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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.

February 13, 2015

Share your passion with hometown crowds

    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 opportunities:

    April 9TallahasseeBusiness LawParalegals
    April 22Plantation Animal LawCode Enforcement Officers
    May 7JacksonvilleCivil lawParalegals
    July 22Plantation Environmental LawCode Enforcement Officers
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.
Communicate and connect by talking on someone else's level

    The better we communicate, the better our professional relationships can be. Most of the audiences requesting a speaker from The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau need to hear from someone who is able to speak in a relatable voice. Consumers want answers in plain English, or Spanish in some cases. This is not the time for legalese. It is a chance to focus on words that people will hear about an issue. This is one time where you can leave talking like a lawyer at the office.

    Many of the requests we get for speakers are for topics that are important to everyday lives -- buying and selling property, wills, estates, credit card and consumer fraud -- issues that most people experience. The Speakers Bureau is designed to provide a community service by sharing Florida Bar members' expertise in a variety of areas, while also enriching members' lives and legal practices through community involvement.

    Presenting to groups is a good way to make a good first impression. Your passion for law is what they will remember!

Have them coming back for more

    One of the side benefits of participating in The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau is the chance for an attorney to share their expertise. People perceive you as being the expert on the topic you speak about. They are there because they want to know what you have to say. Talking for 30 minutes in front of the right audience could do more for your practice than working for six months in your office. Chances are if they were impressed with your knowledge and how well you relate, they are likely to remember you when they need someone. They may not remember your name, but they will remember you spoke to their group.
Clicking with your audience

    When people think of a lawyer, talk is rarely cheap and free is almost unheard of. The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau is an exception providing a bank of experienced attorneys who volunteer for community group events to talk about an area of law and answer questions about various laws and the legal system.

    To totally connect with your audience and stand out from other speakers, it's an orator's best practice to create unique, valuable insights that can only come from you.

    People love exclusivity. Give your audience something they can’t find anywhere else and they’ll automatically gravitate towards you and spread the word. This is especially true if you’re giving these insights away for free.

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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

February 13, 2015
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[Revised: 02-16-2015]