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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 their public speaking skills. In April of 2013 Toastmasters released the newly revamped professional level Accredited Speaker program.

2013 excerpt from the Toastmasters website: "Accredited Speaker Program"

Put Your Professional Speaking Skills to the Test — Show the World that You're an Accredited Speaker

The Toastmasters International® Accredited Speaker Program has undergone some exciting changes. This elite program is for a special breed of Toastmasters who possess expert knowledge in a particular subject, combined with mastery of the spoken word. They’re able to convey their unique message in engaging, informative speeches to audiences both large and small. Because their skills and expertise make them in-demand speakers and valued subject matter resources to organizations and companies, they’re regularly hired and paid to speak professionally. This income represents all or a significant part of their annual earnings.

Does this sound like you? If you’ve got what it takes, you’re invited to apply for the Accredited Speaker Program. Benefits of being selected as a Toastmasters Accredited Speaker include:

Status — stand out from your competition with your accreditation by Toastmasters International®

Publicity — receive world-wide publicity through Toastmasters channels, including the website, press releases, and potential spokesperson opportunities

Support — receive a professional reference from Toastmasters International®, a world authority in the fields of communication and leadership

Visibility — watch your professional bookings grow after potential clients view your photo and biography on the official Toastmasters Accredited Speaker website

Award and Discounts — receive an exclusive symbol of your elite status in the form of the Accredited Speaker pin, an Accredited Speaker badge and a letter of commendation from the Executive Director of Toastmasters International®.

Click on the links below to learn more about program rules and the application process." These links go directly to the Toastmasters International® website for downloadable PDF documents.

To date (2017), 36 years later, only 75 people across the world have earned this coveted professional level designation. Click here for a complete listing of those Toastmasters who have earned this coveted designation, so far. We'd love to see your name added to this list.
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