It’s time to win with GetSmarter

As you all know by now, I have just completed my GetSmarter online course in Interior Design which I have written about on the blog a few times – I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt over the past 10 weeks. It’s one of those things where you don’t really realise that you are learning until you start reflecting on what you’ve actually done. I went to a dinner the other night where I sat next to an Interior Designer who has been working in the industry for a few years and thanks to this course, I actually could have a full-on chat about Interior Design!

But the exciting news, as you may have read here, is that I am giving one lucky reader the chance to study through GetSmarter with one of the below courses (valued at around R10 000!):

University of Cape Town Social Media short course – (details here)

Learn the practical skills to leverage social media platforms and tools to increase brand awareness, manage your online reputation, and achieve your marketing objectives.

This course is suited to anyone interested in developing their understanding of social media tools and how these can be used for marketing, community building, and online reputation management. 

Course starts: 31 March 2014

University of Cape Town Events Management short course – (details here)

Learn the practical skills to design, manage and market events of any size in the South African context.

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to acquire or sharpen their skills in the area of events management.

Course starts: 14 April 2014

GetSmarter Interior Design short course – (details here)

This is the one I did. So should you want further detail, have a look on the blog here.

Develop the core skills required to design and decorate interior spaces and practically apply this knowledge by creating 3D models in SketchUp, an industry standard program. This course will benefit self-made or aspiring interior designers who want to establish themselves in the industry.

Course starts: 12 May 2014

From my experience, with a really busy day job and a blog, this is do-able – so there is no excuse of being too busy. I have still managed to have a life and complete my studies, you just have to be very diligent about setting aside time and, more importantly, choose something you are passionate about!

To win one of the above courses simply do the below:

‘Like’ GetSmarter’s page on Facebook

Tweet the below:

I want to win & study Interior Design, Events Planning or Social Media through @getting_smarter with @toritatham:

Lastly, leave a comment below telling me (in a few words) which of the three courses you would like to win as well as your full name. For extra entries you can share this post on Facebook and tag Kiss, Blush and Tell.

Good luck!

Competition closes on 9 February 2014. Further info here.

82 replies
  1. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    OMYGOSH! Talk about coincidence! I was looking at the Social Media short course just last week as an option. I have been looking for the right course to do for a while now and even tweeted asking for advice or recommendation. It all came back to this one! Unfortunately planning a wedding does not leave much left for studying. Would love to win this!

    Mariska van Wyk

  2. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    oh wow this is so amazing, what a wonderful opportunity. i would love to win the
    University of Cape Town Events Management short course, it would be heaven sent
    thak you for this amazing prize
    Nasika Baijnath

  3. NUNU
    NUNU says:

    Wow this is one thee best ever giveaways I would love to to complete the Social Media short course course, I have always wanted to do it but it has been so expensive for me but it has been a dream to complete and broaden my education and knowledge and grow in life.

    🙂 Social Media short course

    Tweeting @Nooreen9
    Facebook: Nooreen Agherdien (Liked Getsmarter page)

    Thank you #Fingerscrossed
    Nooreen Agherdien 🙂

  4. Leigh Harding
    Leigh Harding says:

    I want to win because at the ripe old age of 30 I am looking at a career change and need all the help I can get!

  5. angie pangie
    angie pangie says:

    I would love to win the GetSmarter Interior Design short course. Like you I also have a new house that needs to be done up a bit and it has made me passionate about interiors. I would love to study this and see where it takes me. My email address is angelavictoriarea[at] Thank you

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I would love to win the Social Media short course, as a social media manager it's always best to stay abreast of all the latest developments in my industry.

    Full name: Nicole Dirks
    Twitter: @NicoleDirks

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Tori

    So tough to choose as I love Interior Design but I know that career wise, the Social Media course would be best for me. So I'd be absolutely over the moon with either but as a Digital Strategist in retail, I'd love the opportunity to brush up on my social media skills.


    Tarah Darge
    Twitter: @TarahDarge

  8. Camilla Corder
    Camilla Corder says:

    Amazing giveaway and well done on completing your course! I would love to do the Interior Design course as it's something I have always wanted to do, but have never managed to get around to actually doing. Plus, darling, it will come in handy when I have a huge house to decorate one day 😉

    Full name: Camilla Corder
    Twitter: @camillacorder

  9. Chereen
    Chereen says:

    Aaah, this is a tough one! I'd love to do the social media course, since I recently took the very big step of resigning from my day job and started working from home as a social media manager, so it would be great to improve my skills. BUT interior design is a bit of a secret passion, so I'd love to pursue that, too! Maybe I'll end up doing both at some point… it's always good to learn new skills – especially ones that relate to something you're passionate about!

    Such a lovely prize – thank you!
    Chereen Strydom

  10. Shiny Lunchbox
    Shiny Lunchbox says:

    Hi Tori

    I would really, really, really like to do the Social Media course with UCT Get Smarter! I have been considering it for months but I just started a BA in Communication Science so the funds simply don't exist.

    I developed a love affair with social media about 1 year back after having absolutely no experience with it whatsoever and I'd like to make a career of it.

    Please make my little hearts dreams come true 🙂

    Sadiqah Slamong:

  11. verushka ramasami
    verushka ramasami says:

    Verushka Ramasami @verushka143 tweeted / fb liked / twitter following.Would love to win this so I can complete the Social Media course.I gave my my Masters Degree last year due to the fact I was no longer in the field.Doing a Social Media course online would greatly assist my future goals.I work crazy hours from 12 midday till 7pm so an online course would be perfect for me.Pretty me pick me and help me in achieving one of my goals 🙂

  12. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Love, love, love this competition! I'm actually in week seven of ten of the Get Started Marketing course, and learning so much. It really has helped in my way of thinking about marketing products and brands. Together with this I know that social media plays such an important role – it has been touched on somewhat in the current course but to delve into it even more with the social media course would be brilliant.

    My current course has been paid for by my employers, but I know approaching them to pay for another course right now wouldn't go down very well, and affording the course on my own is not something I can budget for.

    The opportunity to further delve into the workings of social media would be so exciting and much appreciated 🙂

    Jade Roberts

  13. Renuka
    Renuka says:

    I would so love to pursue the events management course. I am currently unemployed and looking for a new career path. I am very good with meeting new people, socializing, meeting deadlines and achieving my objectives. I think that this course will provide me with the necessary theory as well as the tools to conquer

  14. Robynne
    Robynne says:

    This is such an amazing prize. I would be so, so, so happy to win. The social media course is right up my alley and have been thinking of looking into a short course 🙂 PLEASE, pretty please pick me 🙂

  15. Kirsten Felbert
    Kirsten Felbert says:

    I would love to win the GetSmarter Interior Design short course. Its something I have always wanted to learn more about. – Kirsten Felbert

  16. Absolutely Beautiful Brides
    Absolutely Beautiful Brides says:

    I would love to attend the Social Media course with UCT Get Smarter! I started my own business in October last year and need all the assistance I can get. Would love to learn how to optimize social media for my business.
    Regards Wendy

  17. Vicky Jankiewicz
    Vicky Jankiewicz says:

    Hi *waves* my name is Vicky Jankiewicz!
    I would love to do the Social Media course – I've been eyeing it and this would be a great opportunity to actually just DO IT! Sharing wisdom is awesome, so big ups on this cool give-away idea!

  18. jkfashion
    jkfashion says:

    This competition is a divine ' mind win'. It's easy to understand the social media concepts, but to manage the plan, of the different platforms needs guidance and the Social Media course would be brilliant to win.

    Janet Kemp

  19. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    Hello! Ronél van Lingen 🙂

    This give-away is awesome! I would love to do the online Social Media short course. I am a performing musician and I've found that knowing the in's and out's of social media is invaluable! GetSmarter is an amazing initiative, thank you for sharing this opportunity!

  20. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I have been interested in the Social Media Course for quite a while and would love to win a chance to participate in the course. I love the online world and would like to know more about it.

    Name:Lauren Kruger
    Twitter: @MusicMonkey14

  21. One Stiletto At A Time
    One Stiletto At A Time says:

    The social media course.

    Already like on Facebook One Stiletto At a Time

    Tweeted @OneStilettoBlog


  22. Naidene Cooper
    Naidene Cooper says:

    I would love to do the Social Media short course and learn the practical skills to effectively use social media tools and learn more about social media platforms as an aspirant blogger. 🙂

  23. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    Hi Tori,
    I'm taking the big leap of faith and going to be giving up my job and working from home from March to pursue my photography career. I therefore would love an opportunity to keep my grey matter occupied and so any one of these courses would benefit me – to be honest I couldn't really chose. ( although the social media would probably benefit me as I need to grow my online presence) Thanks for this great opportunity xx
    Kate Martens

  24. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I work in the digital arena and would love to move more into the social media side and further away from client services. Having a social media course under my belt would give me that extra edge I need to turn my personal experience into professional expertise!

    Holding thumbs!
    Kirsten Bohle

  25. Marelize Ferreira
    Marelize Ferreira says:

    I have been a fan of this blog, and also GetSmarter as a company for quite a while now. I am always perving over the great courses that GetSmarter has to offer, but oh, the finances! After settling in a career as book editor, I miss the online sphere and also, running around with banners and packing goody bags for various events! I NEED the extra edge (be it social media or events planning courses) to make the career shift I've always been dreaming or talking about. I am sharing the heck out of this competition and I've already been following Getsmarter on Facebook and Twitter for a while! Thank you for your beautiful blog and this opportunity! Marelize xx

  26. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    I would LOVE to win the social media short course! Knowledge = power and a girl needs power right??

    I'm Tash Suchecki by the way 🙂

  27. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    I'm a huge fan of learning. It's so important. I'd be keen to do the social media short course to further my knowledge in the field. Definitely think it would be an awesome one to do!

  28. Papierpop
    Papierpop says:

    Hi! What a great competition! I would love to win the social media course. I believe in lifelong learning and within the writing and social media industry I would benefit from an accredited course within this field.

    We could all learn something new every day, we should just be willing to.

    Thumbs Crossed,
    Anneke Steenkamp

  29. Melodi Marx
    Melodi Marx says:

    Amazing competition! I would LOVE to win the Interior Design course. I work in advertising and am surrounded by creativity and enjoy working in this industry. I would like to expand my creativity one step further into something I am passionate about!

    Thanks you,

    Melodi Marx

  30. Emma
    Emma says:

    Hi Tori,

    When I did at an internship at Zoom Advertising in 2011, right across from the Ogilvy offices (where I paid a lot of visits) I got to see how things work in the Advertising, Marketing and PR world. When I was there you were still working in their PR department, and I thought, one day, I'll have that job!

    I'm studying Brand Communications at Vega, and this Diploma will hopefully propel me into a PR, Events Management, Brand Management or Brand Strategy field. But, I would love to do something more. I am obsessed with everything to do with social networking and have managed a business account before, but that was when I was fresh out of high school and didn't know nearly as much as I thought I did.

    I was actually looking into doing a Get Smarter course a few months ago, specifically the Social Media one, but as you know, being a student, even with part-time jobs here and there – funds are low. I would LOVE to gain experience from this Social Media course and be able to proudly put it on my CV.

    As I am planning to graduate at the end of this year, I really feel like I would have a better chance of getting a foot in the door if I had the privilege of learning through a Get Smarter/UCT course, as I feel that they have a great reputation and businesses take their courses seriously.


    Emma Follett-Botha

  31. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Tori,

    I currently run the social media side of online marketing for two prestigious business papers. However, the fact that most people in the office are older than me (and tend to believe that social media is silly), is somewhat discouraging.

    I would love to study the Social Media course through GetSmarter, as I believe it could help me to transfer my passion for social media to everyone else in the office. Plus, who doesn't want to be more expert in their field of choice?

    Yes, please.


  32. Pia Jane
    Pia Jane says:

    This is definitely what I need. I'm supposed to be in my last year at university, (BA degree majoring in English & Communications) unfortunately I couldn't get funds to go back so now I'm working to pay off my fees and I would really love to take up the Social Media short course as out ties in with my Communitions major. I'm currently working in a small division at WP Rugby in marketing ( nothing major) but I would like to grow and gain more experience in this field. I feel as though this course would be the perfect link in making sure I work hard to finish my degree.

    Holding thumbs!

    Pia Jane

  33. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    I would love to win the Events Management course as this has always been a dream of mine! I always wanted to get into PR and Events Co-ordinating! I am very good at planning and executing events and functions, and I would love to broaden my knowledge and grow.

    My full name is Roxanne Chutthergoon. I have tweeted @Roxi_23 and I have also liked their Facebook page!

  34. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    I would love to win the Events Management course – with it being a new year, I have been considering a change in careers and thought about continuing my studies but the thought of giving up my full time job and following my dreams is a bit daunting. With this prize being a part-time course, it would be a perfect opportunity and a dream come true!

    Fingers crossed!

    Mikhaila Roman

  35. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Danielle Nassen
    I would love to win the events management course after studying both Hotel Management and Marketing I found that my niche lies within the two and what better way to hone in on my skills and increase my knowledge on about the industry than by doing this course. I also feel my personality is well suited for the events industry and being previously exposed to the Hospitality industry I have learnt to go the extra mile and not to be afraid of hard work.

  36. Becky
    Becky says:

    This is a really cool giveaway Tori! If the courses are online, is it open to South Africans abroad? I would love to do the Social Media course. I've managed social media in several jobs but sometimes it does feel like the blind leading the blind as I have no special training 😀 Fingers crossed! Rebecca Dodd (@Reberoodle) xx

  37. aimless
    aimless says:

    I feel like this is meant for me, I'm holding all fingers & thumbs 🙂 I would love to do the Social Media Course – i am a social media manager/copywriter for a sports company, and would really appreciate the opportunity to immerse myself in the material so that i can take our companies SM/community to another level and impress my bosses 🙂 Tweeted – _aimless, name: Amy Taylor

  38. Heidi Cassere
    Heidi Cassere says:

    What a wonderful concept from Get Smarter. Every new skill is a step toward success and every new piece of knowledge is a powerful tool for any young women building up a career for herself. I would love to do the Events Management Course, as I would like to hone the skill and use it within my small, developing business in the PR/Media industry. I started my business at the beginning of the year and have found that the right skills and knowledge are a great step toward success if used properly. The Events management course would help me better my development in business and with people. Work hard, and Get Smarter! Holding thumbs! xx (Heidi Cassere) @HEIDI_GOLDEN

  39. Amber Mackeurtan
    Amber Mackeurtan says:

    After seeing that you were in the process of doing this course I had looked it up and was planning on doing this from May – so any funding assistance could help given that I WILL be doing the interior decorating course – always been my passion and long time dream!

  40. Amelia-May Woudstra
    Amelia-May Woudstra says:

    Hi Tori!!!!

    What a wonderful giveaway…empowering people – absolutely fantastic!

    I recently bought a small apartment in Green Point and would love to complete the interior design course – what a wonderful opportunity and I'm sure the course content would equip me with the necessary knowledge/expertise to decorate my new little home…and I will gladly share some of the pics with you and your readers:).

    On a much bigger level…I'd one day like to build/own/run my own little boutique hotel one day…and with interior design knowledge, I'm sure the hotel would look beautiful and inviting.

    So yes, thanks again and fingers crossed!

  41. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I got the door Tor!!! 🙂 What an INCREDIBLE giveaway!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to do the INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE, to further my design knowledge and love for making things extraordinary!!! It has been my dream for a while to gain more knowledge and experience of this industry so I can stop working for "the man" and start my own thing! 🙂 You won't regret this haha @bovinebrewey: Robyn Thompson

  42. Cayley Rae
    Cayley Rae says:

    What an awesome giveaway Tori – there is nothing better than acquiring more knowledge and skills!!! I have just moved into my own home and I have never enjoyed something as much I did doing up this house and there is still so much more I would like to do. I have such a passion for interior decor and I am forever going through home decor magazines. And I live in home decor, fabric and furniture shops – it has become quite an obsession! I would just love to learn the skills and get more knowledge into this amazing field, and perhaps have a future in it one day. The posts you put up when you were doing the course really excite me… It's too awesome! @Cayley_Rae, Cayley Adkins

  43. Madison
    Madison says:

    Hi Tor,

    How fantastic is this! I absolutely love Interior Design, so I would love to apply for that short course. Hopefully it can be done online internationally and not just in SA. Send Cape Town love from me…


    Madison de Villiers

  44. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    Hi Tor, I would love to win the interior design course. Beautiful design speaks to my soul and the skills and insights that I will learned during the course will be invaluable to me .Design is something I should have done from the start and this would be a great intro into this amazing world.
    Love Kel Edmonds

  45. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hi there,

    I would absolutely love to win this prize so that I could do the social media course. I work in the magazine industry and am really passionate about it but would feel extremely privelledged to take part in a course that will help me to improve my social media savvy. I am a huge fan of social media, as we all are, but would love to know how to brand myself as well as how it can all be used for marketing purposes. I also think with the way things are going for print media that it would be crucial for me to know the inner workings of social media.

    Thanks so much, Sam

  46. Andi Kapandi
    Andi Kapandi says:

    Hellooo! I would be thrilled to win the course for Interior Design. So exciting, pick me! Pick me! Andrea Lloyd andidlloyd[at] xx

  47. What should I wear?
    What should I wear? says:

    Hi Tori,
    I would love love love the opportunity to study design with the the GetSmarter Interior Design short course. I love beautiful things, making things beautiful and this design course would turn my dreams into reality. I feel like I know what the end result should be, I just don't know how to get it there – if that makes sense. I am obsessed with Pinterest and designing my perfect home on that platform 🙂 I love reading your blog, and am so inspired by your posts of late. I would love to win! You can reach me at
    Thanks, Kelly

  48. caperobin
    caperobin says:

    I'd love to win and study the GetSmarter Social Media course as I've always had a great interest in social media and would absolutely love to learn more about it! I've tweeted about it (@caperobin) and have liked the Facebook page!

  49. Cath
    Cath says:

    Hi Tori,

    Such an amazing prize 🙂

    Would absolutely LOVE to be able to do the GetSmarter Social Media course as I still feel as though there is so much I can learn! Being Marketing Manager for my company, it is very important that I stay on top of my game especially from a digital aspect as so much is now on-line!

    x x

  50. Cara Coetzee
    Cara Coetzee says:

    I dream of doing the Interior Design course!
    I have long had an obsession with architecture, design and beautiful homes. I fear it may be too late in my disappearing youth for me to become an architect, so a short course like this seems like a much more viable option towards working in a similar industry and creating a secondary career!
    Cara x

  51. Eubia Nkoenyane
    Eubia Nkoenyane says:

    I really hope you get to see this comment cause there are so many that my chances are slim.

    I would really love to study Event Planning. It's a passion of mine that I haven't been able to pursue for details that I won't get into.

    I already do a bit of it on the side but waitressing is my main job

    Hoping & Praying that I'm the one chosen!

    Name: Eubia Nkoenyane
    Liked on FB: Euby Nkoenyane
    Followed & tweeted: @TribalSoul_
    Email: Euby.Nk[at]

  52. Seams and Silhouettes
    Seams and Silhouettes says:

    Hi Tori,

    This is such a lovely giveaway. It would mean the world to me if I could win the social media short course through GetSmarter. It would absolutely give me the courage to finally take the leap, get out of the number crunching industry and follow my true passion.

    Holding thumbs,
    Ali Graaff

  53. Kasienka Heunis
    Kasienka Heunis says:

    Such an awesome prize! The power of empowering people is awesome! Well done Kiss, Blush & Tell and GetSmarter!
    You are never to old to learn and in our ever changing world you have to be on top of things. I would really looooove to do the Events Management short course. I adore events and all the detail and hard work that goes into it always boggles my mind. If I win I can actually know what goes on behind the scenes and put it into practice. *Excited face*
    Thank you for a great blog!

  54. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:


    I recently moved into a big farm house and have to start decorating and furnishing it. Always loved interior decorating but there is so much more to it. I would really love to do the Interior Design course. Have lots of time, living on a farm and all.

    Yvonne Erwee
    twitter: @yvonneerwee

  55. Candice
    Candice says:

    Ah, interior design! I've always loved 'nesting' and making spaces pretty. As a newly wed, I'd love to make our home even prettier and one day turn it into a business too. Sadly, with being a newly-wed, our budget doesn't currently allow me to study part time – this would be utterly AMAZING.

  56. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    I would love to do the Social Media, I have started my own little business and I am struggling with the social media side. Would be amazing to do the course.

    Roxanne Nicole Punt

  57. femmegypsy
    femmegypsy says:

    I would absolutely LOVE to do the social media course. After I have completed my CFA exams in June I would like to do a course in copy writing and with my blog and a side business that my boyfriend and I have started (mountain biking directory, blog and online store) this would all tie in perfectly! X

  58. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    I Melissa Lötter love to learn and am hoping to do a copy-writing course this year. I think that this opportunity is perfect for a gal like me who loves social media and Kiss, Blush and Tell <3

  59. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    Ironically, I was actually talking about how much I wanted to do an interior design course with a friend today. Always had an interest in interior design but never actually got around to taking “the plunge”. Maybe this opportunity might just be the wings I need to fly. If I don’t win this, there is always another way to study interior design. Either way, I WILL do it. I have always loved decor. Hence, I would love to do the Interior Design course through GetSmarter, and this has “Megan” written all over it! Hello!? My love of decorating, colours and design!? Oh please please please pick me <3

    Full name: Megan Hartwig
    Twitter: @flutterbymegs
    Email: meganhartwig[at]

  60. rachieworm
    rachieworm says:

    I'm currently in the process of starting my own shoe brand and winning that social media course is just what I need. Everyday I realise how little I know when it comes to brand awareness and social networking, even though these are crucial to a startup, to getting your brand recognised and respected. I would love to win the course to equip myself with the skills necessary to get my brand out there.

  61. Jules
    Jules says:

    Hi Tor, what amazing opportunities you giving away!! Would love to do the events management course! loves Julie Shewan/ julie.shewan[at]

  62. Nicola Meyer
    Nicola Meyer says:

    A few years ago I would have jumped at the chance to do Interior Design but now the Social Media course would be better.

  63. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    You are never to old to learn and in our ever changing world you have to be on top of things. I would really love to do the Events Management short course. I adore events and all the detail and hard work that goes into it always boggles my mind.

  64. Unknown
    Unknown says:

    i'd like to do the Social Media course with get smarter because im a blogger and would love to know how to expand it.


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