How to get Booked and Paid to Speak

If you want to be more bookable and charge higher fees you’ve come to the right place.  My name is Maria Franzoni – welcome to Speaking Business Academy.

As you get to know me you’ll know that I am no waffle, no nonsense, let’s get it done. So let’s get going. Start with my free guide to getting more paid speaking gigs, where I distill 20+ years of experience in the industry to get you chosen over your competition - even if you're not listed with a bureau.

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“I’ve worked with Maria for many years. Indeed, she was my first agent – and I’ve continued to work with her ever since. During these years, I’ve given hundreds of talks, three MainStage TED talks, and more. So much of who I am today as a speaker is because she was and continues to be in my life. Having a great idea doesn’t make a great speaker. Nothing frustrates me more than someone who knows something that others also need to know, but who cannot communicate it. Maria cares about the importance of communicating great ideas with great impact. What’s more, she cares about her speakers. Her experience is vast and her generosity even more so.”  Beau Lotto, Professor of Neuroscience

“Mary is quite simply one of the best coaches I’ve had the privilege of working with. I was trying to break down what Mary does brilliantly and what she does differently. So brilliant: she is passionate, she is full of amazing insights and techniques developed from many years in the business, she’s not afraid to tell you that inconvenient truth. Different? The big one for me is love. It sounds corny but its the truth. While working with Mary you feel as if you are the most important person in the world to Mary at the moment. This in itself is a gift. Then there is the fact she goes the extra mile and then some. Finally, and this she does with passion, she never gives up on you. In the end my sessions with Mary have been life and career changing.” Jack Milner Comedy Director, Producer & Writer  

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

Ricardo Cabete

“Practical Prospecting Day is a goldmine.114 new prospects & opportunities in just one day. After only two days, I am negotiating with a past client to start a 6 Month Program and I am having more than 40 conversations with decision-makers and bookers. You need two things to boost your speaking business, attend the Practical Prospecting and then apply all the gold nuggets!”

Penny Mallory

“I have just worked with Mary Tillson on an online course. Have you worked with her yet? You need to – she is brilliant. She gets it. She just seems to know what works, what’s right and how to put it all together. Her experience is immense and I highly recommend you talk to her if you’re thinking of building speeches, courses or workshops etc.”

Maher Mehzer

“Working with Maria was a memorable experience, professionally answering my questions related to speakers bureaus, how and when to approach them and the style and pace to build a solid relationship with them. She introduced me to 3 leading Bureaus in Europe who signed me. If you’re looking to accelerate your speaking career speak to MARIA FRANZONI.”

Peter Cross

“Maria’s little black book is one of the most sought after in the industry, opening up a world of opportunity and possibility to speakers keen to fast track their way to success”

Tom Morley

“I was lucky enough to meet and be coached by Maria Franzoni quite early in my move from team building to speaking.  I think she saved me 5 to 10 years of expensive trial and error.”

Sahar Hashemi

“With Maria’s deep and dedicated experience 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.” 

Mark Gallagher

“Mary’s expertise in developing meaningful, impactful and well-planned training and workshop events becomes clear the moment you start to work with her.  At a time when clients are always demanding a high quality of output from events, Mary has the depth of experience and talent necessary to ensure a positive outcome and excellent delegate feedback.” 

Alex Staniforth

“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.”

Geeta Siddhu-Robb

“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.”

Bruno Marion

“I strongly recommend working with Mary. She helped me as a professional speaker to develop my speaking business. And even more important to me, Mary helped me to be a better speaker and to have more impact with my audiences. Give Mary a chance to help you with her amazing, very practical and (speaker’s) life changing tools and insights!”

Penny Pullan

“Maria and Mary have created a unique group experience. Their content has been tailored to what I need as a speaker, raising me to new standards of delivery and marketing all of my services, not just speaking. The value I’ve gained from the feedback and help has been totally gobsmacking and was a huge unexpected bonus of joining this programme.”

Jamil Qureshi

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

What are most speakers missing that corporate clients look for? A killer showreel.

In my free guide to showreels that get you booked, I share with you the seven key elements to consider when making your showreel, and professional editing is only one of them!

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