Film Review - Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

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Photo: IMDB - Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula

With a star studded line up and a famous direction from Francis Ford Coppola, and 8 awards including 3 Oscars, you'd be forgiven for thinking the focus would be on them, but this is an amazing film you must watch!
This is by far then, and still is now my favourite ever film. I am a total horror film buff, but this goes so much deeper than just the awesome story. The stylistic nature, attention to detail and quality of production, makes the film a timeless classic that I would highly recommend.

Women in Tech - Speakers Directory List

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Women In Tech North Meet - Photo:Rebecca Taylor

When women get together, they can take on pretty much anything, all they need is some organising.
This can be said for anyone to be honest, especially my fellow union activists, however this blog is particularly focused in eliminating all-male panels, conferences and events. If you've read any of my previous posts around the Social Media for Women Conference I organised back in 2013, you'll know this is one topic very dear to my heart. We've had many a healthy debate upon the reasons why but we could do that all day (and some of us do) and get nothing achieved. That's why I made a big point and setup a conference that had all women speakers and workshop leaders, but that was still inclusive of all to delegates.
I didn't pick these women just because they had boobs, but because they were sh*t hot at their jobs and were my go-to people in their sectors. The event was a massive success and hopefully set the mark for others. Here's my list of useful directory listings to help you find the right female speaker for your event.

Book Review - #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

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#Girlboss front cover

Want to be a "badass" business woman? Whether you run your own business, or are just wanting more from your worklife, #GIRLBOSS is an addictive, supportive and at times funny read. Here's my review of this birthday gift book.

What's a girlboss? "A #Girlboss is someone who's in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it."

Making a Geek more Chic - Colour and Style Consultations

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Liz and her colours

Some of you may already know, I've been struggling for a while with my personal professional fashion style. Even those words seem a bit alien to me.
Since a young age, I haven't cared what people look like, and it's like I've always had blinkers on for what people wear. So from years of working in a black pants and branded polo shirt, to jeans and a t-shirt, I've always rebelled from "uniforms". So when I started my own business, I was still naive in thinking people thought like me, and only focused on how good you were at your job and what you said, not what you look like, but sadly I've learnt this still isn't the case in our modern world.

So over the past 6 months I've been on a personal learning curve of fashion and style. I've asked loads of questions, to lots of ladies - and some men with honest opinions - what to do to not only be smart enough to play with the big boys, but still have my personality come across.

I've actually been to EU Parliament, and I'm still voting IN

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Liz at EU Parliament

Earlier on this month polling commissioned by Electoral Reform Society, said only 16% of voters felt well informed on the issues of the EU referendum, I'm hoping by now that number has vastly increased!
On Thursday 23rd June 2016, voters will vote either "remain" or "leave" to the very specifically worded question "Should the UK remain a member of the EU, or leave the EU?"
In itself this question and the answers were tweaked from "yes" and "no" because the Electoral Commission believed the phrasing could be understood as biased.
It's been an absolute quagmire of information, and most of it, untrue or bent. The stats from the independent offices are the ones I've based my decisions on, alongside my previous knowledge of the EU and what the UK, and me personally, have gain from being in the EU.

Talk - Boost Your Productivity at Women In Tech Nottingham

Photo: WiT_Notts

I'll often be found saying "oh I do like a good app", but sadly I've yet to find the golden nugget of the single app that does all I need it to do for the productivity side of things.
I've been running my business DigiEnable for just over 4 years (how times flown) and frequently test productivity apps, but when they aren't intuitive or fit in with, or sync with my other processes, it's a quick uninstall from me.
In productivity, and boosting my own, I've found apps to be very important for keeping me on track. You hear lots of people suggesting to switch off your notifications completely, but when used wisely, notifications can really help boost productivity, and leave less up to chance (and an aging memory.)
I was super excited to be invited to talk at Women In Tech Nottingham, and picking my geekiest favourite at the moment, I focused my interactive talk around making us as super productive as possible.

Guest Blog - Five Things Everyone Should Know Before Starting A Company

Liz Hardwick Guest Blogger

Do you ever catch yourself saying "oh I *wish* someone had told me THAT earlier?" In business, there seems to be a huge majority of people that are scared/don't have time/don't care/don't engage with others enough to help those behind them. I've always been one of those people to freely share and support where I can so when I got the opportunity to blog about my top 5 things I wished I'd know before I started my own business, I was very happy to. The hardest things was narrowing my selection down to 5!
Badass+Living launched this year as is aimed at empowered business women who want to support and empower others - more needed we say!
Read my guest blog 5 things everyone should know before starting a company and feel free to share with someone else you think might benefit.

Time to Spring Clean our Lives and Time

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Spring cleaning your home and car, might be a good start, but a recent blog on Elephant Journal made me think about the spring clean of of lives - inside and out.
The blog entitled "12 ways to Spring Clean our Inner Lives", noted the way we spend our days, shows what we have deemed important, and more importantly, if it isn't the way we wish to live our lives, hopefully the impetuous to change.

Talk - What is a Digital Leader Anyway? At Digital Leaders NW

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Photo of Liz at digital Leaders by Bex Lewis

I was asked to speak at the March 2016 Digital Leaders NW Salon on my inspiring digital leader and what I thought a digital leader actually was. Here's some notes on where my passions are for Digital Leaders.

What is a Digital Leader?

My interpretation of digital leadership focuses very much on trying to do good things for the world with digital.

International Women's Day 2016 - Opening the London Stock Exchange and Standing up for Women's Rights

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Liz opens the London Stock Exchange

International Women's Day takes place each year to celebrate Women and their achievements. Over the past 10 years I've been involved with special days of broadcasting with female-focused content, celebration events and marches against the gender wage gap.
2016 is no exception, even though IWD2016 is technically only March 8th, which this year is on a Wednesday and the theme is #pledgeforparity

This week I did three super awesome things, North and South UK, and I wanted to share these with you, in the hope that somehow it inspires you to support the IWD2016 cause and what it stands for too. It might only be one day, but the cause is ever-running and needs your support.

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