President’s Welcome

Hello and welcome to this amazing organisation called The Professional Speaking Association.

Whatever your background and experience, I’m extremely proud to be part of a team that is here to serve you in your quest to develop and grow your speaking skills and business.

We have approximately 650 members, and no one person is the same.  Trainers, coaches, keynote speakers, after dinner speakers, emcees and people who need to deliver first-class presentations in their place of work. Everyone benefits from belonging to the PSA community.

About ten years ago, my journey began with a strong desire to be a speaker, and I took a leap of faith and joined the PSA. I went from associate to professional member, to fellow, to board member and now National President and all the time, I have been learning and continue to learn. My speaking business has gone from strength to strength, meeting some fantastic people and making so many friends along the way. In fact, I wouldn’t know what to do without the PSA in my life.

If you are a member, you will know exactly what I mean, and if you are considering joining us, then we are all here to encourage you. We are an association that prides itself on supporting one another.

One of the vehicles to achieve this is an inspiring menu of events each year, with over 100 regional events across the UK and Ireland for you to choose from.  Why not pop over to the drop-down menu ‘events’ and take a look?  In fact, have a meander around the site; it’s full of valuable information.

My style is always to be informative, useful and fun.  With that in mind, my theme for my term as president is ‘Going for Growth’.  It is impossible to stand still, but we can decide how we wish to grow. 

The sub-theme at the moment is ‘Pleasure’.  When we put the brain in a pleasurable state, we are the most effective and efficient we can be and the best way of doing this is through kindness, generosity and altruism.  But never underestimate the value of celebrating the small wins. 

So, let’s thrive through the winter by deliberately putting our brain in a pleasurable state and tame those stressors so that we work at our best and are as healthy as possible.

And how about aiming to give yourself a treat in April for doing so well and joining us at our one-day Spring convention?  On Saturday April 2nd 2022 we will be celebrating and learning at the International Convention Centre, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales.  It’s going to be packed with learnings, networking and fun.

But that’s not all.  On the 29th September to 2nd October 2022, we have the huge Global Speakers Summit in Dublin, Ireland to look forward to.  An incredible opportunity to welcome fabulous speakers from all over the world at our annual summit. This is going to be a rollercoaster of stimulation that you do not want to miss.

Meanwhile, I look forward to meeting you at the regional events.

Warmest regards,

Lynda Shaw PSAE
National President of the PSA 2021-2022