What to consider when choosing a great speaker for your event

Choosing the right speaker for your event is a crucial ‘make or break’ moment that will either help you to create a stand out event that everyone wants to attend, or a conventional event that struggles to sell tickets. Here is our list of things to consider when choosing the best speaker for your event so they excite, inspire and keep all attendees attention throughout their presentation or talk!

Define your aims

Start off by defining your aims. Speakers come from all different backgrounds with different experiences and expertise. Each speaker can offer delegates a range of messages and lessons meaning that no motivational speech will ever be the same. Think about what the aim of the event is, and then find a speaker who will fulfill that aim to pull of an amazing event. By starting with the aims, the speaker can be chosen to align directly to this, rather than a name plucked from stories heard of the speaker.


When planning a corporate event such as a conference, it all comes down to staying on budget. This means you should know what your budget is for your guest speaker. You should find out and consider what the going rate is for a high quality keynote speaker so that you can give yourself a better idea of the costs and what you can achieve within your budget. By doing so, you will pull off a great event, without breaking the bank!

Understanding the flow of the event

At different stages within an event such as a conference, exhibition or seminar, the energy of the room fluctuates. By identifying the flow of the event and the specific speaking style that matches this, will help you ensure that you are choosing the ideal speaker.  The three typical keynote slots at a corporate event are kick off, after lunch and close of day. The kick off speaker should be able to outline the big picture and set the tone and goals for the day. The after lunch speaker requires energy to reignite the delegates. The closing keynote must be able to pull together the significant messages from the whole day.

Embrace the Q&A

Whilst the delegates are sat there listening to the guest speaker, they are racking up questions in their mind that they want answers for. Make sure the speaker is flexible with the format of the session and can deliver the unique impact required. Allow them to take questions from the audience as this is what they will value most from a keynote speech.

Meet Expectations

Your audience will turn up to a corporate event with expectations of your keynote speaker. To make sure that these expectations are met, talk to your speaker in detail beforehand and ensure that they understand why the guests are attending the event and what they are hoping to get out of it, as well as what your companies aim is. This way the speaker can personalise their speech to meet the audience’s requirements and create a successful event.

In conclusion, picking the right keynote speaker for your event has a strategy and process to make sure you get the right person to achieve aims of your event. If you follow this process, then you should consistently choose great speakers that have a positive impact on your audience and ticket sales.

We hope this has helped you when choosing a speaker for your event! For easy access to these tips, why not download the PDF version here.

If you are interested to find out more about corporate events, do get in touch either by email or call us on 020 8905 2908.

Epic list of great team building ideas

Team building activities are a great way to thank your staff for all their hard work and making them feel part of the team. It’s an opportunity to help your staff feel more connected. Working together to solve challenges will help everyone feel in sync with one another as well as enhance efficiency and team work. Team building is a great way to learn more about fellow colleagues on a more personal level.  All these elements are very important to ensure a successful productive team that can help your company grow from strength to strength, which will also help with any seminars, conferences and exhibitions that you will have in the future.

Here are our top 9 team building activities that increase motivation and promote cooperation, whilst your team is having a lot of fun! (To find out more about these activities, click on the photo)

Outdoor Adventure

Adventure days are your team’s chance to hit the pause button. Mental and physical challenges will cement bonds and improve key skills. Add fresh forest air and laughs aplenty, and you’ve got the essential tonic for any hardworking team. From leaping off Tarzan Swings to solving giant puzzles, an active day in the forest is a brilliant solution for your team building day.

Chocolate Making

Everyone loves chocolate… but have you ever tried making it? Well you’ve won the golden ticket! You’ll be shown how to create some delectable chocolate delights by a ‘Master Chocolatier’ before having a go at making your very own artisan delicacies. You are spoilt for choice as you mix your own succulent truffle centres from a huge range of delicious flavourings and ingredients. This is likely to please your team!

Inflatable Course

Loved by young and old, this giant inflatable course is high energy, colourful and supreme fun. The result is a spectacular event that often becomes an annual contest with companies coming back year after year. Teams go head to head to battle it out on activities that include our Human Table Football, Giant Inflatable Volleyball, Human Demolition and Sumo Relay, to name just a few.


Prepare to be amazed at what can be achieved with drums, enthusiasm and a professional conductor guiding you along the way on a team building drumming event! At your seat you’ll find your drum, no musical skill is required. After a couple of miss-hits you’ll find it second nature. Each team learns a signature rhythm – the conductor then layers the rhythms like an orchestra to create a truly powerful sound.

Escape Room

Bring your team on an adventure of challenging clue solving as you escape the world you know and take on live-action team games full of mystery, colourful characters and ludicrously twisted puzzles. Immersive escape room and street game experiences provide a fun fueled race against the clock with mind bending clues and contraptions, rigged for your pleasure!

Scavenger Hunt

For this scavenger hunt, teams of 5-6 people compete against each other, pursuing 100 intriguing missions at a location of your choice. The missions are designed to bring out team work and lots of laughter. This is a great way to make your team work together!

Paint Balling

Paint balling is the ultimate team building exercise. Separate into teams and go into live combat with a paintball gun as your weapon. This exercise encourages working together as a team to provide strategies and unity, making for the ultimate battle of the workplace.

Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery Team Building events are a fun and powerful way to bring together members of staff in solving a unique puzzle – who is the murderer? Team building murder mystery events will get your staff both thinking, and working together to start solving clues and interacting.

Cocktail Making

Try something new with the team and enjoy cocktail making in London, a favourite when it comes to a team event in the capital. London is the best place to let your hair down with the team and try a unique experience, and cocktail making is the best way to do so! Get to know your team while you create your very own cocktails from scratch, all with the help of your very own bartender and expert tools and utensils to curate your cocktails to perfection.

We hope these 9 teambuilding activities have helped you with some great ideas for your next team adventure! For easy access to these top tips, why not download the PDF version here.

If you are interested to find out more about any of the above team building ideas, do get in touch either by email or call us on 020 8905 2908.


Jewish gifts

Jewish Gifts

There are so many lovely Jewish festivals and Simcha’s we get to celebrate every year with family and friends. A special Simcha where we get to have fun, enjoy great entertainment and delicious Kosher food. Apart from planning and organising these events, one of the most popular questions we get asked are for suggestions of unique Jewish gifts ideas!

There are so many traditional Jewish gifts like Kosher chocolates, flowers, Shabbat candles, a Siddur or Challah cover but we wanted to find some gifts that have something a little more unique, make it more meaningful and really special for the person receiving the gift.

Have a look at Dash of Sparkle’s helpful list of our top 10 favourite Jewish gifts perfect for a Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Brit Milah or even a gift to give for a Friday night dinner or one of the high holy days like Rosh Hashanah, Pesach! Let us know what you think  🙂 

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Cavendish Banqueting

Cavendish Banqueting, Edgware

Cavendish Banqueting

Cavendish Banqueting was established in 2005 and is one of the largest wedding and Simcha venues in London. Civil ceremonies are permitted on site. You can even bring in your own outside (Kosher) caterer.

The Grand Hall can accommodate up to 400 guests, there’s also a separate bar that is suitable for smaller functions and receptions.Read More

London Zoo

London Zoo

London ZooOne of the most iconic places in London, London Zoo makes a brilliant venue for ceremonies and receptions. 

Whether you want to hire ZSL London Zoo for a dinner, anniversary, birthday party, bar mitzvah, wedding, christening, celebration of life or any other special occasion they offer unforgettable event spaces for private events. Read More

Allum Manor

Allum Manor, Elstree

Allum ManorALLUM MANOR is conveniently situated two minutes’ walk from Elstree & Borehamwood railway station and bus interchange.

The light and airy ALLUM MANOR HALL can accommodate up to 470 people, or be divided for smaller functions. You can bring in your own caterers as well which is great for functions which need to be strictly Kosher or Halal.

It regularly hosts such private social events as Wedding Receptions, Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs, parties and dinners, as well as dances, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, charity fairs and flower shows. Read More

West Lodge Park Hotel

West Lodge Park Hotel, Hadley Wood

West Lodge Park Hotel

West Lodge Park Hotel is one of the finest 4 star country house hotels in Hertfordshire, located in Hadley Wood. As you drive along our tree-lined driveway you will be overwhelmed by the 35 acres of amazing countryside which sets this hotel apart from any other hotel in the area.  Read More

Wedded bliss

Wedded bliss starts with this…

Wedded bliss

Organising your own wedding?  To get your nuptials off to the calmest start, it’s smart to find yourself a friendly creative wedding planner who has loads of useful information on her website that you can use to create a stress-free run-up to your big day.

So, well done, you’ve already saved yourself lots of time and hassle!  We are delighted that you have found our blog and we can help you get started … Read More