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Concise training owner Mary Thomas answers the questions

Knowing Your Business interview Mary Thomas from Concise training. The show topic of conversation was training and development so we asked Mary to tell us her story from starting out to where she is now.

You can enjoy this enthralling interview further down the page on podcast.

This show was broadcast on Radio Horton 6th March 2014

Asking the all important questions is regular guest presenter and renowned people skills training / development trainer, and author Julie Cooper.

Show Host Ian Gentles


Knowing Your Business interview Mary Thomas from Concise training



This is a 1:17 second snippet where presenter Julie Cooper asks Mary how she manages the training changes in social media.

Keeping the training up to date


In this little 3:33 second snippet we hear how the training course works and what happens.

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Hear the FULL interview where Mary tells us a story filled to the rim with learning and where that has taken her. Super story  A fascinating interview awaits your ears.

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Mary Thomas Biography 

Author of ‘Social Media Made Simple’, a workbook endorsed by City & Guilds, to get you started with Social Media in the right way.

Also author of ‘Using Social Media for Personal Gain’, available as a free download on BookBoon.

Worked as a Consultant for Price Waterhouse from September 1988 – February 1998 (9 years 6 months) on a variety of systems development projects.  Roles included programming, design, analysis, testing, user acceptance and training.

During 2010, Mary got tired of hearing about so called ‘Social Media experts’ offering their services to companies as experts for vast sums of money.  These ‘experts’ often only had 10 followers and were learning on the job, but they could “talk the talk”.  Mary established the first accredited Social Media qualification – the ITQ in Social Media –  in 2011 for people to learn how to use Social Media properly and to have a qualification to provide integrity.


Want to contact or connect with Mary or Concise training? Click the links below…

Concise Training Website

Concise Training on Twitter

Concise Training on Google+

Connect with Mary Thomas on LinkedIn



This week the Knowing Your Business show was presented by Ian Gentles and guest presenter Julie Cooper.


Ian Gentles Digital Marketing Specialist based in Banbury Oxfordshire, The founder and Digital Marketing Manager of Knowing Your Business (the business radio show that is a rather useful marketing vehicle with podcasts)

Helps Business towards – increasing their (on and off line) sales and boosting their business reputation.

Deals in the aspect of digital communication strategy concerned with understanding market opportunities, cultivating markets and customers, and generating awareness and demand for product and services.

Often known as somebody who spends at lot of time in online social spaces who also has a deep interest in the spaces where technology, culture and big ideas overlap.


Want to contact or connect with Ian? Click the links below…


Julie Cooper is a trainer, coach and author specialising in one to one skills.

Her company, Spring Development ( offers lively, focused training and development to organisations and individuals that want to flourish and get the best out of their working lives.

Her book, ‘Face to Face in the Workplace: A Handbook of Strategies for Effective Discussions’ has been widely acclaimed, and has featured in The Sunday Times and Guardian Careers . “This Year’s Must Have Book” (HR Director) She understands that busy people need accessible, practical information, which is why her books are packed with instantly usable techniques and tips.

She also coaches other professionals to help them turn their ideas into a book. You can find her books at Amazon or at Her latest book ‘ Five Steps to Being Heard: How to get your Message Across to the Right Person’ is currently available for free at


Want to contact or connect with Julie? Click the links below…



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The Knowing Your Business live radio broadcasts is about facts and balance. It’s about telling an engaging story, and the goal is to educate rather than the push advertising model that has been broken for years. This way, listeners are informed, and they become engaged with YOUR business, its mission, its values, its vulnerabilities, and its passion.



Knowing Your Business Show time is every Thursday from 10 am until 12 noon on Radio Horton.

If you have any questions for Mary, or would just like to leave a comment, please do.


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