First Wednesday Networking in Glasgow – 1st Event Nov 7 2018

First Wednesday Glasgow Networking

First Wednesday Networking in Glasgow at the Village Hotel 9:30amFirst Wednesday Networking in Glasgow

Here we are three years later from when I resurrected Southsiders in Business after an 18-month hiatus, and I find myself doing the same thing again. Is that the definition of insanity?

For the last three years, Southsiders has been run at the Village Hotel in Glasgow from 9:30am.

It’s a free, informal, unstructured event that takes place on the first Wednesday of each month. You basically grab yourself a tea or coffee and stroll in and start chatting.

After re-launching the event three years ago, I stepped away from it, and it changed hands a few times, before whimpering to its death…last month.

New Name in Networking

Now, just three years (and one week) after its resuscitation, I have set about plans to relaunch it with a new name – First Wednesday Networking in Glasgow.

It will be the same relaxed event, at the same place and time. In addition to the name change, the difference is that this time, I’ve enlisted the skills of a fellow networker, and friend, Farah Hussain to facilitate introductions with me.

Some people are very new to the whole networking thing (and indeed business too), so we understand how daunting it can be to try new things and meet new people.

Each event, Farah and myself will greet newcomers, have a chat with them, and introduce them to others to get the ball rolling. It’ll be up to them to take it from there!

First Wednesday Glasgow FB Group & RSVP Option

If you are in business in Glasgow, or work for one, and would like to network with like minded people, then please feel free to join our “Closed” First Wednesday Facebook group. I’ll be sharing tips about business, networking, and posts where people can promote their business, or social media links.

For those who like a wee reminder of their upcoming events, we have a First Wednesday Eventbrite created.

Again, registering is totally optional, it can just be handy when you get the reminder for those events

Hope to see some of you there at the launch of First Wednesday – November 7, 2018 from 9:30 am at the Village Hotel Glasgow.

Will be giving one of these away to a lucky attendee! Or if you want one to wear at the event then pick up a First Wednesday tshirt on Amazon now.

 

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.

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.

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