A sample of the most popular workshops adapted to meet your bespoke needs

All are engaging, interactive and packed with practical tips - fuelled by coffee!

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Get Ahead with Social Media

Get started with social media

  1. What are the different platforms 
  2. Which platform is right for your business 
  3. Creating profiles & bios 
  4. Who are the users 
  5. How to build an audience

Options: 2 hours to half day

 

Get Ahead in Business

Turn your idea into a business

  • What makes a good idea
  • Domains | emails | technology
  • Finding customers
  • How to price to sell
  • Social Media | online marketing
  • Costs | revenue | tax & law
  • HR, recruiting staff & volunteers
  • Building a network

Option: 1 day

Get Ahead with Being Productive

Tips to achieve your goals

  1. The 1-3-5  productivity technique
  2. 5 steps to goal setting success
  3. Using technology to your  advantage
  4. Winning ways to manage emails
  5. Working in the cloud

Options: 2 hours to half day

GET AHEAD IN BUILDING YOUR NETWORK

Offline and online networks

5 things you'll learn

  1. How to surround yourself with helpful people & mentors
  2. Where to start the easy way
  3. Why a network is central to your success
  4. Who to include in your network
  5. How to build your contacts list

Options: half day to full day

Build

GET Ahead with  Social Media Content

Turn followers into customers

Learnings

  • What & when to post
  • How to engage 
  • Which posts work
  • Which platform is right for your business
  • Building your brand
  • Deciding on content

Options: 2 hours to half day

Get Ahead with a Website

Create your own Squarespace website

Learnings

  • Set up your own 5 page website with no coding
  • Add your social media buttons
  • Upload images
  • Include links 
  • Add your blog/import existing
  • Ensure your branding shown throughout
  • Adding testimonials 

Options: 2.5 hrs to half day

Get Ahead in Building Your Brand

5 things you'll learn:

  1. Making your potential customers aware of you at little or no cost
  2. What your website needs
  3. Work out what impression you'd like to make
  4. Succeed at building your mailing list
  5. Colours, logos & design

Options: 2.5 hours to half day

GET AHEAD IN Sales

5 steps to structure your business communications for profit (AIDCA)

Learnings

  • Finding the need
  • Writing winning emails
  • Pitching
  • Questioning techniques
  • Making calls with confidence
  • Closing techniques
  • Handling objections

Techniques that work with emails, talks, social media, telephone calls and presentations

Options: half day to 10 days

Thrive

Get Ahead on Twitter

5 things you'll learn

  1. When and what to Tweet
  2. How to build an audience
  3. Using images and links
  4. Scheduling posts
  5. Turning followers into customers

 

Options: 2 hours to half day

 

Get Ahead Online

5 things you'll learn:

  1. Ensure your website is mobile friendly
  2. Build your customer base online
  3. What content is going to resonate with your customer
  4. Turn social media following into customers
  5. Learn  about 10 free online tools

Options: 2 hours to half day

GET AHEAD IN MARKETING

Websites, domains, emails, social media, blogs.

Create messages and content that your target audience will react to

5 things you'll learn

  1. How, what and when to blog
  2. Social Media strategy
  3. Newsletters
  4. Creating free publicity
  5. Great websites & emails

Options: half day to 3 days

Get Ahead with  Presentations

No more death by powerpoint!

 

5 things you'll learn

  • Put yourself in the place of the listener
  • Using humour to ensure point remembered
  • Getting the audience on side
  • Powerful ways to deliver talks
  • Bring confident 

 

Option: 2 hours

Business Start up - when you know better, you do better

The Plan

  • Being self-employed 
  • Exploring the business idea 
  • Legal structures & must dos 

3-4 hours

The Customer

  • Finding the customers 
  • Branding 
  • Networks 
  • Offline & online marketing 
  • Selling  
  • Events
  • Press & PR

3-4 hours

The Money

  • Start Up costs
  • Running costs 
  • Budgeting 
  • Getting Paid 
  • Revenue & profit 
  • Paying Tax
  • Funding 

3-4 hours

Get Ahead with a Crafts Business

5 things you'll learn:

  1. Work out how much to charge 
  2. Finding different types of customers to buy from you
  3. Learn how to outsource the 'admin' so you can get on with making
  4. Quick marketing tips you can do on the train
  5. How to make a living, loving what you do

Options: half to full day

Rickie is a joy to work with she explains things in a clear and concise manner. You learn without being taught.
— Colin Knott - www.ryecroftcommunityhub.org

Get Ahead with a Newsletter

Create a professional newsletter

Learnings

  • Create a mailing list
  • What content to use
  • Adding images
  • Including links
  • Editing photos 
  • Best times to send
  • Analising what works
  • The legal must-dos

Option: 2 hours

ACCREDITED COURSES

Health & Safety - 1 day course

Welcome Host - 1 day

OCN Business Courses - 20-28 hours:

  • Business Development
  • Preparing for Self Employment
  • Business Skills
  • Enterprising Skills

Employment 

Workshops include:

  • The winning CV
  • Writing killer emails
  • Perfecting interview skills
  • Social media for job seekers
  • Creating an employable brand
  • Job seeking
  • Finding unadvertised jobs

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