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: ( ). It was wonderful to have Harry van Hest, PSA Belgium share his greetings with all. ( )
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