Who is Liz Hardwick?
Co-Founder of award winning DigiEnable, I’m a qualified trainer, professional speaker and SEO provider, based in Lancashire, but covering across the UK and beyond.
I co-founded DigiEnable in 2012, to offer high quality training courses in digital and online media, across the UK. We work with a wide range of clients (from community organisations, to SME’s and beyond) and have a wide range of training courses on all things digital, along with bespoke services to cater to your specific needs.
In 2015 DigiEnable also launched it’s Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Services to complement the training offer for our clients. While DigiEnable is growing from strength to strength, the team are still down-to-earth and an approachable bunch, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our work, or need help figuring out what support you need to have a better online presence that works for you and your business.
Previous career roles have been in broadcasting, working for some of the big names, building and managing radio stations and a recording studio, and creating media for charities.
I’m proud to be a published author on Digital Storytelling, and sit on a number of non-profit boards. I’m a self-confessed Productivity and SEO geek, love tweeting as @Tech_Geek_Girl and supporting other women in(to) Tech and Business.
I’m an advocate for open source technologies, and regularly speaks on Digital Technology and Women in Technology, at conferences across the globe.
*BC’s Top 101 Female Founders in Tech
*TechWorld’s Top 111 UK Tech Women Speakers – Female Founders
*Digital Leaders UK 100 List
1. What do you speak on?
I’m a digital technology speaker, and my top 3 talks include Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for Success, Digital Marketing to Boost your Business and Using Technology for Time Management and Productivity. I’m on a mission to change the face of Technology, and especially SEO speakers! I’m also co-founder of DigiEnable, which offers SEO and Digital Training, so I can be found speaking and delivering training to others around a wide variety of digital topics, to help organisations and businesses be more digitally savvy and visible online. I’ve previously spoken at a lot of events around Women In Technology, and can be found speaking at trade union conferences across the globe on Workers Rights, Women at Work, and the Future World of Work.
2. What do you like most about being in front of audiences?
Every time I speak or train, I see it as my mission to give every single person in the room a nugget of something useful to take away for them and their business. My aim is to demystify technology and enable people to understand why digital is SO important to them and their business, so I love to see those “aha!” moments happen when someone’s joined their own dots up, and suddenly something makes sense.
3. What’s the best piece of speaking advice you have been given?
I’ve learnt so much from Speakers Express, it’s hard to pick just one! I’ve been speaking at events since 2011 and I’ve always worried about that 1 person out of hundreds that might give me negative feedback or look bored. The best piece of advice I’ve received is that you won’t please all the people all of the time, and to be OK with that.
4. What do you know now, that you wish you knew when you first started?
I wish I’d been less worried about telling people who I am and what I do. I know people come for the content of the talk, but I used to even forget to tell people what I did as a business! I got so focused on offering the best informative and useful talk, I’d forget that some people might actually WANT to buy services off DigiEnable. But if I didn’t tell them about my business, we couldn’t help them. I’m now so much more comfortable talking about my business when I know it might be truly helpful to someone. And a final pointer, always be VISIBLE. The minute you stop being at events, being online… people can easily forget you, or think you’ve moved onto a different job or business.
5. What traits in a speaker do you admire the most?
When I watch other speakers, the ones that stand out to me are those who are beaming from ear to ear and are super excited about their topic or work. Enthusiasm and passion goes a long way for me. If I wanted to look at working with a speaker in future, I’d have to be able to connect to them and see their love for their sector shine through. I know I do this in return with digital bucket-loads!