Speaker Line Up

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Speaker Line Up 2019-01-11T19:39:59+00:00




This year the PSASA will host it’s 14th consecutive annual professional speaking convention over 3 days from 12-14 April with a dazzling line up of speakers. They’re all subject experts in their respective fields, all extreme influencers and all skilled at delivering their spoken message from the platform. Not only will you observe real professionals in action – you will learn the steps of building a professional speaking business and creating Extreme Influence.

Here are our 2019 convention speakers:


Join us at the 2019 PSASA Convention to find out how to turn family experiences into corporate keynotes with Caspar Craven, one of the international speakers to be featured.

In 2014, Caspar and his non-sailing wife set off for 2 years to sail round the world with their 3 children aged 9, 7 and 2.

You’ll hear some of Caspar’s stories on his adventures around the world, but more importantly, you’ll discover Caspar’s journey over the past year in the Professional Speaking World.

Caspar shares his journey to become a Keynote Speaker through his experiences of taking his stories and crafting those messages into Corporate Keynotes.



‘Step Up and Step Out to be a speaker that Stands Out!’

The PSASA are sincerely honoured and thrilled to announce that Joy Marsden, Leadership Speaker and National President of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland, will be part of our line up of speakers with Extreme Influence.

Joy will share:

  • Why speaking to engage is better than speaking to impress
  • How stepping through challenge can make great material for your speaking business
  • How enjoying yourself on stage helps your audience to remember you and your message more.

Joy’s mission is to ‘Inspire the Worlds Professionals’ to live a happy and successful life. She is known for her incredible, purpose-filled, healthy perspective to work and everyday pressures. Whereas others push you to work harder and make sacrifices, Joy focuses on working with excellence and stepping through challenges in order to stand out and get better results. Joy is an authority in the areas of self-leadership and using personal skills to influence and engage.



3/20/30 – Creating an outstanding Speaker Career

  • 3 vital lessons
  • 20 years of professional speaking
  • 30 minutes of insights and inspiration

Grant Driver started his speaking business in 1998 and in over 20 years has expanded his passion into an international speaking, consulting and coaching business.

In this presentation aptly titled 3/20/30 Grant will share his top3tips for creating an outstanding speaking career from 20 years of lessons and experience in 30 minutes.

Grant Driver’s conversational, light-hearted style and honest insights will empower and inspire PSASA delegates to challenge their business strategy, value proposition and purpose.

More about Grant:

Grant Driver is an international speaker and facilitator. He speaks at over 100 conferences a year on leadership and personal mastery, he is the CEO of Captivate International, a leading Employee Engagement, Organisational Culture and Leadership Consultancy.

Grant is also a master coach and mentor to CEOs and Executives of leading organisations. Grant was inducted into the PSASA Hall of Fame in 2018.

He is currently studying towards his Doctorate specialising in Conscious Business Ethics.



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Sharon is the founder of Key Steps Corporate Training. She is a dynamic communicator with over 20 years’ experience in the field of adult education, corporate facilitation and coaching. In 2018, she completed her PhD, where her focus was on holistic and sustainable leadership development. Her thesis contributed a framework that enables development programmes to offer sustainable results and a significant ROI. She is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner, holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an Executive Coach and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner at a Masters Level.

Sharon is considered more teacher and healer than speaker and is very passionate about deep transformational work and supporting individuals and organisations to really ‘be the difference that makes the difference’. She works with most large corporates in SA, does some work internationally and is part of the faculty at GIBS and Henley Business School.



Back to Basics – Thriving in Tough Times

Quinton Coetzee needs very little introduction. He has earned his place in the Hall of Fame and is undoubtedly one of the prime draw cards to the 2019 PSASA National Convention.
Quinton’s methods of sharing his insights and experiences in a way that they’ll not easily be forgotten, has universal appeal. For over 24 years, his associations with current business practise and ‘Lessons from the Wilds of Africa’, has resulted in his appearances before more than 3,500 audiences in 40 countries on 5 continents worldwide.

His talks inspire people to tap into their natural potential, to improve their business skills and performance, and to gain a better understanding of themselves and others.



“Fuelling Future Leaders”
Sculpting Mental Health Resilience In Teens

Binny is the founder and architect of “The Empower Teens Program”, designed for Middle Years and High School Students.

She is a teen mentor, motivational speaker and a columnist. She writes, engages and inspires teens on their mental well being. Having over 20 years of experience with Multinationals in India and most recently as Director with Nanosoft Technologies Limited – Kenya, she believes  “It’s important to have been there and done that”. After an 8 year span with the firm, she renounced her shareholding and directorship to let her passion lead the way.

As a social entrepreneur, her goal is “To make an impact while making an income”, Empower Teens Program was created with a vision to provide a proactive solution to the growing epidemic of teenage stress and its related mental health issues. The program safeguards every teen under an “Umbrella of Mental Health Resilience when it’s raining societal stigma’s, adolescence, personal stress, exam pressures and life in general.”

In less than a year Binny’s Empower Teens Program has impacted about 800 teens across geographical and socio-economic demographics through conducting workshops in local/private schools, street children homes and holiday workshops (India and Kenya).

Binny is a commerce graduate from University of Mumbai, completed her Leaders of Learning course from HarvardX in 2017, is currently pursuing an edX AP Psychology- Health and Behavior from University of British Columbia.

She is an Indian by heart, global in spirit; resides in Nairobi-Kenya with her husband and two daughters.


For an exceptional experience join us for the 2019 PSASA Annual Convention when Rob Caskie, Storyteller extraordinaire, keynote speaker, cultural guide and author will have you enthralled with a “Friday evening Fireside Chat” on the pre-conference evening.

Storytelling may seem like an old-fashioned tool today – and it is. That’s exactly what makes it so powerful. Who would ever have imagined that sharing experiences about solo African motorcycle journeys at university would lead to a career in storytelling?

Rob began sharing stories professionally in 2000, honing a unique talent for storytelling on the Anglo Zulu War battlefields. Bringing the drama of battlefields to life led to international speaking engagements. His subject matter has expanded considerably, always essentially human stories. There is a powerful thread of human interconnectedness (Ubuntu) directed at the better angels in our natures, which resonates so powerfully with audiences today.

With stick and trademark shorts, Rob prides himself in positive, unique storytelling that does not rely on electronic or visual aids ‘when the lights trip, Rob does not’.

For an up-close and personal first hand experience of Rob’s talent and entertainment, be sure to book your space around the fireside.



Our Banquet Evening at the PSASA 2019 Annual Convention will literally be a mind blowing experience! PSASA are thrilled to announce that the world renowned Gilan Gork, Mentalist, Bestselling Author, Speaker and Founder of the Influence Institute will be part of the evening’s events.

Gilan and his team at The Influence Institute believe that everyone has ideas, products or services that deserve attention.

“We want to empower people with the ability to get the buy-in, agreement or support they need from others, so they can reach their highest success”, says Gilan.

Gilan creates unique learning experiences that help people unleash their influence. He teaches how to apply a working knowledge of influence and persuasion to real-life practical situations, to be able to lead, sell, negotiate, market and inspire on a new level.

As part of Gilan’s distinctive presentation style, he interactively demonstrates a remarkable ability to decode people’s thoughts and to influence them. He demonstrates how through psychology, non-verbal communication and presentation, you can increase your ability to positively and ethically increase your influence ability.



Jabulani JB Mangena is a force to be reckoned with as a professional speaker and an energetic and engaging facilitator. An ardent speaker, he made it into the top 9 finalists in the World Championship of Public Speaking contest of Toastmasters International out of 30,000 speakers from 125 countries worldwide, in August 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

He is the founder and Director of a 100% BEE training and speaking company called Injabulo People Development Academy PTY (LTD) that is dedicated to Empower and encourage Abundant Living in individuals and teams.

A former street vendor, police officer and Lecturer, who believes that “You are more than what you have become”.

His is a compelling life story of an African child who refused and still refuses to be defeated by his circumstances. He rose from picking the garbage bins to excellence in his chosen field of speaking.



The sharing of her story publicly on The Forgiveness Project’s website in September 2014, opened many doors for Madeleine in ways she never imagined, and the invitations started to pour in.

Many women and men got in contact and explained how reading her story gave them strength, hope, and a different perspective of what’s possible in their lives.

The founder of The Forgiveness Project, Marina often refers to the various people on her website as “story healers” rather than “storytellers” and now she completely understood why.

She has taken part in both TV and radio interviews and has been invited to share her story of being gang raped as a teenager at conferences, book events, schools etc.

She recognises that she was a victim of a crime that left her silent for many years but has now found her voice and intends to use it. Not just for her, but for so many who can’t find theirs yet.

In March 2018 she won the Amazing Strength award at the No. 1 Magazine Amazing Women Awards and in October of the same year was asked to be the Patron for Say Women, a Scottish organisation which offers safe accommodation and support to young women who are survivors of sexual abuse/rape and who are homeless.

As well as being an “accidental speaker” she continues to work as a psychotherapist in Glasgow

Her memoir, Unbroken, was published on April 4th 2017.


“Staying in the Helicopter®”

Roger has a remarkable ability to make business simple. No matter what sector, no matter what size, no matter what challenges.

He has spent over 25 years leading international businesses, including a plc, which puts him in a unique position to deal with present-day business challenges.

Based in Oxford in the UK, he’s an international business growth speaker who inspires and entertains audiences with his acclaimed “Staying in the Helicopter®” programmes.

Over 20,000 CEOs, business leaders and others in nearly 50 countries have achieved transformational change through his thought-provoking, entertaining talks laced with real-life stories and humour.

Roger is also an author, business advisor, mentor, consultant and independent director.

He has unusually wide leadership experience … from small start-ups to multinationals … and from hightech products to basic commodities, people-based service businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

Roger spent seven years as Group Chief Executive of a FTSE quoted, high-tech industrial group with 12 sites across 4 continents. The UK Government mentioned it in its ‘Competitiveness’ White Paper. The US Forbes magazine included the group among its list of the top 100 overseas companies. Two business schools have used it as a benchmark case study on culture change and business re-engineering.

Roger has tutored on a leading leadership and teambuilding programme for over 25 years.

He’s a keen mountain biker and classic car enthusiast.

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