We know what it takes to get bigger fees

If you’re wondering how to take your speaking business to the next level, then you’ve come to the right place. My name is Maria Franzoni and welcome to Speaking Business Academy.

Start with my free guide to getting higher paid speaking gigs, where I distill 20+ years of experience in the industry to the four keys you need to get chosen over your competition - even if you're not listed with a bureau.

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You know your story, you are an expert in your field and you want to reach a bigger audience and build a successful and profitable speaking business. There is so much noise out there, lots of people giving you advice about your speaking business but many of them are only just one step ahead of you, others are talented speakers but aren’t making any money speaking they are making money from people like you wanting to speak. You need advice from people who are working with big companies, getting good and sometimes great fees and really know the business. I have over 20 years’ experience working in and running international speaker bureaux, I’ve worked with some of the best speakers in the world. I have gathered great people in that time and they join me here to help people like you to fast track your speaking business with the best possible support. So, if you are looking to build a profitable speaking business you are in the right place.

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Some of the amazing speakers we have worked with...

(highlights there are too many to list)

Sebastian Coe

Sebastian Coe is the UK’s most prolific world record setter and arguably its greatest runner.  Lord Coe won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics in London. After the games Seb served as chairman of the British Olympic Association and is now President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Neil Armstrong

American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. I was very lucky to have a chance to work with Neil many times over the years and to spend time with him. His passing left a huge hole in so many places, including the speaking world.

Ruby Wax

Author, actress, comedienne, Ruby Wax spent 25 successful years with the BBC and Channel writing and performing her own shows. She has performed many one-woman shows, many directed by the late, great Alan Rickman, edited “Absolutely Fabulous” and written two bestselling books about mindfulness.

Terry Waite

Humanitarian, hostage negotiator and author, Terry Waite CBE is the former envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury.  In 1987, while negotiating for the release of Western hostages in Lebanon, he was taken captive and remained in captivity for 1,763 days, the first four years of which were spent in total solitary confinement.

Ranulph Fiennes

Author, fundraiser and explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, is described by The Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer”. Ran is the only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface. His record-breaking expeditions include travel by riverboat, hovercraft, manhaul sledge, skidoo, Land Rover and ski…

Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon is a Welsh actor, comedian, radio and television presenter, singer, and impressionist.

Bob Geldof

Sir Bob Geldof, musician, business man and activist is a tireless campaigner for numerous good causes and charities throughout the world. From African famines and aid organisations to business, global politics and communications, Sir Bob has raised awareness of a wide range of causes.

David Coulthard

David Coulthard MBE is one of the most successful drivers in the history of Formula One, winning 13 Grands Prix, finishing in the top 3 in the World Championship on 5 occasions and ending his career with the largest points score of all time for a British driver.

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