A Captivating Speaker
“Sue Pieters-Hawke is a captivating speaker who inspires and motivates her audience to positively tackle issues that arise in their personal and professional lives. She entertains and empowers with her sharp mind, quick wit and understanding of a broad range of topics. Her personal stories spark the imagination and make you feel anything is possible.”
Jackie Crossman, Crossman Communications.
Sue has that rare ability to stand in front of any audience and engage them due to her capacity to stay present and connected. She clearly enjoys the process of communicating with people, and is noted for her humour, her empathy, her pithy ability to present complex ideas in an accessible manner, and her ability to powerfully convey and evoke a range of emotions.
Sue has a repertoire of conversations and subjects where she weaves in heartfelt personal experience, up-to-date knowledge and masterful insight to bring the audience along on a journey of understanding.
“I think part of what I so enjoy about what I do is that to me, it’s not a static egoic process of ‘stand and deliver’, but rather a dynamic and respectful interaction between members of an audience and myself where we’re all open to learning from each other”
As a schoolgirl, Sue was nicknamed ‘Squawke’ for both her name and the fact that she rather enjoyed sharing her interests and opinions. She might have mellowed, and found she enjoys listening as much as speaking, but her kids might say otherwise not much has changed……
“When Sue Pieters-Hawke talks she commands your absolute attention. To a group she speaks with authority, strength, warmth and wit. As a listener she is attentive and absorbed. Sue is one of the most articulate, engaged and engaging people I’ve ever met.”
Guy Allenby, Author and Feature Writer
Sue’s office is always happy to discuss tailoring topics and presentations to particular audiences and occasions, and also Sue’s availability as a panel member, moderator, interviewer or MC
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Exploring the personal choices that can positively shape our own ageing and the social implications of these issues form the substance of my latest work in the speaking and writing arena.
Current knowledge tells us that, contrary to the bleak and powerless message of our inherited ideas of ageing, we actually ‘create’ our own ageing to a significant degree. Genes play a role, but epigenetics tells us that lifestyle and other choices affect how our genes play out. Neuroscience tells us so much about the importance of social connection, new learning, and other factors in creating a vibrant older age. Research has demonstrated the importance of maintaining exercise and activity as part of the road to health and strength in body and mind.
None of this is to deny that ageing does have aspects we cannot ‘control’ and may well prefer not to experience, but is, rather, saying two things: that the stereotypes ignore the positives that come with accumulated experience and maturity; and that cutting edge knowledge shows that we have far more influence over our ageing destinies than we may previously have thought.
We are, all of us, part of a pioneer generation heading into uncharted territory both personally and as a society. Longevity has almost doubled in only a couple of centuries! Really, the old drivers to our thinking and choices need no longer apply, we can be proactive in redesigning ageing. As with any such quantum change, the cliche “both challenges and opportunities” signifies yet understates the potential scenarios.
“How we care – especially for our young, our elderly, our disadvantaged, our ill and dying – speaks volumes about us as a society. Our capacity to care is a both a measure and an expression of the essence of our humanity, of our decency as human beings and of our viability as a community.”