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District 26 - Serving Colorado, Wyoming and western Nebraska
Speakers Bureau
Be sincere, be brief, be seated. – Franklin D. Roosevelt, on speechmaking

Join the Toastmasters Speaker’s Bureau

If you’re looking for opportunities to speak to audiences outside of Toastmasters club meetings and events, you have found the right place!

Hundreds of organizations in our district seek speakers every week. The District 26 Speakers’ Bureau provides easy access to a directory of our own enthusiastic, experienced, and interesting speakers to fill that demand.

The Speaker’s Bureau serves active Toastmaster members looking for ways to expand their speaking engagements outside of Toastmasters. If you’re looking for additional opportunities to speak within Toastmasters, such as becoming a test speaker, practicing at other clubs, etc., get it touch with the Program Quality Director.

Role Description

Speakers’ Bureau is a complimentary service provided to the community that allows Toastmasters members to provide speeches and presentations outside of the club setting.  Speeches and presentations typical range from 10-30 minutes, depending on the subject matter.  Outside of Toastmasters, the Speakers’ Bureau will connect Toastmasters members to corporations, colleges/universities, associations, etc and allow members opportunities to speak on a variety of topics, while endorsing the Toastmasters mission.  The slate of speakers will be available to provide keynote addresses, motivational and inspirational speeches, master/mistress of ceremonies services, meeting facilitators, etc.  Speakers’ Bureau also services to district members by providing speakers for Toastmasters events such as trainings, Evaluation speech contests etc.  
 
Topics for Speakers’ Bureau speakers (not exhaustive):
 
Leadership 
Strategic Planning
Storytelling 
Goal Setting
Motivational
Inspirational
Goal setting
Coaching
Health & Wellness
Rotary
 
Why Join?
 
Provide visibility for Toastmasters 
Gain experience speaking before a non-Toastmasters
Gain valuable experience and exposure 
Further your area of expertise
Get credit by having another Toastmasters to evaluate your speech 
 
Eligibility to Join:
Member in good standing in District 26
Completion of Level 2 of any path in Pathways or a professional speaker
Submission of a 10-20 minute video in an area of expertise

 

 
Why Join?

Provide visibility for Toastmasters

Further your area of expertise

Gain experience speaking before non-Toastmasters

Get credit by having another Toastmasters to evaluate your speech

Gain valuable experience and exposure

Eligibility to Join

  • Member in good standing in District 26
  • Completion of Level 2 of any path in Pathways or a professional speaker
  • Submission of a 10-20 minute video in an area of expertise

More Information

The Speakers Bureau volunteers can help you with any questions.  The Committee can be reached at SpeakersBureau1819@D26Leaders.org. Further, if you’d like more information about the Speakers’ Bureau and how it can help you get more exposure as a professional speaker.

How to Join
If you are looking for opportunities to raise your credibility and visibility as a speaker outside of Toastmasters club meetings and events, then create a profile in the Speakers’ Bureau Directory by filling out this form

To make it easy to create your profile, gather the following information before adding your listing:

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Phone (recommended & not required)

 
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Photo: A professional looking headshot 185 x 185 pixel .jpeg or .png

 
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Introduction: A concise (up to 50 words) bio telling us about you and your expertise, carefully worded to entice a potential client.

 
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Title of 1- 3 of your 30 minute Presentations

 
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Subject areas you speak about

 
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Contact information: Phones, E-mail, Website(s), Blog(s).

 
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Speech topic information, including title, description, duration, keywords

 
Keep in mind that an incomplete profile may cause an event planner to pass you up. If you have everything ready before you start the process, you will create a complete profile and have the best chance of getting noticed by someone looking for your expertise.

Speakers Bureau Directory

Charles Utter
Charles Utter
Trixie Hunter-Merrill
Trixie Hunter-Merrill
Ray Mohr
Ray Mohr
Tom Hobbs
Tom Hobbs
Joan Janis
Joan Janis
David Harrower
David Harrower
FAQ
The Toastmasters District 26 Speakers’ Bureau has highly skilled and exciting speakers who will not only make your event unforgettable, but will have your participants asking for MORE!
What is the District 26 Speakers Bureau?
The bureau roster lists active Toastmasters members who would like to find speaking opportunities outside of Toastmasters. These speakers constantly look for ways to hone their skills. We add new speakers and topics regularly to provide extensive cultural and educational diversity to your speaker choices. Consider the District 26 Speakers’ Bureau your resource for excellent speakers for teaching or entertaining at your next event.
Will bureau members speak for free?
Toastmasters listed in our bureau must agree to offer FREE services as a Toastmasters representative. Speakers’ Bureau members may not charge for engagements arranged through the bureau. If offered, they may accept a meal and travel/accommodation expenses, if appropriate.
May I pay a bureau member for a more extensive engagement?
Many of our bureau members offer fee-based presentations, workshops, and seminars as part of their businesses. If you wish, you may engage a speaker beyond their initial, free speaking engagement. For this purpose we have provided links in their profiles to their personal or company web sites. You may work further with a speaker at your discretion with the understanding that if you hire a speaker through their business, you will not introduce or acknowledged them as a “representative” of Toastmasters. In these instances, all coordination, liabilities, and responsibilities are between you and the speaker.
May I donate to Toastmasters?
Yes, we welcome donations and honoraria to District 26 Toastmasters in appreciation for a bureau member’s performance.
Do bureau members offer services other than speeches?
Yes. Beyond topical speeches many of our participating speakers can also serve as master of ceremonies, keynote speakers, speech contest judges, seminar leaders, trainers, or facilitators for a variety of educational and professional programs.
What kind of training have the speakers had?
Members of the D26 Speakers Bureau have reached varying levels of achievement working the Toastmasters curriculum. All are professionals dedicated to life-long learning. In addition to their Toastmasters’ experience, many participate in seminars and workshops conducted by leaders such as Ed Tate.  D26 speakers are constantly striving to sharpen their skills in able to provide a total speaking experience.
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