After Dinner Speaking

I can think of only one way to advertise myself as an after dinner speaker and that's to show you some of the letters I've received from the people I've worked for.

I tend to specialise in golf clubs, mainly because I get a lot of jobs via word of mouth but I also do corporate dinners and of course literary functions, when I attempt to sound intelligent.


Clive Richards 2009 Captain Hebden Bridge Golf Club

Dear Ken, Thank you so much for last Friday night. Although it took longer to get you on than I had hoped you were more than worth the wait. You are unquestionably the best golf club speaker I have encountered by some considerable margin. You judged the mood of the evening and of the attendees perfectly and your delivery, wit and charm had them eating out of your hand. I have received so many compliments from those attending and every single one has had nothing but fulsome praise for your performance. Hardened old golfers, of which we have a number, have told me how they cannot remember a better after dinner speech... You were terrific.


Frank Brammah  President Bradford & District Union of Golf Clubs 2006

Dear Ken,

I would like to thank you on behalf of the Bradford & District Union of Golf Clubs for a most entertaining evening at our annual dinner on the 20th January 2006.

As president, one always hopes these evenings will go well, all I can say is you were outstanding. My feedback tells me it was the best after dinner entertainment we’ve had for years and you helped to round off my year as president in the best way possible with humour and originality.

I look forward to attending other functions at which you are booked to speak, because I am sure other unions, having heard you, will be queueing up to book you for next year’s dinner circuit.

Northcliffe Golf Club Shipley.

On behalf of the TOFFS section (The Over Fifty Fives) of Northcliffe Golf Club I wish to thank you for being our guest speaker at their evening dinner on 14th November 2002.  Your humour, accents, jokes and monologues were appreciated by a captivated audience. Everyone thanks you for a jolly evening. The question is, ‘How do you follow that?’

I know your repertoire is extensive and all hope you will return for another glorious evening.

Ian Collins Hon Sec

Malcolm Dawson, Captain, Sicklehome Golf Club: Captain’s and Vice Captain’s Dinner  

Ken    ... many thanks for getting it completely right !!! It was a superb evening and the feedback from the membership was that you were the “ Best Speaker we have had yet.”

Ernie Howker, Captain. Bradley Hall Golf Club Halifax. Captain’s Dinner

Dear Ken … may I take this opportunity to thank you for making the evening so enjoyable. Everyone I have spoken to since the event said how excellent your speech was, and our members are still talking about the evening…

Geoff Eastman. Operations Manager. Lampways. Knowles Lane Bradford. Corporate Dinner

… Just a line to say how well Ken's act was received by our delegates … his humour was pitched just right and it was a great finish to a very successful event

The Captain, Sitwell Park Golf Club: Men’s Dinner &Prize Presentation 

Dear Ken, 

On behalf of the members and committee … may I take this opportunity to thank you for making our Men’s Dinner so enjoyable.

Without exception, everyone I have spoken to thought your speech was excellent, but I am sure you know that from the reception you received at the end.

John Molloy, Doncaster Golf Club: Trophy Night

Dear Ken,  

  I am writing to thank you for, and congratulate you on your performance at our Trophy Night.   Your material was excellent and extremely wide ranging and clearly went down well with the hundred or so Members present, who were in stitches throughout the whole of your performance. I was also impressed by your non stop delivery of your material for a considerable period of time.

 The fact that the evening was very successful was due to a considerable degree to your contribution.

M.J. Wright. House Chairman North Cliff Golf Club Scarborough, Gentleman’s Dinner.  

…Well! What can I say Ken. Not only were you equal to the task but you also surpassed all expectations with your exemplary performance. The outcome of which has seen me inundated with requests for your speedy return to speak at similar events at North Cliff Golf Club … may I thank you for playing a major part in my own increased popularity with members through just taking the simple steps in asking you to entertain us…

John Barrow,  Manager, Knaresborough Golf Club:  Men’s Annual Dinner.

Dear Ken,  

On behalf of the Captain, Committee and Members, please accept our thanks for the hilarious treat of the speech you gave at our 1999 Men’s Annual Dinner. It was a triumph of classic humour, embellished with enviable mastery of diverse dialects; the final standing ovation summed up the reaction better than mere words could express.

Few of us knew you when you arrived. None of us will forget you after your departure. That says it all. 

Jack Goulding, Secretary, Silkstone Golf Club: Captain’s Dinner  

Dear Ken,

... I can say, without fear or favour, what a tremendous evening you gave us and our members are still talking about it ...  may you continue to give pleasure wherever you go.  

Jack Gorbutt,  Selby Golf Club: Captains’s Dinner 

Dear Ken,  The Captain of 1996, John Arnold, and all who attended his team dinner enjoyed your style of entertainment very much.  It was a superb evening ... the only time any of the audience left was to make room for more beverage ...

Liz Smurthwaite, Lady Captain, Shipley Northcliffe Golf Club: Lady Captain’s Dinner

Dear Ken    ... it was very much appreciated by all the ladies who attended the event, the best Ladies Dinner we’ve had in ages. Hope you enjoyed your first “Ladies Only” Dinner as much as we did.

Peter Weir, Rabbits Captain, Elland Golf Club: Rabbit Captain’s Dinner

Dear Ken     ... we decided to be adventurous and look for a speaker who was unknown to the members and good fortune led us to yourself.  The speech and members reception of it was far beyond our expectations and was the icing on the cake at what had been one of the best members dinners for years.

Ken Young, Secretary, U.K. Events:  TSB [Bank] National Golf Finals. Turnberry 1996

Dear Ken,   ... thank you for your superb after dinner speech at the Turnberry Hotel. I know that I speak on behalf of everyone present when I say that it was thoroughly enjoyed by all and a superb end to the gala evening.

Ninian A Watt. Captain, Moortown Golf Club Leeds, Club Annual Dinner

Everybody present enjoyed your speech and commented on how well it went down.

... And a Golden Oldie ... 

John Bland, Horsforth Golf Club:  Annual Dinner November 1989.

Dear Ken   ...   you were superb. It’s not often a guest speaker gets a standing ovation. I  have no doubt you are in great demand