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 XMAS Social 7 December 2017

PSASA Kzn Chapter
Xmas Social

Thursday, 7 December 2017
@ Delfi Greek Taverna


So, Join us at: 

Venue: Delfi Greek Taverna                                      

Date: Thursday, 7 December 2017 

Time: 7pm until home time 

Cost: PSASA Members and Guests are responsible for their own dinner bill.  Members are each credited with R100 sponsorship

Dress: Smart business / fun Xmas

Join our game of bringing with you two or three, or a whole long list of Speaker Suggestions.  Our WINNER will receive a gift for their contribution into the chapter.

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


Please book your seat via our website, here, by 10am Tuesday, 05 December 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 very much look forward to seeing you all there.  Yeah!!!  It is Christmas again.

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

Johannesburg Chapter Meeting 16 November 2017


PSASA Johannesburg Chapter Meeting: 16 November 2017

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Please join us on Thursday the 16th of November for a not-to-be-missed evening at which time we will learn about what it takes to being a professional speaker. Our speakers for the evening are Stef du Plessis and Dawn Klatzko. For those who wish to have a career as a professional speaker, this will be the most relevant meeting of the year!


So you think you want to be a professional speaker?  Stef du Plessis

In this session Stef du Plessis, founder of the PSASA, will share some of what he’s learnt from delivering 3,500+ presentations on 5 continents, and from building a practice that now focuses on big-fee, enterprise-wide workplace culture transformation programmes for some of the world’s most respected brands.

Along the way he has spoken on many of the platforms most envied by professional speakers the world over, while companies in 50+ countries have used and directly benefitted from his programmes.

If you are serious about building your speaking business, then this is a session not to be missed.

“You are the cheese in the sandwich”

Dawn Klatzko

Dawn Klatzko has been an Executive Business Coach and Motivational Speaker for the past five years.  This follows many successful and 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 experiences.

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

Dawn’s talk will provide perspectives on the demands that professionals who deal with the development of human capital and talent are facing today. She will also provide some practical suggestions on what coaches, mentors, facilitators and speakers can do to remain relevant.

Ultimately, Dawn will provide the audience with the opportunity to step back and gain a fresh perspective on the importance of the role that Speakers, Trainers and Coaches plays in today’s business environment.

Kindly RSVP by Tuesday, 14 November 2017 for venue setup and catering preparation.



Date: Thursday, 16 November 2017

Registration: From 18h15

Time: Dinner at 18h30, meeting starts at 19h00 and concludes at 21h00

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 Year End Function - 8 December 2017

Friday, 8 December 2017, 18:00

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 –
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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If you are looking for a seasoned Professional Speaker that will add serious value to your next convention, click here.