President: Chantal Cornelius
Email: [email protected]
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.
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 Wednesday 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
And all this for just £28.00 if you’re a member and you book your place at least a week before the event.
Meeting Dates – 2018
|May||Thursday 17th – Speak Better so that You Can Speak More with Pete Lowe speaking about clarity and Antoinette Dale Henderson speaking about gravitas|
|June||Thursday 21st – Duncan Bhaskaran Brown doing something clever on delivering online and Matt Pritchard doing Magical Mindsets|
|July||Thursday 19th – This will be our Speaker Factor competition. Do you have what it takes to represent the area by winning our speaking contest?|
|August||Thursday 16th – Ges Ray and Rikki Arundel will be our guest speakers for the summer special|
|September||Thursday 2oth – Our very own Alastair Greener and the lovely Janet Tarasofsky take to the stage|
|October||Thursday 18th – Sue Evans will share her Skills to Keep Stress Useful with us|
|November||Thursday 15th – We are joined by Susan Heaton-Wright and Rachel Maunder|
|December||Thursday 20th – Christmas Party and a look at the lighter side of professional speaking!|
We look forward to welcoming you to one of our meetings very soon! Do get in touch with our Regional President if you have any questions.For the list of events CLICK HERE to go to our Eventbrite Page