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 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
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 – 2018/2019
|December 2018||Thursday 20th – Christmas Party and a look at the lighter side of professional speaking!|
|February 2019||Thursday 21st – Learn how to win at Speaker Factor with winner Heather Wright and discover the art of mindful selling with Anis Qzilbash|
|March 2019||Thursday 21st – William Buist will show you how to build a better speaking business; Alastair Greener will show you how to build trust quickly by making it personal|
|April 2019||Thursday 18th|
|May 2019||Thursday 16th|
|June 2019||Thursday 20th – Regional heats for Speaker Factor|
|July 2019||Thursday 18th|
|August 2019||Thursday 15th|
|September 2019||Thursday 19th|
|October 2019||Thursday 17th|
|November 2019||Thursday 21st|
|December 2019||Thursday 19th – Speaking fun and games at the Christmas party and awards ceremony|
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