11 After Dinner Speakers Who Will Win Over Your Guests

17 November 2017

It's 9:30pm, knives and forks are clattering as dinner draws to an end, and the restless chatter has started as guests at your event look around for some entertainment to accompany their fourth glass of bubbly.

This is where an after dinner speaker steps in, ready to reinvigorate the room with humorous insights and stories that will win over attendees and leave them feeling like they've experienced that extra special something.

Whether sports, adventure, politics, comedy, television, or top-level business, check out our 11 After Dinner Speakers Who Will Win Over Your Guests!

Benedict Allen

Adventurer Benedict Allen has explored some of the world's most remote places without the aid of GPS or technological backup, but with careful planning. He imparts lessons learnt on his adventures through exciting and inspiring after dinner speeches.

A favourite across the board, Martin Bayfield is a Former British Lions and England rugby player, a former policeman, and even starred as Hagrid's body-double in Harry Potter! It's not surprising, then, that he has a treasure trove full of brilliant quips and stories that make him an excellent after dinner speaker for all kinds of events.

Named one of the funniest acts in British comedy by The Observer, writer and actress Meera Syal (MBE and CBE) has brought her distinctive voice to the UK’s creative arts on hit shows such as BBC’s Goodness Gracious Me and Kumars at no.42.

Considered ‘The World’s Great Living Explorer’, the inspirational Sir Ranulph Fiennes has truly tested the limits of human endurance while breaking world records and leading legendary expeditions for over 2 decades. He also uses great photos to illustrate his points and captures the audience attention from start to finish."

A familiar face in television news, Emily is a BBC News Channel anchor and part of the core Election presenting team where she covers all UK and US Elections. 

Another multi-talented master of a plethora of fields, Clive Coleman is not only the BBC's legal correspondent, but barrister, and comedy writer too. The dynamic and witty barrister is an accomplished conference chair and keynote speaker, his analytical outlook, and sharp intelligence enable him to expertly host and speak at all manner of events.

Alexis Conran, who starred in the Real Hustle, has turned the world of scamming into an entertaining art form - and his entertaining and educational style make him the perfect after dinner speaker. He was voted ITV's This Morning's 'Consumer Man' and is able to blend his knowledge of hustling and professional magician skills to offer business audiences an honest insight into the dark and deceptive world of scamming.

Charismatic and engaging, Michael Portillo has made the successful move from politics to TV and journalism and is perhaps best known for five series of Great British Railway Journeys and two series of Great Continental Railway Journeys on BBC 2. As one client told us, "his speech is a perfect balance of humour and informed interesting comment - it's not easy to hold the audience's attention with political issues after 10pm but Michael managed it with aplomb!"

From the world of business, Steph has been one of the most recognisable faces on TV, reporting from the worlds of international business and finance, and is also a former champion Irish dancer, which means she has a host of anecdotes and experience to draw on.

Formerly the Minister of State for Employment from 2013 – 2015, the Rt Hon Esther McVey is currently a Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom and is adept at entertaining audiences as after dinner speaker, using her unbelievably witty stories from her time in Westminster to get her audiences laughing.

Philip Collins

Before he became a novelist, academic, charity director and columnist for The Times - not to mention chief speechwriter to the UK prime minister in 2005-2007 - Philip Collins trained as an investment banker. As an after-dinner speaker, he is extremely entertaining and perfectly placed to mix politics and humour. 

For further information or to book a speaker, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070  or email  info@speakerscorner.co.uk .

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