Simply put, a speaker’s bureau is a group of speakers that is available to speak at clubs, organizations, or events.
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.
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.
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.
We will post the dates and times of the qualifying events. Prospective speakers and community members are encouraged to attend.
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.
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.
For now, we’re focused on service clubs in the greater Portland, Oregon area.
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
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!
Click here to learn about the process.
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.
Honorariums will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Speakers Bureau Chairperson.
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.
Yes! Handing out business cards at an event is an acceptable way to let audience members know how to get ahold of you.
Yes! We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to fill your event’s needs, but we will sure try.
Stay tuned to this site.