Thames Valley Region

President: Lis Allen

Email: [email protected]

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Event Dates – 2021

JanuaryThursday  21st
FebruaryThursday 18th – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!
MarchThursday 18th
AprilThursday 15th
MayThursday 20th
JuneThursday 17th
JulyThursday 15th
AugustThursday 19th
SeptemberThursday 16th
OctoberThursday 21st
NovemberThursday 18th
DecemberThursday 16th

18th February 2021: Valentine’s Special

February is the month of love, so we would LOVE to see you at the February Thames Valley PSA event!  

We have two LOVEly speakers joining us, who will show you how to LOVE being on stage, despite your nerves; and how to include your whole audience, so that they LOVE you!

Book your ticket now. We’re online so PSA members pay just £10 +VAT, while non-members pay £15 +VAT. If you’ve not been to a Thames Valley event yet, come and see how lovely we all are. If you’ve not been to any PSA events before, come along, say hello and start networking with a lovely bunch of professional speakers.

Here’s what you can expect from this event:


Susan Heaton-Wright says “Manage Your Fear and Show Up With Confidence”

Susan was a shy, quiet schoolgirl (yes really!) who still went on to perform as a solo singer in front of large audiences. She really understands about managing those nerves and fears before performing!  There are situations where you might be affected by fear, which can impact your speaking performance; or fear could make you avoid taking up opportunities that could progress your career and your business. In this powerful masterclass, Susan will share techniques to help you understand and manage your fear, so you can present the very best version of yourself when speaking. Using proven knowledge from neuroscience as well as her experience as a professional singer, Susan delivers great advice and tips for managing your fear.

Scared of showing up and taking part? Then you really need to be there!


Jackie Handy: The Power of I – Leave Your Customers Loving You!

‘The Power of I’ refers to the power that inclusion gives the world; and the small steps that ‘I’ have the power to take, to create positive change and generate more love in the world. Jackie shows that inclusion can be simple if we all commit to taking those steps. She believes that when we all do a little, the world can change a lot. When you focus on the diversity in your audience, you create deeper connections with them – and that will leave them loving you!

Need a bit more love from your audience? Then join us on 18 February!


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. What’s not to LOVE?!

Here’s the agenda for this online event:

5.30pm: Networking – time to chat and mingle with other members and guests

5.55pm: Welcome from Lis Allen, Regional President

6pm: Jackie Handy: The Power of I – Leave Your Customers Loving You!

6.30pm: Q&A with Jackie

6.45pm: Networking break, or a chance to grab yourself something to eat and drink

7pm: 18 Minute Showcase by one of our members, followed by time to give them some feedback

7.45pm: More networking

8pm: Keynote – Susan Heaton-Wright: Manage Your Fear and Show Up With Confidence

8.30pm: Q&A with Susan

8.40pm: Time to do a bit more networking if you want to, until …

9pm: Time to head home.


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