Free workshop for members

10.30am to 4.30pm

Guild House
Upper St Martin’s Lane

This workshop aims to help you maximise the potential of your technology including computers, phones and tablets so that you improve the way that you work and make your life easier.

Throughout the day, you’ll find out how the tools that you’ve already got on your devices can be used more effectively to create ideas and put them into action and save you time on the variety of tasks that you need to do. You’ll also receive tips on useful tools that may be worth investing in.

Suitable for PC and Mac, Android and iOS, demos will typically be of Mac and iPhone/iPad apps but the day is about all platforms and how all of us can exploit the technology we own.


Workshop Content

This workshop focuses on helping you understand the technology available to you and how to use it more efficiently. It includes:

  • How to use the mind mapping app to develop and prioritise ideas
  • What the cloud is and how it’s especially useful for creative freelancers
  • How to capture ideas on the run
  • How to plan projects with simple To Do apps and project management tools
  • Ways to speed up writing in Word
  • Rules and tools to handle your emails more efficiently
  • Dictation
  • Working with groups in different cities and time zones
  • Collaborating with colleagues and clients
  • Google search tricks
  • Online calendars and meeting tools
  • How to easily create strong passwords and never struggle to remember them.

The apps and services you’ll learn about include:

  • Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Evernote and OneNote
  • MailChimp
  • Microsoft Word’s Styles, AutoText and Format Painter
  • Office 365 and alternatives
  • RSS news for research
  • Scrivener
  • Twitter lists.

Who should attend?

Freelance professionals for whom computers are a tool, not a career. You do not need to be technically-minded but, if you are, your opinions and experience will be welcome.

You don’t need to bring any equipment of your own but, if you do, and there’s time in breaks, the tutor will talk to you about the specific tools that will work on your computer, tablet or phone.

Expected learning outcomes

You’ll understand how to exploit your investment in equipment to get more out of it for all aspects of your creative freelancing work.

Tutor: William Gallagher

POLITE REQUEST: if you are successful in obtaining a place on this workshop and, due to unforeseen circumstances, you are unable to attend, please let us know asap because we have others on the waiting list who we can allocate your place to. If you do not let us know this will disadvantage another member. Also, we may lose the funds that enable us to provide these workshops to all members including yourself.

NOTE: 1. If we were to postpone or cancel this workshop due to unforeseen circumstances (this has happened only twice in five years due to tutor illness and a tube strike), we will be unable to reimburse any costs such as pre-booked travel expenses. If this were to happen in the future, we will email and telephone you as soon as we know that there is a cancellation and attempt to re-schedule the workshop asap. 2. We are required to undertake a short equality & diversity survey, which you will need to fill in before or at the workshop. The information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and will help in our commitment to E & D.

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately we cannot always offer everyone who applies a place due to high demand. We set up a waiting list and contact people if there are cancellations. If you do NOT receive confirmation that you have secured a place, please do not turn up on the day because we will not be able to admit you. However, please keep applying because we work hard to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to attend at some point.

Apply online

To apply for a place on this free, one-day workshop, please fill in the short application form below. You will need to login or register if you have not done so already so have your Union number to hand.

All events have been over-subscribed to date so successful applicants will be chosen randomly after the cut-off date. We will let you know if your application has been successful within a couple of days of this date.

Further enquiries
t: 07710 240585

Business skills training
for creative freelances