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Updated Terms & Conditions

swib has updated its terms and conditions to clarify how refunds are handled when a paid-for event is booked through Eventbrite.

Eventbrite refunds are requested through that site, and Eventbrite's policies mean that the booking fee is deducted from the amount paid.

Accordingly, the Terms & Conditions now state:

Requesting your refund Except for events booked through Eventbrite, refunds should be requested using this form. Upon checking eligibility for a refund against our policy, Scottish Women in Business will arrange for the refund to be made based on the method of payment (e.g. card payments will be refunded onto the relevant card).

For events booked through Eventbrite, refunds should be requested using Eventbrite. If the refund is approved by SWIB, the amount refunded will be the cost of the ticket minus Eventbrite’s fees (this is Eventbrite policy).

Timescales Refunds will be made within 14 days or when an item is returned.

LinkedIn Training with The LinkedIn Guru

Emma Alkirwi is the founder of The LinkedIn Guru and The CV Guru which provide LinkedIn optimisation and sales training, as well as professional writing services. Emma has a worked across various sectors in recruitment and has experience of a wide range of sales techniques as well as running her own business. Emma is able to provide insight into the most effective ways to generate brand awareness and secure sales leads through LinkedIn without ever having to hard sell or betray your brand.

Below is what will be covered in the half hour webinar:

Optimising your LinkedIn Profile
- Your Headline and how to get found
- Effectively showcasing your service offering in the About Section
- General Admin to polish your profile
- Additional Sections in LinkedIn

Webinar slides included.

Becoming More Significant with Sylvia Baldock

Becoming More Significant’

Masterclass for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

“Don’t focus on becoming successful, work towards becoming significant and success will naturally follow” Oprah Winfrey

Many business leaders and Entrepreneurs have all the trappings of success and yet feel unfulfilled and isolated.

All of us suffer from the ‘Imposter Syndrome’ at different times in our lives and may wonder when we are going to be ‘found out! This can paralyse us from stepping out of our comfort zone and tapping into the unlimited potential we all possess.

Becoming more significant is all about recognising our own unique skills and talents and feeling so secure in the value we bring to the workplace that we in turn, strive to make others more significant.

A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives.”
Jackie Robinson

Appreciating the unique value individuals bring to the workplace produces a culture of collaboration where everyone is encouraged to share their ideas and to become a ‘leader’ in their area of expertise. They are encouraged to take ‘ownership’ and are part of a shared vision, goals and purpose.

Being enabled to play to their natural strengths, sparks up creativity in their area of expertise. They will spot opportunities that others miss and start solving problems like never before secure in the knowledge that they are being valued as an ‘expert’ in their field.

So how significant are you?

The dictionary definition of ‘significant’ is –

sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy’.

  • So, what makes you worthy of attention?
  • How do you develop and share your unique value?
  • How do you deal with the uncertainties of change?
  • How do you build TRUST with your colleagues, clients and prospects?
  • How do you make them feel appreciated and valued?
  • How do you maximise your potential?

When you know the answers to these questions and truly believe in the value you have to share, you can start to become more visible from a position of real authenticity.

This is a transformational workshop for Leaders and Entrepreneurs who want to increase resilience, confidence, communication, collaboration, decisiveness, motivation, productivity and growth.

We will address the following -

  1. Who are you really? Recognising yourself at a deeper level. Uncovering long forgotten strengths, passions and characteristics. A deep dive into the real ‘YOU’ to build a powerful Personal Presence from a position of real authenticity.
  2. Learn how to fully appreciate your own value and become much more supportive of the rising talent in your business, nurturing a culture that builds collaboration, transparency, ownership and TRUST.
  3. Bringing your ‘A’ game – physical, mental and emotional growth that ensure you bring the best version of ‘YOU’ to every interaction.
  4. ‘Living’ your Legacy by sharing your unique value to effect lasting change and transformation right now.

Sylvia will share her top tips on increasing your Personal Impact right now by explaining –

  • How to recognise, celebrate and share your uniqueness
  • How to develop your confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem
  • How to make the right 1st impression every time.
  • How to be seen as an ‘expert’ in your field.
  • How to be remembered for all the right reasons.

*Full slideshow attached from recent online training with Sylvia

Message from the President

Message from the President

I hope everyone is staying safe and productive through the last few weeks, and the new ‘normal’ is starting to fall into place. I’ve certainly settled into a new routine working from home and if nothing else at the end of this I’ll be a zoom/teams/skype expert! Although it may be hard to focus on right now, I believe there will be some big positives which will come out of our current situation further down the line. So I’m keeping a positive attitude which is helped by daily exercising, never thought I’d be an advocate for running – but I am and I love it!

As I’m sure you have seen on the news, we’ve quite a way to go yet with the restrictions not looking likely to ease up anytime soon, and with this in mind the committee have decided to
extend all current memberships for a period of three months.
This will happen automatically on your memberships and there’s nothing you need to do to action this at all, but applies to all current memberships only, I’m afraid we can’t backdate anything.

We have been working hard as a committee to provide a space for you to connect, collaborate and communicate digitally and we have decided to keep the coffee mornings going online a couple of times a month for the moment, so please do join us at those. We have also brought together a programme of events, some business focused, some a bit lighter to try and accommodate everyone and give a little respite, and hopefully some fun, to our members. If there is anything you would like to see an online event on from us, or if you would be keen to contribute something yourself please get in touch with myself at and we’ll do our best to make it happen. All event dates are available HERE, these will be added to regularly so please keep yourself up to date with them.

Awards – with the current situation, we have rescheduled the SWIB Awards event to next year: Sunday 21st February 2021. Our host – Michelle McManus, Venue – Grand Central are confirmed and everything else will go ahead as planned, so please put the date in your diary and we’ll be in touch soon.

Hopefully I’ll see you at some of our online events, until then please take care and keep in touch!

All the best,

Debbie Shields
SWIB President

Embracing Working From Home by Sylvia Baldock

Working From Home – How to Embrace it and Feel Empowered!


  • Does working from home feel daunting and challenging?
  • Do you find it difficult to stay motivated in isolation?
  • Do you fear lack of action and productivity?
  • Are family distractions eating into your valuable time?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you are certainly not alone!

If you have never had to work from home or have always felt you don’t work effectively there, being suddenly thrown into forced isolation from your colleagues and team can seem extremely daunting.

Having worked well from home for over 13 years, I have now implemented habits and measures which mean I am working more effectively than ever.

I will share some of the many benefits, address several of the key challenges and share my 16 TOP TIPS for embracing working from home and the increased productivity it can bring.

Some of the key points I will address -

How to gain more precious TIME and use it productively.

How to create an environment conducive to working well.

How to deal with the isolation that working from home can bring.

How to stay motivated when you are working alone.

How to plan a highly effective day.

How to minimise distractions.

How to invest in your own growth and development.

How to build a schedule that works for you and that becomes a ‘habit’.

In testing times of change, a new routine can be a source of strength and resilience.

Introducing practices that make you feel healthy and valued will go a long way to boosting your confidence and your ability to come through this testing time stronger and wiser.

Sylvia Baldock Maximising Personal and Team Talent, Team Engagement & Collaboration Specialist, Personal Impact Thought Leader, Professional Speaker & Presentation Skills Expert, Business/Personal Coach/Mentor, ‘Time to Think’ Facilitator, Author and Best-selling International Co-Author,

Sylvia enables Business Leaders, Teams and Entrepreneurs to recognise the unique value they bring to the workplace and to lead with confidence and purpose. Sylvia pinpoints your natural strengths and challenges and works with you to ensure you are playing to those strengths 70-80% of your working time.
When you are using your particular skill set, you consistently deliver at a very high standard, you become increasingly creative in your specialist area and you solve problems like never before.

You become recognised as a trusted 'expert' and the ‘go to’ person and in your field.

Sylvia also acts as a powerful catalyst for maximising the talent in your organisation. Her workshops utilise impactful profiling to identify how to harness the real value each team member has to offer. This generates frank and open discussion and results in a collaborative culture where your people value their differences, tap into each other’s strengths and become more engaged, motivated, productive and profitable.

Sylvia has extensive experience working with Business leaders, CEO groups, Senior Managers, Senior Women, Entrepreneurs, Charities and Social Enterprises, SMEs, CIMA, AAT and NHS supply teams.

Sylvia regularly speaks and runs Masterclasses on the following –

  • Becoming Significant
  • Harness your unique value and operate with confidence and purpose
  • Creating Collaborative Teams
  • Catalyse the Natural Talents of Your Team
  • Power Up Your Personal Impact
  • Present with Power, Passion and Presence
  • Building a Powerful Network

Qualifications and Experience

Neuroscience Personal Development accredited

Professional Speakers Association Professional Member

Executive Coach (The Coaching Academy)

‘Time to Think’ Coach

Harmonizing Alignment Consultant

Authentic Charisma Coach

NLP Diploma,

Association of Coaching member

Sylvia Baldock 07909 914815