The World's first Joyologist, Pat Armitstead, will present a workshop at Northcross Intermediate School Auditorium – Sartors Ave, Browns Bay, on 1st November, 2006 at 7pm – 10.30. Tickets will be sold through Ticketek. This event is a fundraiser for “Women and Grief Home Care Organization”, a non-profitable organization which supports the community going through grief and after bereavement, this is a free service supporting a community.
An Australian who has been living in New Zealand for eight years she says she is delighted to be invited to contribute to the organization a program called Laughter is the best Medicine.
New Zealand’s leader in the Science of Positive Psychology and Humour in the Workplace, she has a CV that’s not to be laughed at! Included in her giggliography are some ground breaking achievements, testimony to her ability to successfully combine her business acumen, creativity, and wit. In 2006 she hosted New Zealand’s first Humour in the Workplace Awards and is preparing now for their second, which will fall on World laughter Day, May 7th 2007.
Initially a NSW Registered Nurse she worked for 16 years in Education and Management roles and was part of the group of nurses in NSW that took nurse education out of hospital based training and into Universities.
In 1989 she founded her own Advertising Agency, Take One Productions and won many awards including the NSW Northwards Tourism Award, Media Section and an award from Cacharel in Paris. She has presented over 11,000 hours of keynotes, workshops, seminars and lectures reaching an astounding 55,000 people throughout Australasia.
With a personal vision of inspiring others to live into their life purpose and direction with humour and joy, she has presented over 300 humour-based programs in the last 3 years. The first “honours graduate’ from her own Humour-versity, the Department of Humour Resources, she is not fazed by the World Health Organisation statistics that predict depression will be world health burden number 2 by 2020.
She says we can transform global pessimism to optimism through the development of high trust environments where people perform to optimum having fun doing what it is that they love. Vivacious and empathic, she gets more smileage out of her encounters by turning lemons into lemonade and aims to do the same for her clients.
Pat uses a unique combination of
Joyaudit©, Joyprogramme, Joycoaching© and
Joyevents© to achieve specific objectives, improvements
and outcomes in all levels of management, leadership,
customer service and sales. .
These strategies utilise humour and positive psychology as Joyagents to produce Joystates. As a result the workforce is energised and motivated, individual and group confidence is elevated, and morale and team spirit is reinvigorated which creates a new model for ongoing harmony and unity.
Her clients in NZ include Coca Cola Amatil, Royal Australasian Society of Paediatricians, Fairfax ltd, The Diversional Therapists Association, Child Heart Foundation, Bayleys Real Estate, Fertility NZ, Martin Personnel, Fairfax Ltd, Epiphany, National OSH Society, Arthritis Foundation, Professionals Real Estate, Mercy Hospice, Carich NZ, University of Auckland, IAL, The Mental Health Association Workforce, and Lupus Trust.
She has a regular column in the Auckland Business to Business newspaper, has a weekly Joy spot on Auckland radio, and has appeared on National Television and been featured in many magazines and newspapers.
She was President of the National Speakers Association NZ 2001, The Most Awarded Speaker at the 2000 NSANZ Convention and 2002 NZ Speaker of the Year. She has convened two International Conventions for the National Speakers Association of New Zealand and has toured internationally with Dr Patch Adams and is writing her first book entitled “Once were Worriers”. She is the only person besides Patch Adams to have a written Love Strategy!
She was runner up in the Entrepreneur section of the NZ Sales and Marketing Institute awards 2005 and is now a Director on that same board. A member of the United Nations NZ, she intends to address the United Nations on Engaging with Intimacy.