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Speaking Business podcast

Each week Maria Franzoni, Speaker Bureau Director, invites one of her speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

Feb 11, 2020

Sir Chris Hoy MBE, multiple world and Olympic champion track cyclist, is one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes, with six gold medals and one silver.

Chris retired from competitive cycling in 2013 and his achievements throughout his career make him Scotland’s most successful Olympian, the first...


Feb 4, 2020

Claire Young was made famous by her role as the highly driven runner up of series four of ‘The Apprentice’ where was dubbed a ‘Rottweiler’ by Lord Sugar for her tenacious approach in the boardroom and drive not to quit. She beat 40,000 candidates to reach the final and this experience inspired Claire to set...


Jan 28, 2020

I’ve delved back into the archives this week to bring you a very special lady. She is in fact the first and only woman to drive a world rally car.  She’s got an amazing mindset and in today’s competitive world when only the best will do, she has perfected the art of Psychologically-Powered performance to bring out...


Jan 21, 2020

My guest this week describes himself as a very ordinary person - in fact, even more ordinary than everyone else. 

For his first job, he was a geography high-school teacher, but he was so low in confidence, his kids misbehaved very badly. 

He then chose to try and learn how to live a better life. He left the classroom,...


Jan 14, 2020

My guest this week came to the world's attention in January 1991, when he was captured by the Iraqis and his bruised and battered face became a potent symbol of Saddam Hussein's ruthless aggression. His war was not at all as he expected – it became a seven-week ordeal of torture and interrogation testing him to...