FAQ

For the requestor

For the speaker

 

What is a Speaker’s Bureau?

Simply put, a speaker’s bureau is a group of speakers that is available to speak at clubs, organizations, or events.

Why form a Speaker’s Bureau?

We have a lot of good speakers here in Toastmasters District 7.  This bureau is a way for them to share information and connect with organizations in the greater Portland, Oregon area. Also, we want to provide education for speakers who are learning how to speak outside Toastmasters.

Will the speakers be Toastmasters? 

Yes.

What are the qualifications?

Every speaker on the Speaker’s Bureau will be qualified through a certification process that involves auditioning in front of a judging committee which will include other qualified speakers, fellow Toastmasters, and community members. Every qualified speaker also agrees to actively support the Bureau by helping to qualify future speakers, promoting the Bureau, and possibly other ways to help make this entity a success.

What if I don’t get qualified at my audition? 

No problem! You’ll get detailed feedback on why you weren’t selected. Then we encourage you to hone your message, build up your skills, and come try again.

When are the qualifying events? 

We will post the dates and times of the qualifying events. Prospective speakers and community members are encouraged to attend.

How soon can I audition? 

At each qualifying event, we’ll be qualifying a limited number of speakers. That means we can’t qualify everyone immediately, but we hope to have qualifying events often.

What do I have to submit to audition? 

Contact our Speakers Bureau Chairperson

Where will speakers come from? 

This will be open, eventually, to speakers from all of District 7’s geographic region. To get started, we will focus first on the Portland metro region and expand as speakers, clients, and technology support is put in place.

Where would I speak? 

For now, we’re focused on service clubs in the greater Portland, Oregon area.

How can I support the Bureau? 

We’re going to need support from many people at our qualifying meetings, as well as people to market, and provide other logistical support.  Contact our Speakers Bureau Chairperson

How will the speakers be connected with clients? 

We are in the process of contacting service clubs such as Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, and more. Speakers are needed at these clubs. We’re going to market, but we’re also going to rely on word of mouth to let the community know about this new service. You can help us get the word out!

How do I request a speaker?

Click here to learn about the process.

Is everything finalized for the Speaker’s Bureau? 

No! We’re just getting started, so things will be fluid for some time. We want to learn from both our successes and our mistakes. We want to listen to what the community needs, and deliver it. We want to know when a speaker does well, and when they don’t do so well. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of something special.

Can I give/receive an honorarium?

Honorariums will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Speakers Bureau Chairperson.

What topics are encouraged or taboo?

Speaking topics can run the gamut, but there are a few that are actively discouraged – politics, religion, requests for money, business solicitation, and book sales. Most service organizations are looking for speakers that are interested in sharing information.

Can I bring business contact information?

Yes! Handing out business cards at an event is an acceptable way to let audience members know how to get ahold of you.

I’m not from Portland. Can I request a speaker?

Yes! We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to fill your event’s needs, but we will sure try.

How can I keep up with the latest developments? 

Stay tuned to this site.

How can I get more information? 

Contact our Speakers Bureau Chairperson

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