The MFL Story
MFL (Maria Franzoni Ltd) was formed by Maria Franzoni after years of working in both business and Speaker Bureaux with the support and encouragement of Tom Kenyon Slaney and Brendan O’Connor (Founders of the London Speaker Bureau).
MFL is a group of very experienced people who really want to make a difference to an organisation and go beyond the speaker booking to create real change and continued momentum for clients. MFL is not in the B2B business but in the H2H business; human to human. More than just a Speaker Bureau, we are Agents of Change.
What makes MFL different:
- We have a Head of Momentum who supports clients looking to implement change
- We are loved by our speakers who choose to work through us
- We do what we say we are going to do
- We apply what we learn from our speakers to our own business
- We aren’t in the business to be the biggest or the most known, we are in the business of doing the best job we can.
- MFL has all the advantages of being small and agile but the added benefit of global reach through our partnership with London Speaker Bureau
- We don’t use Adwords we prefer word of mouth
- And we have a sense of humour
Whether your requirement is to educate, motivate or entertain an audience our esteemed network includes experts from across the fields of business, finance, technology, creative arts, psychology, entertainment, and beyond to ensure we are able to meet your brief.
Rich experience makes us well placed to work with you and your requirements to find the expert that both engages and inspires your audience and fits your budget. Strong buying power means that you are assured of a price that is the equivalent of going directly to the speaker while benefitting from the additional protective layer of advice and knowledge you would expect.
Starting with the initial brief and selection to the event itself and beyond, we will be there to guide you through the speaker booking process and ensure that your experience with us is second to none and your event is a resounding success.
Are you planning an event? We would love to help you, please get in touch.
We constantly strive to improve our service and our systems. Innovation is a fundamental element of the business. We listen to clients and speakers to learn best practices and to find new and improved ways of working together. We always welcome your feedback and ideas.
As a former management consultant, Maria is obsessed with efficiency and attention to detail. We will do our utmost to offer you a seamless and efficient experience from your initial enquiry through to briefings, logistics, payments and finally evaluation.
This means success for the client in their event; success for the speaker in their participation and success for all the individuals working in my team.
Our business is not complex and we are simple straightforward creatures. We do our best to keep things simple.
We aim to respond to your requests and enquiries as quickly and as accurately as we can. Where we need more time we will let you know. We will do our utmost to respond to any requests you put to us.
MFL is proud to be a licensed office of London Speaker Bureau, a global network with 18 offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. Co-founded in 1994 by the current visionary CEO Tom Kenyon-Slaney.
We have a wonderful relationship with the LSB team which allows us to offer a truly global service.
Maria Franzoni is Operations Director of We Do Things Differently, a cultural change practice. The WDTD team: Mark Stevenson, Jamil Qureshi, David Price, Tim Reid and Jack Milner aren’t just successful entrepreneurs and business-people, they’re also all independently successful artists, performers and writers.
WDTD works with clients as diverse as UK Sport, Comic Relief, NASA, Unilever, BBC and the National Theatre.
MFL is a founding member of the European Association of Speakers Bureaux (EASB), a non-profit trade membership organisation aiming to regulate the speaker industry and to provide a voice for the ever-growing market. On 1st March 2018 Maria took on the role of EASB co-chair.
EASB enables industry professionals to meet, discuss and enhance business cooperation at a European level, with the ultimate goal of helping to promote the benefits of using a Speakers Bureau, as well as creating a code of ethics by which the members of the association should always conduct their business.
MFL has supports the following charities:
“Maria — YOU’re fab! You really listened, heard what we were going for in this meeting, suggested the PERFECT speaker, and made it happen. So glad we found you and that we’re connected.” Tracy Benson, On The Same Page
“Part of what is great about public speaking is working with Maria and her team. They are the embodiment of proactive caring … as well as actually doing! The combination is so rare”
Beau Lotto, Neuroscientist
“It is always enjoyable working with Team MFL” John Bruton, Former Prime Minister Ireland and EU Ambassador to the US.
“Fantastic personality, timely, efficient, supportive, someone that thinks with her client and goes the extra mile, one of the most lovely persons to work with, super knowledgeable in her field, creative, friendly, both client and speaker focused, excellent at facilitating and connecting view points”
Barbara Blokpoel, Trompenaars, Hampden-Turner (THT)
“Working with Maria gives client at every step the confidence that logistics will follow the plan and the speakers will be well prepared.”
Eugen Chicevic, MD, MBA – Market Access Process Leader, HEMAR, Janssen-Cilag EMEA
“Maria Franzoni is a true professional. She understands superbly well the logic of a meeting, the expectations of the organizer and the added value of a speaker. She brings all these requirements together with such great efficiency and tact. It is a real pleasure to work with her!”
Stephane Garelli, Professor at IMD business school and at the University of Lausanne, Director of the World Competitiveness Center.
“Team MFL: reliable and super fast. If they went into Formula 1 they’d clean up” Rainer Hersch
“Maria was extremely responsive and helpful. She partnered with us to find the right speaker for our needs and supported us throughout the process to ensure that we saw return on our investment.”
Amy R. Towne, SPHR Accenture – Leadership Development
“I have had the pleasure of working with Maria for a number of years and have never been disappointed. At all times she has shown herself to be professional, responsive and proactive, with an enthusiasm for her work, (and life in general!), which is quite contagious. She has an in-depth knowledge of speakers available. This coupled with a brilliant ability to understand my business objectives and budget, and in turn suggest speakers who totally fit the brief, make finding speakers one the most pleasurable elements of organising an event, rather than the chore it often used to be prior to working with Maria.”
Joanna Lawlor, Global Events Director, AstraZeneca
“Maria has always been wonderfully adept at providing speakers who accurately convey a message which is relevant to our unusual company culture. Her recommendations have always proved to be totally appropriate and the outcomes highly successful. Maria is a pleasure to work with”
Chris Howarth, Specsavers
“When I work with Maria I feel that I am in safe hands; she ensures that the event is appropriate to what I deliver so that together, we not only achieve but exceed the client’s expectations.”
Kjell Nordstrom – Co-author of Karaoke Capitalism and Funky Business
“You provided by far the best selection of speakers and you really understood the brief.” Five by Five
“It is an absolute pleasure to work with Maria. She is a consummate professional who orchestrates interesting events and then goes above and beyond the usual to look after the speaker and the client. Every detail is taken care of and she makes the process feel effortless. I have nothing but praise for her and marvel at her ability to organise prestigious events that run so smoothly. Needless to say, I am always delighted to work with her and certainly look forward to her events.”
Linda Yueh – Global authority on the Chinese economy
“I have nothing but praise for Maria Franzoni who is both highly professional and highly personable. She is always supportive and very eager that all events she organises go off extremely well for all concerned She really gets to know her speaker’s style, quirks and strengths and makes sure everyone is fully briefed 10 out of 10 every time.”
Prof Adrian Furnham, Dept of Psychology, University College London
“When putting conferences together in an industry, which, like many others, is overwhelmed with events, it is vital that we ensure we provide a unique experience to our delegates and give them real value for money. Maria has a perfect understanding of our experiences and never fails to come up with a solution. She has a perfect knowledge of what each speaker can offer and a profound understanding of what we want to achieve with our events. Her approach to business is extremely personalised and she never fails to surprise!”
Michael Barrett, Conference & Research Manager, TFWA
“Maria was great to work with and ensured the speaker knew exactly what our expectations were. As a result, delegates thoroughly enjoyed the session and the event finished on a high.”
Simon Bennett, Conference Director, Centaur Financial Events