'Thank you Sally for your speech at our recent client seminar, we have had fantastic feedback. In addition to being both entertaining and motivating you were able to bring out the real human side of your adventures – truly inspiring!' ( Sally Kettle)
I just wanted to email you and Frank McAvennie for providing what was one of the best after dinner speakers nights I have attended. Frank was outstanding with his speech which was exceptionally witty and mostly directed at himself.
Although we are a Rugby Club and Franks speech was very firmly football related the stories and occasions he related to reflected on the standard and status of him when he was a player and those internationally known colleagues he mixed with.
Thanks again and please pass on our best wishes and thanks to Frank.
I would like to take this opportunity in thanking After Dinner Speakers 4U in helping ourselves organise an after dinner speaker,s event in Whitehall golf club the other week. We dealt with a gentleman called Phil whom i thought was very professional and proficient throughout the whole process. The guest speaker we had was Nigel Owens who was one of the most genuine people i have ever met. His honesty in dealing with difficult questions around the laws of rugby and his knowledge was exceptional. His humour was right out of the top draw and when he finished the evening by singing a welsh folk song it was no wonder people was asking for more and can we have him back. Well done Phil and many thanks to Nigel will definitely be speaking to you again to help me organise another event.
Newport County AFC were delighted at the professional service “After Dinner Speakers4u” provided us with for our recent “Evening with Kevin Keegan”. I would like to thank you personally for your advice and recommendations in providing us with probably the best after dinner speaker I have ever heard. We will certainly be booking future events through you and would recommend your services to any Club at any level, looking to promote similar events”
Henry Blofeld provided the festival audience with a memorable evening of anecdotal brilliance in his inimitable style of delivery; his voice so instantly recognizable by all those who have ever switched on Test Match Special soothed, seduced and coddled his audience into his unique world. Henry gave terrific value for money, dividing his show into two halves, with a Q and A in the second. His brilliant and inventive use of the English language and his fearlessly frank views on all manner of characters from the world of sport kept the audience happily chuckling away for the best part of two hours. A great evening and all helped by the easy and professional manner of his agent Phil Payne at After Dinner Speakers4u.
I wanted to take this opportunity to write to formally thank you for all your assistance in our recent event with Frank Bruno as our guest speaker. You were, as always, a delight to work with in the lead up to the event and nothing was too much trouble for you. It is greatly appreciated. Frank himself was absolutely fantastic and I am still receiving the positive feedback from all those that attended. He was most accommodating and was a delight to have at our event. He was very funny, charming and a true gentleman. This was our most successful dinner to date and will be hard to beat! I would highly recommend Frank and After Dinner Speakers4u to anyone holding a corporate event! We will definately be in touch with regards to our next event.
Happy to oblige because Steve Daley and Lester Crabtree provided excellent value-for-money entertainment with everyone - and I mean everyone - stating it was our best ever night. This was the fourth event we've run and if one comment sums up the night it would be "A great night. I thought you couldn't surpass last year's event, but you did. How do you top that one?". In truth, I've no idea because it was so good. Steve and Lester gelled very well together and engaged the audience throughout. Both lads were happy to take a full part in the night and I would have no hestitation on recommending Steve and/or Lester to anyone else. Steve spoke for about 50 minutes and was engaging and very funny from start to finish. Recalling some of his footballing exploits and experiences he went down a storm with his dead-pan style and delivery.
Lester spoke for just under an hour and to say it went like a flash is an understatement! No one could remember any of his jokes because there were so many! His energetic approach, conversations with the audience and rapid-style delivery were absolutely first class. Without doubt the best comedian we've had in the 4 years we've been organising these type of events.
Both lads were awarded a standing ovation at the end - says it all really. Please pass on my personal thanks to Steve and Lester I couldn't have wished for a better night.
Many thanks for the recommendations Phil you helped us to organise a great value-for-money night and to raise a lot of money for our Junior Football Club. I'll be in touch about our next event in due course.
I am writing as I wanted to thank you for your all your help support and advice in helping me to arrange a great stag night for my dear friend and work colleague.
We all work at Bombardier Transportation train company where we are all facing redundancies. This is due to the government giving a contract worth billions to Siemens in Germany and it was so nice to go out to forget about our worries and have such a great great night. I really wanted to thank you for arranging ex Forest & Derby captain John McGovern to be our after dinner speaker as he was brilliant. Not only was John very professional, but he was also a very friendly and warm hearted person who got on with everyone. His football story was very interesting and funny, and his impression of Brian Clough was amazing.
In relation to Bill Woolland, Bill was again just like John, very professional and friendly and he gave me some good advice on the night about how to conduct the evening so it flowed better. This really took the pressure off me so I was able to relax and enjoy the evening with the lads. Bill performance was brilliant, everyone was laughing their heads off, tears was running down their faces, even my fourteen old son who was DJ for the night enjoyed Bill’s performance. The best part of Bill’s performance is that he is a really funny comedian without having to resort to using blue and racist jokes. The groom Ken Shipley was so surprised and overwhelmed with the whole evening that his emotions got the better of him. The next Monday at work I was so pleased to hear from Ken and everyone else who attended the event, they were all saying what a fantastic time they all had had. I do believe that this is all down to John McGovern & Bill Woolland, so please can you pass this message on to these fine gentleman and let them know that we are looking to do something similar next year, maybe around Easter.
Once again I wanted to thank you every much and hope to work with you again.
On behalf of Elland Golf Club I feel obliged to write you a few lines in response to our recent Sporting Dinner Evening. John Mcgovern spoke for 45 minutes and was truly excellent, even non football fans enjoyed his speech. I would have no hesitation in recommending John. Phil you have now supplied Elland Golf Club with many great performers over the last 5 years. After Dinner Speakers4u will always be our first port of call for guest speakers and comedians. Once again Phil many thanks,
Just to let you know that our night with Steve Kindon went fantastically well, he had everyone's attention which is often hard to achieve and more importantly had everyone laughing. I would certainly recommend him to anyone wanting a great night as he had some great stories to tell. Once again thanks very much for arranging "Kindo" as our guest speaker, he didn't let us down, neither did the service you provided for us, well done to After Dinner Speakers4u on again on your excellent service provided. Many Thanks
After Dinner Speakers4u gave Pannal CC excellent service in providing a comedian for our annual dinner/awards. It was the first occasion that the club had gone for such an idea; it will not be the last as Billy Bean, comedian also in name, gave us 40 minutes of laughs and fun to round of an excellent evening. The guidance given in selecting a suitable comic, tailored to our particular needs, was spot on and the Committee wish to express their gratitude to After Dinner Speakers4u for such a successful contract. Best wishes - Brian Hunt.
We would like to share a few words of thanks for all your assistance in arranging solo jazz singer Max Hutton for our client’s wedding.
Max was exactly what our bride and groom were searching for; his music relaxed the guests and added a romantic atmosphere during the drinks reception. We will recommend him to our future couples.
We were impressed and grateful for the helpful attitude and wide variety of acts available with After Dinner Speakers4u and will continue to use your services in the future.
I just wanted to write to say how pleased we were with John Bentley's contribution to The London Society of Rugby Football Referees Annual Dinner at The Royal Automobile Club recently.His balance of humour, anecdote and speaking from the heart was perfect and it was eally refreshing to hear someone who had a real story to tell and who is clearly passionate about life in general. I would not hesitate in recommending him to any Club function. He is also a true gent, with warm thanks
Dr Tim Miller
Just a note on behalf of Stoke Gabriel CC to thank you & Peter Bowler for making the evening such a success. Whilst I understand Peter is relatively new to the "after dinner circuit", all of us cricket enthusiasts thought he was really good value and most sociable.We will certainly come back to you to provide our after dinner speakers at future events.
On behalf of Blandford United FC, I would like to thankyou for your advice & recommendations in relation to our very first Sportsmans Dinner recently. The guest speaker, Paul Merson was top quality, as he was during his playing days and he gave a brilliant account of his life in football both on and off the pitch. It went down really well with the audience, which consisted of both young and old, male and female. His speaking style is just like the way he played, pacey, tenacious and with lots of flair. Paul was also very funny at times with what must have been some very difficult personal subject matter.
Firstly I would like to thank you Phil for being able to pull strings and help us out of a potential embarrasment at the last minute by securing such a fantastic speaker in the shape of Bruce Grobbelaar and for your calmness and professionalism throughout.
I very much look forward to working with you again and would not hesitate to recommend After Dinner Speakers4u to my colleagues.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of The Cornwall Law Society to thank you for making the arrangements for Alex Stepney to be the guest speaker at our recent Dinner. It was very interesting to hear his stories about George Best and all the other great players from football and an enjoyable evening was had by all. I found Alex very good company he was very approachable after the speech and took time out to speak to the guests both before and after the dinner.
On behalf of Greenock Morton FC, I am delighted to write a few lines immediately after our recent Sportsman's Dinner which was held in the Greenock Town Hall.
Many thanks to Phil at After Dinner Speakers4u for organising Big Ron Atkinson who was absolutely fantastic. Big Ron thrilled a packed Town Hall of over 350 guests with his hilarious stories in abundance which had us all truly enthralled!
We cannot speak highly enough of the Big Man who mixed with everyone before and after the Dinner and never tired of signing autographs or photo calls.
From the time of booking, Phil made the whole experience seamless and many thanks to him for his help and advice.
I will be speaking again to them in a few months for next year.
Just a few lines to thankyou for the marvellous job you did for us in arranging Paul Merson to do our sportsmans dinner at the Stadium of Light. I recieved an awful lot of positive comments from the 250 guests we had for the evening, everyone of them good. I would recommend Paul all day long and would say that he and Jan Molby are the two best speakers i have had the pleasure of spending a sportsmans dinner night with. Paul was full of very funny tales about himself and many others and had the audience in laughter from start to finish. I would also like to personally thank yourselvesat After Dinner Speakers4u very much for arranging the night without any hitches, this ran smoothly from start to finish. Once again many thanks for a great night.
You were recommended to me by one of my members whom had used your services previously, as a source for a Speaker to our Annual Celts match and Dinner which was held last month. I must say that you provided a very proffesional and efficient service and I always felt that I was in safe hands nevr having booked a Speaker before.
Joe Goodman was huge success and not only did he play in the golf match diplomatically losing out to the Captioan his after diner performance was met by a standing ovation and is till being talked about today. He is a first class entertainer and "The King of one Liners", he certainly is.
The Club will certainly be looking to use you excellent services in the future.
Our Gentleman's Evening proved to be a huge success. We have yet to finalise the accounts but we will have raised a significant amount in support of local charities.The speakers were excellent.
John McGovern spoke extremely well on his football career and we are sure that his name contributed to the success of our ticket sales with 173 people in attendance. A large part of his career was with Nottingham Forest so he is something of a local hero.
An overheard conversation:
" I can't believe that the man who lifted the European Cup and worked with Brian Clough is actually sat in front of me."
He spoke extremely well and was received with great enthusiasm.
Jamie Sutherland pitched his routine just right. I was happy to be the focus of some of his humour, the price I pay for getting older and wearing a scarlet velvet jacket (as MC I hasten to add, I am usually more conservative in my attire). He had the audience laughing all the way through. I believe that John and Jamie have worked together before.
I can highly recommend them both as individuals and, dare I say it, as a package. They complement each other well.
Many thanks also for your input.
Your advice was well received and everything that was promised happened and went off without a hitch. I was particularly impressed with the constant communication, prior to and after the evening.You will definitely be my first call for our next guest speaker event.
I would just like to say 'Thank You' after our recent sportsman's dinner. The evening was a massive success, enjoyed by all. The feedback that I have received is absolutely unbelievable, all reserving tables for next year!
I can honestly say that this was all down to you, Alex Stepney and Jamie Sutherland, all true professionals that made the night go like clockwork. From the very first phone call to yourself until the end of the night, everything was handled with such professionalism that it made organising the event so easy.
Alex was a true gent who mixed with all the guest form the moment he arrived until after midnight.His stories were fantastic, a true legend !
Jamie was also fantastic who had the place in fits of laughter. He was also a true gent, doing the raffle, bingo and auction with Alex.
I would definitely recommend After Dinner Speakers4u to anybody who is thinking of fund raising events. An excellent, efficient business, that obviously cares about their customers.
Thanks again Phil, I will be touch regarding a future event.
Just few words to thank you for the last minute booking Friday the 30th of November 2007, you did a great job providing us with a replacement in less than 2 hours for our corporate party after a comedian booked previously called sick. The comedian you sent us, Johnny Tait, did a great job and entertained our party with brio and a vast sense of humor. I have recommended Johnny Tait to our corporate & event department and asked them to book Johnny for further events.
Thank you so much again for your help and efficiency,
Jimmy Tamley is a 'top draw' entertainer/ventriloquist. He had our after dinner audience rolling about from start to finish! Jimmy as an experienced entertainer quickly knew what made this audience buzz. He then with his colourful array of dummies (a monkey, boxer, Grandad etc) and face masks interacted and delivered non-stop humour that was well received.
You cannot go wrong with this great entertainer.
"Anybody who has organised a Sportsman's Dinner knows the most important decision that has to be made is the choice of the speaker. This is where the experience of Phil Payne from After Dinner Speakers4u was invaluable. After carefully considering our requirements, Phil recommended Graham Gooch. From that point on Graham's booking was confirmed quickly and efficiently and leading up to the dinner Phil kept in close contact with me to finalise the arrangements for Graham to attend the event. As promised, Graham was a highly entertaining speaker, whose natural warmth came across clearly. He successfully blended his funny cricket anecdotes with a number of great jokes so that even those in the audience with limited knowledge of the sport were kept entertained. It was a pleasure to make Graham's acquaintance and I would highly recommend him as a speaker, even if audience were not to comprise of cricket fans. I would also highly recommend After Dinner Speakers4u on the basis of both their friendly and efficient service and also their expertise in the after dinner speaking business."
I am writing to thank you for your assitance in arranging our guest speaker Joey Jones at our sponsors sporting dinner evening here at Yeovil Town FC last friday. Joey spoke for approx 40 minutes and was very interesting and funny from start to finish. I have received numerous comments from our guests saying how much they enjoyed themselves and stating that this was one of the best events they had been to.
I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any sporting event/organisation and will certainly consider in using your agency in the future.
Sally Kettle - a dynamic adventurer who did something most of us would only dream about - then she did it again! At our CIWEM Annual Dinner, Sally delivered a humourous, motivational and inspirational speech, which had the audience in awe at her double achievement of rowing the Atlantic twice, raising many thousands of pounds for charity. The first occasion was with her mother and the second with an all ladies crew. The audience drew breath at some of the 'events' that took place on her trips, which sally described in graphic detail.
I can fully recommend Sally Kettle as an inspirational entertainer!
Just a short note to thank you for arranging Phil Hoyle’s ‘Tommy Cooper Experience’ for my wife’s 60th Birthday at Church Stretton Golf Club.
Your excellent communications, keeping us well informed running up to the event, was much appreciated.
Phil’s performance was the highlight of the night and it kindled many fond memories of Tommy Cooper among those present.
Without hesitation I would thoroughly recommend both Phil’s Tommy Cooper tribute along with After Dinner Speakers4u for anyone organising a similar event.
Thanks to you both
Mr Adrian Diver
I write to you with regard to our recent Golf day at Mannings Heath Golf Club, Horsham, Sussex.
I would like to thank you for your help in providing us with a very amusing and versatile comedian inRuss Williams. Russ was very popular with our guests, provided great entertainment and was a pleasure to be with throughout the evening. All our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and Russ proved to be a great end to what was a great day.
Once again thank you for your support, I will have no hesitiation in recommending both Russ Williams and After Dinner Speakers4u to people in the future and indeed using you for any further events Morrison may have.
A P Gosnold
In response to our recent National Panel Conference for Referees in June 2007, I would like to thank you for the recommendation of Sally Kettle as a motivational speaker. Sally was a lively and energetic presenter who enthralled the audience with her impressive tales. Funny, engaging and someone whose determined approach had achieved excellence in the face of adversity.
Delegate's comments included:
"a most interesting tale"
"A story recounted in an amusing and engaging manner.
"outstanding speaker, and a pleasure to listen to"
"excellent, best speaker of the whole conference"
Sally adapted quickly to the audience and supported her tales with pictures that enhanced her performance.
I would fully recommend Sally Kettle who was excellent booked through After Dinner Speakers 4 u.
Just a quick note to thank you for all your help and support in organising Aaron James to be our after dinner speaker at the above event. He was extremely well received, many people went out of their way to say that they hadn't laughed so much for years!
Of special note, I must say that the content of his act was exemplary and bearing in mind that it was a men's night it would have been very easy to resort to somewhat 'blue' content and yet it was quite the contrary - I can't even recall a single swear word.
Thank you once again and I won't hesitate in recommending both your service and Aaron to others running similar functions.
Graham Gooch was excellent and even better than I anticipated. He is a natural speaker and is able to relate to all manner of audiences. We had a mixture of ages, sexes and business sectors at both our Business Lunch and the Golf Tournament and meal and he perfectly adjusted his talk to suit. He is informative, highly amusing and full of wonderful anecdotes. I have personally received much positive feedback for my event and a large part of this is surely down to Graham Gooch. I would recommend him heartily!"
On behalf of Malton & Norton Round Table, I would like to thank you very much for organising at quite short notice Eric Jones as our MC and after dinner speaker for our recent 50th Charter Dinner Evening. He was excellent and truly made the evening a complete success.
Paul A Schothern
I am writing on behalf of the members of Truro Golf Club to record our enjoyment of Stewart Masters who was our guest speaker/comedian for the Annual Winter League Dinner on Fri 16 March. Stewart is an excellent entertainer who swiftly understood the audience and then proceeded to entertain us with an hour of original and highly amusing anecdotes, stories and jokes. All members to whom I have spoken thoroughly enjoyed the evening and are loud in their praises for an excellent speaker. I would be grateful if you could pass on our thanks for a most enjoyable evening. Many thanks also to you Phil at After Dinner Speakers4u for providing a very suitable act at quite short notice, many thanks indeed.
Just a quick letter just to say thanks for your part in organising our sportsman's dinner on the 2nd of March 2007. Paul Parker our main speaker was awesome! One of the best we have had over the past 10 years. He was interesting, funny and a pleasure to be in the company of, and not many of our guest speakers over the years have sat down to a standing ovation….
The Comedian/Compere Jamie Sutherland was also very well received and very professional in his work, He kept the evening going and helped in raising the club just over £400 on the auction items we had, and again he was very easy to deal with… I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul or Jamie to anyone looking to organise an event such as a sportsman's dinner. I would also recommend the use of your services Phil at After Dinner Speakers 4u, you kept in touch and always had time to help and arrange speakers to within our tight budget. I had all my worries washed away on the day of the event when you very kindly rang me with an update and then both Paul and Jamie rang me to confirm time of arrival etc, this really is a bonus as it puts your mind at rest and you can get on with worrying about other things… Cheers Phil and I hope to speak to you soon to sort out our next event…again, many thanks for an excellent all round service.
At the time of getting in touch with After Dinner Speakers 4U we were less than 3 weeks away from our Annual Presentation Evening and had been let down at the last minute. I had been quoted some prices elsewhere that were not far short of extortionate and the panic was setting in. How pleased I was to come across After Dinner Speakers 4U!! Phil was an absolute godsend; full of friendly advice and extremely helpful in enabling us to secure a booking at what was very late notice.
Our sincere thanks go to him for all his time and effort, which ultimately secured us the services of the 'Silver Fox', David Steele. With great passion and a dry sense of humour, David related some great tales to us and was a true gent when it came to chatting with the members in the bar afterwards. Not only did we have a fantastic 'do' on the night, but we are now looking forward to placing more bookings with Phil for future events. My advice to anyone who is scouring the internet for After Dinner Speakers is to call Phil; it will save you a lot of time, trouble…… and indeed money.
Hello, just a few lines of thanks to you at After Dinner Speakers4u who were very professional and helpful from start to finish. You were extremely easy to deal with and very reliable, I would thoroughly recommend them and will definately be using them again in the future. Mike Watkinson was excellent. He had some interesting, up to date, funny stories that appealed to our mixed audience. He worked well with the audience and would be a great speaker for any sporting dinner, not just cricket. Thanks very much indeed.
On behalf of Whittington FC, I would like to thank you for your help in providing two excellent speakers ( John McGovern and Stewart Masters) for our recent Sportsmans Dinner Evening. Both John and Stewart were very professional and provided great entertainment and company for the evening.
This was our first attempt at such an event, and the guidance and support you provided was also very welcome. We raised considerable funds for the club and are looking forward to holding a similar event next year using "After Dinner Speakers4u".
Many thanks again
On behalf of Guernsey 41 Club, I feel compelled to say a few words with regards to our recent Presidents evening on Wed 1 Nov 2006 and in particular the excellent performance Tank Sherman put on for the event. As you know this was the first time that we have brought someone over for this event, I could not have wished for a better outcome. Based on Tank's performance, not only his act but his general demeanour with all the people he spoke to, I can say that I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other organisations similar to 41 Club. I would also like to thank you at After Dinner Speakers4u for the friendly and efficient manner in which you handled my "distress call" and arranging for Tank to be present at such short notice. My successor as President will, I feel sure be calling you for next year's event.
Phil, I would like to thank you at After Dinner Speakers4u for all your help in organising the Sportsmans Dinner in November. The speakers you recommended, Jan Molby and Howard Kendall were both superb and I would have no hesitation in providing references if you wanted me to. Jan in particular was very approachable on the night and everyone has commented on what a great guy he was, down to earth and willing to talk to everyone, he was even buying drinks for people and had no hesitation in buying raffle tickets and signing autographs.Thanks again for all your help….we raised £5500 for the school on the night.
Just a few lines to say how much we enjoyed the talk by Peter Walker and are very grateful that you were able to provide his appearance for us.
He was both very interesting and amusing and apart from his cricket career, has led an adventurous life. Once again many thanks.
Aberdovey Golf Club recently held a Men's Dinner at the club with Alex Stepney as the guest speaker. The evening was most enjoyable, even to those present not particularly "football mad"!
Alex Stepney is extremely professional and an accomplished raconteur. I would recommend him to any organisation, be it male, female or indeed both.
After Dinner Speakers4u were similarly professional and easy to deal with.
John M Griffiths
With Ron Atkinson and Jim Smith being the main attraction it was very important the comedian could follow their act, a job which I personally believe your comedian Stewart Masters did superbly. If you could please send my personal thanks onto him and thank him for making the event flow perfectly and manage to keep the laughter going all night long !.
Just to say a big thank you for all your efforts on our behalf - the feedback suggests that the evening was a big success. Along with comedian, Adger Brown, Alex Stepney proved highly entertaining & kept the 90 or so guests amused with his stories about his life and a series of football anecdotes. Many thanks to you at After Dinner Speakers4u for your recommendations and provision of 2 very professional speakers, in Adger Brown and Alex Stepney enabling us at Lewes FC to benefit to the sum of nearly £3000 which was raised on the evening.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thankyou to After Dinner Speakers4u on behalf of The Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess based at 36 Engineer Regiment, Maidstone for an excellent Dinner Evening with Alex Stepney and Rod Beech. The Mess members were enthralled listening to the many stories of Alex’s career, and his playing days with such greats as Stiles, Best, Charlton, Law and co. A tremendous evening, Thankyou.