Put Your Contact Details on Linkedin

Linkedin Training

It’s not the most sexy social media channel, I’ll grant you, but I love Linkedin. I use the site daily, why? Well, I’ve made amazing connections, scored a funded trip to Cannes, and recruited more than a dozen people to my Younique team – all through using it.

This month and next, I have the benefit of delivering several Linkedin training courses across across Scotland from Ayrshire to Aberdeen. Some of the audiences will be students and some SME (Small to Medium Enterprises). Some of the information will be tailored and some will be general – aimed at anyone who is on linkedin.

It’s among my favourite courses to teach so I update presentation regularly. Today I decided to take a survey of my own connections to see how many had actually put their contact details in. Many of whom had not made the effort.

Linkedin is a Professional Network

Because Linkedin is a professional network, you’re more than likely on there (if you are on there and you should be on there) to get work, get customers or recruit talent. If you don’t take the time to fill out your profile with your various details – website, phone number, email address – then you may be missing out on some warm leads.

Are your relevant details on Linkedin?

Of those connections that I surveyed, less than half had put in their phone number. You have the options to have it public or available to just your connections. If you don’t want to give your mobile then do what I do and invest in a SkypeIn number. I have an 0141 number for the UK and a silicon valley 408 number for the USA (all for the price of a pub meal each month). It’s so worth it.

Add your website details to linkedinFew connections had take the time to put in their website/s information. Many when they did, just left “Company Website”, “Personal Website”, “Portfolio” or “Blog”.

Most of us have some website that we can put and therefor potentially drive traffic to – even if that’s a social media channel.

To edit these details – edit your profile, go to your contact details and where the website details are select the option called ‘Other’. It will then allow you to type in the name of your various websites. It’s good for SEO so be sure to do that.

In summary, if you’re on Linkedin now, then please go and check what contact details are available in your profile. Make sure you’re giving a profile viewer a variety of options to reach out to connect with and do business with you or you may be missing out!

You’re welcome.

Final Post 2015 – Welcome 2016

Well I’ve been rather remiss at blogging on my personal blog, and on soyouvebeendumped.com too. However, I have managed to keep up a steady pace over on Younique by Thea at least.

Winding Down in Sonoma County

As I type these words I am snuggled up at a lodge in Sonoma County. It always brings me back to such wonderful days stored in my memory. Some of my happiest days in my whole life were spent in Sonoma County. Last night we stayed in Occidental at a Lodge there. It was nice but the air raid siren sporadically going off was disconcerting. Tonight it’s a bit more sedate though still not that far away from where we were. We stopped first at the town of Bodega to take some photos of their historic church (as photographed by Ansel Adams and featured in Hitchcock’s the Birds).

Then it was time for a drink at Roadhouse Coffee shop in Bodega Bay where we chatted extensively to its owner James. I think I may have convinced him to join the Twitter revolution. We’ll see. If you like eclectic little off-the-beaten-path type of places then you should pop in and see James. Tell him I sent you. We took many photos along the cost and had an over-priced but nice meal at the River’s End in Jenner. I think you really be paying for the scenery more than anything but I guess it was worth it.

The weather today is very Scottish…gray, wet, cold, and misty. Parts of California’s coastline reminds me of Scotland’s west coast. Today it was especially the case.

My Year in Web & Social Media Training

Looking back over the year, it’s been quite a ride in every sense of the word. I’ve been blessed enough to travel for my work – to such far flung  places as Tiree to the west, Stornoway to the north, Edinburgh to the East, and down in the Borders – Dumfries and Annan too. Of course most of the dates were in Hillington for Business Gateway and a few in Coatbridge too.

There are already a number of dates booked in Central Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway for spring of 2016. Next year, the aim will be to build more of the one-to-one training alongside the group training I deliver. In particular, will enjoy helping people set up their own blogs and start blogging – for business or personal use.

New Business – Gift Boxes in Wood

Well as you may know I’ve been loving having my own Younique business. I even like selling the Phoenix Greeting cards…but recently I’ve been in discussions about selling bespoke wooden gift boxes.

 Recent Fun

For fun, I’ve seen some films – Star Wars (The Force Awakens) and Sisters. Enjoyed them both. Last month I went to see U2 in Glasgow. I didn’t have a ticket – I just walked over to the SECC at 7pm and stalled around until I met someone who had a spare and in we went. It had been since 1987 since I saw them last (Wembley) and you know what? It was a bit like meeting up with an old friend that you’d not seen for a few decades. Classic.

Well here we are just a few hours from 2016 and let’s hope it’s filled with fun, abundance, join, travel, some laughter and joy…If you fancy starting a new business – selling cards or cosmetics, then be sure to let me know! 🙂 I’m trying to help Helen get recruits so feel free to join her!

Shop my last 2015 party here

Hello November – What’s on the Horizon?

Hello November from theanewcomb.co.ukIt’s been a fairly busy time in the life of Thea this past month, but nothing like what November will hold in store (if all that’s in the diary goes to plan). This month is filled with training, workshops, networking, and a conference or two as well.

Glasgow, Southsiders in Business

southsiders-village

This week kicks it all off with the Southsiders in Business. It’s a networking group in Glasgow that I believe was started by my colleague Liam Bonthron and ran for several years. It stopped for Summer 2014 and didn’t get a reboot until I’d finally badgered him so hard, for so long, he relented and we relaunched it last month in its new location. The new venue is now the Village Hotel which is opposite the BBC & Science Centre at Pacific Quay. It was always on a Tuesday but conflicted with another event and thus has now been moved to Wednesdays. For the first one of 2015 – over thirty-five businesses popped in for some informal networking. For this one eighty have already RSVPd. I wrote a wee post on Linkedin with more details if you’re interested.

Linkedin in the Capital

Speaking of Linkedin, (I do love that platform), I’ll be giving a big talk for one of the Chartered Institutes in Edinburgh on that very subject.

It was both a pleasure and surprise to be asked to speak by someone who attended one of my talks at Thrive Networking in the Corinthian some two years ago.

So when it comes to giving talks – and doing networking – you never know where things could lead to. It can take time before anything comes of it.

As a result of the upcoming talk, I’ve been watching all kinds of Linkedin videos, interviews, webinars and blabs on the subject. The talk is being updated as we speak and I am looking forward to the challenge of appearing in the capital in front a bunch of travel industry professionals.

Back to the Borders

After last month’s workshops down in the Borders for Dumfries and Galloway’s Business Gateway – it seems I did well enough to be asked to do more. The last time was ‘Etail for Retail” and “Introduction to Facebook” but this time it’s “Intro to Social Media”. These intro courses are always a bit of a challenge because invariably you have people at all skillsets showing up and it can be a bit of a “dance” to pitch the content right. Still, will do my best.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Have also been asked to deliver a talk, “Getting Your First Website” for Business Gateway Renfrewshire. It’s part of a the global event GEW. Their Twitter bio:

“The world’s largest festival of entrepreneurship! Turn your ideas into something amazing and make it happen #GEWmakeit”.

It should be an interesting and thought-provoking week. I hope to see some of the speakers and follow the hashtag for valuable updates. It will be strange as I am effectively given someone else’s talk to do. Hoping I can sort of “make it my own” before the day.

Also for Business Gateway Renfrewshire – I’ll be resuming the eBusiness series of courses run in conjunction with NSDesign. Before anyone wants to actually pay me for training, I tend to recommend they take all the FREE courses that Business Gateway has to offer.

There are some fantastic courses for websites, social media, and other business related topics offered all over Scotland.

New Start Scotland

November also sees the return of New Start Scotland.  I can’t remember if I was even asked by NSDesign to speak this year (I think so) – but I am already training elsewhere on one of the two days (for them!) – so I couldn’t anyway. However, I will go to cheer on my friends that are giving talks. You can find out more about the general New Start workshops here and all my aforementioned friends (and colleagues) giving Social Media talks here.

My Year in Younique

My year in Younique - so far

One week ago I celebrated my one-year anniversary joining up as a Younique Presenter and Sponsor.

I wrote a long, detailed blog about it over on the youniquebythea.com website, but what I am not sure I really articulated was the fact that I took a chance on something that seemed a bit out of left field for me and it’s become life-changing. Today, November 1, 2015 is the first day we started selling in the UK. About to go on a shopping spree to celebrate. We launched a two new products. I’ll no doubt update that over on my Younique blog in my series “My Week in Younique”.

As I often say, with regards to Younique, I was never a makeupy sort of person. Definitely would never be accused of being glam by any means, and yet I’ve taken to this business and its products like a duck to water. So you see, people can and do change!

It’s a perfect time to #jointheAteam to sell Younique products and make a bit of extra money in time for the holidays or to put toward something you’re saving up for! It’s a fun business in my opinion but it’s not for everyone…as I say  often.

Business Woman Scotland Awards Ceremony

thea-and-ann-mareeAlso this past week my friend Ann-Maree Morrison invited me along to the Business Woman Scotland Awards which were held at the Glasgow Fruitmarket. It was a pretty fun night. Lots of of people there to celebrate women rocking businesses. I had a few friends up for the awards (three nominees at my table in fact). Ann-Maree was up for the first award for digital business but lost out to our table mate Jennifer Hallwood (TEFL UK Org). In any event I’m still proud of Ann-Maree for even being nominated. That’s very cool. If you have kids, why not check out her website – Labels4Kids.com.

The overall night was fun. Had some great chats with some fab friends and associates…but I was the very last person in the room to be served and I got violently ill in the middle of the night. No idea what that was about but let’s just say I am not a fan of these group dinners and that’s not the first time that’s happened after an awards dinner! Ugh!

Anyway was still delighted to spend the evening hanging out with such a successful friend and Aussie. We had a great time at an unusual night.

Well I need to close this update. There’s tidying to be done, tea to be drunk, laps to be swum, and I might take a walk with my new smartphone. It’s been a long time since I was excited by a new phone (or any technology really). This new Moto G has a 13mp camera so you know I am in heaven with that!

Oh one more thing that’s happened this week is that I’ve been playing about with Facebook “Boost” on this SYBD FB post here about “Ghosting” an Ex. It’s been interesting results. Lots of clicks, likes etc but not many comments on the blog which was the aim. There may be a post about this coming soon. We’ll see.