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.’

HAVE YOU BEEN TO SPEAKERS BUREAU?

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.

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.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO SPEAKERS BUREAU?

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.

Special Tribute Meeting: Jan 31st, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

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The Founder’s District lost three lifelong Toastmasters, leaders and friends within the last 6 months: Jack Nichols, Colette Gardner and Chris Gregory.

To commemorate their service to the District and remember the times we shared with them, you are invited to a tribute event on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Meeting venue will be open at 6pm, and light refreshments will be served at 6:30pm. The event will start at 7pm and end at 9pm.

Please send this link to anyone who would appreciate being informed about this. Your presence will make this celebration of life a success.

Hosted by the Founder’s District Speakers Bureau, under the supervision of the Founder’s District of Toastmasters International.

If you would like to make donations to contribute to the success of this celebration, two channels are available:

1. In cash at the event venue on event day

2. Mail a check to

Lou Ann Frederick, DTM, PDG
32021 Lomita Dr
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

EVENT RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tribute-to-jack-nichols-colette-gardner-and-chris-gregory-tickets-41721794009?aff=erelexpmlt

January 2018 Workshop: Speak And Market Like A Pro!™

Special Workshop: Speak And Market Like A Pro!™
Designing Effective Marketing Materials that Work, and
Using the Toastmasters Accredited Speaker Program to Your Success

  • Would you like easy tips for crafting effective marketing?
  • Need to design (or freshen-up) your speaker one-sheet?
  • Want to know how to use Toastmasters Accredited Speaker Program to accelerate your success?

In this fast -paced “how to” session, you will get answers to each of these questions, discover what you need to promote your business, AND be inspired on becoming a PAID speaker. View design samples, gain tips and insights you can use immediately, and take away a handout to get you started!

About the Workshop Leader

Sheryl Roush, DTM, Past District Governor, Accredited Speaker, started her first advertising business at age 16, and has owned 5 graphic design award-winning studios. She generously shares over four decades of experience with us in marketing, photography, printing, publishing and graphic design. Adding to that 25 years as a professional speaker and speaking coach. With over 3,500 programs presented in 12 countries, she knows what it takes to be successful as a speaker, trainer, author, coach/consultant. Both the LA and San Diego chapters of the National Speakers Association have awarded Sheryl their Member of the Year, as well as the Golden Microphone Award from the LA Chapter. Chapters across North America have Sheryl present on speaker marketing materials and creating one-sheets. She is an active 30-year member of Toastmasters, a Presidential Citation awardee, a 17-time author, the 2016 Author of Influence, and proud author of our award-winning Heart of a Toastmaster book. Sheryl is also the lead mentor and world headquarters liaison for those pursuing the Accredited Speaker professional designation from Toastmasters. The San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance (sandiegocoaches.org) elected her as President for 2018. Sheryl is CEO of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., based in San Diego, and founder of the Speak And Market Like A Pro!™ system.

  • SherylRoush.com
  • SpeakAndMarketLikeAPro.com
  • heartofatoastmaster.com

Date: January 24th, 2018
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Venue: Mesa Verde United Methodist Church
1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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