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Inspire and Be Inspired

Share your knowledge, skills and experience to inspire others to progress in their own lives, careers, professional and personal development. If you are able and willing to share knowledge and experience in your field, the IEEE Student Activities Virtual Speakers Bureau gives you an opportunity inspire IEEE Students in your region or in another part of the world.

Virtual Speakers

Volunteering to speak to student audiences about your expertise in the profession can be a very rewarding experience and aligns with IEEE’s mission to nurture the profession. Many speakers were part of IEEE during their own years in the university. You can impart wisdom, information and guidance to our next generation of engineers and IEEE leaders. It is also a nice way to set yourself apart as a mentor, thought leader, and subject matter expert.

To sign up to be a Virtual Speaker, fill out the simple questionnaire form (name, contact, talk title, etc) accessible through this green button. Thank you and welcome to the team.

Form To Become A Virtual Speaker

Green and Sustainable Initiative

The IEEE Student Activities Virtual Speakers Bureau is a green initiative. You do not need to travel to deliver a speech or meet with IEEE Students. You will be connected to IEEE Students who would like to host you as a speaker and you will decide the time and the remote delivery platform together. You will save hours and miles while sharing your knowledge with our future leaders!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How long of a time commitment is involved?

A: This volunteer opportunity requires only a short time commitment (think micro-volunteering). You need time to plan your talk, go back and forth with the students to arrange the logistical details, then an hour or so to give the talk. There is no travel involved, and you may limit yourself to just one talk if that is all you are able to offer in your busy schedule. You may of course volunteer to give multiple talks. You may give the same talk to multiple student branches.

Q: What topics would be appropriate?

A: The topic can be technical or professional. They should be broad enough to be accessible to undergraduate students. An overview of a field you work in could be very interesting to our students, wondering what they want to do when they graduate. A professional talk could be on topics like how you got your first job, or what it was like the first 6 months on your first job if you are a YP. If you are more senior the topic could be hints about finding a job, or what qualities employers like to see in applicants.

Q: Do I need to develop a totally new talk for this?

A: Many of us have talks we have given at conferences or seminars. Dig a few out, and make them broad enough to be accessible to undergraduate students. This is a seminar not a conference talk.  An overview of a field is better unless they specifically ask for a talk with lots of technical details.

Q: Do I need to give the talk in English?

A: IEEE is a global organization. While English is the de facto international language for engineering and computer science, not all our students are well versed in English, and we have professionals whose native languages are not English. If you have the gift of fluency in other languages, there is a place on the form to specify the languages you can give the talk in.

Q: Do you need to be an IEEE member to be a speaker?

A: We are welcoming anyone who wants to contribute their knowledge to our students, whether or not they are an IEEE member. Of course IEEE membership is a way of saying that you are proud of your profession and want to join over 400 000 other professionals in contributing to the field. Visit ieee.org/join to make that investment.

Q: How do I become a speaker?

A: Follow the green button below and fill out a simple questionnaire form (name, contact, talk title, etc). The VSB Committee will make pairings approximately once a month with student branches who have requested a speaker. The students will contact you directly to arrange for a date, time and topic. Thank you in advance for volunteering!

To sign up to be a Virtual Speaker, fill out the simple questionnaire form (name, contact, talk title, etc) accessible through this green button. Thank you and welcome to the team.

Form To Become A Virtual Speaker