Staffordshire Region

President: Peter Gregory

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Meeting Dates – 2022

May 2022Wednesday 25th – In The Room – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!
June 2022Wednesday 22nd
July 2022Wednesday 27th
August 2022Wednesday 24th
September 2022Wednesday 28th
October 2022Wednesday 26th
November 2022Wednesday 23rd
December 2022Wednesday 28th

25th May 2022: Back In The Room!

This month we have a wonderful mix of motivational, comedic, and serious speakers. And we’re delighted to be back in the room!

Please note that we now meet at:
Wade Conference Centre, North Staffordshire Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7NY

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Our amazing keynote will be delivered by PSA Fellow Heather Wright.
The title of Heather’s presentation is: What to do when motivation isn’t enough?

Too many people believe that if you want to do something enough you will achieve it.
But sometimes more motivation isn’t the key, we need to understand more about what makes people tick and why the brain creates habits.
This keynote will explain exactly that.
Why the brain creates habits and how we can use this knowledge to create the habits that will help us achieve our goals.

This will enable you to understand how to:
Understand more about what really makes people tick
• Know how to use the power of psychological rewards and
• Be able to put together a 5 step plan to develop the habits they need

At the PSA we encourage all of our Associate Members and Professional Members to work on improving their speaking skills, and one way we do that is to provide an opportunity for them to have a “showcase”. We provide the opportunity to our members to share part of a talk or a workshop, or perhaps try out a new beginning or a new ending to a talk, perhaps a new story or anything else we are working on to get really valuable constructive feedback from our friends and peers in a supportive, encouraging and professional environment.

This month, our first Showcase will be from Sam Warner, who will speak on ‘Being funny on purpose’.

Sometimes we are naturally funny, without even trying!

Being funny on purpose can fill speakers with anxiety:
• Will it land?
• Will they laugh?
• Will I offend anyone?

But usually just being yourself and observing the funny side of life will do the trick.
Trying too hard can feel awkward, so let it flow naturally and it will feel comfortable for both you and the audience.

David Howell will also deliver a 10-minute showcase: ‘Speak Up, Listen Down – Bullying in the Workplace – Why?’

He will be outlining an experience within policing that led to research and work understanding and bringing into context as to why people are bullied and bully.
This will provide people with solutions and insight to prevent the negative effects of bullying.

David’s first book “Speak Up, Listen Down” will be published this summer.

If you would like an opportunity to deliver a showcase, please do contact our Regional President.

PSA Staffordshire Mastermind:
The mastermind session is a great opportunity for our PSA members to get help with any issues they may have.
We have had some interesting conversations and outcomes for our PSA members by unlocking the wealth of knowledge in the room.

If you speak for a living (EG a professional speaker, trainer, presenter in the media) or aspire to do so, then this is the group for you! Also, if you regularly give professional presentations to help showcase or promote your business, this group could really benefit you.

Come ready to share, learn, give and receive feedback

If you wish to ask questions about the PSA meetings before booking, please feel free to call the PSA Staffs Regional President Peter Gregory on +44(0)7548 250 957

The Staffordshire PSA team look forward to seeing you back in person this May!

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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.

PSA Events Policy for Covid19

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.

Please read our PSA Events Policy for Covid for more details.

Welcome to PSA Staffordshire!

If you speak publicly in any capacity (e.g. as a speaker, trainer, teacher, preacher or presenter) or aspire to do so then this is the association for you! Also, if you regularly give professional quality presentations to help showcase or promote your organisation or business then this friendly and supportive region in the middle of the country could really benefit you.     Come ready to share and to learn, to give and to receive feedback.     We gather every month, generally on the third Tuesday evening in each month; please see the PSA events page (from the link below) for the speakers that are lined up for our next event.     Timings for each event are as follows: Arrive at 18:00 for a 18:30 start. We aim to conclude the activities of the event at around 21:00 allowing time for some further networking until around 21:30.       Our face to face meetings are held just across the road from Stoke Station, at: The Potters Club Federation House Station Road Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2SA 01782 848869 (see for directions)     Each evening involves one or more speakers testing material in front of their peers for constructive feedback, followed by a guest keynote speaker who either presents on a topic relevant for speaking professionally or delivers a particularly good live example of professional speaking (and usually both). We often have a ‘mastermind’ session where we all discuss, brainstorm and share experiences around topics relevant for professional speakers, and several times a year we have an afternoon workshop to explore a particular topic in more detail.  It is also a great opportunity to network with other speakers over coffee in the breaks.