|After Dinner Speaker|
Click here to see Graham speaking after dinnerAfter Dinner speaking is an activity where skill and experience are far more important than Celebrity status. Graham is a veteran of more than 2000 after dinner speeches, dating back to his time as President of the Cambridge Union. He has developed his own inimitable speaking style which combines corporate finesse with sharp topical wit and has been described by the Mail on Sunday as “one of the funniest people in the UK”. See Testimonials.
Graham uses his experience as a barrister in working to a brief about his audience, to ensure his speeches are precisely tailored to the occasion:
“Graham very skilfully provided light-hearted relief while helping to deliver our key business messages, which he endorsed very cleverly…he had the international audience in stitches.” Penny Philpot, Director, Oracle Corporation.
Graham’s speech content is a carefully calculated blend of:
The amount of time devoted to each element will vary according to the brief received. For instance, there are often occasions when the overall tone of the event, lateness of the hour and the sheer quantity of alcohol consumed mean that the focus on comedy is close to 100%:
"Thank you for providing such a professionally hilarious end to our conference dinner...I was glad when you finished as my ribs ached and I wanted to stop crying." Frank Whittaker, Sales & Marketing Director, Granada Food Services
Graham's breadth of material, combined with his ability to customise, has given him a reputation for being corporately sensitive as well as extremely funny, whatever country he is speaking in:
“The fact that you had tailored your speech towards our industry…made the whole thing feel very special. In a room full of different nationalities, you managed to encompass them all and make everyone laugh at themselves and each other.” Catherine Atkins, Event Manager, Nortel Networks
Graham can offer two additional features. If appropriate (and only then) he is particularly adept at targeting humour at personalities within an organisation. He is also a past-master of the art of creating a hoax speaker. See Corporate Impostor.