2024 PSANZ Awards

2023 was a great year for professional speakers, with live events back on form and online engagements, including overseas audiences, at a steady demand.

Our 2024 awards reflect both these trends, and we continue to align with our Australian colleagues as we grow our own professionalism.

We celebrate our annual award winners at glittering Gala events that showcase some of the best professional speaking talents in Aotearoa and the rest of the world. 

Whether you’ve joined us within the last year or been with us since we began in 1994, we welcome you to this year’s Gala Awards event on 7 September 2024.

Kia kaha ake – give it a go!

We encourage our members to nominate good people for an award this year, using our online Nomination Form. There is a link to the form on each of the awards webpages.

Get onto it early, so everyone has enough time to do a great job!

Here are the awards on offer this year:

Key milestone dates

Applicants need to meet the milestone dates below to qualify for judging:

Want to know more?

Check out our Awards FAQs.


How do I nominate someone for an award?

What happens when someone nominates me?

Who is eligible for a given award?

How many awards can you nominate someone for?

What are the judges looking for?

What do I need to know about the Application form?

What is a ‘Speaker Sheet’?

What do we mean by ‘speaking’?

Why do I have to produce financial information?

Why do I have to provide testimonials?

What do we mean by “professionalism”?

When do we give or withhold awards?

How do I nominate someone for an award?

Want to nominate someone for an award? Go to the online Nomination Form on any award webpage.

What happens when someone nominates me?

  1. PSANZ checks you’re eligible for the Award in line with our membership categories
  2. If you accept the nomination, we will send you an Application Form in MS Word that steps you through the information we ask you to provide
  3. Save the Application Form to your computer and add your name at the end of the file name
  4. Email it to awards@psanz.nz when it’s complete
  5. We will set up an online folder for you with your Application Form in it, and you can upload any other required documents when you have completed them
  6. Want to make changes to your Application? No problem: access your folder before the closing date and make changes in the document/s, or delete the old file/s and upload the new one/s

Powerfully succinct self-selling is crucial for professionals speaking in today’s world. Please only send the information we ask for.

Who is eligible for a given award?

Our Awards are linked to our membership categories, and the eligibility criteria are listed on the web page for each award.

To maintain the integrity of our awards, the Awards Convenor is not eligible to apply for any awards, and if they intend to apply in a given year, they must step down before applications open. Other Board members may apply for any relevant award/s, provided they are not involved in operational awards processes.

NB: In addition to the Entry Criteria, you must have been a paid-up member for a minimum of 2 years prior to the award closing date or 1 year for the Accelerator Award & MC of the year, to apply for any PSANZ Award. The President's Award has no specification. 

How many awards can I nominate someone for or apply for?

You can nominate one person for several awards, provided they meet the criteria. They must then choose which award to apply for. Remember that past winners must stand down for three years before they can again be nominated for that award.

What do I need to know about the Application form?

We suggest you scope the content needed in the application form early in the piece to get you up to speed with the information you need to prepare. The form has instructions on the front page and suggested content for you to create under each heading. 

The main questions people ask are, “Do I have to make the application form into a beautifully branded document?” and “ Will I be penalised if I submit the form just as it is, a simple Word document?”

Answers: No and No. Please be reassured that you do NOT need to glamourise your application form! The judges are strictly focused on your content. You only need to send us that form in a clean and tidy state – and then you can focus your creative energies on preparing your Speaker Sheet and the links in your Application Form and Speaker Sheet that will point the judges to more information about you and your work!

What are the judges looking for?

The judges want to know if you are the one who deserves to win this award. This means that:

We will run sessions to help you well before the application closing date.

What is a ‘Speaker Sheet’?

A Speaker Sheet is a compelling and unique showcase of your expertise and originality. Traditionally, this has been a 1-2 page information sheet downloadable from your website that sells you to clients and bureaus thinking of engaging you for their event. An emerging trend is for these to be a set of 3-5 impressive PowerPoint slides that provide great photographic evidence of your professionalism.

Not all awards require a Speaker Sheet, but if you have one, you can submit it even if it’s not required.

You may submit a Speaker Sheet as a PDF with EITHER no more than two sides of A4 content OR a maximum of 6 PowerPoint slides. 

Would a client or agent hire you on seeing your Speaker sheet? Make sure you prepare a brilliant one! Search for the term ‘Speaker Sheet’ online and you will find many great examples, while Canva has a great One Sheet template.

What do we mean by ‘speaking’?

Professional speakers associations around the world recognise the following business models for paid speaking:

1.  Speaking or Mcing for a fee

2.  Speaking for free while selling things like books, programmes or coaching from the stage

3.  Running your own events, with fees measured as revenue, not profit

4.  Training workshops or courses

5.  Paid webinars that generate speaking-related income.

Why do I have to produce financial information?

The business models above list how professional speakers generate income for their businesses. That’s how we earn our living: PSANZ and our sister associations worldwide are all about helping people with a message run a successful speaking business. Successful business people track all their financial metrics. So it’s good to start doing that from the outset of your speaking career because, for the big awards, you need to show that you can bring in big money!

How can you “show us the money”? You can ask your accountant to verify your speaking income using the Statutory Declaration Form here, or you can sign that form yourself with a witness. You can also send us a list of invoices if you wish.

How big is the money? Click here to check out the income threshold for becoming A CSP or Certified Speaking Professional in Australia and New Zealand.

Why do I have to provide testimonials?

Testimonials from thrilled clients and attendees are the most genuine tributes to your speaking skills. These can be in written or video format. We ask for contact details from just two or three of your delighted clients so we can speak to them in person.

What do we mean by ‘professionalism’?

As the national association of speaking professionals, including speakers, trainers, entertainers and MCs in New Zealand, our annual PSANZ awards recognise and celebrate our members’ professionalism in terms of their:

That’s why we ask you to describe your service to PSANZ and the wider industry in your Application Form – it’s in the spirit of Cavett Robert, founder of the world’s first professional speaking association.

When do we give or withhold awards?

Here’s how we maintain our awards’ integrity and prestige:

Nominees – remember that the judges consider the overall quality and professionalism of your entry in coming to their decision. Give yourself enough time to do a great job!

We wish you all the best with your application.

We encourage you to nominate people you consider worthy of an award.

The PSANZ Nomination Form is available here.

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