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 Mr. Dorohn A. Frazier 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.

January 11, 2017

Volunteers, we appreciate your dedication to the Florida Bar's Speakers Bureau!

A special thank you goes to the volunteers who have participated in the Speakers’ Bureau. We're grateful for your willingness to help individuals in civic groups and organizations better understand their basic legal rights and responsibilities and the important role of lawyers in American society. Your services are greatly appreciated!

We also encourage speakers to please take photos at the events and forward them to us. The photos will be included in upcoming newsletters!

Here are a few photos from a recent Speakers Bureau event in Miami.

Monthly Speaker Tips: Three useful keys to successful public speaking

You can only improve your speaking skills by practicing. Speak at work. Speak at your child’s school. Speak at a town hall meeting. Speak at your cousin’s wedding. Speak in your car. Speak for your cat. Speak in front of the mirror.

You won’t ever achieve perfection. But you will improve. Little by little, your practice will result in improvement. Most of the time, your improvements will be incremental. Other times, you’ll take a giant leap in an epiphany of speaking prowess.

Here are 3 important factors a speaker should consider to maximize a lecture.

Focus – Help your audience grasp your message by focusing on your message. Stories, humor or other “sidebars” should connect to the core idea. Anything that doesn’t needs to be edited out.

Employ quotations, facts and statistics – Don’t include these for the sake of including them, but do use them appropriately to complement your ideas.

Start strong and close stronger – The body of your presentation should be strong, too, but your audience will remember your first and last words (if, indeed, they remember anything at all).

To see additional, Effective Public Speaking Skills, please click
The Florida Bar Leadership Academy 2017-2018 Academy Class V applications are due by Jan. 13

The 2017-2018 Leadership Academy Applications are now available. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 13, 2017 by 5:30 p.m. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Please read the instructions thoroughly.

The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession and in their chosen path while enhancing their leadership skills. Each year a select group of participants are selected from applications submitted to become Academy Fellows.

Download the application here.
Fun seminar on civics education training to be held at Florida Bar Winter Meeting

Dozens of Floridians are applying to serve on the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission – which convenes every 20 years and will be able to put amendments directly on the ballot for voters to consider in 2018.

Some of those proposals could affect the judiciary.

At a complimentary seminar at The Florida Bar Winter Meeting in Orlando, attendees will learn about the Constitution Revision Commission in the Benchmarks presentation called “Every 20 Years.” Additionally, they will get an overview of the other Benchmarks presentations about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; the Courts and the Judiciary; and Special Topics.

“Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Miami Room 3. To register, email Susannah Read Lyle at

Benchmarks is a Florida Bar program that gives adults a refresher course on civics so they can better understand how government works, particularly the judiciary. Benchmarks presentations are fun as well as informative – and this seminar will be co-led by nationally recognized civics educator Annette Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association.

Attorneys can receive CLE credit for making Benchmarks presentations: 1 ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period.

The Orlando seminar offers 2 General credits and .5 Ethics credits. At the intermediate level, the seminar course number is 1608936N.

The seminar is presented by the Constitutional Judiciary Committee. To register: Email or call (850) 561-5669.

Speaker requests have been received and we need volunteers for the following locations.

Jan. 24 - 7:00 a.m.GainesvilleUndergraduate Pre-law Students Environmental Law
Feb. 2 - 6:00 p.m.MiamiConsumer ProtectionParalegals/Legal Assistants
Feb. 11 - 9:00 a.m.Ft. Lauderdale/Plantation Expert WitnessesCivil Law
March 16 - 5:30 p.m.St. AugustineHealth Law/Risk ManagementCertified Medical Coders
April 13 - noonBoca RatonAnimal LawParalegals

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Mr. Dorohn A. Frazier
Speakers Bureau Liaison
The Florida Bar,
651 E. Jefferson Street,
Tallahassee FL 32399-2300

1-800-342-8060, extension 5701

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