Maria Franzoni has 23 years of Speaker Bureau experience, having held senior positions at two leading international bureaus, most notably London Speaker Bureau. In 2007 she founded her own bureau (Maria Franzoni Ltd) while continuing to partner as part of the London Speaker Bureau group of companies. She is a founding member and former co-chair of the European Association of Speaker Bureaus and host of the Speaking Business Podcast, a no waffle, practical podcast for professional speakers.
Maria supports speakers (established and new) to turn their speaking into profitable businesses. She does this by helping speakers to be more bookable. From understanding the complex and fragmented “speaking industry”, to position themselves as highly paid experts, through to developing simple sales and marketing strategies to monetize their expertise.
Maria has worked with the great and the good of the speaking world, including first man on the moon Neil Armstrong; Body shop founder and environmentalist Anita Roddick; neuroscientist Beau Lotto; business magnate Richard Branson and F1 and NASCAR racing champion Jacques Villeneuve …. To name (drop) a few.
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 for her work with speakers.
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