John Simonett

Ex-teacher and former rugby player, John Simonett combines humour, his phenomenal trained memory, and the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology to connect with his audiences without detracting from the power of his message: we can all become more creative, effective and successful by tapping into the brain’s hidden logic. His unique presentations are tailored and brim with real-world business applications.

Offering high-energy and thought-provoking presentations, John Simonett is an experienced after dinner speaker, motivational speaker and keynote speaker on the conference circuit.

He is known for his attention to detail, professionalism and experience, born out of over 3,000 performances where he cleverly combines the latest information from neuroscience and psychology with real-world business applications.

Everfyone thoroughlyenjoyed the questspeaker. He was witty, funny and interesting and never made any adverse comments. Excellent!
RF Brookes

His signature keynote address 'Restless Curiosity' provides unique insights into learning, thinking, positive psychology and creativity. His message is straightforward and compelling: we can all become more creative, effective and successful by tapping into the brain’s hidden logic in order to unlock our vast potential.

Passionate about success, John not only inspires, informs and charms audiences - he’s also very funny!

A former schoolmaster and sportsman, John was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, and obtained a First Class honours degree from Bristol University, majoring in Psychology.  He played Premiership Rugby Union and was a cup winner with Gloucester against the Leicester Tigers at Twickenham.

While his main objective is to be funny, clean and entertaining, John specialises in ‘tailored’ presentation and likes to be able to make his remarks relevant to the group in question.

In fact, the more ‘inside knowledge’ he can acquire beforehand about a company's people, products and philosophy, the better!

John has a phenomenal, trained memory and uses this to telling effect - he does his ‘homework’ for each event and, where possible (and if appropriate), learns numerous names, details and relevant company information, which he skilfully weaves into his speeches.

Equally at home with an audience of 500 or at a board meeting for 12, John's charismatic personality and presence, together with his unique combination of humour and memory, allows him to connect with audiences without detracting from the power of his message. 

- Psychology

- Lateral Thinking

- Problem Solving

- Creativity and Innovation

For further information or to book John Simonett, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email

What people said about John Simonett

Very professional, outstanding memory. John manages to utilise the audience, creating much amusement but without causing any offence.
Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SE
John amazed and delighted our audience. We booked a speaker to raise the energy after dinner and before the awards ceremony and John excelled at this task. His delviery was polished and he controlled the audienc ewith panache. Amazing memory!
Scottish Water
John ensured the conference got off to an incredible start with a presentation that had the 200 delegates spellbound, fascinated and crying with laughter. Feedback was brilliant and many will be using some of his techniques in their own training roles.
CCTV User Group
I have already passed on your name, agency and recommendation to two other events organising companies since I can do so with absolute confidence that you will give an evening to remember. The verbal response from our members was stunning as they could not believe that you could refer to them all and pick and place them so well.
Head of Operations, The Personal Finance Society
I wanted to pass on my thanks and appreciation of your speech. It was the general opinion that it was the best we had heard for some years. Humorous, different, brilliantly researched and very well received by all.
South Wales and the West Branch, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Just a quick note to thank you for a fabulous performance on the evening of our Sales Conference a couple of weeks ago. You are the best after-dinner speaker I have seen (and I've seen a lot). You combined humour, memory and audience observation, delivered in a most articulate and impressive way. I haven't laughed so much in a long time. We ask for feedback on the conference from all attendees, and having trawled through all 106 returns today I can confirm that my own praise is fully supported by the comments from my sales teams. Thank you again for an excellent evening.
National Sales Manager AXA Direct Commercial
Thank you! It would appear that you had an excellent night! The phone has been red hot this morning. The following are a few quotes for you today: Very entertaining terrific best we have ever had Excellent ! Thank you so much your skill to incorporate so many names in the time available, with such humour has drawn great comment. Greatly appreciated and most important of all, thoroughly enjoyed by all the guests.
Nimbus Solutions International Ltd
We are still basking in the glory of what many reckon was the best dinner in a good many years, and it doesn't take a genius to work out this was largely due to you. John, you were absolutely superb. Through all the years I have seen after-dinner speakers I don't think I have seen anyone with such sharp humour, and who was so original, so topical and so thoroughly professional.
Hon Dinner Secretary, Leeds Insurance Institute
I am writing on behalf of the President, Board of Directors, Members and Guests of The Scottish Oil Club to thank you for your speech at our annual dinner on Friday. I have received much positive feedback. I know I especially liked your talk and I think it's the best that I've heard in the five years I've been doing this event. Thanks!!!
Executive Secretary, The Scottish Oil Club
You are easily the best after-dinner speaker I have seen in all the years I have been involved in organising or attending functions, with a very refreshing and uniquely delivered performance. In my opinion you had a very difficult task by following our surprise the three waiters, but not only did you manage to follow them successfully you became the main conversation point for days afterwards.
Profit Centre Manager, Edmundson Electrical Ltd
Thanks for your efforts at our pre IMA lunch on the Thames. It went really well and feedback on your talk was fantastic - some clients came up to me and said it was the best thing they had seen.
Schroder Investment Management Ltd
John, thank you for being the core of one of the best ever MPMA annual dinners. You generate an interesting array of reactions - amusement, awe, amazement - and that's without delving any further into the alphabet! We were absolutely delighted with your contribution to the evening and I hope we have the opportunity of working with you again.
President, Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association
What can I say - you were fantastic! I have emailed out to all the guys and you have had such excellent feedback - 10 out of 10, excellent, fantastic, the best speaker we have ever had etc. Kind regards - and thanks again for so many laughs on the evening my mascara was running!
Axa Insurance plc
John was superb, very witty, charming and funny. He incorporated the information on staff into his own stories and amazed us all with his awesome memory. Would use John again and would certainly recommend him to others
RF Brookes
John was extremely thorough in his preparation for the event, requesting much more detail about the conference and the organisation than we have ever been asked for before. He then also asked for names of attendees at different tables around the room during the dinner itself, and proceeded to memorise these, which was amazing! His talk itself was both extremely amusing and also very relevant to the nature of the event and the makeup of the audience. A number of people commented to me at the time how much they enjoyed his speech, and several also made similar comments on their event evaluation forms. I know some also spoke to John at the time and expressed their admiration! I would have no hesitation in recommending John to anyone wanting someone who can provide a little bit extra and more thought-provoking than the standard after-dinner speaker.
IMLPO Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers
John was able to use his experiences and business knowledge in an engaging manner that was perfect for our event. John exceeded our expectations in terms of his ability to personalise his speech to our audience.
Fabulous! He could speak at any event, he's so easy to work with.
Stable Publishing
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