The Popcorn Series

Brought to you by Tulsa Tech, 36 Degrees North and Prodigy & Co.

The Popcorn Series is a collection of “pop-up” workshops to educate, engage and entertain. The topics range from tactical marketing tips to leadership and organizational strategies to help you accomplish your goals. If you are a small business, a nonprofit, or simply a life-learner, these workshops are for you! See the dates and descriptions below to attend one today!

“Thanks for the work you do in the community. Tulsa Hub has benefited greatly from the wisdom and contacts myself and other staff have achieved through taking these Popcorn series trainings.”

Ren Barger | Founder, Tulsa Hub

JANUARY

Wednesday, January 8 – Engage Your Followers – Social Media for Nonprofits

Thursday, January 16 – Creating Margin & Reducing Stress

Tuesday, January 21 – Business Tax Essentials

Thursday, January 30 – Digital Advertising

FEBRUARY

Friday, February 7 – Building Your Digital Presence

Friday, February 14 – Working with Diverse Teams

Thursday, February 20 – Podcasting 101

Tuesday, February 25 – Planning a Brand Photo Shoot

MARCH

Thursday, March 5 – Pinterest 101 for Business

Friday, March 13 – Facebook Basics for Business

Thursday, March 19 – Product Development Basics

Thursday, March 26 – Sales for Small Business & Nonprofits

Tuesday, March 31 – Giving Effective Presentations

Wednesday, January 8
Beginner Workshop

Engage Your Followers: Social Media for Nonprofits

Learn to use your social media platforms to build your brand and engage your followers and convert them into donors, volunteers, and advocates. This workshop will focus on the type of content that will be most engaging, including practicing creating content, and how to keep a consistent voice across your organization. Led by Jeff Martin, Communications Manager of Philbrook Museum and Founder of Magic City Books.

Thursday, January 16
Beginner Workshop

Creating Margin & Reducing Overwhelm

Many business owners, entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders suffer from stress, anxiety and overwhelm. Often times when we feel this way, we think we need to dig deeper and do more, but more often than not the answer is to step back and find more balance—to create more margin in our lives. Hear from writer, speaker, and coach Kirby Andersen on how to build more margin into your life so you can reduce your overwhelm and grow your business in a sustainable way that allows you to have the life you desire.

Tuesday, January 21
Beginner Workshop

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Presenter: Cindy McGhee, CPA – NextGen Tax Services, PLLC

Business Tax Essentials

Learn the fundamentals that every business owner needs to understand the laws and obligations necessary to be tax compliant. This session will cover the proper structure needed to optimize your business for taxes and how to be proactive to minimize the impact of taxes on your business. Find out how to avoid the #1 mistake business owners make on their taxes, how to be well prepared for this tax season and how to turn your business into a tax savings machine. Led by Cindy McGhee, CPA and Managing Director of NextGen Tax Services, PLLC who has over 18 years of experience working with companies and small businesses. 

Thursday, January 30
Intermediate Workshop

Digital Advertising

Learn the basics of paid digital advertising for your business. This intermediate workshop is for people who have tried paid ads, but couldn’t quite figure out why they didn’t seem to work. It will cover the pros and cons of different platforms, the limitations and benefits of paid digital advertising, how campaigns work, how to think about value versus cost, and what you can expect (and not expect) paid advertising to do for your business. Led by Xavier Beasley who manages a 7-figure budget for paid advertising across multiple platforms.

Friday, February 7
Beginner Workshop

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Presenter: Meg Weinkauf – The Faithful Leader

Building your Digital Presence

We live in world of a digital first, meaning people meet you online before they meet you in person. What does your online presence say about you? About your business? 

You’re awesome. The people closest to you know. But, does the world? Learn how to communicate your awesomeness in an authentic way to those that matter the most.

Learn how to increase your digital emotional intelligence, create a digital branding strategy including personal SEO, and optimize your LinkedIn and other important platforms. Led by Meg Weinkauf, professor of management and digital marketing at ORU, founder of The Faithful Leader, speaker, coach, and consultant on transformational leadership and career transitions. 

Friday, February 14
Beginner Workshop

Working with Diverse Teams

Perspective is invaluable to any business and teams are a key vehicle of gathering perspective. Each person within and associated with your business has a unique viewpoint about your organization’s work. Much time is spent on gathering the perspective of customers.  How much time does your organization spend on gathering the perspective of its staff? How many great ideas are undiscovered because there is no outlet to release them?  

This workshop will explore the value of building and working with diverse teams. Participants will learn why diverse teams are beneficial to achieving an organization’s goals, learn about the leadership’s role in encouraging the sharing of ideas, and be introduced to some concepts of group dynamics as they relate to working with diverse teams.

Thursday, February 20
Beginner Workshop

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Presenter: Will Retherford – Citizens of Sound

Podcasting 101

Podcasting is like Youtube. It is never going away. You might as well use it as a tool to grow your brand and build trust and authentic connections with listeners who may become loyal customers or followers. This beginner-level workshop will cover why you might want a podcast and how to get started including technical needs and content considerations. Led by Will Retherford, founder of Citizens of Tulsa podcast and Citizens of Sound podcast consulting service. Your voice matters. Let it be heard.

Tuesday, February 25
Beginner Workshop

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Presenter: Beth Macias – SunBranch Marketing

Planning a Brand Photo Shoot

Taking photos for your website or social media accounts can be fun, but are you staying on brand and portraying the right image for yourself and your company? Learn the basics of planning a brand photo shoot including coordinating with your brand colors, finding a location, what you need to know when you are working with a photographer and how to do it on your own or with a friend. Led by Beth Macias, brand and web designer, photographer, and all around business creative.

Thursday, March 19
Beginner Workshop

From Napkin to Shelf: Product Development Basics

Learn how to take an idea for a new product from the first sketch through engineering and design, prototyping, protection, and commercialization. This beginner-level workshop will cover the key steps to bringing your product to life, including case studies of what to do and what not to do. Led by the team from the OSU New Product Development Center – Jessica Stewart, Assistant Director, Evan Pratt, Mechanical Engineer, and Jonathan Gonzales, Electrical Engineer.

Thursday, March 26
Beginner Workshop

Sales for Small Businesses & Nonprofits

Sales conversations are critical to the success of most small businesses and nonprofits. In this beginner-level workshop learn how to develop your own confidence and mindset for sales, determine communication styles to most effectively connect with others, and learn powerful questions to get to the emotional needs of your clients and donors. Led by James Pesche, a Human Behavioral Specialist, Hypnotist, and NeuroLinguistic Programming Coach.

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