Networking in Glasgow – March 2017

Networking in Glasgow - March 2017

Networking in Glasgow – March 2017

If you’re looking for some dates to do a little networking in Glasgow – here are some March 2017 events you may wish to consider attending.

Networking in Glasgow - March 2017

Communic8te (8:30-10:30am)

First up this week is Collabor8te’s Communic8te Breakfast on March 14. This takes place in Collabor8te, co-working space, on 22 Montrose Street in Glasgow (a block or so east of George Square).

This is a free event and very low key. Have a tea or coffee (or water), grab a pastry if you feel like it, and just have some conversations. You can find out more about it by visiting the Communic8te event on Eventbrite.

29ers Networking (8:00-10:00am)

The next day you can attend the 29ers Networking event in their Glasgow HQ, just a few blocks away at 84 Miller Street. The 29 Studios offices headquarters are like a little taste of Silicon Valley in Scotland. While I’ve not attended their morning networking events, if their evening ones are anything to go by it will be worth getting up early (by my standards) to go along.

While currently “sold out” – you can learn more about 29ers Networking on Eventbrite.

As someone who has regularly run many networking events, I know all too well people book and don’t show up so it may be worth sending Gary @ 29 an email to get on their waitlist…

Another one for your diary is Creative Mornings, Glasgow.

Creative Mornings (Last Friday of the Month)

Creative Mornings GlasgowCreative Mornings is another sort of new kid on the networking block. It’s a global networking initiative for creatives. Don’t be too put off by the name. I’d not classify myself as a “creative” as such and I feel very at home and inspired at their events (well all two of them that there have been). If you want to make some new connections, feel some inspiration and enjoy a morning away from your desk, then Creative Mornings could be a good fit.

The way it works is each month, in all 164 cities they are held in they have a topic. This month’s topic, as I recall is Taboos. The speaker is announced one week before the event itself, so as of the time of writing this post I have no idea who it will be. But you can find out more on the Creative Mornings GLA website here.

Business Banter (Fridays 9:00-11:00am)

Business Banter, Byres RoadThought Business Banter in its original incarnation is no more, a version of it its West End group is still alive and kicking. It takes place in Santander on the corner, north of Hillhead tube. There are teas, coffees, biscuits and some free branded merch (pens, post its etc) which, in addition to its regulars, makes it worth the trip.

Do you know any events for Networking in Glasgow? Please comment below.

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.

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!

 

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.