September 2018 Review

September 2018 Review

September has gone already, and I can’t believe that it is my birthday in 2 weeks’ time. I don’t mind admitting that I am 45 – I’ve never had a problem with saying how old I am. Age is just a number, it is how you feel that counts.

As month’s go September hasn’t been a bad one, in fact, it has been pretty good. I have some exciting things to share that have happened, so keep reading folks!

Work

The biggest thing that I want to announce is that as of 17 September I joined the most amazing company as a Marketing Consultant, and I could NOT be happier about it! Boost Technology Group comprises of Boost Performance and Boost Training (also known as Sales Gym 360) and it exists to improve the business performance of technology companies by revolutionising the “assisted sales & marketing” experience.

I will be working from my dedicated home office but attending occasional meetings and team days, and working with a handful of Boost’s technology clients as well as working on and contributing to Boost’s overall marketing plan and strategy.

I’ve only been with Boost for a couple of weeks at the time of writing this review but I already feel completely at home and as if I’ve known everyone there forever. This is a good thing, as usually it takes me ages to “settle in” to a new role and get to know everyone, but this time there was none of that, and I really feel as if I belong. I hope that this is a good sign!

For some time I have been thinking about campaigning for more companies and organisations to embrace remote working and agile working. Many do embrace flexible working, that is, allowing their employees to start and finish at different times provided they are in the office during set core times, but they don’t often allow their employees to work from home. To that end, I’m going to create a section on my “Cyber Geek Girl” blog that concentrates on remote working, agile working and flexible working, and use this to share my insights, hints and tips on how I work successfully and wholly from home. In our always-connected world it amazes me how reluctant companies are to allow their employees to work from home, even for a day a week. For me, to find a company that embraces and offers remote working is amazing.

Another announcement I have is that I have been nominated for the TechWomen100” list run by “We Are Tech Women”. I couldn’t believe it when I got the email to say I’ve been nominated, I was so surprised! I will find out on November 5th as to whether I’ve made the shortlist, and at that point I believe it goes to a public vote. If I get through then I will be asking all you lovely people if you wouldn’t mind voting for me, but I will cross that bridge when I come to it!

I also hope to be in a position to launch Venture CxO Insights and the membership packages side of things for the UK Cyber Security Association by the end of October all being well. More on this soon.

Blogging/Writing

Due to my starting work with Boost Technology Group and tying up a few things and some freelance work before I started, I didn’t have a lot of time for my writing and blogging in September. I did a handful of articles but not as many as I usually do. A couple of them are below:

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/what-comes-after-the-after-work-drink/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/battle-of-the-streaming-giants-netflix-vs-amazon-prime-infographic/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/achieving-a-hollywood-smile/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/boost-technology-signs-exclusive-partnership-with-changing-social/

My husband Russell of “RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd” also transformed my “Frankie’s Legacy” blog for me. “Frankie’s Legacy” is a blog I started in November 2013 when my much loved and much wanted son Francesco “Frankie” Enrico Ventura was born sleeping. To write and blog about it helped me to piece my shattered life together and come to terms with being an “empty armed mother”, that is, a woman who has given birth but has no living children. I am a member of a club I never wanted to be part of, the empty armed mothers club, and “Frankie’s Legacy” focuses on my membership to that club.

I am very happy with how “Frankie’s Legacy” looks and has turned out, and I am now working on tidying it up, getting the menu structure/categories right and ready to re-launch for Baby Loss Awareness Month in October.

I hope to be able to write more blogs and articles next month – all being well!

Personal and Social

I’m pleased to say that this month I was able to have a nice work/life balance and spend time with my parents, husband and some of my friends. I even managed to have a long weekend in Worthing staying at my cousins, which was just what I needed. I was so lucky that the weather was beautiful, sunny and warm the whole time I was there, it was the last nice weather weekend we had before it turned, and the autumn storms started.

It was lovely to hear the waves and walk on the beach in Worthing and Brighton, I enjoyed every minute of it. I planned to go to Worthing since around May but due to my Dad not being well I just didn’t want to be out of Worcester. As my Dad was finally starting to get a bit better, I felt I could be out of Worcester for a few days at long last.

I also had three days with my wonderful cousin from Milan and his wife, so I got to be a tourist in Worcester for a couple of days.

We visited the Cathedral, the Commandery, the Worcester Porcelain Museum, the city Museum and Art Gallery, the Tudor House Museum and we had a boat ride along the River Severn. It was fascinating seeing my city through the eyes of a tourist. We have so much to offer and so many lovely attractions, and I was glad to be able to make the most of them for a couple of days.

Another bit of good news is that my Dad’s health is finally starting to improve a bit! He finished taking Keppra on September 18 and is now solely on Epilim for his temporal lobe epilepsy. Unfortunately, he was still in and out of hospital due to his other condition, and may have to have a small operation, but we are waiting for him to be seen again by of his specialists about the way forward for it. Time will tell on that one.

The Month Ahead

October looks set to be a good month, it is my birthday on the 14th and I hope to be fully embedded into the team at Boost and my new role. Venture CxO Insights will be launched fully by then, as will the membership packages for the UKCSA, so it is shaping up to be a really busy and productive month for me.

It will be a busy month for films at the cinema in October, with 3 coming out that I really want to see – the new Johnny English film, the new Halloween film and of course “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the biopic about Queen and Freddie Mercury. It is “Bohemian Rhapsody” that I am looking forward to the most, and I have a feeling I will see it more than once in the cinema!

Until my next monthly review, I hope you all have a very happy and prosperous October.

Lisa xx

Article In Counter Terror Business Magazine

Article In Counter Terror Business Magazine

I’m delighted to share this article that I contributed to Counter Terror Magazine which talks about the growing cyber security threat, the types of threats that are out there, how sophisticated they are becoming and what can be done to combat them.

This is hopefully the start of more articles that I will be sharing on the subject as I work towards educating the business community and general public about the cyber security threat. Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility, and with more and more attacks occuring on a daily basis it has never been as important as it is today.

You can read the article here – http://www.counterterrorbusiness.com/features/how-protect-your-business-against-cyber-attacks.

Nominated for the “TechWomen100” 2018 List

Nominated for the “TechWomen100” 2018 List

I’m very excited and proud to announce I have been nominated for inclusion in We Are Tech Women’s “TechWomen100” list for 2018 for my contribution to the technology industry.

The We Are Tech Women “TechWomen100” Awards aims to recognise women in the technology industry who are champions for women in technology and the organisations who have designed and implemented successful initiatives and programmes in order to attract, retain and develop female tech talent. By highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female talent, the awards also aim to help create a new generation of female role models for the industry.

The “TechWomen100” awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way and are supported by leading organisations such as Worldpay, BAE Systems, Credit Suisse and Accenture.

I am absolutely delighted to find out that I have been nominated to be included in the 2018 “TechWomen100” list. Great progress is being made to help women shatter the glass ceiling and enter careers in the technology industry, and this forum is a great way of recognising and providing inspiration to other women who are considering joining the technology industry.

Nominations are open till 28 September 2018, with the shortlist announced on 5 November 2018. The winners will be announced on 10 December 2018 following a public vote. 

For more information about We Are Tech Women’s “TechWomen100” list for 2018 and how to nominate someone, visit https://wearetechwomen.wearethecity.com/techwomen100-awards-2018/.

Boost Technology signs exclusive partnership with Changing Social

Boost Technology signs exclusive partnership with Changing Social

In keeping with its aim of helping to improve the performance of tech companies, Boost Technology has today entered into an exclusive partnership with Office 365 Adoption & Change Management specialists, Changing Social.

The Partnership will see Boost exclusively promoting Changing Social’s comprehensive service capability to Resellers, MSPs and SIs and helping them co-sell it – giving them an out of the box and immediate capability to re-sell Changing Social’s portfolio.  Partners signing up to Changing Social’s Partner Programme can expect to see their customers increase their consumption of Office 365 and as a result boost their profitable annuities, customer stickiness and shareholder value.

Boost’s Managing Director, Darren Spence, explains, “We help a lot of front-line tech organisations develop more relevant and value-enhancing propositions this partnership is a natural extension of that journey as we are giving them a proposition in a box – all they have to do is promote it to their Clients – simple!  Working with Changing Social gives us the capability to increase our value to our Clients and more importantly their value to their Clients. 

We can now help tech organisations improve their market proposition, improve their market penetration, improve the capability of their sales teams and improve above the line and below the line profits.”

Steve Crompton, Changing Social’s Managing Director commented, “Changing Social is a Partner-First services business, so we wanted to find the right Partner to help us grow.  We are therefore delighted to be partnering with Boost in this way.  Boost’s position as an award-winning specialist Channel Services Group is unique and gives us a credible and capable channel through which to work with some great Partners.  Boost’s Marketing and Sales Training capabilities means we are more able to support our Partners by offering them all the tools and resources they need to grow their business, faster.”

Organisations interested in partnering with Changing Social should contact Boost today.

ENDS

Press Contacts
Darren Spence, Managing Director, Boost Technology, 07771 598 578. darren.spence@boost-performance.co.uk.

Steve Crompton, Managing Director, Changing Social, 07980 492 939
Steve.crompton@changingsocial.co.uk.

Image Supplied –  Steve Compton, Managing Director of Changing Social and Darren Spence, Managing Director of Boost Technology Group.

Notes for Editors

  1. About Changing Social
    Changing Social is a registered Microsoft Partner and a leader in adoption and change management for large and complex Office 365 projects. Changing Social consultants are certified PROSCI change practitioners, with prior experience in setting, up and scaling change programmes that result in user adoption across the Office 365 ecosystem. 
  2. About Boost Technology Group
    The Boost Technology Group is a registered Microsoft Partner. The business comprises of two companies, Boost Performance, and Boost Training (also trading as “Sales Gym 360”). The group aim is to improve the business performance of technology companies by revolutionising the “assisted sales & marketing” experience. 
  3. Darren Spence, Managing Director of Boost Technology Group and Steve Compton, Managing Director of Changing Social are both available for interviews or commentary upon request. 
  4. Photography and other imagery is available upon request.
August 2018 Review

August 2018 Review

I cannot believe that we are now into September, and that Christmas is fast approaching. As my Dad would say, it will soon be Christmas, and we can have some nuts! The cards and Christmas chocolates are in the shops already and the countdown to the big day has already begun. I remember when nothing appeared in the shops for Christmas until the end of October, it seems to be getting earlier and earlier every year!

This may be quite a short monthly update/review, mainly because I have spent a lot of time in August attending to some personal issues and matters which have involved a lot of paperwork and a lot of liaising with various parties to bring them to a conclusion. In addition to this my Dad’s health still isn’t great as he developed another problem that needs to be dealt with, so it has been quite a challenging month for me.

I have however had a chance to regroup, take stock and set myself some goals for the rest of the year. I do however realise that I need to be fluid and respond to changes as they happen. 

Work

I have continued with my freelance work and blogging but I am in the process of winding this down ready to take on a new role and move on to the next chapter of my career.

My platform Venture CxO Insights for the emerging C-suite roles is coming along well and I can’t wait to launch it. I have also done some further work on the UK Cyber Security Association.

Blogging/Writing

Due to the personal things that I needed to sort out and bring to a conclusion I have not had much time to write for my blogs as I would have liked. I have continued to contribute to MeDecoded this month, here are a couple of articles that have been included on the site from me:

https://www.medecoded.com/why-takethemaskoff-resonated-with-me/

https://www.medecoded.com/managing-autistic-burnout/ 

For Cyber Geek Girl I’ve continued to write when I can and I’ve hosted some collaborative posts, a small selection is below:

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/video-remembering-robin-williams-1951-2014/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/get-on-the-ball-about-whether-your-online-publishing-efforts-could-pull-big-profits/

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/what-to-do-when-business-profits-are-low/

My husband also gave my blog post formats an update, as shown on this blog I wrote earlier this year about the nuclear war film “Threads”:

https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/threads-closest-youll-ever-want-come-nuclear-war/

I also took part in a Tweetalong about the nuclear war related film “The Day After”. This was the USA’s answer to Threads but nowhere near in the same league or as terrifying. I love taking part in the Tweetalongs organised by journalist and writer Julie McDowall on the theme of nuclear war. I know is a very eclectic interest, but to me anything to do with nuclear war is fascinating!

Personal and Social

Again, due to the personal things I needed to sort out I haven’t been out very much, but I did manage to catch up with some of my good friends over coffee and dinner which was lovely. I hoped to get to the Worcester Festival and Cathedral Library in August but sadly I didn’t, but I did follow Fairport’s Cropredy Convention when it was on and played some Fairport Convention in solidarity with my friends who were there. Maybe next year, if things are a bit more settled, I will go!

The Month Ahead

I plan to spend September hopefully getting back into a bit more of a routine with my blogging and writing – fingers crossed!

Until my next monthly review, I hope you all have a very happy and prosperous September.

Lisa xx