Are you looking for a public speaker?

If you need a speaker for your upcoming meeting or event – I’d love to help!

I am an enthusiastic, confident and experienced speaker, who regularly presents to a variety of groups, including Rotary, U3A, Friendship groups, retirement village residents, care home residents, and more.

My popular talks include:

Never Forget – during my book talk you will learn about all of the incredible people whose true stories of their experiences during World War II feature in Never Forget. The talk is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, featuring WWII images from the the story subjects’ private collections.

The Uniting Canterbury Women story – how I became an ‘accidental’ social change activist, when I co-founded Uniting Canterbury Women after the tragic terror attack in Christchurch on 15 March 2019. Uniting Canterbury Women celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and provides safe spaces in person and online for women of all cultures in our community to connect and communicate. 
Visit the Uniting Canterbury Women website or Facebook page to learn more.

Writing Life Stories Mini Workshop – in this one hour workshop, you will discover the reasons why our personal and family stories are so important, and learn some of the top tips I share during my comprehensive Writing Life Stories Your Way workshops.

Pink Ribbon – in 1999/2000, my mother and I had a shared cancer journey, which included having chemotherapy and attending the Look Good Feel Better programme together. As well as honouring my later mother, this talk shares the lessons and blessings I gained from this very challenging time.

Journaling for Wellbeing – during this one hour workshop, you will learn about three different styles of journaling – how they can help us to process our thoughts and feelings, record our daily lives, and prepare for writing longer form stories. 

Ready to learn more or book me for your next meeting or event?

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Feedback about my Never Forget talk

“Jo is one of the best story tellers I have heard. She not only knew about her subjects' wartime stories and experiences, she knew the people in the present, which added to the whole experience. You could see that she cared and was invested in her talent. She told the stories in such a way that you felt like you personally knew the people too. I think it is so important to have people like Jo tell these kinds of stories – we need to be educated on things that happen today but also in the past. A lot happens today because of hundreds of years of work by people who don’t always get recognised. Jo is bringing to light some of these stories of hard work and suffering for our greater good – what a gift!”
Maegan Thompson
Head of Activities Burlington Village