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About Personally Speaking

Personally Speaking is a leading speaker agency. We pride ourselves on working with the best motivational speakers, leadership speakers, keynote speakers, and polished emcees. Founded by Frances Keane in 2005, Personally Speaking is a boutique-style agency with an international reach, all our speakers are carefully selected using our collective 35 years of experience. We collaborate with Nobel laureates, entrepreneurs, academics, adventurers, media personalities, journalists, and individuals with exceptional life stories. We believe in the power of storytelling and the positive impact it can create.

Prior to setting up Personally Speaking, Frances worked in international PR and her deep understanding of effective communication is the core of our business, helping organisations communicate with any audience in an impactful way. Personally Speaking is the first Irish founded speaker agency, now working with companies mainly in Ireland, UK, USA, Sweden, and Germany.

Our first-class service and long term client relationships are a testament to our commitment to excellence. At Personally Speaking, we aim to stimulate thinking, spark imagination, and create memorable events. Our foundation is built on great relationships with our clients, speakers, and business partners. We are proud members of the European Association of Speaker Bureaux, with Frances Keane having served as a co-chair.

Our Values


Eager to learn new things and meet new people, everything sparks our interest, because you never know where the next bit of inspiration will come from. And we find speakers who will spark yours.


Like you, we understand that new ideas can come from even the most unlikely places. We’re always looking to find speakers with a fresh approach or new angle who will make you look good and your event succeed


Part bravery, part industry knowledge, part common sense and good judgment, we know what feels right and we go with it. And it pays off, for you and the people who participate in your event.


Never less than discerning, we care that from the moment we start working together, we invest our years of experience, intuitive approach and specifically chosen speakers to deliver an experience that gets to the truth and heart of the matter and helps you succeed. We care about doing what we can, and helping others to do what you can towards creating a better world for all.


Side-stepping the expected industry norms and approach, we will not always conform or go with convention. Let’s shake it up. It may raise some eyebrows but it will also raise expectations for the next time!

Meet Our Team

Frances Keane


Frances Keane founded Personally Speaking in 2005 after over 10 years working internationally in Tech PR in the UK, US, Australia and Ireland.

Frances believes that people’s stories and experiences can be the strongest tool to stimulate thinking, shift mindset and motivate people. In her own words “While technology plays a crucial role in everything we do today we cannot replace people’s life experiences and learnings and I feel privileged that we are in a position to bring some of these extraordinary people to our clients around the world”.

Frances grew up on a farm in Tipperary before doing a degree in Business in Dublin.
Her first job was in eventing before she moved to London to pursue her career in PR which eventually brought her to Australia and back to Dublin. Her role in the business today is as an advisor to clients and speakers and leading the growth, opportunities and changes within the business. Frances was formerly a co-chair of the European Association of Speaker Bureaus in 2019 and has built a strong reputation internationally in her field.

She has also co-found a company for Home Cooks called which aligns with one of her favourite hobbies, cooking and entertaining.

Joanne Smyth

Head of Sales & Client Relations

Joanne Smyth has been head of sales and client relations at Personally Speaking Bureau since 2017. She started her career in sales at the Golden Pages where she led a dynamic sales team for over a decade, she went on to work in the publishing and events industry before joining Personally Speaking

She loves walking her dog in the local forest or by the sea, and enjoys baking and reading.

Leontien Friel Darrell

Head of Logistics & Content Manager

Leontien Friel Darrell joined the team in 2021. She manages our website and profiles, as well as organising event briefings for speakers and clients.
Leontien grew up between Dublin, Tipperary and Canada, and over the last few years she has worked in several different industries before joining Personally Speaking. She is passionately involved in the climate and environmental activist movements here in Ireland.
She has a love of making beautiful things, and works as a freelance Graphic Designer in her spare time, as well as swimming in the sea (whenever Irish weather allows it)

Louise Donnelly

Head of Operations

Louise Donnelly is our Head of Operations and looks after Personally Speaking’s finance and contracts. For much of her career Louise has worked with designers and arts organisations such as DesignYard, Galloglass Touring Theatre and Gallery of Photography Ireland.

She really enjoys working with creative people. Living in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, she loves hiking, camping, yoga and growing vegetables.

We don’t like to brag, but we’re changing the game

“Personally Speaking replied to emails within minutes even though there was a 7 hour time difference. This was our first time using a speaking agent located outside of the USA, but the whole experience was stress-free.”

Aimee ScanlonGloboforce (now Workhuman)

“Many thanks to you Frances and your team for assisting us in organising this wonderful conference. David McWilliams' speech was fantastic and very well received by the audience.”

Suresh ThyagarajanBank Muscat

“Frances, thanks very much for helping us to organise our dinner with Jon last night. Everyone had a great time and Jon was really superb. I look forward to organising some more events with you.”

Liz LeePublicis London

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