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Ruth was hard at work last week teaching her Essentials social media courses in conjunction with Lancaster & Morecambe College and funded by Leading Lancashire.

Ruth runs a Google My Business course

Thank you so much to everyone who came on the Google My Business course and left such nice comments.

We're so glad you got so much out of it!

RootsofLifeevents said:

"A huge huge thank you to Ruth. I have found this session brilliant. So much to learn. I can't wait to utilise the functions now of Google of Business and get my business more on the map and out there. Thanks once again your online courses are brilliant."

Katy from ecojiko said:

"I have learned so much that I didn't even know I needed to know! So valuable as usual. Great training, thanks Ruth!"

Lotus Petal Gifts/Lotus Petal Healing said:

"Thanks, good refresher, just need to use it more!"
Ruth and the happy people on her course!

John Dean Elsworth said:

"Another absolutely fantastic session courtesy of Ruth; I have learned so so much about Google My Business. Thank you for your great teachings, Ruth!"

Emily from Carnforth Pharmacy said:

"Thank you again to Ruth for another fab session. I always feel really informed after her courses and I am definitely seeing results with the changes I’ve made to my social media platforms under Ruth’s guidance."

Soaad from Ayeshas Attire said:

"I really found today's course helpful and can't wait to go away and put into practice what I have learned. A massive thank you Ruth x"

And Amy from Althams Butchers said:

"I came on the course not knowing how much you can do with Google My Business, I am now looking forward to going away and applying this and I am excited to see the outcomes. I think it will be very beneficial to the company i work for."

If you want to sign up for any of Ruth's free online social media courses, you can find out more here

Here are some of the highlights and things we are most proud of.

World Mental Health Day

Our own post for The Consult Centre

It was World Mental Health Day on October 10. As mental health is a subject that affects everyone (particularly at the moment) we, and our clients, felt strongly that we wanted to show our support.

Lesley and Greg worked their socks off to produce designs for social media posts for most of our clients, explaining why looking after our mental health is so


Our post for Morecambe Bay Wills & Estates.
The posts received a very positive response and we would like to thank our clients for joining us in raising awareness of the conversations around mental health - and that it’s a subject we should think about not just on World Mental Health Day, but every day!


We have had some great successes with press releases of late. First of all, Sand Communications was delighted when our press release about their sponsorship of a local football team hit the front page of the Wetherby News in Yorkshire and also went in the Harrogate Advertiser!

We were also very honoured to be asked by Nicola Combe from Morecambe Bay Wills & Estates to work with her on a very personal story about why she supports the local cancer charity CancerCare, which was featured in the Lancaster Guardian.

Congratulations Nikki!

Our wonderful office manager Nikki celebrated two years working at The Consult Centre this week, and received a huge thank you bouquet of flowers courtesy of The Hanging Basket Lancaster!

Coaching and Networking

One of Ruth's social media courses

Ruth has been really busy delivering her Essentials courses in social media through Leading Lancashire and Lancaster and Morecambe College.

‘The Queen of Zoom’ as always gets high marks from her students for the quality of her training, coaching and mentoring in everything you could ever need to know about Facebook, LinkedIn, Google My Business, Twitter and Instagram.

John Elsworth, who was on Ruth’s LinkedIn course, said it was “an absolutely amazing session: I didn't know there was so much to know about LinkedIn but now I do. I can't wait to start using it! Ruth never fails to impress me. Thank you, Ruth!”

We also held our monthly online networking event with businesses on Thursday. It was very well attended with some great contacts made and conversation had!

If you would like to join our friendly session, you can register here .

Did you also know that Ruth offers a free half-hour 121 coaching session for businesses? For more see here.


We have had a lot of people asking about The Consult Centre’s ‘unofficial mascot’ after he made some popular appearances on our social media channels!

Well we’d like to make it very clear that Marley is not a mascot or the office pet…he is in fact, The Boss!

Ali from Sand meets Marley!

Plain and simple, what Marley says, goes. If he wants a walk, he gets one. If he wants a doggie biscuit, he gets one. If he wants to sit under Greg’s desk expectantly, while he eats his lunch every day, then he will!

And he's very popular with our visitors too, such as our client Ali from Sand Communications who popped in to see us last week!

Marley has very quickly settled in to office life and made himself at home and we will bring you more about his story in the weeks and months ahead…

Would you like to find out what more The Consult Centre can do for you and your business? We can make your social media shine! See here for more.


Always think big.

Life is too short to think in short time.

Always think big, look at the bigger picture and don’t get bogged down with things that will not matter tomorrow.

If you feel yourself getting stressed and anxious about something, ask yourself: “Will this matter tomorrow, next week, next month or next year?”

This technique helps you to identify challenges that are worth investing time and worry into and those that you need to take a step back from and push to one side.


Some say success means money, a promotion, early retirement, saving up for a deposit on a house or becoming CEO.

However, is success finding time for both family and work?

Is success leaving work every day feeling you have developed and are proud of what you have achieved?

What does success mean for you?

Start each day with a clear understanding of your long-term goal and don’t spend your days slaving away to achieve someone else’s idea of success.

What is it you want? How are you going to get there?


Be honest with yourself. Don’t be afraid to pat yourself on the back and be proud.

Similarly, if something doesn’t quite go to plan then reflect and focus on identifying how best to approach that challenge in the future.

Life is about learning and developing

We all make mistakes; they are part of learning and developing.

The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is how they respond to failure.

Some bounce back stronger and some are defeated.

Learn to be honest and bounce back stronger.


As Oprah Winfrey once said: "Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher”.

Have you ever had of those days where you go into work feeling knackered and within an hour are uplifted and ready to conquer the world due to someone around you who is positive and inspiring?

As social beings, we are naturally influenced by the attitudes of those around us.

So, surround yourself with people who encourage you to think big, strive towards your dreams and be resilient.

Top tip: Have a look at who you follow on social media. If particular accounts consistently leave you frustrated or feeling tense due to negativity, unfollow them.

Our days are full of challenges and frustrations, some of those are out of our control, others we can change.

Take the time to reflect on your day and identify where negativity comes into it then look at ways to change this pattern.


Never give up on your goals

By looking at the bigger picture and having a clear idea of what success means to you and what you would like to achieve.

Admitting to fault and changing the plan is not a sign of failure, it is a sign of true inner strength.

Never give up on your goals. However, be open to taking different routes to get there.

Are you looking for someone to help guide you both personally and professionally?

Look no further.