How to Become a Qualified Speaker

Qualified Speaker (QS): Active member (50% or more attendance within any consecutive 12 months) of the OCSB who has been vetted in by OCSB QS in attendance on the day of its qualifying speech. The vetting process is 70% objective and 30% subjective, based on both the skill (70%) and business (30%) of speaking. Every active QS must be a Toastmasters International member in good standing.

Earn a cumulative score of 80% or more on the scoring sheet below:

Speaking Skill 70%
Content (Structure, Purpose, Original Thought, Reception) 40%
Delivery (Appearance, Body Language, Stage, Voice, Enthusiasm) 20%
Language (Appropriateness, Grammar, Pronunciation, Word Selection) 10%

Speaking Business 30%
Marketing Resources (website, one sheet, products, one article) 10%
Testimonials and Recommendations (endorsements, experience) 10%
Branding & Positioning (message clarity and consistency, target audience) 10%


  • Any QS who is not active within 12 consecutive months will be dropped from the OCSB speakers directory.
  • Every new QS is expected to mentor a new active member within the first 12 months of their qualification until the new member becomes a QS

Qualified Speaker Evaluation Form
Download Founder’s District QS Judge Criteria

Bureau Membership and QS Designation Benefits

  1. Access to quality and practical training on how to promote yourself as a professional speaker, coach, consultant, trainer.
  2. Access to a review and evaluation process that is sincere, insightful and empowering.
  3. Access to a close and growing community of competent speakers who are constantly improving their craft and are willing to share their knowledge and help other speakers grow.
  4. Access to free and discounted admission tickets to events within the Founder’s District.
  5. Access to multimedia resources and expertise from members within the bureau and Founder’s District.
  6. Access to precious and longer stage time than typical Toastmasters speeches.
  7. Access to an accelerated path towards getting paid to speak.

In addition to the above benefits, Qualified Speakers receive:

  1. Listing on the OCSB website in the Qualified Speakers directory.
  2. Access to marketing tools and resources available to the OCSB.
  3. Connection to speaking engagements throughout Southern California and beyond.
  4. A letter of recommendation and endorsement from the OCSB Chair.
    Testimonials and recommendations from fellow Qualified Speakers in the bureau.
  5. Give back to the Founder’s District local communities by providing complimentary speaking engagements that add value to their organizations.