New Workshop – PicMonkey & Canva

Use PicMonkey & Canva?

A Canva Collage made in PicMonkey (shocking I know)If you’re on any social media platforms, do you use PicMonkey & Canva? I’ve been using both of these platforms for about three or four years now I think.

While I don’t profess to be the greatest designer, by any stretch, both of these sites do make my online efforts infinitely better.

They are a perfect way to make collages, to add URLs to photos, create business cards, marketing materials or cover header photos for the various channels. Some people have a preference for these tools but I love them equally – for different things.

Creating Killer Graphics in Picmonkey & Canva

Last Fall, after delivering the blogging course in Kilmarnock (for Business Gateway Ayrshire), I was asked to create a workshop to use these tools. Only too delighted to this one, I’ve been watching countless hours of tutorials. Even though, as I already said, I use these every day…I learn something new each time I do it.

Today I did something I’ve never done before, I created what I call a cool “cut out graphic” of the word Scotland. I took an image I used from last year’s Route 500 trip (taken in Ullapool) as the image in the background. While it’s not perfect by any means, I did find that I really liked the idea and effect. What do you think?

Scotland Cut out using Picmonkey

Other BG Training Courses

While it is my intention to segue into a different career this year, I am grateful for a number of dates I’ve been asked to cover for Business Gateway in both Ayrshire and Renfrewshire. These are in addition to my one-to-one training – which is my preferred work, to be honest. This week all my work is that one-to-one work, starting with a trip to Biggar tomorrow.

If you’re in Scotland and in business (or considering starting a business) it’s well worth taking advantage of the FREE Business Gateway courses and Events.

Wisely or not, I always tend to recommend the FREE courses before anyone actually pays me for training. Unless someone specifically ones the one to one tuition, which I am always happy to do!

February 2017 – Southsiders in Business & More

There are a number of great and noteworthy events on the horizon for anyone who’s interested in Networking in Glasgow.

First up, there is the Southsiders in Business event at the Village (first Wed of every month).

After that, there is Collabor8te’s Communic8te morning event (Valentine’s Day).

Also on the horizon is a MadeBrave event in Glasgow.

For those venturing East – there are a few for your diary. The first Communic8te in the Capital and Digital Transformations too. If you would like any more info on any of those or more, feel free to leave a comment here or tweet me!

Next time I’ll hopefully write about my experience in Collabor8te, the co-working space in Glasgow. I highly recommend it,…

Southsiders in Business (Sib) – Feb 3, 2016

SiB: Join us for Southsiders in Business - Feb 3, 2016

We are just two weeks away from the next Southsiders in Business (SiB). This is an informal networking event that takes place each month at the Village Hotel in Glasgow. If you are in business, anywhere in Glasgow, you’re welcome to come along and meet other businesses – large or small. There are designers, video experts, web specialists, trainers, suppliers, creatives – you name it, we’ve got it. This is the forth meeting of Southsiders in Business after a hiatus of more than year.

Some SiB Networking Advice:

SiB: Join us for Southsiders in Business - Networking at the VillageCome with intention.

Do you know the sort of people you’re aiming to meet? What do you need help with? Have some meaningful conversations with people, don’t just try to collect as many business cards as possible. That sort of networker tends to put people off…

Have an open mind.

You never know who you might meet. The people you speak to may not be in the market for your product or services – but they may bump into someone tomorrow who is. Or they may have a family member, friend, colleague or associate who needs just what you have to offer.

Promote yourself

Bring some business cards or any promotional material that you’d like to share. I bring my own cards, cosmetics and now wooden boxes. I don’t tend to sell many at the events but it’s more about raising awareness of what I do. Self promotion can be a good thing if done in a tasteful way. If you’re not proud of your own business then how can you expect any else to be interested in it?

RSVP for the next Southsiders in Business on Feb 3rd, here.

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!