Initiative offers pro-bono public speakers to local groups – Inside NOVA
November 24, 2018
FreeSpeakers.org has launched with 20 local speakers available to discuss more than 30 local topics, said Andy Richardson, the organization’s director.
“This is a community-service project that is 100-percent free to groups that need speakers – there is no charge to any group, ever,” Richardson said. (more…)
Pro Bono Speaker’s Bureau Launched to Serve Groups – Prince William Living
November 13, 2018
The new bureau has more than 20 local speakers with more than 30 different topics available. The bureau can be found at washington-dc.freespeakers.org/
“All speakers present programs at no cost,” said Andy Richardson, director of FreeSpeakers.org. “This is a community service project that is 100 percent free to groups that need speakers. There is no charge to any group. Ever. Not from the speaker and not from the bureau.” (more…)
After some 250 gigs, Larry Bergnach retiring from the free speech circuit – Daily Southtown
October 18, 2018
Larry Bergnach was giving a presentation about Riverview Park, the old Chicago amusement destination that closed in the 1960s, when an elderly man in the audience chimed in with his own memories of Riverview.
The talk was at an elder care facility, and Bergnach later learned the man was in an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease and had not spoken at that length “on any topic for four years,” Bergnach said.
Those kinds of experiences were why Bergnach, of Oak Lawn, worked the pro bono speakers circuit.
“After I would do a speech, the people were so appreciative,” he said. (more…)
Free Speakers Bureau Matches Speakers to Groups
October 13, 2018
Richardson, founder and president of Ginny Richardson Public Relations in Hinsdale, received a phone call one day from a local Rotary Club. The club wanted a speaker for an upcoming meeting, and turned to Richardson and her connections in the community for help.
“I made a few phone calls,” she said, and found a local banker willing to take on the job, free of charge. (more…)