East Midlands Region

President: Lisa Newport

Email: [email protected]

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Event Dates 2021/22

DecemberWednesday 1st – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!
January 2022Winter Break
February 2022Wednesday 2nd
March 2022Wednesday 2nd
April 2022Wednesday 6th
May 2022Wednesday 4th
June 2022Wednesday 1st
July 2022Wednesday 6th
August 2022Summer Break
September 2022Wednesday 7th
October 2022National Convention – No Event
November 2022Wednesday 2nd
December 2022Wednesday 7th

1st December 2021: Delightful December

Delightful December! It’s celebration time at East Midlands PSA…it’s our 3rd birthday! This month’s event will have a bit of a party vibe with the focus on learning, laughing and networking.

We have one keynote speaker:

Peter Edge
Transferrable skills – comedy, after-dinner and corporate

Peter will talk about how the skills developed in nearly forty years of engaging audiences, telling them stories and making them laugh ‘after’ dinner, and on the comedy circuit transfer, and how you can use them to make you a better speaker on the corporate stage.

Takeaways for audience : “By listening to my speech you will learn…”
1. Learn how to build bridges and ‘hold’ your audience.
2. Learn the importance of the multi level process of ‘proactive’ listening and research as an (after dinner) speaker.
3. Learn two secrets from the world of stand up comedy, that will transform your keynotes.
4. Devices to bring humour to your presentation.

Forty years ago Peter turned his back on a career in Dentistry in favour of Policing, completing 30 years service with Merseyside Police across a range of ranks and roles. As a Senior Investigating Officer, and head of Training, he delivered corporate training in various aspects of Leadership, Investigation and HR, and lectured to international audiences on the subject of ‘Organised Crime’. Since retirement he’s run his own business, worked for the NHS and acted as a consultant on the 2014 NATO Summit.

He’s been speaking professionally for over forty years, both after dinner and as a keynote speaker. When not entertaining audiences with tales from the lighter side of policing the inner city, he speaks about leadership, resilience and ‘Lost Knowledge’ how organisations are letting their most valuable resource slip through their fingers, and what they can do about it! He also won the PSA Annual Conference Comedy Night in 2019, and regularly performs as a stand-up comedian.

Married with three daughters, he’s been a rugby player, coach and referee and is a keen cyclist, motorcyclist and walker. In recent years he’s walked the Camino de Santiago by three different routes, the last two of which have become the subject of his Camino Plodcast.

The second half of the meeting will be dedicated to PowerPoint Karaoke. As a speaker you may find yourself on a stage and be required to fill time, with no script you will need to keep your audience engaged by thinking on the spot. By trying your hand at PowerPoint Karaoke you’ll be developing your improvisation skills and having fun at the same time. Dare you give it a go?


5.50pm – Doors open
6.00pm – Food is served & informal networking
6.30pm – Welcome & early bird draw
6.35pm – Keynote by Peter Edge
7.15pm – Break & informal networking
7.35pm – PowerPoint Karaoke
8.15pm – Notices, handing over the RP baton
8.30pm – Close & informal networking

We’re looking forward to you joining us soon!

Bostocks Lane
Long Eaton
Sandiacre, Nottingham NG10 4EP

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As the host of PSA events, we have taken all reasonable and appropriate precautions and followed the latest government guidelines when planning this event.

As a delegate at a PSA event, you must (1) follow the latest government guidelines; (2) take a lateral flow test before attending unless you have been fully vaccinated (we also recommend this for the safety of other delegates even where you have been fully vaccinated); (3) not attend if the test is positive or if you have any of the recognised symptoms of Covid.

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Welcome to PSA East Midlands

The East Midlands is the newest region of the Professional Speaking Association. Formed for speakers in Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and South Yorkshire – and visitors from other places – we have been creating fun-filled valuable events since December 2018.

At an East Midlands PSA meeting you’ll get:

  • A warm and friendly welcome
  • Great food
  • Easy and useful networking chats with other speakers from the region and elsewhere
  • Speakers practicing new material and inviting audience feedback (showcases)
  • Experienced speakers, often visiting Fellows from other regions and other countries, offering a ‘keynote’ which helps develop one of the two PSA aims
  • PSA aims: To speak more (building your speaking business) and to speak better (improve the quality of your content and delivery).

Each PSA region is run by members and Fellows of the Association who offer their time voluntarily to make the events worthwhile and enjoyable. Being a part of the committee is a great way to get to know everyone and expand your network.

If you are a member or a Fellow of the PSA and would like to speak at our East Midlands event, we’d be delighted to receive your information via the form.

If you have any questions, please drop us a line via email: [email protected]

We look forward to welcoming you to a fabulous event soon!