Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to the questions we most frequently get asked about this web site and the PSA in general.
What is the GSF?
The GFS is the Global Speakers Federation. Members of the PSA are automatically included in the GFS membership and are entitled to member rates at meetings of other GFS organisations.
Who should I contact for further information?
For further information about the PSA contact our Secretariat in the first instance. The contact there is Sue Cliff and she can be reached on 0845 3700 504 or using the form on the contacts page.
What is the PSA's phone number?
The PSA switchboard number is 0845 3700 504.
Who are the Board Directors?
The Board Directors are volunteer Members and Fellows who are elected by the Annual General Meeting to run the PSA.
How much does it cost to join the PSA?
The cost of membership depends upon each grade. Associate costs £150. Membership costs £225. Fellowship costs £250.
How do you assess membership applications?
Membership applications are forwarded to a Membership Committee. This Committee consists of one Board member, two Fellows and two Members. They read through the application forms, look at statements from the sponsors of each applicant and discuss their findings. They then either ask the applicant for more information, or accept or deny the application. In the case of Fellows they can only make a recommendation - the final decision is down to the Board.
What are the differences between the grades of membership?
members are individuals who belong to another speaker association which is part of the Global Speakers Federation..
are people who are in related professions or businesses or who are intending to take up a career involving professional speaking.
are people who can demonstrate they meet the competencies
of professional speaking.
are highly experienced speakers who are deemed by their peers to be at the peak of the profession.
How do I upgrade my member status?
If you wish to upgrade your status, say form Associate to Member, or Member to Fellow, then log in to your account, choose the appropriate page from the Membership menu (on the left) and complete the application form.
Are trainers accepted as members of the PSA?
Yes, trainers can apply to be members.
Are "Associates" members of the PSA?
No, Associates are not members of the PSA and may not claim to have any form of membership. They are "associates" and may intend to become Members.
What are "sponsors"?
Sponsors are individuals who are Members or Fellows of the PSA who vouch for applicants and help assess their suitability for membership of the PSA. At least one sponsor must have seen an applicant give a talk at an event.
Who should I choose as a sponsor?
Your choice of sponsor is important as they will influence the likely success of your application for Member or Fellow. You will need a sponsor who knows you and your work and who can honestly comment on your professionalism and speaking abilities. You would not benefit from a sponsor who only make perfunctory comments on your performance as a professional speaker; you need someone who is able to critically analyse your work. Wherever possible you should choose a Fellow as a sponsor.
Why must I register to see some parts of this site?
Some parts of the site are only viewable by people who have paid to join.If you wish to view those sections check out our membership options.
How do I find speakers on specific topics?
You can use the Member Directory
page to search for specific topics - try the Advanced Search options to find the specific details you are looking for..
How do I find a mentor?
To find a mentor select Find a Mentor
where you will see a list of potential mentors and the competencies with which they can help.
How do I complain about members?
If you have any reason to complain about members of the PSA you need to contact our Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee is made up of the President of the PSA, the Company Directors and two board members. They review complaints about all members and take action as appropriate. Members can be suspended or dismissed from the PSA for any ethical malpractice.