Positive Speakers Bureau (PSB) October/November Update

2020 – a time of reflection and for new growth.
I feel we are all saying the same thing – what a year! For the PSB this was no exception. We had lots of postponements, then rebookings, only to be cancelled again and I commend the speakers for showing flexibility, adaptability – (zoom is now our friend), and resilience at such a challenging time. A big shout out to the organisations that continued to support us.

With just over a quarter of the talks this year than previous years, we maximised the time and our project resources to come together (online of course), re-group and strengthen our community. I am a big believer that in adversity comes an opportunity for growth.

Our well-timed, online training course – HIV Essentials has already had over 150 people successfully complete from a variety of backgrounds and understandings. We also know that friends and whanau of people living with HIV have accessed this to better educate themselves. If you haven’t already done it, please take a look and share it around.
For the HIV Essentials Online Course click here.

“Wow, I had no idea how little I knew! Very informative course. Really shows the gains that have been made and how so much misinformation is out there. Every person should take this course regardless of what they do for a living. The course is easy to get through and the information is laid out in small, manageable portions. Very interactive and engaging.”

In the last 3 months, we launched our PSB Webinar Series for Speakers which involved a number of well-regarded guest speakers, holding webinars and other online group forums on a variety of topics. So far we have had:

  • Dr Tawhanga Nopera from Waikato University share with us around the value of knowing our pepeha and as speakers, how this can help ground us and connect us to all the things that give us strength – wairua; and,
  • Amanda Fleming, author and personal development specialist shared her wisdom around planning a presentation and how understanding your audience will help us know how to better frame our messages.
  • Coming up in 2021 we have an international speaker and Kelly from Elephant publicity looking a media today.

Planning for 2021 is already well underway and we hope to see the return of some of our most cherished HIV events. We will be getting back to our talks, running a New Speakers Training Programme and continuing building our speakers’ skills and knowledge.

2020, you have been weird but I thank you for reminding us that everything we do is about people. He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. [What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people].