Thoughts on reading of and teaching about contracts to make the best out of confinement:

  • Reading contracts is not always fun.
  • It is difficult to keep your concentration during a contract training session. So much information, so much text on the slides, …

I think the two above statements are very recognizable for all of us!

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In the same way, I think we should modernize teaching about contracts through a fresh approach on how to present the content:

  • Keep people focused on the speaker & subject by projecting as little text as possible & useful.
  • Avoid having the audience copy the slides by writing down the words.
  • Stimulate visual memory by showing images that illustrate the concepts. Etc.
Teaching about contracts

A lot of research has been done on how to facilitate learning. Easier said than done. For me, clear explanations accompanied by illustrative images are best to absorb information and remember it. In the short video, I am sharing some examples of how we are doing that.

What do you think about modernizing teaching material on contracts?

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Jan Bouckaert

Jan Bouckaert has more than 20 years of worldwide experience in negotiation of complex construction, renewable energy, power and infrastructure projects. He is also specialized in contract management, risk management and alternative dispute resolution. During Jan’s career path, he lived in France, Belgium, Egypt, India and Portugal and worked for GE Renewable Energy, Alstom Hydro, Besix/Six Construct. He is a Civil Engineer from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and has an MBA from ISEG (Portugal). He speaks fluently English, French, Portuguese and Dutch. Jan is the founder of AfiTaC, a company giving advice on international tenders and contracts. Be welcome to connect on LinkedIn:


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