Why should I book a footballer as an after dinner speaker?

The ideal corporate event can be entirely transformed by an after-dinner speaker. If the right person is chosen, they can elevate the event to something truly brilliant and memorable. Sometimes securing the perfect speaker is a simple choice, particularly if you decide to go with industry-specific business speakers who can talk about and reflect upon themes that are immediately relatable and familiar to your audience. However, it is an understandably popular and effective choice to add a certain amount of glitz to your event by booking a celebrity motivational speaker to inspire and motivate your guests. There are arguably no public figures more inspiring than great sportsmen, and football is Britain’s most popular sport: as such, footballers make perfect after-dinner guest speakers.

Why do footballers make such great speakers?

Many sporting celebrities are also involved in after dinner speaking or motivational speaking, with players from the world of football, rugby and cricket remaining extremely in demand on the circuit. However, the options available for booking sporting personalities are wide-ranging and it can be an unconventional but successful decision to book a speaker that’s not a player, but is still connected to the world of sport. Managers, often ex-players themselves, can be the perfect choice for corporate events – combining a celebrity thrill as well as motivational words and tips that are certainly transferable to a corporate context.

With their first-hand experience and experience of excelling in a leadership role, a manager will be able to communicate with your audience or delegates on all matter of successes and challenges, which will be both familiar and important to them. Many skills are just as applicable in a corporate environment as they are in sport. These are skills such as teamwork, leadership, discipline and personal motivation. Although managers can be great speakers, players themselves are also a popular choice, bringing star power to any after-dinner speech or event. There are many names within the world of football that would make excellent choices for after-dinner speakers.

Kevin Keegan in action for SV Hamburg

Managers will be seasoned professionals when it comes to motivating and inspiring large groups of people and will be able to immediately connect with your audience, conveying their passion and enthusiasm effectively. Managers are often charismatic people and will also undoubtedly have amusing anecdotes from the dressing room to entertain your guests. This duality means that the guest speaker’s words and advice will resound with your audience on both a professional and personal level, ensuring that your guests leave both informed, inspired and entertained.

Which footballers can I book through MN2S?

There are a number of revered and successful football managers available for after dinner speaking. Alan Curbishley, Dave Bassett, Neil Warnock, Alan Mullery, Andy Robinson, Bryan Robson, Harry Redknapp, Iain Dowie, Kenny Dalglish, Lawrie McMenemy, and Ron Atkinson are all managers that feature on the MN2S talent roster. Certain figures such as Glenn Hoddle and Kevin Keegan are legends in their positions, and players such as David Seaman and Peter Schmeicel would make incredible guest speakers from the world of football.

Glenn Hoddle is an English former footballer and manager who has played for and managed a number of Premier League teams, such as Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. Hoddle was inducted into The National Football Museum Hall of Fame in 2007, and cited him as one of the most talented footballers of his generation. Following his retirement he managed Swindon Town, Chelsea and Southampton among others, before he became first team coach at Queens Park Rangers. Hoddle also guided the England national team to qualification for the 1998 World Cup. Currently, Hoddle heads up the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain, mentoring a new generation of young British players.

Kevin Keegan, OBE is one of the most famous figures in both English and international football. Keegan spent the first half of his career as an incredible addition to a number of teams, such as Hamburg, Liverpool and Newcastle. He later became a manager, at one point taking charge of the England national team. Keegan remains a legend in the world of football not only because of his exceptional skill, but also because of his amazing ability to elevate the performances of not only those he plays with but also those who he manages.

If you’re inspired by the phenomenal achievements of these charismatic managers, get in touch now to book them as after dinner speakers for private or corporate events.

MN2S represents Glenn Hoddle and 1369 other Talent. View artist bio

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