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Glenda Hughes

Media / Public Relations Specialist

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Sporting Icon, Speaker

Humorous, Authoritive, Credible, Motivating, Insightful, Professional, Savvy, Inspiring

Sport, Strategy, Teams, Communication, Change, Inspiration, Marketing

Few people can match the multi-talented Glenda Hughes when it comes to personal drive and outstanding achievements. Wherever she directs her energies, Glenda excels, winning national recognition both as an athlete and a detective.  

Her experience with the New Zealand Police Department included investigation homicide, rape, robbery and fraud cases; personally escorting royalty; serving as a front-riot squad member and maintaining and analysing the file on the Rainbow Warrior affair. 

Glenda's athletic ability and interest led her to become National Shot Put Champion (and held the NZ Championship record) and in 1982 she represented New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games. This success brought continued media and public coverage facilitating Glenda to use her public relations skills as a radio-talk back host and television producer. 

Glenda has been a Producer/Director of Women Sports Series for TV3. As well as writing a weekly column for the Sunday Star, she went on to work for TV3's Mobil Sport program and was responsible for producing segments of TV3's Current Affairs Show. 

Glenda graduated BA with a double major in Sociology and Criminology, supported by communication papers from Victoria University. She is a guest lecturer in Marketing, Communication and Managing Change at Victoria University and is a Member of the Institute of Directors. 

Glenda relates to people at all levels with intelligence and humour and regularly consults with NZ business leaders - she is often called on to speak at business motivational seminars. 

As a media and public relations consultant Glenda is co-author of the Hillary Commission Media Training Manual and trains NZ elite athletes in presentation skills, media communications and a winning attitude. 

Glenda believes people are a valuable resource and explains the concepts of obtaining the best results from yourself and your staff. 

On the 22 July 2013 Glenda was appointed as Chairperson of the NZ Racing Board, and her professional skills, knowledge and expertise will complement those of existing Board members.

In August 2016 Glenda became a finalist (Board & Management category) in the prestigious New Zealand Women of Influence programme which aims to identify, recognise and celebrate influential women shaping New Zealand.

What you will learn from Glenda:

  • How to deal with other people’s socialisation. 
  • How to communicate successfully. 
  • How to be comfortable in a changing environment. 
  • Learn to examine and accept the things that drive us. 
  • Learn to examine and accept the things that drive others. 
  • Learn the key factors that are catalyst to assisting others to reach their potential.

Topics & Workshops:

  • Managing Change
  • Managing Personalities
  • How to get the Best from Your Staff
  • Conflict Negotiation
  • Dealing with the Media
  • How to Deliver Your Message
  • Successful Communication