Ask the Expert


Do you wish you had someone in the speaking industry you could talk to, someone who knows what’s going on in the market, what clients are looking for from speakers, what’s hot and what’s not?   Someone who can save you a ton of time in research, help you to achieve your speaking goals and answer your questions? Do you want to stand out from other speakers all competing for the same event, and to be one who can deliver a compelling, inspiring, memorable presentation?  Does your content need updating or does it need a complete overhaul to work in today's new normal?

You do?  Then why not book a 30 or 60-minute Q&A call with Maria Franzoni or Mary Tillson?

Maria has over 20 years’ experience working in and running international speaker bureaus providing top speakers to clients across the globe. Maria is open, honest and will tell you exactly how it is.  She’s an expert because she is practicing what she preaches, she is working with clients and handling their enquiries every day. Maria likes to think of herself as the Simon Cowell of the Speaking world!  She will give you both answers and food for thought.

Mary Tillson is our head of Learning.  She is a highly experienced management & leadership development Principal Consultant with international experience and has previously held leadership roles, both within the training industry, for OnTrack and American Express. Mary has worked with numerous presenters and speakers over the years, helping them develop their content and approach, overcome nerves, and be quite simply, brilliant!

Examples of what can be discussed (list not exhaustive):

  • How do I position myself so I stand out and get booked?
  • What should I charge?
  • Which is the right market for me?
  • Which audience should I be aiming at?
  • Why am I not getting booked?
  • How can I improve my profile (bio, topics etc)?
  • How can I add value for my clients?
  • How do you scope for a proposal?
  • How can I improve my delivery?
  • I want to create a training programme but don't know where to start.

The call will be recorded, so that you can refer back to it as and when you need to.

"I've known Maria for years and have always enjoyed her professional and caring speaker bureau service. But I’ve discovered recently that she is mentoring speakers. 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." Isaac Getz - Renowned Leadership Expert, award winning Author and Professor at ESCP Business School

"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." Alex Staniforth, Adversity Adventurer

“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”  Bob Ferguson

"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."  Amy Brann

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! Penny Pullan

I really enjoyed our chat. 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. Shola Kaye

"Mary is quite simply one of the best coaches I've had the privilege of working with - and I've been lucky enough to work with some awesome people. I was trying to break down what Mary does brilliantly and what 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 it's 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. So I've received a call just checking too see how I was doing. 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

"I have enjoyed working with Mary twice so far on developing my speaking business, and I’m certainly looking forward to our continued working relationship. Mainly because she is providing extremely useful content and feedback, and partly because she is fun, supportive and positive to work with. It’s a great time right now (during COVID19) to work on your speaking business, content, delivery, messaging, and Mary is perfectly placed to help with that." Paula Reid Speaker 

"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. Whether your are a professional or occasional speaker, give Mary a chance to help you with her amazing, very practical and (speaker's) life changing tools and insights!" Bruno Marion Speaker

“I have had the pleasure of working with Mary on a number of client events.  This has included in my role as a professional public speaker brought in to support her workshops, while I have benefitted greatly from her vast experience when developing and delivering leadership and development events of my own.  Her expertise in developing meaningful, impactful and well-planned training and workshop events becomes clear the moment you start to work with her.  She played a key role in helping me to stretch myself and deliver a higher quality of event for corporate clients in Europe and North America.  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.” Mark Gallagher Speaker

60 minute Session cost: £245 plus VAT

30 minute Session cost: £145 plus VAT

Please complete the enquiry form below to let us know whether you wish to book a 30 or 60 minute session and a brief overview of what you'd like to discuss and we will email or call you to confirm whether we think Maria or Mary would be most suited to your enquiry and to arrange a date for the Q&A to take place.

If you would like to specify Mary or Maria, please feel free to do so.

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