The engaging presenter who's spoken for thousands on branding and entrepreneurship and given 60+ presentations across the Southeast United States


From Disney to helping you tell your story, Annie Franceschi is a sought-after keynote speaker in Durham, NC and beyond.

Creative, fun, and engaging KEYNOTES & WORKSHOPS

Annie can help you make your next event a success with her motivational “permission” seminars and fun and practical "Branding 101" workshops for groups of career professionals, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. Perfect for your networking events, lunch and learns, conferences, breakout sessions, and more - get ready for an unforgettable presentation designed to help you show your value and share your story through your career or business!

Presentation length: 30-45 minutes plus Q&A; typically perfect for 1 hour of content
10+ topics available, customizable to your event and audience: 

motivational keynote presentation on career change and risk-taking great for career professionals, young professionals, and new business owners:

  • Permission to Try: 3 Powerful Ways to Change Your Life or Career

  • Screw Permission! 4 Steps to Facing Fears & Changing Careers

fun, educational keynote presentations and workshops on branding for small business owners and entrepreneurs:

  • Brand Story Foundations: 5 Steps to Making Your Business Stand Out

  • Finding Your Brand Voice: The 5 Stories You Need to Market Your Business

  • Using Taglines to Grow Your Business

  • The Do's and Don'ts of Great Logo Design

  • Your Guide to Better Business Cards

  • Branding Your Client Experience

  • What's in a Name? The Keys to Naming Your Small Business

  • How Do I Tell My Story? Writing Your "About Me" Page

  • Visualizing Your Business: 6 Steps to Better Brand Photography

  • Business Video: How to Create A Compelling Brand Story Film

Annie's general speaking topics encompass business branding, entrepreneurship, positivity, personal branding, personal growth, and empowerment.

Currently booking 2019 engagements, and available for travel. Check Annie's availability for your event here.

Annie is a captivating speaker with a great message. The audience gained a lot out of her presentations, and she kept them engaged the entire time. I was taking a bunch of notes too! Overall, wonderful speaker!
— Cristen Vaughn, Event Organizer


I’ve already shared how amazing it was to connect and learn from Annie. I’ve attended workshops/classes both free and paid and today with Annie was one of the BEST!!!
— Branding Workshop Attendee

See Annie in action at "Branding with Annie"

If you're local to Raleigh-Durham, NC, see Annie speak monthly at her often-sold-out branding workshop series, "Branding with Annie" at RTP's The Frontier co-working space. 

Find more information and get complimentary tickets for the next workshop at

Annie Franceschi | Professional Speaker on Storytelling and Branding in Durham, North Carolina | Photo by Faith Teasley

speaker's biographY

Annie Franceschi is a bestselling author, professional speaker and brand creator behind Greatest Story Creative®, a Durham, North Carolina-based branding agency. A Duke University graduate with more than 10 years in storytelling, Annie began her career working in franchise management for major movies at The Walt Disney Studios in California.

In 2013, Annie quit her dream job at Disney to become an entrepreneur. Having branded 70+ businesses, advised hundreds of entrepreneurs, and spoken for thousands, Annie is a passionate creative partner to the small business owner who needs the name, logo, words, graphics and website that shows their value, tells their story, and grows their business.

Her first book, Permission to Try, a self-help book about changing careers, starting a business, and reinventing your life became a #1 Amazon Bestseller in 4 categories upon release in late 2018. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her favorite person and husband, Gus.