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

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.”

“I found and was amazed at the variety of topics and the quantity of speakers available,” Heldmann said. “But I was thinking, there has to be a catch, because there is no way this service would be offered without some sort of fee involved.”

She was wrong. Within weeks, she had secured speakers to address the New Beginnings group of about 30 people during their weekly meetings at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville.

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By Jane Donahue
Chicago Tribune – Naperville Sun – January 31, 2016