PSASA 2014 Convention

‘It is only those who really walk their talk and persuade others to do so who make a massive mark as speakers. And making such a mark will also guarantee them a great career and business.’ NSA’s Master of Influence award.

The PSASA’s theme for its Convention 2014 embraces the notion that to flourish we, as professional speakers, must be true to the values we deliver from the platform.

  • Are you ‘Walking your Talk?’ If not, how can you set about doing this?
  • Are you ‘Real’? If not, how can you be true to life and your values?
  • Are you ‘Rich’, in the sense of being truly fulfilled through what you do – emotionally, physically and materially? If not, what can you do about it?

Join us to explore the essence of true success as a speaker – and reap the rewards. The convention will be shorter than usual. Designed to suit the pockets of those who might be feeling the pinch of the challenging times in which we live and speak, it will run from Friday afternoon until the awards banquet on Saturday night. The latter event, following a day of truly rich presentations and networking, promises to be a party to remember!


11 & 12 April 2014

11 April 15h00 to 22h00
12 April 08h00 to 17h30 / Gala Dinner 18h30

Convention fees
R2000 - PSASA members / R2500 - non-members

Gala Dinner fees
Included in Convention fees for delegates / R475 guests

Extra Bonus Session - Pre Con

Humor Me!

‘You should only consider using humor if you want to enhance your audience’s appreciation and comprehension of your materials and if you would like to grow your business and make more money.’ Tim Gard
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On Friday, professional motivational humorist from USA, Tim Gard CSP, CPAE, will be presenting a workshop on learning the secrets of using humor as a professional speaker and how to implement these secrets quickly and easily into your own presentations. In addition, Tim will share his successes and mistakes with using humor on stage inside and outside the USA.

This workshop, which is open to the public, may be attended as an optional add-on by convention delegates.


Friday, 11 April 2014
09h00 – 15h00 (including lunch)
R370 - PSASA members / R420 - non-members

See you at this workshop!!

Extra Bonus Session - Post Con


Soweto Tour with Morongwa Makakane

Come and enjoy fabulous South African hospitality with your hostess Morongwa Makakane as she takes you through the streets of Soweto. A full day tour comprising of a visit to the Nelson Mandela House, Hector Peterson Memorial and the Apartheid museum will leave you having a fuller appreciation of what really went on during those tumultuous years in South Africa pre 1994.

Tour Details:

  • Date: Sunday 13 April
  • Departure Time: 08:00
  • Pick up from the hotel
  • Price: R950 per person (including the book)
  • Price: R750 per person (excluding the book)
  • Price includes entrance fee at all Museums and lunch at Wandies Place (drinks excluded)

Convention Details




Day 1 - Friday 11 April
08h00 - Registration opens
Pre Con
09h00 - Tim Gard CSP, CPAE -  Workshop - Cost: R370 for PSASA members, R420 for non-members
12h00 - Lunch
13h00 - Tim Gard CSP, CPAE, Workshop - 2nd session
15h00 - Refreshments
15h00 – Registration and Refreshments
16h00 - 17h30 - AGM
18h00 - Drinks
18h30 - Dinner
19h30 - Official convention opening
19h50 - Jabulani Mangena
20h10 - Opening Keynote - Graeme Codrington CSPGlobal, FPSA
21h00 - Social

Day 2 - Saturday 12 April
07h00 - Registration & refreshments
08h30 - Welcome
08h40 - Opening energiser
08h50 - Lorraine Jenks - Walking a Greener Talk
09h00 - Nicky Abdinor
09h45 - Story Strategy
09h50 - GSN / GSF Update - Lesley Everett FPSA, PSAE
10h00 - Refreshments
10h30 - Ron Karr CSP, FPSA
11h15 - Story Strategy
11h20 - Rob Caskie
12h05 - Story Strategy
12h15 - Lunch
13h30 - Learning Lounge (6 speakers) 15 mins per speaker
14h30 – Refreshments
14h50 - Tim Gard CSP, CPAE
15h50 - Story Strategy
16h00 - Playback Theatre
17h00 - Closing Ceremony
17h30 - End
18h30 for 19h00 - Banquet & Awards (Free to attendees, R475 for partners)

Day 3 - Sunday 13 April
Post Con
Not included in convention fee

Soweto Tour with Morongwa Makakane 

  • Departure Time: 08:00
  • Pick up from the hotel

Read more about the Soweto Tour


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 Please note that all speakers are listed in alphabetical order.
Graeme Codrington CSP, FPSA is an expert on the future world of work and the disruptive forces that are shaping it. As an author and researcher, his insights and analysis are sought after by business schools and CEOs around the world, with five degrees, four best selling books and a full-time research team at his company, TomorrowToday, to back it up. As a keynote presenter and facilitator, he uses multimedia, a gently rebuking humour and engaging style to make his insights accessible and engaging to over 100,000 people in 20 countries every year. Read more
Jabulani JB Mangena is the second black speaker to win the Championship of the Humorous speech Contest in District 74 (Southern Africa) Toastmasters international since 1983. He is the 2010 champion for the Humorous speech contest. He attained the prestigiously high ranking public speaking accolade on the 2nd of October 2010 in North Pretoria with his speech “ Don’t take yourself too seriously ” ironically, an endeavour to prove that woman are more intelligent than man but in essence he was trying to conscientise everyone to take it easy in life. No one will come out of this game called life alive. Read more
Lorraine Jenks is a tireless activist and thought leader in advocating greener operating and procurement standards in homes, offices, factories, agriculture, hotels and tourism for the past 21 years. Teacher, intrepid traveller and witness to the critical need for more responsible practices. Erstwhile hippie drawn to working with environmentalists in California in the 1970s. Contracts Manager for Africa’s largest hotel chain for 15 years. Went solo and completed training on Green Interior Design through the Green Building Council. Trained for both the EU Flower Eco Label Standards and the National Cleaner Production Centre under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Programme. Read more 

Nicky Abdinor is a Clinical Psychologist, Inspirational Speaker and Founder/Chairperson of the non-profit organization, Nicky’s Drive. Following the completion of her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Stellenbosch University, Nicky lectured Psychology students part-time and established her private practice at Milnerton Medi-Clinic in Cape Town. Nicky began giving talks during her university years when people saw her potential to inspire audiences. She is now a professional member of the PSASA (Cape Chapter). Her speaking career highlights are when she was invited to speak at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2012 (she did 9 talks in 5 days!) and her selection as a Tedx speaker in 2013. Nicky’s registered non-profit organization, Nicky’s Drive, aims to fund car adaptations for people with disabilities in South Africa. Nicky is an advocate for mobility and independence and has a passion for challenging our perceptions of (dis)ability. Nicky is always commended on being a credible agent of change whether you are connecting with her one-on-one or in an audience. When you meet Nicky, it is hard not to recognise that she puts her message into practice! Read more
Rob Caskie began his own business, after working with the late David Rattray on the Anglo Zulu battlefields, where Rob honed his unique talent for storytelling.  Rob’s ability to bring the drama of these battlefields to life ensured that he rapidly began to establish himself as a world-class orator. Rob believes there are powerful lessons to be learnt from the remarkable stories of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, which resonate especially with audiences today. Rob also presents on Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton.

Always confident with people, Rob thrives on the challenge and reward of entertaining audiences in the theatres of their imagination and transporting them via the power of a story well told. Read more 

Ron Karr CSP, FPSA is CEO of Karr Associates, Inc., a firm that specializes in helping organizations build high performing sales cultures and customer loyalty. Mr. Karr has conducted seminars and keynote addresses before organizations of all sizes on three continents. His client list includes the NFL, Morgan Stanley, Mass Mutual, Marriott Hotels, UPS and Hertz. Clients claim Mr. Karr’s presentations and consulting services have yielded an incremental revenue increase of over half a billion dollars. Ron Karr is the author of Lead, Sell or Get Out of the Way, The Titan Principle, The Number One Secret to Sales Success and co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Great Customer Service. Articles written by Mr. Karr are published monthly in national publications including Entrepreneur Magazine and Home Office Magazine. Media appearances include the CBS Morning Show, Bloomberg TV, The BBC and hundreds of radio stations throughout the world. Ron is currently the 2013-2014 President of the National Speakers Association. He is also Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). Read more
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE is a drop-dead funny keynote speaker, laugh-out-loud humorist, who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker, CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). Tim has spoken at over 2000 events worldwide from Texas to Tasmania and was selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the 'Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.' Tim’s down-to-earth style, and real life humor leaves a lasting impression that you will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in every day ways make him one of the most popular keynote, main stage humorists on the platform. Read more
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Learning Lounge Presenters

Chantaul Jordan - Ethical Self-Actualisation is a Myth! Read more 

Charlotte Kemp - 9 Ways to Use Social Media to Get Bookings and Sell Products. Read more
Douglas Kruger - 5 on-stage devices that make your keynotes more memorable and ensure repeat bookings. Read more 
Lesley Everett FPSA - Building your business with the Exit Plan in Mind - 5 top tips from Lesley Everett. Read more about Lesley
Morongwa Makakane - Story telling techniques that will drive your message to the heart. Read more 
Vanessa Wilson - Spreading your message and promoting your brand – A 15-minute crash course in ebook publishing. Read more

Post Con - Soweto Tour

Soweto Tour with Morongwa Makakane

Come and enjoy fabulous South African hospitality with your hostess Morongwa Makakane as she takes you through the streets of Soweto. A full day tour comprising of a visit to the Nelson Mandela House, Hector Peterson Memorial and the Apartheid museum will leave you having a fuller appreciation of what really went on during those tumultuous years in South Africa pre 1994.

Tour Details:

  • Date: Sunday 13 April
  • Departure Time: 08:00
  • Pick up from the hotel

Full Day Soweto Tour

Tour comprises of:

  • Tour of Soweto
  • Visit to Nelson Mandela’s House
  • Visit to Bishop Desmond Tutu’s House
  • Visit to the Hector Peterson Memorial and Museum
  • Visit to the Apartheid Museum
  • Lunch at Wandie’s Place
  • Long Walk to Freedom (book) by Nelson Mandela (optional)
  • Price: R950 per person (including the book)
  • Price: R750 per person (excluding the book)
  • Price includes entrance fee at all Museums and lunch at Wandies Place (drinks excluded)

To secure your place, please book and make payment by 31 March 2014Space is limited.

Payment details:

Bank Account: NSASA
Bank: ABSA
Account: 4054960719
Branch: Rosebank Central
Branch code: 632005

Soweto Tour

This famous sprawling township is home to over 4 million people living in peace and harmony. We will visit the original homes of Nelson Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. Both home are situated in Vilikazi Street, the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners. Our lunch stopover will be at Wandie’s Place, one of the most prestigious shebeens (restaurants) in Soweto. This tour of Soweto is not to be missed. In addition to the Soweto Tour, we will visit both the Hector Peterson Museum and the Apartheid museum.
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Hector Pietersen Memorial and Museum

The Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto was erected in the early 1990′s as a memorial to Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old child, who is believed to have been the second school pupil shot by police during the Soweto Student Uprising on 16th June, 1976 – but the first fatality.

The Hector Pieterson Memorial in Khumalo Street is a few hundred meters from the spot where Pieterson was gunned down.


Apartheid Museum


The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.


Wandie’s Place

WPThis cosy tavern in the middle of Soweto is popular with both locals and tourists alike. In the suburb of Dube, some 15km from the Jo’burg city centre, it has become a mandatory stop on the route for most Soweto tour operators.

The restaurant has played host to such luminaries as Richard Branson, Evander Holyfield, Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones and the All Blacks.

For those who seek a touch of the exotic, the establishment serves indigenous cuisine in the form of dumplings, mogodu, ting (soft porridge), pap and umqushu (samp).

Meals are served buffet style and dishes include mutton, lamb, beef and chicken. Vegetarians are spoilt for choice, if salads are what you want. There are six on the menu, including coleslaw, French salad, beetroot salad, potato salad, tuna fish salad and chakalaka – a local hot salad made of tomatoes, baked beans, onion, chillies and green chillies.


To secure your place, please book and make payment by 31 March 2014Space is limited.

Book via our administrator Simone – or book online 

Venue & Accommodation

The 2014 Convention is being held at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, Parktown, Johannesburg. Please note, when making your booking at the hotel, that you will be given a special rate when quoting that you are part of the PSASA Convention. No accommodation is included in the convention fee.

The rates for the Sunnyside Park are as below:
Standard Single Room - R970 per night, bed and breakfast included
Standard Double/Twin Room - R1235 per room, per night, bed and breakfast included
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Convention Fees For PSASA and GSF Members

General Seat: R3997 (1 Feb 2016 - 19 April 2016) Spouse Rate: R2997 (1 Feb 2016 - 19 April 2016) Full Seat: R4497 (20 April - 13 May 2016) Spouse Rate: R3497 (20 April - 13 May 2016) Add R500 for a non-member seat

Daily rates:

Pre-Con Members: R450 Non-members: R750

Friday Only: R1100 (1 Feb 2016 - 19 April 2016) R1200 (20 April - 13 May 2016) Friday evening function: R400

Saturday Only (including gala dinner seat) R2100 (1 Feb 2016 - 19 April 2016) R2200 (20 April - 13 May 2016) Gala dinner: R450

Sunday Only R1100 (1 Feb 2016 - 19 April 2016) R1200 (20 April - 13 May 2016)

Accommodation Rates:

Single delegate - R655/night Delegate sharing room with another delegate. Individual rate per delegate sharing - R447.50/night Delegate’s spouse – not attending the convention. Includes bed, and three meals - R415/day Children. Includes bed, and three meals - R415/day

PSASA Banking Details Bank Account: PSASA Bank: ABSA Account: 4089694715 Branch: Menlyn Branch code: 632005 SWIFT code: ABSAZAJJ


2014 Convention Sponsors


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