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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs from Speakers

Are you currently recruiting for speakers?

We have so many wonderful speakers active in our Speakers Network, so we only recruit on a needs basis.  Available locations may change throughout the year, so please follow us on Facebook to find out when training is scheduled in your area.

I want to be a speaker but what if my breast cancer story is not dramatic enough?

A lot of people feel like you, so keep in mind that experiences with breast cancer are all different and all significant. You will be trained in storytelling and you will learn to tell your personal message in the most powerful and honest way.

Can you tell me more about the training you provide for new speakers?

It is our aim to develop your presentation skills and equip you with the tools to feel comfortable and confident to tell your story

  • We will take you through an orientation session so you can become familiar with the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s work
  • You will be trained in presentation, storytelling and speech structuring skills
  • You will talk briefly on camera about your journey and motivation to be a speaker and then receive personal feedback from the coach
  • Throughout your role as a speaker, we are always available to answer your questions, provide support, and information

How often will I be invited to speak for NBCF?

This really depends on the volume of events that are hosted by the community and our corporate partners. Though we cannot guarantee a set number of engagements per year, we will endeavour to contact you for suitable events.  NBCF’s peak times for fundraising events are in May and October, and requests for speakers tend to be clustered around those months.

I don’t have breast cancer, but my mum does. Can I still become a speaker?

Yes! While the majority of our speakers are directly affected by breast cancer, we have several terrific speakers who talk about a special person in their life as a way of honouring them. Hearing about your experience can be comforting for anyone in similar circumstances, knowing they are not alone in the emotions and stresses.

What kind of fundraising events are speakers invited to?

The possibilities are endless: corporate seminar, black-tie dinner, school assembly, Pink Ribbon Breakfast, lunch or dinner, sporting events, fashion parades, movie premieres, are just a few. Whatever the description, we always communicate with speakers to match them up with suitable events.

Can I take my partner or a friend to the fundraising event?

You will usually have a plus-one on your invitation to attend an event. But if not, we are more than willing to help arrange with organisers for your partner or friend to come along as your guest.

Are you looking for speakers from culturally diverse backgrounds?

Yes, we are always looking for speakers from culturally diverse backgrounds to reach all communities around Australia.