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

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

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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

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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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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.

Theatre Review - The Crucible, Dukes Lancaster

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After a fantastic Pendle Witches based story from Sabbat back in 2012, the Dukes Young Actors, stired up another witches brew of suspense, love and in-the-round theatre with this months The Crucible.

Setting the scene with twigs in the rafters and the floor painted with twisted trunks, the impactive opening scene with an almost full cast, set the frame for an emotional and action packed play.

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

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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.

Book Review - Dust by Patricia Cornwell

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A mid-series crime fiction novel that let a lot of it's regular fans down with too much background and not much storyline. With some great quotes and imagery, the book is a good filler for the series, not unlike a first episode of a further series of a TV programme.

What's the Difference between Audio and Sound

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I have many conversations with people who don't understand the difference between the two audible notions, and thought it might be helpful to explain the difference in some simple terms.

So what words do we use to describe what we hear?
We use phrases like music, audio, noise, static, sonic, waves and frequency to explain the audio around us. Sound, being the main umbrella word to describe anything that we can hear.

So let's start with the battle between Audio v Sound...

Book Review - Percolate by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

Percolate book review - Front Cover

Hamilton-Guarino lays out a very easy to read book on making a better you, with short chapters, simple sentence structure, and "coffee breaks".
The "coffee breaks" are guided activities to work on in our "Percolate Journal" which you are advised to start as part of your journey through the book. After each segment there's a pause moment to reflect on your learning and how that works for you.

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