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).

Join us as a guest at our next chapter meeting

(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)

Cape Chapter Meeting - 11 July 2016

Our guest speaker this month is Leon Lategan

Leon has been involved in Internet Marketing since 1999 where he cut his teeth as the Marketing & Sales Director at Independent Online i.e. IOL – the digital division of Independent Newspapers. He later became Managing Director.
These days he works as a Conversion Optimisation and Customer Acquisition Specialist assisting companies to optimise all their Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Communication channels by implementing a Conversion Optimisation Strategy in order to increase the percentage of prospects that convert into customers.

Leon has worked with some of South Africa’s biggest brands including Vodacom, Pam Golding Properties, Jeep, Virgin Active, The Foschini Group, Renault, TransUnion, Bidvest Bank, Nedbank, Nu Metro & many more and now works mainly with small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

At our meeting he will be sharing some of his top tips on how we as speakers can get more out of our on-line platform.

We will also be having an International surprise speaker on Skype and one of our own members doing their 5 minute speaking slot.

Meeting Details

Venue: Royal Cape Golf Club
174 Ottery Rd Service Rd, Wynberg, Cape Town

Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Date: Monday, 11 July 2016
Cash Bar available - Dinner Included

Cost: Free to all paid up PSASA members, R300 for guests and R120 for member spouses (First Time Visitors attend free of charge).

Book your seat via our administrator, Simone: [email protected] or book your seat online by clicking here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jason Sandler
PSASA Cape Chapter President 2016/17


Gauteng Chapter Meeting - 14 July 2016

You are invited to come and join our monthly PSASA Chapter Meeting, where we inspire you to take your speaking business to the next level!  This month we have an exciting and thought-provoking topic.  Dr Gavin Symanowitz will be presenting his talk Reinventing the Keynote: Fixing a Broken Model
In this hard-hitting and thought-provoking talk, Gavin will share his views on why the current keynote business model doesn't work, and why we should look at a new way of doing things. He'll point out some glaring inconsistencies in the way speaking gigs are priced, and will prove that you're actually charging too much. He'll then apply some innovation tools to show how the model could be improved using a fresh new approach to the speaking business. Not everyone will like what Gavin has to say, but everyone will leave with a different perspective and some real food for thought.
Also, if you ever wanted to know what it takes to earn the prestigious CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation, you need to be here.  Nikki Bush, who was recently been awarded the CSP designation, will be sharing her insights into the journey and what it takes to become a CSP. She is the 10th South African and 4th SA woman to be awarded the CSP.  You don’t want to miss this!
About Dr Gavin Symanowitz: Dr. Gavin Symanowitz, an actuary, has a PhD in Mathematical Statistics. He formerly headed up Strategic Product Innovation for Investments at First National Bank (recently recognized as the World’s Most Innovative Bank) for over five years He won the prestigious Innovator of the Year award in 2008, and subsequently left the bank to found a number of revolutionary web-based businesses which have won numerous international awards for disruptive innovation.

Gavin was featured in the Harvard Business Review article "Learn How to Think Different(ly)" and is a Thought Leader on the South African Innovation Network. He has been a regular finalist in numerous international open innovation competitions. He also writes a weekly column in Finweek on the topic of innovation.
He is passionate about innovation and how it can change the world for the better.

About Nikki Bush, CSP:  Inspirational speaker and best-selling author, Nikki Bush, is highly regarded among business people, educators and parents alike as she helps them to manage, educate and parent talent for the new world of work.  She is the co-author of three bestselling books: Future-proof Your Child (Penguin, 2008) co-authored with Dr Graeme Codrington, Easy Answers to Awkward Questions (Metz Press, 2009) co-authored with Ilze Alberts and Tech-Savvy Parenting (Bookstorm, 2014) co-authored with Arthur Goldstuck. She is currently writing Raising Entrepreneurs (Bookstorm) with Allon Raiz and Talent Redefined with Raymond de Villiers. 

Nikki Bush was awarded her CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the NSA (National Speakers Association) in the USA in 2016 (one of 600 in the world).

Meeting Details

Venue: Hacklebrooke Conference Centre, Cnr Conrad Drive and Jan Smuts Avenue, Hyde Park
Date: 14 July 2016
Chapter meeting time: 18h30

Cost: Free to all paid up PSASA members, R300 for guests and R120 for spouses of members.

Bookings can be done online by clicking here. or by sending and email to our Administrator, Simone – [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards

Adele du Rand
PSASA Gauteng Chapter President 2015-17

KZN Chapter Meeting - 21 July 2016

PSASA Durban Chapter Meeting
on 21 July 2016
The Gateway Hotel, Convention Centre
We have 2 guest speakers from PSASA this month!

Anne Dreyer - professional speaker from Cape Town

‘My speaking experience, in the Middle East’

More about Anne Dreyer here.

Francois Muscat –from Johannesburg

PSASA, Deputy National President

‘Social Selling for Speakers - Using LinkedIn for marketing’

Find out how to structure a speaker, trainer, consultant LinkedIn profile
Using rich media on our profile to improve conversion
How to target your idea prospects
Planning your content strategy
Get your hands on my comprehensive speaker Mind Map - Top checklist
Join us here:

            Venue:           The Gateway Hotel, Convention Centre      
            Date:               Thursday, 21 July 2016
            Time:              17h30 for 18h00 until 20h30
            Cost:               Free for PSASA Members
                                    R 120.00 for spouses
                                    R 300.00 for non-members
            The evening includes informative presentations and dinner.
            Bring your marketing material and NETWORK.
            A cash bar is available.
Bookings: Please book your seat online  or via our Administrator, Simone at [email protected]  by Tuesday, 19 April 2016.
Non-member guests please make payment via EFT and send your proof of payment to Simone, as cash is not accepted at the door.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Principal - Expressions

Immediate Past Chairman - Executive Association of South Africa

President - Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa, KZN


Online Meetings - 3 & 15 August 2016


Online Meeting

At the request of some of our members who travel and miss their own
chapter meetings, and to meet the needs of some guests and potential
members who do not live nearby our traditional chapter venues, we
will be holding online meetings.

These meetings will be similar to a chapter meeting, with introductions,
sharing of resources and ideas as well as a presentation by a speaker
about an issue relevant to our world, with some Q&A afterwards.
Just like a standard meeting, only you get to drink your own wine,
in your own home and we meet on a platform called Zoom. You
could try and get away with being in your pjs, except that Zoom
allows for all participants videos to be shown on the same screen.
It makes it a great deal more engaging.

Meetings will be held on 1st Wednesday and the 3rd Monday of the
month and will run from 7 to 8 pm strictly.

You need to RSVP

You must RSVP in order to get the Zoom invitation code. Seats
limited to the first 30 RSVPs.


Our first meeting was a great success and we are looking forward
to the next two meetings that we have set up. Please RSVP to book
for either of the two meetings below, and feel free to share this
invitation with others in the speaking world.

•  Monday, August 3 - Graeme Codrington "How to get international
speaking opportunities."

•  Wednesday, August 15 - Richard Mulvey "Monetizing your IP"

Meeting Details

Venue: Zoom, online. Please RSVP for Zoom invite and code

Time: 19:00 to 20:00

Date:          Wednesday, August 3

                  Monday, August 15

Cost: No charge

Book your seat via our administrator, Simone,
[email protected] or book your seat online
by clicking here.

Looking forward to seeing you online!

Charlotte Kemp

PSASA Exco 2016/17

GSF Secretary 2015/2016

Pretoria Chapter Meeting - 4 August 2016

We are thrilled to announce that we have just reopened our Pretoria chapter and our first meeting will take place on Thursday, 4 August 2016.

The speaker at our meeting in August will be Nikk Smit and he will be speaking on Social Selling for Speakers - Using LinkedIn for marketing.

Meeting Details

Venue: Kareebloem Guesthouse
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Date: Thursday, 4 August 2016

Cost: Free to all paid up PSASA members, R300 for guests and R120 for member spouses (First Time Visitors attend free of charge).

Book your seat via our administrator: [email protected] or book your seat online by clicking here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Chris Vermeulen

PSASA National Treasurer
PSASA Pretoria Chapter President 2016/17

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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