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.


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: 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. 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 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 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. 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.






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