Representing the nation’s leading professional speakers
Professional Speakers Australia offers quality programs and events, unparalleled peer-to-peer support and an accreditation pathway to empower professional speakers to hone their craft, amplify their impact and thrive in their business.
As an independent and not-for-profit organisation, PSA develops, promotes and upholds the highest standard of excellence for its members and the industry at large. We are a founding member of the Global Speakers Federation and are one of only two international organisations that grants the Certified Speaking Professional designation.
Our Core Competencies
Professional speakers maintain awareness of current business and market trends, including evolving audience profiles, and best practice to deliver exceptional experiences. They achieve this through research, translating and synthesising economic, technological, and geographical trends and emerging capabilities to grow a business and effectively communicate current, relevant content.
Professional speakers build and sustain professional business and network relationships with integrity and respect. These relationships include industry peers, speaker bookers, meeting organisers, support staff, stakeholders, media and clients. In all dealings, professional speakers are truthful and forthright in their communications and act ethically in their business transactions and performance.
Professional speakers demonstrate expert knowledge, critical and diverse thinking and relevance through their capability to produce and curate valid content. They select, research, develop, and protect valid and original work. In addition, they also stay on the cutting-edge of topic selection and development reflecting the latest trends and market conditions.
Professional speakers create the most appropriate environment for delivering their message. This is achieved by preparing the room or studio for maximum impact and audience experience with consideration to backdrops, props, room setup for live events, an appropriate platform for virtual or hybrid events, technology and support staff.
Professional speakers master the art of communication for positive impact on the communities they serve. They engage their audience through powerful and persuasive communication in person, online or virtually. They achieve this by developing the knowledge and skills needed to effectively communicate and engage the audience. This includes word choice, structure, timing, voice inflection, movement, story-telling, and interactivity.
Professional speakers develop relevant products from original intellectual property and thinking. These products include speaking, emceeing and training, and tangible outputs such as books, workbooks or analogue courses, and intangible outputs such as consulting, coaching, mentoring, podcasts, blogs, vlogs, videos and eLearning content.
Professional Speakers build and maintain a brand that supports effective, professional and profitable sales. They master the skills to market and sell their products and services ethically and legally. This is achieved through creating effective sales and marketing collateral and systems, leveraging communication and social media platforms, and negotiating contracts.
Professional speakers have the ability to develop and implement business strategy that ensures the successful and ongoing management of their speaking business. They understand and comply with their legal and fiduciary requirements in addition to mitigating risk. They have a clear business model that guides their business lifecycle and acumen in strategic planning, technology, financial literacy and planning. They manage the lifecycle of their business through all economic conditions.
Code of Professional Conduct
The Code sets the standards for professionalism and integrity of the Professional Speakers Australia community and the way in which we operate.
Our Values in Action statement sets out our organisation’s behaviour standards for any PSA activities and interactions – regardless of whether you’re a member, guest or supplier.View Code and Other Policies
The PSA Board is the voluntary governing team committed to advancing the impact and effectiveness of the organisation.Engage with the PSA Board
For more than 35 years, Professional Speakers Australia has gathered, up-skilled and represented Australia’s leading professional speakers. What started as two small groups meeting over drinks at the local pub has grown into a nation-wide, thriving and vibrant community.Find out more