Speaker Fees

Adoption Community

Paula has created a unique and compelling Triad Talk, suitable for all members of the adoption triad – birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees – as well as social workers and adoption specialists. She uses a carefully curated selection of passages from Umbilicus to paint a vivid picture of how adoption affects different members of the triad at pivotal points in their parallel journeys.

Johannesburg and Pretoria: R1,000 + travel costs from Killarney, Johannesburg (return trip, AA rates)

Elsewhere in South Africa: R1,000 + travel + accommodation costs

Please allow 30 minutes for the presentation, and 15 minutes for questions from the floor. Paula also requests the opportunity to market / sell signed copies of her book to members of the audience afterwards.

Click here to email Paula directly to book a Triad Talk.

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Writing Community

Paula has created an enlightening and encouraging Age of the Authorpreneur talk, suitable for both first-time indie authors and traditionally published authors who are considering self-publishing their next book. She takes you behind the scenes of a #writerslife, and offers first-hand insight and practical advice on what goes into writing, designing, producing, marketing, and distributing a self-published book in South Africa. She also shares some innovative ideas on how to use your ‘book as business card’, to grow your career as an authorpreneur.

Johannesburg and Pretoria: R2,000 + travel costs from Killarney, Johannesburg (return trip, AA rates)

Elsewhere in South Africa: R2,000 + travel + accommodation costs

Please allow 30 minutes for the presentation, and 15 minutes for questions from the floor. Paula also requests the opportunity to market / sell signed copies of her book to members of the audience afterwards.

Click here to email Paula directly to book an Age of the Authorpreneur talk.

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Schools

Paula has created an educational and inspiring Teen Talk, suitable for girls and boys in Grades 8 – 12, as well as Life Orientation teachers. She combines her personal testimony with her experience as a journalist, to empower the audience with the knowledge they will need in order to make safe, informed decisions should the situation of an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy ever arise.

Paula believes that preaching abstinence before marriage to already sexually active teens is like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. It is outdated, unrealistic, and unhelpful, especially to teens who find themselves facing a crisis pregnancy, and at a terrifying crossroads in their life. Her talk will particularly resonate with any lost or troubled souls in the audience who may be secretly facing seemingly insurmountable challenges in their own lives – to let them know they are not alone, that there is help out there, and hope for healing.

Paula’s goal is to help reduce not just the number of teen pregnancies, but also the number of teen suicides, backstreet abortions, and the scourge of abandoned babies. If a teen makes a mistake, he/she shouldn’t have to spend the rest of his/her life carrying the burden of that mistake. Everyone deserves a second chance.

During her talk, Paula provides factually sound information on abortion, fostering, adoption, and teen parenthood options, as well as food for thought on how the choices teens make now will impact on every facet of their future wellbeing, over both the short and long term. She is not prescriptive in her advice, and advocates neither a pro-choice nor pro-life stance. Rather, she calls for introspection and critical thinking from the teens themselves, pointing them to geographic-specific resources, like family planning and abortion clinics closest to their school, and encouraging ownership of all matters related to their sexual and reproductive health.

At the end of her talk, Paula opens the floor to questions. She lets the teens know they are in a safe space, and that no question is off limits. She is cognisant of the fact these are sensitive topics, and that members of the audience will be coming from different cultural, religious, and family backgrounds. Teachers observing this interactive session will be able to pick up on areas where they feel the teens need more information, and fine-tune the focus of their in-class discussions and debates going forward.

Johannesburg and Pretoria: R3,000 (ex VAT) + travel costs from Killarney, Johannesburg (return trip, AA rates)

Elsewhere in South Africa: R3,000 + travel + accommodation costs

Please allow 30 minutes for the presentation, and 15 minutes for questions from the floor. Paula also requests the opportunity to market / sell signed copies of her book to members of the audience afterwards.

Click here to email Michelle Kirk at Elite Agents to book a Teen Talk.

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