Two professional speakers with disabilities were recognised at last month’s annual conference of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa.
Motivational speaker Nicky Abdinor, who has spoken at events globally, was recognised with the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame award for 2022. This award is presented to professional members of the association who have delivered excellence over a period of years speaking to diverse audiences as a keynote presenter. And Nicky certainly has done that in her many local, national and global speaking appearances.
As an aside, Nicky was the first person I knew of who presented internationally online, way back in the 2010’s.
Disability advocate Nick Smit was awarded first place in the annual Speaker Factor contest, where he competed against the top associate level speakers from the PSASA chapters across South Africa. Nick’s speech, called D.A.N.C.E Your Destiny was well received by both judges and audience.
Nick, also known as the Rebel Ninja, is a passionate disability advocate and teacher and his company Smergos is active in promoting disability awareness and inclusion.
Another link between Nicky and Nick is that they have both been guests on my A Different Way of Seeing podcast, back when I was focusing primarily on accessible travel.
I featured Nicky Abdinor back in January 2019, on episode 05 of the podcast, and Nick and his wife were my guests on episode 50.
You can find those episodes, as well as my full library of past shows, at https://iono.fm/rss/chan/3715
If you’re looking for a fantastic speaker for your next event, you can’t go wrong with either Nicky Abdinor or Nick Smit. Here’s where you can find out more.
Nicky Abdinor: https://nickyabdinor.com/
Nick Smit: www.therebelninja.com
I was fortunate to read an advance copy of Bronwyn Hesketh’s book, Speaker Savvy. Basically, it’s a great resource for anyone wanting to know more about the professional speaking world, and contains many valuable ‘do’s and don’ts” for those entering (or thinking of entering) the speaking industry.
I found the book easy to read– it’s full of stories and anecdotes from the author’s career as a speaker agent – and it includes many valuable pointers to help new and aspiring speakers.
I personally found the chapters on marketing and the speaker/agent relationship of particular interest and noted several key strategies that I will use to advance my own speaking business.
Bronwyn’s humour and distinctive and personal voice are an added bonus – I can pretty much guarantee that you will find yourself laughing at several of the stories as you make your way through the book. I know I did!
If there is one thing that concerned me about the book, it was some of the less than flattering stories that Bronwyn shared about the speaking industry and speaker bureaus in general. Having said that, at least I feel more knowledgeable about some of the possible pitfalls that can occur in this part of the industry.
I would definitely recommend Speaker Savvy to anyone who has newly entered the wonderful world of professional speaking, and anyone considering doing so. It will give you a solid understanding of the realities of this industry
Speaker Savvy should be released in late June or early July 2016 – to find out more contact Bronwyn on [email protected]