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An Interview With John Simonett

Ex-teacher and rugby player, John Simonett is a humorous after-dinner speaker on the corporate circuit and an excellent motivational speaker.

John Simonett

Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?

Turning up in black tie at a casual dress dinner – via an inefficient agent! (not Speakers Corner!)

How did the corporate speaking start?

“You should do this for a living” (heard many times while still doing a “proper job”)

Can you remember your first speaking engagement?

Post match dinner at Cardiff Arms Park – as losing Captain of the Scottish Schools U19 XV!

And your last event?

The Personal Finance Society conference dinner – for Speakers Corner!

Which event has been your favourite and why?

Kent Messenger Group Senior Management conference. Feedback score: 96% “Excellent”!

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

My funeral eulogy

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Derren Brown (as a volunteer from the audience in his show)

On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?

100

Do you use PowerPoint?

Only for fun stuff! (No “death by bullet points…”)

Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?

Yes – though both require different approaches

How do you like to be introduced?

Low key (“under promise – over deliver!”)

Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?

Essential!!

What are the most asked for topics?

Restless Curiosity…. which can then be applied to any conference theme.

Is your speech interactive with audience participation?

Always!

Your favourite film?

The Simpsons Movie

Favourite book?

My Autobiography by A. Simonett

What’s your tipple – wine, beer, champagne?

VAT 19 Rum and ginger ale (a Trinidad staple on which I was weaned….)

Country or townie?

Oooo Aarrr

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