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 in the evening with some very special entertainment.

The Pretoria Chapter has had its first meeting and I encourage any speaker in the area to attend this monthly event. My thanks go to Chris Vermeulen for driving this chapter. Any new chapter takes a a great deal of effort to get going so if you have the time I would encourage you to support Chris and the chapter by attending the meetings and offering your services as a guest speaker.

The newsletter is going through its annual revamp to keep it fresh and relevant to the speakers of Southern Africa. Thanks to Nikki Bush for this and Louise from TCC.

I am delighted to see that all the chapters have had some great meetings last month. Attending the meetings is great way to grow your business. The speakers are fantastic and the opportunity to hang out with the professionals who are always pleased to share their ideas is irreplaceable.

The main theme of the PSASA is “Supporting the Speakers of Southern Africa”, so if you can think of any way we can improve what we do please let me know at psasaspeakers@gmail.com