What Is An After Dinner Speaker & Why Do People Book Them?
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.
An after dinner speaker is the inspirational, entertaining name brought in to share their experiences at events. Booked by event planners to provide head-turning speeches infused with humour, insightful anecdotes and life lessons – they add a unique quality to any engagement.
Contrary to popular belief, an after dinner speaker is not only somebody who rounds off a gala dinner with a killer speech but the meaning extends to a speaker whose aim is to entertain. So, whatever the event, an after dinner speaker is your go-to for a night – or day – of amusement.
After dinner speakers are some of the most requested bookings we get - and that's not for no reason. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why this type of speaker is so popular.
They're entertaining and engaging
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.
They're storytellers who've been there and done it
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.
They complement the overall theme
From business networking events to awards ceremonies, after dinner speakers are handpicked with the overall theme of the occasion in mind. When done properly, these speakers should perfectly complement all factors of the event, from the target audience demographic down to the atmosphere.
They leave guests star-struck (and drive ticket sales)
After dinner speakers are commonly stars of the stage or screen, track or business boardroom. They have earned a positive reputation within their respective fields, and with that, a substantial fanbase. When you book a famous after dinner speaker for public events, you are more likely to build excitement for the occasion and therefore drive ticket sales.
Champions Speakers have over twenty years of experience in selecting and booking speakers for events. With our industry knowledge and exclusive connections, we match your event with the perfect personality.
Jack Hayes was appointed Director of the Champions Speakers agency in 2012 becoming one of the youngest Directors in the UK. A year later, Jack became a founding member of the European Association of Speakers Bureaux (EASB) collaborating with speaker... Read more
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