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

 

It’s the Return of #29Social

Lesley, Thea, Emer at #29Social
Lesley, Thea, Emer

For those who enjoy a little evening networking in Glasgow, I have the very thing for you!

In the Fall of 2013 – along with 29 Private Members Club, I ran a few social networking events that you might say emphasised the “social” aspect.

The first one had 3 speakers — Lesley Wood, Emer O’Leary and myself. All three of us spoke about different aspects to Linkedin. It was, by all accounts, pretty good, particularly for a launch event.

A month or so later it was all men this time > Mark Hunter, Brian Tait and Matthew Marley talking about Youtube, Google Analytics and Google+, respectively.

For a few reasons that I won’t go into here and now, we just never got around to resuming the events after the holidays. Fast forward more than a year, and I am so pleased to announce that we’re finally resurrecting the evening events at 29. Free Wine - Networking @ 29
We call ’em #29social. It’s social + networking with emphasis on the social aspect, but the main aim is to provide attendees with some practical actionable takeaways from the night too.

29 April 2015 – #29Social

Our first event for 2015 will take place on the 29th of April from 6pm. The event will follow the same format as its predecessors – arrive, get a drink, start chatting, then three, brief talks about 10 mins or so each followed by a Q&A with the three speakers. I will emcee again.

A month or two ago, I came up with the theme for the evening and then invited the speakers, (all of whom I’ve met networking – online or off) to come on board, accordingly. So you could say at the widest level it’s about storytelling….through Words, Pictures and Video. (Not necessarily in that order!)

The Speakers for April’s #29Social are:

I am so pleased they’ve all agreed to come along and share some of their wisdom to the crowd. Trying to mix it up, I deliberately try to find different speakers I’ve not seen before. This means you won’t see the same people at my events, again and again, and it means you won’t even see me making it the “Thea show”...(though I’d no rule out giving another of the talks this year).

Book Your Place for #29Social – 29 April 2015

So hopefully that’s whet your appetite for a spot of evening networking in Glasgow and you’re ready to RSVP for the event now. You can do so on the events page for 29 Glasgow now…

RSVP NOW: #29Social
PS: Please note that anyone and everyone is welcome at my #29Social events. Even if you don’t own a business, or are a seemingly a competitor, you’d be welcome! It’s truly an “open door” policy at my events, OK? Great, so hope to see you there!

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Date:
29 April 2015
Time: 6pm-8pm
Where: 29 Royal Exchange Square
Cost: This is a complimentary event for 29 Members and a £5 cover charge for non-members.

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.

A FREE LINKEDIN TALK – NOV 14 & 15

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.

ONE TO ONE LINKEDIN TRAINING!

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)

NETWORKING @ 29

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!)

HELPING YOUR BUSINESS

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.

Facebook-Free for October

And so begins another, potentially, life-changing month…

Thea Newcomb off FacebookRecently, I’ve come across a few articles about Facebook that have made me think about the time spent on there. You know what I mean, standing in line at the bank or the grocery story, on public transport, when out for a meal and your friend (or whoever) nips off to the loo, etc – what’s the first thing we do? We pull out those phones and scan the news feed to see what everyone else is doing!

Facebook Fatigue

First off, let me start by saying that I have a love/loathe sort of relationship with the platform to begin with. How I feel about it usually is determined by how I am feeling in general.

More often than not, I think FB can be a tedious, draining, boring, narcissistic sort of place. Of course, it can also be fun, funny, interesting, stimulating and altruistic in equal measure. It can be wonderful to see what your family and real friends are up to. It allows us to share, virtually, those weddings, parties, holidays, new babies, pets, or first days of school (yawn),…With people in far flung places around the world.

Last week though, an old friend shared an Onion article about the Facebook Version of a Marriage Going Great that did strike a cord in me. It’s like we all have Facebook versions of our lives. Makes sense really doesn’t it? From the sidelines it can be isolating to witness these sorts of things.

There was another one from the Economist, Facebook is Bad For You – Get a Life. Both of these pieces have been on my mind. Frankly, it’s good to know I am not the only with these sorts of feelings for ole FB.

As I’ve been contemplating how to better use my time, I figured there are so many more things I can be doing with it than spectating on what everyone else is doing – for an hour or two a day.

My aim this month then will be to work harder (especially at building my new business!), read more books (not just social media books either), be more social, face-to-face, with my friends/colleagues/associates and of course exercise more. Well, that’s the plan at any rate.

There is one caveat, I will need to continue with one or two Facebook pages that I run, like So You’ve Been Dumped Stories, but most of these can be done via 3rd party apps such as Sprout Social or HootSuite…

FIND ME ON GOOGLE+

I attended a HootUp last week in Glasgow and after it, a few associates and I were talking about the difference between Facebook and Google+. To me, it’s like Facebook is a Frat party with your friends. It’s kinda fun at times, but there can be a lot of noise and mostly it’s just a lot of egos flying around.

Google+, on the other hand, is a like a really cool dinner party with loads of interesting people that you don’t really know – but who you want to know.

The posts tend to be informational, engaging, high caliber/quality, creative, etc. In a nutshell – a joy. And you know what? I’ve never once logged of Google+ scoffing. No narcissism to be found (amongst my circles anyway).

So yeah that’s where you’ll find me. Google+ or Linkedin of course. (see links top right to connect with me there)…

OUR NETWORKING @ 29 EVENT

Oh yeah, speaking of which – two things to report  did I happen to mention that 1) I’m doing  FREE talk –  “25 Tips to Rock Linkedin” at New Start Scotland (November 14 & 15)  and 2) our next Networking @ 29 Event is about Google on October 30th?

We’ve got three, esteemed speakers lined up We have: +Matthew Marley  (from Zen) to talk about Google+! This guy has more people who’ve circled him than anyone I actually know in my circles! Kudos! +Mark Hunter (from Postable) to talk YouTube – he’s created over 700 videos – so man this guy knows his stuff! +Brian Tait  (from Aillum) is an expert who will tells us what to look for in our damn, confounded Analytics! “Not Provided”? @$%#$ – WTF! 🙂

Find the full run down for the event on my Google+ profile! You can find the link to 29’s Linkedin Business page there too!

Well, “Hello Facebook-Free October” – here we go! Let’s do this!