Staffordshire Region

President: Andrew Deighton

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Meeting Dates – 2021

April 2021Tuesday 20th
May 2021Tuesday 18th – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!
June 2021Tuesday 15th
July 2021Tuesday 20th
August 2021Tuesday 17th
September 2021Tuesday 21st
October 2021Tuesday 19th
November 2021Tuesday 16th
December 2021Tuesday 21st

18th May 2021

Our focus this month is on designing and hosting high impact workshops and programmes – in the physical and virtual worlds.

Our guest speaker at this event is Susan Armstrong
The title of her presentation is: How to Design High Impact Workshops and Programmes

Telling isn’t training. And these days, corporations will no longer pay for an extended presentation. They want development that achieves “transfer of learning”, is experiential, relevant, practical and engaging. That’s a high bar to reach.

In this session we will cover the basics of designing high impact training programs covering adult education theory and instructional design principles.

During Susan’s interactive session you will:

• Identify the key points to keep in mind when designing a program for adults
• Explore 4 different learning styles and activities to appeal to each style
• Learn strategies for designing programs (whether virtual or in-person) that appeal to all learning styes and achieve transfer of learning

There will also be a developmental session led by Alastair Greener. The title of the session is: Hosting Online Meetings with Impact

Virtual working is here to stay which means virtual meetings are also here to stay.

Alastair is a keynote speaker specialising in personalised communication, but more recently he’s been helping organisations present themselves better in virtual meetings.

How can we make sure our online meetings and presentations have the impact and outcomes we want – how can we as speakers present ourselves in a more effective way?

Alastair will show us how to be a great host of online meetings and presentations in a development session packed with practical tips and advice.

You will learn:
• How to be a great host of online meetings
• Some great tips to engage your virtual audiences
• How to get better outcomes from virtual presentations

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.

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

This month we have a showcase from Vicky O’Farrell.
The title of her presentation is: ‘I now know why I irritated people.’

Ever wanted to know why others Do, Say and React the way they do? Other peoples’ reactions are often in response to your actions. We go along life on “auto-pilot” so how do you know when your actions are having a negative effect?

Other than very obvious physical actions, our words and behaviours have actions.

Vicky will take you on a journey of understanding your own personality style and how to unlock the people puzzle to read others too.

From Vicky’s showcase you will:

• Understand your dominant personality style
• Understand how to read others
• Know when to adapt your style

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 Andrew Deighton on +44(0)7769 726556

The Staffordshire PSA team look forward to seeing you!

Kind Regards,
Andrew Deighton
Regional President, PSA Staffordshire

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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.