North West Region

President: Penny Haslam

Email: [email protected]

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Event Dates – 2021

JanuaryThursday 14th
FebruaryWednesday 17th
MarchWednesday 17th – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!
AprilThursday 22nd
MayWednesday 19th
JuneWednesday 16th
JulyThursday 22nd
AugustSummer Break
SeptemberWednesday 15th
OctoberNational Convention
NovemberThursday 18th
DecemberWednesday 15th

17th March 2021: Make It Up As You Go Along!

You’d be mad as a March Hare to miss this month’s fantastic PSA NW meeting.

Join us on Wednesday 17th March for a great line up of speakers who show us how to use improv, so you can unleash your natural self as a speaker; manage your inner autopilot and learn a deceptively-simple technique to manage stress. Plus, a doyen of speaking is in the hot seat taking your questions and sharing ideas on resilience during covid and how to make 2021 a great year for your speaking business.

So, we’re joined by…

CATHY TOWERS, who helps us make it up as we go along – or as she puts it, become more natural on stage. it’s so we can think better on our feet and feel more confident when speaking. In this fun and interactive session, Cathy will be leading us through a selection of exercises to demonstrate how learning can lead to laughter (or is it the other way round?).

Cathy is a psychotherapist of 30 years, who runs Improv (Play for Grown-ups) to help you unleash your natural self and bring the whole of you to centre stage.

Our showcasers are VICKY O’FARRELL and MARK WINGFIELD.

Vicky’s talk, ‘I now knows why I pissed people off’, shows us how to manage our “auto-pilot”, by understanding our personality style, and crucially how to read others too.

And Mark shares his deceptively simple technique to reduce emotional distress. Whether you are concerned about your speaking ability, imposter syndrome, or any area of your speaking business or life this should help ease your worries.

Our schuper showstopper is PSA veteran STEVE HEAD, who reflects on the lessons to be learned from the past 12 months and how you can make 2021 a great year by developing your resilience. In true Steve style he mashes up lessons from 17th Century history with a little bit of ESP.

Steve is one of the most sought-after speakers in the UK and you will come away with practical ideas that you can use straight away. Steve will be taking your questions throughout.

So, the details for the night:

18.00 – President’s intro & session ‘kickstarter’

18.20 – SHOWCASE Mark Wingfield

18.35 – SHOWCASE Vicky O’Farrell

18.50 – SHOW & TELL – Cathy Towers


19.45 – SHOWSTOPPER – Steve Head, with audience questions

20.30 – ENDS

This is an online event on Zoom so you have to buy a ticket to get the link.

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with our Regional President, Penny Haslam. Email [email protected]

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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].

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Welcome to PSA North West

The PSA NW is a dynamic and friendly region. Our members speak for a living in a number of ways, as trainers, coaches, consultants, employees whose job involves a lot of presenting and full-time conference/keynote/school speakers.

There is so much more to speaking than just standing up in front of groups of people and sharing your ideas. We support members to ‘speak more and speak better’ as professionals in the event industry, so each monthly meeting schedules a variety of speakers to help us do that.

We focus on the business of speaking – so you keep getting the work. And we focus on the performance side of speaking – to stay current and help meet the challenges of the future of the speaking profession. Our members are incredibly generous with their time and expertise, and truly understand the power of community in this competitive market.

Our meetings take place on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, mid-month. Depending on local restrictions we meet either on Zoom or at a hotel in Lymm (WA13), which is close to the M6/M62/M56 and Warrington train stations.

Guests are always made welcome – so come and check out our meetings and meet others in the speaking business. You can attend as a guest two times before taking up membership.

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting you on your speaker journey!