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


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.

Training: Facebook, Trading Online & Linkedin…

With regards to training, this week, and next, are among my busiest of the entire year!

Tomorrow morning it’s a session with some SMEs – showing them how Facebook can work for small business (and how, as a business page owner, it doesn’t always work like you’d hope).

Then, a wee break, and it’s class number three of the Trading Online class for on behalf of Business Gateway in Renfrewshire (for NSDesign).


Night shot of Business Gateway Clydebank Titan BuildingAlready, yesterday was the SEO class out in Clydebank for Business Gateway West Dunbartonshire.

I just love this Business Gateway SEO class (called Improve Your Search Engine Rankings) because 1) it’s an exciting-but-constantly-changing-and-evolving field, so you have to be on your toes and 2) Because it’s incredibly empowering to be in control over some of these (on page, at least) aspects of your own website…

Those things can, in return, then have a direct result to your success in the SERPS (Search Engine Results Page – usually on Google).

Frankly, I learn a lot every week on the subject of Search Engine Optimisation. While I am the first to admit that I have some great people who know (way) more about it than I do (and who help me often, e.g Brian Tait from Aillum) – at least I tend to know more than the people I am training which is the main thing.

Thea Newcomb on Linkedin since 2008NEW START SCOTLAND

As if all of this were not enough – on Thursday and Friday it’s New Start Scotland. I’ve spent days writing this Linkedin presentation…aimed at the “newbies” (or new starts) of business.

Though I hope to have a tip or two for the more veteran Linkedin user. I decided yesterday to really keep it more basic. I felt like I was trying too hard to impress and it just ended up stressing me out. The presentation is not finished, so maybe I will look for a few zingers to throw in there as nifty tips for more advanced users out there.

While researching the New Start talk, I came across this link about how “creepy” Linkedin is. It did make me chuckle…I have to admit. I hadn’t really thought of it that way but it kinda is…

LinkedIn: The Creepiest Social Network

LinkedIn: The Creepiest Social NetworkNovember 10, 2013 · Interactually · Written by David Veldt This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. In fact, it stems from something I noticed way back in August of last year. After digging for answers and even a couple attempts at contacting their customer support, I’ve concluded that LinkedIn is by far the creepiest social network. The primary reasons LinkedIn is the mustached, trench coat and wire frame glasses wearing mouth breather of the internet are the “People You May…
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Well I really had better get back to the Facebook Keynote presentation (on behalf of Postable) and the Linkedin prezi too. Although I know it’s best not to wish your time away – there is something about these next two-super-busy weeks that makes me long for Thanksgiving. I’m taking the day off by the way. I may not celebrate it in the “traditional way” (well for starters I am vegetarian now), but I do always try to take it off and find myself a bit of Pumpkin pie….Roll on Thanksgiving…

PS: Want FREE Tickets for New Start Scotland? Info about the New Start Workshops are here. My talk is around 1:30 or so each day (1:45?). If last year’s talk is anything to go by though, I recommend getting there early and into the front to hear and see best. This goes not just for my talk but any talk you may be attending.


  1. “LinkedIn: The Creepiest Social Network” · David Veldt · Nov. 10, 2013 · Interactually

FLASHBACK: A 1983 Dance Party on a Saturday Night

Well you know how it is,…You have something really important that you need to do — maybe write a report, prepare a presentation, update your mileage document for your accountant, invoice a client,…but instead you go onto YouTube. Big mistake. This is my story of what happened a short time ago…


When I should’ve been working on my Linkedin talk for next week’s New Start Scotland Exhibition, I decided to look up a track “Runaway” by an obscure band 1,2,3. Unless you’re of a certain age, and grew up on watching MV3 every night at 5pm, you probably don’t know it. In fact, even if you did those things, you still probably wouldn’t know it. But someone out there did, thankfully, and uploaded this sort of random, mismatched video to YouTube which I happily watched.

Playing this tonight, while making dinner, was like reconnecting with “an old friend” – thirty years later…It was nostalgic, comforting, familiar and a happy memory of a simpler time. Back to a time when I used to go dancing every weekend at Mothers in San Jose or Stargaze in Fremont. A time when every day was spent listening to the Quake (KQAK).

I thought this was effectively a nobody-band, but thanks to Wikipedia, I just learned a lot…Like the fact that it was produced and recorded by Bobby Orlando. Not a name I recognized at first, but boy do I know his work...”West End Girls” anyone? Or how about the Flirts “Jukebox (Don’t Put Another Dime)” (on the Valley Girl OST incidentally). I am happy to report I’ve got this 12″ single back in California in my dusty vinyl collection. (You may be too young to understand what that actually is, and if you are, I feel bad for you right now young’un).


Well, once I heard that 1,2,3 track, then I decided to try to find some other random gems from circa 1983…and found this one! Some more fond memories of dancing around to this one back in the day (and again earlier this evening) followed.

Once again I’ve just learned that Language was a band centered around a Glaswegian Steve Hale. (Isn’t the Web an amazing thing?) Who knew?

Anyway I still, to this day, have this 12″ single in back in California too…

So after those two crackin’ tracks, I wondered where else to go on my magical musical tour of 1983, and next it had to be this German track with, yet another, Scottish connection…

Robert Görl – “Darling Don’t Leave Me” featured none other than Annie Lennox on backing vocals. What an absolute sublime song (and video for that matter) this is!

Incidentally, I can’t remember if I have the 12″, but I definitely have the whole album from ole Robert…

What next? Well, I had to search for Debbie Deb. At that point, I had to make a tough decision – namely to choose When I Hear Music” or “Lookout Weekend” – both were fantastic tracks. Debbie Deb’s story on WikiP did make me a little sad, to be honest, as I think she should be a millionaire for those two tracks alone.

As it’s the weekend we’ll go with that one, besides the video (though not “official”) is kinda fun in an ‘Electric Boogaloo’ sort of way. Not sure why it’s only two minutes of the track, and cuts off in an excruciating fashion (maybe that’s all the kid had to do for his assignment), but it’s a belter none-the-less.

So I have another five videos stored in my Spundge 80s Dance Party notebook, ready to throw out into the mix, but too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing.

Maybe I can continue with another five videos next weekend….We’ll see.

In any event, I will leave you with one more random synth-tastic track…Blue Zoo (Blue who?).

Wow that was so good to hear that one again, and their other one that I’d totally forgotten about – “Love Moves in Strange Ways” (and it does). That song used to end up on my 80s compilations a lot. Well, now that I am having some serious flashbacks from this dance down memory lane, I’d better call it day, or rather a night…


Book Cover - Essential 80s Pop TriviaSo if you’re from that era, and love your 80s music (or you know someone who is and does) – I’ve got a few (hundred) copies of my 80s music trivia book for sale for 6.00 GBP (Appx $10.00 – FREE SHIPPING). Written exactly 15 years ago now, they gotta be collector’s items at this point, and they might be a good Christmas gift for the music freak in your life.

Until next time, “I’m Thea, saying see ya…” 🙂


  1. “Language – Touch The Radio Dance 1983” · inmotion68 · Oct. 24, 2008 · YouTube
  2. “Blue Zoo – Cry Boy Cry” · flemwad · May 10, 2007 · YouTube
  3. “ONE TWO THREE ..Runaway [FAN VIDEO]” · bobbyovstheflirts · Sept. 25, 2012 · YouTube
  4. “Robert Goerl – Darling Don’t Leave Me” · bgfoto · June 20, 2008 · YouTube
  5. “Look out weekend” · sethmisek · Aug. 29, 2006 · YouTube

Thea’s Top Social Shares (of Late)

So last night, a gentleman made a comment about “weekends” at a networking event I attended last night, to which I replied “you get weekends?” What are those?

Seriously such is the life of an SME. It’s Friday night, firecrackers are going off outside my window (for the third time this week), here I am scouring the Internet – both for content I can share on social media, and for ideas for my Linkedin talk at next week’s New Start Scotland exhibition.

Then I thought it was time I updated a blog. It’s so much easier to tell people WHY they should be blogging for business (to highlight expertise, to help with search engine rankings etc) than it is to actually DO blogging – consistently and well…Thankfully tools like Spundge (which I am writing this in) make things a little easier for me.

In any event, I need to make this brief as I have some Christmas movies to watch on SKY 321, I mean I have a workshop to write before I call it a day. So here was something I found entertaining, it was shared by my friend Mat from Silicon Valley Installation Company and it did make me snigger just a little…

Who remembers those renting those ole video tapes AND having to rewind them before returning them? Classic.

Now I realise this next share is dated just a little (2011) but it was shared to me today (by my dear friend Heather who always shares great content with me) – so it sort of fits in with my “Thea’s Top Social Shares” sort of theme…

There are three videos – this is the first of them (you can find the next in the series on Youtube, I reckon you’re smart that way)…

Then there is a follow up video  2 years later. I recommend you taking the 10 or 15 minutes out and watching all four. I have been inspired by them, and hope you are too.

Wasn’t that great?

It’s been 7 years (exactly) since my biggest adventure ever which was driving solo across the USA meeting my site members from soyouvebeendumped.com. On that journey, I filmed the whole thing as I  called in on family and friends too. This video has definitely got me thinking about my next “adventure” – how about you? What will yours be?

I might just fly to New York and take another road trip to Michigan this time – with my aforementioned friend Heather – who is the best friend I’ve never met!

There have been some other good social shares of late (lots of them), but after the week I’ve had, I just can’t concentrate. Must_try_harder next time! I’ll leave you with this one which, if I recall correctly, was shared by my friend Andrea from Gifts From Fairies….Enjoy it.

10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn

10 Life Lessons You Should UnlearnOctober 14, 2013 · The Huffington Post · Posted: 10/14/2013 11:09 am EDT Follow: Lessons About Life, Lessons In Life, Lessons Learned, Lessons Of Life, Life Learned Lessons, Life Lessons, Life Lessons To Unlearn, Love Life Lessons, OWN Empower Yourself, OWN Experts, Wrong Life Lessons, OWN News By Martha Beck In the past 10 years, I’ve realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I’m most grateful to have unlearned: 1. Problems are bad. You spent your school…Open this article

Hope to see some of you at New Start Scotland next week. It’s FREE! (Tickets here).


  1. “Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard” · toddbieber · Jan. 17, 2011 · YouTube
  2. “10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn” · Joann Pan · Oct. 14, 2013 · The Huffington Post
  3. “Video Stores Explained To Modern Kids” · buzzfeedyellow · Oct. 22, 2013 · YouTube

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.


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.


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)


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!)


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.