Once again, the audience proved to be the main character… as feedback and praise for the speakers was truly insightful and progressive. And, we had some very special guests (see photo).

Meg Adler brought a heart-tugging personal story weaved into a call to action with her program: “Why You Need to Know How Money Works.”

Anne Thorne revealed incredible genes and talent as she performed a remarkable presentation: “The Secret Ingredient to an Old Family Recipe for Success.”

Thank you to the speakers and all guests for making it such an empowering program for all.

September Speaker Night Recap

The September meeting was our most amazing event since I’ve taken over as new Chair earlier this summer. WOW!

Our Meet The Pro segment was truly remarkable as the dynamic Carolyn Gross shared her story as a professional speaker. You can learn more about Carolyn at www.CreativeLifeSolutions.com.

And talk about WOW… Cipri Vang was sensational. She has a promising future as a paid speaker and her talk “Beauty in Blossom” was insightful, incredibly personal and truly inspirational. Her stage presence and life story combine to create a moving atmosphere. And your feedback as audience members will help focus this message on the audience for maximum value and impact.

Coach John Robinson rocked us with his program and methodology of BOLD. His program has great potential and he’s a polished presenter. As an experienced speaker with huge brand potential, the insights from the audience empowered him to continue on the journey.

And Emcee Robert Acosta led the entire night in a special way. Robert’s passion for supporting the speakers and keeping the audience engaged, as well as adding insights of his own… made the event the best one yet – at least in my new tenure.

Are you talking about Speakers Bureau? Come on folks! Be sure to share your experience with fellow Toastmasters members and the entrepreneur you run into in the marketplace. Virtually everyone relies on the spoken word for personal and business success… and I bet you know five or ten people that would have totally enjoyed our last program.

And next month is going to rock to as we have two proven speakers that are going to rock your world.

PS. Expect the dates to change for NOV & DEC but other than that, we’re 7pm the 4th WED of every month.

July Speaker Night Recap

Speakers Bureau July 2019 was incredible.

Emcee and DTM Chris Collins ran the program in a crisp manner, which was important as we had a full schedule. It was an empowering event, insightful and the main character (YOU, THE AUDIENCE) delivered with compelling recommendations for the speakers.

The Meet the Pro segment is a new segment and we kicked it off with a true professional. Certified Speaking Professional, Mr. Tod Novak (the rare profit that actually is honored in his hometown), engaged the audience with his journey as a professional speaker… and like most of us, it didn’t begin in a convention center or concert hall… one of his first gigs was in “The Red Barn.”

Those in attendance gained tremendous insight from Tod’s presentation and Q&A session. Thank you Tod! The Meet the Pro segment is a high-value view into the journey toward becoming a professional speaker.

Featured Speaker, Optimal Performance Coach John W. Robinson performed and wow. His program was more than you could handle and the audience feedback was powerful. He has tremendous stage presence, compelling material and the Speakers Bureau process delivered to help him develop his message toward paid presentations. Expect John to speak again soon and thanks to our main character, YOU THE AUDIENCE, he is going to take his program to new heights.

Be sure to watch for his next appointment later this year, as his material is truly empowering and the next iteration promises to rock your world.

Our other Featured Speaker was Founder’s District’s very own VP Public Relations, Sal Perez. Sal spoke on a faith-based program he represents for youth camps called Trail Life USA.

Whether you have kids or not, you would have benefitted from his presentation. He nailed it. Sal’s not doing this for money or to “get paid,” he’s doing it for the love of it. But just the same, the material and presentation needs to be compelling. And even though he nailed it, the insightful main character (YOU, THE AUDIENCE) delivered recommendations to make it ever more compelling.


SPEAKERS BUREAU is a free forum every 4th WED. We meet at 7pm in Costa Mesa (Mesa Verde United Methodist Church). It’s a warm, welcoming environment (at least until the round robin evaluations begin)

Come to Speakers Bureau – 7pm Fourth WED.

Next meeting is WED 8.28.

June Speaker Night Recap

Speakers Bureau June 2019 was an exciting evening filled with compelling story and insightful evaluations.

The educational informed speakers on what makes a good speaker introduction and the use of Outros (similar to an Introduction but rather a written set of comments for the person to make who follows you on stage, typically the host).

Outros are a powerful way to ensure the audience takes action once you leave the stage.

The Featured Speakers were outstanding!
Food Scientist Sophia Leung shared insights designed to empower college students for employment success, with her speech: “Are You Fully-Grown?”

Author, Speaker and Cancer Survivor Louise Hyland delivered a compelling presentation which highlighted common blame-shaming of cancer patients… and she also shared incredible insights into not being so judgmental.

Emcee David Kline led a high energy event and we wish you were there, too.

Come to Speakers Bureau – 7pm Fourth WED.

Next meeting is WED 7.24.

Humble Beginnings for New Chair Kevin Graham, DTM

You get out of life what you put into it.
As new Chair of Founder’s District Speakers Bureau… I’m excited, honored and humbled to serve. My vision for Speakers Bureau is that our forum is so compelling, fun and the speakers so fantastic… that Speakers Bureau is mentioned in every club meeting.

I’m excited because the opportunity is massive.
Toastmasters is the world’s leading organization to develop listening, thinking and speaking skills and the Speakers Bureau serves as a stretch program. With workplace disruption and new skills being required in the marketplace, we empower Toastmasters to speak beyond the club level.

I’m honored because I feel there is a tremendous fit.
Passionate about empowering others, I’ve long been a practitioner of communication as a technology seller who has qualified for President’s Clubs in four different Fortune 500 companies, and a former IBM Worldwide Rookie of the Year, as well as a student of communication (DTM and a member of National Speakers Association and past president of the Los Angeles Chapter, NSA GLAC).

I’m humbled because I stand on the shoulders of giants.
The giants before me include recent Chair Lionnel Yamentou, longstanding former Chair and communications guru Victor Broski, and the legendary, ultra-professional, ultra-altruistic, the late, great Jack Nichols. I am forever grateful for the work of these great leaders and the other unnamed kingpins that have been the foundation of this forum.

Thank you to the district leadership, our facility Host Mary Berg, Mesa Verde United Methodist Church and our anonymous donor.