Accredited Speakers, our purpose in establishing
this Professional Code of Conduct and Ethics
is to actively support and maintain our reputation, the Toastmasters
International® brand, and build confidence in the integrity
and professionalism of both the individual Accredited Speaker
members and Toastmasters International®.
of our Accredited Speaker members are already members of the
National Speakers Association, the Canadian Association of
Professional Speakers, or other Global Speakers Federation
associations and have agreed to abide by their respective
Codes of Ethics. The success of Toastmasters International®
and its Accredited Speaker members is built on the Toastmasters®
core values of integrity, respect, service, and excellence.
Toastmasters International® Accredited Speaker members
subscribe to this Professional Code of Conduct and Ethics
as a condition of recognition as Accredited Speakers, and
as a condition of inclusion in any joint promotion.
believe that each Accredited Speaker member will work to uphold
the reputation, values and legacy of Toastmasters International®.
By doing so, the Accredited Speakers give notice that they
recognize the vital need to preserve and encourage fair and equitable
practices among all who are engaged in the profession of speaking
as well as within Toastmasters International®.
of this Professional Code of Conduct and Ethics
will be dealt with in accordance with Toastmasters International®
governing documents. Disciplinary action, as instituted by Toastmasters
International®, shall be binding and final upon the ACCREDITED
SPEAKER member and without recourse to Toastmasters International®,
its officers, members, or staff.
1 – Representation:
Each ACCREDITED SPEAKER member commits to accurately
represent qualifications and experience in all oral and written
communications. Each ACCREDITED SPEAKER member
shall be honest and accurate and not exaggerate in presenting qualifications
and experience. Promotional materials in any format must include
descriptions that are based in truth and fact.
2 – Professionalism:
Each ACCREDITED SPEAKER member shall act, operate
their business, and speak in a most professional and ethical manner
so as not to bring discredit to oneself, Toastmasters International®,
the speaking profession, or fellow ACCREDITED SPEAKER
3 – Research:
Each ACCREDITED SPEAKER member shall conduct sufficient
research in an effort to understand each client’s organization,
approaches, goals and culture in advance of a presentation, in order
to professionally apply their specific expertise to meet the client’s
4 – Intellectual
Property: Each ACCREDITED SPEAKER
member shall not use the intellectual property of another - either
orally or in writing - unless granted written permission by the
originator and/or owner of the material, save and except for where
the fair usage of material applies under copyright laws. This includes
all materials, titles or thematic creations originated by others.
5 – Respect
& Collegiality: The ACCREDITED
SPEAKER member shall always strive to maintain a collegial
relationship with fellow Accredited Speakers and Toastmasters
International® members and staff that is based on respect, professional
courtesy, dignity and the highest ethical standards.
6 – Confidentiality:
The ACCREDITED SPEAKER member shall maintain and
respect the confidentiality of business or personal affairs of clients,
agents and other speakers.
7 – Business
Practices: The ACCREDITED SPEAKER
member is obligated to maintain a high level of ethical standards
and practices in order to assist in protecting the public against
fraud or any unfair practice in the speaking profession and shall
attempt to eliminate from the profession all practices that could
bring dishonor to Toastmasters International®, fellow Accredited
Speaker members, and the speaking profession.
8 – Diversity:
The ACCREDITED SPEAKER member shall not participate
in any agreement or activity that would unfairly limit or deny access
of others to the marketplace in accordance with Toastmasters International’s®
norms for respect for all people.
this end, ACCREDITED SPEAKER members subscribe to this Professional
"I pledge to comply with the standards
of Toastmasters International® as set forth in its governing
documents and with this Accredited Speaker Code of Conduct and Ethics."
© 2013 Accredited Speaker Professional Code of
Conduct and Ethics as approved by Toastmasters International®
at the 2013 Ohio TI convention as well as the vast majority of our
Accredited Speaker members.