Member Spotlight

Accredited Speaker Darren LaCroix

Las Vegas, Nevada

Subject Areas

  • Inspiration/Motivation
  • Own the Stage
  • Secrets of Storytelling
  • Get Paid to Speak
  • Product Creation

Educational and professional background: 

  • BS in Finance and Marketing from Bryant University
  • Entrepreneur since 1992
  • Coauthor: Laugh & Get Rich
  • Coauthor: Speaker's Edge

Special awards or recognition you have received inside and outside of Toastmasters: 

  • World Champion of Public Speaking, 2001
  • Certified Speaking Professional (from NSA)
  • Accredited Speaker (from Toastmasters)

(Darren is the only speaker in the world who holds all three designations.)

The type of presentations: 

  • Keynote Presentations
  • Breakout Workshops
  • Two-Day Master Workshops

The audience to which you typically present (business, community, etc.): 

  • Business Organizations
  • Women in Business
  • Associations

What advice do you have for potential Accredited Speaker Program applicants? What are you waiting for?

If you are an emerging professional speaker, the path to becoming an AS is perfect for you. There is no single business blueprint that works in this industry. Every market is different, and there are numerous business models. The AS process will help you start to focus. Do not work to get the letters after your name. Instead, go through this process to become the professional speaker it will create.

Available to serve as a mentor for Accredited Speaker Program applicants?No. I wish my schedule would allow it. I have many mentees, and I get this request constantly. I'm happy to answer questions for anyone.