If you’re thinking of featuring an after dinner speaker as the highlight of your event entertainment, you will need to take some time to consider how you will be introducing the speaker in question. As a specialist speakers agency, we know there are many different ways of creating the perfect introduction. With that being said, there are a number of approaches that have proven to be successful in announcing your featured speaker. Here are some top tips on introducing an after dinner speaker.
Preparation is Key
One of the most important elements of creating a successful introduction is to familiarise yourself with the speaker you’re introducing. As the person who is introducing the speaker, the audience will look to you for context and insight into why the speaker is relevant to the occasion. In order for the introduction to really make an impact, you will have to study the speaker’s work prior to the event.
The most important part of this process is getting to the point that you are familiar enough with the speaker’s accomplishments to be able to establish a clear connection between the theme of the event and the keynote speech they intend to deliver.
Keep it Simple
Although you should definitely try to gain a strong knowledge of the speaker’s work, it’s equally important to keep your introduction short and sweet. Furthermore, it’s important to remember that the keynote speaker should be the focal point of the event’s entertainment. In introducing the speaker, be careful not to step into the spotlight yourself. Your role is to create excitement and interest in the speakers themselves. A simple introduction that is centred around including only the most relevant information will often be a good place to start.
The use of clichés can make your introduction seem forced and unprepared. Stating that the speaker needs no introduction, for example, often adds very little to the introduction itself. Instead, recounting a personal experience that relates to the speaker’s work can be a much more effective tool in creating anticipation. Originality and authenticity are generally the way to go, as long as it doesn’t draw attention away from the featured speaker.
Welcome the Speaker to the Stage
Often overlooked, the handover process is an important part of ensuring a smooth start to a keynote speech. Once the speaker takes to the stage, you may want to remain there until the speaker has taken his place behind the lectern. Once this has happened, make sure to exit the stage without lingering. In doing so, you will be able to seamlessly shift attention to the featured speaker. From this point onwards, you can take a step back and relax in the knowledge that your chosen speaker will take it from there.
About Champions After Dinner Speakers
With more than 15 years’ worth of experience behind us, Champions After Dinner Speakers provide an extensive selection of inspirational speakers perfect for corporate events, product launches, charity events and more.
To book an after dinner speaker to appear at your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by filling in our online contact form or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.