Thames Valley Region

President: Lis Allen

Email: [email protected]

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Event Dates – 2021

JuneThursday 17th – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!
JulyThursday 15th
AugustThursday 19th
SeptemberThursday 16th
OctoberThursday 21st
NovemberThursday 18th
DecemberThursday 16th

17th June 2021: Who gets the coffee and sends the emails?

Who gets the coffee in your business and who sends the emails? If we’re not careful, we can make assumptions about the people we meet and the audiences to whom we speak. This month at the Thames Valley PSA event we’ll be talking about how we can make sure that everyone is included in all our communications. Book your place now!

We meet on the third Thursday of every month and this time it’s 17th June. We start at 5.30pm for some relaxed networking and the main event kicks off at 6pm. We have two very educational talks booked for June, so if you’re looking to grow your business this year, book your place now.

Our first speaker is Nathan Littleton, Communications Director for the PSA, who will show you how to build a list to boost your speaking business.

Wouldn’t it be great if every website visitor, sales conversation and chance encounter led to people falling over themselves to do business with you? That’s rarely ever the case, but making sure you’re top of mind with those people when they need you is easier than you might think!

That’s why your email marketing list is one of the most important assets in your business. Building that list with the right kinds of people is an art, a science and all too often a mystery. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this session, Nathan will show you how to create powerful lead magnets that build your list while you sleep!

Take a break: next we’ll hear from a PSA member who will deliver their ‘showcase’ talk and we’ll give them some feedback to help them improve. If you would like to book yourself in for a showcase at one of our future events, get in touch and we’ll do that for you.

We’ll do some networking too so you can get to chat to the other people at the event; and then …

Our second speaker, Annabel Harper asks: “Who gets the coffee?”

We view the world through our own personal lenses. Our perspective on how we judge what’s happening around us and the assumptions we make about others, is built by unconscious beliefs and biases that we develop. We all have them and they help to build some of the ways we cope and interact with the people and situations we come across. They also inform how we make decisions and judgments.

These judgments come into play when we’re delivering talks, keynotes and workshops; and when we think about our audiences. Are your assumptions holding you back from thinking more clearly about what your audiences want to hear? Are you really thinking about their needs as well as you could be?

In this fun and interactive workshop, you’ll learn how unconscious assumptions can affect your decision-making, appreciate how managing personal biases can liberate your thinking and how, through subtle changes to your approach and style, you can deliver even greater value to your clients.

Tempted? Then book your ticket now. A great investment at £10 +VAT for PSA members. If you’re not yet a member and you’d like to come along to see what you can get from the PSA, we’d love to see you at this event. Guest tickets are £15 +VAT.

Here’s the agenda for this event:

5.30pm The event opens for networking

5.45pm Room with a Word – join a breakout room and discuss our word of the week

6pm     Keynote – Nathan Littleton

6.30pm Q&A with Nathan

6.40pm Networking break, or grab yourself something to eat and drink

7pm     Member Showcase talk

7.40pm More networking, or take a quick break

8pm     Keynote – Annabel Harper

8.25pm Q&A with Annabel

8.40pm Time for a bit more networking until the venue chucks us out!

9pm     The End

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with our friendly Regional President Lis Allen, by emailing [email protected] or by calling her on 07779 532 555.

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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 Thames Valley

Where is the Thames Valley anyway?!

We are the PSA region that covers the southern end of the country, which stretches from the west of London, following the river Thames and the M4, until the South West region takes over near Bristol. Our regular members come from as far afield as Cheltenham to the north west, Watford to the north east and Southampton on the south coast. It’s a big region with a great variety of PSA members joining us at our meetings.

For face-to-face events, we meet in Reading, just off the M4 at junction 11. It’s also quite easy to get to by train. We use a lovely light room which looks out over a lake and we even have a stage that you can stand on, to practice your professional speaking!

Helping you to speak more and speak better

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month every month.

What happens at our meetings? All the regions do it differently, so here’s what usually happens in the Thames Valley, on the 3rd Thursday of every month:

3:30pm – meet for tea, biscuits and bit of networking

4:00pm – if you’re in your seat you’ll be warmly welcomed and then we have a workshop until 5:30/6:00pm, during which time you’ll be treated to a wealth of knowledge, experience and tips from a professional speaker, on how to speak more or speak better – or both

6:00pm – for anyone who is new to the PSA, a nice committee member will spend some time with you, telling you a bit more about the benefits of joining this great group. The rest of us spend the whole hour enjoying a light buffet and doing more networking with the other nice members and guests at the meeting.

7:00pm – a great benefit of membership being able to present a 10 or 20 minute ‘show case’ to the group. You get to stand on the stage and deliver your talk. We then give you lots of really useful feedback, to help you to improve your speaking skills and content. Get in touch if you would like to book a show case slot.

8:00pm – the final session is usually a keynote type talk from a top quality speaker, who will share more advice with you on speaking more and speaking better. We finish the event at 9:00pm