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Breaking news:

Now we are 81 with 6 new Accredited Speakers inducted as of August 25th, 2018

Please welcome:
Valda Boyd Ford, Terry Watson, Tamara Hamilton, Maurice DiMino, Greg Wood, Edwin W. Ettinghausen

(L-R) Valda Boyd Ford, Terry Watson, Tamara Hamilton, Maurice DiMino, Greg Wood, Edwin W. Ettinghausen

(L-R) Valda Boyd Ford, Terry Watson, Greg Wood, Tamara Hamilton, Maurice DiMino, Edwin W. Ettinghausen

January 2019 article from The Toastmaster featuring our newest members


They each gave amazing presentations during the Accredited Speakers program on Saturday in Chicago, Ill. at the 87th TI convention. They were called on stage, announced, and given their plaques, pins, and AS badges following the completion of the WCPS.

We welcome them to our AS group and congratulate them on their amazing accomplishment. This is the largest number of Accredited Speakers inducted at one time in our history (and a repeat of the 6 we inducted in Vancouver, BC last year.)

Accredited Speakers in the news

3 reasons to hire an ACCREDITED SPEAKER for your next conference, association meeting, corporate training session, or retreat:

  • Proven Track Record & Performance

  • Subject Matter Expertise

  • Professionalism and Client Service

"The Accredited Speaker Program recognizes those Toastmasters members who have achieved a level of proficiency that enables them to be paid, professional speakers. Being an Accredited Speaker gives you a competitive edge and sets you apart from other professional speakers. That’s because your talent and ability have been recognized by Toastmasters International®, a world leader in communication and leadership development.

Unlike other professional certifications, you can’t simply complete a list of tasks to become a Toastmasters® Accredited Speaker; instead, you must demonstrate your speaking abilities before a live audience. Program candidates progress through two levels of evaluation and are judged by a panel of professional speakers. It is a rigorous, yet worthwhile process. Since the program’s inception in 1981, less than 20 percent of all applicants have become members of this exclusive group." Excerpt from the official Toastmasters rules, 2013.

On behalf of my fellow Accredited Speaker colleagues, I invite you to check out this amazing program. Perhaps hire some of those who have earned this prestigious professional level Accredited Speakers designation; your audiences will be glad you did!

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, Accredited Speaker (#48)

What is the Accredited Speaker Designation?

Toastmasters International® initiated this special program in 1981 to recognize those Toastmasters' members who have attained a professional level of excellence in public speaking skills. In April of 2013 Toastmasters unveiled their newly revamped Professional Level Accredited Speaker program. Follow this link for more information on this exciting Toastmasters International program and this professional level designation.

This site was created to connect and serve 3 basic audiences:

Hire an Accredited Speaker

Organizations who are looking for a paid professional speaker, trainer, Emcee or other professional presenter for a conference, training session, special event or retreat.

Accredited Speakers listed here are open to take on paid engagements. Many of us are Professional Members of the National Speakers Association or the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and spend a better part of our time in this paid professional speaking role.

District Events Speakers

Toastmasters International® District Teams looking for a presenter for a District special event, training session, or convention.

Accredited Speakers listed here will visit Districts to present with expenses covered by the District (travel, accommodation, conference registration and meals). Many of us are already doing this.

This is our give back to Toastmasters International®.

Accredited Speaker Mentors

Toastmasters® who are contemplating the Accredited Speaker Program.

Accredited Speakers listed here have agreed to offer advice, guidance and in some cases provide complimentary Mentorship to aspiring Toastmasters who are working through the Accredited Speakers program or are looking for advice on how to approach it or how the process works.

We will share freely from our experiences.

Follow this link for additional Meeting Planner Resources

Follow these links for the appropriate information and/or contacts with our Accredited Speakers:

  1. Accredited Speakers who have been awarded this prestigious professional level designation. Toastmasters International® Hall of Fame members.

  2. Accredited Speakers who are available for complimentary mentoring of Toastmasters wanting advice on seeking this designation.

  3. Accredited Speakers who are available to present at District events (expense reimbursements only)

  4. Accredited Speakers who are available for paid engagements for corporate or association clients.

We look forward to connecting with you in our various roles and in the services we offer.

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