Benefits

  • share your work (societal impact)
  • build community connections
  • refine your public speaking skills
  • promote your department

Process

Once you have submitted the form, the Bureau will include your topic in the list and promote it to the broader community outside the university. If a member of the community is interested in your topic, they will fill out a request form suggesting a date, time, and location for a talk. This information will come to the Speakers Bureau and be forwarded to you within a day or so. It will be up to you to respond to this email, confirm with the requester, and arrange the details (i.e. this is not facilitated by the Bureau). Please note that the Bureau does not offer any payment for its speakers, nor should you necessarily expect the requester to provide an honorarium. We do recommend that requesters cover significant travel expenses, but this should also be negotiated directly between yourself and the requester.

Expectations

  • respond promptly to any requests you receive from the community (declining is acceptable)
  • briefly acknowledge the Speakers Bureau and the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach at any talks you give
  • notify the Bureau if there is a change in your contact information or if you are no longer able to participate

Training and Tips

There will be a range of public speaking experience among the members of the Bureau. As such, we will offer occasional workshops to develop speaking and presentation skills, with special attention paid to making topics accessible for non-academic audiences. If you apply to be a member of the Bureau, you will be emailed about such opportunities as they arise, and they will also be advertised on this website. The first of these was a general orientation held on Friday, September 16, 2016 (you can view a detailed summary or the slides that were used). Below are a few general tips on public speaking in this context:

  • minimize jargon
  • introduce technical terms carefully
  • start with an outline of your presentation
  • ensure you have a beginning, middle, and end
  • speak slowly
  • use visuals if possible
  • engage the audience (e.g. polls, questions, activities)
  • include stories or anecdotes
  • practice the talk beforehand
  • speak for the right length of time

Submit Form

Fill out the membership form and email it to the Speakers Bureau.

If you cannot view or fill out the membership form, simply send the following information in the text of an email: name, NSID, department, type of position (e.g. grad student), topic title (10 words maximum), 40-60 word topic summary, suitable age groups, presentation length, facilities needed (e.g. projector), any possibilities for languages other than English and locations outside of Saskatoon, and up to 60 words on your personal background and what qualifies you to speak on the topic.

NOTE: If you are a student, the form must be forwarded to the Bureau by your advisor or supervisor.