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, 16 November 2017

Take your Speaking Business
up a few notches

PSASA KZN Chapter Meeting
Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Gateway Hotel and Convention Centre
Twilight Ave Umhlanga


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, 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 your Speaker Business grow!  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.

Our two Speakers this month are:

  • Louisa Garland-Els – Inspiring Your Business Path
  • Trevor Clark – The Entrepreneurs Ladder


  • 17h30 to 18h00: Registration Table
  • 18h00 sharp to 18h30: Achievements of the Month
  • 18h30 to 18h35: News from Mini Convention and More – Barbara via video
  • 18h35 to 19h15: Louisa Garland-Els – Inspiring Your Business Path
  • 19h15 to 19h30: Break
  • 19h30 to 20h10: Trevor Clark – The Entrepreneurs’ Ladder
  • 20h10 to 20h30: Golden Nuggets – implementation for your Business Growth
  • 20h30 to 21h30: Dinner and Networking

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 whoever is running the meeting.  Here’s to us welcoming you to our next meeting as a New PSASA KZN Member. Application Forms will be made available at the event.  They may also be downloaded from the PSASA website: / home page / Application Forms.          

So, Join us at: 

Venue:       The Gateway Hotel, Convention Centre                                           

Date:          Thursday, 16 November 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. 

I will be in the USA, Las Vegas, learning even more about Blockchain technology and Bitcoin Mining.  All the preparation work for this meeting has been done by myself. I have access to the Speakers and the Attendees.  I would value your feedback on the meeting as well as your indicated interest in Membership.  Jessica Gounden will manage the meeting in my absence.  It’s all a part of our succession planning! Thank-you Jess. 


Please book YOUR seat and that of your GUESTS, by 5pm Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

This is the Link to use for both your Registration and Payment:

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.  Your guests’ tickets will also come to you given that you have registered them in.  Please advise them that you have forwarded their event ticket to them and that they too are to print it out and bring it with them. 

Contact me prior to Friday 10 November, on 082 784 7656 if you have any queries.  Alternatively, please call Jessica Gounden on 081 210 2471.

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

Happy Meeting, Barbara


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 Meeting - 15 November 2017

PSASA Pretoria Chapter Meeting Invitation
Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 18:30

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Please join us on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 when we will be joined by Image and Style coach, Sunet Vermaak.

Sunet Vermaak has been in the Image Industry for the past 10 years. She has a no-fuss, practical approach to style and fashion. Sunet has extensive on-stage and on-camera experience and has contributed to multiple magazine  and newspaper features – Huisgenoot, Finesse, Destiny Man, Die Burger, Get-it to name a few. Sunet has worked on the set of Glam Guru, Kyknet for the past 8 series and presents the style segment on Glam Guru on Kyknet. She has also featured in a few programmes aired on Kruiskyk TV. Sunet has presented workshops for over 40 corporate companies including Momentum, ABSA, Cell C, The Reserve bank and many more and is seen and respected as a leader in the industry.

Sunet is also owner and director of a few companies.  Image and Style Coaches SA focuses on the training of image coaches in the Image and Makeup industry. The upliftment of women to empower families and communities. Style School SA is programme aimed at high school teens to empower them with knowledge in style, makeup and hair. Upon completion that can start earning money and be qualified as Fashion Stylists. Vanilla Moon, focusing on accessories specifically scarfs which are made in South Africa, focusing on job creation and last but not least Style Designory, a boutique hair salon focusing on the ultimate style solution – hair, makeup and style.

 All of these are under the umbrella of StylGuru SA focusing on consulting with corporates, executives and small business entrepreneurs who want to improve their personal branding and the face of the business. She believes that the employees, front desk and representatives determines the success of the business. That the way they look and create first impressions already gives customer satisfaction and not the business card, logo and smart fonts used on business stationary. Customers buy into people and decides within the first 30 seconds if they want to do business with you or not. 30 valuable seconds that cannot be wasted by unappealing appearances.


Kindly RSVP by Monday 13 November 2017 for venue setup and catering preparation.

Prior booking is essential to arrange for catering.

Date: Wednesday, 15 November 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 – 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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