An Event-Full Week

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An Event-Full Week

This has been an interesting and eventful week so much so given that it was so full of events, I thought I would write a blog about it….

Neil and Thea in Largs - Feb 2017

I had my dear Neil visiting from Germany for the weekend. It’s always a pleasure having people come to stay, and to be able to show them around Scotland. Last visit, I’d taken him to some of my favourite places, so this time, I had to come up with a few different ones…namely Largs and Troon. Both were wonderful in their own way (in spite of the rain!) In any event, (there’s that word again), it was good to get a break from work for an actual weekend (which, as a “solopreneur”, I rarely do!)

The New Week Begins

Monday

Getting back into work on Monday, after taking a weekend off for a change, was a little challenging. On Monday night it was off to the Corinthian Club for a talk hosted by an associate of mine, Relationship Expert Dr David Fraser. For this month’s meeting, he had Gilad Tiefenbrun, the Managing Director of Linn Products sharing his experience and pearls of wisdom.

It was so refreshing to hear search frank honesty from the leader of such a prestigious, family-run, Scottish company. Loved it. His talk was very inspiring and often funny as he shared some lessons learnt through painful mistakes along the way (and have it we all been there?)

Tuesday
Tuesday was an excellent day, but not for any reasons which will be shared on my blog, so moving right along to…
Wednesday
Wednesday was spent at the Glasgow SEC (now rebranded Scottish Event Campus, did you know?) for the Gathering. The Gathering is a two-day, third sector event discussing all things charity, so there were charities of all descriptions, shapes, sizes and causes in attendance. As I’ve been considering a move out of Social Media Training this year into a charitable role, I thought it might be a good idea to go and have some conversations and see what efforts are being made and if anything resonated.
Attended a few talks with the first being the best and most notable: Richard Clifford from Mac Labs and Michelle Carruthers from Food Train. Other talks I went to were a bit meh. One seemed like just a sales pitch for a certain kind of software. Not what I went for or what I’d expected so I left.

Gathering Inspiration

I also had a few helpful, relevant conversations with some of the exhibitors – pertaining to the coffee, and finished off my day there with a free, fifteen minute massage from Hazel from Lifelink. In some ways, that fifteen minutes could be the most important of the day for me.

As I took my seat in Hazel’s chair, she placed her hand on my left shoulder and softly said “to begin, take a few deep breaths to relax.” She paused and said “tune in to you”. Whoah! As soon as she said that, a cartoon light bulb went off over my head. You see, I have been working on copy for my coffee website (or trying to) but have been stuck. It’s not always easy to come up the right wording, which will resonate with the most people. Those words she said are what I’m trying to achieve with the coffee. Make your coffee, sit down, tune in to you.

Do you need a pick me up or a calm me down? Do you need focus, self confidence or something else? Take ten minutes out for yourself and make that happen…with Neart.

Radio Days

Thursday
Yesterday I was due to go to Edinburgh for Digital Transformation, but cancelled in order to work at home instead. Turned out that we were due to be hit with Storm Doris, but in spite of the morning snow, she never amounted to anything, here in Glasgow anyway. So I had my mid-day swim, came home, and got ready to go to a radio event – “Doing the DAB”.
29 Glasgow - Supper Club
I walked in the door the Supper Club at 29 Glasgow and it felt like I was walking into a High School Reunion. There were people there from every station I have ever worked out for the last twenty-five years…
It was beautifully nostalgic to see so many of my former colleagues – all under the same roof at one time – from the guy Bob who gave me my first radio job (Q96) to some other guys who run the most recent station I was at Celtic Music Radio (may even go back and do the odd show there soon, watch this space).
I came out of that event buzzing throughout my entire being. I was positively euphoric, and it makes me realise just how much I love radio and need to be doing more of it. There is the possibility of even launching a new station later this year.

Getting Creative in Glasgow

Friday
That brings us to today. After a lateish night last night (I ran into a friend on my way home from the event), I will admit that it wasn’t too easy to get up at 6 a.m. to attend Creative Mornings Glasgow at the Whisky Bond building. Turns out, I was glad that I did. Not only were there some fantastic, lengthy conversations to be had (with old connections and new) but the speaker was goo.
Today was the first proper CMG and Tony Webster, a Belfast born Glasgow based photographer from Big Bad Lama was tasked with launching it properly in Glasgow. It was his first presentation so his nerves got the better of him, until he found his flow, then there was no stopping him…
The topic was “Moments” and he shared his at breakneck speed, so after the presentation was over, I asked him to reiterate some of them again. He had some touched upon some stand out moments – about coming out, going back in, being “born again”, coming back out again, and even getting Cancer…all this and he’s not even thirty!

Here’s to the Weekend!

Now that my event-full week is over, am ready for the weekend. That said, with so much to complete on the coffee website, it won’t feel much of a weekend regardless.
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Maybe, if I can get my act together, Neart Coffee will be live by this time next week, I live in hope.

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.

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!

#29Social is Tonight at 29 Private Member’s Club

Please Join Us #29Social – Tonight From 6!

Really looking forward to tonight’s event about Blogging. I love blogging. Wish I had more time to keep blogging but like most small business owners there are not enough hours in the day. In any event I look forward to spending some time chatting to my panel – Emma – Allison and Andrew – who are foodie, wedding and beauty bloggers respectively! The event’s open to anyone who fancies a night of informal networking. You don’t necessarily need to be a blogger or be interested in setting one up any time soon. It will still be a good chance to come and meet some new and fabulous folks!  See more details about the event and my panelists – in my last #29Social update.

Join us for some informal networking #29Social - Sept 20 2015.

Open to suggestions on what the topic should be for the next #29social. If you can’t make tonight please feel free to follow along on the #29social hashtag

Next blog post I’ll talk more about next week’s event at the new Village Hotel in Glasgow – it’s called Southsiders in Business and almost all our tickets are gone for that popular event.

Networking in Glasgow (part 2) – Past & Future

Over the years I’ve done a few posts about networking in Glasgow. A recent one was over on Linkedin and and another much older one was a post that was a “part one” which still gets a fair bit of visits. So I thought it was high time to update it with some broad options for places to Network in Glasgow or near by.

Collabor8te

Collabor8 - Networking and Co-working in Glasgow

This morning was an event run by Collabor8te in All Bar 1. It’s a FREE monthly event and worth popping into if you run a Scottish business. They run periodic evening events (Educa8) and have a wonderful co-working space in the Merchant City for those home-based business owners (like myself) that would like an office to go to now and again without the cost of having an actual office. There are a few different options according to different budgets and needs and there’s new plans on the horizon for a new space too.

GoGrow – Various

Another event worth considering is GoGrow in Glasgow. I’ve only attended one event hosted by Gary Eoghan at the Butterfly and the Pig, on what was arguably Scotland’s hottest evening, but it was a decent little night with a few women speakers (from Mo’s Cookie Dough and Yelp Glasgow). To add to that, I walked out with a Yell fan, and some free chocolate chip cookies, so what more could you ask for?

Business Banter – Thurs/Fri AM

Still among my fave places for networking in Glasgow is at Martin Jack’s Business Banter. It takes place in two places – Thursday mornings in Martha’s on St Vincent Street (8-10) and Friday mornings on Byres Road at Paperinos (9-11). If ever I am free, I do my best to make it along to one or both of those. The people are good, it’s a relaxed atmosphere and best of all for folks like me, it’s FREE.

29 Social

#29Social - Networking in Glasgow - hosted by Thea NewcombAnd I could not do a blog about Networking in Glasgow without mentioning my own event that happens every two months in 29 Private Members Club, Glasgow. They fall on a Wednesday night at the end of the month, usually and cost £5.00 to non-members and free to 29’s members.

The next one in September 30, 2015 from 6-8pm. All the #29Social events have a Social Media feel to it. Have now moved on from “speakers” to “panelists”. Last month’s event was held in the Apartment at 29, featured three experts in SEO and Social Media and it was relaxed, informative and fun. If you want to get on the mailing list for #29Social fire off an email to me here (thea at theanewcomb.co.uk with “#29Social” as the subject line and I’ll add you. Proper mailing list subscribe box coming soon as poss…) Event link to be added once the event’s been created on 29’s site.

Networking Goals

In my personal experience Networking is not generally a “quick results” option for small businesses – whether that’s online or offline. It was probably a year of going to some of these events before I received any paid work out of it.  It takes time to build up that “know, like, trust” factor. Rapport is not generally earned after one meeting (though it can be).

So if you’re new networking – set some realistic goals, and prepare to be in it for the long haul and go in with an open mind. I would seldom write off any event after just one attempt. Some nights or days can be better than others. Luck of the draw. I say that both as an attendee and a hostess too!