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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Blogs – Copywriting – Storytelling

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.

Sitting at Rouken Glen Park last week, sipping coffee and shooting the breeze with one my champions I watched the ducklings splashing around in the pond, learning to swim. The mother duck watched from a distance as her young headed off in different directions, calling them back into line when they began to panic or feel lost. When working for large organisations there is often a Mother Duck system of procedures and training programmes designed to protect, develop and support staff at each stage of their career. Freelancers, sole traders, one woman shows don’t have that safety net which is why I value and respect my champions so much. CEO’s and high achievers often join mentor-ship programmes and invest in executive coaching...

I discovered TED Talks about five years. Every few months I check in and see what's new. TED talks are presentations from experts on different subjects all based on the concept that good ideas are worth spreading. The talks and speakers are from all walks of life so a quick search is bound to find a talk that suits your business, problem or way of thinking. I thought that I was late to this party and that most people were familiar with TED talks but it seems that some are still to find this hidden gem. I once posed the question on Twitter & LinkedIn "What would you talk about if invited to speak at TED Talks?" The responses ranged from...

‘You can’t test courage cautiously’. This is a quote by author Annie Dillard that I repeat to myself on the occasions where my heart starts to race and my nerves kick in. Every time I face a hurdle or question my ability I remind myself that being outside my comfort zone is what takes me forward. Sometimes facing the fear is followed by a massive high. Think parasailing or flooring the accelerator on a speed boat. Feels good doesn't it? A natural high that gives stress a kick in the ass. Then there’s facing a fear because you feel you have no option. And there are ALWAYS options. An option can be to say no. An option can be to ask for help. Obvious...

My heart belongs to Glasgow. It has done for years but lately in the run up to the Games the love is mixed with a real sense of pride. The city is dolled up to the nines and she’s looking gorgeous, all shiny and new. There’s something in the air and as the stories of sporting heroes unfold across the media it’s suddenly cool to be strutting your stuff in a tracksuit. The sun has been shining but forget the usual ‘Taps Aff’ at the park, it’s time for athletic, finely honed bodies, which function like powerful machines, to represent Glasgow on the world stage. Last week I found myself at a school event with 1,000 primary kids as part of...

Do you remember your 10th birthday? Other than the presents it’s highly likely that the most exciting part was the party. A celebration involving your closest friends and family who were all focused on you. Yes, it was your birthday, your party and therefore only natural that you had the starring role. You were the centre of attention. Facebook has just celebrated its 10th birthday. Refreshingly they understand that the majority of us are far more interested in what's happening in our own lives than what Mark Zuckerburg or his team in Silicon Valley are doing, so they made the smart decision to shine the spotlight on YOU.  Facebook users have the opportunity to visit this link and watch a video,...

I've been in my element this last week watching a series of programmes on Channel 4 about people looking for love. A fly on the wall documentary, filmed in a restaurant where singletons meet potential suitors for the first time. Particular favourites were 62 year old glamour puss Lynda, whose party piece was doing the splits. She was widowed and searching for a new partner in crime. Then there was the confident 22 year old Londoner who confused himself with JayZ and tried to impress by rapping through most of dinner. A stark contrast to the guy who’s hands shook as he presented his date with a box of chocolates. Some had no clue how to impress; others were hitting...

Eighteen years ago I dreamed of travelling around France in a camper van, paying my way by working in bars or beach cafes. Instead, I was at college in Edinburgh studying to qualify for a job that I didn't want to do. Like most teenagers I was influenced by the good intentions of adults in my life, who wanted the best for me and who believed that the ‘best’ route was an education. I wasn't strong enough, or good enough at arguing, to follow my dreams so the camper van idea was parked, never to get out the driveway. At the start of each term we’d load up the car and drive from Ayr to Edinburgh to the Halls of Residence where I lived. We’d stop...

This article first appeared in a blog I wrote back in 2011. When launching this website in May 2017 I trawled through the archives and chose the articles which still felt relevant to either social media marketing or the business world I'm part of.  Things have definitely improved but sadly there's a long way to go. When I was a child I changed what I wanted to be when I grew up on a weekly basis. I was often told that it wouldn’t be possible. I couldn’t be a ballerina because I was too tall, I couldn’t be a singer because I was tone deaf, I couldn’t be an astronaut because I got travel sick just going to my Granny's on...

Started in 2004 by Frank Warren as a community arts project PostSecret has become a worldwide phenomenon with books, exhibitions, tours and an enormous online following, with over 350 million page views on the website that is updated every Sunday. PostSecret offers individuals the chance to anonymously share their hopes, fears, desires, weaknesses and goals with the world. Anyone can fill out a postcard revealing their secret and post it to be published online. There is a discussion forum where people can chat and offer advice and the website also links to helplines and support networks. PostSecret is unusual in that some of the content could be considered quite depressing, even the stiffest of upper lips would wobble at certain postcards, yet...