Toastmasters InternationalDistrict 84
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District 84

Speakers Bureau

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Staying tough during tough times requires strong management skills. Our team of experts are available to speak to your organization at no cost. Toastmasters International, “Where Leaders Are Made” is the world’s largest non-profit educational organization dedicated entirely to improving leadership and communication skills.

The District 84 Speakers Bureau provides dynamic presenters to any organization, community or government agency seeking education on these topics and many more:

  • How to Conduct Productive Meetings
  • Parliamentary Procedure In Action
  • Characteristics of Effective Leaders
  • Developing Your Leadership Skills
  • Working in the Team Environment
  • Improving Your Management Skills

If you have a particular subject in mind, not listed above, just let us know! With nearly 4,000 Toastmaster members in Central and Northern Florida alone, we have enough talent to handle any subject imaginable.

Our team of experts are available to speak to your organization at no cost.

Contact the Speakers Bureau Chair to book a speaker

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Frequently Asked Questions For Organizations Requesting Speakers

I’ve never used this service to book a speaker before. How do I proceed?

Speakers Bureau - Dennis Wooldridge, Past International Director

Your first step would be to browse through our roster of speakers and topic categories available. This will give you an understanding of what presentations and speakers we have to offer. Your next step would be to complete the “Speaker Request” form including pertinent information about your event. Once you have submitted the form, you will be contacted to confirm topic requirement and speaker availability. If your speaker is available, you will be put in touch with that individual, and manage the remaining logistics directly with the speaker.

Is there a fee for speakers?

No. Our presentations are offered to the community as a public service at no cost. Speaking engagements negotiated directly between your organization and the speaker, without the services of the District 84 Speakers Bureau management, may require compensation for the speaker

Once I’ve selected a speaker, what comes next?

Once the speaker accepts the invitation, we will notify you of his or her acceptance and provide contact details. You will then work directly with the speaker to handle the logistics of your event. While we will use our best efforts to secure a speaker for your event, there will be occasions where we may not be able to fill a request. We will notify you promptly in that event.

What do I do if there is a problem?

You will work directly with your selected speaker should any problems arise. In the event a replacement speaker is needed, your selected speaker and the District 84 Speakers Bureau Chair will work with you, making their best efforts to accommodate you where possible.

Will I be able to communicate directly with the speaker prior to the event?

Our speakers will be available to communicate with you directly after the selection has been made.

Can presentations be audio or video taped?

This varies. Please check directly with your selected speaker for their consent.

How much notice must I give when I request a speaker?

The length of notice needed to secure your speaker will vary depending on speaker availability. Naturally, the more advance notice you can provide, the better your chance of securing a speaker from our Speakers Bureau becomes.

Available Speakers and Topics

Below is a partial list of our available speakers. Topics include leadership, productivity, teamwork, and improving management skills, and many more. If you have another topic in mind, just let us know when you request a speaker.

Gail Hill Smith

Gail Hill Smith is a Board Certified Health Consultant and Educator graduating with honors from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition - Columbia University. With over 25 years in the health industry she founded Your Nutrition Partners. The mission of YNP is to help close the gap of the health issues that can be eliminated or diminished with education around proper nutrition, lifestyle and nutritional supplementation.

You'll love Gail's dynamic, motivational and inspirational programs customizable to a group or the individual. She is best known for her expertise with the unique approach she takes to nutrition and health education.

Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith: Southern Storyteller Jerry Smith uses his Southern voice to entertain audiences with his original Tall Tales and personal stories that reflect his experiences with Grandparent hood, aging and several humorous or embarrassing life experiences that involves snake handling (not on purpose) or doing a light show from the top of his head for the whole cul-de-sac.  Jerry also has some inspirational stories that he enjoys telling.

George Casey, Jr.

George Casey, Jr. is one of Jacksonville, Florida’s emerging motivational speakers! He is living proof that an individual’s past isn’t always an accurate predictor of his future. He is the epitome of the saying, “Your future endeavors do not have to be dictated by your past indiscretions”.

As a United States Marine, Distinguished Toastmaster, newly published Author, and Youth Coach, Mr. Casey Jr. empowers his audience to re-evaluate the way we think, and approach our personal development. His desire to compel others to reach their fullest potential and beyond has captivated and inspired audiences throughout the United States. His speeches are relevant, effective relatable, and life-changing!

He is the President and CEO of GCJ Productions, Inc., a personal and professional development organization.

Janelle Thoms

Janelle Thomas can explain the importance of effective writing and share methods for creative and fiction writing. Janelle is a published author of contemporary women's fiction. Her debut novel was released January 2012 through Simon & Schuster. Her second novel was released in 2014.

Janelle has spoken at book festivals, Florida State College and Bethune-Cookman University.

Fred Haley

Fred Haley is a Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker with the John Maxwell Program. Fred has conducted public speaking workshops, ghost written speeches for national celebrities and mentored business associates to improve their presentations.  A member of Toastmasters since 1998, Fred has served as a district officer for five years, won speech contests and earned two Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) awards.

Fred has conducted workshops on "Effective Public Speaking" and "Elevator Speeches for Results."  Fred's new program, "Your Signature Series" walks aspiring professional speakers through the important basic questions of Topic, Audience, Message, Presentation and Marketing.

Manal Fakhoury

Manal Fakhoury can be described as an Ollin, Illuminator, and Cross-Pollinator. Her list can also include connector, influencer, scientist, philanthropist, inspirational speaker, coach and mentor. Her aspiration is to add value to others. An accomplished toastmaster, storyteller, humorous speaker and activist.

Manal represents confidence, leadership, success, and is an example of the power of action. Her cross-pollination methods and approaches allow her to apply lessons in a unique fashion, allowing youth and adults to achieve greater breakthroughs in personal development.

A graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.S. and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree.  Manal earned her MBA from Webster University.  She is the President and CEO of Fakhoury Leadership International, a personal and professional development institute (

Hasheem Francis

Hasheem Francis is the Co-founder and CEO of Built To Prosper Companies. Hasheem Francis is a best selling author, keynote speaker, recognized industry thought leader, and an expert on executive business and leadership development. With two decades of entrepreneurial and leadership experience, Hasheem Francis is a leadership consultant and advisor to CEOs, business leaders, corporate executives, and community leaders across the country.

Julie McLean

Julie McLean is passionate about Toastmasters, Public Speaking, and Leadership. She loves to share her knowledge with as many people as she can. Julie specializes in presentations on Conducting Productive Meetings, Developing Effective Leadership Skills, Listen Effectively, and Bullying in the Workplace.

Julie has been a Leader in the Financial Industry and in Toastmasters and has served in several District leadership capacities, including Division Director. Julie has earned her Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) recognition twice and is currently working on a third.  She has used her Toastmasters experience and training to embarked on her career as a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant.

Steven Morgan

Steven Morgan. As a hypnotist for over 30 years, Steven has helped many clients and students achieve their goals and discover their potential. He has been a Certified Instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists and the National Federation of Neurolinguistic Psychology. As a Toastmaster of 20 years, Steven has given hundreds of speeches and mentored many Toastmasters in multiple clubs. A veteran of over 200 speech contests, Steven enjoys bringing an audience to greater heights and deeper insights.

Joseph Shaw

Joseph Shaw.  Writer; a Christian Moral Philosopher; and an internationally recognized, award-winning keynote speaker on Leadership and Creativity. He is the author of the play, “Light and Song,” the forthcoming book on Spiritual Philosophy, “Can Jesus Dunk a Basketball?  And other Strange Questions You Never Thought to Ask,” and the forthcoming novel, “Hurricane Force Winds.”

As master storyteller, Joseph writes and speaks about how businesses can foster Creativity and Innovation in team environments, how people of differing and sometimes entrenched ideologies can overcome their differences to have productive conversations, and how employing the paradigms of storytelling can produce tangible results in your work and personal life.

Rachael Assignon

Rachel Assignon is an expert in Adult learning (training, instructional design), Cultural intelligence, and Unconscious bias. She can help leaders and trainers train more effectively using principles of adult learning. As well as the integration of cultural intelligence as a driver of cooperation, collaboration, and inclusivity.

Denise Badolato

Denise Badolato  is an expert in Bible Education:  In-depth study and knowledge of the Holy Scriptures to individuals and congregation talks.  Answering questions by directing inquires to the scriptures and how to use resources to research their answers. As well as Executive Administrator and Project Coordination topics.

Fred Bergeron

Fred Bergeron.  Fred provides education to those who are unaware of homelessness. As well as topics in leadership and business. He also loves photography and podcasting.

Kimberly Young

Kimberly Young.  Kimberly is an expert in the areas of Discipline, Mental Fortitude, and Productivity.

The pandemic shifted many lives by blending and integrating work and home structures into one. As a parent, Kimberly was challenged with balancing all the moving plates. She also found that many of her colleagues, who were parents as well, were stretched too thin. Kimberly’s mission is to help parents, using key actionable steps, gain the most out of their day without feeling burned out.

Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Project Management, and an M.B.A in Process Improvement.

Edith Tiencken

Edith Tiencken.  Edith is passionate about working with business leaders to accelerate and maximize their unique potential to out-perform and meet their goals with ease speed and flexibility!

Edith is well-known in the industry of Talent Development and Global Leadership. She is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. With over 25 years as Public Speaker in domestic and international forums working with multicultural and diverse audiences including Asia Pacific, Europe, Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, and Canada.

She is an expert and a sought-after speaker in the following areas:

International Business Development and Management, People & Business Executive Coach for Senior Leaders, Facilitator Design Thinking & Innovation, Business Strategy Expertise and Facilitator, Neuro-Agility™ and Neuroscience of Learning Leader Practitioner & Certification Facilitator, Organizational Development Consulting, People (Talent) Management Consulting: Diagnostics, Custom Strategies, and Solutions Designer.

Marie M. Loeffler

Marie M. Loeffler.  Marie is known for her creative and interactive presentations that take participants from chaos to clarity in the areas of visioning, goal setting, task management, change management, leadership and communication.  Marie is an expert in presentation skills for both in person and online meetings.

In addition to her professional coaching credentials and extensive teaching experience, Marie has been a member of Toastmasters for over 10 years, served in numerous District leadership positions, earned two Distinguished Toastmaster Awards, and was named Toastmaster of the Year for 2019-2020.

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