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John Simonett

John Simonett

  • Ex-Teacher and Former Rugby Player
  • Psychology, Lateral Thinking and Problem Solving Speaker
  • Keynote, After Dinner Speaker and Host

John Simonett left both the sports field and the classroom to become one of the most accomplished and entertaining After-dinner Speakers on the conference circuit, a reputation that he continues to hold. Specialising in addressing corporate audiences at a variety of Events, John's carefully crafted speeches as always topically engaging and businesslike whilst remaining funny but clean.

John trained as a teacher in Cheltenham, and then gained a First Class honours in Psychology at Bristol University. During his teaching career he played premiership Rugby for Gloucester and was a member of the team that won the John Player Cup against the Leicester Tigers at Twickenham. He also played for Gloucestershire and the Anglo Scots, and was a regular member of the Scottish Squad towards the end of his playing days.

In 1985, John left teaching to become a professional Corporate Entertainer and After-dinner Speaker. He is well known for applying thorough research to every brief, collaborating with clients to tailor each delivery. He has developed a reputation for learning delegates' names, faces and facts, which he weaves into his presentations. Although not a comedian by trade, he invariably uses humour to deliver an intelligent, thought provoking speech, suitable for a lively business audience.

John's ability to make his remarks appropriate for the given occasion has earned him an enviable reputation at Conferences, Annual Dinners and Awards Ceremonies across the UK and further afield. His presentations focus on creativity, lateral thinking and innovation, encouraging audiences to think differently to achieve their goals.

As well as appearing at corporate events, John has also been seen on television, as a guest on both BBC and ITV programmes.

Equally at home with an audience of 500 or at a board meeting for twelve, John Simonett's charismatic personality, professionalism and presence makes him one of the most sought after Speakers on the corporate circuit today. To book him for your Event, contact Prime Performers via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call us on 020 3500 3331.

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Thank you for the most enthralling, informative and interactive opening to one of our conferences ever! I have received nothing but praise for your presentation.
I have received numerous accolades about your performance at our Heads of Faculties conference- you were truly terrific! You struck exactly the right tone (not always easy with a group of senior academics!) and the message whilst pertinent was delivered in an imaginative and humorous manner.
You ensured the conference got off to an incredible start with a presentation that had the 200 delegates spellbound, fascinated and crying with laughter. Feedback was brilliant and many delegates will be using some of your techniques in their own roles. This is a hard act to follow!