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”.
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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.

The Return of #29Social – September 2016

The Panel for #29Social Sept 2016Hey local-folkal in Glasgow – good news, after the success our of joint drinks night at 29, it’s the return of my own #29Social (I know, another long hiatus).

The last few #29Social networking events have gone really well in terms of panelists, attendees and engagement levels and so I’ve decided it was time to do it again! Here are the details also found over on Eventbrite

September 28, 2016 – Local Marketing

Join us at 29 Private Members Club, Glasgow on 28/9 from 6pm-8pm for #29Social.

This is a FREE networking and open to all who are interested in learning and meeting new people in an informal setting.

At September’s #29Social, we are talking about marketing your business online, and we’ll be focusing on the power of reviews – especially for local businesses. That said this will be relevant for all businesses.

The September panel consists of three professionals – a digital marketing expert and trainer; a blogger/community manager and a West End business owner too. We will be discussing experiences as customers and business owners as well as providing some take away tips.

September’s #29Social Panel:

GARY
Gary Ennis founder of NSDesign trains business across Scotland on how to market themselves better using Social Media. He’s an Ambassador for , public speaker, and business mentor too.

BRIONY
Briony Cullin writes about tasty eats at the Glasgow Food Blog and is also the community manager at Yelp in Glasgow who works with businesses to monitor reviews and communicate with customers on the Yelp platform. She’s recently co-founded the Cheese Toastie festival which takes place on October

SARAH
Sarah Hogg is the co-founder of Kimchi Cult a funky, punky Korean takeaway off Byres Rd in Glasgow. Kimchi Cult knows the value of engaging with their customers via social media and review sites.

Q&A – Get Your Local Marketing Questions Answered
This panel will be sharing their experiences and tips to the attendees. Come with your own questions on the night or you can Tweet us ahead of time: Gary, Briony, and Sarah. (Oh and I’m of course @newthea)

WHEN
WHERE
29 Private Members Club Glasgow – 29 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AJ

HOW MUCH?

Good news, it’s FREE!! You’ll enjoy the time and learn some things, guaranteed.

Click the pic below to join us on the 28th.

Click to book #29Social - Sept 28 2016

Book now – go on, you know it makes sense!

 

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!

September #29Social – Blogging Panel

Networking in Glasgow

Well it’s just over a week away from the #29Social September event at 29 Private Members Club in Glasgow. As ever the event will be held from 6pm and this month’s topic is Blogging. I’ve asked three lovely bloggers to come along and share their experience of blogging for business.

RSVP for #29Social - September - Blogging Event

#29Social September Panel

The format, like last time will be Q&A – so get your questions for the panel ready now. Oh do you want to know a bit more about who will be on the panel? They are as follows:

Click to RSVP to #29Social September1) Beauty blogger, Andrew James. So excited to hear his story, challenges and his experience of having just won “Best Beauty Blog” in Scotland for his blogbeautyandtheboy. (Follow Andrew on Twitter).

2) Also Emma Mykytyn, the Glasgow Foodie from Foodie Explorers at Food and Drink Glasgow. (Follow Emma and Co on Twitter)

3) Finally, last but not least, Alison Tinlin, “UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style” on Mrs P & P – Plans and Presents (Follow Alison on Twitter)

Please note that my #29Social events are open to everyone

The event is FREE for 29’s members and just £5.00 for non-members. The price includes a drink upon arrival and some wee nibbles to see you through!

If you have any questions feel free to ring me on: 0141 416 1492 or Tweet me @newthea

 

Networking in Glasgow (part 2) – Past & Future

Over the years I’ve done a few posts about networking in Glasgow. A recent one was over on Linkedin and and another much older one was a post that was a “part one” which still gets a fair bit of visits. So I thought it was high time to update it with some broad options for places to Network in Glasgow or near by.

Collabor8te

Collabor8 - Networking and Co-working in Glasgow

This morning was an event run by Collabor8te in All Bar 1. It’s a FREE monthly event and worth popping into if you run a Scottish business. They run periodic evening events (Educa8) and have a wonderful co-working space in the Merchant City for those home-based business owners (like myself) that would like an office to go to now and again without the cost of having an actual office. There are a few different options according to different budgets and needs and there’s new plans on the horizon for a new space too.

GoGrow – Various

Another event worth considering is GoGrow in Glasgow. I’ve only attended one event hosted by Gary Eoghan at the Butterfly and the Pig, on what was arguably Scotland’s hottest evening, but it was a decent little night with a few women speakers (from Mo’s Cookie Dough and Yelp Glasgow). To add to that, I walked out with a Yell fan, and some free chocolate chip cookies, so what more could you ask for?

Business Banter – Thurs/Fri AM

Still among my fave places for networking in Glasgow is at Martin Jack’s Business Banter. It takes place in two places – Thursday mornings in Martha’s on St Vincent Street (8-10) and Friday mornings on Byres Road at Paperinos (9-11). If ever I am free, I do my best to make it along to one or both of those. The people are good, it’s a relaxed atmosphere and best of all for folks like me, it’s FREE.

29 Social

#29Social - Networking in Glasgow - hosted by Thea NewcombAnd I could not do a blog about Networking in Glasgow without mentioning my own event that happens every two months in 29 Private Members Club, Glasgow. They fall on a Wednesday night at the end of the month, usually and cost £5.00 to non-members and free to 29’s members.

The next one in September 30, 2015 from 6-8pm. All the #29Social events have a Social Media feel to it. Have now moved on from “speakers” to “panelists”. Last month’s event was held in the Apartment at 29, featured three experts in SEO and Social Media and it was relaxed, informative and fun. If you want to get on the mailing list for #29Social fire off an email to me here (thea at theanewcomb.co.uk with “#29Social” as the subject line and I’ll add you. Proper mailing list subscribe box coming soon as poss…) Event link to be added once the event’s been created on 29’s site.

Networking Goals

In my personal experience Networking is not generally a “quick results” option for small businesses – whether that’s online or offline. It was probably a year of going to some of these events before I received any paid work out of it.  It takes time to build up that “know, like, trust” factor. Rapport is not generally earned after one meeting (though it can be).

So if you’re new networking – set some realistic goals, and prepare to be in it for the long haul and go in with an open mind. I would seldom write off any event after just one attempt. Some nights or days can be better than others. Luck of the draw. I say that both as an attendee and a hostess too!