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...

CAPE TOWN CHAPTER REPORT...

By Janson Sandler, Cape Town Chapter President The Cape Town Chapter is getting into the habit of having awesome meetings. This past month we had 3 highly interesting and thought provoking speakers. We had started off with a Zoom speaker, Amelie Yan Gouiffes, from Singapore. She shared some tips and ideas about taking our speaking to another level and what to do to “just get started”. To quote her, “Don’t wait till it’s perfect, get  out there and just do it!” Our member Lois then shared some insights into what she does and her business venture, it also gave us another perspective of how she has embraced her blindness (I refuse to call it her disability as it has not stopped her from being so amazing!). Our all-female line up (because everyone does recall it was woman month, don’t lie now) concluded with Nicola Tyler. Not only was her presentation extremely interesting, but she showed us a wonderful new technique of how she presents using a tablet and a stylus. I am very lucky to have a vibrant EXCO who are continually pushing for more. Do visit us some...

DIARISE NATIONAL PSASA CONVENTION 2017 IN CAPE TOWN!...

EARLY BIRD RATE EXTENDED TO 16 JANUARY 2017 The PSASA Annual Convention 2017 will take place from 31 March to 2 April in Cape Town, South Africa At 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 January 16, 2017 General Seat: ZAR4450.00 Booked before Jan 31st 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...

GRANT GAVIN TO JOIN TOP SPEAKERS AT ORLANDO BUSINESS CONFERENCE...

Grant Gavin is a member of the Durban Chapter A  tall, scruffy, dirty young man is standing at the traffic light. He looks uncomfortable and pretty miserable – as if he has the world on his shoulders.  He holds a sign. He’s asking for money. Food. Maybe a job.  People glance at him quickly.   They feel too awkward to look at him. People who pass by roll up their window when they see him.   His presence disturbs them and makes them feel uncomfortable.  He feels humiliated, completely vulnerable, and all alone.  It’s not that they didn’t give him money, or food, it’s that they can’t even look at him, greet him, say hello.  In four hours of standing in the sun, he received the equivalent of R15,00 from 4 people, 3 peppermints and a toothpick.  Not even enough to pay for shelter for the night.  But the kindness gives him hope. Grant Gavin knows these feelings because that man on the street was him. Grant is actually an award-winning businessman, property entrepreneur and public speaker.  His life is great.  So why on earth would he put himself in this completely vulnerable, almost humiliating situation? Says Grant, “I’ve never had to beg for food or money yet millions around the world survive on less than R4.20 a day.   Yes, I am privileged.  I’m alive.    The problem with privilege however is that those who have it are usually blissfully unaware.  I needed to get out of my comfort zone.  I knew there were lessons to be learned.  But what I didn’t realise at the time, was that this day would end up providing me with the most powerful learning experience of my life.” Grant has been invited to address 1500 delegates from around the world at an International business conference with a TED type talk and he will be giving his Traffic...