Who is Maria Franzoni?

Maria Franzoni is Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Speaking Business Academy. 

As one of the most experienced speaker bookers in Europe and recognised as a speaking industry expert, Maria supports speakers (established and new) to enter into new markets, develop content, make strategic decisions about their speaking business, develop longer relationships with clients and maximise their income.    

Maria has held senior positions with 2 leading speaker bureaus: CSA Celebrity Speakers and London Speaker Bureau.  In 2007 she founded her own multi-million pound bureau, Maria Franzoni Ltd.  She is founding member and former co-chair of the European Association of Speaker Bureaus, Director of Operations at We Do Things Differently cultural change consultancy and host of the Speaking Business Podcast. 

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

Who is Mary Tillson?

Mary is Head of Speaker Coaching and Momentum, helping speakers develop their content and messaging, and maximise their personal impact and delivery style to ensure that they are at all times relevant, memorable and make it easy for their audience to be able to listen to and understand them. Three essentials to getting booked to speak again and again.  She co-facilitates many of our workshops with Maria and is lead tutor on content specific workshops.

Additionally, she supports speakers in delivering more than “just a speech” and build on the momentum achieved from their speeches. Many clients are now looking for a return on their investment from a speaker and want the learning from the speech embedded back within their business in some way to bring about the behavioural change they seek.

As a highly experienced Management and Leadership Development Principal Consultant with over 20 years demonstrated history of designing, developing, project leading, for both face to face and virtual delivery, a range of Management and Leadership programmes for global Blue-Chip companies that achieve ROI, Mary is well placed to help speakers.

She works closely with speakers helping them develop their material into interactive workshops or fully blended learning programmes.  She also coaches on how to facilitate in person and virtual workshops. Feedback is the key to improving, and Mary provides timely and focused gifts of feedback and additional coaching, as necessary. She is passionate about setting her clients up for success and makes sure her coaching is practical as well as fun.

Speaking Business is all about Speakers

We have two missions:


To support established speakers who want to enter into new markets, develop new content, develop longer relationships with clients, move into executive learning/masterclasses;

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To provide great content and learning for speakers starting out, experts in their areas that now want to move into the business of speaking and need guidance/assistance.

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The Wonderful SBA Team

Sian Jones

Sian Jones is Head of Getting things done.  Having worked with Maria for over 10 years, she has become Maria’s right hand woman and second brain.  Transitioning from MFL to the Speaking Business Academy, her role is constantly evolving.  From podcast editing, content creation, video editing, calendar management, event management is there nothing she can’t do?  With a background in Facilities Management and Project Management, she manages to keep Maria in line (most of the time).

Audrey Shaw

Having worked with Maria at MFL for over 12 years, Audrey Shaw is Head of Finances and has a great record of making sure everyone pays on time!  She assists with the smooth running of the Speaking Business including content and events.  Of course this is an ever-changing role, and this has also led to Audrey working as a virtual assistant to some speakers on personal projects including database, LinkedIn, contracting and invoicing, and research work.

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