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Gauteng Chapter News January 2017...

The Gauteng chapter’s first meeting of 2017 kicked off with an exciting speaker all the way from Dublin: Sameer Rawjee.  Sameer is the CEO of the Life Design School at Google, helping the people inside Google to answer the question “What job am I made for”.   Sameer shared some interesting stories of the experiences he has had across Google.  He challenged the concept of retirement (as we know it – you retire when you are 65 years old), and showed how, with thoughtful design, you can “retire” for a period of time, reskill and do something completely different.  The way the world is working is changing, and the way that we work in this world has to change as well. We also had table discussions reflecting on 2016: what went well, and what didn’t go so well, and what could we learn from it.   It was a great evening, and it set the scene for 2017!...

The Cape Chapter ended 2016 on a high note...

We replaced our December meeting with a social where we did a lamb on the spit. Every single one of us ate far too much and had an amazing evening. Thanks to Lois Strachan and her hubby Craig for allowing us to use their home as the venue. What made the evening even better was the fact that we had some guests come along AND got one to sign up that night! We also ran a highly entertaining and informative workshop on how to create stories that can be incorporated into presentations. Bruce Wade was the facilitator of this workshop and he is an amazing story teller holding us captivated with his words for 3 hours! Lots of take home value there for sure! 2017 started at the same pace. This month we ran a workshop presented by Bronwyn Hesketh all about the pros and cons of working with a bureau and what they require from you and what they can do for you. It was so very insightful and quite an eye opener. Bronwyn keeps telling us she isn’t a speaker, I think she is lying! Our guest speaker at our January meeting was Daniel Silke who took us through his vision of SA in the next two years. He then spoke to us about being a speaker and some hints and suggestions for us. We had quite a few guests at both the workshops and the meeting and it looks as if we are signing some new members – yay! We are continuing to put amazing meetings together and are planning another workshop in the next few weeks – keep your eyes open for it....

BOOK REVIEW – YEAR OF YES...

  By Celynn Erasmus, committee member, Gauteng Chapter I picked up Year of Yes (Simon & Schuster, 2015) on my last weekend in Paris last August 2016 and could not put it down! It’s written by Shonda Rhimes, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, The Fixer and more. The spark for this story by Shonda Rimes is a challenge laid down by her sister: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agrees and the result is nothing short of transformative. What I learnt from reading the book:  The importance of being more open to new experiences comes through strongly. Also, the powerful impact of setting small intentions and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes. Why speakers should read Year of Yes? Speaking involves confronting your fears, certainly in my case. For instance, I was a stutterer as a child and had to learn to cope with stress to be able to find and express my authentic inner voice. The Year of Yes is a memoir. Shonda writes all about herself and her personal experiences, perhaps coming across egotistical in parts, but on the up side, she is witty and charming. It’s an easy, light read that left me wanting to share the book with many! It had a strong role to play in my Champagne Campaign which saw me spending many weeks living in France last year....

You Never Know Where You Will Be Seen...

Barbara Johnson of the Durban Chapter PSASA was surprised by one of her clients.  The client sent Barbara pics and video of herself being on TV.  Even more of a surprise was that Barbara appeared on a financial TV programme. Engen and Raizcorp invited local Entrepreneurs to a Pitch and Polish event late last year. Audience members were picked to give an introduction of their businesses.  Barbara advised an audience of 500 people that she works with Meaning, Purpose and Fulfillment of life, across Truma, Transformation and Transcendence. Barbara uses Counselling, Coaching and Consulting to facilitate both individuals and company one on one private sessions or group work.  Online sessions make Barbara available globally. Now with the ease of video recordings going viral, you never know where you will be seen.  Professional presentation of self and your company is vital.  Best we are always aware of a much bigger audience than we perceive to be speaking to at the time. Barbara may be contacted on +27 82 784 7656 or +27 31 716 8226 [email protected] Her website is www.leadershipdimensions.co.za Her passion for People Development has earned her a...

In the spotlight this month: Grant Gavin...

This month’s focus goes to‎ Grant Gavin, Property Entrepreneur and Speaker. What you may not know is Grant is also the Founder / Chairman of Durban Entrepreneurs Club. He founded the Durban Entrepreneurs Club to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to network with one another and inspire one another to fulfil their true potential as business people.  He also created the club as a platform for himself as a speaker, and as a networking opportunity. The club has grown beyond his expectations with 140 members after the first year.  We have attracted some high profile speakers in our first year, and have another amazing lineup for 2017 already. The objective of the club is to inspire members and guests by introducing them to high profile business people who share how they got to the top.  The inspiration is in the journey, and not in hearing about the destination.  They also educate our members and guests through specific business topic talks on marketing, BEE, social media etc.  Finally, there is a networking element with speed networking, and time set aside for social interaction after the meetings, with the intention on building relationships for possible future business dealings. See here for more www.durbanentrepreneursclub.co.za Congratulations to Grant’s venture in KZN, and may Durban Entrepreneurs Club grow from strength to strength! Grant Gavin also loves to blog and has shared this one with us speakers, as it deals with insecurities, which I would imagine speakers battle with amongst other things, truly believing that their message needs to be heard, and promoting and branding themselves to the market. This blog post can be read here...

Change By Claire Newton

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” L. C. Megginson (frequently misattributed to Charles Darwin) The winds of change are upon us. It’s a new year. A fresh start. There are new challenges to be faced and embraced… for we can always rely on change – good and bad – to happen to us. There are three important things to remember about change: o   It will always happen – what is important to know, is which stage of change you are currently in. o   No matter how negative you perceive the change to be, there is always room for positive growth and learning. o   No matter how positive you perceive the change to be, it is always stressful. While we cannot always control the changes in our lives, we can decide how we are going to react to those changes, so that we emerge as victors and not victims.  So what do we need to learn to help us embrace change? First, it’s helpful to understand the impact of change and second, it’s useful to understand the stages of change. What is the impact of change? Change is about letting go. o   Change implies a loss of control. You need to let go of the comfortable and current ‘winning recipe’. We need to stop being comforted by the illusion that things will always be the same – today and in the future. o   Change often implies a temporary dip in performance. The challenge is to minimise this impact. o   Change is a process, not an event. o   What works today will not necessarily work tomorrow. o   You must let go of where you are to...

Project Rhino KZN

Friends and members of the KZN Chapter showed Grant Fowlds and Project Rhino KZN some support during Grant’s rhino fundraising event. Grant is a rhino activist and has spoken at our chapter, and is also a member of the Mastermind for Speakers group. Bruce Page, Glenda Slade, Wendy Syers and Chantaul Jordan attended the pre-race luncheon for the uBhejane Xtreme MTB ride. With speakers such as legendary Kingsley Holgate and Mt. Everest conqueror Sibusiso Vilane, we were made aware of the all-time-high poaching problems in our province, and left inspired to join the cause before it’s too...

KZN Chapter report

by Chantaul Jordan – KZN Chapter President It was good to catch up with most of our members at our first meeting of 2017. There was great appreciation to our guest speaker Paul du Toit, for his presentation about ‘Contracts for Speakers’. He provided us with a contract, as a guideline, which will benefit both the speaker and the client. Paul’s generosity is a fine example of how the more accomplished PSASA members share their valuable time and precious resources, with their fellow members. It was fantastic to get an email from a visiting guest the next day… “Thank you so much for organising Paul to speak at PSA last week. It was incredible!! Avumile and I were raving about it afterwards.” – SIMON GRAINGER, Brand Consultant It’s wonderful to host PSASA speakers at our meetings and encourage members from other chapters to visit, for a positive and inspirational...

NATIONAL PSASA CONVENTION 2017 IN CAPE TOWN!...

As most of you know already, the annual Convention is taking place in Cape Town this year, at the fabulous Lagoon Beach Hotel, with Table Mountain as our spectacular view, from March 31st to April 2nd (yes, over April Fool’s Day). The theme for this year is “Touching Lives, Leaving Legacies”, and the line-up will not only feature phenomenal international speakers such as Andrew Bryant and David Lim from Singapore, but also old PSASA friend Rebecca Morgan, and NSA President-Elect Brian Walter from the States and the magnificent Nabil Doss from Canada. We are also really excited by our fellow South African speakers Alison Botha, Lesley Rochat and David Grier, who will all share how they are leveraging their speaking careers into leaving a lasting legacy. The pre-con this year is hosted by the incredible Steve Lowell. Ask anyone who has attended any of his workshops in the past, and they will tell you how much value he gives so generously. Definitely, not to be missed. Looking forward to seeing you all in Cape Town. You’d be a FOOL to miss it! (See what we did there?) Costs to attend the 2017 convention 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 Click here to...

Message from the President 2017...

Another January has come and gone and we are still here in the PSASA working diligently to provide our members and all the speaking community around Southern Africa, a great year of meetings world class speakers, workshops, and social events. The main focus is now on the convention, of course, and what a great line up of speakers Bronwyn has accumulated for us to listen to and learn from. It will be a fantastic event so don’t miss it. I have been in this business for 23 years and January is always the same. I start the year wondering how I am going to feed the children this year. Where is the money coming from to pay the bond and what am I going to do with all this spare time. If that is how it feels for you don’t worry, you are not alone. Some of our members have bookings for years in advance but they are few and far between. For the rest of us we have to work very hard at the beginning of the year to remind our clients that we are still here, let the bureaus and agents know that you would welcome a gig or two and convince the family that work will begin to flood in as the year progresses. We are now at the end of January the bookings are coming in. For many of us last year was hard but this year is looking much better already. Time to rework that keynote and bring your stories up to date, phone your regular clients and offer a new and exciting approach to up-skill their team or get stuck into finishing that book you have been procrastinating over for years. This is...

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE IF...

These words remind me of the title of a Beach Boys song. They are also a concept I came across recently that resonated so strongly for me in terms of working towards a new goal. While this may sound like wishful thinking, if you put this phrase to use in inching your way forward in a particular direction, it actually makes a whole lot of sense. So, instead of saying, ‘I wish….’, which has negative fed up/give up undertones, you are opening the door to universal support in a positive way by saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if….?’ I tried this technique as I went to bed and battled to fall asleep because my list of Wouldn’t it be nice if….? kept just flowing on and on, versus the wishful thinking model that make me feel negative and helpless. When I do Wouldn’t it be nice if….? I can instantly follow with listing all the benefits if “it” came to pass vs I wish which often is a dead end thought that ends in, ‘that will never happen’. The Wouldn’t it be nice if….? feels like there is positive intention behind it, that I am part of the process, that I will do the work that is necessary on my part, but that I know there is a whole lot else that is coming out to play to support my intention. I am not the only one or source of energy required to make my dreams and goals come true. One must cast vision ‘out there’ to draw in support, to get everything aligned and pulling in the same direction, without forcing it to come to pass. It’s an interesting concept to experiment with especially if you are a...

BOOK REVIEW: NECESSARY ENDINGS...

By Shelley Walters, Gauteng Chapter It is not often that I read a book twice, never mind three times. Perhaps I am a slow learner or the content in this book is so challenging that I need more time to revisit and digest the information? Whatever the reason may be, I have read Henry Cloud’s Necessary Endings (Harper Collins, 2010) three times now. I have the hard copy, kindle, and audible versions, and I regularly revisit the message. So, what are these profound lessons that continue to challenge me? The main theme of Necessary Endings is not only that endings are necessary but, in fact, that endings are welcome. Some should even be celebrated. Good leaders and successful business people know when an ending is necessary, and they have the courage to act on what they know is right. Using the analogy of pruning a plant; Cloud suggests three areas of pruning: Deadwood – this is often easy for us to identify and address Sick branches that are not getting better – this area can be tough to prune. When we have invested time, energy and resources into a business, a person, or an idea – and it is not getting better, we need to have the courage to prune this area so we can redeploy those resources into areas that will bring healthier fruit (returns). Good, but not best – this must be the most challenging of all. How do you cut an area of your life or business that is not dead wood, it is not sick… In fact, it is ‘good’, but, not best? Necessary Endings is a great read, filled with business case studies and personal examples. As the year winds down, and you take...