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After Dinner Speaker for Your Next Event

How Can an After Dinner Speaker Make Your Event Unforgettable

If you would like a bit of stress in your day, then how about trying your hand as the after dinner speaker for an audience of 200+ elegantly dressed people, waiting to be inspired, but a little snoozy after a 3 course meal not to mention the several bottles of wine imbued per table. Some may say “it’s not an easy job but someone has to do it – and thank goodness it’s not me!”. Others may argue that “it looks like the easiest job in town”! Well, the reality of being an after dinner speaker is that it’s not easy, and sometimes quite stressful but those who take on such a role know it’s one of the most important functions of a convention and/or awards event.

An after dinner key note needs drag their audience’s attention away from general after dinner conversation, make them FEEL something positive and set the tone for the rest of the night. They must be empathetic, sympathetic, quick on their feet, able to laugh at themselves and encourage laughter from the room at the right times, and most of all master storytellers. They must engage, influence and they must control the collective mood of everyone in the room.

It’s an art, and for professional speakers, it’s a well practiced one. It takes a lot more than a good suit and bow tie to stand up in front of an audience and achieve these things, but the ability to feel comfortable in one’s skin!

Andrew Darbyshire achieves all this by being relaxed and sharing his stories about his own experiences in business, life’s tremendous ups and downs, and engaging in some open and heartfelt discussions about what’s going on in your world today. He researches the industries his clients are engaged in so that he can make each after dinner speech meaningful and uniquely special.

With years of business speaking experience, Andrew’s clients include:

  • Linfox
  • Melbourne Business School and
  • Swinburne University

When you need someone to inspire, and motivate as an after dinner speaker at your next awards event or conference, call Andrew Darbyshire.

See great testimonials for Andrew’s after dinner speeches

See great testimonials for Andrew’s after dinner speeches

"Just want to say a big thanks from all of us here at the Foundation for Young Australians. It's a rare gift to be able to reach young people in that way. As one kid said in his presentation "Andrew is awesome." Big Prasie from a 15 year old boy! We want to thank you for what you contributed. You had such an impact on those kids I can't begin to describe it to you."

John Kilner - Foundation for Young Australians

Royal Children’s Hospital - Zoo

Zoo After many years of lobbying by Andrew, the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne will incorporate a zoo, run by the Royal Melbourne Zoo. This innovation will help catapult the new Hospital’s recognition throughout the world.


Andrew’s appointments include: * Past board member of the Song Room * Board member of Florey Neurosciences Foundation Council * Past Board member Zoos Victoria Foundation * Board member of Petstock Foundation * Past Chairman of CAPRA - Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia @ Monash * Chairman of The Click Foundation  * Fundraising Committee of SecondBite * Patron and Founder of Caitlin’s Retreat * Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors * Chairman of Rees Partners Advisory Group