Newsletter June 2018

Hi to all the PSASA members, Welcome to the revitalised PSASA newsletter. I was recently persuaded/coerced/volunteered to become the new PSASA newsletter editor. Carl (our new national President) discovered my weakness (no, not beer, although that is one of them….) – my inability to say no! So when he asked me if I was willing to take on the role of editor or the newsletter, I didn’t really have a choice. Many thanks to Jacques de Villiers who was the previous editor (his third term as editor I think). I definitely have a high standard to maintain especially as I am still learning about the PSASA. Although I am a relatively new member of the PSASA, I am no stranger to newsletter editing. The two which I remember best are “Under Control” the newsletter of the South African Orienteering Federation which I edited for a number of years in the 1980s and the Kellogg’s Striders newsletter which I edited more recently in the 1990s. Both were printed newsletters but we have now moved firmly into the digital era. Nevertheless, the same challenges remain the main one being to obtain content for the newsletter. The main function of an editor is to do just that, to edit. It is not for me to write the content. That is for our members to do. I will try to bring you up-to-date PSASA news including reports from the Chapters of past and future meetings. However, that largely depends on the contributions I receive. Therefore, if you have any news – please share it. If you have any great ideas – please let us know. If you know of any events which might be of interest to members – I’ll let them know...

The Value of Masterminds...

It is always wonderful to come across a technique that can help to elevate our lives that is simultaneously really valuable, highly recommended, costs nothing, and is sugar-free. Introducing Masterminds! Masterminds are informal groups of people who commit to meeting together to support each other in the growth of whatever part of their lives is most relevant. In this meeting, we will discuss the value of masterminds, how you can set one up and what progress you can expect to make while part of a group of like-minded, supportive and accountable colleagues. Charlotte Kemp will present this session. Charlotte is a part of a women speakers mastermind which has been running for 3 years. Much of her progress in her career has come from the support, encouragement and shared learning of this group. Charlotte also uses masterminds professionally, running short term sessions within industries to either source leads, research information or to teach new content.     Event Details: Tuesday 19 June 2018 6.30 – 8.00 pm Online on Zoom Book here on Quicket Jim Rohn once said “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Raise your performance by choosing and working with 5 great colleagues. The value of Masterminds Cindy Pivacic: Save time on useless experiments – I believe that networking in Mastermind groups provides a more intense look into the speaking industry and gives the participants an opportunity to share their successes and pitfalls and put into practice some of those skills, thereby saving time on useless pursuits. Hani du Toit: Gain a Board of Directors – Belonging to a mastermind group has pushed me to expand my game and take on new ways of growing my confidence and my...

Podcasting for Professional Speakers...

It’s time to take a step in a new direction! At the PSASA 2018 Convention this past month in Gauteng, we heard a very interesting and challenging presentation from NSA member David Pisarra who told us how he has used podcasts to increase his legal practice. There was a great deal of buzz about this after David’s session and while a handful of us already have podcasts, there is a lot to learn, so we are turning to the professionals! We have two events lined up where we will be talking with podcast experts and getting insight and inspiration from them. Thereafter we are proposing an online mastermind group to support each other in this field. Please let me know if you are interested. Annemarie Cross – Podcasting Queen – How to use podcasts to promote your brand On Tuesday 24 April, I am going to interview Annemarie Cross about podcasting. Annemarie Cross is an Australian speaker and a member of the Women Speakers Association. She has tonnes of great content to share about podcasting and has hosted her own and helped others to establish their podcasts. Have a look at Annemarie’s website to see some of her work and how she helps podcasters get more from their shows. This show will be live on HashtagRadio.co.za just after Noon on 24 April. Please feel free to ask some questions BEFORE the show. Jayne Morgan – Podcast Producer – How to get started with podcasts On Wednesday 2 May we are going to hear from Jayne Morgan on our PSASA Online meeting. Jayne is a producer and creator of podcasts and you can see some of her projects on www.podcart.co.za. She has lots of experience with media and in particular...

Newsletter July 2017

Newsletter – July 2017   In This Issue…   §  Editor’s Message §  President’s Message §  News from the Chapters o   Johannesburg o   Cape Town o   Durban §  Gauteng Meetings §  Market Yourself As A Speaker, Worldwide §  Online Meetings §  New GSF Representatives §  Runners Galore §  Freshly Printed – New Books/New Authors   EDITOR’S MESSAGE   I know, I know … you thought you’d seen the last of me as Editor of the PSASA newsletter. Well, they asked me back for a 3rd time. Go figure. Maybe our President, Francois Muscat thinks that after two tries I’ll start getting it right.   Although, ‘editor’ is probably too strong a word in this instance. I’m really just the curator of content and the good folks at VDW (our administration partner) put the newsletters together and distribute them.   My intent is to give you a newsletter packed with relevant content that you’d like to read. Clearly, I need content. I need your help.   I plan to get the newsletter out on the first week of every month. Here are some content ideas for you. Please send me your contributions:   President’s Message (Francois Muscat has that covered) News from the Chapters (Chapter presidents have that covered) Chapter notices (Chapter presidents) GSF news (Ross Saunders has that covered) New books that you have written Book launches Articles that are helpful to speakers Photos of you presenting (deets of event, when, where, etc) Hatches, matches and dispatches – fun things you want to share. The Comrades Marathon section in this newsletter is an example of what I’m talking about, engagements, weddings, births and the like   You can send your contributions to jacques@jacquesdevilliers.com   Jacques de Villiers   Back...

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 bj@leadershipdimensions.co.za.  Her website is www.leadershipdimensions.co.za Her passion for People Development has earned her a...