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  • Pro bono public speaking is an effective marketing tool – Business Ledger

    October 12, 2016

    Daily Herald Business LedgerWhether you love it or dread it, public speaking is a fabulous marketing tool for your business, product or service. The post-talk objective is to have a line of people waiting to shake your hand and ask for a business card or two (or three).

    Many people find that public speaking yields wonderful advantages both personally and professionally. First, it’s a great form of networking; second, it’s terrific public relations; and third, if it’s a pro bono presentation, it’s goodwill and community service. (more…)

  • Free speaker’s bureau celebrates 20 years of growth – Suburban Life

    March 11, 2016

    Suburban Life LogoTo celebrate two decades of service to the community, Free Speech Speaker’s Bureau has undergone a major update – a new name, logo and many more opportunities for both speakers and the hundreds of groups who use speakers. Free Speech is now – A Pro Bono Speakers Bureau.

    “All speakers present programs at no cost – nada, nothing, zip,” said Andy Richardson of Naperville, director of “There is no charge to any group. Ever. Not from the speaker and not from the bureau.” (more…)

  • Talk is not cheap, it’s free, with Hinsdale speaker service – Chicago Tribune – Doings

    February 15, 2016

    Hinsdale DoingsJan Blum was looking for a topic to present to para-professionals at Hinsdale High School District 86 when she stumbled across

    “I think I hit the jackpot,” said Blum, an administrative assistant at Hinsdale South High School. “They had such a variety of speakers and topics. And I found out they are right here in Hinsdale.”

    What she found was a pro bono service which has linked public speakers with organizations and businesses for 20 years. (more…)

  • Not much in life free, but speakers bureau has been for 20 years – Naperville Sun

    January 31, 2016

    Naperville Sun LogoWhen Gayle Heldmann searched for a guest speaker to address her church support group, it was no easy task. With meetings every week – and no budget – it quickly became a daunting task.

    “Our group was always looking for local speakers to come in and talk to us about a variety of topics,” said Heldmann, of Naperville. “It was always very difficult to find someone who was willing to do it for a nominal fee or for no fee at all, and we didn’t have funds for it,” she said.

    Heldmann started searching online, and found a website touting professional speakers that were willing to donate their time and talents. It seemed “too good to be true.” (more…)

  • Free Speakers service proves ‘good free stuff’ is real – Daily Herald

    January 24, 2016

    Daily Herald offers 150 Chicago-area experts willing to give talks without a fee on more than 220 topics.

    The 150 Chicago-area speakers with profiles on really offer their expertise without a fee in a community service project that has been growing for the past 20 years.

    “This service is a win-win,” Richardson said. “The speakers have a lot to share and are giving back to their community and they’re also doing networking and marketing and being known as an expert. And the groups have a tremendous need for speakers and to bring new knowledge into their organizations.” (more…)