Annie Boyd | annie boyd blogger
Words frequently pour from our mouths with no thought or imagination, and no awareness of the influence they have. Choose yours wisely. Blogging and social media strategy services by Annie Boyd, a Glasgow based social media consultant with clients UK wide.
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Words are powerful enough to build or burn bridges, encourage endeavors or crush confidence, intimidate individuals or motivate the masses. Words frequently pour from our mouths with no thought or imagination, and no awareness of the influence they have. Choose yours wisely.

Discover interviews, opinion, news and inspiration in these pages which I write purely for my own enjoyment. If you find something of interest hit the ‘share’ buttons and spread the word. Get in touch if I can help creating copy for your business.

As Christmas is just around the corner it seems rather fitting to write a post about a wise man with a gift of hope. I discovered this TED Talk by Damon Davis this morning and now on my fourth listen I'm still mesmerized by this man. His message is so powerful and he draws you in with the rhythm of his voice as his tale unfolds. It's a masterclass in communication as his words are considered, honest and real. There's no spin, no sugar coating, no heavy sales pitch. Just a human being brave enough to share their vulnerability and position to powerful affect. I think we need more of that in the world. A hat tip to you Mr Davis.      ...

Vlogging for LinkedIn may be an inexpensive option for marketing your business but is it the right choice for you? It’s tempting isn’t it, we all love a shiny new feature and with just a few buttons to press it looks straight forward. Perhaps your competitors are trying it out and you’re nervous of being left behind. Jamie Oliver, Gary Vaynerchuck, Fearne Cotton, they’re all doing it and the experts do say that video is an essential part of marketing these days… Uch, what the heck let’s give it a go! --Press Pause-- Here are a few questions for those tempted to share pearls of wisdom via ‘Reporting Live From My Office’ videos on LinkedIn, a network considered by many as a corporate...

For the fourth time in recent years I’ve just had the horrible experience of discovering that a friend - who I'll call Joe Bloggs - has died by reading a post on a social network. On this occasion it was LinkedIn. ‘It is with great sadness that we share the news that Joe Bloggs passed away suddenly on Tuesday night.’ Whaaaaaat? Oh no. Not Joe Bloggs. I saw him on Monday. He’s got two young kids. Oh god. The panic rising as I frantically click the link of the source to see what other information is available. At this point I find a photo and discover that it’s a different Joe Bloggs. Not the one I know, another Joe. Relief floods over me. Then...

Glasgow based contemporary artist Frank To and I first met at an awards dinner several years ago. Since then Frank’s name and work continually appear on my digital radar as media coverage raises the profile of his art, with fans and private collectors including Sir Patrick Stewart. He’s come a long way since his first solo exhibition in 2003. Seven is created from seven sentences which I invited Frank to complete. Growing up in Glasgow as a child out of wedlock, I was not entitled to a lot of things in my traditional Chinese family. Being illegitimate had a big influence on me as from a very young age I felt I had to prove my right to exist as a person. I...

The NSPCC have recently launched a fantastic campaign to help parents talk to their kids about what they share online. The campaign #ShareAware first caught my attention on twitter as celebrities and TV personalities got involved encouraging people to visit the website and watch the videos. I shared the link on social media and emailed it to all of the community sports hubs, active schools and governing bodies I work with to play  my part and help others be 'share aware'. The NSPCC website is full of handy videos and tips. I particularly like the 'Family Agreement' and the fact that they've teamed up with O2 to offer a free advice service where expert advice on social media settings and how...

This tweet from Laura’s Little Bakery caught my eye today as it’s doing the rounds and two days after it was posted has attracted over 3.5k retweets, 8.4k likes and 336 comments. So what’s the fuss about? Read the tweet below to find out. I will never bow down to this kind of stuff and I feel sorry for the poor company that did. Just pay for people's services for gods sake!??? pic.twitter.com/RIrvSEp30G — Lauras Little Bakery (@LaurasBakery) June 20, 2017 Is it a surprise that a company that clearly has large budgets to employ celebrities and produce television shows can’t find money to pay for a cake? I don’t know, my knowledge of TV production is non-existent but I agree with Laura...

Coinneach MacLeod, or Kenny to his non Gaelic speaking friends is an erudite and well traveled gent working with top sporting organisations around the world.  He's also the best person to dance with at a ceilidh, if you're not afraid of your feet being lifted off the floor. ‘Seven’ is a snapshot into Kenny's life collated from seven random sentences which I invited him to complete. Growing up in the Outer Hebrides and looking out at the Atlantic Ocean every day, I think I was destined to travel the world. By six years old I could recite every capital city and I told my friends when I was 11 that I was putting my birthday money in the bank to save...

Passing the joggers and rollerbladers in Hyde Park we arrived just as the doors were opening at the Serpentine Gallery, keen to see ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ showcasing Grayson Perry’s latest work. We saw him the day before, leaving Buckingham Palace in his pale blue dress and pink hat. Towering above the crowds he was easy to spot, even in the distance, it’s hard not to notice Grayson Perry. We’d enjoyed his thought provoking documentaries, the first entitled ‘All Man’ which explored masculinity and identity (below), and then his most recent programme about Brexit, his art a reflection of both sides of the argument.    Inside the gallery stark white walls and staff dressed in jet black are the backdrop to...

In 2011 experienced journalist Dominic Ryan left behind the bustling Glasgow newsroom of the Herald & Times to enjoy a calmer pace of life in the seaside village of Carradale, where he founded his business Words HQ. His great loves include his collie dog Star, travel, test driving supercars and music. Funk to be exact. A gentleman with a hippy philosophy, his alter ego comes alive on a Saturday night when he plays guitar with his band motherfunk. ‘Seven’ is a snapshot into Dominic's life collated from seven random sentences which I invited him to complete.  Entrepreneurial spirit is enjoying getting one more hour, maybe two, from your work when everyone else has packed up for the night. It’s also appreciating...

In my current role I regularly speak at conferences and carry out training or strategy workshops with teams of adults across the UK. At one point in the randomness that is my career I trained to be a primary school teacher and stood up in front of a classroom full of fidgety, mischievous, easily bored 8 year olds. When I was a trolley dolly I had to ‘present’ the safety demonstration to 195 equally fidgety and easily bored passengers. I’ve presented in plush five star hotels and in porta cabins at the side of Loch Lomond. Once at a conference in the Highlands the door burst open mid presentation and a black Labrador daundered in and joined me on stage. In other...