How to introduce keynote speakers

Easy, you might think! Just get the name right, remember who they are and then a little bit of fluff on what they do, and that’s that. Nothing to it. But you’d be mistaken. Gravely. The art of introducing keynote and awards is a subtle one, and its heady heights the preserve of polished raconteurs and pithy presenters. You want your audience to be intrigued? You want them on the edge of their seats, eager to hear more? Well, then you want a professional. Today we’re going to pay homage to the unsung heroes and heroines of conferences and dinners up and down the country: the hosts. Toping and tailing your events like nobody’s business, here are the best of the hosts behind the keynote speakers behind the speeches.

Conference hosts

Huw Edwards

A heavyweight anchor with a spring in his step, Huw has been there for all the nation’s formative moments, from the opening ceremony of the London Olympics to Trooping the Colour and the Ten O’ Clock News. Mixing ready wit with gravitas, Huw is as suited to opening a dinner as to closing a conference. You can be sure that your keynote speakers are in safe hands with Huw.

Steph McGovern

Steph is maybe one of the few who can give Huw a run for his money when it comes to sheer versatility. Steph’s Breakfast presenter role means she’s experienced mediating between audiences and interviewees of every stripe, from a business titan to the man on the street. Her humour and approachability, as well as her prolific research skills, make her adept at getting the best out of keynote speakers.

Awards hosts

William Hague

Not just for keynotes, the former British Foreign Secretary is also a sparkling awards host. A natural wit, William can enliven any awards with his warmth and boundless curiosity. Having spent much of his career in the spotlight, no one is better placed to shed some luminosity on a celebratory evening, adding his own quips along the way, to make any awards very memorable indeed.

Masters of ceremony

Fred MacAulay

When it comes to whipping up a crowd, Fred is your MC. From addressing the haggis at a Burns Night Supper to a friendly dressing-down at a company Christmas dinner, Fred’s hosting is perfectly pitched to suit the occasion. Comedian, radio host and former accountant, Fred has walked in many shoes, which makes him a very wry and worldly host.

And that concludes our of professional hosts, so all that’s left for me to say is thank you, good night and please join us in the bar afterwards where there will be drinks and a photo booth from our sponsor.

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