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: Loving Speaking - 13 February 2018

PSASA KZN Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sica’s Conference Facility and Hotel
19 Owen Ave Berea

Hello PSASA Members and Guests

February has now arrived, oh so very quickly.

We are in the phase of Membership Drive by way of relocating to a new venue and changing the day of our monthly meeting. 

Whilst this February meeting falls on the second Tuesday of the month (give Speaker availability at such short notice) we will be meeting March through to December on the first Tuesday of the month.  Please diarise now to prevent future confusion.

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. 

Please Wear Red for our meeting – its Valentine’s day the following day!

This month we are in for something novel – a Panel Discussion!!

Our Panel Speakers will pack this meeting with their expertise and tips to make for growth in your Speaker Business.  Make sure to bring a journal and pen with you so that you can capture all their golden nuggets that will add to you Loving Speaking.

Your timeous arrival, your contribution and quality of interaction will all add to the flavour, learnings and the spirit of the evening, as we work together to encourage new memberships.

Join us at:

Venue: Sica’s

Address: 19 Owen Ave Berea

Directions: From Durban, M13, Toll gate Ridge, Exit 3, turn left at turnoff and then again at first left.  The Ecology Unit and Post office will be on your left - at those robots turn left into Bidston Rd.  Travel 100ms, see a grass island and big gates – you have now arrived at your destination. 

Date:          TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 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


No, not attending

Our Panel Speakers are:

AND we are in for a further treat!

Our very own Mel Gard will be chatting to us about LinkedIn for our Speaker Business – you just got to be Loving Speaking!


  • 17h30 to 18h00: Registration Table: Please sign in and give in your menu choice
  • 18h00 sharp: Welcome

In max of 5 words: “What are you Loving about your Speaking Business?”

Yes/No vote on Venue

  • 18h15 to 19h00: Mel Gard - LinkedIn
  • 19h00 to 19h15: Break
  • 19h15 to 20h15: Panel Speakers
  • 20h15 to 20h30: Golden Nuggets – take home ideas to put you’re your Loving Speaking Business
  • 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: http://psasouthernafrica.co.za/ / home page / Application Forms.          

Guests, should you feel that there is a “fit” between yourself and PSASA Kzn Chapter, 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.  

Feel free to bring your marketing material with you to network.  

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 Monday, 12 February 2018.

Payment: Registration and Payment can be done using the online Quicket system at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/40641-psasa-kzn-chapter-meeting-13-february-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 and Guests, we look forward to learning together into Loving Speaking.


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

Johannesburg Chapter Meeting: 22 February 2018

PSASA Johannesburg Chapter Meeting: 22 February
18h15 for 18h30

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Please join us at our NEW VENUE in Sandton (2 Sandown Valley Crescent) on Thursday the 22nd of February 2018 for a phenomenal evening with SILKE KAISER and GILAN GORK. It has been dubbed an evening of wonderment, so get your ticket and be expectant to be wowed!  




Silke Kaiser has been conducting polygraph testing for over a decade. Her career has taken her to the forefront of the crime wave that is sweeping South Africa.  She has polygraphed for theft, fraud, home and business invasions, murder, arson and has worked extensively on farm attacks.  She gained great insight into the motivation of crime, the causes of crime, victimology, and the unique factors that play a part in crimes being committed in our land.

Silke published her first book, Gotcha, two months ago. This book is based on actual polygraphs that she conducted.  She will release a further two books this year. 

Silke's talk will give you a unique insight into her work.   Farm attacks will of course be included, and this is sure to be fascinating.   She will also reveal why women become involved in priority crimes, as well as many other interesting, and lesser known facts as to how crime is organised in South Africa.

The audience will be greatly enlightened as to how crime is organised.  Silke will also provide tips on how to keep yourself  and your loved ones safe.



Gilan and his team at The Influence Institute believe that everyone has ideas, products or services that deserve attention.

“We want to empower people with the ability to get the buy-in, agreement or support they need from others, so they can reach their highest success”, says Gilan.

With his team he creates unique learning experiences that help people lead, sell, market and inspire on a new level.




Gilan provides practical principles and techniques through talks, shows, courses and content, delivered in his distinctive mentalist style. He has presented in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, America and Europe, and he’s the author of the bestselling book Persuasion Games.

In this special session for PSA SA Gilan will share the number one skill that has helped him build his speaking career. He might even demonstrate some of the mind-blowing mentalist feats from his Mentalist Experience show – an intelligently entertaining experience in which Gilan demonstrates phenomenal abilities of influence, thought-decoding, psychological persuasion and even predicting audience's thoughts before they've realised they will think them!

Learn more about Gilan, and what you can expect, at www.gilangork.com

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, 21 February 2018 for venue setup and catering preparation.

Click here to register

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018

Registration: From 18h15

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

Venue: 2 Sandown Valley Cres, Sandown, Sandton 

Fee: Free for PSASA Members and Associates

R180 pp for Member/Associate partners | R320 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: 15 February 2018

Thursday, 15 February 2018, 18:30

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Please join us on Thursdsay evening, 15 February 2018 at 18:30 when we will be joined by Ross Saunders and Dr Maureen Tong.

Ross’ passion lies at the intersection of business, technology, and people; he believes that the successful management of the three is the sweet spot to making your business tick. His experience and roles have ranged from beginnings in a call-centre through to managing global teams in both software support and software content development.

Ross has a passion for sharing his knowledge and does so as a facilitator for students in the ‘ICT Management’, ‘Systems Management’ and ‘Management of Technology’ fields at the Da Vinci Institute. He also speaks on these subjects at various industry events and conferences. Due to his experience in the technology industry, he has had the privilege of serving as an adjudicator for the Technology Top 100 (tt100) awards.

Ross holds a Master’s Degree in the Management of Technology and Innovation, and is a certified Managing Successful Programmes practitioner. He believes in using a systemic approach to business and technology in that everything is connected and no function should be seen in isolation. He has a keen eye for new developments and is a firm evangelist of using modern technologies in business.

In this talk, Ross will expand on the topic of data privacy and information security for speakers – a topic that is becoming increasingly important in the current technology landscape. He will delve into subjects such as encryption, protecting yourself from threats, and how to spot phishing mails and scams in an increasingly complex technological world.

Dr Maureen Tong is a coach, professional Speaker, an international lawyer, a published author; an academic and a business woman. She holds a PhD in international law from the Université de Strasbourg in France, where she successfully defended her thesis in French.

A former senior civil servant, she served as the first Chief Operations Officer (COO) at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform; as Chief of Staff at the Ministry for Agriculture and Land Affairs; and as Operations Manager at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She previously served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) at the University of Pretoria.

Dr Tong worked as Project Officer for Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Namibia at the African Management Services Company (AMSCO) implementing the African Training Management Services (ATMS) a Project of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UNDP. AMSCO’s objective is to empower private companies in Africa to become globally competitive. She served as Research Manager at the Women’s Development Bank (WDB) Trust and as Chairwoman of the Board of the YWBN Corporate Finance Institution (CFI), which is working towards becoming the first majority women-owned Mutual Bank in South Africa.

She is the former Chairperson of the Board of the Health Systems Trust (HST). She is currently the Chairwoman of the InvesTong Group; Executive Chairwoman of Kutlwelo Resources. She has many years of experience as a researcher, trainer and facilitator. She has facilitated at several international seminars and conferences. She established the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) and served as Project Manager for the establishment of the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library (TMPL). She is a sessional lecturer at Wits Business School (WBS) where she teaches Leadership, Cultural Intelligence, Talent Management, Diversity and Change Management.

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, 14 February 2018 for venue setup and catering preparation.

Prior booking is essential to arrange for catering.

Click here to register

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2018

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 https://www.quicket.co.za/events/40675-psasa-pretoria-chapter-meeting-15-february-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

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 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg

Online Meetings

PSASA ONLINE MEETING – 6 February 2018



Dear speaking colleagues

It would be great to see you at our first online meeting of the year where our speaker is Chris Voysey.

Become a compelling speaker by the better use of your voice

As speakers are we there to educate or to entertain?  The answer is ‘Both!’  People today need information but they also want to be entertained, particularly as we are all exposed to so much compelling communication of one sort or another. 

One of the most important ways for speakers to become more compelling themselves is through the creative use of the voice.  It is your greatest resource. It is the instrument through which you make a connection with your audience. So, how is that so many people simply ignore their voices?!  The responsibility of any speaker is to use his or her instrument more effectively.  Understanding the Big 5 of Vocal Power helps us to do that.

Chris Voysey spent some years in the theatre and the business world before moving into training and speaking on the topic of ‘Finding your Voice!’. He holds qualifications in English and Speech and believes that one’s personal brand comes mainly from an exceptional ability to communicate well with others.

Meeting details:

Online via Zoom - details will be sent in a calendar event

Tuesday 6 February

7 - 8.30pm The extra time is for networking with each other.

Please RSVP using the link to the PSASA Homepage. You will receive two notifications - one confirmation and one diary date. The diary date will have the Zoom code.

See you there.

Regards, Charlotte Kemp

082 491 9252


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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