In 2008 in New York, Paul du Toit became Africa’s first Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) in twenty-four years. He has since served as Southern Africa’s CSP Liaison Officer, and terms as Secretary and Treasurer of the Global Speakers Federation.
Born in Cape Town in 1958, his grounding in theatre and music provided a springboard for a professional speaking and speaker coaching career.
Paul is the MD of Johannesburg based communication skills company, Congruence Training which he founded in 1995. He is a founder member and Past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA). He received the PSASA Founders award at the Global Speakers Summit in Cape Town in April 2009 – for exceptional service and commitment to the speaking industry. In 2013 he was one of an inaugural class of CSPGlobals at the Global Speakers Summit in Vancouver. A year later he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association of the UK & Ireland. In 2017 he was inducted into the South African Speakers Hall of Fame (SASHoF).
Paul lectures, coaches and trains on presenting with confidence. He has spoken to tens of thousands of people at conferences and corporate events all over the world. He is an acclaimed business speaker, coach and authority on customer service excellence and business presentations, and author of two other books including “You Can Present with Confidence” published internationally in 2011. His entertaining and engaging presentation style and story telling ability have kept audiences riveted during his speeches, public seminars and training events.
Paul has addressed professional speaker conventions in England, Australia, South Africa, Germany, France, Malaysia and the Netherlands. He blogs on presentation skills and customer service, and his articles have been regularly published.
Since 2005 he has run the Two Oceans (ultra) marathon annually achieving blue number status in 2014 (for completing 10 consecutive ultra runs,). He completed back to back Comrades marathons between Durban and Pietermaritzburg – 87km up (2013) & 89km down (2014). He has well over 100 logged scuba dives, plays guitar and hums a tune for relaxation – a pastime that once earned him a living. He has more recently taken up photography as a hobby. Paul also knows a fine wine when he smells it. He lives in Sandton, South Africa with his wife Trudi and youngest daughter Jenna.