Feast or Famine – the Life of a Trainer

Thea Newcomb - Web and Social Media Training in ScotlandWell it’s not secret that being self-employed as a trainer, or otherwise, can be a challenge. I know, life in general is a challenge…but being an SME simply compounds it.

This month has been fairly quiet in the Social Media training terms. I had some dates down in the Borders which were,…interesting. Challenging. I guess I was a good enough trainer, as this week I’ve booked a few more dates next month back down there.

Compared to October my November is chock-a-block with wall to wall work. That’s how it’s been for the past few years of running my consultancy company. High highs and low lows.

You never know when and where the work is going to come in – but thankfully it always does come in. In fact every day this week a new job offer has come in, and the money is better than it’s ever been…but though I get excited at the prospect of so much work, past experience has shown me that I have good months as a trainer, and then quiet months and then good months again. Peaks and valleys. Ebb and flow. High and low. That’s life.

Web and Social Media Training from Thea Newcomb in Scotland

Today a job came in to deliver some one-to-one social media training (Twitter and Facebook in particular). Being a One to one trainer is actually my favourtie kind because you can tailor it your client.

Group training (which is what I mostly do) is more difficult because you often have people at all levels in the class and it can be tough to pitch it right where everyone walks out happy, or at least feeling like they’ve learned something.

Among next month’s work is a talk to a Chartered Institute in Edinburgh. The topic is Linkedin. One of my favourite social media platforms so as you might expect, I love training on it!

As a result, I’ve naturally been tweaking my own profile there, and doing a bit of research in general. Earlier, I stumbled across their Facebook page which had a link to this….about your name.

Typed in my name and look at what it came out as…

Thea's my name...

To be fair, I have been a receptionist before (a few times) but really?? Housewife?? Nurse?? Hardly.

To be honest with you, I was never very good at being a housewife (just ask my ex-husband, he doesn’t speak to me by the way), and as for being a nurse…I guess you could say I’ve been nursing broken hearts on soyouvebeendumped.com for the last fifteen years?

There are a few other Younique presenters called “Thea” I’ve noticed – but there is only one is Younique by Thea. And that’s me!

Need Some Training?

1-2-1 Training Special - 2 hours for the price of one with Thea Newcomb (Dec 2015)Anyway, as I said, my diary is now FULL for November, but if you need some Social Media training, or training on your smart device, website or help blogging, then please get in touch now. 0141 416 1492. I’m running a special offer – two hours bespoke training for the price of one! Good for the first two weeks for December only! PS: But good news, I work 7 days a week!

In other news I’m looking forward to not one but two “black tie” events over the next month. Will be good to get dressed up, face made up, and get out on the town. Maybe a blog about all that after! Never know.

Finally – November 4th is the next Southsiders in Business. If you fancy some networking and you’re in or near Glasgow then please join us at the Village Hotel (opposite the BBC). RSVP here!

Glasgow Networking, Training & Southsiders in Business

Glasgow Networking

The past few weeks have been crazy-busy networking – both in Glasgow and in Paisley (for a change). For starters, I had hoped to get up in time for the FatBuzz New Media Breakfast to hear Tim from Attacat talk SEO – but after a long week and heavy workload my bed was far too cosy to go.

So I resigned myself to checking out the hashtag on Twitter for any nuggets that were tweeted out. As I didn’t get up for that, I also didn’t manage to make it along to the West End Business Banter – which I generally love to attend.

However I did manage to make yesterday’s Banter at Martha’s in town, so that’s something! Want to host a greeting cards party in Glasgow

On Tuesday this week, it was my first visit to Paisley for the Renfrewshire Business Network monthly networking group. As a speaker had backed out, I was asked to step in and speak for ten minutes. Instead of just talking about what I do, (though I did mentioned my Younique by Thea business, my new greeting cards venture, my networking events and my Web and Social Media training), I asked the group if they had any questions about Social Media or Blogging and that seemed to work pretty well.

Thankfully no one asked me anything I was unable to answer fairly easily. I recommended to all of them that they take advantage of the FREE courses that are on offer from Business Gateway (click to book).  More on BG in a moment.

#29Social – September#29social panel for September - Blogging

The night before last, Wed Sept 30, was my latest #29Social at 29 Private Member’s Club Glasgow. The RSVP numbers had been worryingly-low, but it was, as they say, alright on the night!

We had a wonderful panel and more than thirty people showed up for this intimate event on blogging.

I met some new folks (including my panel) and had some fantastic coversations. Was even able to showcase and mention the greeting cards (several times). Well why not? It’s my event and I don’t get paid to run them so at least I can take advantage of some self-promotion, the audience did! 🙂

Next up? Southsiders in Business

Pretty excited that Southsiders in Business has been resurrected afterJoin us for Southsiders in Business - networking in Glasgow much prodding of it’s founder Liam. The last one was more than a year ago in a different venue. This one is on Tuesday October 6, 2015 from 9:30-11:30am. The RSVP numbers have been insane for weeks now. Every day another ping (or three) in my inbox to say another registration has come on Eventbrite.

RSVP here now.

The tickets are just about all gone, but if they are gone, do feel free to comment below if you’d like to attend and we’ll try to squeeze you in! Bring business cards if you’re coming as there will be a prize draw. More info on that soon.

NOTE: Though it’s called “Southsiders in Business” – I don’t suspect we’ll be checking your ID to ensure you’re a south of the river person…

Web and Social Media Training

Next week it’s south-bound for a change. Normally I go north to train – to the Highlands and Islands – but this time it’s toward the border – down to Dumfries to deliver a few Business Gateway courses.

One will be about e-commerce and different ways for trading online, and the other will be Facebook. Facebook’s a funny one because of my relationship to the platform. It’s a love/loathe sort of feeling. It’s handy to keep in touch with family and friends all over the globe, but as a business owner – it’s less than ideal (in my opinion).

It’s simply more challenging to reach the audience. But this is a very basic “Intro to Facebook” course so we won’t need to go into too much detail about how market on it like a rock star!

Other Upcoming Glasgow Networking Events

So you may want to check out some of these events if you’re interested in doing some networking in Glasgow this month.

BDX GLASGOW – Wednesday October 7 is about Blogging. A very topical subject. It’s Free, at the Butterfly and the Pig (Buff Club upstairs) and features a panel. Check out BDX for more info.

BWS – Thursday October 8, the Royal Concert Hall. The Business Woman Scotland live event.

SWIB – Tuesday 13th October, 6.30pm – Scottish Women in Business 

COMMUNIC8TE – Tuesday 20th October, 8am – Communic8te and 12pm – Glasgow Business Club *(I don’t know this last one but know some names involved!!)

Do you know any others? Are you hosting a Glasgow networking event soon? Let me know in the comments below!

1-2-1 Training for Mother’s Day – Phone or Tablet

Thea Newcomb | One to One Mother's Day training on phones and tablets1-2-1 Training on Tablets and Phones

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend here in the UK (not until May for the USA). As I aim to focus more on the 1-2-1 training side of my business I have decided to put an offer on. For those people who are buying their wife, mum or gran (or whoever) a table this week, I am offering two hours of training for the price of one.

What Devices Do I Train On?

I offer this 1-2-1 training on iPhones or iPads, Android phones or tablets and Kindles too.

Trainees will learn whatever they feel they’d like to do on their tablet – including such things as downloading apps, video calls (Skype or Google Hangouts), instant messaging, sending and receiving photos, streaming TV and music, Facebook, or could even be something else entirely.

It’s individual to each participant’s needs.

So you buy the device and spare yourself the headache! Just book me to offer the personalised training in their home or office (or other mutually agreed venue).

How to Book Me?

Ring or email me for more info: 0141 416 1492 or email thea (at) theanewcomb.co.uk. You can also Tweet me or connect on Linkedin.