Jo’burg Chapter Meeting
22 Apr @ 19:00 - 21:00 SAST
Dear members, colleagues and friends
It’s a privilege to introduce myself as 2021/22 President of the PSASA Johannesburg chapter. I am looking forward to hosting the first meeting of the new PSASA year on 22 April 2021. We have moved this month’s meeting from our normal slot on the third Thursday of the month to accommodate the annual PSASA convention taking place from 16 to 18 April in STELLENBOSCH. The theme is “Next”, and I hope to see some of you there!
Thank you to outgoing president, Nikki Bush, and her committee for an astonishing achievement in building, growing and supporting members, and taking our chapter to a level we probably couldn’t have imagined as recently as 5 years ago. I will formally bid farewell to the old committee and welcome the new at our next meeting.
On that note, our April meeting is an interesting combination of fun and fear. Bronwyn Kilroe, a corporate trainer, laughter Coach, and TEDx speaker – or, as her clients like to call her ,‘The Team Building Specialist’ – will be talking to us about how to incorporate the Ha Ha Factor into our presentations to up our magnetism and bookability. Jonathan Leeming, best-selling author, international speaker and award-winning conservationist, will guide us through an entertaining and unique exploration of medically important spiders, answering the question: How spiders can help us overcome the challenges of our time.
My vision for 2021/22 – what comes next
My personal obsession is with what comes next. Globally, the speaking profession is still coming to terms with the events of 2020, while it prepares to return to a different normal in 2022. As such, we are in a year of transition. A year of 20-22 vision.
The theme of the annual convention next week month sums up my perspective: “The next phase in our profession and our careers may be different for each individual, but it cannot be the same as it was before 2020. Especially in this time of radical change and fundamental shifts in society and the economy globally, our focus must be on what comes next, what we plan to do next, and what our clients need next.”
This means that speakers must not only work on what they do best, but also on what will best meet the needs of their audiences in the future. For this reason, I would like to embrace a theme that covers what we do next as speakers, and not only what speakers currently do.
I am proposing practical steps in 4 broad areas for our chapter, falling under 4 Rs:
Resources: I want to pursue an idea that we discussed at the beginning of lockdown, which is to drive a section of the website that collates resources for speaking professionals, from relevant articles and links to our own members, and the NSA’s Speaker magazine to videos, podcasts, holograms, etc.
Recognition: I want to ask members to suggest categories that we should acknowledge within the chapter, and vote on. It is not a formal accolade, but rather recognition from your own chapter that is more than just a mention in the chat room. More broadly, I want to highlight members’ sample videos from as many members as possible, in our newsletter, on social media, etc. to make members aware of the astonishing talent among their colleagues.
Rainmakers: This is about mentorship of future speakers. We don’t have a beginner level, and most aspirant speakers are not yet at Associate level, so I would like to explore ways to nurture talent to ensure future growth. Internally, I propose that we create a kind of buddy system where members can create pairs to offer a sounding board to each other.
Reinvention: The convention is all about rebirth, revival and reinvention, that will provide us with an amazing body of knowledge and connections that I would like us to draw on to provide almost a playbook for the future of speaking. I see the convention as creating a foundation for the future. Book your seat here to attend virtually or in person.
Please email me directly if you want me to assist with any of these goals. I look forward to working with you in the dynamic Joburg chapter.
What’s your set prize? Please share with me…
I was happy hear Rob Caskie concluding his “Endurance Through Disruption” talk with Robert Browning’s words on Ernest Shackleton’s grave: “a man should strive to the uttermost for his life’s set prize”
I want you all to think about this question. In your speaking life or related activity: What is your life’s set prize? That prize does not remain the same throughout your life, so don’t feel you are stuck with last year’s set prize that you could never win.
Are you ready to make your life’s set prize a goal for the coming year? Those who are willing to share, please ">email me at insert Arthur’s email address one line that sums up that set prize, and I will briefly try to encapsulate the dreams of members at our next chapter meeting.
Johannesburg Chapter President