The Florida Bar

Speakers Bureau
This email digest is dedicated to the interaction and education of volunteer speaker members of The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau. Submit items of interest to Jeff Doran at, or mail to The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. Photos sent by email should be in jpg or gif format.

November 14, 2014

Identify theft - a hot topic with consumers

credit card thief
    Identity theft continues to be a top concern of consumers and has been for the past 14 years. When the new year begins about six weeks from now, consumers will still be searching for assurances that their personal, especially their financial information, is protected. Florida leads the nation in reported identity theft, followed by Arizona and California. What rights do consumers have in this ever-changing world of business and technology? They want to know!

    Identity theft continues to rise and more cyber-assets are being attacked. ID theft is an area where there is significant harm monetarily as well as stress and time spent fixing the problem after it occurs. Citizens across the sunshine state want to know how to navigate through the process of identity theft, how to be protected from potential liability and what to do to restore their good name and credit after their identities are stolen.

    The Florida Office of the Attorney General has developed several resources for victims of identity theft. A downloadable printable version of the Identity Theft Kit is available here. This kit was specifically developed to provide assistance to Floridians who are identity theft victims, as well as individuals in other states who had their personal information fraudulently used in the state of Florida.  This is one resource that might come in handy when planning to speak on consumer protection.

Opportunities for Floridians
to learn about law
    The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau is committed to promoting a positive image of the legal profession. As a licensed attorney, you can help both the Bar and the legal community by educating the public on the different aspects of law and how our system works. We need volunteers who are able to talk to businesses, civic, educational, professional, social and other groups on these topics in 2015. If you are a member of our Speakers Bureau, please email to volunteer for these opportunties:
    Jan 29, 2015 West Palm Beach Advanced Directives General Public

    Feb 5, 2015 West Palm Beach Consumer Protection General Public

    Feb 12, 2015 West Palm Beach Elder Law General Public

    Feb. 17, 2015 Dunedin Advanced Directives Senior population

    Feb 19, 2015 West Palm Beach Estate planning General Public

    Feb 26, 2015 West Palm Beach Real property law General Public

    April 9, 2015 Tallahassee Business Law Paralegals

    May 11, 2015 Melbourne Law Education Student/Univ. Faculty

    May 14, 2015 Tallahassee Estate Planning Paralegals

    June 11, 2015 Tallahassee Real Property Law Paralegals

Help inform the public about government and the courts

    “Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” is a Florida Bar program that offers attorneys activities to use to talk about government and the courts when they are invited to speak to adult civic and community groups. This is a critical mission for The Florida Bar. An informed public is the best defense of a vigorous democracy, the rule of law and a fair and impartial judiciary.

    Overviews and supporting materials for all Benchmarks activities are available online. They are grouped into three categories: Constitution and the Bill of RightsCourts and the Judicial Branch; and Special Topics. Attorneys who become trained in Benchmarks — by watching the webinar or attending a seminar — are eligible to earn CLE credits. Presenters can earn one ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period. 

    Speakers Bureau volunteers are encouraged to contact civic groups in their communities that might be interested in these presentations.

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Wow the crowd with a powerful presentation

    With the right preparation, your next presentation can be your best yet!
    Here's what the professional speakers advise to keep your audience nodding with approval instead of nodding off in the middle of your speech ...

    Be friendly and open. Start with a big, high energy smile and lots of eye contact.

    Break the ice. Find a common thread in the audience with topics such as parenting, sports, a relatable product, etc. and open with a refreshing or heartwarming anecdote to lighten things up.

    Interact with the audience. Ask the audience to participate by asking opinions and questions about their experience on the subject.

    Use humor. Don’t be afraid to poke some fun at the obvious. You’ll get a lot of smiles and be able to break any tension.

    Keep their interest. Even if you’ve got a lot of facts and figures to discuss, your presentation doesn’t have to be dry. Mix things up with interesting visuals, share stories to make points more memorable, and keep the flow of your presentation going at a good pace.

    Create a handout they’ll want to keep. Put together the key information from your presentation to pass out to your attendees. They’ll have something to refer to during your presentation, a place to take notes, and a handy takeaway to use as a reference later.

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Jeff Doran
Speakers Bureau Liaison
The Florida Bar,
651 E. Jefferson Street,
Tallahassee FL 32399-2300

1-800-342-8060, extension 5773

November 14, 2014
October 8, 2014

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