An Event-Full Week

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An Event-Full Week

This has been an interesting and eventful week so much so given that it was so full of events, I thought I would write a blog about it….

Neil and Thea in Largs - Feb 2017

I had my dear Neil visiting from Germany for the weekend. It’s always a pleasure having people come to stay, and to be able to show them around Scotland. Last visit, I’d taken him to some of my favourite places, so this time, I had to come up with a few different ones…namely Largs and Troon. Both were wonderful in their own way (in spite of the rain!) In any event, (there’s that word again), it was good to get a break from work for an actual weekend (which, as a “solopreneur”, I rarely do!)

The New Week Begins

Monday

Getting back into work on Monday, after taking a weekend off for a change, was a little challenging. On Monday night it was off to the Corinthian Club for a talk hosted by an associate of mine, Relationship Expert Dr David Fraser. For this month’s meeting, he had Gilad Tiefenbrun, the Managing Director of Linn Products sharing his experience and pearls of wisdom.

It was so refreshing to hear search frank honesty from the leader of such a prestigious, family-run, Scottish company. Loved it. His talk was very inspiring and often funny as he shared some lessons learnt through painful mistakes along the way (and have it we all been there?)

Tuesday
Tuesday was an excellent day, but not for any reasons which will be shared on my blog, so moving right along to…
Wednesday
Wednesday was spent at the Glasgow SEC (now rebranded Scottish Event Campus, did you know?) for the Gathering. The Gathering is a two-day, third sector event discussing all things charity, so there were charities of all descriptions, shapes, sizes and causes in attendance. As I’ve been considering a move out of Social Media Training this year into a charitable role, I thought it might be a good idea to go and have some conversations and see what efforts are being made and if anything resonated.
Attended a few talks with the first being the best and most notable: Richard Clifford from Mac Labs and Michelle Carruthers from Food Train. Other talks I went to were a bit meh. One seemed like just a sales pitch for a certain kind of software. Not what I went for or what I’d expected so I left.

Gathering Inspiration

I also had a few helpful, relevant conversations with some of the exhibitors – pertaining to the coffee, and finished off my day there with a free, fifteen minute massage from Hazel from Lifelink. In some ways, that fifteen minutes could be the most important of the day for me.

As I took my seat in Hazel’s chair, she placed her hand on my left shoulder and softly said “to begin, take a few deep breaths to relax.” She paused and said “tune in to you”. Whoah! As soon as she said that, a cartoon light bulb went off over my head. You see, I have been working on copy for my coffee website (or trying to) but have been stuck. It’s not always easy to come up the right wording, which will resonate with the most people. Those words she said are what I’m trying to achieve with the coffee. Make your coffee, sit down, tune in to you.

Do you need a pick me up or a calm me down? Do you need focus, self confidence or something else? Take ten minutes out for yourself and make that happen…with Neart.

Radio Days

Thursday
Yesterday I was due to go to Edinburgh for Digital Transformation, but cancelled in order to work at home instead. Turned out that we were due to be hit with Storm Doris, but in spite of the morning snow, she never amounted to anything, here in Glasgow anyway. So I had my mid-day swim, came home, and got ready to go to a radio event – “Doing the DAB”.
29 Glasgow - Supper Club
I walked in the door the Supper Club at 29 Glasgow and it felt like I was walking into a High School Reunion. There were people there from every station I have ever worked out for the last twenty-five years…
It was beautifully nostalgic to see so many of my former colleagues – all under the same roof at one time – from the guy Bob who gave me my first radio job (Q96) to some other guys who run the most recent station I was at Celtic Music Radio (may even go back and do the odd show there soon, watch this space).
I came out of that event buzzing throughout my entire being. I was positively euphoric, and it makes me realise just how much I love radio and need to be doing more of it. There is the possibility of even launching a new station later this year.

Getting Creative in Glasgow

Friday
That brings us to today. After a lateish night last night (I ran into a friend on my way home from the event), I will admit that it wasn’t too easy to get up at 6 a.m. to attend Creative Mornings Glasgow at the Whisky Bond building. Turns out, I was glad that I did. Not only were there some fantastic, lengthy conversations to be had (with old connections and new) but the speaker was goo.
Today was the first proper CMG and Tony Webster, a Belfast born Glasgow based photographer from Big Bad Lama was tasked with launching it properly in Glasgow. It was his first presentation so his nerves got the better of him, until he found his flow, then there was no stopping him…
The topic was “Moments” and he shared his at breakneck speed, so after the presentation was over, I asked him to reiterate some of them again. He had some touched upon some stand out moments – about coming out, going back in, being “born again”, coming back out again, and even getting Cancer…all this and he’s not even thirty!

Here’s to the Weekend!

Now that my event-full week is over, am ready for the weekend. That said, with so much to complete on the coffee website, it won’t feel much of a weekend regardless.
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Maybe, if I can get my act together, Neart Coffee will be live by this time next week, I live in hope.

#29Social is Tonight at 29 Private Member’s Club

Please Join Us #29Social – Tonight From 6!

Really looking forward to tonight’s event about Blogging. I love blogging. Wish I had more time to keep blogging but like most small business owners there are not enough hours in the day. In any event I look forward to spending some time chatting to my panel – Emma – Allison and Andrew – who are foodie, wedding and beauty bloggers respectively! The event’s open to anyone who fancies a night of informal networking. You don’t necessarily need to be a blogger or be interested in setting one up any time soon. It will still be a good chance to come and meet some new and fabulous folks!  See more details about the event and my panelists – in my last #29Social update.

Join us for some informal networking #29Social - Sept 20 2015.

Open to suggestions on what the topic should be for the next #29social. If you can’t make tonight please feel free to follow along on the #29social hashtag

Next blog post I’ll talk more about next week’s event at the new Village Hotel in Glasgow – it’s called Southsiders in Business and almost all our tickets are gone for that popular event.

It’s the Return of #29Social

Lesley, Thea, Emer at #29Social
Lesley, Thea, Emer

For those who enjoy a little evening networking in Glasgow, I have the very thing for you!

In the Fall of 2013 – along with 29 Private Members Club, I ran a few social networking events that you might say emphasised the “social” aspect.

The first one had 3 speakers — Lesley Wood, Emer O’Leary and myself. All three of us spoke about different aspects to Linkedin. It was, by all accounts, pretty good, particularly for a launch event.

A month or so later it was all men this time > Mark Hunter, Brian Tait and Matthew Marley talking about Youtube, Google Analytics and Google+, respectively.

For a few reasons that I won’t go into here and now, we just never got around to resuming the events after the holidays. Fast forward more than a year, and I am so pleased to announce that we’re finally resurrecting the evening events at 29. Free Wine - Networking @ 29
We call ’em #29social. It’s social + networking with emphasis on the social aspect, but the main aim is to provide attendees with some practical actionable takeaways from the night too.

29 April 2015 – #29Social

Our first event for 2015 will take place on the 29th of April from 6pm. The event will follow the same format as its predecessors – arrive, get a drink, start chatting, then three, brief talks about 10 mins or so each followed by a Q&A with the three speakers. I will emcee again.

A month or two ago, I came up with the theme for the evening and then invited the speakers, (all of whom I’ve met networking – online or off) to come on board, accordingly. So you could say at the widest level it’s about storytelling….through Words, Pictures and Video. (Not necessarily in that order!)

The Speakers for April’s #29Social are:

I am so pleased they’ve all agreed to come along and share some of their wisdom to the crowd. Trying to mix it up, I deliberately try to find different speakers I’ve not seen before. This means you won’t see the same people at my events, again and again, and it means you won’t even see me making it the “Thea show”...(though I’d no rule out giving another of the talks this year).

Book Your Place for #29Social – 29 April 2015

So hopefully that’s whet your appetite for a spot of evening networking in Glasgow and you’re ready to RSVP for the event now. You can do so on the events page for 29 Glasgow now…

RSVP NOW: #29Social
PS: Please note that anyone and everyone is welcome at my #29Social events. Even if you don’t own a business, or are a seemingly a competitor, you’d be welcome! It’s truly an “open door” policy at my events, OK? Great, so hope to see you there!

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Date:
29 April 2015
Time: 6pm-8pm
Where: 29 Royal Exchange Square
Cost: This is a complimentary event for 29 Members and a £5 cover charge for non-members.

How Can I Help Your Business?

So often we’re trying to sell our goods and services in an almost-broadcast fashion, (“look at me” or “how great my product or service is”) instead of simply asking “How can I help your business?”

So today, I thought I’d blog about some ways that I can help your business. Some of this is more relevant to those in Scotland, but not necessarily all of it. Read on.

A FREE LINKEDIN TALK – NOV 14 & 15

Lately I’ve been very busy working on a (FREE) talk for New Start Scotland called “25 Tips to Rock Linkedin”. There are so many tips that I’ve come across, it could easily have been 100 or 1000  tips – but as it’s just a 45-minute talk, I’ll have be brief, or at least more succinct.

One tip, that I have just written down on my mind-map, is to make your profile customer/client-focused and not CV-focused. That simple line I read in an article made me stop and think about my own profile.

In other words, don’t just list all that you’ve done, or can do, but show how you might be able to help anyone who takes the time to read your profile.

Hmmm, I am sensing a profile-re-write on my cards real soon…What about you?

Here is more info on all of the fantastic workshops at New Start Scotland and you can get your FREE tickets to the event here. I am going to see as many of the workshops as I can myself! I am a bit of a workshop-junkie it seems.

ONE TO ONE LINKEDIN TRAINING!

Today, I have the pleasure of delivering some one-to-one Linkedin training to a very experienced photographer. Though I do a lot of training on the group level, most often for Business Gateway, there is something super special about sitting down and giving all your attention, focus and experience to just one person. A sort of bespoke training that suits their business.

So if you are in the market for some 1-2-1 social media training to promote your business, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch (most of my details are up at the top right)

NETWORKING @ 29

Free Wine - Networking @ 29As many of you who are connected to me on Linkedin, Facebook, Google+ or Twitter will know, I’ve started running a super-informal, social networking night at 29 Private Members Club Glasgow each month.

This month will be our second event is Google-related, and it’s taking place on 30th October from 6pm.

These nights are open to anyone – whether you’re utilizing social media for business or not. It’s really about meeting new people in a relaxed environment. After all, people do business with people they like, or put another way “people buy people”. So though you may not need networking / contacts at present, in this current climate, you never know when you might!

I’ve picked some great speakers to speak at the event. Matthew Marley, from Zen, will talk Google+, Brian Tait from Aillum about Analytics, and Mark Hunter from Postable on YouTube). Talks are 10 minutes each and aim to have you leaving with a few “take-aways” (well, if you’re on the three of these platforms).

Again, don’t worry, if you’re not, you can still come along and have a nice time, meeting some interesting people. RSVP on the 29 Glasgow LinkedIn business page (if you’re on LI). You can also Tweet me  or find my Networking @ 29 post on Google+. Or you can email me – thea (@) theanewcomb.co.uk to express your interest. So many options to chose from there! Just do whatever suits you!

Finally, if you can’t make the event, you can follow all the action on Twitter #29Socially! It’s October 30th from 6-8pm (but if last month is to go by, we’ll likely be there much longer!)

HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

So that’s just a few, simple, FREE (or cheap) ways in which I can help YOUR business…Namely by a FREE LinkedIn talk at New Start Scotland in November (14 & 15), by an informal Networking @ 29 night (Oct 30), and finally by some bespoke One-to-One Training – at your convenience – just for you – whoever you are, wherever you are!

Incidentally training can be done over Skype or Google Hangout if you’re outwith the Central Belt of Scotland.

Facebook-Free for October

And so begins another, potentially, life-changing month…

Thea Newcomb off FacebookRecently, I’ve come across a few articles about Facebook that have made me think about the time spent on there. You know what I mean, standing in line at the bank or the grocery story, on public transport, when out for a meal and your friend (or whoever) nips off to the loo, etc – what’s the first thing we do? We pull out those phones and scan the news feed to see what everyone else is doing!

Facebook Fatigue

First off, let me start by saying that I have a love/loathe sort of relationship with the platform to begin with. How I feel about it usually is determined by how I am feeling in general.

More often than not, I think FB can be a tedious, draining, boring, narcissistic sort of place. Of course, it can also be fun, funny, interesting, stimulating and altruistic in equal measure. It can be wonderful to see what your family and real friends are up to. It allows us to share, virtually, those weddings, parties, holidays, new babies, pets, or first days of school (yawn),…With people in far flung places around the world.

Last week though, an old friend shared an Onion article about the Facebook Version of a Marriage Going Great that did strike a cord in me. It’s like we all have Facebook versions of our lives. Makes sense really doesn’t it? From the sidelines it can be isolating to witness these sorts of things.

There was another one from the Economist, Facebook is Bad For You – Get a Life. Both of these pieces have been on my mind. Frankly, it’s good to know I am not the only with these sorts of feelings for ole FB.

As I’ve been contemplating how to better use my time, I figured there are so many more things I can be doing with it than spectating on what everyone else is doing – for an hour or two a day.

My aim this month then will be to work harder (especially at building my new business!), read more books (not just social media books either), be more social, face-to-face, with my friends/colleagues/associates and of course exercise more. Well, that’s the plan at any rate.

There is one caveat, I will need to continue with one or two Facebook pages that I run, like So You’ve Been Dumped Stories, but most of these can be done via 3rd party apps such as Sprout Social or HootSuite…

FIND ME ON GOOGLE+

I attended a HootUp last week in Glasgow and after it, a few associates and I were talking about the difference between Facebook and Google+. To me, it’s like Facebook is a Frat party with your friends. It’s kinda fun at times, but there can be a lot of noise and mostly it’s just a lot of egos flying around.

Google+, on the other hand, is a like a really cool dinner party with loads of interesting people that you don’t really know – but who you want to know.

The posts tend to be informational, engaging, high caliber/quality, creative, etc. In a nutshell – a joy. And you know what? I’ve never once logged of Google+ scoffing. No narcissism to be found (amongst my circles anyway).

So yeah that’s where you’ll find me. Google+ or Linkedin of course. (see links top right to connect with me there)…

OUR NETWORKING @ 29 EVENT

Oh yeah, speaking of which – two things to report  did I happen to mention that 1) I’m doing  FREE talk –  “25 Tips to Rock Linkedin” at New Start Scotland (November 14 & 15)  and 2) our next Networking @ 29 Event is about Google on October 30th?

We’ve got three, esteemed speakers lined up We have: +Matthew Marley  (from Zen) to talk about Google+! This guy has more people who’ve circled him than anyone I actually know in my circles! Kudos! +Mark Hunter (from Postable) to talk YouTube – he’s created over 700 videos – so man this guy knows his stuff! +Brian Tait  (from Aillum) is an expert who will tells us what to look for in our damn, confounded Analytics! “Not Provided”? @$%#$ – WTF! 🙂

Find the full run down for the event on my Google+ profile! You can find the link to 29’s Linkedin Business page there too!

Well, “Hello Facebook-Free October” – here we go! Let’s do this!