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John is a versatile, experienced speaker. He can work to a brief to deliver a humorous after-dinner speech, a thought provoking conference keynote or act as a conference anchor, facilitator, MC and awards host – or a combination of all three!

Depending on the event you are organising – please check out the testimonials in the links on the left.

Below is a selection from all three types of event

“Thank you so very much for your after-dinner speech at Claridge’s last week. We have had some fantastic comments! It was a huge success and went down very well.”  Zara Bailey, Head of Events, Incisive Media (for Investment Week)

“A huge thank you for your attendance at our Best Practice Awards Dinner. The feedback specifically for you has been absolutely excellent.  Everyone was talking about it at the after dinner drinks gathering which went on until 4.30am!

Your professionalism and attention to detail was staggering and you are unquestionably the best After Dinner Speaker we have ever had. It will certainly be my intention to ask you to join us again.”
Sue Uttridge, Company Secretary, Property Care Association

From email to agent after Crest Nicholson Senior Management conference dinner: “Just to let you know that John did an excellent job as our after dinner speaker on Monday night. He was exceptionally entertaining and at the same time was able to reinforce some key messages from our workshop. He stunned the audience with his amazing ability to recall names and details of those present and this, coupled together with his excellent and witty story-telling meant that he was a fantastic all-round entertainer. The feedback I had had from those present has been extremely positive. Chris Ward, Change Management Director, Crest Nicholson PLC

From email to agent after Insurance Institute of Bournemouth annual Dinner, April 2016:

“Just a short note to say John was fabulous. It was an absolute pleasure working with him.  We’ve received some great feedback from the event attendees – it’s safe to say the event was a success and that is very much down to his engaging and amusing after dinner talk. He was very good at ‘working the audience’ and ever the professional with my team.”Kate Chastey, for Bournemouth Insurance Institute

“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.”  David Moore, South Wales and the West Branch, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

“John Simonett was nothing short of magnificent at the Insurance Institute of Leicester annual dinner last night. His mixture of wholly original humour, of utterly astonishing feats of memory and of magic absolutely entranced his audience. This man gets better and better each time I see him perform. His performance was a tour de force, a triumph. In my view, he’s the best in the business.”
Alan Cleary, Stand and Deliver

“We needed a speaker for a dinner and presentation evening for a group of future leaders who were completing a year long, high-profile managerial course. We wanted to secure someone that would be able to entertain and engage the group, and able to achieve that with a relatively small number of just 20.

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. They were wholeheartedly impressed by his feats of memory and he had the group in raptures of laughter from the start.

Our evening was a great success and we believe our objective in providing an inspiring and funny speaker was more than fulfilled. We will not hesitate in calling on John again for our next event, he has a warmth, charm and great delivery style that is a valuable commodity.”
Andy Rowe, Training Director, Fiat Group Automobiles

Following our regional officers dinner I am happy to let you know that I have already recommended you to two other event organising companies since I can do so with the absolute confidence that you will provide an evening to remember. The verbal response from our members was stunning!
Martin Wells, Head of Operations, The Personal Finance Society

From note by audience member to her manager (copied to John):
“I attended a dinner last night and the after dinner speaker was excellent. I was extremely impressed by his professionalism and by the way he engaged the audience and kept our attention in an original and entertaining manner, while also delivering the key messages on behalf of the organisation.”
Katharine Nicholson, Business Transformation, Prudential (delegate at Electronics Scotland conference)

Thank you for a very entertaining and informative opening session at the conference – everyone I spoke to really enjoyed it. It was certainly the most stimulating presentation I have seen…. Martyn Powell, New Forest District Council

Thanks again for being the superb icing on the Whirlpool cake – your delivery and messages into the PJH team event on the evening were perfect, and as you saw from their reaction very much appreciated. The morning after they were still talking in animated terms about how much they enjoyed your speech so I think you can be sure that you have created a few more JS believers! Great to work together again, I really enjoyed it and was delighted it went so well for us both.
Andy Burns, Head of Marketing, Whirlpool Corporation

Just a note to say I thoroughly enjoyed your “presentation” – it was fascinating to see a true master at work, someone at the peak of his craft. What I found particularly interesting was how much you seemed to be enjoying it yourself, that seems so important to me. You really topped the event off and made it complete and nicely rounded for Tarmac, well done.
Allan Trayes, Consultant and fellow conference speaker,
Tarmac Senior Management Conference

from Dinner organiser: John: Please see below the email we rec’d from Jim Greenwood. Bearing in mind Jim has been to every dinner for the last 20 odd years his praise must mean you were excellent!
“… finally, the after dinner speaker was one of the best I can remember at the dinner. What I liked, apart from his relaxed attitude and his phenomenal memory was the fact that he had done some homework to make his talk relevant to his audience. Too many speakers do not do that.”  JG  (following annual dinner of the Chartered Institute of Taxation Yorkshire)

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!!!
Rob Schneider, Executive Secretary, The Scottish Oil Club

John was exceptionally good the other evening. He requested an extensive brief on the audience and the industry at large. His grasp of that brief and his recall never ceases to amaze me. The dinner was the first of its type in this particular conference and it was important therefore to ensure that all went well. We went for John as he is not only a safe pair of hands (we used him in 2000 at the Belfry as well) but can also connect with his audience really well. There is no doubt John helped to get our two day conference off to a great start and I would have no hesitation is recommending him to anyone.
John Cessford, Marketing Manager, BOCM Pauls

“Many thanks for your contribution to our senior management conference over the last two days. The team very much appreciated your humour and amazing memory – and the key messages certainly stimulated thought and discussion. Your contribution was much appreciated.” Lyn Nicholls, HR Director, Ageas

“Thank you very much for entertaining our guests in such a refreshingly different and unique way last Wednesday evening! You really brought the evening together for us and helped to make it such a success.”
Camilla Barrett, Marketing Executive, Bales Worldwide Travel

“It is a great comfort to an event organiser to know that they can rely absolutely on an after-dinner speaker, and you met our expectations to the full. Everyone to whom I have spoken on the subject was greatly impressed and amused, and you clearly hit just the right note.”
Peter J. Maskell, Chief Executive, British Health Care Association

A personal thank you for your presentation at our Financial Managers Association lunch. From the feedback received you were very well received by the attendees. Your memory was the main talking point at the end of the programme! Thank you for making the overall event such a success.
David Bowen, Head of Finance Skills Development, Healthcare Financial Managers Association

Thank you very much for the wonderful job you did at our Annual Management Conference at the Marriott Damlahoy last week. It was an incredible evening and gloriously funny. I have received nothing but fantastic comments from all that attended with most of them saying it was the best they had heard. Well done and again thank you.
John McConnell, HR Director, Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd

I just wanted to say how very much I enjoyed your presentation at the Securities and Investments Institute dinner in Bournemouth, and our time together at the table. You were simply outstanding, and you will long live in my memory for your great humour, wit and talent.
Lee Bailey, Williams de Broe Stockbrokers

Just a quick line to thank you for last night – you went down a storm and were thoroughly enjoyed by all! If we can use you again somehow, we most certainly will!
Carol Michaelides, Gist Ltd

At our annual dinner for 450 people, the star was undoubtedly John Simonett who I had not heard speak before. He gave one of the most dazzling displays I have ever witnessed – fluency beyond belief, humorous, attention grabbing and holding, and his ability to memorise dozens of names of people in the audience was astonishing!
Mike Rainey, The Insurance Institute of Southampton (writing to booking agent)

Thanks for your considerable contribution to the success of our recent open day. You were an absolute knock-out with our guests, combining humour with on-message business observations.
John Swain, Group Sales and Marketing Director, Plasmor

Just a quick note to thank you for your stunning performance at the British Universities Finance Directors Group conference in Manchester last night. The Gala dinner is the high point of the whole conference and I knew, from hearing you previously, that you would be a great success. In the event, you exceeded my expectations and I am extremely grateful. It seemed every single one of my Finance Director Colleagues said to me afterwards how much they enjoyed listening to you! Good luck for the future and thanks again.
Geoff Hope-Terry, Conference Host and Organiser, BUFDG

John – many many thanks from me too! You were absolutely stunning and people were talking about you all night! Alison Holt, PA to Geoff Hope-Terry, Finance Director, Manchester University

On behalf of our President Caroline and our Institute I would like to say thank you for your excellent speech at our annual dinner. A good speaker treats the audience as friends in his living room, and that was just how it seemed last night. This being your third appearance those of us who have ‘experienced’ you before thought we knew what to expect, but I think it is right to say that you excelled and surpassed previous occasions. If I have any influence, you will one day be invited to come down again to Exeter to provide us with more laughter, intrigue and friendship.
Nigel Hook, Secretary, The Insurance Institute of Exeter

Thank you again for a majestic performance at The Grove last week. We had a fantastic two days of which your contribution was the centrepiece. Yours is a unique talent and I look forward to making use of it again!
James Charrington, Head of Retail, EMEA, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers

Thank you very much indeed for coming to speak at the ASIM conference in Cambridge. Having recommended you I was delighted how successful it was! People were greatly amused – and also amazed at your feats of memory.
Iain Nicholson, Chairman, Association of Solicitors and Investment Managers

Just a quick note to thank you for a fabulous performance on the evening of our Sales Conference a couple of weeks ago. I said to you on the evening, and I have no embarrassment in repeating in writing, that 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.
Ken Donaldson, National Sales Manager AXA Direct Commercial

Many, many thanks John for your excellent after dinner speech at our annual dinner. Lots of ‘stories/jokes’ that I have not heard before, brilliant memory recall and well presented audience participation! You certainly lived up to my (high) expectations, and were the right person for ‘my’ dinner. All the feedback I have received about the dinner has been complimentary, and it wasn’t my speech they were referring to!
What will I do for next year…….!!
Andrew Dawson, Chairman, Bournemouth Insurance Institute

To view more testimonials divided by category, see:
After-Dinner testimonials
Keynote Testimonials
Hosting Testimonials

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