PSA London 9th September 2023: Overcoming mental challenges to become a better speaker

09 September|09:30 - 16:30|ETC Venues - Marble Arch - See full address

About this event

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Every one of us knows how tough it can be to overcome our inner demons when trying to build and maintain a speaking business.

Robust mental health, and techniques for turning negatives into positives, can be powerful allies.


At the next in-person PSA London event, our programme includes keynotes from two speakers  who will share a stack of useful advice designed to strengthen your mindset:

R.Micheal Anderson with his keynote “Successful Mindset for Successful Speakers”


Caroline Cavanagh with her keynote “Anxiety: Why it is a Good Thing”.


There will, as always, be plenty of networking opportunities, and time to enjoy breakfast and a hot lunch. Along with 2 great showcases from Anna Wardley and Hilary Briggs.


Special post-lunch session
***Content warning – contains references to suicide***

Our event falls on the weekend of World Suicide Prevention Day – and after lunch we will be staging a discussion around this highly sensitive and deeply personal subject.
We acknowledge that this may be difficult and distressing to discuss and listen to, particularly for those who have been directly impacted. We are all here to listen and learn, but we completely understand if you prefer not to join the session on this issue.
Benn Abdy Collins, a Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer, will facilitate the conversation with your RP Vicky O’Farrell and her VP Stephen Whitton, including their personal lived experiences.

This subject may trigger discomfort or emotional distress, and Benn will be available throughout the event for anyone who may need additional support.


We are really looking forward to the event and we hope to see you there.

Keynote speakers

R. Michael Anderson
Caroline Cavanagh
Regional President - South West
Vicky O'Farrell
Stephen Whitton
Regional President - PSA London
Benn Abdy Collins
R. Michael Anderson

R. Michael Anderson, MBA, MA has a striking combination that creates truly impactful transformation in leaders – he has the real-life business success of founding, scaling and exiting three software companies, plus the educational background of a Masters Degree in Psychology.

This combination gives him the unique ability to connect to other leaders as a peer, then teaches evidence-based leadership skills that genuinely drive behaviour and performance.

It’s the reason that Stanford University brings him into work with their start-up ecosystem, PwC has him work with their high growth CEO’s, and companies like Microsoft, Salesforce, and Uber bring him to level up their managers and executives.

Michael shares how his Californian companies landed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing US companies, created a culture so strong that they won the #1 Best Place to work, and Michael himself was honoured as the Social Entrepreneur of the year. In 2005 he held the office of President of the Board of Directors for a chapter of Conscious Capitalism, an international organisation dedicated to elevating humanity through business.

With his background in psychology and neuroscience, he transforms managers into true leaders with high-performing teams in high-growth companies. He’s written two best-selling business leadership books, contributes to, and is a former radio-show host.

Caroline Cavanagh - Regional President - South West

Caroline Cavanagh is a published author, national award winning coach, professional speaker and anxiety specialist. Above all, she helps people grow mentally stronger and to perform at their best.

She has spoken at international events, at schools and Universities, and supported organisations with tools to increase the mental health of their staff.

Caroline helps people to understand the roll of anxiety and gain skills that can be applied straight away to increase resilience and mental performance and enhance all areas of their lives.

Vicky O'Farrell

Vicky is a Professional Speaker, Businesswoman and people expert. After 25 years in the corporate world, predominately in Sales in the construction environment, she set up her business ‘Queen of Behaviours Ltd’.

She had a fascination of people and wanted to understand “why people do, say and react the way they do” and so studied the DISC system. As a qualified, award-winning DISC Practitioner she has given presentations, run workshops and masterclasses with numerous corporations and individuals, helping them understand their team dynamics to build stronger and supportive teams, improve moral, reduce stress, enhance communication and increase productivity.

Vicky’s life motto is “We have one lap of this thing called life and you are in the driving seat. If you’re not happy, indicate and change lanes” and people who have worked with her have said that “Vicky’s passion and enthusiasm is contagious, and she inspires those around her to help themselves”.

Stephen Whitton - Regional President - PSA London

Stephen Whitton is the Founder of [M]enable – the global movement for mental health support in the Automotive Sector. After a successful career of over 35 years in the industry, covering numerous roles from Salesman to Executive Director, he is a renowned authority on employee well-being to achieve results. A passionate speaker whose pragmatic and insightful approach has inspired 1000s of people in audiences across the world. [M]enable was created on the back of Stephen’s own struggles, with a clear purpose and mission – to change cultures in male dominated and performance driven businesses, enabling the Mental Health stigma to be removed.

Event agenda

Registration and networking
Opening with Regional President Vicky O'Farrell
R.Micheal Anderson "Successful Mindset for Successful Speakers"
Showcase time with Anna Wardley and Hilary Briggs
Special Session with Vicky O'Farrell and Stephen Whitton, facilitated by Benn Abdy-Collins
Caroline Cavanagh
 "Anxiety: Why it is a Good Thing"

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PSA London 9th September 2023: Overcoming mental challenges to become a better speaker

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