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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...

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...

NATIONAL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE...

I love the monthly PSASA Chapter Meetings. Recently I have been lucky enough to attend meetings in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. I don’t know why, but I just cannot seem to match the dates and get to a meeting in Johannesburg. Each of the meetings have their own style and personalities that come to the fore but each seem to have many things in common. The one thing that strikes me about the chapter meetings around the country is the camaraderie. Most of the members and associates seem to go to the meetings because they just like to hang out with people who have the same motivation, to change minds. Sometimes we are changing the mind of just one person and other times, perhaps, a thousand or more. Sometimes we manage to change a company’s direction, get a group of people to do things differently or to encourage action where in the past there was lethargy. Sometimes we leave just a small spark, an idea perhaps, that will grow and develop into monumental change. Most times we never know the difference we make, just have the determination to go on trying to make a difference. So, we get together at our meetings and share ideas and learn from each other, but mostly we attend the meetings to spend time with friends and make new friends while we are there. I love the chapter meetings and have on occasions turned down work just because it clashes with a meeting. I look forward to hanging out with you in 2017 at the next chapter meeting in your area. Wishing all our members a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful holiday season. Richard...

DOES IT STILL FEEL LIKE PLAY?...

By Douglas Kruger, member of the Gauteng Chapter Ed: I picked up this pertinent message from Douglas Kruger’s weekly column from Amateur to Expert and thought it very applicable to speakers. Good food for thought as you do your goal setting for 2017. In his excellent book, ‘On Writing,’ Stephen King talks about the astonishing number of novels he reads (at least three per week) at the same time as churning out over 2,000 words of his own writing each day, every day, including weekends, Christmas and his birthday. He explains that when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work, and goes on to tell a story about his son. King’s son wanted to learn to play the saxophone, so King and his wife bought the instrument and arranged lessons for the boy. After six months, they asked whether he wanted to quit, to the adolescent’s great relief. Even though he was still practicing as often as was required, he never practiced after the required time. He never got lost in the process, or ‘blissed out and surprised himself,’ King explains. There was no love there. Do you still love what you do? Enough to play with it, to bliss out on it? Enough to practice it and dream about it even when no one requires you to do so? Do you still do the dance, and revel in the the movement, behind closed doors, on your own? When it comes from passion, it feels like play. When you’re playing, you’ll read those three books a week, and churn out those words, regardless. When you love what you do, the hours disappear, the imagination ignites, and you unearth strange and beautiful new ways. When you love what you do, you are...

GAUTENG CHAPTER REPORT

From Adele du Rand, Gauteng Chapter President The last two meetings for the PSASA Gauteng chapter have closed off 2016.  For the October meeting we had 2 presentations:  first, we heard about the reasons and how-to in engaging the millenials in our audiences from Kerry Elbourne & Megan Prescott (Lady Blue Branding & Marketing).  Our second speaker, Andrew Horton, shared insights into building a speaking business where you move away from money-for-time service to value service.   Our last chapter meeting in November, we heard from Yelang Prue Jinka, on how to step up your speaking career with media. Of course, the year wouldn’t be complete without a final Seat at My Table event – mega style!  A huge thank you to Francois  and Mariana Muscat, who opened their home to us.  If you didn’t attend, you missed out on a lovely evening, great food and wine, and the most incredible dessert, made by Willem Gouws’s wife who is one of the country’s top pattisieres!   Mouth watering! From my side, I wish you a blessed and happy festive season.  Rest, relax and recharge, as 2017 will bring it’s own set of challenges and opportunities.  And off course, we as the PSASA Gauteng team will be planning another exciting lineup for the...

President’s Message...

Spring is in the air with September already here, and the words ‘new’, and ‘fresh’ come to mind. Richard Mulvey, our National President has lots that is fresh and new to report: So many exciting things happening behind the scenes at the moment it is hard to know where to start this month. As you know we have reduced the membership fees by a massive 33% and while the cancellation of the magazine for members has something to do with that, the main area of savings has come from rearranging the way in which we manage the association. Pat and Simone after 4 years of fantastic service, have stepped down from the administration of the PSASA and The Conference Company (TCC) have taken over. I am sure you will find Louise from TCC very helpful and if you need any further assistance please just give me a call. The Online meetings have proved very successful with over 30 people attending at each session. Well done Charlotte Kemp for driving these meetings. The online meetings happen twice a month and are open to any speaker in Southern Africa (and a few from the rest of the world as well). The next big event is the Mid Term Convention on October 8th. The theme of the convention is “Monetising your IP” and has a host of speakers all focusing on helping you make money from your intellectual Property. This one is not to be missed and there are only 50 seats so book early. Thanks to Francois Muscat for organising this one. The precon workshop for this event on Friday 7th October (13:00 – 17:00) is all about creating video to monetise your IP and there will be a foundation braai...

Cape Chapter News

Cape Chapter News The Cape Chapter had an amazing meeting this month celebrating women – it being Women’s month, of course. We kicked off the meeting with one of our newest members, Sisi Nxumalo, as MC for the evening. This was followed by an extremely moving presentation by Pam Warren over Zoom from the UK. She spoke to us about her ordeal and trauma and how she ended up with the nickname “the Lady in a Mask”. (Pam was actually one of our closing speakers at the PSASA National Convention earlier this year). Lesley Rochat, the Shark Warrior, gave an insightful presentation with lots of video and amazing pictures on her journey from a fear of sharks to diving naked amongst them.For newsletter you can insert a Read more here. Just to top our Women’s Day `theme off we had Lois Strachan doing a 5-minute slot on Living an Extraordinary Life” she spoke candidly to us about how she lost her sight and the emotional upheaval that it created for her. She also explained how it helped her unearth a new passion. We are extremely excited about some upcoming events at our chapter. We have four workshops on the cards between now and February which will help our members get to the next level. All PSASA members from any chapter as well as friends are invited to participate. Look out for the adverts. The Cape Chapter is moving along well with a truly dedicated committee making our meetings both fun and entertaining. I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that Lois Strachan is the Cape Chapter’s new Vice President. Welcome on board Lois!” Way to go Cape Chapter. It sounds like this meeting was a...

Gauteng Chapter News

Gauteng Chapter News  Monday evening we had an amazing evening and chapter meeting! We learned more about Pat Anderson and Larry O’Sullivan. Pat is a presentation skills and public speaking coach, and Larry specializes in the customer service experience. In the last month, Nikki celebrated her son’s 21st birthday, and Stef stepped in a bucket of paint just before the meeting. The Pretoria chapter also had their first meeting and are off to a strong start! Well done to Chris for leading the way! The Pretoria chapter will be meeting on the first Thursday of every month. Please reach out to Chris if you want to attend a meeting: chrisvem@gmail.com Joni and Celynn are also doing a webinar series which we as speakers will find very informative. Join them for one of 3 power half hour webinars focusing on how to reduce sugar, starch and stress sustainably! NO charge. All you need is wifi and to invest 30 minutes of your time and focus. And they have been full of praise about the platform that Francois Muscat is helping them with! The highlight of the evening was the presentation by Shelley Walters. She presented “How to sell what you sell”, and shared some poignant tips and strategies with us. Here’s some of the tips that I learned: · Selling has changed. It is now about relevance and results. · If you are relying on relationships for sales, your client has the power. Don’t give away your power. The relationship must come as a consequence of your relevance and the respect that the client have for you. · Change the way you do proposals. Stand out from the rest by putting the most important information on the first page. ·...