The Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) is the primary body for and home of Professional Speakers in Southern Africa. The PSASA and its members enjoy and maintain full membership accreditation to the Global Speakers Federation (GSF).

(Please join us at a chapter meeting before making the decision to join the PSASA - we would love to talk to you first about what you are looking for and what we have to offer)

Annual Convention - 13 to 15 April 2018

Great opportunity to push ahead with your speaking career!

KZN Chapter Meetings May 2018

PSASA KZN Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, 15 May 2018

SICA’s Conference Facility and Hotel
19 Owen Ave Berea

Hello PSASA Members and Guests

I trust this finds you fabulous!

The PSASA is the professional association for speakers in Southern Africa. It is the place to meet with and learn from some of the best Speakers, Aspiring Speakers, Trainers, Facilitators, Coaches, Educators and Keynoters.

Our members are versatile and diverse. They represent all aspects of the speaking industry.

Our 15 May 2018 meeting will focus on building stamina to succeed.

Members please send me your First Time Guest’s Name, Email and Cell so that I may send them a qualifying CODE for their bookings.

Our Speakers will pack this meeting with their expertise and tips to make for growth in your Speaker Business.  Make sure to bring a journal and pen with you so that you  capture all their golden nuggets that will add to you building stamina to succeed.

Your timeous arrival, your contribution and quality of interaction will all add to the flavour, learnings and the spirit of the evening.  Let’s all work together to encourage new memberships.

Join us at:

Venue:        SICA’s

Address:    19 Owen Ave Berea

Date:          TUESDAY 15 May 2018 

Time:          17h30 Registration for 18h00 sharp start.  Finish 21h00. 

Cost:           First time Guests – no charge

                    R300.00 for non-members

                    R120.00 for spouses

Dress:        Smart business wear

Our Speakers are:


Anneme Coetzee

Vino Govender

Anneme Coetzee is a new member of PSASA.  Anneme speaks from the perspective and authority of being a Life Coach.

Vino Govender has just completed a trip to India which she relates to always being such an experience.  Whilst not currently a Member, I am hoping that Vino will find us irresistible and need to renew her membership. 



  • 17h30 to 18h00: Registration Table: Please sign in and make your menu choice
  • 18h00 sharp:
      • Welcome – Members Introduced
      • Members to introduce their Guests
      • Notices
  • 18h15 to 18:30:  Roger Knowles – AGM Formalities
  • 18h30 to 19h10: Anneme Coetzee – How Empowered are You?
  • 19h10 to 19h30: Break and Networking
  • 19h30 to 20h00: Vino Govender – “Perseverance Makes it Happen”
  • 20h00: Close of meeting

  • 20h00 to 21h00ish: Dinner, Drinks and Networking

Click here to book


No, not attending

Members please note that you will now be asked to welcome your Guests to the meeting.  A little info about their background and their industry would enrich our meeting and our networking with them.

At the same time, Members, please remember to also introduce yourself to the meeting.

Guests, should you feel that there is a “fit” between yourself and PSASA Kzn Chapter, we welcome your questions.  Please do request an Application Form.  Hand your forms to Mel Gard.

Application Forms may also be downloaded at:

http://psasouthernafrica.co.za/ / home page / Application Forms.

Feel free to bring your marketing material with you to network.  

A cash bar is available pre-meeting, at the break and at the dinner table.

Please feel free to make suggestions as to Speakers you would like me to ask to contribute to our meetings. I would need their full contact details, area of expertise and how you see them adding value to us as Speakers. 

So our 15 May 2018 meeting is just around the corner.  Please note that our next meeting will be back on track for the first Tuesday of June, being 05 June 2018. Please don’t let it sneak up on you given the short space of time between this meeting and the next.

Contact me, Barbara Johnson on 082 784 7656 if you have any queries.

Members and Guests, we look forward to learning together into Loving Speaking.


Owner - Leadership Dimensions Solutions (Pty) Ltd
President - Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa, KZN

Johannesburg Chapter Meeting: May 2018

PSASA Johannesburg Chapter Meeting May 2018

Dear PSASA Johannesburg Chapter Members

There is no chapter meeting this month.  Due to the fact that we have just concluded the PSASA National Convention, late unavailability of scheduled speakers and public holidays there will be no chapter meeting this month.  However there will be both a breakfast chapter meeting and a normal chapter meeting in May 2018, date and details to follow.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Kind Regards,

Gavin Novis
Johannesburg Chapter President

Pretoria Chapter Meetings May 2018


Thursday, 17 May 2018, 18:30

Dear PSASA members and friends,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue for the May 17th PSASA Pretoria chapter event has been changed to the Leriba Hotel in Centurion. The event time remains the same and a light meal will be served.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact Ross Saunders at ross@rossgsaunders.com.

Kindly note that the RSVP date has changed to Monday the 14th of May in order to arrange for catering at the venue.

Leriba Hotel is located off the Jean Avenue offramp from the N14 in Centurion.

This month we break tradition from our usual 3rd Wednesday of the month, to bring you an amazing speaker! Please join us on Thursday evening, 17 May, 18:15 for 18:30 when we will be joined by Graeme Codrington, who will be talking about Visual Impact: How to plan and prepare superb visuals to add to - rather than distract from - your presentation. Graeme is known for his powerful presentations, incorporating stunning visuals, videos and cinemagraphs. Come and spend some time behind the scenes as he takes us through his development process. You won’t just learn about visuals, but also how to structure, develop and put together a really compelling keynote presentation. You’ll also have the opportunity of an extended Q&A with Graeme in our second half of the evening.

Graeme Codrington is the only speaker in the world to have earned a CSP and be a Global Speaker Fellow and Speaker Hall of Fame recipient in both South Africa and the UK. He has been a keynote specialist professional speaker for 18 years, and is an expert on the future of work.

He is a researcher, author, futurist, presenter and board advisor working across multiple industries and sectors. He has a particular interest in disruptive forces changing how people live, work, interact and connect with each other.

He has written five books, including the award winning, “Mind the Gap” and “Future-Proof Your Child”, published by Penguin. His latest book is “Leading in a Changing World”, published in July 2015. Graeme writes regularly for numerous blogs, magazines and journals, and is regularly called upon for comment by the media around the world.

Graeme’s breadth of knowledge and expertise make him highly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving business world. Along with his formal qualifications and research credentials, he has a wide range of business experience. He did Chartered Accountancy articles at KPMG, was involved in an IT startup, worked in the Charity sector, has been a professional musician, a strategy consultant and is now a full-time speaker, facilitator and author.

Kindly RSVP by Tuesday, 15 May 2018 for venue setup and catering preparation.

Prior booking is essential to arrange for catering.

Click here to register

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2018

Time: Dinner at 18h30, meeting starts at 19h00

Venue:  Leriba Hotel in Centurion

Fee: Free for PSASA Members and Associates, R140 pp for Member/Associate partners, R200 pp for visitors

Payment: Registration and Payment can be done using the online Quicket system at http://qkt.io/9cEHiR

Upon completion of your registration you will be sent an event ticket, please ensure you are in possession of this ticket when attending the event.

Article Contributions

Please send your article contributions to chrisvem@gmail.com

Cape Chapter Meetings May 2018


Want to Boost Your Brand by Writing for Magazines and Blogs?

14 May 2018

18h30 for 19h00

Hello PSASA members and friends,

After an amazing April meeting, we’re back with another good one for May!

But first, here’s another event to diarise:

On Friday, 11 May we’ll be holding our first social supper – A Seat at My Table. It’s a bring—and-braai at my home in Lakeside and we can only fit 6 people… so mail me on  lois@loisstrachan.com and the first 6 people to book will get those seats (partners welcome; regret no children).


Join us at Venture Workspace,

11 Imam Haron Road, Claremont


18.30 for 19.00 SHARP start for our monthly Chapter meeting on Monday, 14 May 2018

Our guest Speaker is SARAH BULLEN



We are all walking and talking personal brands. Your brand can be linked to your career, life or something you have experienced. It is your story… or one of them. So what is your brand? What do you stand for, or what is the message you want to share?

And how do you tell that story? How can you craft it to make it travel and inspire others?

Sarah Bullen draws on her decades of work with writers all over the world as an international writing coach and author to invite you to find your best story and create your own personal brand. In words.

You could find the story you want to create for your future. And how do you tell that story? How can you craft it and embody it to make it travel and inspire?

This workshop/talk is fun and highly interactive. Delegates are going to be asked to do a lot of personal brainstorming, writing and questioning work. They will not share this with the room (awkward) but rather in writing and personal introspection, guided visualization and notes.

You will leave with…

  • An understanding of your personal brand
  • An understanding of how your stories can travel and expand your reach
  • A list of stories that can find an audience
  • Experience in writing a number of articles in various formats.
  • A list of 10 stories ideas to take forward
  • An understanding of your key messages
  • A list of a few possible brand angles and extensions

About the presenter:

Sarah Bullen is an international writing coach and author. She has worked with over 2,000 people over 15 years to inspire them to find their story and share it…. Tell it or write it.

She speaks at writing conferences, workshops and to writers on the technical side of the craft of writing and how to write a book, speech or article but also as an inspirational keynote speaker to larger crowds and audiences.

Sarah has written six books including two non-fiction books published by Penguin Random House Struik, two children's books, a genre romance and a screenplay. She has also ghost-written a number of books.

Lois Strachan

Cape Town Chapter president

Book your seat here


Free to all paid up PSASA Members

R300 for guests

R120 for members' spouses

(First Time Visitors attend free of charge).

Also remember that dinner is included!

Kindly RSVP by Monday, 7 May 2018 for venue setup and catering preparation. 

Payment: Payment can be made online using the Quicket system. Upon completion of your registration you will be sent an event ticket, please ensure you are in possession of this ticket when attending the event.

National PSASA Convention 2018 in Johannesburg!

XLR8 - Accelerate your Speaking Career

18 International Speakers and Entertainers

To register, click here.

Click here to download the programme.

Want to Grow your Speaking and Training Business?

Successful speakers from all over the world will be attending the PSASA Convention in April this year with the sole purpose of sharing their knowledge and experience with you. Sit side by side with multi million dollar speakers and find out how they made their millions. Book your convention ticket here

PSASA Convention at the Indaba Hotel

The convention this year is held in the Indaba hotel, Johannesburg. Well known for its excellent food and atmosphere and accommodation.

Attend the Pre-Con with Billy Selekane SAHoF CSP
Billy Selekane is one of the most successful Speakers in South Africa. Year after year he has made millions of dollars influencing audiences around the world. In the Pre-Con session Billy will be sharing with us his success model, going into detail about how we all can also develop our businesses to the same level. Book now for the $1 Million Blueprint. (How to build a sustainable speaker business in times of disruption). This session alone is worth 10 times the entrance fee and is a great way to start the convention. Book Here for the Pre-Con
Saturday sponsored by USB.
Dress up for the Gala Dinner on Saturday
The PSASA Gala Dinner and awards ceremony, is always the highlight of the convention. Tuxedos and traditional dress is encouraged but not obligatory. Television star Sunil Osman will be entertaining us along with Christian Heath playing throughout the evening. The Gala dinner is all part of the convention package. Book here for the convention.

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PSASA Gauteng Invitation: Seat-At-My-Table: 10 May 2018

PSASA Gauteng invites you to Seat-At-My-Table

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 18h30 for 19h00

Dear Members and Friends

Paul and Trudie will be hosting the May Seat-at-my-Table evening. During the evening you will mingle with fellow speakers and share many stories and ideas, great food and great company. The number of seats are limited, and are available on a first-respond-first-booked basis (only email response bookings will be accepted). The dinner is open to all members of the PSASA (partners/ spouses welcome). There is no charge to attend.

Here's how it works ...

The host opens the invites for as many seats around the table he/she can accommodate. The host sets the menu and asks those who are attending to help contribute by bringing a bowl or drinks, etc. Please ensure that you bring enough to cater for the number of invited guests. This ensures that the host does not have a huge financial burden and spend days preparing.

If you accept the invitation and do not inform the host at least the day before the dinner that you are not attending, you will join the blacklist. The reason is that others who were turned away lose out and the host has short-catered.

Date: Thursday, 10 May 2018

Time: 18h30 for 19h00

Venue: Sandton (address and directions will be sent to the booked guests)

RSVP: trevorketler@ketler.co.za Please book your seat directly with Trevor. There are only a few seats available, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Online Meetings May 2018


Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 18:30

Hello colleagues,

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 radio and podcasting and loves to help other South African podcasts get started.

Book now for the online meeting with Jayne Morgan.

See you online!


Charlotte Kemp


Click here to register  

Date: Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Time: 18h30 – 20h00

Venue: Online

Fee: Free

Registration: Registration can be done using the online Quicket system at     https://www.quicket.co.za/events/45977-psasa-online-meeting-how-to-get-started-with-podcasts/#/

The PSASA was founded to help its members achieve excellence in their careers as professional speakers.

And, to uphold and maintain the highest standards of professional speaking to the benefit of its members and their clients.

Our members include experts who speak on many topics and in almost all industries.

Our members include:

  • Professional speakers
  • Conference speakers
  • Celebrity speakers
  • Business speakers
  • Keynote speakers
  • Motivational speakers
  • Humourists
  • Trainers
  • Authors

Who should join?

The PSASA is an Association for Professional Speakers (ie paid speakers) who are earning all  or a part of their income from speaking and training to audiences. Read more…


The PSASA has two Types of Members
The minimum qualifying criteria are set out. Read more…


Voices of Experience, a monthly audio CD, features interviews with the masters of the speaking business worldwide. These publications are mailed 10 times per year and are received by all Professional members. Candidate members may access the audio online and may download the magazine in PDF format. Read more …

Application Form

This application must be accompanied by:
1) Applicant’s signature on the Code of Professional Ethics
2) Membership category verification schedule and documents
2) Payment in full of initiation fee

Please complete the form, and type or print all supporting information clearly and submit to the National Administrator on fax number 086 245 7258. View Application Form

Other Forms

These are all the supporting documents to accompany your application. View other forms

Professional Speaker

If you are a Professional Speaker earning part or all of your income from speaking then the PSASA could be for you. Check out the benefits to your speaking business.

Aspiring Speaker

We also cater for aspiring speakers that wish to build a career as a Professional Speaker. Our monthly meetings add a lot of value to aspiring speakers. Learn about the difference between our levels of membership.

Event Planner

If you are looking for a seasoned Professional Speaker that will add serious value to your next convention, click here.