Choosing the Perfect After Dinner Speaker
The after-dinner speech is often the highlight of any event, the moment magic happens and memories are made. But with so many speakers out there, how do you find the perfect one to resonate with your audience and leave them buzzing?
For over two decades, The Speakers Agency has been matching events to their perfect speakers. This guide will help you navigate the exciting world of after-dinner speakers and land the perfect match for your gathering.
Step 1: Know Your Audience. Like, Really Know Them
It all starts with understanding the hearts and minds of the people you’re planning for. Consider their age, background, interests, and sense of humour. Are they a room full of television and film buffs who’d appreciate the witty observations of Bridget Jones actress Sally Phillips? Or perhaps a group of aspiring entrepreneurs who would be inspired by the business acumen of Karren Brady, Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge? Remember, relevance is key. Speakers who tap into your audience’s shared experiences or aspirations will leave a lasting impact.
Step 2: Flavour Profile: Choosing the Right Speaker Style
Now, let’s talk about the kind of “flavour” you want to bring to the evening. Do you envision laughter with a hilarious comedian like Adam Kay, the famous doctor turned comedy sensation? Or maybe you’re aiming for a more motivational tone, someone like Olympic ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ or Victoria Cross recipient Johnson Beharry. Each speaker category offers something unique, from the light-hearted entertainment of comedians to the thought-provoking insights of motivational speakers. Consider the overall mood and message you want to convey, and choose a speaker who aligns with that vision.
Step 3: Weaving the Speaker into Your Event's Theme
Remember, the speaker shouldn’t just exist in a vacuum. They should seamlessly integrate with your event’s theme and purpose. Launching a new product? Consider Jo Salter, the first female fast jet fighter pilot, who embodies daring innovation. Celebrating a company milestone? A funny and inspirational speaker like Simon Reeve could share valuable insights on adventure and resilience. Whatever the reason for your event, connect the speaker’s story and expertise to your theme for a unified experience.
With careful consideration of your audience, the desired atmosphere, and your event’s theme, you can transform your gathering into an unforgettable experience. So, get creative, explore the diverse world of after-dinner speakers, and get ready to wow your audience with the perfect after-dinner sizzle!
After Dinner Speakers
‘Eddie the Eagle’ Edwards
Represented Great Britain at the 1984 Olympics after teaching himself to ski at his local dry ski slope
Former doctor turned comedian and bestselling author of This Is Going to Hurt
Legendary comedian, TV presenter, theatre star and Eastenders actor
TV Presenter, writer and broadcaster
Colin Jackson CBE
Multiple Gold Medallist and World Record Holder Olympic Hurdler
British athlete and gold medal Olympian
Former Shadow Chancellor and Economic Secretary to the Treasury
Musician, actress, and presenter, punk icon and singer of 'It's a Mystery'
Former professional footballer and football manager
Broadcaster, writer, This Morning regular and former MP
The world's top female bodyguard
James Cracknell OBE
Double Olympic gold medallist in rowing
The first living recipient of the Victoria Cross award in over 30 years
Britain’s first ever female fast jet fighter pilot
Former England cricketer
England rugby world cup winner
BBC Breakfast sport presenter
Natural History Presenter and regular reporter on The One Show
Former Royal Marine, explorer and travel writer
Broadcaster and presenter of Escape to the Country
Nigel Owens MBE
Former rugby referee and the first openly gay man to come out in professional rugby
Quizzing guru best known for The Chase, former doctor
‘The Stig’ as seen on BBC's Top Gear
Adventurer and TV presenter
Broadcaster, traveller, adventurer, and writer