A Huddersfield-based businesswoman has reached the finals of Speaker Factor – the Professional Speaking Association’s (PSA) national competition.
Gina Battye, of Quarmby-based Health By Gina Ltd, reached the final five as she impressed judges with her speech on how to become healthier and happier – addressing a room of 200 professional speakers.
The national competition was attended by speakers from all over the globe, including the UK, the USA, Germany, Sweden, Holland and South Africa. It was held during the PSA’s annual conference at the Cumberland Hotel in Marble Arch, London.
The competition consists of 11 regional heats with one winner from each chosen to go through to the semi-finals. The semi-finals were held on the opening evening of the conference and five were chosen to represent the regions at the finals the following day.
Gina entered the semi-finals on a wildcard entry. She came second in the Leeds regional heat in June, but the winner was unable to make it to the semi-finals so Gina was asked to step in to fill their place.
She said: “Improving my speaking skills is really important to me and my business. Competitions like this enable me to address professionals in the industry and gain valuable feedback to hone my skills.
“To enter the semi-finals on a wildcard was unexpected, but to then get to the finals was an incredible achievement.
“Speaking to 200 professional speakers was quite daunting, but I felt really relaxed on stage and delivered the best presentation I have ever delivered! I was overwhelmed by the glowing feedback from the judges and the presidents and am looking forward to speaking on more stages in the future.”
Judging for the competition was based on four main criteria: stagecraft, script, delivery and bookability.
Eilidh Milnes, president of The PSA, said: “There are only five places in the national finals and Gina bagged one of them.
“Her presentation in front of 200 speakers was punchy, passionate and proficient. She was only pipped at the post to win the overall competition. The calibre of the finalists is a tremendous endorsement for the work PSA does to help people to speak better and speak more.”