Thursday, September 11, 2014

Summer Holliers are Over... Time to Blow Away those Business Cobwebs!

We're back with a brainstorming BANG after the summer holidays, ladies! 

After a wonderful, picturesque Sea Trail with Auriel, and a stunning supper at Eithna's, we really hope your August was a relaxed and sunny month.  It's been a busy summer for Sligo - not least of all with the Fleadh and plenty of other activities taking place.

We've also celebrated our tenth birthday, a big milestone for the network - and one which allowed us to showcase our super members! Ten years has certainly seen plenty of change, and we're very proud of all those who've been part of, and remain engaged with SWIBN.

Thanks so much to the Sligo Champion for their super feature, to all those of you who chose to take part in the feature - don't forget we also had lots of coverage online! SWIBN is also featured in the October Irish Tatler.

So, now to our September event, and we believe it's very timely! The summertime provides a great opportunity to wind down, relax and take some much-needed time off.  Coming back from holiday-time can be a bit of a 'land' and we often find ourselves a little at-sea, reprioritising and juggling various new responsibilities.  This month, SWIBN is going to focus on solving your business problems in an informal way - brainstorming - with a difference!

SWIBN has over thirty areas of expertise within its network, and [sorry ladies!] well-over a hundred years of experience...

What's the ask? We'd like each one of you to think about a day-to-day challenge you face in business, one that's a real bug-bear, and send it to us via email... or just give it to us on the night.  Each question will then be brainstormed and real-time solutions provided!

As always please book on to confirm you'll attend - click here to do so!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Make the Media Work for You!

Well, ladies, we hope you've stuck to your social media resolutions from last month! Clodagh will be checking, so be prepared!

This month, we're delighted to be welcoming Orlaith Carmody, renowned media expert, business consultant and trainer.  Orlaith is MD of and a board member of organisations such as RTÉ, AbleVision and HRM Recruit.

Orlaith will be demystifying what makes the media tick - and for those of you interested in getting your message out there - some tips on maximising your media impact.

Remember, as always, to RSVP - we're looking forward to seeing you on the 24th!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Networking and Marketing Yourself Smarter!

Hello ladies,

We've certainly had a bumper crop of tips on how to network and market ourselves more effectively - with Caitlin O'Connor last month - not to mention our January speaker, Sandra Hart!

So, this month, and in keeping with the theme of marketing yourself smarter - we are delighted to welcome Clodagh Higgins as our guest speaker.

Clodagh will talk about "How to market your business online in less than 4 hours per month" - sounds good to me!

Clodagh is going to share how we market for our clients; create videos, create blog posts, update Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn - most importantly, Clodagh will give everyone some practical tips they can implement straight away in their lives and businesses.

As always, don't forget to RSVP via Eventbrite - looking forward to seeing you on the 27th!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Time to Power Up those Business Prospects!

Thanks to all our wonderful soap-boxers for their great presentations in March! We're all agreed that the diverse businesses and offerings made for a really enjoyable evening.

So, now to April! We're delighted to be continuing our focus on creating new opportunities through networking, with networking and marketing expert, Caitlin O'Connor of Accelerating Performance.  Caitlin is widely acknowledged as one of the leading experts in networking, lead generation and marketing. She has a passion for empowering people to take control and action through learning. Her programmes and mentoring sessions are exhilarating and energy charged while being results orientated. Accelerating Performance was founded in 2005 to stimulate growth through forward thinking focusing on commercial development and marketing.

Caitlin is also an Ambassador with Dublin Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of IIBN. In 2010 she published a learning resource on networking which is CPD accredited called “Engage Lead Generation through Networking”. Caitlin is a regular contributor to radio and is retained by a number of MBA programmes.

Don't forget to RSVP promptly ladies!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Insights on Health in February... and it's all about YOU in March!

Dr. Patricia Fitzsimons
February's SWIBN provided new views and insights on cancer-screening from Dr. Patricia Fitzsimons, during her talk entitled "Are we making people sick in the pursuit of health?".  The topic garnered plenty of debate and discussion, something which is key to the issue of personal health management.  A hand-out is available for anyone interested in knowing more about the topic, please email  to access a copy.  A recent interview of Patricia's from the Irish Independent is also available via this link.

Time is flying, and we'll soon be upon our next meeting, on the 25th March! Which is going to focus entirely on YOU, the members! Oonagh will be emailing you closer to the time, but expect to showcase your wares, so business-cards are fine, but products are better :)