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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

karren brady celebrity speakerIt 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

eddie the eagle inspirational speakerNow, 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

Simon ReeveRemember, 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

Adam Kay

Former doctor turned comedian and bestselling author of This Is Going to Hurt

Brian Conley

Legendary comedian, TV presenter, theatre star and Eastenders actor

Clare Balding

TV Presenter, writer and broadcaster

Colin Jackson CBE

Multiple Gold Medallist and World Record Holder Olympic Hurdler

Derek Redmond

British athlete and gold medal Olympian

Ed Balls

Former Shadow Chancellor and Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Toyah Willcox

Musician, actress, and presenter, punk icon and singer of 'It's a Mystery'

Glenn Hoddle

Former professional footballer and football manager

Gyles Brandreth

Broadcaster, writer, This Morning regular and former MP

Jacquie Davis

The world's top female bodyguard

James Cracknell OBE

Double Olympic gold medallist in rowing

Johnson Beharry

The first living recipient of the Victoria Cross award in over 30 years

Jo Salter

Britain’s first ever female fast jet fighter pilot

Kevin Pietersen

Former England cricketer

Matt Dawson

England rugby world cup winner

Mike Bushell

BBC Breakfast sport presenter

Mike Dilger

Natural History Presenter and regular reporter on The One Show

Monty Halls

Former Royal Marine, explorer and travel writer

Nicki Chapman

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

Paul Sinha

Quizzing guru best known for The Chase, former doctor

Perry McCarthy

‘The Stig’ as seen on BBC's Top Gear

Simon Reeve

Adventurer and TV presenter

Ben Fogle

Broadcaster, traveller, adventurer, and writer

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