One day while surfing the internet, as we used to do way back then, I discovered that something called the Global Speakers Summit, was going to be held in Cape Town the following year. I didn't even know what that meant, but the name captured my imagination and started me on a journey that would find me my home, find me speaking internationally, serving as Deputy President of the PSASA, involved in masterminds, speaker classes and international conversations with other speakers, and as an incredible extra bonus, find me a wonderful husband to have all these journeys with!
I love the energy and diversity of the speaking world. I cannot imagine another industry where we are so different and yet so much on the same path. We have different topics, approaches, business models, priorities, presentation styles, values, politics, religions. But we are united in that there is something in our hearts and minds that we want to share with clients and audiences. While many people speak about topics that are divisive, members of the speaking associations we encounter daily are without fail, seeking growth and progress rather than division.
The commitment of people in this space, to improve the world and to be proactive rather than victims, is so insanely inspiring, that I often neglect my own work to work in this space. There is such a thrill being able to facilitate issues behind the scenes, that allows more speakers to engage with our home association and to form relationships globally.
So I was delighted and honestly honoured, to receive PSASA's highest award in April 2019; the Stef du Plessis Founders Award.