President’s Message – September 2016

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“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”
– John Dunne

It is my distinct honour to serve as the 20th President of the Global Speakers Federation, an organization founded in 1997 with a vision of expanding the Speaking profession globally by championing, supporting, and providing resources to nurture the development and growth of associations of professional speakers worldwide.

In full alignment with our Founding Fathers’ guiding principles, the Federation is about to spread its wings with a new governance structure, to fully embrace its growing membership and seek new opportunities worldwide.

As our world keeps shrinking, global knowledge is expanding at an exponential rate and, with global organizations expecting a consistent delivery of world-class value to meet their objectives, the role of the Federation as a collaborative platform facilitating cross-pollination between its members, is more relevant than ever.

Today, with 13 independent Professional Speaker Association boasting over 5,000 members, spanning 5 continents, the Global Speakers Federation is indeed a powerful hub ; a network who impacts, inspires, and influences millions of people every day through the infinite power of the spoken word. The Federation is the conduit through which experience and expertise are freely shared amongst the Speaking Community worldwide.

With interest from several more associations soon to be members, the Federation is currently formed by associations from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany (including Austria and Switzerland), Holland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Southern Africa, United Kingdom and Ireland, and the United States of America, for a total of 15 nations, with individuals from over 20 countries around the world.

This year, our vision is mainly focused on leveraging our collective brain and tapping on the wealth of resources available to us, to chart the future of our associations and make our members, our profession, and our industry continue to thrive.

Together, we will tear down geographic walls and expand the limits of our combined influence to make our world a little better!

Nabil Doss
2016 – 2017 President of the Global Speakers Federation

President’s Message – March 2016

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PSA Holland organized their Convention recently in Leiden, Netherlands. Close to 70 professional speakers attended the 2 days event on March 18 & 19, 2016. I was really delighted to see a high number of world-class content and delivery by the respective speakers who spoke at the Convention. It was also wonderful to see representatives from GSA, NSA US, PSA Belgium, PSA UKI & AFCP supporting in attendance for the Convention.  PSA Holland also welcomed its first female President Frowa Schuitemaker, who succeeded Victor Bonke, who led PSA Holland for 3 years as their President. Listen to what Frowa has to share about GSF: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7GWxyP7cPc ). It was wonderful to have Harry van Hest, PSA Belgium share his greetings with all. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DAzGdIP03k )
 
I also took the opportunity to visit the Global office of ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ICCA is the global expert in international association meetings. They represent the main specialists in organising, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events globally. The objectives of the visit were to explore collaboration opportunities with ICCA and to share about Global Speakers Federation and its 13 member associations. You can download the 52 pages, 2014 International Association Meetings Market report and share the key stats with you respective Associations. The 2015 report will be available mid June 2016.  This visit is a post follow up from the earlier participation at the Union of International Association (UIA) Congress in Bangkok last year.

From a member association development front, Sweden is the latest country to submit its application to be part of Global Speakers Federation. Once the documentations and due diligence process are in place, this will be brought to the GSF Executive Council for a vote.

The Global Speaking Fellow’s revised application, revalidation and conferring process (including optimized criteria).  is being discussed and reviewed by the Strategic Task Force & member associations on the next steps, led by Alan Stevens. Once a proposal is recommended, it will be reviewed by the GSF Executive Committee, before it is shared with the Council members and the respective member associations.

I am looking forward to be part of the Malaysian Association of Professional Speakers (MAPS) National Leadership Convention 2016 on March 30 & 31.
I highly recommend that the leadership teams continue cross promoting each other’s convention and events. After MAPS, it will be PSA Australia in April, PSASA and APSS in the month of May.  If you are a CSP, you may also consider attending the NSA CSP/CPAE Summit from April 15-17. This is one valuable benefit of being a member of GSF.
 
Thanks again for your commitment to serve as leaders for your association and for the GSF. Do reach out to me or any Federation leaders to let us know of your association’s new initiatives and successes.
 
At your service
Jonathan Low, CSP, PCC
2015-2016 GSF President
Communication – Collaboration – Transparency – Continuity

Featured Association: PSA UK-I

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The Professional Speaking Association of UK and Ireland was founded in 1999 and is a GSF success story currently with about 650 members, over 85 of which are Fellows and 225 are Professional Speaking members with the balance being “Associate Members”

Their Annual Conference “MEGA” is being held in Reading, which is just outside London and very close to Heathrow Airport, at a great Country club venue called Wokefield Park

There are a great array of fascinating inspirational and educational international speakers (many already recoignised at CSP level) including:

  • Ruby Newell-Legner from USA,
  • Jonathan Low from Malaysia,
  • David Newman and Faith Wood from Canada,
  • Sepehr Tarverdian from Iran,
  • Steve Barnett from South Africa.

In addition, they have a wealth of Speakers representing the British Isles, including:

  • Stuart Harris from Scotland, and
  • Nikki Owen, Joy Marsden, and Claire Carpenter from England

The event will be hosted on Friday 9th October and Saturday 10th October and will include loads of Experts sharing their ideas.  You will want to experience “The Speaker Factor” finals, as well as the Friday night street party and comedy night.  The event will conclude on the Saturday evening with a Gala Awards dinner – phew what an event!

On top of that we have our traditional “Speaking Sizzler” on Sunday morning with Lottie Hearn from Ireland, Mel Sherwood from Scotland, and Peter Tyler, Lee Jackson, Anthony Stears, and Vinay Parmar from England to send us home with loads on our “to do” lists.

To reserve one of the few remaining tickets – go here .  Remember that as a GSF member you get to purchase your tickets at the member price.

 

Welcome to our new President!

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jonathan_lowOn behalf of the Executive Committee, Council  & staff, we are delighted to welcome Jonathan Low, CSP as the new 2015-2016 President of the Global Speakers Federation.  Please take a moment to read Jonathan’s welcome message and browse the photos from the inauguration on July 18, 2015.

Jonathan Low has served on the GSF Executive Committee since 2012. He is Past President of the Malaysian Association of Professional Speakers (MAPS) and  the co-founder of PowerUpSuccess.com, one of Asia leading and fastest growing  Sales, Service & Leadership Talent Development Organization.

Jonathan works with executives and their leadership teams throughout Asia and the Middle East to measurably improve their leadership effectiveness and business performance especially in the areas of Service Quality, Sales Performance, Leadership Communication and Team Development. he has more than 25 years of professional & international business experience in executive positions in the hospitality & service industry.

Connect with him at: www.LinkedIn.com/in/jonathanlow

 Global Speakers Federation 2015/16 Presidential Handover & Address

 

 

Highlighted Association of the Month – AFCP

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If you are a trainer, consultant, coach, speaker and you either speak French, live in France or want to work more in France – you have come to the right place!
 
Whether you are experienced or a beginner in the art of speaking (to an audience of 15 people minimum), the AFCP should be the home for you.

Our goal is to help you develop your skills and network in the field of professional speaking in French… in France. Do you:

  • know how to handle the French language?
  • know how to inspire an audience of at least 15 people?
  • speak a second language (preferably English or German)?
  • want to become a renowned speaker, identifiable on social networks?
  • want to ensure the promotion of this wonderful art of speaking?
  • want to create a professional speakers network in your area?

Participate at our next international convention of professional speakers in France August 27-29, 2015!

Photos from the 2015 GSN Symposium in Washington DC

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