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6 Tips For Being A Better After Dinner Entertainer (or After Dinner Speaker)

6 Tips For Being A Better After Dinner Entertainer (or After Dinner Speaker)

September 7th, 2015 by Kennedy

Photo fo kennedy the corporate entertainment specialistSome tricks of the trade that I’ve picked up along the way.

You’ve seen some good after dinner entertainers, and we’ve all been bored to the back teeth by a dull after dinner speaker. What’s the differences between the two?

Let’s start with the obvious one:

  1. Humour

    We do like a laugh don’t we? And if we’re laughing, we’re smiling and when all of those things happen we feel good.

    I don’t just mean ‘tell jokes’, although if you’ve got some of those, that’ll be nice too. Humour can be relating fully, awkward or embarrassing tales of things that have happened.

    However you find it, look closely at what you’re presenting and find the funny in it.

  2. Forward On Your Feet

    This is something I learned from TV mind reader Derren Brown’s director and co-writer, Andy Nyman. Nyman talks about shifting your weight from the more natural stance of leaning on your heels, to pushing it forward on to your toes.

    You’ll see a sudden and dramatic change in the way you are perceived. Rather than being ‘on the back foot’ you’re forward, you’re engaging, and almost ‘ready to pounce’. This gives a subtle assertiveness to your walk and stance in front of the group you’re speaking to.

  3. Know Your Opener

    You should know exactly what you’re going to say, how (and where) you’re going to stand, and every nuance of your opening few moments. If you don’t script any other part of your cabaret show or speech, you must absolutely script your first few minutes.

    I resisted doing this for my after dinner mind reading show for around 5 years and then when I finally did it, everything changed.

    Writing an opening line is extremely hard, but once you work it through and find one that hits home you’l bound on stage more confident than ever.

    I remember I used to stand in the wings of a theatre, or just to the side of the room, and be thinking ‘what do I say…will they like me?’. All of the usual self-doubt is playing over and over in your mind.

    Now with my opening script I never worry about walking on stage. I know as soon as I walk on exactly what I am going to say. I don’t need to think about it, I don’t need to hope that my impromptu ‘off the cuff’ wit will be funny. I know that my opening line does the job.

    The first impression you make sets up what I call ‘the frame’ through which everything else you do is seen. So if the frame you start with when you walk on is that of an unconfident, concerned performer (because you don’t know what to say), then you’ll spend a great majority of your presentation fighting that concern.

 

To Be Continued…

I didn’t realise how long this post would end up. So I’ll continue with the final 3 points in next week’s blog post. Number 4 is essential to making #3 there work properly, and making yours look like a planned, professional performance – yet like most things, it’s simple.

 

 

 

 


Amy Evans
Amy Evans
14:54 15 Mar 17
Kennedy was very professional, really entertaining and completely different to what we have booked in the past in terms of an after dinner speaker and entertainment. The performance amazed the whole audience and really lifted the spirits in the entire room in time for our formal proceedings.I would definitely recommend Kennedy to anyone looking for corporate entertainment.
james Sheeran
james Sheeran
08:35 16 Mar 17
What a fantastic night’s entertainment Mind of Kennedy provided. Some of the stuff he did is still being talked about at our company days after! Make sure you book him for your corporate event; you won’t be disappointed!
Kerry Celeste
Kerry Celeste
11:10 09 Feb 17
Absolutely spectacular show! Never seen anything like it. We were all mesmerised from beginning to end. I can highly recommend Kennedy’s show to anyone looking for entertainment for a party, wedding or corporate event. He really was outstanding and kept us all laughing & on the edge of our seats all night!
IAmy Amy
IAmy Amy
11:41 24 Aug 16
Jane Bradshaw
Jane Bradshaw
12:44 10 Jul 17
(Feedback about our ruby wedding party last night) – Kennedy was absolutely fantastic. Not only did he work the room really well, and include people from different parts of the room, which is so important, but also he was an absolute delight to work with before, during and after the event... no trouble at all and completely accommodating. The act was tremendous and I love the idea that all our guests are sitting at home today over the Sunday papers, saying "how did he do that?!" I would have no hesitation in recommending Kennedy to anyone I know. Best wishes and thanks again to Kennedy for entertaining all our guests so well at our party. Jane & Pete Bradshaw
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