Some of the most popular workshops

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


Virtually all of our business comes in via social media - primarily Twitter - so these are packed with tried tested tips:

Get Ahead with Social Media

Get started with social media

  • What are the different platforms

  • Which platform is right for your business

  • Creating profiles & bios

  • Who are the users

  • How to build an audience

Options: 2 hours to half day


GET Ahead with  Social Media Content

Turn followers into customers

What you'll learn

  • 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 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 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 a Website

Create your  own 5-page Squarespace website

What you’ll learn

  • Add your social media buttons

  • Upload images

  • Include links

  • Add your blog/import existing

  • Show branding 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


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

Get Ahead with building an income


6 things you'll learn

  1. How to find out what your customers need

  2. Negotiating

  3. Building rapport

  4. Finding customers

  5. Perfect pitches

  6. Effective communications

Options: half day to 2 days




Get Ahead with CANVA

5 things you'll learn:

  1. Successfully create visuals

  2. Using templates

  3. Creating social media profiles

  4. Adding photos and shapes

  5. Changing background, fonts & colours

Options: 1-2 hours

Get Ahead with Being Productive


Tips to achieve your goals

  • The 1-3-5 productivity technique

  • 5 steps to goal setting success

  • Using technology to your advantage

  • Winning ways to manage emails

  • Working in the cloud

Options: 2 hours to half day



Create professional 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 Karaoke PowerPoint!

5 things you'll learn

  1. Putting yourself in the place of the listener

  2. Using humour to ensure point remembered

  3. Getting the audience on side

  4. Powerful ways to deliver talks

  5. 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 -

Get Ahead with a Newsletter

Create professional newsletters using Mailchimp


  • Create a mailing list

  • What content to use

  • Adding images

  • Including links

  • Editing photos

  • Best times to send

  • Analysing what works

  • The legal must-dos (GDPR)

Option: 2 hours



The steps to structure your communications  

  • What the customer wants

  • Writing winning emails

  • Perfect pitches

  • Questioning techniques

  • Making calls with confidence

  • Closing techniques

  • Handling objections

Techniques that work with emails, social media, calls & presentations

Options: half day to 10 days

Get Ahead Digitally


Learn the tools to make you more productive


  • Working in the cloud

  • Email management

  • Social Media scheduling

  • Syncing PC with your phone

  • Managing task lists

  • The 1-3-5 techqnique

  • the most helpful online tools

Options: 1-4 hrs


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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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