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PSASA’s Johannesburg Chapter is a home for professional and aspirant speakers throughout Gauteng.

Chapter meetings are usually held around the 3rd Thursday of the month at a venue in Sandton from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. The meetings are addressed by two invited speakers or industry experts. Keep an eye on the newsletter or social sites for the next meeting and booking details.


Dr Ian Bratt
Dr Ian BrattChapter President
Dr Ian Bratt is recently retired after 31 years in the Platinum industry. He is an experienced Toastmaster and is currently following his passion for helping people to develop their communication and leadership skills.
Michael Bratt
Michael BrattDeputy President
Michael is a multi-media journalist with Wag the Dog Publishers. He has a degree in journalism from Rhodes University. His experience in the media industry including time spent with Times Media (now Tiso Blackstar) and CNBC Africa. He has also been a Toastmaster for 10 years and is now developing his speaking career as a member of the PSASA.

Please contact us …

For enquiries about membership, meetings and events, please send us an email. Keep an eye on the events page for upcoming meeting dates.

Contact the Johannesburg Chapter here

See posts about past meetings in the Johannesburg Chapter

A neuroscience perspective on leadership, and ChInKing

A double header line-up at the Johannesburg Chapter of the ProfesChinking, sional Speakers Association of Southern Africa's January meeting saw two interesting speakers share insights into their areas of expertise. A packed room at HB Connect in Sandton played host to presentations by Dr Melodie de Jager, founder of Mind Moves, and motivational speaker, and South African Speaker Hall of Fame inductee Gavin Sharples. De Jager was first up with a talk which gave a neuroscience perspective on leadership. Human programming is called neuroscience and due to neuroplasticity it can be pruned and expanded through reflection and moulding to acquire additional [...]

11th February 2020|

An emotional night filled with inspiration and lessons

Many tears were shed at the October meeting of the Johannesburg chapter of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA). The gathering played host to two keynote speakers, Nondumiso Sibiya and Nikki Bush, whose emotional and inspirational presentations left attendees thinking. Don’t let your current circumstances determine your future Sibiya’s talk summarised her life story and how she got to the position she’s currently in. Growing up in poverty in Soweto, the 21-year-old dropped out of studying a teaching degree at Wits University to work with waste. She is now the co-founder of Boombadotmobi, a waste management business platform that [...]

10th November 2019|

How to make real money in speaking and training

The latest, monthly meeting of the Johannesburg chapter of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) served up two insightful, thought-provoking presentations. Following a table discussion, during which attendees shared the most useful apps they use in their lives (including Namola, Google Maps, and Whizzky), the first keynote speaker, Andrew Horton took the stage. Andrew is an international inspirational sales speaker, entrepreneur, and positive behavioural shift expert (specialising in productivity and sales team optimisation). His presentation, entitled ‘How to make real money in speaking and training’ hinged on one crucial point; that speaking as a profession isn’t that lucrative, and [...]

28th September 2019|

Digital marketing tools and speaking tips

A bigger room was required for the last meeting of the Johannesburg chapter of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) due to the number of members and guests in attendance. It may have had something to do with the keynote speakers that were lined up and the topics that they were covering. Speaking and training veterans Paul du Toit and Jacques de Villiers served up many helpful insights and trend explanations. The meeting opened with chapter President Ian Bratt welcoming everyone, before Gavin Novis hosted the table discussion around taboo topics that attendees stay away from in conversations. Jacques [...]

9th September 2019|

The state of South Africa’s electricity system and the power of podcasting

Attendees at the most recent meeting of the Johannesburg Chapter of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA), held on 18 July at HB Connect in Sandton, were treated to two interesting, insightful presentations. The evening began with a welcome by Chapter President Ian Bratt, who conducted a table session, where people shared their favourite off-the-beaten track holiday destinations in South Africa with each other. His son, Michael Bratt, who serves as the Chapter’s Deputy President, then took over proceedings. The well-attended meeting played host to two fascinating keynote speakers. First up was Chris Yelland, founder and managing director of [...]

12th August 2019|

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