WORLDCLASS, they promised! WORLDCLASS, it was. APSS set a real benchmark at this year’s annual convention on May 5-6. With a record attendance of 150, there were not only delegates from Singapore, but also from Australia, India, Philippines, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Even before the convention started, there was a pre-convention evening with Brian Tracy, which really set everyone up for a great week to come. The evening before convention, there were several different gatherings. President Tom Abbott hosted a Presidents, Speakers and GSF Presidents dinner at his home. Exco member Fredrik Haren hosted overseas delegates at his home. Later that evening, many congregated at Brewerkz at Clarke Quay for more merriment.
The two days of convention were packed with more than 25 sessions from speakers who came from all over the world. They shared their best ideas, insights and knowledge. The Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel was just buzzing with new friendships being made, old friendships being renewed, and lots of laughter, fun and sharing.
GSF Presidential Team: For the first time ever at a GSF event outside North America, the entire GSF Presidential Leadership Team were together at the APSS convention. Here they are in discussion with Fredrik Haren discussing collaborations to recruit more members from around Asia, and thanking him for all his work encouraging more people in other countries to set up a speakers association.
First Ever CSP Summit: APSS also hosted the first ever CSP Summit in Asia. Held over 1.5 days, the Summit attracted 25 people. After dinner and a sharing session at the home of APSS Founding Member Ron Kaufman, they all met the following day where Fredrik Haren and Andrew Bryant brilliantly facilitated several small group brainstorming sessions.
This quote from APSS convention chair Jerome Joseph sums everything up:
“Thank you to our WORLDCLASS speakers who gave everything on stage so we could learn and benefit from their experiences. Thanks to our sponsors for their generosity and support. Thank you to the Exco under the leadership of President Tom Abbott who dedicatedly serve the community week after week. Thanks to the entire production team (seen here in this photograph). You all have my gratitude always.”
Congratulations APSS on a WORLDCLASS event! The work will soon begin on planning the 2018 convention, and the dates are already set for May 11-12th, 2018. Over 80 people signed up for next year’s convention before they even left this year’s!
Here’s to another WORLDCLASS APSS event in 2018!