INSPIRE: The PSA National Convention

PSA Annual Convention 2019

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The Agenda

This year’s theme is Relevance. The event features a line-up of main stage speakers at the top of their game, as well as a selection of hands-on workshops and expert roundtables designed to help you step up your speaker business.

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Why Attend?

We asked members across the PSA what their top reasons were for coming along to the annual convention. From across all member types from brand new Associates, Professional Members, to long-standing Fellows, here’s what they told us…

1) To connect with other professional speakers from home and away

Professional Speakers are by their very definition a little unusual, finding and connecting with others who’ve chosen this path can feel like a revelation and a relief. The annual conventions in each of the Global Speaking Federation member associations are the place to make the connections that will underpin your speaking success. It’s in these rooms that you will find the people who will refer you the best work, open doors to speaking in other countries, give you the advice you need, and the support you want. And, if the person you need to meet isn’t in the room, you can be pretty sure that someone who knows them is.
2) To deepen existing relationships with colleagues and friends

You will hear long-standing members talk about the PSA as ‘their tribe.’ As you connect and contribute to this organisation, you will form life-long friendships. The connections you make will strengthen each time you meet, and through the shared experience of attending a convention together.
3) To see great speakers in action

In addition to stage time, one of the best ways to master the craft of speaking is to see a lot of speakers in action. Naturally, we hope that the main-stage talks showcase the best in the industry, and give you insight and inspiration. But, even if a person’s topic or style isn’t your cup of tea, taking time to watch how they work the stage, how they use props, etc. can be as instructional as what comes out of their mouths.
4) To attend workshops designed specifically for speakers

In addition to the main-stage sessions, the range of practical workshops gives you more practical advice for your speaking business. These go beyond general business advice to look specifically at the business of speaking.The workshop sessions are focused, and no-nonsense.
You won’t get this level of transparency or relevance at any other business event.
5) To access world-class experts giving their top tips

The quick-fire ‘meet the experts’ sessions are run by people at the top of their game, bringing you their very best stuff. These are experts from within the PSA UK & I family, and from across the world. Just one tip from around one of these tables could be a breakthrough moment for you.
6) To celebrate the success of award-winners and recognise the contribution of volunteers

One of the lovely things that happens every year at convention is the celebration of people who’ve contributed to the community. All volunteers are acknowledged for their role, and awards are given for speakers and regional volunteers who’ve truly brought their energy and embodied the values of the community. We also welcome our latest Fellows, and when it’s merited we honour our top talent with the the very special Excellence Award (PSAE). If you get something from being part of this organisation, this is one small way to thank the people who make it happen.
7) To share your knowledge and give something back

Many of our members are also given an opportunity to host workshop sessions, run expert tables, and speak on stage. This gives you the opportunity to contribute to the community and showcase your own talent. You can also come along to the AGM to be an active and voting member in how the organisation is run… and even put your own hat in the ring to help.
8) To let your hair down and have some fun

Whether it’s taking part or watching comedy night, having a great conversation over the gala dinner, connecting over a cuppa at break time, or trying to out-drink the Scots at the bar – there’s plenty of opportunity to have fun and make friends. As with all communities; social glue is what truly holds us together.
9) To raise money for The PSA Foundation

Throughout the convention, and particularly at the auction, you will have a chance to contribute to The PSA Foundation. This is a special fund that exists to help members at times of difficulty. We have used this to support members in need, for example in sudden health crisis, or to give them the financial respite to care fully for a chronically ill family member. Every donation is deeply appreciated.

Key Information


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Coventry
Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle, Coventry, CV2 2ST 

We have a block of bedrooms available for delegates of the convention, these are available on a first come first serve basis.

  • Bed and Breakfast in a Single                  £89.00
  • Bed and Breakfast in a Twin/Double        £99.00
  • Please call 02476 603000 and quote the code to book: APSAA

Bedrooms are available 3rd October/4th October/5th October 2019


Tickets are now on sale for Inspire 2019: PSA Convention of Relevance! – 4-6 October 2019: