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

Great opportunity to push ahead with your speaking career!

KZN Chapter Meetings May 2018

PSASA KZN Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, 15 May 2018

SICA’s Conference Facility and Hotel
19 Owen Ave Berea

Hello PSASA Members and Guests

I trust this finds you fabulous!

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 15 May 2018 meeting will focus on building stamina to succeed.

Members please send me your First Time Guest’s Name, Email and Cell so that I may send them a qualifying CODE for their bookings.

Our 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  capture all their golden nuggets that will add to you building stamina to succeed.

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

Join us at:

Venue:        SICA’s

Address:    19 Owen Ave Berea

Date:          TUESDAY 15 May 2018 

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

Cost:           First time Guests – no charge

R300.00 for non-members

R120.00 for spouses

Dress:        Smart business wear

Our Speakers are:


Anneme Coetzee

Vino Govender

Anneme Coetzee is a new member of PSASA.  Anneme speaks from the perspective and authority of being a Life Coach.

Vino Govender has just completed a trip to India which she relates to always being such an experience.  Whilst not currently a Member, I am hoping that Vino will find us irresistible and need to renew her membership. 



  • 17h30 to 18h00: Registration Table: Please sign in and make your menu choice
  • 18h00 sharp:
      • Welcome – Members Introduced
      • Members to introduce their Guests
      • Notices
  • 18h15 to 18:30:  Roger Knowles – AGM Formalities
  • 18h30 to 19h10: Anneme Coetzee – How Empowered are You?
  • 19h10 to 19h30: Break and Networking
  • 19h30 to 20h00: Vino Govender – “Perseverance Makes it Happen”
  • 20h00: Close of meeting
  • 20h00 to 21h00ish: Dinner, Drinks and Networking

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No, not attending

Members please note that you will now be asked to welcome your Guests to the meeting.  A little info about their background and their industry would enrich our meeting and our networking with them.

At the same time, Members, please remember to also introduce yourself to the meeting.

Guests, should you feel that there is a “fit” between yourself and PSASA Kzn Chapter, we welcome your questions.  Please do request an Application Form.  Hand your forms to Mel Gard.

Application Forms may also be downloaded at:

http://psasouthernafrica.co.za/ / home page / Application Forms.

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 feel free to make suggestions as to Speakers you would like me to ask to contribute to our meetings. I would need their full contact details, area of expertise and how you see them adding value to us as Speakers. 

So our 15 May 2018 meeting is just around the corner.  Please note that our next meeting will be back on track for the first Tuesday of June, being 05 June 2018. Please don’t let it sneak up on you given the short space of time between this meeting and the next.

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: 23 June 2018

PSASA Johannesburg Chapter Meeting - 23 June 2018

“Are you physically and mentally prepared?”

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Craig Govender (Proteas physiotherapist) and other members of the Proteas medical team will be interviewed by Michael Bratt (Journalist and PSASA Johannesburg Chapter Vice-President)

Come and learn why you need to be in the best physical and mental condition in order to speak and perform at your best and hear how what you can do to reach that level.

Throughout his career, self-labelled cricket enthusiast Craig Govender has always been linked to sports physiotherapy.

While studying at the University of the Western Cape, his physiotherapy Masters topic was “The implementation of a Lower Limb Injury Prevention Programme on Soft Tissue Injuries in Fast Bowlers”.

One of his first assignments was as physiotherapist for the National Men’s Volleyball team at the African Nations Cup in 2009.

He then moved on to stints with the National University Cricket Team for University Sport SA, Head of Medical for Physiotherapy at his alma mater the University of the Western Cape, the National Academy for Cricket South Africa, and the Highveld Lions.

His first interaction with the Proteas was in March 2013 when he filled in for Brandon Jackson as the Protea’s Physio for 2 ODIs against Pakistan.

Govender is currently the official Physiotherapist for the Proteas, a member of the CSA Medical Committee, a Physiotherapist at The BullRing operating out of Wanderers Cricket Club, and Director of the Wanderers Sports Medical Centre.

He lists one of his passions as prevention of lower back injury in young fast bowlers.

Kind regards,
Ian Bratt

Kindly RSVP by 16h00 on Thursday 21st of June for venue setup and catering preparation.

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Date: Saturday, 23 June 2018

Time: 08h00 for 08h30

Venue: Café Hemingway's, Kyalami Crossing. View map here.

Fee: R150 pp for PSASA members and R180 pp for guests.

Payment: Registration and Payment can be done using the online Quicket system at http://qkt.io/y0oP9Y

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.

Article Contributions

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Pretoria Chapter Meeting 20 June 2018

PSASA Pretoria Chapter Meeting - 20 June 2018

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 18:30

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Please join us on Wednesday evening, 20 June, 18:30 when we will be joined by Ian Hatton, who will be talking about Digital vs Physical Contact. The second half of the evening will be presented by PSASA’s national president Carl Schultz, talking about the Business of Professional Speaking.

Ian Hatton

Ian will be talking to us about Digital vs Physical Contact: great business relationships in a virtual world.

Do you know what a virtual fika is? Hint: it has nothing to do with proof of residence. As teams, leadership, coaching, facilitation, and even keynotes are going virtual, how do we retain the human element? Is it even possible?

In this interactive virtual session Ian Hatton will explore the world of virtual relationships. What is and isn’t possible – yet! In which ways is virtual contact better than face to face? Where does it fall short? And of course, he will outline the most important ingredients for a wonderful virtual fika…

Ian Hatton spent the first two decades of his career in the IT industry. Sixteen years ago, his fascination with people and leadership led him to reinvent himself as a facilitator, speaker and writer.  He helps clients get the most from their people in a changing world, delivering face to face and virtual sessions to a global audience. He values connection, liberty, and impact, and shares this passion through inspirational talks, training, coaching, and writing. Ian connects people and concepts, stimulates ideas and thinking, and challenges mindsets and perspectives.

Carl Schultz

Carl Schultz is the current National president of the PSASA.

For you to be a professional speaker you have to understand that this is a business and you need to build a rock solid business. Carl has been a lifelong entrepreneur and has started more than 20 businesses and owned three franchises.

He is going to be sharing what it takes to start and build a successful business. You will learn the three ingredients for success, the foundation for building a world-class business and how to identify and move beyond those anchors that might be holding you back.

“These are some of the things I wish I knew when I started my speaking career and I would love to shortcut your journey”

Kindly RSVP by Monday, 18 June 2018 for venue setup and catering preparation.

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Date: Wednesday, 20 June 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 http://qkt.io/OIvy5y

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.

Article Contributions

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Cape Chapter Meeting 11 June 2018

PSASA Cape Chapter Meeting

Monday, 11 June 2018, 18:30

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Join us for our June PSASA Cape Chapter Meeting to discover how to become a recognized expert in your field and gain more skills to build your speaking business. And that’s not all that’s on offer at our June event - read on to find out more… Looking forward to seeing you for another great event.

Lois Strachan

PSASA Cape Chapter President 2018/19.

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Enhancing Your Expert Status: Strategies and Techniques to Become the Expert in Your Field

With Douglas Kruger CSP

Let’s talk about experts. Let’s talk about distinguishing yourself. Let’s talk about building your brand.  

Four years ago, author and speaker Douglas Kruger published a book with Penguin Random House on the topic of positioning yourself as an industry expert. This year, in his sixth book with Penguin, he returns to the topic, but takes the idea one step further, asking: ‘What makes an icon?’

Join us as Douglas unpacks the world of high-level brand building, starting with the fundamentals - ‘How to become an expert’ - then delves into deeper waters: ‘How could you become truly iconic?’  

The talk will mix simple and practical ‘to-do’ items with deeper insights and philosophies about pinnacle performance in our industry. Although the book will only be launched in August, we’re getting an exciting  sneak-peak at the main ideas well ahead of time.  

Douglas is a Hall of Fame member of the PSASA. This year, he also earned the acclaimed CSP designation from the National Speakers Association.


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Every month we give one of our members an opportunity to shine – they have just 5 minutes to let us into the secret of what they do… and it’s a great way for them to showcase their value.

This month it’s Nicky Abdinor’s turn to shine…

Our Chapter Vice President, Ian Hatton will be facilitating a discussion on how to apply some of what we’ve learned to take our own speaking business to the next level. Our esteemed MC for this value packed evening is Chris Adlam.

Kindly RSVP by Friday, 8 June 2018 for venue setup and catering preparation.

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Date: Monday, 11 June 2018

Time: 18h30, meeting starts at 19h00

Venue: Venture Workspace, 11 Imam Haron Road, Claremont

The cost of this World Class Training plus a delicious meal:

  • FREE to all paid up PSASA Members – it’s covered by your annual subs – Please RSVP.
  • FREE to all First Time Visitors.
  • R300 per guest.
  • R120 for members' spouses.

Payment: Registration and Payment can be done using the online Quicket system at http://qkt.io/I2eoYm

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.

Article Contributions

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National PSASA Convention 2018 in Johannesburg!

XLR8 - Accelerate your Speaking Career

18 International Speakers and Entertainers

To register, click here.

Click here to download the programme.

Want to Grow your Speaking and Training Business?

Successful speakers from all over the world will be attending the PSASA Convention in April this year with the sole purpose of sharing their knowledge and experience with you. Sit side by side with multi million dollar speakers and find out how they made their millions. Book your convention ticket here

PSASA Convention at the Indaba Hotel

The convention this year is held in the Indaba hotel, Johannesburg. Well known for its excellent food and atmosphere and accommodation.

Attend the Pre-Con with Billy Selekane SAHoF CSP
Billy Selekane is one of the most successful Speakers in South Africa. Year after year he has made millions of dollars influencing audiences around the world. In the Pre-Con session Billy will be sharing with us his success model, going into detail about how we all can also develop our businesses to the same level. Book now for the $1 Million Blueprint. (How to build a sustainable speaker business in times of disruption). This session alone is worth 10 times the entrance fee and is a great way to start the convention. Book Here for the Pre-Con
Saturday sponsored by USB.
Dress up for the Gala Dinner on Saturday
The PSASA Gala Dinner and awards ceremony, is always the highlight of the convention. Tuxedos and traditional dress is encouraged but not obligatory. Television star Sunil Osman will be entertaining us along with Christian Heath playing throughout the evening. The Gala dinner is all part of the convention package. Book here for the convention.

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PSASA Gauteng Invitation: Seat-At-My-Table: 28 June 2018

PSASA Gauteng invites you to Seat-At-My-Table

Thursday 28 June 2018, 18h30 for 19h00
at the home of Justin Cohen



Dear PSASA Members and friends,

Justin will be hosting the June Seat-at-my-Table evening. During the evening you will mingle with fellow speakers and share many stories and ideas, great food and great company. The number of seats is limited, and are available on a first-respond-first-booked basis (only email response bookings will be accepted). The dinner is open to all members of the PSASA (partners/ spouses welcome). There is no charge to attend.

Here's how it works ...

The host opens the invites for as many seats around the table he/she can accommodate.

The host sets the menu and asks those who are attending to help contribute by bringing a bowl or drinks, etc. Please ensure that you bring enough to cater for the number of invited guests. This ensures that the host does not have a huge financial burden and spend days preparing.

If you accept the invitation and do not inform the host at least the day before the dinner that you are not attending, you will join the blacklist. The reason is that others who were turned away lose out and the host has short-catered. 

Date: Thursday, 28 June 2018

Time: 18h30 for 19h00

Venue: Near Killarney, Johannesburg (address and directions will be sent to the booked guests)

RSVP: trevorketler@ketler.co.za Please book your seat directly with Trevor. There are only a few seats available, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Online Meeting - 19 June 2018

The Value of Masterminds Charlotte Kemp
19 June 2018

Dear PSASA members and friends,

It is always wonderful to come across a technique that can help to elevate our lives that is simultaneously really valuable, highly recommended, costs nothing, and is sugar-free. Introducing Masterminds!

Masterminds are informal groups of people who commit to meeting together to support each other in the growth of whatever part of their lives is most relevant.

In this meeting, we will discuss the value of masterminds, how you can set one up and what progress you can expect to make while part of a group of likeminded, supportive and accountable colleagues.

Charlotte Kemp will present this session. Charlotte is a part of a women speakers mastermind which has been running for 3 years. Much of her progress in her career has come from the support, encouragement and shared learning of this group. Charlotte also uses masterminds professionally, running short term sessions within industries to either source leads, research information or to teach new content.

Click here to register

Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018

Time: 6.30 - 8.00 pm

Online on Zoom

Jim Rohn once said “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Raise your performance by choosing and working with 5 great colleagues.

The value of Masterminds

Cindy Pivacic: Save time on useless experiments -  I believe that networking in Mastermind groups provides a more intense look into the speaking industry and gives the participants an opportunity to share their successes and pitfalls and put into practice some of those skills, thereby saving time on useless pursuits.

Hani du Toit: Gain a Board of Directors - Belonging to a mastermind group has pushed me to expand my game and take on new ways of growing my confidence and my speaking business. I bring along my committed listening, my time, my curiosity and my candour and in return I have gained supporters, challengers, cheerleaders, a board of directors and even a few referrals. I highly recommend joining a diverse mastermind group with a shared goal you can strive toward together.

Lois Strachan: Challenged to think differently - When I joined a woman speakers mastermind I expected to be surrounded by a group of people who could understand the journey I was travelling with my speaking business. And certainly that is part of what I’ve received. Over and above that I’ve also found a place where I’ve been challenged to think differently, encouraged to action items I might not otherwise have done, been held accountable in a supportive and encouraging manner and, above all, been given space to share both my challenges and my successes. Being part of a mastermind has been both a positive and highly productive experience.

Aletta Rochat: Support for people working on their own - Being part of a Mastermind group is incredibly valuable. I leave each meeting with new ideas and tips. I feel supported, which is very important when you for yourself. Not to mention all the fun we have when we are together.

We look forward to sharing with you at this meeting.

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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.

Event Planner

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