Stanford Faculty Speakers Bureau

The Stanford Speakers Bureau is a new program to facilitate connections and strengthen relationships between Stanford and the surrounding community. Stanford faculty have deep and broad expertise across seven schools and many institutes and centers. They are often willing to speak about their research and work as a way of contributing to the dynamic, learning-focused life of the Bay Area and beyond. The Speaker’s Bureau will help connect faculty speakers with K-12 schools, nonprofits, associations and other groups seeking speakers for conferences, events and gatherings.

Speakers Bureau services for speakers

Speaking engagements: We will help to connect faculty participants with community groups seeking speakers. We will support logistics for the event so the talk is enjoyable and smooth for both parties.

Faculty training: University Communications is collaborating with the Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Diversity to offer a training program for faculty interested in the services offered by the Speakers Bureau.  The program is a series of training sessions that are designed to help speakers share their stories in compelling and powerful presentations with a general audience. There are a wide range of sessions covering topics such as message development, non-verbal presence, and media training. Four core sessions (indicated) are recommended for Speakers Bureau participants. While the full program is recommended, it is not required if a faculty member has significant speaking experience.

Each session will be hands-on, with teaching, in-class work, and a milestone assignment to complete during or after class. At the end of the program, participants will have a strong story that can be shared in a variety of channels such as conferences, media interviews, elevator pitches, and social media.

To learn more about the Speaker’s Bureau, contact: [email protected]

To learn more about Presence or Faculty Development & Diversity contact: Rania Sanford, [email protected].


Course Descriptions

Past Sessions:

Translating complex, technical topics for a general audience.
Tuesday, October 30, 10–12. Amy Adams, director for Science Communications, University Communications.
Cardinal Room, Old Union Building, 1st floor of Clubhouse, adjacent to main entrance.

This class will help faculty members communicate about their areas of expertise to a non-academic audience. We’ll look at how to explain technical terms and concepts without over simplification. We’ll define the context for the community in terms of how an area of research relates to their lives and why it is significant.

Session 2: Story telling: Developing your storyline.
Wednesday, November 7, 9-11 am. Matt Abrahams, GSB lecturer, co-founder of Bold Echo Communications Solutions, Author of “Speaking Up without Freaking Out.”
Cypress North Room, Tresidder

This session will help faculty talk about their research and findings in a way that is not just understandable, but connected and compelling. This hands-on workshop will help you to structure your message in a way that makes your research relevant and engaging for your audience.

Session 3: Authentic presenting-making a personal connection.
Wednesday, January 16, 9-11. Matt Abrahams, GSB lecturer, co-founder of Bold Echo Communications Solutions, Author of “Speaking Up without Freaking Out.”
Cypress North Room, Tresidder

This session will help you become a more confident, calm, and competent presenter. You’ll learn immediately applicable presenting skills to enhance your nonverbal presence.


Speakers Bureau services for community groups

Community groups: We will work to make available speakers on topics of interest to you. We will collect information from you around details such as location, audience size and composition. We will provide speaker bios and photos, as well as audio visual and equipment requests. While you may offer an honorarium to the speaker, there is no fee to use the Speaker’s Bureau. At this time, our geographic focus for speaker placement is the Bay Area community but we will support requests from groups in California and beyond.