Thames Valley Region

President: Lis Allen

Email: [email protected]

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Event Dates – 2021

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15th April 2021: The Funny Things About Growing a Speaking Business

Isn’t it funny how we would all like more business – more clients, more speaking gigs, more revenue? The good news is that this month, we will be hearing from expert speakers who can help you do just that.

This month we meet online on Thursday 15 April, to hear from our very own Committee member, Nick Forgham on how to build your business through referrals. Then we’ll be joined from down under by funny man Marty Wilson, who will show us how to build funny into our talks.

It’s no joke that tickets still only cost £10 +VAT for PSA members and £15 +VAT for non-members. (Funny thing is, non-members, if you join before this event, you’ll get the bargain member price!)

First up:

Nick Forgham – Speak More by Getting More Referrals and Better Referrals

Referral marketing is the great untapped source for speakers. How do you make the most of your current network and existing contacts to give you referrals to the clients you want to work with?

Having your own Referral Marketing Plan will help you to achieve this.

In his workshop, Nick will share some proven referral marketing strategies that will help you grow and develop your speaking business.

By taking part in this interactive session, you’ll learn:

  • How to match your personal values to your target market, so you can form strong and profitable connections
  • How to identify and develop your own Power Team, who can give you access to your target market
  • How to use testimonials and rewards to grow your business.

As well as having been networking professionally for over 17 years, Nick enjoys karate, playing the piano and drinking Guinness, but not all at the same time.

Want more referrals? Then don’t miss Nick’s workshop!

After a special show case talk from a PSA member, get ready to have your sides split!

Marty Wilson: More Funny, More Money – How YOU Can Get More Gigs and Charge Higher Fees by Being the Funniest Speaker in Your Niche

“Do I have to be funny to be a speaker? Only if you want to get paid.”

This famous quote linking humour to speaking success has been attributed to many people over the years, but it’s never been more appropriate than right now. Everyone wants their events to be heaps of fun for their audiences. Event organisers are all saying “We need someone to speak on X, Y and Z, but they MUST be funny. We need our people to have a great time.”

In today’s speaker market, everyone has great content, everyone has a bestselling book and everyone is an ‘expert’, so you must entertain as well as educate.

Go for the big laughs and the even bigger fees. Don’t miss this opportunity to get you and your speaking business aligned with exactly what clients are asking for in 2021 and beyond.

In this workshop, Marty will teach you his proven 3-step formula that you can use to add great slabs of humour to your speeches, videos and online content. He’ll also run a humour hot seat where you can bring your funny story, which Marty guarantees to make funnier and more relevant to your market.

And as an added bonus, everyone who comes along to this event will receive a free copy of Marty’s online course, More Funny, More Followers.

Book your place now! There will also be opportunities to network with other speakers during the event – a chance to meet new people and tell other speakers what you speak about. Pass on a few referrals or try out your best jokes!

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 – Nick Forgham

6.20pm Q&A with Nick

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 – Marty Wilson

8.30pm Q&A with Marty

8.40pm Crack a few more jokes until it’s time to go home at …

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.

Book your place now and come and join us!

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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