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Maria Franzoni

Hi, I'm Maria Franzoni

Your Speaking Business Strategist


How am I qualified to help you?

Hello, My name is Maria Franzoni – good to meet you. Let me tell you what I do.

I work with speakers, speaker agents, and bureau teams to help them to grow their speaking businesses - in other words, get more bookings, charge higher fees to create profitable businesses. Here's why I'm qualified to do so:

I am an experienced speaker booker. I have held senior positions with 2 of Europe’s leading bureaus; CSA Celebrity Speakers and the London Speaker Bureau – named by the New York Times as “the only international speaker bureau”. In 2007 I founded my own multi-million-pound international bureau imaginatively named Maria Franzoni Ltd. (MFL)

In the 20 plus years that I have been working in the industry I’ve strived to raise standards of bureaus, agents and speakers alike constantly innovating and doing things differently. In that time, I’ve mentored and trained many top speakers and bookers. Over the years I have worked with the good and the great of the speaking world, including first man on the moon Neil Armstrong; Body shop founder and environmentalist Anita Roddick; singer-songwriter and political activist Bob Geldof; business magnate Richard Branson; international singing legend Liza Minnelli; former trader and author of Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb and F1 and NASCAR racing champion Jacques Villeneuve …. To name (drop) a few.

I am a founding member and former co-chair of the European Association of Speaker Bureaus. I am Director of Operations at We Do Things Differently cultural change consultancy. Founder and chief mentor at Speaking Business Academy where my team and I provide training for experts, speakers and speaker bureau agents. I also host the Speaking Business podcast where each week I bring in a trusted expert to share tactics and strategies to help you get more bookings.  https://speakingbusiness.libsyn.com/

Prior to working with speakers, I worked in retail management, management consultancy, educational travel, and as an entrepreneur starting five businesses. My experience in other industries has given me an excellent foundation and hands-on understanding of how to run and grow profitable businesses.

“Maria proves that you can take the transactional to transformational.” Jamil Qureshi, Performance Psychologist

Michael Sergeant

“Maria consistently delivers incredible value and slap-your-head insights. Every speaker should follow her playbook.”

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