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.

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.

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


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


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 ( 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.


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: 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

When you are the Master of Ceremonies

Being the Master of Ceremonies is similar to being the Toastmaster for a Toastmasters club meeting. In the book Speak and Grow Rich the authors Dottie Walters and Lilly Walters define the role of Master of Ceremonies (MC) as follows:

A Master of Ceremonies acts as a moderator and connects the separate sessions of a meeting together. An M.C. might also act as the Introducer for the other presenters. This person might also be thought of as the Toastmaster/mistress, and preside at the banquet, announce the toasts, call upon the various speakers, etc. A warm, outgoing personality is usually what is required. Being good at customized fun and humor is a definite selling point.

An Introducer is a person who introduces the speakers and usually leads the audience into a look at the speaker’s history.

To compose and perform or deliver a speech without previous thought of
preparation is called improvisation and having this skill is very helpful.

Opening the Meeting
You will want to make a few opening remarks to set the tone for the meeting. You might tell a brief anecdote related to the topic of the meeting, provide a thought for reflection, etc. Remember that the speakers are the stars of the meeting, so you will want to keep
your remarks brief.

Running the Meeting
One of the most important responsibilities of the MC is to keep the meeting running on time. Watch the timing lights and watch the clock. If a speaker runs over one or two minutes, that’s not a big deal. If the speaker runs over by as much as five minutes, you need to have a strategy ready to intervene. One possibility is to stand and walk to the front of the room. A notch above that would be to slowly walk toward the speaker. In extreme cases, look for a pause, stand and begin applauding while thanking the speaker.

Introducing the Speakers
Before introducing the speakers, remind the audience about the green sheets on their tables, so that audience members record comments for the speakers to take home with them. Another important responsibility is to introduce the various parts of the program, including introducing the speakers to their audience. The speakers are responsible for providing their introductions. Practice reading these aloud. You do not need to memorize them: it is acceptable for you to read introductions when you introduce the speakers. Just be sure you can say all the words and names correctly. Some speakers will not get you their introduction in advance. In this case, read it over several times if possible, and just do the best you can. If you do not receive an introduction at all, introduce the speaker only by saying their name and leading the audience in applause.

Remember that the speakers are the stars. Lead the audience in applause when you introduce a speaker and when they return control to you. As they are leaving the stage, always say something that will show you listened to the speaker and that the message was received. Even if you disagree with the speaker you must show interest and respect.

Introduce humor when possible but never at the expense of a speaker or an idea. If you do not have appropriate humor then you will have no humor at all. Do not think of yourself as Billy Crystal working the audience at the award presentation. You should keep it light and fun when
possible and remember to always make the others the center of attention.

An important segment of a Speakers’ Bureau meeting is the evaluation of qualifying speeches. As MC, you are responsible for leading evaluations appropriately. Keep the speaker with you at the front of the room for their evaluation.

As you open the evaluation segment, you might want to remind the audience to:

  • Keep their remarks brief
  • If something has been mentioned, there is no need for anyone to repeat it
  • Provide constructive and specific information the speaker can use to improve speaking skills and the presentation
  • Be sure to note comments on feedback forms.
  • You might open the floor for evaluations by saying something like, “Who has a comment for our speaker?” Wait a few seconds (count to 5 slowly if you need to) because people may take a moment to respond.
  • Call on as many people as possible, from as many parts of the room as possible, but maintain control of the evaluation.
  • If someone offers a comment that you think is not valid, you might provide a “reality check” by polling the audience and saying, “How many of you agree (or disagree) with that statement?”
  • If someone offers a comment that repeats what has already been said, you might say “As previously noted” or otherwise remind the audience that we don’t need repetition.
  • If someone offers an extended evaluation that seems to go on and on, you might look for a slight pause and interject, “Thank you. Who else has a comment?”
  • Be sure to watch the clock and the timing lights. When about 2 minutes remain for the evaluation time, look to the bureau chair(s) and call on them—even if others still have their hands up.
  • After the chair(s) have offered comments, thank the speaker, shake his/her hand, and lead the audience in applause once more for the speaker. Then move on to the next portion of the meeting.

Special Circumstances
When you are the MC, you are in charge of the program and that includes emergencies. If someone shows signs of having a heart attack or if there is smoke in the room, you will be expected to take charge and instruct the audience exactly what to do. You should know the exits and the plans to evacuate the room if necessary.

If a speaker goes way overtime, you will need to interrupt the speaker and lead the applause while saying something nice as the speaker is leaving the stage. If you have hecklers you have the authority to request the heckler to leave the room. No matter what challenges you encounter,
remain positive or at least neutral at all times.

Being a good Master of Ceremonies will not be noticed as much as being a poor Master of Ceremonies. You will be remembered and appreciated for keeping the program on time and on track. Remember the quality of the program is won or lost in the preparation and planning. An ill planned program will fail no matter how well the MC does. Plan well and practice well and lead well and you will do well.

One last thing… Have fun and let the audience have fun with you. It is very rewarding to know you have accomplished a program in a truly professional way.

Article authored by Victor Broski and Jack Nickols. Slightly edited by Lionnel Yamentou.