I am often asked what the Speakers Bureau does for Toastmasters. The Speakers Bureau qualifies local
Toastmasters to speak before various venues about topics that they are subject matter experts. Many outside
organizations will ask the Speakers Bureau to provide a speaker to fill in for a key note address, a workshop,
or other engagement. If you feel like you are ready to step outside your comfort zone and want to put your
Toastmaster experience to good use, consider joining the Speakers Bureau.
Okay, I have probably addressed less that 1% of the District membership with the appeal above. So what can
the Speakers Bureau do for the other 99%? I have discussed this very question with the new Speakers Bureau
Chief, Brian Lewis, and we have an opportunity to extend to all the members in the District. We are going to
add some Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to the Speakers Bureau to make it more interesting for those Toastmasters
that do not see themselves in the 1% mentioned above. We would like to invite Toastmasters from all over the
District to participate in groups that do Toastmaster activities for the public at large.
Initially we will be introducing a Theatrical SIG for those members that want to do speeches from speech
manuals like Interpretive Reading, (e.g.: the play or the mono drama). This is a chance to entertain people in
hospitals, old age homes, or schools and get credit for those projects. Imagine the effect you can have