PSA Thames Valley January 2024: Stand Out in the New Year

18 January|15:30 - 20:30|Green Park Conference Centre - Reading - See full address

About this event

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Get Ready to Stand Out in 2024!

Speak Performance Skills specialist and PSA Nose Flute Orchestra Maestro (ask him!) Ges Ray will deliver a value-packed workshop on ECHO, i.e. how do you go beyond merely talking in front of people to:

  • Engaging your audience
  • Compelling them to keep listening
  • Haunting them with emotional engagement
  • Obsessing them with (your) knowledge so they keep coming back to you


She has been a wonderful Regional President;  come and discover further facets of the twinkling diamond that is Lara Lauder. Incoming Regional President John Hayns will interview the outgoing Lara in a fireside chat, which will satisfy your curiosity and provide you with solid takeaways to enhance your speaking brand.

We will cover, amongst other things:

  • Style
  • Colour
  • Presence
  • Networking
  • Podcasting


We will also have a panel discussion with Lara, Ges and the wonderful Paul McGee, on “The Polymath’s Dilemma” – how to promote yourself clearly and effectively when you do more than one thing.


So what are you waiting for? Book your ticket now and Stand Out in 2024!

Keynote speakers

Ges Ray
Lara Lauder
Paul McGee
Ges Ray

Ges’ skills are built on a background of four decades of commercial roles, from Bank Manager to Business Development Manager twinned with four decades of Public Speaking, delivering workshops, Keynotes, MC and radio broadcasting. Traditional ‘in the room’ workshops are complemented by delivering via media such as Zoom, Skype & webinars.

Author of ‘Speak Performance’ – a handy pocket size book to take with you on the train, dip into over a coffee ahead of your meeting to refresh practical techniques that you can use immediately.

Choral singing (2nd Bass voice; Ges recently put his own confidence skills to the test when singing on stage at the Carnegie Hall, New York…) enhances a practical & effective mix of voice skills, business & presenting experience to equip you and your team with the skills to speak, present and pitch.

Lara Lauder

Lara is an award winning Colour Analyst and Image Consultant, Speaker and Co-Author of the International Bestselling book, The Law of Brand Attraction.

Lara shows professionals around the globe HOW to Unlock Their Hidden Confidence through an awareness of colour, style & personality.

In addition, Lara works with business leaders and entrepreneurs to Unlock Their Hidden Confidence to ensure they have maximum Impact & Influence through a Powerful, Authentic Personal Brand, Business Skills and Knowledge.

In January 2023, Lara took on the role of Regional Director for The Athena Network in West Berkshire, England and facilitates networking for professional women.

Paul McGee

Paul McGee (aka The SUMO Guy) is an international speaker and bestselling author on change, resilience, motivation and inspiring leadership.

Event agenda

Welcome & Thames Valley Top Tips
ECHO workshop with Ges Ray
Panel: The Polymath's Dilemma
Networking supper
Fireside chat with Lara Lauder
Goodnight and Happy New Year!

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PSA Thames Valley January 2024: Stand Out in the New Year

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 - £35
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 - £55
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