Birmingham Region

President: Darren Harris

Email: [email protected]

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Meeting Dates – 2021

January Monday 4th
February Monday 1st
March Monday 1st- BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!
April REFRESH! Spring Convention
May Monday 10th
June Monday 7th
July Monday 5th
August Monday 2nd
September Monday 6th
October National Convention
November Monday 1st
December Monday 6th

1st March 2021: Spring Forward

It’s the month that sees slightly longer days and calmer weather ahead, but are you really maximising the additional daylight or is your business still feeling rather stormy?

The Birmingham PSA March event will definitely be one that brings light and sunshine to your speaking business.

A true honour to announce our first speaker, PSA National President 2019-21, Steve Bustin.

As part of his presidential role, Steve programmed the hugely successful and memorable Speaking Business Summit. When he’s not engaged in PSA-related activity he runs his business, Get Your Voice Heard, turning individuals and organisations into brilliant communicators through
coaching, keynoting and training. He’s also a regular event host and
compere, currently for online events.

Many speakers work on their own – even when speaking to audiences of
hundreds or even thousands. This year has increased the opportunities
for loneliness and isolation, both professional and personal, so Steve’s short session will explore how and why we are ‘Better Together’.

This session will look at:

* Opportunities to seek support from your PSA colleagues

* Tips for maintaining social contact with your PSA buddies

* Tools for reaching out to others to network, collaborate and develop

Following a short break and our ever popular ‘Hero’s Journey’ slot, we have a special book panel arranged. 3 PSA experts will be joining us to answer your questions relating to all things authoring and publishing.

Whether you are looking to write your first book or get tips on successful publishing, this is sure to be an invaluable part of our March event

But that’s not all!

Our final keynote sees us joined by the one and only Doug Stevenson.

Doug is a former professional actor, now keynote speaker, trainer and speaker’s coach. He is the creator of The Story Theater Method, The Dynamite Speech System, and The Next Level Storytelling Video eLearning Series. He is a CSP, a past president of NSA-Colorado, past Board member of NSA-AZ, and presenter at many NSA and GSF conferences and chapters.

Doug blends his acting experience with his keynotes, workshops and coaching. He helps executives and presenters use strategically chosen and crafted stories to make their content more entertaining, persuasive, and memorable. Doug believes that “emotion is the fast lane to the brain” and stories, when told with authentic emotion and imagery, are the best way to create an emotional connection. People remember your stories!

Doug has presented his Story Theater Method all over the US and in 17 other countries. His clients include Microsoft, Caterpillar, Bayer, Coca-Cola, State Farm, Wells Fargo, ConAgra Foods, and over 77 CSPs and 8 CPAEs, including 4 Global CSPs!

Doug lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife Deborah (the VP of Everything). Learn more at

Storytelling Mastery That Grows Your Business

Your unique stories set you apart in the speaking business, as a coach, or in any business context. However, your stories have to be masterful! Learn to transform your stories from good to AMAZING using Doug’s Story Theater Method. In this program, Doug will help you craft and deliver your stories with emotion, acting skills and branding to make a lasting impact, get rave reviews and repeat business, and most importantly, to change people’s lives!

When you speak, it’s not only about content; it’s about connection. You have to connect deeply and be amazing. A great story is more like a movie than a report. It captures the listener’s imagination and draws them inside the action.

Doug’s Story Theater Method combines acting, comedy and storytelling techniques within the context of keynote speeches, training, and business presentations. Learn to use stories in a way that markets and sells you as a speaker, while simultaneously making a powerful and lasting point.

In this presentation, learn to:
• Identify your most powerful and effective stories
• Discover the Nine Steps of Story Structure to make your story better
• Use acting and comedy techniques
• Harness the power of dramatic silence
• Discover the magic of 3-dimensional storytelling
• Brand your message to be memorable and marketable

Doug will coach one or two volunteers on their stories, so you can see how subtle acting techniques immediately increase the humour and dramatic power of a story. Come prepared!

Here’s the full agenda for the event:

15:30: Gathering & Networking
16:00: Welcome & Introduction
16:05: Member Updates
16:15: Steve Bustin
16:45: Break
17:00: Hero’s Journey
17:15: Book panel
17:45: Break
18:00: Doug Stevenson
18:45: Conclusion and Monthly commitment/focus/¬challenge
19:00: Close

We expect this to be a popular event, so make sure you book your tickets early!

Book Your Ticket Now!

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Cancellation Policy: Please be aware that we do not accept cancellation of bookings for PSA meetings, as we make arrangements to support the number of places booked and incur costs that cannot often be recovered. If you have booked a place at a PSA event and are no longer able to attend, please ask around your local PSA community to see if another speaker wishes to attend in your place – we’re happy for you to transfer your booking, and just ask that you let us know by emailing [email protected].

Processing your personal data: Please note that when you book an event your data will be processed in accordance with the PSA’s Privacy Notice. When you register to attend a PSA event, we share your name and contact details with the person running the event. For regional meetings, this will be the Regional President. They may share these details with members of the Regional Committee, for the purposes of contacting you about the event, welcoming you, and following up with you afterwards..

We will be taking photographs throughout the event and may also be video recording the event. By purchasing a ticket you agree that all photography may be used at the discretion of the PSA and for the business of any speaker being filmed during the event. However, if you do not wish to appear or be identified in any photography or video footage please advise any Committee member on arrival at the event so we can, of course, accommodate your preference.

Welcome to PSA Birmingham

What we do

This is a typical agenda for a meeting:
15:30 Gathering & Networking
16:00 Welcome & Introduction
16:05 Member Updates
16:15 Showcases and Feedback
16:45 Break
17:00 Hero’s Journey
17:15 Workshop/Keynote 1
17:45 Break
18:00 Workshop/Keynote 2
18:45 Conclusion and monthly commitment
19:00 Close

Who we are

We have an active committee of volunteers, led by Regional President
Darren Harris who work very hard to make sure speakers, members and
visitors have a great experience at every PSA Birmingham event.

If you have any questions, please email
[email protected]