Enhanced communications skills are set to be front and centre as part of Pūhoro’s commitment to professional development in a new partnership with Shelly Davies.
Shelly is a communication consultant of Ngātiwai, Ngāpuhi, and Ngāti Porou descent, known internationally for her unconventional and irresistible work in the field of plain language and clear communications.
The new partnership will give Pūhoro kaimahi access to Shelly’s online learning platform, The School of UnProfessional Writing. The platform is designed to help people become better writers by breaking down the traditional rules of writing and building confidence.
“As Pūhoro matures, it’s important we continue to develop our capabilities in a way that will best serve our rangatahi and our stakeholders. The partnership with Shelly is fundamental in allowing us to grow as an organisation. We are extremely grateful to benefit from Shelly’s unique skill set and to work alongside like-minded professionals who support our by Māori, with Māori, for Māori philosophy,” said Kemp Rewiti acting Manahautū.
“Since the formation of the kaupapa in 2016, Pūhoro has held bi-annual planning sessions that help identify areas for professional development. From these sessions, communication has emerged as an opportunity for growth and we are excited to leverage this partnership in a way that commits to the capability improvement of our kaimahi,” he said.
Shelly has worked with organisations across Aotearoa and internationally to help improve their communication strategies and practices. With decades of experience in writing and communication, she is also a frequent public speaker and has presented for TedX.
“The way we’ve always done it just isn’t working anymore,” says Shelly. “And as our people’s presence in STEMM gets stronger, I can make sure that our voices are getting stronger, too.”
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