Someone who is seen or heard in an audio or video recording; in the entertainment industry, 'talent' usually refers to actors, but in the speaking industry, not only are you, the speaker, a talent, but your announcer (see 'voice over') is a talent and any of your recognizable audience members whose voices or images are recorded are also regarded as talent. Having any talents sign a 'talent release' is recommended.

Talent Release

A contract giving someone the right to record (usually video) and reproduce someone else's likeness. Also called a 'general release'.


A seminar conducted by phone. Also called a "teleconference".

Theater Seating

A style of seating where the chairs are lined up in rows, all facing the front of the room, and without any tables. Usually provides the greatest seating efficiency. Oftentimes used for keynotes and other large events.

Toastmasters International

An international self-help organization dedicated to helping people improve their communication and leadership skills.


A 'virtual meeting' where a group of people, not in the same location, communicate with each other by transmitting video, audio and/or data between them.

Voice Over

A verbal enhancement or addition to an audio or video recording; typically the 'voice over' introduces the speaker ("Here is John Doe…") or provides an audio description ("Jane Smith has consulted with dozens of Fortune 500 companies…") or gives direction ("Please turn to page 7 in your workbook….").

Warm Calling

The process of contact someone by phone with whom you have had prior contact, for the purpose of soliciting business. Compare to 'cold calling'.


An on-line seminar in which the audio portion of the training is usually transmitted either over the Internet or by phone, and the visual portion of the training is conducted over the Internet.

Wireless Microphone

A microphone which transmits its signals to the amplifier by radio waves instead of an electrical cord.


A classroom-type presentation, usually of an educational nature, Workshops are typically more interactive in nature, while 'seminars' are normally more lecture-oriented.