I trust you will be enjoying today’s public holiday. This will be my last message as Editor. We are still looking for a scribe to take over from me. So, if you think you’ve got what it takes – I had high standards for the editor, but have scaled down a bit. So now all you have to be able to do is be able to speak English and type 20 words per minute. If you can do this and would like a shot as Editor of this newsletter, speak to me.
As all of you know, we’ve just had the PSASA Convention in Durban. It was an intimate affair that was a huge hit. Well done to Claire Newton, Convention Convenor and her team for running a great show under the most trying of conditions.
Some of the highlights for me (and there were lots). If you were at the Convention, you can share your impressions on the PSASA Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/psasouthernafrica :
– Meet the CSPs on Sunday. This is the session where I get my best ideas to further my speaking business at every convention. And, this year didn’t disappoint. I sat in on Stef du Plessis’s, CSP session and finally figured out how to leverage my keynote and make more money.
– For me the find of the Convention was Dr. Petro Janse van Vuuren, storyteller from www.playingmantis.net. I attended her breakaway workshop and was blown away. And, judging by the standing ovation she got, so were the other 20 or so attendees. Whoever the Convention Convenor is … get Petro a main stage platform on 12 – 14 April 2013. She’ll be a showstopper.
– Of course, most of the speakers were good, so I’m not going to sing their praises here.
– I enjoyed the networking and connecting with old friends again.
– Go to #vocalislekker on Twitter and check out what was tweeted about the convention
New Presidents Council
The new President’s Council was introduced at the AGM. Adolph Kaestner, National President; Roger Knowles, Deputy National President; Robin Pullen, National Treasurer and Pretoria Chapter President; Carl Shultz, Johannesburg Chapter President; Claire Newton, Durban Chapter President. Cape Town currently doesn’t have a leadership structure and will hopefully be sorting this out in the next week or so. Jacques de Villiers has taken over the Marketing & PR portfolio for the PSASA (you don’t get to retire in the PSASA ;-))
Billy Selekane received the Hall of Fame Award at the Gala Dinner on Saturday.
The Stef du Plessis Founder’s Award was not awarded this year.
Next Year’s Convention
Next Year’s Convention will be held in Misty Hills Hotel, Johannesburg from 12 – 14 April 2013. You all know how tight Adolph Kaestner is with money (probably a good thing for a Treasurer) and how protocol bedonnered he is. He only wanted to give the 2012 Convention delegates a super discount and let the rest of us suck on the hind teet. The deal was that if we booked and paid before we left on Sunday we would get R2 000 off the full fee. This means that we would get the early bird discount and only pay R2 950. So far 16 members have signed on for 2013. I said, “ah, nee ah, Dolf”, “what about the members that haven’t attended this year’s Convention, what do they get?” I saw him get ready to dig his heels in, so I gave him a whiskey. After much arm twisting, I’ve managed to swing the deal. The upshot is that all members are eligible to qualify for the special – so don’t let all my begging go to waste. Book and pay by end of day’s play on 5 May 2012, you can also get the special discount of R2 950 (that’s a R2 000 saving on the full Convention price).
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That’s all folks,
Hopefully, the next newsletter will have a new editor with a fresh perspective, new ideas and compelling copy.
Jacques de Villiers
Immediate Past Editor
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