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).

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1st Quarter 2017 Event Schedule Available Now!

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National PSASA Convention 2017 in Cape Town!


The PSASA Annual Convention 2017
will take place from
31 March to 2 April
Cape Town, South Africa
Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town
(The only hotel in Cape Town that is on the beach, and with spectacular views of the world famous Table Mountain).


Costs to attend the 2017 convention
Early Bird Seat: ZAR3950.00 Booked before Jan 23rd 2017
General Seat: ZAR4450.00 Booked before Feb 14th 2017
Full Seat: R4950.00 Booked until March 29th 2017
Precon: R550.00 per person (member) / R950.00 per person (non-member)
Gala Banquet: R550.00 per person

More on this exciting, not to be missed event in the new year. 


• Single R1 600 per person per night, including Breakfast
• Sharing R1 900 per room per night, including Breakfast

Note that convention delegates have to directly book and pay for their accommodation with the venue. You may need to advise the hotel that you are attending the PSASA convention in order to obtain the rates above. The conference accommodation rates of R1600/R1900 are exclusively available to conference delegates attending a conference at the hotel. All other individual guests phoning the hotel will automatically be quoted a BAR (Best available rate) / Rack rate. When booking, please mention you are attending the PSASA conference or quote the following group block code: 1930026 when making a booking. Please contact Tamzyn Leak (021) 528 2097 / [email protected]

Please click here to make your booking.


Cancellation: Please contact the Secretariat - [email protected]
at least 48 hours prior to the event should you wish to cancel.

Durban Chapter Meeting 20 April 2017

Your head vs heart;
How do you communicate?

PSASA Durban Chapter Meeting

Thursday, 20 April 2017

at The Gateway Hotel, Convention Centre

Speaking Program

Claire Newton

‘Talking Therapies: Understanding how CBT can

Help YOU Become a Better Speaker’


“As people think, so shall they be.”

Bible (Proverbs 23:7)

The truth of this quote lies in the fact that thousands of years later we still hold this view - in fact it forms the basis of a popular psychotherapy known as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).


Barbara Johnson

‘Heartful Potential – a communication style’


What makes us grow our potential?

Take the plunge, PSASA Speakers!


Roger Knowles

‘The Litigation Trap’

Among other things Roger will touch on:

Beware of the 'legal route' to resolving conflicts.

Litigation can lead to misery, wasted time and financial ruin.

The court process is out-dated and ruinous.

There are better ways to resolve disputes.

Roger will explain, briefly, the system he prefers and practices.


Margaret Harrison

‘The 6 Things Happy People Know’

               The focus of the talk will be becoming more AWARE.

• Happiness comes to us as a result of awareness we develop and choices we make in response to life.

• What values determine these choices is at the heart of the way we live our daily life.



And…Mike Govindasamy

"The impact of the Phylum Arthropoda, of the Order Blattodea in the Kingdom Animalia on modern communication"




Join us here:

Venue: The Gateway Hotel, Convention Centre

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2017

Time: 17h30 for 18h00 until 20h30

Cost: Free for first time visitors | R300.00 for non-members (from 2nd visit) R120 for spouses.

The evening includes informative presentations and dinner.

Bring your marketing material and NETWORK.

A cash bar is available.


Please book your seat via our website, here, by 5pm Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Non-member guests please make payment via EFT and send your proof of payment, as cash is not accepted at the door.

Contact me on 083 264 5036 if you have any queries.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards

Gauteng Chapter Meeting - 20 April 2017


PSASA Gauteng Chapter Meeting: 20 April 2017, 18h30 for 19h00

Dear PSASA Members and Friends,

Please join us on Thursday evening, 20 April 2017, where we will be joined by Paul du Toit, PSASA, and Alan Stevens, PSAUK.  Alan will join the meeting from the United Kingdom via a live Skype link! Paul and Alan, co-authors of the book The Exceptional Speaker, will be sharing some of their stories, insights and tips on how you too can become an exceptional speaker!   

P.S.  Bring along some cash to purchase your copy of The Exceptional Speaker, which Paul will sign in person.

About Paul du Toit:  Paul is a Certified Speaking Professional, presentation skills coach and author of “You Can Present With Confidence”. He is the managing director of Congruence Training that is based in Sandton. He has served as the President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa. His articles on speaking and presenting have been widely published. Paul du Toit is also an established authority on sales, service and presentation, having delivered motivational mindset shifting talks, seminars and in-depth programmes in southern Africa and abroad


About Alan Stevens: Alan  is Past President of the Global Speakers Federation and director of MediaCoach. He is also an author and journalist, and has been both a TV presenter and expert interviewee. In the latter capacity, he has been involved in over 2,000 radio and TV interviews, so is uniquely placed to give insights about the media, and how individuals and organisations can build and protect their reputation. He is also the only person in Europe with the highest professional accreditation in public speaking (FPSA, PSAE) and in public relations (MCIPR).  His company, MediaCoach, provides coaching in broadcast and social media skills to CEOs, politicians, celebrities and communication professionals, as well as providing consultancy in reputation management.

Kindly RSVP by 19 April 2017 for venue setup and catering preparation.

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2017

Registration: From 18h15

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

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

Proof of payment: EFT preferred, please send proof of payment to [email protected]. No credit card facility. Cash will be accepted at the door.

EFT / Bank information:

ABSA Bank Limited

Randburg Branch (Code: 632005)
Transmission Account
Account # 9323685566


Cancellation: Please contact the Secretariat - [email protected]
at least 48 hours prior to the event should you wish to cancel.

Click here to register

Pretoria Chapter Meeting - 19 April 2017


PSASA Pretoria Chapter Meeting Invitation
Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 18:30 – 21:00

Dear Members and Friends,

Please join us on Wednesday evening, 19 April 2017, for our fourth chapter meeting for the year!  Our main speaker for the evening is Francois Muscat, who will be speaking on Social Selling for Professional Speakers.

We all need increased exposure, brand awareness and more leads and sales.

Our speaker today …

• Holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology.


 • He’s spent more than 14 years delivering digital marketing solutions for clients both locally and in 13 other countries, including Brazil, Spain, France, USA and the United Kingdom.

• He’s won more than 10 peer awards including, excellence in search engine optimisation and excellence in web analytics.

When he’s not training, speaking and consulting in the digital space, you’ll find him fishing, caravanning and spending time with his family.

Let’s discover how we can increase our exposure, brand awareness and get more leads and sales with a baby boomer that likes being social …

 Click here to register

Date: 19 April 2017

Time: 18:30 – 21:00

Venue: Leriba Hotel and Spa, 245 End Street, Cardinal, Centurion

Latitude: -25.846594444111112

Longitude: 28.178577777111112

Fee: R200 (non-member) and free for members.

Proof of payment: EFT preferred, please send proof of payment to [email protected]. No credit card facility. Cash will be accepted at the door.


Cape Chapter Meeting - Next meeting 13 March 2017


Join us at Venture Workspace 11 Imam Haron Road, Claremont at 18.30
for our monthly chapter meeting on Monday, March 13th 2017.

Guest Speaker: Gaëtan Schmid

It all started when his dad took him to see the clowns under the Big Top in his home town in Belgium. Two decades later Gaëtan graduated from the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. An internationally acclaimed theatre school specialised in the analysis, application and practice of non-verbal communication or Body Language.

After performing in festivals and theatres all over the world - Russia, Sweden, Romania, USA, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, Wales, Uganda, Andorra, Spain and Scotland - Gaëtan followed his heart to South Africa.

Today Gaëtan offers his services and expertise as a speaker to the corporate sector. In addition he has developed a unique and engaging training method to share his fascinating knowledge on Body Language.

“Not only does he analyse the ways in which our bodies often betray our thoughts, but he also gives valuable tips on how to read people. At times it feels almost as though he’s giving away secrets – but that is part of Schmid’s charm. He is completely unassuming and unpacks our behaviour, even the most ludicrous, with a cheeky smile.” Cape Times


We'll be joined by three panelists for a discussion on

Get Your Book Done, Dammit!
Whenever the topic of writing our books comes up, there is a diversity of opinions and robust debate on how to do it, where and when to do it, whether to self-publish or go the traditional publishing route etc., etc..

So we thought we'd ask the experts to come in and share their experiences, opinions and advice, from all the different angles.

Our two in-house panelists are:

Lois Strachan, who has just self-published her fifth book, “A Different Way of Seeing: A Blind Woman’s Journey of Living an ‘Ordinary’ Life in an Extraordinary Way."

In 2015 Lois was awarded the prestigious Tributes Excellence award, which honour women with disabilities who have exceled in their fields, in the category of education and literature. In the same year she was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for Casual Day, South Africa’s largest fund-raiser for persons living with disabilities.

Since losing her sight Lois has achieved a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature and Classical Civilisations, and an Honours degree in Classical Civilisations from the University of KwaZulu Natal, a diploma in practitioner Coaching Skills, a Certificate in Human Resource Management from UNISA, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster.

Jill Ritchie, who has edited 5 books and written 27, and has both self-published and been published by publishing houses.

Jill Ritchie started her own business at the age of 18 while also studying. By 28, she had created jobs for 120 people in a factory with seven retail outlets. However, she was spending more time doing voluntary work than anything else.

She then closed her business of ten years and entered the NGO sector as a member of the start up team of the successful job creation organisation, the Triple Trust. After a year, she took over the fundraising and, in five years, took the Triple Trust from a budget of R100 000 pa to R9 million, most of which was raised overseas.

She spent five years fundraising and seeking sponsorship for the Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB) and then left to start her own fundraising consultancy and book publishing business, which she has run for over two decades, employing a team of eight. She also has an office in London. Jill has edited five books and written 27, mainly aimed at the non-profit sector.

She is member of the Council of Tshwane University of Technology and also that of the National Museum.

Jill chairs the London based UK Fund for Charities and the SA-UK Trust Network. She was awarded The Giving Back Award, 2015 by the SA Chamber of Commerce, London.

And joining us via the wonder of Skype from Johannesburg:

Douglas Kruger, author of 6 books, all published by Penguin Random House.
Douglas is the author of 6 business books, including the highly acclaimed 'Own Your Industry - How to Position Yourself as an Expert,' with Penguin Random House. A multiple award-winning speaker, his clients include senior management at companies like MultiChoice, BMW, Liberty and HP. In 2015, Liberty and MultiChoice booked him for their multi-city roadshows. Douglas’s results were so exceptional that in 2016, both organisations insisted on using him again.

Douglas’s thought-leadership ideas have been featured repeatedly on CNBC Africa and he has been published in Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines. His newest book, ‘They’re Your Rules - Break Them!’ looks at how behemoth organisations can become more agile.

Douglas is a 5 x winner of the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking (a continental record), and in 2016, in recognition of his excellence in the speaking industry, the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa inducted him into their Speakers Hall of Fame.

Free to all paid up PSASA Members
R300 for guests
R120 for members' spouses
(First Time Visitors attend free of charge).

Book Your Seat Here


We start our meetings at 19.00, and aim to finish by 21.30.

it has happened before that we've finished later than that, because of the lively discussion and debates that follow our speakers and their presentations.

#justsaying 🙂

Important Note:
There is no bar at the venue, so please bring your own drinks.

Online Meeting 8 March 2017


We are excited about our next online meeting with Paul du Toit, CSP, taking place on 8 March.

Paul will deal with “Drafting Speaker Contracts”

Paul is a very experienced international speaker and will be sharing some of his insights and experience with drafting worthwhile speaker contracts. Paul is a Certified Speaking Professional.

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.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 8 March from 19:00 – 20:00


Cancellation: Please contact the Secretariat – [email protected]
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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