Speakers Bureau

The mission of Toastmasters international is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. The ultimate goal of Toastmasters international is to become the first choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development.

Every member of Toastmasters has developed or is in the process of developing communication and leadership skills. Most of the experience members have achieved has been primarily through clubs, contests, special events and occasional invitations to speak at non-Toastmasters functions. The Speakers Bureau of District 48 has been established to expand speaking opportunities to qualified members.

Within District 48 there is a need for speakers at demo meetings, test speakers for evaluation contests, speakers at TLIs and special functions. The Speakers Bureau is intended to expand speaking services to Toastmasters clubs, local schools, churches, businesses, social clubs, and civic and community groups. The recent announcement of the Toastmasters-Rotary Alliance has solidified the need of a list of speakers, when requested, from Rotary clubs.

The Bureau features Toastmaster Speakers who are knowledgeable in a range of topics:

  • Effective Communication
  • Leadership
  • Building Successful Teams
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Motivation
  • Inspiration
  • Coaching
  • Management Skills
  • Time Management
  • Special Occasions, and many more

Applications to join may be found on this site and sent to:

[email protected]

The selection committee is composed of experienced members who will classify applicants by the needs and interests of District 48 and the area throughout Southwest Florida, Serving Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, DeSoto, and Lee counties.

All members must be a paid member in good standing who has completed 10 manual speeches (Competent Communicator) or two levels under the Pathways. Members who have participated and won awards in international, district, division and area contests will be considered to have passed the expected requirement of being an outstanding speaker. Those individuals will be interviewed for areas of interest and special expertise. Everyone is encouraged to join the intent to provide service to both our district and local community.

Toastmasters International rules prohibit speakers from charging for any speeches arrange through the district 48 Speakers Bureau. However, speakers may accept an honorarium or gift, meals, and being compensated for reasonable travel expenses.

The Speakers Bureau is here to work with you to make sure your next event is a success; whether it is a lecture, keynote address, business meeting, presentation, or even an office party. Let district 48 Toastmasters Speakers Bureau help you.

  • You enjoy meeting new people
  • You find informing and inspiring audiences rewarding
  • You want to become a professional speaker and or trainer
  • You would like more opportunities to speak to audiences about topics that you have expertise or are concerned about
  • You are an experienced Toastmaster and are ready to expand beyond your comfort zone
  • You have a burning desire to share your story
  • You enjoy sharing and have expertise in an important area and are interested in making a difference
  • You feel ready to take your speaking experience to a higher level
  • Current active member of a district 48 Toastmasters club in good standing
  • Educational achievement of competent communicator in traditional system or level 2 in Pathways
  • Interest in community service, public speaking, and public relations for Toastmasters
  • Complete online application

Any necessary confirmatory auditions will be held in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Fort Meyers with an appropriate evaluation committee. TBA.

Until further notice any necessary auditions may be done virtually. TBA.

Download a copy of the Handbook – as you will be asked to sign a confirmation of understanding.

*Keep in mind that an incomplete profile may cause an event planner to pass you up. If you have everything ready before you start the process, you will create a complete profile and have the best chance of getting noticed by someone looking for your expertise.