Thames Valley Region

President: Lis Allen

Email: [email protected]

Page navigation

Event Dates – 2021

SeptemberThursday 16th – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!
OctoberThursday 21st
NovemberThursday 18th
DecemberThursday 16th

16th September 2021: Knock Knock!

How can you give more entertaining talks without telling jokes? How can you bounce back from yet another ‘No thanks’ and build your speaking business? Come to the next Thames Valley PSA online event and we’ll show you!

We meet on the third Thursday of every month and this time it’s 16th September. We start at 5.30pm for some relaxed networking and the main event kicks off at 6pm. We have two great talks booked for September, both of which will help you to speak more and speak better. If that’s what you need for your speaking business, book your place now.

Our first speaker is Eamonn O’Brien who will show us how to deliver more entertaining talks without telling jokes.

Perhaps you’ve heard people ask “Do you have to be funny to be a great speaker?” and the answer is “Only if you want to get paid!”

Turns out there’s plenty of truth in this advice. If you can become known as a speaker who offers really valuable content AND who delivers this in a highly entertaining fashion, bookers are more likely to love you, seek you out and even agree to higher fees!

But what happens if you’re rubbish at telling (never mind remembering) jokes? How do you go about being more entertaining without becoming more of a stand-up comedian?

Good news. You don’t need to be a jokester to entertain! Here’s a better plan – attend this Masterclass with Eamonn to get ideas that’ll help you deliver more entertaining stories your local, national or even international audiences will love.

Our next speaker is Jules Parke-Robinson who will speak to us about Bouncing Back from Failure

Jules chose to retire from the Army in late 2019 to transition to civilian life, confident of her transferable skills and keen to add value in a different environment. After struggling to fit in, she found herself doubting her ability and losing her way, having to rely heavily on the personal resilience she had gained in her military career. Against the back- drop of the global pandemic, Jules had to dig deep and build herself back from failure as she searched to find out who she really was without the uniform and for an environment in which she belongs.

Jules will explore:

  • The need for self-belief and how to regain it
  • How clarity of sense of purpose is key to fulfilment
  • Finding coping strategies and cultivating your support network.

All of which you can put into practice in your life and your speaking business.

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 – Eamonn O’Brien

6.20pm – Q&A with Eamonn

6.40pm – Time for networking, chatting or getting something to eat and drink

7pm  –   Member Showcase talk

7.40pm – More networking, or take a quick break

8pm –    Keynote – Jules Parke-Robinson

8.30pm – Q&A with Jules

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

9pm   –  The End

Got a question about this event, or why you should attend a PSA event? Please call the lovely Lis Allen, Regional President of the Thames Valley PSA. Don’t be put off by her title – you can email her at [email protected] or call her on 07779 532 555.

Book your place now and come and join us!

See you on 16th September 2021!

Book Your Ticket:

Having trouble booking your ticket? Click here to open the booking page directly

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.

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