In addition to being a talented event planner and event producer, James P. Reber is a gifted speaker with hundreds of speaking appearances during his three-decade career. His knowledge of speaking and public presentation are one of the reasons he excels at planning and staging public ceremonies. The 2007 City of San Jose Council and Mayoral Inauguration Ceremony, pictured here, is an example.


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P.O. Box 53706
San Jose, California 95153
Phone: 408.505.0438
Fax: 408.351.0140

James P. Reber

Fundraising Consulting & Special Event Producing Services
Successful Fundraising & Producing for over 30 Years

Public Speaker

James P. Reber is a very experienced, highly-regarded guest speaker, seminar, panel, retreat and workshop leader. He has spoken publicly in venues and before audiences as wide and varied as is the population of Silicon Valley. During Mr. Reber's tenure at San Jose Rep, he averaged about 150 speeches annually to groups as small as living room gatherings and as large as conventions and conferences.

Mr. Reber's connection to public speaking goes back a long time. He first studied oratory when he attended Cupertino High School and began participating in National Forensic League Speech competitions. Mr Reber developed his oratory skills under ideal conditions, as CHS featured one of the best speech teams in the state.

Keynote Speaker or Pro Bono Emcee
Mr. Reber is available for service as a keynote speaker or as a pro bono Emcee for local nonprofit organizations, and enjoys doing it as his schedule allows. He also has a few different presentations that are part of his repertoire, but is also willing and able to speak to a certain topic when requested. Mr. Reber has also served as an auctioneer a few times at charity events and is available for this, too.

Mr. Reber regularly speaks at local service clubs, as well as at retreats, conferences, etc. and is available throughout the year. His motivational style and energetic presentations, combined with a witty Irish delivery, provide audiences with an entertaining and informative presentation.

Motivational Speaker [Ideal for Board Retreat or Special Meeting]
If your organization could use a little bit of extra motivation, please contact James P. Reber and schedule him to give a highly-entertaining, always inspirational talk to your board, staff, and volunteers. Optimism and pragmatism are always nicely paired in one of Mr. Reber's oratories - especially when it comes to doing good for the community.

The Current Repertoire - Informational and Inspirational Speeches Now Available
In addition to the basic motivational talk for your board, staff or volunteers, James P. Reber currently offers two presentations (20 to 45 minutes) to service clubs in the area or other organizations who may find his speeches of interest. Both are biographical and are appropriate for audiences of all ages. These are:

1. "My Life as a Producer" This features stories from a manho has produced over 200 fundraising and special events (including celebrity events). It is a fascinating talk about how events happen and it is filled with insights and humorous incidents that have peppered Mr. Reber's more than 30 years in event production. [Suitable for all audiences; 20 to 45 minutes + Q&A]
My Life As A Producer - Download

2."Adventures of a Silicon Valley Fundraiser" Having raised more than $25 Million in Silicon Valley, and done so through every means possible, James P. Reber offers a candid behind-the-scenes look at the life of a fundraiser, complete with spectacular tales of heroic work and delightful moments of personal fulfillment - and, of course, many humorous anecdotes are included. [Suitable for all audiences; 20 to 45 minutes + Q&A]
Adventures of a Silicon Valley Fundraiser - Download

3."Why Being A Board Member Matters" - Motivational Speech For Board Members It may be the launch of your Annual Fundraising Campaign or some new effort to get more money; or maybe it is time for your annual retreat and you want the morning or afternoon to start off with some string high energy positive belief in what you're doing!!

James P. Reber says it like few others and your board will be grateful that you invited him to the session. "It is far too easy these days to lose our way, collectively and individually, when trying to maintain the funding needed for our nonprofit organizations. I like to pull everyone together and remind them of why we do what we do and why what board members do really makes a difference in the life of our community!" [Suitable for all audiences; 20 to 45 minutes]
Why Being A Board Member Matters - Download

4. Special For Nonprofit Organizations - How to Create A Signature Event
"90% of the mistakes in special events are made during the planning stages," says veteran special events producer James P. Reber. So why not get it right from the beginning? Mr. Reber has developed a unique process to create A Signature Event.

This is a 20 to 45 minute review of the key points in creating a Signature Event from someone who has created several. It is a great inspirational tool for groups wanting to get the board or staff or volunteers moving toward creating an event that lasts and delivers in every way.
How to Create A Signature Event - Download

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James P. Reber, Nonprofit Fundraiser, Fundraising Consultant, Public Speaker, Event Planner, Event Producer, San Jose, Silicon Valley, California serves the South Bay Area, including nearby communities of Santa Clara, Cupertino, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Morgan Hill, Campbell, Fremont, Redwood City, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, and San Mateo. Mr. Reber serves Santa Clara County, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, as well as the greater San Francisco Bay Area - Alameda, San Francisco, San Benito, Contra Costa, and Monterey Counties.