After dinner speakers have become an essential aspect of any formal dinner. They hold the key to complete audience engagement, as they confidently and effortlessly tell their story. Whether these speakers infuse comedy or a thought provoking sentiment, after dinner speeches resonate with audiences on a personal level.
What Is An After Dinner Speaker?
After dinner speakers can be categorised by their key traits; entertaining, inspiring and engaging. Commonly employing humour in their presentations, these speakers, true to their name, provide entertainment value following a formal dinner.
Differing from keynote speakers, whose speeches compliment an event's central theme, after dinner speakers tell their insightful life story to captivated guests. These stories can be funny, touching or motivating, but they always add a personal touch to an event. Though these speakers tell their personal story, they are commonly handpicked to reach with a certain audience.
Why Should I Book An After Dinner Speaker?
There are many benefits of an after dinner speaker, so let's take a look at some of the most important.
After dinner speakers have one main goal; to entertain their audience. Booked to compliment the overall success of an event, they work in collaboration with the catering and decor to create a well-rounded experience. A good event can be measured by how engaged its audience is, so many organisers book an after dinner speaker to ensure that guests are captivated from start to finish.
Rather than discussing industry trends or just providing business insight, after dinner speeches are often driven by their life story. Though audiences can take away beneficial business or sporting strategies, the main purpose of such a speech is to learn about an exciting speakers' career. This trait makes after dinner speeches stand out from the rest, as they provide audiences with a truly unique experience.
A successful after dinner speaker must be memorable. Their lives are usually filled with adversity, perseverance and subsequent triumph, which relates to audiences. An after dinner speaker's message is commonly thought provoking, so it stays with the guests long after the event has finished - in turn, your event will be remembered for years to come.
Want to find out how to spot a good speaker from the rest? Take a look at our article all about the key attributes of a great after dinner speaker, here.
Three Brilliant After Dinner Speakers Who You Can Book
At Champions Speakers, we have some of the best after dinner speakers on our roster. Let's explore three of our favourites.
01. Martin Johnson
Former rugby union player, Martin Johnson, holds the secrets to team cohesion in the workplace, making him the ideal speaker for corporate audiences. His stories from the worldwide pitch, including the moment that England lifted the 2003 Australia World Cup, will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. An icon of British sport, Martin is a popular after dinner speaker.
02. Dame Inga Beale
As the former CEO of Lloyd's of London, Dame Inga Beale can provide audiences with an expert insight into the secrets of business. She was also the company's first female CEO, so uses her platform as an after dinner speaker to discuss the discrimination she faced in the workplace. Highly interesting, this diverse speaker has a variety of positive messages to instil in her audience; from the LGBT+ community and gender inclusion to her role as a CEO.
Want to find out more about Inga Beale? Read her Speaker Spotlight here!
03. Kriss Akabusi
A legend of British athletics, Kriss Akabusi is most notable for his gold medal success at the 1990 European Championships, in the 400 metre hurdles. Internationally renowned, audiences flock from far and wide to hear the story of an Olympian, especially one with Kriss' incomparable influence. He has since become a popular celebrity, making Kriss an instantly recognisable after dinner speaker.
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