Speakers must understand that by offering to participate in the CSLA Speakers Bureau, they agree to abide with these guidelines.
Compensation for time spent on researching, preparing presentations, or speaking engagements is subject to the following policies:
Sample Speaker Biography
The following is a sample of the text which will appear in the Speaker's profile:
ALANA EVERS, OALA, APALA, CSLA, ASLA
Alana is a landscape architect hailing from Toronto, Ontario, with a BLA (honours) degree from the University of Guelph. She is a full member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects.
A Competent Communicator with Toastmasters International since 2008, Alana is an engaging speaker who connects with ease to corporate, institutional, and community based audiences of diverse backgrounds. Her professional work thus far has carried her between Ontario and Atlantic Canada, and she takes inspiration from the landscapes of her personal travels, both local and abroad.
Alana’s collaborative experience ranges from rural community enhancement to urban plazas and downtown streetscapes. She gleans expertise from a highly diverse portfolio of projects that includes community parks, waterfronts, active transportation and trail planning, cultural and heritage landscapes, and environmental restoration. Alana’s project contributions are typically in the areas of conceptual and detailed design, project coordination, public consultation, and the production of construction documents and renderings.
A Master of Urban Design Studies '14 Candidate at the University of Toronto, Alana maintains an ongoing presence as a guest speaker at the University of Guelph, and is active within the profession as an OALA Councillor and volunteer with the CSLA’s Advocacy Task Force.
Outside of the profession, Alana explores landscapes through running and painting, and is a team sport and yoga enthusiast.
Tips and Tricks for Speakers
PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines (With text adapted from Toastmasters International)
Plan to create your visual aids in advance, to ensure all of the electronic components work together. Be sure to rehearse with them. It is recommended to set up your PowerPoint show in a similarly sized room and stand close to the back to assess the effectiveness and legibility of the slides. Do this a few days before your final presentation to allow time to modify your slides, if necessary.
Keep your visual aids:
For effective PowerPoint shows:
Specific PowerPoint Guidelines
Most Importantly - Remember, you control the presentation; don’t let it control you. PowerPoint should be a visual aid – not the entire show. You are the show.
Please visit www.toastmasters.org for additional resources on public speaking.
Additional Tips for Public Speaking
A good presentation has a clear beginning, middle and end. In a presentation:
It’s better to speak a little too slowly than a little too fast. An audience will rarely complain that speech is too slow. Clear articulation of a message sets the stage for clear understanding.
Use deliberate pauses to emphasize a point, and to give your audience a chance to digest complex or highly technical information.
Meaningful eye contact that is held for a length of time (as in normal conversation) is more effective than scanning the room with your eyes and failing to connect with individuals in your audience.