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Friday – Pre-Convention Workshops

The Road To CSP

9:00am to 10:30am
Juke Box Theme: Wide Open Road

The CSP designation is the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence. When you earn your CSP designation, meeting professionals looking to hire the best of the best will see your commitment to the profession, know you have top-notch speaking ability and a track record of professionalism and success.

Less than 12 percent of the 5,000+ speakers worldwide, who belong to the 14 member associations of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF), currently hold this professional designation. This means you’ll be recognised as one of the best in your field and set yourself apart for an even more successful speaking career.

Bill Jennings CSP hosts five presenters who have recently become Certified Speaking Professionals:

Each CSP will outline their journey and what they have done to create sustainable careers and businesses within the Speaking Industry and what it will mean for you.

Maximising Your Learning Potential

11:00am to 12:30pm
Juke Box Theme: Make Your Own Kind Of Music

How to Get the Most From Impact 2018

Glenn Capelli CSP, author of Maximising Your Learning Potential and Convention Designer, walks you through how to maximise your take home value from Impact 2018 and how to maximise your daily learning in design, delivery and life.

From this Workshop you will discover how to look for Method Magic such as:

  • The VISPAS
  • The Boomerangs
  • The Direct & Indirect Suggestions
  • The Juke Box ‘Musiczen’

You will also explore:

Expect to stretch, talk, invent and learn layers of methodology that you can add to your design and delivery skills.

Product & Presence

1:30pm to 3:15pm
Juke Box Song: Gonna Fly Now (Rocky’s Theme)

Host Michael McQueen CSP and The Product Tribe:

Explore the role, style and impact of product and extend/develop your product kit as The Product Tribe help you journey through… What has worked? What hasn’t? What are you doing? What can you do?

New Comers

3:45pm to 4:15pm

Hosts: Kevin Ryan CSP & Helen Macdonald CSP

Whether you are new to PSA, a “first-timer” at Convention, or just want to get the most out of your investment of time & money, then this session is for you.

Helen Mac & Kevin will take you through key “must do” and “don’t do” strategies for the next few days plus you’ll get to connect with some fellow Conventioneers and meet some CSPs (Certified Speaking Professionals) to kick start your networking with a bang!

It’s a jam-packed half-hour not to be missed!

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Friday – Platform Professionals Summit

9:00am to 3:30pm
(attendance eligibility applies)

  • Your Best Result in the Past 12 Months Sharing – Keith Abraham CSP
  • What Does Our Industry Look Like in 10 Years – Tim Longhurst CSP
  • How Do You Equip Yourself for the Future
  • Platform Professionals Retreat Presentation
  • Removing the Roadblocks That Stop You from Achieving
  • Your Speaking Potential – Ian Stephens CSP
  • Peer Idea Exchange
  • Best Idea Sharing

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Friday – Main Stage

Convention Opening – Impact!

5:00pm to 6:45pm

Juke Box Theme: The Overture

Hosted by Glenn Capelli CSP and featuring…

Friday Evening

Networking Dinner – Amplify with MEDIA STABLE

6:45pm to 9:00pm
(Anne Street Lobby)

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Saturday Morning – Main Stage

9:00am to 10:30am


Juke Box Theme: I Am Woman Hear Me Roar

Helen Reddy’s theme will be championed as Lisa McInnes-Smith CSP CPAE leads a team of brilliant women:

Exploring the theme of Bravery, our #PSABravehearts: being brave on stage, being brave in business and being brave in life.

Saturday Morning – Workshops 1

11:10am to 12:00pm

How to Design Laughter Into Your Presentations

Juke Box Theme: Make ‘Em Laugh

Ricky Nowak CSP and Julie Cross CSP combine in an exploration of the why, how and the ‘Pow!’ of incorporating laughter in your design and delivery.

How To Stay In Business: Then, Now & Tomorrow

Juke Box Theme: Looking Forward, Looking Back

David Koutsoukis CSP hosts Winston Marsh CSP, Lauris Marsh and Leanne Christie in tracing three decades of Speaking Success from the Speaker’s Point of View and the Speaker Bureau Point of View…with a particular emphasis on what you need to be doing NOW to lay good foundations for what’s coming next!

Systems Dynamics – Dynamic Systems

Juke Box Theme: Dem Bones

A deep learning session about the nature of Systems Dynamics from the Systemic Intelligence Lab: what it means for your clients, your consultancy and your own business thinking…

Sarah Cornally demonstrates how to present the complex to invoke new discoveries leading to clarity and movement.

Have you ever found yourself in a complex web of dynamics wishing you had said no rather than having stepped into this matrix? What if you could see and listen to systems to discover new perspectives, expanded choices and innovative pathways?

As our world is becoming increasingly complex and our clients need new ways of working with this, our capacity to understand, access and work with systemic intelligence is an important capability to cultivate. This work enables us to see the whole system, the complex web of relationships, the hidden dynamics, multiple perspectives and an expanded range of possible ways forward. It reveals harsh truths that may need to be faced and healthy ways to respond.

In this session we will explore and experiment with this new systemic intelligence.

Saturday Morning – Workshops 2

12:05pm to 12:55pm

Attention To Detail – in Presenting & Business

Juke Box Theme: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Lindsay Adams CSPGlobal hosts a session with USA speaker Trevor Perry plus Australia’s Ian Stephens CSP and Sally Foley-Lewis dedicated to getting into the nitty gritty details of… how to design great slides… how to develop your Power Story and how to up your business productivity.

Staying Alive – In Love and Business!

Juke Box Theme: Staying Alive

There are many different business models that can bring you sustained success. Yvonne Collier CSP and Dean Collier explore the business model that has kept them together in life, love and business for decades… incorporating business roles (division of labour), what has worked, what hasn’t and the role of new media.

Working With Educators Impact On Education – Part 1

Juke Box Theme: Teach Your Children

Tony Ryan CSP hosts Olympian Sally Callie, educator Brendan Barlow and Bill Jennings CSP on some exciting ways to positively influence the education system. If you ever want to work with the education world, then this session is a must-attend. We will explore the importance of high expectation and system support for children and grown-ups alike.

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Saturday Afternoon – Main Stage

1:50pm to 3:05pm

Business Buddies

The Juke Box Theme: Taking Care Of Business

Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO) meets The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

With support from The Hilltop Hoods

When BTO had a hit with TCOB in 1973 the professional speaking industry in Australia did not exist, school guidance officers were not recommending speaking as a career and the Speaking Industry being a billion dollar field was not even thought of. Today, there are many sustainable business models that exist and we reveal the diversity, the challenges and the tips for you to create the sustainable model that will work for you. Getting the ‘nitty gritty’ of how much you need to earn before you make a dollar and how to remain on the top of your hill in your hood. The theme of this session is…sustainability.

Hosted by Colin James CSP with…

Never before has so much Speaker Business talent been on stage together!

Saturday Afternoon – Workshops 3

3:35pm to 4:25pm

Conducting Yourself – Presenting Rhythm

Juke Box Theme: Ode To Joy

Peter Merrett hosts world famous conductor Dobbs Franks on what presenters/speakers can learn from music, rhythm, conductors and song.

Start – Grow – Flow

Juke Box Theme: Rolling With The Flow

In this highly interactive hands on session you will have the opportunity to explore the different speaking business models that will best support you to achieve your long term goals and your personal. Your two presenters are none other than rising star Chinmay Ananda, who has built a fabulous business in 4 years that is based here in Australia and in India. He is working with a 20 year veteran of the speaking industry, multi-award winning speaker, Keith Abraham CSP.

Chinmay and Keith will share with you their different business models and how you can learn from their experiences to best fast track your business success. You are guaranteed to walk away with…

  • Understanding the 4 different types of business models
  • Review the 4 strategies you can use to become more profitable in your business
  • Review multiple tried and proven business examples so you can best lay the foundations for your future business achievements.

Innovation Imagination!

Juke Box Theme: Revolution

Want impact? Be different! Join Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw CSP and Dr Drew Dwyer, two professional speakers who really know how to do DIFFERENT!

Come on a unique personal journey with innovation specialist Dr Irena and leadership specialist Dr Drew. Embrace your uniqueness, innovate your speaking brand and learn how to do different… differently.

Saturday Afternoon – Workshops 4

4:30pm to 5:10pm

Bananas, Barramundi and Rock & Roll – A Recipe for Playing a Bigger Game and Making a Bigger Impact

Juke Box Theme: Rocking All Over The World

Rowdy McLean CSP (Aussie) and Cyriel Kortleven CSP (Belgian) explore how you can play a BIGGER game as a speaker and astonish your audience.

We will be focussing on several paradoxes that have to be conquered if you want to change the speaking game. How can you be stubborn and adaptable at the same time? How can ‘less’ lead to more success? How can you stay confident and stretch yourself to unknown limits? And did we already mention that bananas & barramundi will play a role in this session?

Impact Of Disruption

Juke Box Theme: All Shook Up

Hosted by Louise Karch; Louise, Rael Bricker and Matthew Burgess CSP explore Riding the Disruption Waves (or creating them) and maintaining the ethical ‘centre’

Rockin’ The World – All The World’s A Stage

Juke Box Theme: Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Want to increase your international speaking presence? Chaired by Warwick Merry CSP and incorporating Global President Shirley Taylor CSP, Global Convention Organiser Elias Kanaris and Kiwi Champ Glen Sharkey CSP, our Presidents and industry leaders tell us what is going on in the Speaking World – all over the World – and they tell you how to become an International Hit!

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Saturday Evening

Pre Dinner Drinks

6:30pm to 7:30pm
(Anne Street Lobby)

Ultimate 48 Hour Author Gala Dinner & PSA Awards Night

7:30pm to 11:59pm
(Ballroom Le Grand 1 & 2)

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Sunday Morning – Main Stage

9:00am to 10:30am

The Ethics Of Methodology

Juke Box Theme: How Do You Do It

Education Awardee David Penglase CSP hosts other Education Awardees – Steve Simpson CSP, Colin James CSP and Glenn Capelli CSP – to explore the process of impacting methodology and ethics.

Our Hall of Fame Educator of the Year Awardees, or Stoolies as they’re reverently referred to, each employ a variety of methodology and techniques to positively engage and inspire their audiences to make life better. However, beyond the privilege of the platform (and sometimes on the platform), not all influencers use the power of educational methodology and influencing techniques in positive ways. Welcome to the dark side of influence!

This year’s Stoolies session will challenge you to think deeply about the ways in which you can use your methodology and influencing techniques for both good and bad, and how good and bad use of methodology and techniques can be the key to determining the level of success in your presentations.

Sunday Morning – Workshops 5

11:00am to 11:50am

Impact of Theatre

Juke Box Theme: There’s No Business Like Show Business

Peter Merrett introduces the theatricality of presenting and combines with Robbi Mack and Simone de Haas to explore how a touch of Show Business can add to your Own Business.

Ethical Excellence

Juke Box Theme: I Believe

Professional Codes of Conduct are often viewed, albeit mostly subconsciously, as being of primary benefit to others … to customers, to fellow professionals, and respective industries as a whole.

Yet, on deeper examination, the benefits of adhering to an uncompromising set of exemplary behaviours: are weighted far more in favour of the professional themselves.

This session on Ethical Excellence will explore and explain, using the PSA Code of Professional Ethics as its foundation, how playing a higher game can and will deliver enormous economic, and social benefits to your speaking business.

Graham Harvey CSP and Pamela Wigglesworth CSP explore the ethics of our industry: on page, on screen, on stage, in business… in life. Hard hitting yet fair-minded… ethics may be the most important impact of all.

Amazing Audience Engagement

Juke Box Theme: Power To The People

Shirley Taylor CSP presents on the Power of Collaboration and Tara Diversi and Phil Preston collaborate to demonstrate the Power of designing and using the YOB approach – your Year Of Birth story (YOB).

Sunday Morning – Workshops 6

11:55am to 12:45pm

Finding New Markets

Juke Box Theme: Apache

Elias Kanaris hosts Francesca Moi and a team of pros to explore how you can be an explorer finding new shores, new fields and new markets.

The Power of Oracy – Impact On Education – Part 2

Juke Box Theme: Teach Your Children

We’ve all heard of literacy and numeracy, but in the near-future, oracy (speaking skills) will become just as important.

Tony Ryan CSP hosts Dr Chris Sarra, Megan Gallagher and Steve Francis CSP on enhancing oracy in all people – particularly young people. Meg will clarify how and why our magic brain is so critical to this development.

Staying on the Rails: The Speaker’s Rollercoaster

Juke Box Theme: RUOK

Graeme Cowan hosts Anne Riches CSP and Suzanne Waldron. Hear from three entirely different perspectives about the peaks and troughs in the business of speaking. After all, our work is like a roller coaster: sometimes it’s a joy ride; sometimes it turns you upside down.

It’s not easy working for oneself, often being the sole driver of the business. Dealing with the ups and downs of the speaker life can be both exhilarating and scary.

This deep and often humorous trio will share like never before. It’s time to say it like it is. Hear about egos, getting it right & wrong, loving the highs and descending to the lows.

Join these three experienced and authentic speakers, as they share and answer your questions on mentally navigating and bouncing back from the challenges life and our industry throws at us.

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Sunday Afternoon

Meme Teams – Making Ideas Flourish

1:30pm to 3:15pm

Juke Box Song: I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing

Hosts: Russell Pearson, Tony Eades & Jane Anderson CSP

Wrapping Up Convention & Closing

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Hosted by Glenn Capelli CSP and featuring…

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Masterclass Monday – Main Stage

Juke Box: Rolling In The Deep

Deep Business

9:00am to 10:40am

Husband and wife team Dr Jason Fox CSP and Dr Kim Lam explore the depths of the Business Buddy theme and how they have grown their business, have shifted their business models and developed a deep collaboration with their team and each other.

Expect this innovative duo to have you ride the wild seas and consider possibilities on the far-flung shores of your potential.

Build a stronger and more sustainable business.

Deep Method

11:10am to 12:30pm

Colin James CSP & Erica Bagshaw look back at the Convention and what methods were on display, what methods could have been added to the brew and what methodology will work best for you in reaching and teaching folk in each and every presentation.

This husband and wife team have taught the Colin James Method worldwide so expect tips in how to reach diverse people in diverse cultures in deep and diverse ways.

Build a stronger skill set in Method Magic.

Deep Design

1:30pm to 3:15pm

Every great building begins with a great design and every great presentation likewise. Presenters, at their best, are Design & Delivery Artists.

Glenn Capelli CSP will take you on a journey through:

  • Designing a Conference
  • Designing the Impact! Convention
  • Designing a Presentation
  • The Dance Between Design & Delivery
  • Plus, Music-Zen:
  • How the Rock, Roll & Rhythm of song and music play a vital role in Design & Delivery

Glenn will also introduce his special guest presenter, Jonathan Holloway who will enthrall you with messages of what can be learned from his experiences in designing Music Festivals, the Perth Festival and his current role as Director/Designer of the Melbourne Festival.

Build your foundation in becoming a brilliant Design Artist.

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