Assertiveness & Workplace Confidence


This two day workshop will take place on Wednesday – Thursday, 17-18 February 10, 09:30-16:30. Speaker: Dawn Baird.

The realities of modern work life – flat structures, tough workloads and the need to exert influence across traditional boundaries – ensure that assertiveness skills are not an optional extra. Aggression is unacceptable; passivity is ineffective. Continue reading “Assertiveness & Workplace Confidence”

Marketing Your Business with Social Media

Just a quick announcement of two similar events coming up in Carrickfergus and Magherafelt in December, entitled Marketing Your Business with Social Media. Both are free, and open to businesses in the relevant council areas.

This session is for anyone who wants to gain a quick-fire overview of what social media is. It is most suitable for absolute beginners, and only a basic working knowledge of the world wide web is assumed. Continue reading “Marketing Your Business with Social Media”

Retirement Planning


On Saturday 21 November, I am running a workshop at QUB entitled Retirement: One Big Loose End. I’ve had confirmation this week that there are 14 attendees so far. What prompted me to run a workshop on retirement? Well, two things:

  • The average age of my students at my Open Learning (mostly IT) workshops is somewhere between 50-70
  • Speaking to someone a few months ago about retirement, the word that stood out was “grim”

Naive as I am at 35 about approaching retirement, I took this as a challenge. Continue reading “Retirement Planning”

Beyond Throwing Sheep


Right about now, we’re mid-way through either a bacon roll, a scone, a croissant and jam, or my presentation at our Social Media Business Breakfast… pity you missed it!

Social Media gets a sometimes deservedly bad press, for things such as the ability to “throw sheep” on Facebook, for example, which seems an almighty waste of time, for people who’re busy. I agree. So, I’m planning a new public workshop on social media and business. There will be no throwing sheep, or playing games, such as Mafia Wars. If you want to get into all that, great. But, my guess is that most businesses owners and managers don’t have time for games during work.

I want it to be very practical, in that you learn lots during the day and go home with profiles or blogs or whatever already working. Despite the title of this blog (which may become the name of the workshop), I’ve not yet decided what to call it… because I’m not sure what it will be. Continue reading “Beyond Throwing Sheep”

Social Media Business Breakfast


Twitter, Facebook, blogging, podcasts, social media, online marketing

Ever wanted to know just exactly what this is all about? And, how it could possibly increase the visibility of your business brand? Or, indeed, your sales?

On Wednesday 23rd September, 07:45-10.30, we are holding a Social Media Business Breakfast at Belfast Activity Centre, Malone Road, Belfast.

You’ve heard the hype. What is social media. Why should you bother?

This breakfast session is aimed at those in the beginner stages of adopting these online techniques.

Click here to learn more about this event and book your place. Continue reading “Social Media Business Breakfast”

Social Media Business Breakfast

Thank-you to all who have booked to attend our Social Media Business Breakfast. Booking is still open, with only eleven tickets remaining.

The networking will be mighty.

There is a huge array of attendees. So, I’d advise all to bring plenty of business cards, information packs and flyers with you on the day, to maximise your time. There will be time left available during breakfast and after the seminar, to network to your heart’s content. Continue reading “Social Media Business Breakfast”