The Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) is the primary body for and home of Professional Speakers in Southern Africa. The PSASA and its members enjoy and maintain full membership accreditation to the Global Speakers Federation (GSF).

(Please join us at a chapter meeting before making the decision to join the PSASA - we would love to talk to you first about what you are looking for and what we have to offer)

Annual Convention - 13 to 15 April 2018 

KZN Chapter Meeting: Your Speaker Business - 18 Jan 2018

PSASA KZN Chapter Meeting

Thursday, 18 January 2018



Happy New Year to all our Members and Members’ Guests.  2018 promises to be a great year.  We have the whole world in the palms of our hands.  This meeting will aid you to grow YOUR Business so that you have a greater impact.

Please note THE CHANGE OF VENUE!!!  The Gateway was not able to assist us for this meeting.

The PSASA is the professional association for speakers in Southern Africa. It is the place to meet with and learn from some of the best Speakers, Aspiring Speakers, Trainers, Facilitators, Coaches, Educators and Keynoters.

Our members are versatile and diverse. They represent all aspects of the speaking industry. 

Our two speakers will pack this meeting with their expertise and tips to make growth in YOUR Speaker Business.  Make sure to bring a journal and pen with you so that you can capture all their golden nuggets.

This will be a hugely informative meeting, with high energy and much to take home for your implementation.

Join us at:

Venue:       The Kloof Country Club  - Upstairs conference room

Address:     26 Victory Road Kloof GPS -29.795815 / 30.826587

Directions: From Durban, M13, Exit 24 Abrey Rd, turn left of turnoff, at T Junction

                    turn left, at second T junction turn right, take first road left into Victory


Tel:             031 764 0555                                     

Date:          Thursday, 18 January 2018 

Time:         17h30 Registration for 18h00 sharp start.  Finish 21h30. 

Cost:          First time Guests – no charge

                     R300.00 for non-members

                     R120.00 for spouses

Dress:       Smart business wear

Click here to book

Our two Speakers this month are:

  • Ali Engelbrecht – The Silent Return on YOUR Investment
  • Jimmy Henderson Ph.D – What to Know when Planning to Write YOUR Book


  • 17h30 to 18h00: Registration Table: Please sign in and give in your menu choice
  • 18h00 sharp: Welcome to 2018 – “In One Word”
  • 18h15 to 19h00: Ali Engelbrecht
  • 19h00 to 19h15: Discussion:  New Venue and Day of the Month / Know your Why!
  • 19h15 to 19h30: Break
  • 19h30 to 20h15: Jimmy Henderson
  • 20h15 to 20h30: Golden Nuggets – take home implementation in to your Speaking Business
  • Back of Room Book Sales – with PSASA discount for the evening.
  • 20h30 to 21h30ish: Dinner, Drinks and Networking

Application Forms will be made available at the event.  They may also be down loaded from the PSASA website: www.psasouthernafrica.co.za / home page / Application Forms.          

Guests, should you feel that there is a “fit” between yourself and PSASA Kzn, we welcome your questions and request for an Application Form.  Please do make sure that you hand your forms to me so that they may be actioned.  

At this meeting you will be requested to vote on venue and day of the month for 2018.  Head office is strongly suggesting that we move to the Upper Highway area.

Our February Meeting Venue and Date to be advised given the feedback from this meeting.

Feel free to bring your marketing material with you to network.  Do remember your journals and pens to take notes – there will be lots of golden nuggets for you to capture and implement.  Of course, your open heart to contribute will just bring so much more to the meeting. 

A cash bar is available pre-meeting, at the break and at the dinner table. 


Please book your seat via our website, here, by 10pm Wednesday, 17 January 2018.

Payment: Registration and Payment can be done using the online Quicket system at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/39405-psasa-kzn-chapter-meeting-18-january-2018/

Upon completion of your registration you will be sent an event ticket, please ensure you are in possession of this ticket when attending the event.

Contact me, Barbara Johnson on 082 784 7656 if you have any queries.

Members, New Members and Guests, we very much look forward to seeing you all there.  

Owner - Leadership Dimensions Solutions (Pty) Ltd
President - Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa, KZN

Johannesburg Chapter Meeting: 18 January 2018

PSASA Johannesburg Chapter Meeting:
18 January 2018
18h15 for 18h30

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Please join us on Thursday the 18th of January 2018 for a phenomenal evening on “Meet our Hero CEO’s”, at which time we will be inspired by the CEO of Titan’s Cricket – Jacques Faul and the CEO at Momentum Financial Planning – Danie van den Bergh. Momentum are the sponsors of all one-day cricket in South Africa including the famous Pink Day internationals.

You have seen both of them on TV, working with and directly involved in promoting and developing some of our greatest Protea international and other local cricket hero’s. Now you get to meet these two gentlemen in person and hear what they have to say about their vision and skillsets in developing the brands and reputations of elite talent and highest performing individuals and teams.

This is going to be an evening like no other one before!

Just is little hint, if you are a cricket/sporting enthusiast bring along your family and friends.


Jacques Faul – Winning at cricket on and off the field

Jacques, has been a cricket executive for fifteen years. His achievements include establishing Senwes Park Potchefstroom as the busiest training centre for cricket teams in the world.

He was acting Chief Executive Officer of Cricket South Africa in 2012 after the Majola Bonus scandal. A very successful turnaround strategy resulted in Cricket South Africa contracting new sponsorship of almost R200mil.

Since 2013 the Titans Franchise have dominated cricket franchise competitions and won almost every single administrative accolade.

Jacques has taken the organisation to new levels, not only strategically but particularly in terms of results and popularity.

Jacques has a keen interest in Stakeholder Management and completed both a MBA dissertation and PhD Thesis related to Stakeholder Management in sport.

Winning in cricket occurs both on and off the field.

What does one require to be consistently successful at winning trophies? Winning includes sponsorship. What is the link between winning and sponsorship? Sport has a wide range of stakeholders. How will a federation manage their conflicting interests?

These are some of the points that Jacques, will touch on.

During his time as Chief Executive Officer, Northerns Cricket Union won the affiliate of the year for three consecutive years, with all entities being profitable. Titans have won seven trophies in four years.

During his time as acting Chief Executive Officer at Cricket South Africa, Jacques has assisted with a turnaround strategy after the Majola Bonus scandal.

His passion for the game and a high level of ethical conduct are what drive him to give of his best to the sport.

Jacques epitomises a truly inspirational hero CEO.

Danie van den Bergh – Friendship and Values in Business

Danie has worked in the insurance industry for 28 years. He started his career as a Legal Consultant after being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa, but soon realised that marketing was his passion and moved to Momentum in the role as a manager in the marketing department.

He has accumulated more than 23 years of Branding Management experience and a total of 18 years of experience on the Exco.

He has a proven track record of being strategic and the ability to operationally ensure that results develop into growth, particularly with the Proteas cricket team.

His ability to lead and collaborate is evident in his work history whereby he is always tasked to bring diverse teams together - in many instances under difficult circumstances. Danie has a very optimistic outlook on life and together with his passionate character can take on any challenge and effectively motivate any team to pursue excellence - particularly the Proteas cricket team and the Multiply Titans cricket team.

Danie totally embraces friendship and unity, values and places huge emphasis on the behaviour and skillsets needed that enable teams to successfully implement strategy. He also actively promotes the values and subsequent behaviours that are part of performance excellence.

Danie’s biggest strengths are his abilities to innovate and to think outside the box. He follows through by getting things done through implementation of his ideas.

Danie has built up credibility in the Financial Services Industry and in cricket around the world, to the extent that the Financial Mail recently referred to him as a veteran marketing guru. He has also established a significant network of relationships within the business and sporting environments in South Africa and abroad.

Irrespective of all of the above, Danie is a strong believer in remaining humble and follows the profound words by Jeff Bezos - the founder of Amazon.com “ It is easier to be clever than to be kind” and “Cleverness is a gift AND kindness is a choice”.

Danie epitomises a truly inspirational hero CEO.

This is our biggest scoop yet! Don’t Miss out!

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, 17 January 2018 for venue setup and catering preparation.

Click here to register

Date: Thursday, 18 January 2018

Registration: From 18h15

Time: Dinner at 18h30, meeting starts at 19h00

Venue: Hackle Brook Conference Centre, Conrad Drive, Craighall Park, Johannesburg 

Fee: Free for PSASA Members and Associates

R140 pp for Member/Associate partners | R300 pp for visitors

Payment: Payment can be made online using the Quicket system at


Upon completion of your registration you will be sent an event ticket, please ensure you are in possession of this ticket when attending the event.


Cancellation: Please contact the Secretariat - psasaservices@vdw.co.za
at least 48 hours prior to the event should you wish to cancel.

Pretoria Chapter Meeting: 26 January 2018


Friday, 26 January 2018, 07:00 - 09:00

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Please join us on Friday morning, 26 January 2018 at 07:00 – 09:00 when we will be joined by Executive & Business Coach and motivational speaker, Dawn Klatzko.

Dawn Klatzko has been an Executive & Business Coach and motivational speaker for the past five years.  This follows a few successful, exciting decades in the world of advertising where she ultimately headed up her own agency, film production and experiential marketing companies.

In 2012 she re-invented her career direction with the aim of sharing her entrepreneurial, business and brand building experience.

She published her first book in January 2017, The Art of the Suit, that is the platform she uses to share the reality of what it takes to create an environment for success in business.

Dawn will be sharing one of her presentations, “You are the cheese in the sandwich”, with us. This talk provides a perspective of the demands that professionals dealing with the development of human capital and talent are facing today. She also provides some practical suggestions on what coaches, mentors, facilitators and speakers can do to remain relevant.

Dawn’s aim is to provide you with the opportunity to step back and gain a fresh perspective on the importance of the role you have to play in today’s business environment. Ideal timing for the first talk for 2018.

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, 24 January 2018 for venue setup and catering preparation.

Prior booking is essential to arrange for catering.

Click here to register

Date: Friday, 26 January 2018

Time: 07:00 – 09:00

Venue: Woodhill Country Club (map here)

Fee: Free for PSASA Members and Associates

R140 pp for Member/Associate partners | R200 pp for visitors 

Payment: Registration and Payment can be done using the online Quicket system at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/39540-psasa-pretoria-chapter-meeting-26-january-2018/     

Upon completion of your registration you will be sent an event ticket, please ensure you are in possession of this ticket when attending the event.

Cape Chapter Meeting - Next meeting 10 July 2017

It seems as though the heavens are opening slowly for us, and the wet and cold weather is finally happening more frequently. It's definitely colder, and for many of us the golden lure of a crackling fireside and a steaming cup of coffee, (or a glass of wonderfully smooth and mellow Cab Sav, for that matter), is undeniable.

But it's also a time of hardship for many. Summer is known as the time of plenty, not winter. Many of our people suffer greatly at this time of the year.

And it seems that our current political landscape is creating a very lean time for many of us in the professional speaking game, too. I'm receiving, on average, two phone calls a day from speakers, both aspiring and apparently well established, asking where the work is.

So what to do? Well, a good place to start is to come to our next meeting on July 10th. Our international speaker is Aussie, Trish Jenkins, who is speaking about resilience (something we ALL need wads of right now), and our local speaker is Personal Finance Guru, Sylvia Walker, who will share with us her insights into financial resilience.

I'm also inviting you to bring along a blanket that you're not using, (or that you can afford to buy new, perhaps) which we will donate to 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, so that as a community of speakers who are telling our audiences how to live their best lives, we can also help those less fortunate stay a little warmer and perhaps help them need to be a little LESS resilient this winter.

I know you will open your hearts and together we can make a difference, if only a small one, if only in a few peoples' lives.

The food will be hot, the company and camaraderie heart-warming and the learning vital, so I look forward to seeing you on the 10th.

Stay warm and dry in the meantime!

Bronwyn Hesketh
Chapter President


Join us at Venture Workspace,  11 Imam Haron Road, Claremont at 18.30 for a 19.00 SHARP start for our monthly Chapter meeting on Monday, July 10th 2017

Guest Speakers:

Our Skype Speaker this month is
Trish Jenkins

Imagine discovering you've unwittingly worked for a con artist and have breached the Corporations Act. Prison was not on any lifetime “goal-chart" of entrepreneur Trish Jenkins, but IT HAPPENED!

In 2009 this wife and mother was TRIED and CONVICTED of a Corporate Crime, and INCARCERATED for 8 months - surrounded by many hardened and dangerous criminals.

The immediate result for Trish was TOTAL liquidation - including the LOSS of her family home and assets – absolute and complete ISOLATION from her family … friends … community… personal shame … recrimination …

Trish could have succumbed to misery, despair and helplessness but by refusing to remain a victim, instead she “Found personal treasures in the darkest of places”

Trish faced up to the razor-wire realities around her, unearthed immense resilience characteristics and discovered why “The strongest prison bars are the ones found in our head”

Trish is an authority on dealing with Cybercrime and identifying the warning signals of fraud. She is also an author of three books, a workshop facilitator on Leadership, Conflict Management and Relationships.

She will be speaking to us about “Lessons from the Lock-Up” Building YOUR Speaker-Business in Resilient Times

We will hear about resilient attitudes and skillsets required to

  • Maximise a niche market
  • Get international bookings and what that will do for your business

Being open with personal failures and victories that best serves your audience.

Our In-the-house Speaker is
Sylvia Walker

Sylvia has close on 30 years’ experience in the financial-services industry and spent a large part of her career as a marketing manager with a blue-chip company. She left the corporate world at the end of 2014 to pursue her interests further afield.
She has authored, co-authored and contributed to a number of books, among them Dealing in DeathEllen Pakkies and a Community’s Struggle with Tik and Steeped in Blood, the memoirs of Dr David Klatzow.

Sylvia is a financial planner, writes articles for online publications and conducts workshops on various aspects of financial literacy and planning.

She has a long history of working with major media (both print and radio) in South Africa and is currently the resident financial guru on the Cape Talk Early Breakfast Show, and is on air every Friday morning.
Her latest book, smartwoman, will be published in August 2017.

She will be speaking to us about
Get Real, Get Rid, Get Rich.

Money makes money they say, but most of us never seem to have enough of it!
The truth is that the financial decisions we make today have a direct impact on our lives tomorrow. And while we work hard for our money, is really it working for us? To get on the winning path, we need to face our realities, get rid of bad financial habits and invest wisely for the long term. We will examine the role of money, how we make wise decisions, and where and how to invest for success.







Don't forget to bring along your 45-60 second (ONLY, please!) snippet of advice or wisdom that you have either come across and would like to share or something that is working well for you in your business.

This was such a fantastic addition to our line-up last month, with so many valuable tools and wisdom shared, that we've decided to make it a permament feature on the meeting agenda.

It doesn't have to be something that will give away your competitive advantage in the marketplace, obviously, but just remember, you'll be giving one piece of advice or one idea away, and getting at least a dozen in return.

Podge Harrison will do MC duties for the night.



Every month we shine a spotlight on one of our members.
A brilliant - but brief - spotlight.

They get five minutes - and ONLY five minutes - to tell us who they are and what they do.

July's Five Minuter:
Sid Peimer




Free to all paid up PSASA Members
R300 for guests
R120 for members' spouses
(First Time Visitors attend
free of charge).

Also remember that dinner is included!

Book Your Seat Here

National PSASA Convention 2018 in Johannesburg!


The PSASA Annual Convention 2018

will take place from
13 to 15 April 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg

Online Meetings

PSASA ONLINE MEETING – 21 November 2017

How to be a profitable professional virtual presenter

Speaking colleagues, 

Please join us on our next online PSASA meeting where we explore a valuable skill for modern professional speakers. 

Ian Hatton is an experienced virtual presenter and a leadership expert, working with the Ken Blanchard Companies. 

Ian’s experience as a virtual presenter should be an inspiration to all of us who are speakers, trainers, content producers. He shows us two things: 

- How to present, virtually, online, in a professional and valuable manner for both us as the presenter as well as for the delegates. 

- How to earn an income, presenting virtually from anywhere in the world - at full fee! 

There is no reason that we speakers cannot connect with audiences in other parts of the world, share content with potential clients and audiences, conduct mastermind groups and more, using tools such as Skype or Zoom. 

I highly recommend this session and invite you to join us. And please feel free to pass this invitation on to colleagues and friends. It is not exclusively for members. 

Tuesday 21 November 2017 - 7 pm online via Zoom. Please register below to receive both a confirmation email and diary notification. The diary notification contains the Zoom code.

I look forward to seeing you online.

Regards, Charlotte Kemp


About our online meetings:

This meeting is open to all speakers, regardless of whether you are a member of PSASA or not.  There is no fee.  The meeting is held online, on the Zoom platform. A code will be sent to you before the meeting so please RSVP early.


Cancellation: Please contact the Secretariat – psasaservices@vdw.co.za
at least 48 hours prior to the event should you wish to cancel.

The PSASA was founded to help its members achieve excellence in their careers as professional speakers.

And, to uphold and maintain the highest standards of professional speaking to the benefit of its members and their clients.

Our members include experts who speak on many topics and in almost all industries.

Our members include:

  • Professional speakers
  • Conference speakers
  • Celebrity speakers
  • Business speakers
  • Keynote speakers
  • Motivational speakers
  • Humourists
  • Trainers
  • Authors

Who should join?

The PSASA is an Association for Professional Speakers (ie paid speakers) who are earning all  or a part of their income from speaking and training to audiences. Read more…


The PSASA has two Types of Members
The minimum qualifying criteria are set out. Read more…


Voices of Experience, a monthly audio CD, features interviews with the masters of the speaking business worldwide. These publications are mailed 10 times per year and are received by all Professional members. Candidate members may access the audio online and may download the magazine in PDF format. Read more …

Application Form

This application must be accompanied by:
1) Applicant’s signature on the Code of Professional Ethics
2) Membership category verification schedule and documents
2) Payment in full of initiation fee

Please complete the form, and type or print all supporting information clearly and submit to the National Administrator on fax number 086 245 7258. View Application Form

Other Forms

These are all the supporting documents to accompany your application. View other forms

Professional Speaker

If you are a Professional Speaker earning part or all of your income from speaking then the PSASA could be for you. Check out the benefits to your speaking business.

Aspiring Speaker

We also cater for aspiring speakers that wish to build a career as a Professional Speaker. Our monthly meetings add a lot of value to aspiring speakers. Learn about the difference between our levels of membership.

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