Need a Speaker? Think Toastmasters!

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. Toastmasters International, “Where Leaders Are Made” is the world’s largest non-profit educational organization dedicated entirely to improving leadership and communication skills.


Looking to improve your own leadership or communication skills in a friendly, supportive environment? Click here to find out more about Toastmasters and to locate a club near you.


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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?

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.


Monty Ray Davidson's speeches are humorous with a nostalgic flavor, often pulling from his weird & wonderful childhood. His unique and positive outlook on teamwork, storytelling and life in general would be a welcome addition to any formal presentation or after dinner function.


Monty has spent 20 years with Walt Disney World in Orlando FL. Among his favorite roles for the Company was that of professional facilitator at both the Disney University and Disney Institute. He wrote and taught programs for the annual Disneyana Conventions which focused on Disney Heritage, Behind the Scenes Innovations, and Storytelling.


Monty is also a professional radio broadcaster with 20 years of experience in the field. He features a humorous outlook on his nostalgic past and his ongoing frustration with modern technology.


W. Earl Kitchings has been a member of Toastmaster International in the Lillian R. Bradley Club in Jacksonville for many years. Earl has been a motivational speaker since 1995 and has spoken at numerous athletic occasions and youth events. He has served in mentoring students as a volunteer instructor, along with serving as a coach in the educational and youth leader in the private sectors. His current projects include writing a series of motivational book of quotes (which include several of his own quotes) and posters entitled “Gut Check”. Four of his more popular speeches titled “Gut Check”, “Pride”, “Rise to the Occasion”, and “Who Needs to See the Wizard” are available on CD.


Earl earned his M.Ed. in 2003 from Florida A&M University. His professional career includes 15 years in collegiate athletic administration, along with 20 years as a sports broadcaster and public address announcer. A member of the National Eagle Scout and Association, he is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Speaker's Bureau.


Ellen Little spent 20 years in leadership and development with a large retailer; as a store manager and leadership trainer. Her expertise was in succession planning, performance management and business acumen. For 6 years she traveled and served as a facilitator for large scale training events; writing and facilitating classes, workshops and training modules. She serves as the Public Relations officer for District 84 Toastmasters. Her two companies are designed to teach people how to start their own businesses and offer classes on practical employment activities and strategies to learn marketable skills , increase your effectiveness and your productivity. She teaches social networking and website technology classes; interviewing skills and hiring the best; and conducts team coaching workshops to improve team and individual effectiveness.



Andy Brown is in his tenth year as a Toastmaster member. He is a past Area Governor, Past Club President, and has achieved the ‘Distinguished Toastmaster' designation. He also owns and runs 'Power Training Seminars', and regularly teaches, trains and speaks to individuals and sales teams in Higher Level Communication, Understanding, and Salesmanship using NLP, Subliminal Influence and Persuasion.


Andy has a Master's Degree in Engineering. He was the Lead Project Engineer for the 'Discovery' Orbiter at the Kennedy Space Center for 6 years, Certified Kepner Tregoe Process Analysis Program Leader and Trainer, and has 18 years in Sales, Marketing, and Training.


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.


Jane Shadron Potter was prepared by Stetson University for teaching elementary children in Manatee County, educators the use of Houghton Mifflin text books, and Native Americans in Albuquerque, NM. Returning to Florida, Jane and her husband, Don, were small business owners for a number of years in Ocala, Florida.


As an American Red Cross Volunteer, Jane has facilitated the following advanced Human Resource and advanced Leadership Courses; i.e., Creating Leadership Connections, Paid and Volunteer Staff Working Together, and Personnel Practices for Supervisors. Other volunteer activities for “national” include Volunteer Internal Auditor and volunteer for the office of Investigation, Ethics and Compliance traveling from Seattle, WA to northern NY State. Other activities included: Chair of the Board for Florida's Coast to Coast Chapter, Chairman of Florida Field Service and Coordinator for the south east region Volunteers Beyond the Local Unit.



Les Mower has been public speaker and trainer for more than twenty years and a private speaker for thrice that. He describes himself as a Positive Paranoid, that is as he says, “I just know that people are out to get me; everything I need to be happy!”. Certain that we are creating our reality with our thoughts and beliefs, he teaches techniques to find the good in any situation.


Les is a skilled lyricist and often writes new lyrics to old familiar tunes, some hilarious, some profound and often will perform for the groups he addresses.


Maria Martinez owns her own Personal Development Coaching business. Maria has a master's degree and over 10 years of experience in the Human/Social Services arena. In less than two years, she has achieved several Toastmaster educational awards and has served in the Leadership of her club.


She is a mother, wife, entrepreneur and very plugged into Toastmaster's and its mission. In addition to her social work background, her degree in Global Management give her a diverse knowledge of cultural protocol. She is Hispanic and hence very attuned with cultural diversity. She can customize a presentation for your organization, or pick from one of her main topics: Overcoming Fear, Goal Setting, Self-Confidence, Communication and Living Healthy Lifestyles/Wellness.


Doug Tambor returned to his native Florida after a 30 year career in management, leadership and people development. The last twenty years of his career were with Johnson & Johnson where he led a global team of Health and Safety professionals. He enjoys providing management and leadership training to people of diverse backgrounds. For 14 years he traveled extensively and served as a facilitator for initiatives affecting employee and family health and safety. His last two years with J&J were spent leading a global team which provided locally tailored training tools to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS to the 110,000 J&J employees, their families and communities around the world.


Doug "retired" to the Space Coast of Florida in 2008 where his passions have included Toastmasters and his Home Wellness business Trusted Solutions which he leads with his wife and team. Their company has as its purpose to help people identify naturally occurring products and technologies to lower stress, improve rest and well being thereby adding to the quality and duration of life.


Jim Mika is a Retired Air Force Officer. He spent 5 years as a member of the Faculty at Air University teaching Leadership, Teambuilding, and Effective Communication. While at Air University he developed the Lieutenants\' Professional Development Program which focused on Effective Leadership and Followership. Jim is a Past Club President with Toastmasters and an award winning speaker. Over his long association with Toastmasters he has helped many people improve not only their speaking skills but their self confidence.


Currently on the Faculty at Florida Career College Jim teaches, among other things, Ethics and Professional Development. As a Certified Life Coach, his goal is to help people to deal with life issues, maintain their focus, and to attain their goals.


George Casey, Jr. is an inspiring speaker that forces you to re-evaluate the way you live your life and approach your personal development. In an effort to satisfy his strong passion for helping others achieve their greatness, he founded Better Your Best Enterprises. BYB is an organization that focuses on challenging your mindset to realize and achieve your full potential.


With over 18 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Marine Corps, CSX Transportation and Toastmasters as current Area 10 Governor and immediate past CSX Club President he has successfully influenced and mentored people into their achieving personal and professional goals. His speeches are relevant, effective and life-changing.


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 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 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 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 is a Team Leader in the Financial Industry. She has been a toastmasters since February 2014. She initially joined to gain leadership experience and has grown more as a speaker than she ever expected. She is passionate about Toastmasters, Public Speaking. and Leadership. I would love to share that with as many people as she can. Julie specializes in Conducting Productive Meetings, Developing Effective Leadership Skills, Listen Effectively, and Going From Speaker to Trainer.



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