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)


KZN Chapter Meeting, 19 October 2017

Speakers Professionalise from the Inside Out

PSASA KZN Chapter Meeting
Thursday, 19 October 2017
The Gateway Hotel and Convention Centre

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 for your Speaker Business growth!.  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.

We are privileged to welcome our four new Members as well as several guests from our Launch meeting last month who are also considering Membership.  We believe that there will be a number of new guests attending this month!

Our two Speakers this month are:

  • Pauline Dalais - The Voice – Your musical Instrument and
  • Mike Sanders - Finding your Why for your Speaker Business



  • 17h30 to 18h00: Registration Table: Mel Gard – brand new member getting involved!!! Thank you Mel.
  • 18h00 sharp: Welcoming of New Members: Mel Gard,  Moonsamy Pandaram Anneme Coetzee and Trevor Clark
  • 18h10 to 18h45: Achievements of the Month
  • 18h45 to 19h15: Pauline Dalais – The Voice – Your musical Instrument
  • 19h15 to 19h30: Break
  • 19h30 to 20h10: Mike Sanders – Finding your Why for your Speaker Business
  • 20h10 to 20h30: Golden Nuggets – take home implementation in to your Speaking Business
  • Back of Room Book Sales – with PSASA discount for the evening. Thanks to Mike Saunders
  • 20h30 to 21h30ish: Dinner and Networking

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

To our New Members, we are delighted to have you become a part of this family of Speakers. You will assist us to further develop our culture of sharing openly with each other.  

Guests, you are warmly welcomed to our meeting.  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 form in to a Member so that it may be actioned.   Here’s to us welcoming you to our next meeting in November (16th 2017) as a New PSASA Kzn Member.

So, Join us at: 

Venue:       The Gateway Hotel, Convention Centre                             

Date:          Thursday, 19 October 2017

Time:          17h30 for 18h00 sharp, until 21h30 

Cost:           First time Guests – no charge

                     R300.00 for non-members

                     R120.00 for spouses

Dress:        Smart business wear

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.

Whilst I will be at the PSASA Johannesburg Mini Convention, my thoughts are certainly with you all.  All the background work to get this meeting up and running has been done by myself.  So, I will get to see all those who attended the meeting and all those interested in Membership.  Glenda Slade will manage the meeting in my absence.  It’s all a part of our succession planning! Thank you Glenda. 


Please book your seat via our website, here, by 5pm Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

Payment: Registration and Payment can be done using the online 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. 

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

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


Johannesburg Chapter Meeting 12 October 2017

PSASA Johannesburg Chapter Meeting: 12 October

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Please join us on Thursday the 12th of  October for a fascinating evening at which time we will be enlightened and inspired by the talks of Emile Raubenheimer and Joey Evans.


Emile Raubenheimer - Greater than the Sum

Emile is an avid entrepreneur, speaker and executive coach. His passion for helping people inspired him to start a capital and advisory business – Siyon Capital, in 2015.

Siyon Capital exists to empower entrepreneurs with funding, expertise and coaching to create radically successful businesses that impact the globe. They address unemployment and economic growth by giving entrepreneurs all the support they need.

Entrepreneurs in today’s economy are faced with increasing pressure to innovate. Can anyone innovate? What does it look like? How do we get it right consistently? These are the pressing questions Emile will address.

The talk will help you understand the vision and value of your business, where you want to go, and how to get there. It will challenge your current models and inspire you to think in new ways. It will equip you with the tools to capitalise on the immense opportunities available to speakers, trainers, coaches and facilitators right now, and new opportunities about to break through the horizon.

He enjoys sharing his thinking and experiences as he guides start-ups and established businesses to realise their full potential.

He is a firm believer in African solutions for Africa - and the world.

Joey Evans - Determination in the Face of Insurmountable Odds

Joey has always been a keen sportsman and up for an adventure, has run several marathons and ultra-marathons, hiked the fish river canyon, finished the Roof of Africa enduro, raced in the Botswana desert 1000 and ridden his dirt bike throughout South Africa as well as Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Lebanon and Morocco.

Joey shares a message of determination in the face of insurmountable odds. His presentation will leave you with a new perspective on your own challenges and the renewed drive to chase your own goals and dreams.

Joey had a dream to race his motorbike in the Dakar Rally. A race considered to be the toughest off-road race in the world that has claimed the lives of 70 people over its 39 year history. His dream was shattered when in 2007 during a local race in South Africa he was hit by another biker and amongst other serious injuries broke his back, crushing his spinal cord leaving him completely paralyzed from just below his chest. The injury was diagnosed as a T8-T9 incomplete spinal cord injury with about a 10% chance to walk again. 

It took nearly 10 years with many challenges, successes and lessons learnt along the way, but on the 2nd of January 2017, Joey lined up as a competitor at the start of the Dakar Rally in Asuncion, Paraguay.

The unbelievable events that followed during those next 9000km across South America tested him beyond what ever could have been imagined.


Kindly RSVP by Tuesday, 10 October 2017 for venue setup and catering preparation.

Date: Thursday, 12 October 2017

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 for Member/Associate partners | R300 per person 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 -
at least 48 hours prior to the event should you wish to cancel.

Pretoria Chapter Meeting - 18 October 2017

PSASA Pretoria Chapter Meeting Invitation
Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 18:30

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Please join us on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 when we will be joined by two great speakers, Gavin Prins and Taryn-lee Kearney.


Gavin Prins is Founder and owner of Red Dot Public Relations. He has worked in the media industry for 14 years for various newspapers and was appointed Deputy Editor of Heat Magazine. It is here that he met with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars like dinner with Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey, a finger lunch with singer Celine Dion and actress Charlize Theron as well as afternoon tea with Princess Charlene of Monaco and US pop star Justin Bieber. He was also a Television presenter having presented a TV show “Tongelos” on kykNET for five years.

Gavin Prins

Prins is also a published author who wrote “Behind the Headlines – Joost and Amor” - book that quickly climbed the top sellers’ list just days after hitting the shelves.

After 14 years, he decided to venture into Public Relations and started as a Publicist at one of SA’s biggest Communications Agencies. After a year and a half, he started Red Dot Public Relations – the PR home to the Serial Entrepreneur.

Prins was awarded the 2012 iKusasa Journalist of the Year Award and was also named by Mail & Guardian newspaper as one of the Top 200 Young Professionals with whom you must have lunch.

Taryn-lee Kearney

Founder of aHa! Training and Development, Taryn-lee is passionate about people development. She has over 6 years training experience.

She has a BA (Health Sciences and Social Services) in Applied Psychology for Professional Context. She is an accredited NBI Thinking Preference practitioner, developed by Dr Kobus Neethling.

Through her sessions, she offers a fun and interactive learning experience that is bound to captivate and motivate any individual who needs to bring back the zest into their lives or company culture/environment.


Specialising in public speaking, and professional training she aims to inspire individuals who wish to gear-up for success and self-improvement.

Through her own journey of self-discovery, Taryn-lee has gained valuable life experience in a wide variety of fields ranging from hospitality to psychology. Showing a strong sense of leadership and determination from a young age,

 She continues to cultivate and grow her team; business; and life skills to become the successful businesswoman, mentor and business coach that she is today.

Taryn-lee is also a working mother of a busy toddler, which on its own should be considered a superpower! Oh, and did we mention Taryn-lee can cook, too?! Especially when it comes to Moroccan cuisine. Find out more about Taryn-lee at www.TarynleeKearney.


Kindly RSVP by Monday 16 October 2017 for venue setup and catering preparation.

Prior booking is essential to arrange for catering.

Date: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Registration: From 18h15

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

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

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 – 24 October 2017


PSASA Online Meeting with Phillipa Mitchell

Dear speaking colleagues

We invite you to an exciting conversation about our second favourite subject as speakers - writing books!

Phillipa Mitchell is an author, writer, ghost writer, specialist book seller, editor and proof reader.

If there is anyone who can give you insight into how to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper (virtual or real), then it is our guest. Phillipa will give us clarity on ghostwriting, and help us to understand the value of publishing - with both traditional and with indie publishers.

Bring your questions, but not your manuscripts please, to this online meeting and lets learn about writing.

Tuesday 24 October 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 –
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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