London. The Danish Vikings were led by a strong and brutal Viking warrior, King Sweyn Forkbeard, who ironically had English blood running through his veins.
Now, exactly one thousand years later, another great battle will take place this Saturday in the same city, as IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) takes on WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) in a highly anticipated boxing rematch. An Englishmen receiving a Dane that calls himself the Viking Warrior, who, as Sweyn Forkbeard, is part English himself. The similarities are many. Both men have similar stories coming up to this fight, having fought weaker opposition the last couple of years since losses and injuries broke their earlier rhythms. Both men are also walking in the shadow of the super middleweight king, Andre Ward, and have each lost twice to the best opposition they could find in the division. There can be no doubt whether these two men are the very best of the weight class just after Ward. So where do they differentiate?