Local Groups may, from time to time, host a speaker from outside of the Local Group to speak at one of their meetings. The purpose of hosting any speaker is to reinforce portions of our mission, communicate a deeper understanding of portions of our mission, or teach skills that will assist our members in carrying out the mission.
Here are the guidelines for hosting a speaker.
Who May Speak
The following types of speakers are considered Green List speakers and do not require prior approval from the Director of Organizational Development.
- TNM National Leadership, Department members, or specially tasked trainers
- Members of the TNM Speaker’s Bureau
- Elected officials at the local or state level
- Representatives of local or state-wide civic organizations with a historical and cultural focus
- Representatives of local or state-wide civic organizations with a public service or charitable focus
- Any speaker that is on the pre-approved speakers list
The following types of speakers are considered Yellow List speakers and require prior approval.
Any speaker that is not on the Green List or Red List must receive approval from the Director of Organizational Development.
The following types of speakers are considered Red List speakers and are not allowed to speak at any meeting of the Texas Nationalist Movement under any circumstance.
- Individuals or representatives of organizations that advocate for exclusionary, divisive, or illegal actions or positions
- Representatives of organizations that advocate for Texas independence that are not within the Texas Nationalist Movement
- Individuals or representatives of organizations that advocate for positions that are contrary to the mission, principles, or guidelines of the Texas Nationalist Movement
- The primary purpose of any speaker may not be the promotion of a product or service.
- While many speakers will not charge a speaking fee, it is good practice to collect an honorarium from the attendees.
- If a speaker holds a Q&A session, it is best if the Local Coordinator moderates the Q&A to stay within the allotted time and to maintain good order.
- If a speaker requires a contract, it must be submitted and subject to approval, executed, and paid through the TNM Main Office.
- Ensure that your speaker is aware of the scheduled end time of the meeting and that they have an appropriate way to be notified of the time while speaking.
- Speakers should have access to water while speaking.