PSA Convention 2021

Are you ready for an unforgettable experience?

With the events and speaking industry under pressure in 2020, there is no greater time to gather, be inspired and equipped to be ready to shift gears for the success of your speaking business in 2021, and beyond.

The 2021 Professional Speakers Australia Convention will be a refreshing celebration, daring to be different, with more interactive experiences as we push the boundaries to ignite speaking from the heart and building a business with soul.

Professional Speakers Australia is a vibrant, growing, Australian-wide community of professional speakers. Where each aspiring individual is empowered to influence and inspire the world around them, through enriching development opportunities and the encouragement they need to flourish and excel within the industry.

WHERE

Virtual Event

WHEN

Friday to Monday
12 – 15 March 2021


Not Just Another Zoom Call

This year, PSA Convention 2021 will look different. It will be a premium virtual event held across 4 days showcasing market-leading technology, the marvels of different online experiences and a gathering of world-class talent, not to be missed. And, yes, there will be opportunities for delegates to connect, wherever you are in the world!

Why Should You Join in 2021?

Have you experienced the magic of attending a convention for world class professional speakers? Hold onto your hats, open your mind and discover a world of possibility when you attend the 2021 Convention. Not to be missed.

Re-Imagine:

What is possible in your speaking business for 2021 and beyond.

Reconnect:

The conversations, camaraderie and support are just as valuable as the program itself.

Refresh:

A special moment for you! To unplug, reflect, refuel and rejuvenate with your speaking peers and friends, old and new.

Convention Program

4 DAYS. 4 DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES.
All times are in AEDT (Sydney time)

Each day will be different from FANTASTIC FRIDAY from The Retreat, STIMULATING SATURDAY from The Business Lounge, SOULFUL SUNDAY from the Speaking Spa and MAGIC MASTERCLASS MONDAY from the Green Room. One ticket takes you everywhere – to nourish your heart and soul with life-enriching solutions for the year ahead!

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  • 1. Fantastic Friday

    12 March

  • 2. Stimulating Saturday

    13 March

  • 3. Soulful Sunday

    14 March

  • 4. Magic Masterclass Monday

    15 March

  • "NOTE: Only available for people who have completed the PSA BOOST! program" During this practical masterclass, lead facilitator and coach of the BOOST! program, Ian Stephens CSP takes a deeper dive into one aspect of the program and introduces the alumni to a new advanced influencing or selling skill. Calling all BOOSTERS… attend this special virtual masterclass if you want to: 􀀁 Reconnect to the BOOST skills and tools 􀀁 Amplify your ability to convert sales

  • No matter how long you've been speaking, If this is your first time attending a PSA Convention, join Catherine as she shares how to get the best return for your registration. It's a lot more than information and even experience! Find your people, discover the business ground rules, and drill down for the real secret that will give you a manifold ROI.

  • Who knew at that toe touching, elbow-tapping furtive hugging Convention in March 2020, that we would return to our lives in a world forever changed. In this Keynote with a difference created exclusively for PSA Convention 2021, Leanne Faraday-Brash CSP, Organisational Psychologist, Change Expert and Performance Coach will take us back… to the best and worst of our 2020 selves, to our highs and lows, our COVID-19 learnings and yearnings on stage in a way you have NEVER seen her before. You will laugh and cry and achieve insights and foresights to take on your forward journey as we make sense of the year that was since our last Convention and rejoice in our resilience.

  • You may be virtual, but you still have hands! Hands are our major tool of trust and you just can’t leave them under the table. They are also critical to speakers as a memory technique, as well as a critical way to free the body. So, as Warwick Merry might say "Why wouldn’t you take that baby and work with it"! So, let’s get using our hands on screen in the best way possible In this session you will discover why they help you, where they can go and get practical help on what to do. Learn to ‘walk like an Egyptian’ and much more!

  • CSPs! Please join us from 2PM - 5PM on Friday for fun, feedback, fulfilling conversation and a freaking fount of formidable expertise! | 2PM - 4PM Back by popular demand...the CSP Dolphin Tank (like Shark Tank but nicer) If you choose to take a plunge in our Dolphin tank you will get 5 - 10 minutes to present and then you will receive 10 minutes of feedback from our 3 expert Dolphins: • Tony Eades, CSP, National President and Marketing & Brand Strategist • Jonathan Holloway, CSP and Festival Director, Coach & Artistic Advisor • Lisa McInnes-Smith, CSP, CPAE, Life Member and High-Performance Expert If you are game to give it a go contact me directly at Kim@IgniteGlobal.com | 4PM - 5PM Simultaneous roundtable discussions • The Power of the Pivot - Lead by Michael McQueen, CSP & Business Trends Expert & Warwick Merry, CSP & Titan of Technology • Making Order out of Chaos - Lead by Donna Hanson, CSP & Productivity Expert • (Re)Guarding your Reputation - Lead by Neryl East, CSP & Reputation and Communications Specialist

  • How to set up a studio - Rod Morris | The ABCDEF of Zoom - Maz Farrelly | How to warm up an audience - Mike Goldman & Matt Hollywood | Advice from the Anxious Shrink - Dr Mark Cross | How to work social media - Edwin Smith | How to work YouTube - Mathew McKenna | How to pitch - Alison Black | How to do make up for small screen and stage - Helen Dowsley | How to impress in meetings and interviews - Meg Tait | How to stand out and be outstanding - Yana Groves | How to protect yourself online - Louise Hannah

  • Featuring Vinh Giang's Opening Keynote "The Illusion of Impossibility" - Success in any field often looks impossible, but the impossibility that they see is an illusion. And illusions often have simple solutions. The pandemic for our industry has created an illusion of impossibility, when it first hit I felt it was an impossible illusion to solve. After experimenting in this space for the last 12 months, I’ve discovered 3 simple solutions that have helped me thrive during this time that I will share.

  • After a year that many speakers would rather forget, how do we make sense of all that has happened for us personally and professionally? In this candid, compelling and practical keynote, Michael McQueen CSP will help you crystallise the lessons of 2020 and chart a course for what lies ahead.

  • It is often said we need to look backwards to be able to move forwards. In this session, Keith Abraham CSP will facilitate a review of 2020 with Sue, Rabia and Michael. They will explore what worked for them in 2020 and what we may expect could happen in 2021 and beyond in the Speaking and Conference Event Business. There have been some massive learnings for each of us as Professional Speakers as well as some real insights which you will be able to apply to your business moving forward.

  • Mike Rolls shines a light on the unpredictability of life. Something that will resonate with many people following the events of 2020. Mike combines authentic storytelling and vulnerability, with ample humour, to show us how we can use even the most unthinkable circumstance, as a springboard to greater levels of resilience and personal and professional growth…. all by asking a simple, consistent and practical question!

  • Step out of the audience and Maz and Julian will make you the star of your own TIK TOK video. Tough times can play havoc with our charisma, so this session is the one-hour equivalent of a tequila shot in the eye for your messaging mojo. Quit hiding behind your written content, get in front of that camera and show your clients exactly who you are and why you do what you do in a way they can’t help but remember. Now, more than ever, video is king - we have to SHOW who we are, what we believe in and how we can help. Video delivers your message like a concrete fist in a cashmere glove. One lucky audience member will get their normal pitch transformed into a killer, cut through 30 second video that gets the eyeballs and ears of the people you want to do business with. What about those of you who weren’t chosen? You win too because we will do this in a LIVE workshop where you can apply Maz and Julian’s processes to your own message. Discover … How to position you and your business in a way that is remembered for all the right reasons | How to deliver a killer one liner that makes your clients sit up and listen | Learn the basics of delivering great video so your pitches are Oscar winners | Kick ass killer communications is what this session is all about | If you don’t fall right back in love with yourself, we will buy you a bottle of Mezcal

  • Zig Ziglar had it right! He spelt it out plain and simple… if you can’t sell you’ll starve! Or at least you’ll never earn the success you deserve. And even successful speakers are known spend more time doing other stuff than selling their skills. (Fact: During the pandemic most speakers spent more time making free digital presentations than selling themselves and positioning their value… and the pandemic closedown was a great time for selling.) The reason: Most speakers can’t sell! They hate it because they don’t have a system to make it happen. This session will introduce you to just a few key criteria of a system that overcomes sales reluctance and harnesses a sales machine for you. Guaranteed! If you want your 2021 sales pipeline going gangbusters, this is one session you must attend.

  • In 2020 the world went crazy. We thought the days of global pandemics were far behind us. Yet here we were trying to deal with cancelling clients, coming up to speed with technology, home schooling, worrying about finance, worrying about the future and somehow trying to stay sane. In the maelstrom of the pandemic, some of us forgot to have fun! Five speakers will share with you ideas on how to have more fun. More fun on stage, in life or with ferrets. Join us for a ferret powered, stage influenced, global solution to having more fun. Because life is too important to take seriously!

  • A special opening to Soulful Sunday from The Speaking Spa, with a tonic of sparkling words from Simon T. Bailey, to refresh and rejuvenate your brilliance!

  • In this non-stop, action packed 45 minute session you’ll discover 9 (that’s right 9, count them) incredibly, stupid darn mistakes that are so bleeding obvious you’ll smack your head in frustration that you haven’t realised you’ve made them. Most importantly, the crystal clear solutions are so simple and easy you’ll be sweating on the end of the session to take fast action to fix them! A word of caution! Don’t come if you: 􀀁 Reckon you’ve got it all together and won’t learn anything from a silly old timer slowly sinking into senility you’ve heard a squillion times before! 􀀁 It’s going to be a whole lot of unproven mumbo jumbo using digital solutions or hot-to-trot stuff that is making some guy millions of bucks. 􀀁 Want to sleep in! Your presenters are Winston Marsh, CSP (who must have learnt something in the 35 years he’s been out there speaking) and Russell Pearson (who bridges the divide between the digital and old fashioned worlds to get the best out of both). They speak sense and solutions!

  • From this, to this, to this! Feedback tells us the ‘Stoolies’ session, delivered by past recipients of The Educator of the Year Award, is always a highly anticipated session and convention highlight. This year learn from the masters as they pull up their stools and walk us through how they evolved a piece of content from good to great. Get ready to go ‘behind the curtains’ and see the design method and processes they have used to SHIFT the content over time. Leave with practical tips you can use to apply to your content so it engages, transforms and resonates with the hearts of participants.

  • The vast majority of PSA community work really hard. But is some of that hard work as a direct result of our own mistakes? When it comes to the business of closing business there are some common pitfalls that speakers tend to repeat which impact our commercial success and client engagement. In this session we’ll explore the most common mistakes made and some suggested methods to avoid these. Looking practical methods, case studies and approaches, we’ll work towards increasing your conversion rate, leading to a more efficient, more profitable and more booked speaking business.

  • Like it or not technology is now part of every business, yes including your speaking one. And if you want to get more done in less time, you must make technology your friend. Join award winning entrepreneur, Dale Beaumont, as he shares with you 14 new ‘tech tools’ that every speaker should know about and be using. Dale assures us this presentation will blow your mind and the value of what you learn will more than cover the cost of attending the whole event.

  • I’ll admit it, I don’t like spending money on ads. So instead I’ve build my entire (7 figure) business with one simple tool. My voice. Not just the slightly dulcet Northern English tones of my spoken voice, but also the slight sarcastic, educational and sometime controversial tones of my written voice. In my presentation I’ll cover how to: • Understand the difference between voice and tone • Define your brand voice • Relate better to your audience. • Express your brand values • Embrace your brand voice quirks • Create your brand voice guidelines And how to step bravely into the world of public speaking, podcasting, Facebook live and even Clubhouse, with a confidence voice, that builds trust, and converts customers.

  • Step out of the audience and Maz and Julian will make you the star of your own TIK TOK video. Tough times can play havoc with our charisma, so this session is the one-hour equivalent of a tequila shot in the eye for your messaging mojo. Quit hiding behind your written content, get in front of that camera and show your clients exactly who you are and why you do what you do in a way they can’t help but remember. Now, more than ever, video is king - we have to SHOW who we are, what we believe in and how we can help. Video delivers your message like a concrete fist in a cashmere glove. One lucky audience member will get their normal pitch transformed into a killer, cut through 30 second video that gets the eyeballs and ears of the people you want to do business with. What about those of you who weren’t chosen? You win too because we will do this in a LIVE workshop where you can apply Maz and Julian’s processes to your own message. Discover … How to position you and your business in a way that is remembered for all the right reasons | How to deliver a killer one liner that makes your clients sit up and listen | Learn the basics of delivering great video so your pitches are Oscar winners | Kick ass killer communications is what this session is all about | If you don’t fall right back in love with yourself, we will buy you a bottle of Mezcal

  • President Elect - Global Speakers Federation

  • How to adopt a growth mindset, harness passion and increase psychological resilience. | To strive is to make great effort to achieve a goal, to embrace change and step out of your comfort zone. It is about persevering in the face of rejection and struggling to overcome an obstacle. Happiness and fulfilment in life doesn’t come from having things easy, it comes from overcoming challenges, creating a sense of pride, building new capabilities and creating new opportunities. Explore the latest neuroscience supporting you to flourish during constant change and uncertainty.

  • My content was the same. The process of delivery was the same. My income doubled. To my surprise! On exploring what the difference was that made the difference, Dr David Martin helped me realise that the work I did with him to dive deep into who I really was, had transformed the ‘field’ I created. I would like to share with you the journey so that you have a different perspective and may view things differently because ’speaking in the time of COVID’ cannot be the same as you did before! And I don’t mean just going from live to virtual!

  • What you say is important but how you say it - is equally as important. You could have the greatest music written by Beethoven but if you play it poorly, will it be perceived as the greatest music ever written? Join me to learn how to play the leaders instrument masterfully.

  • Video is modern magic for your speaking business. Julian reveals the real secrets to unlocking the magical power of the world’s most effective-yet-inexpensive sales, marketing and communication tool - the smartphone you already own. Did you know … *the lens on your smartphone is better than the Hubble Space telescope *more people on the planet own a smartphone than own a toothbrush Learning Objectives … • the 3 barriers stopping you from becoming a DIY video powerhouse and how to remove them • learn the 3 phases of E20 video production and make double the videos in half the time • Tools not toys! what to & not to buy • BONUS** amaze your family by turning old home movies into fresh memories *perfect for both iOS and Android smartphone users.

  • In this non-stop, action-packed, 45-minute masterclass you’ll discover how you can 10x your income sources without giving up your valuable time. Multi-media publisher Susan Dean has helped hundreds of speakers, trainers, entrepreneurs and influencers leverage their existing talents and add entire product ranges to their businesses in simple and easy steps. You can take your speaking career to new heights and generate sales both on and off-stage— books, ebooks, audiobooks, videos, podcasts, mini-movies, online courses, international distribution, retreats, virtual events and much more. Susan will reveal how to scale your speaking opportunities and productise your message so they perform for you 24/7. If you’re a busy entrepreneur or speaker who is ready to maximise your sales opportunities and grow your passive income, then this masterclass is not to be missed.

  • Join Phill Nosworthy and the Switch Learning + Development creative team as they unpack the key insights, and hard-earned lessons, from delivering awe-inspiring and life-transforming digital learning experiences for Microsoft, The Boston Consulting Group, GitHub and the AFL. This will be a nothing-heldback, one-time-only masterclass where the world-famous SL+D team shares their best tactics for wowing audiences and inspiring deep trust in clients.

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  • "The PSA convention is not to be missed! Each year it brings a plethora of industry updates, best practice skill development sessions, networking with incredible peers and a chance to see other talented professionals in action. This year is even more important as the industry is going through incredible change. Now is the time to hone your skills, adapt to and shape the new speaking landscape and ensure your business not only survives these tumultuous times, but thrives as a result. See you there. 😊"
    Anneli Blundell CSP - Virtual Speaker, Author, Influence Expert
    Anneli Blundell CSP - Virtual Speaker, Author, Influence Expert
  • "The PSA Conventions are the highlight of my year. Nothing better than learning from and networking with the professional speaking community. Whether it’s from the stage or while partying together at the gala dinner the event is a fabulous way to stay keyed into the industry."
    Monica Rosenfeld - Keynote Speaker, PR Agency Owner, Facilitator and Media Trainer
    Monica Rosenfeld - Keynote Speaker, PR Agency Owner, Facilitator and Media Trainer
  • "Professional speaking isn't just about ... speaking, it's about developing your brand and the broad range of business skills you need to succeed. The PSA Convention is the perfect way to stay up to date and get ahead in all of these areas."
    Phil Preston - Business Purpose Keynote Speaker and Facilitator
    Phil Preston - Business Purpose Keynote Speaker and Facilitator
  • "The PSA community offers support, insights and experience. The convention is the time to connect and hone our stagecraft and build our business knowledge. It’s exciting that we can do this online."
    Lisa Evans - Executive Speaker Coach
    Lisa Evans - Executive Speaker Coach

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For further information, contact:

Lisa Evans
P: 0438 902 042
E: lisa@speakingsavvy.com.au