Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.
~ Speaker Jim Rohn
We Toastmasters are all speakers-in-training, preparing ourselves for the sales presentation, the job interview, the opportunity to address Investors or the Board or whatever our personal goals might be. One key element in that training is to take our speaking public – getting out in the “real world” beyond the comfort zone of our clubs, our contests and our District.
To facilitate these opportunities and our growth, District 101 has created the District 101 Speakers Bureau. This is a 3-Way Win. It is a:
- Win for the Community by providing a valuable information and education resource
- Win for Toastmasters by providing good PR and Community Outreach as well as exposure for the Toastmasters program
- Win for our Members by providing good experiences & opportunities in public speaking
How to participate:
- Select a topic or topics
- Prepare your presentation program, considering flexibility in length
- Practice, practice, practice (use your club, Club Ambassador Program, Speakers for Stagetime)
How can I become a listed speaker on the District 101 Speakers Bureau?
- Be a Toastmaster in good standing
- Complete your first six Competent Communicator projects
- Prepare a Speakers Bureau Application
- Prepare a Speakers Bureau Program Proposal
- Submit the application, proposal(s) and support documents to firstname.lastname@example.org on the forms. Your proposal(s) will be reviewed by the committee. More information or a request to see your presentation may be needed
- If selected, you will be notified and requested to prepare a speaker’s one-sheet that may be posted on our web site or provided to the requesting organization when appropriate
What about promoting?
- The best promotion is word of mouth – let others who may need a speaker or may be interested in becoming a speaker know about the Bureau and our web site.
- Your name, mini-bio and contact information will be linked to a Speakers Bureau page. A link to your web site will be provided, if applicable.
- If possible, we will create metatags to promote search engine hits to your webpage.
How will I be notified about speaking opportunities?
- When a Speakers Bureau Program Proposal is completed and submitted to us, the committee will review the Bureau list and will send possible matches to the organization.
If a speaking engagement is booked, what are my obligations?
- When contact is made as a result of this program, you should review the Speaker’s Check List*.
- Arrange to have a “helper” attend and complete the Speaker Evaluation. If you do not have a helper, plan ahead to complete this yourself and be sure to tape record your presentation so a fellow Toastmaster can evaluate your presentation at a later time using your manual.
- Immediately after the speaking engagement, have the contact person (or designee in the organization) complete the Program Evaluation*.
- Have the contact person (or others at your event) write a recommendation for you on LinkedIn.
- Fax or mail the completed Evaluations to the committee for our records within three business days of the presentation.
What else might I do?
- Promote the Speakers Bureau – talk to everyone about it!
- Solicit your own invitations to speak (feel free to use the forms provided) and inform the committee of any bookings you secure
- Create a web page (if not a web site) to promote yourself on the Internet.
- Create business cards with your contact information.
- Since speaker requests come primarily from non-profit organizations, we do not expect that you will be offered a speaker’s fee. However, if you feel an honorarium or travel expenses are appropriate, you may negotiate this for yourself.
- Speaker requests generally are to educate, inform and/or entertain the audience. While we do not discourage you from mentioning your business or cause, we would not want your presentation to be viewed as a “sales pitch” or “solicitation for donations”. We will leave it to your good judgment to decide what is appropriate and to the evaluation forms to provide presentation feedback.