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.

August Speaker Night Recap

It was a hot evening for Speakers Bureau!

Emcee Sophia Leung engaged the audience, juggled the agenda with a late arriving speaker and delivered a fun, engaging program.

As usual, the round robin evaluations brought tremendous insight and recommendations.

The Meet the Pro segment was incredible as Branding Evangelist Gerry Foster delivered big time. His credentials and branding expertise are truly impressive – unparalleled actually – and he engaged the audience with a powerful presentation and a free offer that several attendees acted upon.

Featured Speaker, Robert Lauria raised the volume and wow’d us with his presentation of Special Education Behind the Curtain. Some would call him the Stephen Hawking of Special Education and his program has potential for main stream audiences and hot topics such as Limiting Bullying and Curbing Discrimination.

Chair Kevin Graham led a discussion on Required Assets for Paid Speakers, which emphasized the need for ‘something to say’ and ‘something to send.’

A speaker video is important for speakers working to get paid gigs, and a book can be a business card for thought leaders. But at the end of the day, you really just need ‘something to say’ and ‘something to send.’


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.
(NOTE: November and December dates will vary due to holidays.)

Next meeting is WED 9.25.

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.