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Thea Newcomb - Canva trainer in Scotland

Thea Newcomb - Canva trainer in Scotland

Canva Training & Workshops

Good news for anyone local who is interested in some Canva training courses, there are a few coming up in a few different regions of Central Scotland. All of the following events are FREE events with Business Gateway. Read on to see where and when these upcoming events are taking place…

What is Canva?

First though, if you don’t know what Canva actually is, it’s a FREE online tool that allows you to create eye-catching graphics to use both offline and on.

 You can create a logo, a flyer, brochure, business cards, buttons for your website, web and social media headers and so much more! You can also use Canva to source images to use on your website and social media channels!

…And did I mention, you can do all this for FREE?

Canva Course, BG Lanarkshire

My first Canva course for 2018 is 22 February – Business Gateway Lanarkshire.

This course is being held at Business Gateway’s Atrium Business Centre from 1:30pm-4:30pm.

It is recommended that you bring your own laptop to this course as it’s an interactive training session.

To book Creating Killer Graphics at Lanarkshire, go to this Events page on Business Gateway.

2nd Canva Workshop – East Dunbartonshire

The next Business Gateway Canva Workshop for 2018 will be held in Milngavie on 1 March.

This will be my first time delivering a workshop in East Dunbartonshire (though have delivered the Canva training to the Business Gateway staff already).

The event is 9:30am-12:30pm at Milngavie Enterprise Centre.

Again you’ll want to bring your laptop as this course is practical. To book the March 1 workshop, please visit the Business Gateway Events page here.

Evening Canva Training – Ayrshire

For those who can’t make day time events, you may be happy to learn that one is being held in the evening.

Join me at 5pm on the 6th March, in Ayrshire at Greenwood Conference Centre, Dreghorn.

At the moment this workshop is “Fully-booked” – so I would advise putting it in your calendar and checking nearer the time.

There are often a lot of “no shows” – so you will probably get in. Perhaps give BG Ayrshire a phone to get on the waiting list, or keep an eye on Ayrshire  BG’s events page to see if any cancellations come up. (Honestly they will come up)…

Finally, Canva in Paisley

Last but not least, there is a recent addition to the Canva courses – this time it’s Paisley for Business Gateway Renfrewshire – tentatively slated for March 8 at 1:30pm in InCube.

This has just been confirmed today and will be added to the Business Gateway Events system in due course (pun intended).

So if you’re interested in attending, do keep an eye on the BG Renfrewshire course area or follow their FB page to be kept up to date. Or call them up to book on.

Before I Go, “Blogging for Business”

Just a final mention of one other workshop coming up this week for Business Gateway Ayrshire – it’s Blogging for Business.

You can book this Valentine’s Day course here.

The course has also just been confirmed for Paisley on the 15 March at 1:30pm.

Again keep an eye on BG Renfrewshire’s events if you’re interested in that one too.

That’s about all that’s on the BG courses on the books at the moment.

The rest of the time is spent doing one to one training with a wide variety of clients across the Central Belt.

Want to Connect with Me?

Feel free to connect with me on the Thea’s Things Facebook page.

Also please check out my latest t-shirt designs on my Design-A-Day 2018 over on Redbubble.

If you would like any one-to-one training then please feel free to reach out to discuss how I might be able to assist you on 0141 416 1492.

Thanks for stopping by!

Web & Social Media Training, Uist, Outer Hebrides

This has been quite a month of training for Business Gateway, Highlands and Islands Enterprises (HIE) the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) and some one-to-one training too.

More often than not, the audience is comprised of small business owners or employees in SMEs, but for a change a large portion of this past month’s audience was comprised of students. University undergrads and post graduate students who are looking to utilise Linkedin to get either jobs, internships or simply to start building their network. The student work for CMI is now complete and my time has been spent on other things – like traveling across Scotland to deliver some Digital Boost courses on behalf of NSDesign and HIE. First stop for those…Uist.

WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING UIST

Had the pleasure of spending time in Uist earlier this month. It was another wee flight up to return to Benbecula to deliver some Advanced Social Media training there. Social Media Training - Benbecula Uist

 As ever, they were a good group of people with very mixed businesses. It was a pleasure to get to know them and hear more about their local businesses.

SIGHTSEEING TO SOUTH UIST

I rented a car from Laings. They’re pretty “old school” with their booking system but that’s just sort of the island way. It can take a bit of getting used to.

Leaving Eriskay, South Uist headed back north once more

After my full day of training was over, it was great to have the hire car to get in to and be able to head south in the blistering sunshine! Headed all the way down to the bottom of the island to Eriskay – where you can get the ferry across to Barra. One of my delegates, a photographer there, did just that.

ACCOMMODATION IN UIST

Of course there are lots of places to stay when visiting Uist but when traveling to Benbecula, I stay at a B&B called 5 Nunton. It’s not far from Benbecula airport – just a 10 minute drive max.
Run by lovely Linda, it’s quaint, so lovely and silent. You can only hear cows mooing in the fields and the waves in the distance. Perfect for someone like me who needs to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city of Glasgow now and again. Thankfully in my line of work, I can.

Rainbow View at Breakfast 5 Nunton B&B, Nunton UistHere is my view one morning at breakfast…complete with a rainbow in the distance.

Since the trip to Uist, during the first week of April, I also traveled to Campbeltown for a few days of training there. I’ll save that blog until next time.

My next trip will be to Orkney which I am very much looking forward to!

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.

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.

Feast or Famine – the Life of a Trainer

Thea Newcomb - Web and Social Media Training in ScotlandWell it’s not secret that being self-employed as a trainer, or otherwise, can be a challenge. I know, life in general is a challenge…but being an SME simply compounds it.

This month has been fairly quiet in the Social Media training terms. I had some dates down in the Borders which were,…interesting. Challenging. I guess I was a good enough trainer, as this week I’ve booked a few more dates next month back down there.

Compared to October my November is chock-a-block with wall to wall work. That’s how it’s been for the past few years of running my consultancy company. High highs and low lows.

You never know when and where the work is going to come in – but thankfully it always does come in. In fact every day this week a new job offer has come in, and the money is better than it’s ever been…but though I get excited at the prospect of so much work, past experience has shown me that I have good months as a trainer, and then quiet months and then good months again. Peaks and valleys. Ebb and flow. High and low. That’s life.

Web and Social Media Training from Thea Newcomb in Scotland

Today a job came in to deliver some one-to-one social media training (Twitter and Facebook in particular). Being a One to one trainer is actually my favourtie kind because you can tailor it your client.

Group training (which is what I mostly do) is more difficult because you often have people at all levels in the class and it can be tough to pitch it right where everyone walks out happy, or at least feeling like they’ve learned something.

Among next month’s work is a talk to a Chartered Institute in Edinburgh. The topic is Linkedin. One of my favourite social media platforms so as you might expect, I love training on it!

As a result, I’ve naturally been tweaking my own profile there, and doing a bit of research in general. Earlier, I stumbled across their Facebook page which had a link to this….about your name.

Typed in my name and look at what it came out as…

Thea's my name...

To be fair, I have been a receptionist before (a few times) but really?? Housewife?? Nurse?? Hardly.

To be honest with you, I was never very good at being a housewife (just ask my ex-husband, he doesn’t speak to me by the way), and as for being a nurse…I guess you could say I’ve been nursing broken hearts on soyouvebeendumped.com for the last fifteen years?

There are a few other Younique presenters called “Thea” I’ve noticed – but there is only one is Younique by Thea. And that’s me!

Need Some Training?

1-2-1 Training Special - 2 hours for the price of one with Thea Newcomb (Dec 2015)Anyway, as I said, my diary is now FULL for November, but if you need some Social Media training, or training on your smart device, website or help blogging, then please get in touch now. 0141 416 1492. I’m running a special offer – two hours bespoke training for the price of one! Good for the first two weeks for December only! PS: But good news, I work 7 days a week!

In other news I’m looking forward to not one but two “black tie” events over the next month. Will be good to get dressed up, face made up, and get out on the town. Maybe a blog about all that after! Never know.

Finally – November 4th is the next Southsiders in Business. If you fancy some networking and you’re in or near Glasgow then please join us at the Village Hotel (opposite the BBC). RSVP here!