Thames Valley Region

President: Lis Allen

Email: [email protected]

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Event Dates – 2021/22

NovemberThursday 18th – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW
DecemberThursday 16th
January 2022Thursday 20th
February 2022Thursday 17th
March 2022Thursday 17th
April 2022Thursday 21st
May 2022Thursday 19th
June 2022Thursday 16th
July 2022Thursday 21st
August 2022Thursday 18th
September 2022Thursday 15th
October 2022Thursday 20th
November 2022Thursday 17th
December 2022Thursday 15th

PSA Thames Valley 18th November 2021: Back In The Room!

Yes, it’s official! Our next event will finally be back in the room – at our old home of Green Park in Reading. Ready to reconnect with your PSA contacts and connect with some new ones? Ready to talk to real, live, 3D people? Then book your ticket now!

Because we’re back in the room we’ll be starting at 3.30 pm – earlier than our online events – this gives you plenty of time for networking and chatting and catching up. We have a lot of that to do!

And because we’re back in the room, we’re back to feeding you again. We have to inform the venue of numbers by 9am on the Monday of that week, so we have an Early Bird offer. Book by Sunday 14th November for a tasty discount!  NB Unfortunately we are not able to guarantee catering for any tickets booked after this time.

Our first speaker to take to the stage is the PSA’s Marketing Director, Chantal Cornelius

So you think you’re a unique speaker, do you? You think you’re really different and that nobody else speaks about your topic? Really?!

Unless you’re completely clear on what makes you stand out, you won’t be able to build a reputation for being the best speaker in your field.

In this workshop, Chantal Cornelius will show you a unique way of standing out from your competitors, to help you build a really strong speaking reputation. Most speakers have heard of unique selling points, or what makes you different. When you’re selling ‘you’ it can be very difficult to properly express what makes you unique. This session lets you into a secret about how to be really different, by looking at the emotions your clients feel when listening to you, and how you can use them to build your speaking reputation.

After Chantal’s interactive workshop there will be plenty of time for networking, a buffet supper, more catching up and hearing a couple of show cases (a chance for PSA members to show off their ‘stuff’ and ask for feedback on their talks.)

The final speaker to take the stage will be Michael Anderson, with his talk “Successful Mindset for Successful Speakers”

How valuable would it be for you to market, sell and present without EVER feeling like an imposter or doubting yourself?

The way to get there is simple – develop the proper mindset.

After all, with that true belief in yourself, radiating that inner confidence and constantly stretching yourself out of your comfort zone, wouldn’t you be a lot more successful? And wouldn’t life be a lot more fun?

Michael Anderson will teach you how to do it – and don’t hold the fact that he’s American against him!

Michael has founded, scaled and sold three international software companies, has two advanced degrees, been a CFO of an International Medical Corporation by the time he was 25 and played semi-professional basketball (which will be clear when you see him). He even did security for Prince Charles. He’s done all that by overcoming his own journey of depression, substance abuse, divorce, law suits, assault and more.

He’s going to teach us at Thames Valley the same mindset tools and techniques that he teaches leaders around the world. They are the mindset techniques he uses to put himself in a position to succeed.

Join us for a fun, valuable and exciting interactive presentation with Michael, where you’ll learn:

  • WHY we subconsciously hold ourselves back
  • HOW we can recognize when we are doing it
  • WHAT you can do to overcome it – each and every time!

Here’s the agenda for this event:

3.30pm The event opens for networking

4 pm Intro and Info by Regional President, Lis Allen

4.15 – 5.45 Workshop

Chantal Cornelius: Build Your Speaking Reputation by being REALLY Different

5.45pm Word in the room  – join a small, REAL breakout group and discuss our word of the event


7pm     Members Showcase

7.40pm More networking, or take a quick break

8pm     Keynote – Michael Anderson: Successful Mindset for Successful Speakers

8.45 pm 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 18th November 2021!

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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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PSA Events Policy for Covid19

As the host of PSA events, we have taken all reasonable and appropriate precautions and followed the latest government guidelines when planning this event.

As a delegate at a PSA event, you must (1) follow the latest government guidelines; (2) take a lateral flow test before attending unless you have been fully vaccinated (we also recommend this for the safety of other delegates even where you have been fully vaccinated); (3) not attend if the test is positive or if you have any of the recognised symptoms of Covid.

Please read our PSA Events Policy for Covid for more details.

PLEASE NOTE: we are required to notify the venue of numbers for catering and refreshments by 10:00am Monday prior to the event. Unfortunately we are not able to guarantee catering for any tickets booked after this time 

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