Testimonials

Sahar Hashemi - Entrepreneur

“With her deep and dedicated experience both from the client and the speaker angle she has the ability to give you the most eye-opening insights that can completely renew your speaking career.  She pushes you right out of your comfort zone and ingrained habits- and gives you both the inspiration and the actionable tools to completely reinvent and reposition yourself to keep in step with what the speaking world needs “ 

Isaac Getz – Renowned Leadership Expert 

“I want always to improve and our short exploratory chat turned into several sessions so much was there. It’s like you had always a feeling that something is missing in the dish you prepare and then, a great chef shows you that you can add that and that and that… and drop some stuff too. Now, I’m cooking differently–I hope better for those who taste them. What’s more, Maria sends you the recordings of your sessions and my advice is watch them. By going back through the recordings, you’ll find, as I did, some nuggets of gold that I had missed the first time. Maria is not a coach. She’s rather one of those custom-made tailors, London is famous for, who will help you to feel yourself. How about cooking like a chef and in style? Try it.”

Jamil Qureshi - Performance Psychologist

“Maria proves that you can take the transactional to transformational.”

Philip Hesketh - Persuasion & Influence Expert

“I’ve been a full time professional speaker for 17 years and have spoken at conferences all over the world but this was still the best money I’ve ever spent to take my business to the next level. A thorough, honest appraisal of what I can improve on and 20 action points to take away from the 90 minutes session with Maria. Fabulous.”

Antoinette Dale Henderson - The Gravitas Coach

“Thank you for all your support and encouragement – see below the words I printed out and put next to my monitor. I’ve looked at them many times over the past months and they inspired my thinking as I worked on my new website.”

Sylvia Baldock, Maximising Personal and Team Talent

"I have had the great privilege of being mentored on becoming more bookable by awesome ‘Speaker Industry’ expert – Maria Franzoni. What Maria doesn’t know about the speaking industry isn’t worth knowing and she continues to excel in every area, from securing bookings, negotiating lucrative contracts and creating really impactful speaker showreels, to running speaker appraisals, highly effective workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring. Maria lives and breathes this industry and instinctively knows what works. She has razor sharp focus and is highly creative, generating a myriad of ideas which are incredibly relevant, thought provoking and impactful. Maria transforms good speakers into exceptional speakers and is highly respected and loved by both bookers and speakers alike. I can’t recommend her highly enough." 

Paula Reid, Adventurer

"I have just experienced a Speaker Business Appraisal with Maria Franzoni and I was blown away by the quality and quantity of useful tips packed into the session. I had assumed there would be some feedback, and coaching, and a few useful tips, but Maria over-delivered by a country mile. She was direct, decisive, clear, focussed, thorough, and 100% switched on to my business and needs for the whole session. I was bombarded with incredibly useful tips and I agreed with every single one. She had a useful external point of view and utilised her years of experience in the industry to cut to the chase. Brilliant."   

Erica Sosna - Entrepreneur & Thought Leader

“Maria’s advice and expertise was so on point. After years of seeing speaking as a vehicle to share my expertise in the careers space, I finally took the leap to identify as a professional speaker.  She offered valuable insight on how to position myself and how to prepare a good quality showreel. Maria built my confidence to really go for it and helped me to capitalise on the work I had done so far as well as avoid the pitfalls and wrong turns on the route. If you want high quality support and insight from a real expert with genuine knowledge of what bookers and clients want – then Maria must be your first point of call.” 

Nick Saunders - Communication, Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Specialist

“The speaker appraisal with Maria was simply excellent. Maria is clear, honest, kinda brutal yet inspiring. I’m buzzing. The session will undoubtedly help take my speaking business to the next level, and beyond!”

Geeta Siddhu-Robb - CEO and founder of Nosh Detox

“Spending an hour with Maria was better than spending a whole day at a speakers Bootcamp. She really knows her stuff and picked up exactly where I was not clear, not focussed and helped me to find my own voice in my materials.” 

Henry Rose Lee - Inter-Generational Diversity Expert

“QJ and I both found the session really useful and practical and want to rush off and do everything!” 

Mark Fritz - Expert on Leadership

“I had a speaking business appraisal with Maria and was very impressed and grateful for her advice.  She made such thoughtful and practical suggestions, with ideas that were very valuable to me beyond my speaking business.  Her advice will help me achieve my goals faster than I could have on my own.” 

Alex Staniforth - Adversity Adventurer

“I had a one to one strategy session with Maria – it was exactly what I needed and more. Having the opportunity to explore challenges from an external viewpoint was invaluable and helped me to move forwards when my own emotional connection was getting in the way – I’m excited to get on with putting my plan into action.” 

Bob Ferguson - Speaker Coach

“My Q&A session with Maria was focussed on improving my business, full of practical tips, and excellent value. This is just a brilliant way to get access to over 20 years of experience in how to position yourself with bureaus. If you’re serious about working with bureaus this is a no-brainer” 

Amy Brann - Founder of Synaptic Potential

“I reached out to Maria when I thought I was ready…and she gave me what I am always most grateful for. BRUTAL, honest, direct feedback. She said the things I feared but others just weren’t saying. I didn’t like it, but I did believe it, and over a 3 year period I worked on it. After a chance meeting I mentioned I was so thankful for her advice those years ago. She looked at my ‘stuff’ again and she was so complimentary…and because I knew I could trust her – I continue to turn to her for her expert input.” 

Penny Pullan - Renowned Expert in Virtual and Hybrid Leadership

"I have 4 pages of A4 notes from my mentoring session with Maria yesterday, with ‘aha’ moments galore. Many were things I knew already but hadn’t really acted on as a professional speaker and others were the sort of insights into the speaking business that would take years (and no doubt lots of costly mistakes) to find out. Thank you Maria!"  

Shola Kaye - Communication Consultant

"I definitely feel much better after getting your advice and excited about moving forward with my speaking business. Lots of changes to make but everything you said makes perfect sense and having your experienced eye on my work will doubtless prove to be invaluable."