Thursday, 09 March 2017 08:01

President's update - Going to the next level

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From humble beginnings in May of 2016, the Professional Speakers Association of Namibia (PSAN) has grown to be the home for professional speakers in Namibia, and a source of knowledge and inspiration to the business community, government, parastatals and NGOs/FBOs.  This is how PSAN has served the business community and our members over the last few months.

Serving the Business community

The reason why we group together is to up our own game to serve the business community and the economy of Namibia better. There is an important relationship between outside consultants and organisations, big and small. Leaders and HR Managers know the value that good consultants and speakers can bring. We inspire, coach and guide businesses to take their respective games  to the next level.

psan Fundraiser 2017 

At our first ‘coming out’ party on 25 January 2017, we demonstrated to the business world what we have to offer. It was a great success with more than 100 people attending form companies such as Debmarine, Nampost, The Law Society, Avani Hotels, Barnard/Mutua Architects, Lemon Tree, and many more. They saw some of the best international speakers in action addressing topics such as:

  • STRATEGY: Next level strategy: Dr Mark Manley,  consultant to the Treasury in South Africa
  • MARKETING & CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: Best practices by Mr Ian Rheeder,  CEO of Markitects Consulting
  • PEOPLE & TEAMS: (a.) Work/life integration (Get a Life!) and (b.) How to create unity in diversity teams by Dr Gustav Gous, international speaker and executive coach,
  • CREATIVITY/EXPANSION: Creative new thinking by Mr Fredrik Härén, Swedenish 'Best Speaker Award' winner and consultant to various international brands

The companies also saw some of the best local speakers such as Sam Shivute and Sigi Lange, Coen Welsh, Candy Ngula, Michael Chikwililwa, Pam Miller, Melissa Mukaiwa , Silke von Seydlitz, Nelson Mathews, Hermien Elago, Brandt van der Westhuizen -  all professional members of PSAN.

Serving our members

The Professional Speakers Association of Namibia is committed to helping speakers in three ways:

  1.  To Speak better
  2. To run their businesses better: Profitable businesses as speakers/consultants and coaches
  3. To be better. To walk the talk and not only talk the talk

psan annual conference 2017

These three themes are addressed in every monthly Chapter meeting in Windhoek (under the leadership of Candy Ngula) and bi-monthly in Swakopmund (under the leadership of Coen Welsh and Brandt van der Westhuizen). This will also be the case at our Annual PSAN Speakers Conference on the 7th and 8th of April, 2017. To be held in Windhoek, the Annual PSAN Speakers Conference is for all local speakers, PSAN members country wide and open for international participants. Make sure to follow the links on our website and to register for this very special occasion.

Global Speakers Federation Membership

Lastly, we received excellent news just before Christmas when the Global Speakers Federation (GSF) informed us that our application for membership has been approved. The Professional Speakers Association of Namibia is now a full member of the Global Speakers Federation joining the elite ranks of similar associations in the USA, Germany, the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, South Africa and Brazil.

 gsf member display

My message of acceptance to the GSF leadership was; “To belong to the esteemed worldwide community of global speakers in the GSF was a dream for the speakers, trainers and coaches in Namibia. Thank you for the opportunity to rub shoulders with the best in the world. We hope to learn a lot but also to contribute our unique perspective and expertise from this corner of Africa – the Republic of Namibia!”

If you are not a member already, join today.  Have a look on the website on the three categories of membership. Namibian speakers (as members of PSAN) can now officially apply for international quality control certifications such as the CSP designation, standing for ‘Certified Speaking Professional. PSAN will help to bring the best practices of professional speaking to Namibia and will help you to expand your circle of influence.  

I look forward to seeing you at the Professional Speakers Association of Namibia Speakers Conference on the 7th and 8th of April.

Kind regards,
Dr Gustav Gous
Professional Speakers Association of Namibia

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Entrepreneur, blogger and speaker. Currently branding and marketing consultant and the managing director of PointBlunt Multimedia Productions. Founding board member of the Professional Speakers Association of Namibia (PSAN)
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