William Hung

Talk Title:
“Speak Out!”

Talk Description:
If you are afraid to share your true feelings or your bold ideas with other people, you’re not alone! This message will help your attendees by:
+ Replacing doubt with confidence
+ Finding the inner courage to be vulnerable in front of people to share relevant personal stories
+ Building long-lasting relationships by having honest
yet tactful conversations with other people

About William Hung:
From his experience working in the entertainment industry and overcoming rejection, he learned the importance of perseverance to make dreams become reality. After American Idol, he appeared on Extra, Ellen, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, to name a few. His fans celebrate the impact he has on their lives. He now hopes to help YOU maximize your potential and wants YOU to achieve YOUR dreams.

Audiences include business groups, associations, and conferences.

Learn more about William Hung: http://williamhung.net

When you are a mentor

As a mentor, you have the opportunity to share your wisdom, knowledge, and experience with a fellow speaker who wants to learn, grow, and achieve. Most new members join the bureau because they have needs that relate to pro speaking speaking. It’s vitally important to most new members that they solve their problems and meet their pro speaking-related needs.

When you are booked to speak at the bureau, you can choose one of our Qualified Speakers for mentoring: http://www.fdspeakersbureau.com/speakers/. If you are a Qualified Speaker, you will be approached for mentoring by our emerging speakers. Below is what is expected from the Mentor/Mentor relationship:

Responsibilities When Mentoring a New Member
1. Sit with the new member. Explain the various parts of the meeting, such as Educational Talk, Qualifying Speeches, and Evaluations. Answer any questions the mentee may have.
2. Orient the new member to bureau customs and procedures. Help the mentee become comfortable and a part of the bureau in any way you can.
3. Explain how to sign up. Ask the Bureau Chair to schedule the mentee’s Qualifying Speech as soon as possible then encourage the
mentee to keep a regular attendance to bureau meetings.
4. Help with the Qualifying Speech. Many experienced speakers still consider their Qualifying Speech to be an intimidating experience. This is
because Qualifying Speeches are very carefully reviewed and evaluated. Discuss speech ideas with the mentee and offer suggestions for organizing if necessary. Listen to the mentee practice the speech and offer feedback.

Responsibilities When Mentoring Experienced Members
If you are mentoring a more experienced member, your responsibilities will differ depending on what your mentee wants to learn – for example, your mentee may want to develop certain leadership skills or learn how to use humor in speaking.

Whatever skill the mentee wants to learn, you can help by:

  • Providing your own insights on, and experiences with, the subject;
  • Observing, listening, and providing feedback on the mentee’s efforts;
  • Referring the mentee to books, tapes, or other materials on the subject which you have found helpful; and/or
  • Introducing the mentee to other people who may be able to help, too.

More Mentoring Tips
When working with your mentee, remember that your function is to help the mentee learn to think and act successfully and independently. Don’t tell the mentee what to do or do the mentee’s work yourself. Simply guide and offer feedback.

Keep in mind, too, that for the mentor/mentee relationship to be successful, you must be…

  • Available. You must have time to spend with a member to help with speeches and answer questions. New members may require additional time.
  • Patient. People learn at varying speeds, and some need more guidance than others.
  • Sensitive. Tact and diplomacy are vital. Be careful to say and do things that will motivate and encourage the mentee. Be loyal and take care not to betray the mentee’s confidences.
  • Respectful. Everyone is different. Respect the differences between yourself, the mentee, and others.
  • Flexible. You must adapt and adjust to various situations and accept that the mentee may make decisions with which you may not agree.
  • Supportive of the bureau. You must be proud of the bureau and what it has done, and can do for members.
  • Knowledgeable. Before you can help someone else, you must be familiar with the bureau and its operations. You should have enough speaking skills yourself to be of help to your mentee.
  • Confident. You should be self-assured and friendly.
  • A good listener. Often simply listening, without taking on the other person’s problem, can be of great help to the mentee.
    Just by listening you can enable the protégé to articulate the problem and sort things out.
  • Concerned about others. You must care about your mentee and truly want to help

Nadine Nofziger

Talk Title:
“Mouth Trap”

Talk Description:
You might think you don’t have a “good” voice, but that’s like saying to someone who never exercises that he/she does not have a strong body. Your voice is what you make of it. In this workshop, we will explore the basics and not so basics mechanics of your voice to help us “physically” feel your voice.

We will also work on showing sincere emotions and reach total congruence between words, message and voice tones. Be prepared to let go and fully participate. Let’s avoid the Mouth Trap and become clear communicators!

About Nadine Nofziger:
nadine-nofziger-portraitAs a Belgian native, Nadine grew up speaking French at home, Flemish with friends and German in school. At the age of 23, she travelled in the USA to deliver around 300 presentations on Belgian culture on behalf of the Kiwanis Club and the Belgian office of tourism.

Nadine has been in this country since 1975 and travelled extensively for work in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. Through these experiences, Nadine learned to listen to a variety of accents and better connect with the American public. She is the founder of “Accent4Advantage” a program dedicated to ESL students wishing to manage their accent and become great public speakers.


Steve Itzkowitz

Talk Title: 
“Man on the run…in more ways than one”

Steve Itzkowitz is an adversity champion, which is a realization he came to well after being diagnosed with Chrohn’s Disease in March of 2017. It wasn’t until he went through episodes of having more questions than answers, self-doubt, anger and then reflection on this and other difficult periods in his life that he realized he was born to be an adversity champion. Now, and with this realization firmly at the forefront of his mind, he has committed himself to teaching audiences how to make adversity an ally by turning their adversity into leadership and inspiration as Steve is in the process of doing.

He will accomplish this for the audience through telling stories encompassing his initial reaction to the disease diagnosis and the ensuing bathrobe days as well as stories of dietary and lifestyle changes in which each story he tells is accompanied by a particular moral that the audience can take with them, especially if and when their health comes under attack.

To wrap it all up, Steve will explain what he means by making adversity an ally and why adversity should be embraced as opposed to embattled. He will also teach the audience how they can turn their adversity into leadership. The speech promises to be entertaining, informative and inspirational. As a matter of fact, it could be the most important 20 minutes anyone ever spends in their life because nothing matters more than one’s health.

About Steve Itzkowitz:
steve-itzkowitz-portraitAside from being an adversity champion, Steve is also a man on the run in more ways than one. He has learned the value of making adversity an ally as opposed to just going through it until it’s over. Steve is self-employed as a provider of public transportation as well as being very active in Toastmasters as a speaker and a leader. In his spare time, he enjoys networking with his friends in Toastmasters as well as the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation along with watching and discussing team sports, reading & writing, traveling, eating good food, attending the occasional house party and solving detective show mysteries.”