We all know the feeling – Christmas is over and you’ve had one mince pie too many, and now you feel like it’s time for a bit of a health kick… and you’re not alone.
This January thousands of us will make resolutions to become healthier, making this a fantastic opportunity to boost employee wellness.
Or maybe you run a health business and wish to engage with more clients and run more health-based events this year, then booking one of our health and fitness speakers could be the answer…
Whether you’re interested in taking part in one of the big events like ‘Veganuary’ or ‘Dry January‘ – or simply wish to boost your own physical health or mental wellness, our speakers are available to hire for motivational, team building talks that will give you the drive to achieve any health and wellness goal in 2022.
Alex Staniforth is an adventurer who is no stranger to adversity. While battling his own mental health issues, Alex took to the outdoors and now encourages others to do the same. He is now a founding director of Mind Over Mountains, a charity to restore mental well-being and resilience through outdoor experiences.
Discover more about Alex Staniforth or contact us for more info or to book.
At age 2, Lauren Vaknine was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and by 18 she was wheelchair-bound and riddled from head to toe with the debilitation condition. It was only later in her life that Lauren realised the only way to get better was to take her health into her own hands, so she set about learning everything she could about the body and how to heal naturally from the root cause. It worked – and she went into remission.
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What are we really putting into our bodies? Well, Channel 4’s ‘Food Unwrapped journalist Kate Quilton could provide the answer. In 2017, Kate also filmed the feature-length documentary World’s Best Diet (channel 4), investigating where in the world you can find the healthiest diet, so if you’re after a presenter with a background in food and health, Kate is a great choice!
Having a good mental mindset is also about eating well too – Pixie Turner AKA ‘Plant-Based Pixie’ is a registered nutritionist (RNutr) and science communicator. She graduated with a First Class degree in Biochemistry and went on to complete a Masters in Nutrition with Distinction. She is the brains behind the brand – ‘Pixie Nutrition’ which aims to encourage a healthy relationship with food and debunk nutrition misinformation online. Pixie is a valuable speaker for events this Veganuary.
A well-known face on the foodie festival scene, TV chef Dean Edwards is the author of three cookbooks Cook Slow, Mincespiration and most recently released Feel-Good Family Food. Dean aims to help get everyone cooking well with budget-friendly, nutritious ingredients.
His recipes may not always be the healthiest on the menu, but Dean’s recipes are sure to inspire you to pick up your apron and get creative in the kitchen. Just check out this gorgeous Apple Tart!
Dean is also highly popular with our cruise ship clients having been re-booked many times travelling around the world, creating compelling cookery demos and chats for guests.
Lauren Windle is a journalist, author and public speaker specialising in addictions. Working as an event and marketing executive in the City during her early 20s, Lauren developed a cocaine habit that quickly spiralled into an addiction.
In 2014, Lauren got clean and sober and started to put her life back together. She now runs a recovery course for others who also struggle with unmanageable behaviours. The Recovery Course has seen many people recover from addictions to substances, food, gambling, sex, pornography and co-dependency, among others. The perfect motivational speaker for Dry January.
Tv Chef, botanist and author James Wong provides a few ridiculously easy tips to dramatically improve the nutritional value of everything you eat from fruit and veg to carbs and coffee, thanks to the miracle of kitchen chemistry – the perfect way to optimise your health this year with a few neat tricks!
James is a unique blend of explorer, anthropologist, gardener, and ethnobotanical adventurer. His passion brings a new sense of life to old ways of cooking, and his sense of adventure is infectious.
How do you begin to describe the achievements of Lauren Mahon?
Lauren’s self-made female boss who took a devastating cancer diagnosis and; turned it into an online platform with a following of thousands, started a fundraising community that raises money for fellow cancer sufferers and created a successful merchandise company, all whilst also hosting her award-winning podcast, ‘You, Me & The Big C.’
Growing up, Ben Smith wasn’t a runner. In fact, he wasn’t very sporty at all. Growing up, Ben suffered at the hands of bullies, picked on because of his weight and because he was gay. This hugely knocked his confidence and self-esteem. However, after suffering from a Transient Ischemic Attack (aka. an “incomplete stroke” at 29) Ben, who was 17 stone at the time, felt he needed to change the way he led his life for both his physical and mental health.
In 2015, Ben took on the incredible challenge of running 401 marathons in 401 days. Over the course of the challenge, he raised £330,000 for two anti-bullying charities. And from here the 401 Challenge was born.
Today, Ben is an inspirational keynote speaker who has delivered motivational talks to audiences all over the world, covering important issues of physical wellness, resilience, LGBTQ+ and mental wellbeing.
Recently, Great British Speakers director sat down with Ben for an episode of ‘A Chat With…’ a series where we interview some of the most inspirational and motivational speakers on the circuit. Watch the interview here.
Back in March (2021), event host and radio presenter Roman Kemp hosted the hard-hitting documentary, Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, which explored the growing concerns of mental health and suicide among young men. The documentary, which was highly praised, was a personal journey for Roman after his friend took his own life last year.
The hard-hitting truths in Roman’s documentary led us at Great British Speakers to dedicate a whole series of blogs around men’s wellness. These included; ‘Speaking up on Male Mental Health,’ ‘Losing Everything to Find Myself‘, with suicide awareness speaker Steve Carr and ‘Domestic Violence isn’t Gendered‘ with male domestic abuse survivor Andrew Pain.
Plus we also have ex-footballer turned professional mental health speaker Clarke Carlisle, who along with his wife Carrie delivering powerful, emotional, educational and inspiring speeches, which give an insight as to what it’s like to live with a mental illness and what it is like to live with someone with a mental illness.
Discover more about Clarke and Carrie Carlisle or contact us for more info or to book.
If you’d like to book any of our talents, for our Top 10 Health and Fitness speakers, virtually or live, do get in touch.
Alternatively, if you need help finding a speaker then email us or call 01753 439 289 to speak with a member of the team, and we’ll happily help you with your search.
We look forward to helping you with your next project.
In 2007, Claire Lomas was in a freak horse-riding accident that left her paralysed. After years of physiotherapy, Claire’s story made national headlines when she completed the 2012 London marathon, over a 17-day period, all while wearing a robotic ReWalk suit (pictured below) to help her walk to the finish line.
Today Claire is one of the most inspirational speakers on the circuit.
Through her talks, Claire demonstrates the utmost determination to succeed, no matter what obstacles life throws your way. Claire speaks openly about the challenges faced when turning her own life around after the accident and her truth, combined with her amazing sense of humour is just what makes Claire a truly engaging, motivational and inspirational speaker.
Here, Great British Speakers’ director Jane Farhman chats to Claire about her accident, overcoming challenges and how she became one of the country’s top motivational speakers.
November 18th – December 18th is Disability History Month and Claire’s motivational story is sure to inspire. From discussions on motivation, teamwork, overcoming adversity, to equality and prejudice identity, self-acceptance and so much more…
So if you’d like to book Claire Lomas – or perhaps you have another motivational speaker in mind, then do get in touch. Great British Speakers directors Jane Farnham and Steve Denison are on hand to help with any enquiry you may have – email email@example.com or call +441753 439289 to speak to a member of the team directly.
People with disabilities still often face prejudice; in a world made for able-bodied people, people with disabilities are often overlooked.
But we know that businesses and events are adapting and wanting to be more inclusive. Whether that’s making sure your venue is wheelchair and guide-dogs friendly or putting extra measures in place so you could hire someone who’s deaf or blind.
And with a better understanding, we can provide even more opportunities and support to those with a disability.
Our disability speakers are available to share their own experiences and discuss topics that are of everyday concern for disabled people. From equality and prejudice to overcoming adversity, identity, self-acceptance and so much more…
We are fortunate enough to be working alongside some incredible talents for this year’s Disability History Month, including; Claire Lomas (pictured top), Winston Ben Clements, Katie Piper, Michael Mcgrath, Ade Adepitan (pictured below), Steve Brown, Liz Johnson, Amit Patel, Sophie Morgan (pictured above), Stef Reid, Amar Latif, Chris Fisher and Giles Long just to name a few…
So if you’d like to book any of these incredible speakers – or perhaps you have someone else in mind, then do get in touch. Great British Speakers directors Jane Farnham and Steve Denison are on hand to help with any enquiry you may have – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +441753 439289 to speak to a member of the team directly.
Like what you hear and wish to many an enquiry, then contact Alex to make a booking, organise auditions and custom-demos or get a personalised shortlist.
Contact email@example.com or call +44 1753 439 289 to speak to a member of the GBUK Team.
Lockdown’s been kind to us. Over the last year, we’ve gained many new voiceover talents, and now all are just a few clicks away on our rebuilt website.
You can also dial-in to direct, via Zoom, Source Connect Now, Teams or similar…
Our experienced, award-winning talents are here to help bring your project to life so don’t hesitate to get in touch, whatever your brief and budget The Great British Talent Group is here to help you secure the best professionals for your event or video.
Well, the starting point is the Basic Studio Fee (or BSF). To put it simply, this is the rate a voiceover artist charges for the hire of their home studio for an approx 3-min corporate, equivalent to approx 1-hour of studio time. And to do this, you can expect to pay anywhere between £200 – £500 (inc. internal usage).
I understand it can be confusing, but it’s how us Voiceovers make a living. It’s what we’re legally entitled to if the corporate video is for broadcast purposes and in the public domain.
In short, the amount of eyes and ears that can potentially land on the corporate video you commission me for. The more eyes and ears, the higher the usage fee. It may come as a surprise to learn that unless a full buy-out/in perpetuity rate is agreed, even if the end client owns the copyright to the script itself, they don’t actually own the rights to the voice recordings. When you pay a usage fee, you’re buying a licence to USE a voice for your corporate video, across agreed platforms, for an agreed amount of time in an agreed geographical location or locations.Jenny M. March 2021
” A full buy-out in perpetuity agreement or a flat fee is like Pepsi approaching Beyonce to use one of her songs in their Summer advertising campaign and then continuing to use it across any platform, globally, forever. If it’s an all rights in perpetuity agreement, then there’s nothing stopping Pepsi from really going to town and adding some S-Club 7 backing vocals and a Westlife key change. ”
However, Jenny (and other voiceover artists would agree) that in-perpetuity can be agreed upon on certain occasions, for example, if the VO is for an online explainer video with no commercial usage, or if it’s for a small/local business where the viewership is likely to be small.
Yet, if you really wish to secure in-perpetuity usage rights, then be aware that this will cost you a lot more because you are waiving the usage rights on the artist’s intellectual property and potentially preventing them from voicing for a similar brand/competing company in the future – so the rate has to be worth the risk!
Instead, Jenny suggests opting for a longer licence;
“A corporate explainer video like this will no doubt be irrelevant after 12 to 18 months. A 2 – 5 year licence fee should more than cover it and will cost you much less than a full buy-out in perpetuity fee.“
As a voiceover bureau (not an agency) at Great British Voices, we do have a bit of flexibility when it comes to rates and always take our client’s budgets into consideration, but at the same time, we never wish to undermine the industry nor our artists by accepting low fees. Therefore we always set our rates in line with the UK rate guide, created by the wonderful team at Gravy for the Brain.
We work on the principle that ”all rates are negotiable” but for us to work to these terms, our clients have to offer us full transparency also. So, providing that there’s no ambiguity on what the job involves and usage required, we’re always happy to negotiate to find you the best rate possible.
1. We have over 300 professional British voiceover artists on our books – adults and kids – so no matter what age or accent you’re after, we can deliver and provide customised shortlists and custom demos on request.
2. All of our artists have professional home studio facilities – so no travel restraints or logistically issues to worry about.
3. All of our artists can clean/edit audio to a high standard.
4. Dial-in can be arranged as standard, so you can direct the artist as they record your script.
5. Turnaround time is often between 24-48 hours from receipt of script.
6. We are a small team of 4, so you know you’ll be getting a truly personal service when working with us.
7. We have worked with some of the world’s most well-known brands and have many repeat clients.
8. Wish to book a recognisable voice? We also work alongside a number of high profile Celebrities available for voiceover.
9. We work to fair negotiable rates that does not underpay our artists or undermine the industry.
10. And despite our British branding, we also work alongside an amazing selection of international voiceover artists too, just let us know what language you require.
If you’d like to book Jenny or any of our other voiceover artists for your next corporate project then please do get in touch with your brief and Alex – our Great British Voices bookings co-ordinator will be able to assist you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 1753 439 289 to speak to a member of the Great British Talent Group team.
One of the top reasons companies hire a speaker is to engage with and inspire their audience and/or staff. Inspirational talks are often antidotes of the speaker’s own life experiences and about overcoming adversity. As well as offering positivity and motivation, they also teach other essential skills relevant to business, such as perseverance and problem-solving. Many of these talks focus on mental health, achieving a better work-life balance and personal development.
Inspirational and motivational speakers usually go hand-in-hand, as stories of inspiration are often used to motivate too. However, motivational talks do not always need to come from a place of self-discovery and adversity. Corporate speakers are often hired to give motivational talks to their clients on how to achieve in business in the form of a motivational keynote talk. They can also be useful for employee training – used to encourage success, create engagement, boost team skills and improve leadership.
Our motivational speakers are renowned for their knowledge, passion, and most essentially, their ability to coax the best out of those around them – whatever it takes, whatever and wherever the challenge. They’ll make a memorable and lasting impression on you for the unforgettable motivation they’ll have inspired within you.
During challenging times (especially in the wake of lockdowns and Covid-19) speakers who offer talks on resilience are very empowering. A mix of story-style inspiration and motivational keynote, these speakers teach us that we can overcome trials whether within our personal lives or business lives.
If you’re looking to communicate an idea to your employees and/or audience, then hiring a corporate speaker, is a great way to do this. Perhaps, it’s a new business module you wish to pitch or a new commercial campaign – but having an experienced business speaker on board, who’s known for their success within your industry, can be a great way to increase your business profile and generate new ideas. Often a Q&A between the speaker and audience can also enhance communication and help circulate ideas also, as well as inspire, motivate and even challenge ideas from competitors.
Companies with poor management will struggle to succeed. But, by hiring a professional business speaker – like , you can improve your leadership skills and change the way you do business for the better. Leadership speakers also offer valuable information on team building, the future of business, communications, personal development, workplace equality and so much more…
To enhance your business management hire a one of these Leadership Speakers –
‘Leading in the Next Normal‘ author R. Michael Anderson offers an experts Post Covid Leadership Talk for businesses learning to adapt from the effects of Covid-19 lockdowns. Or ”Navigate the Storm” with business expert Mark Denton; discover how to be an inspirational leader under pressure with RAF female front line pilot Mandy Hickson or challenge your ‘mental toughness’ with world-class business speaker, Penny Mallory (below).
Similarly, if your team does not have the knowledge or skills required in business, then this can really be detrimental to your company also.
Many business speakers offer tried and tested team-building exercises that can help overcome these obstacles, giving your employees practical skills to use within the workplace and out.
Furthermore, strong team communication and trust are also important, and building that trust should be a priority within any business. Not only will this help your business succeed, but is also extremely important that employees feel comfortable for their own well-being too.
Hiring a professional conference facilitator to moderate your event can help to ensure your event runs smoothly and that the purpose of the engagement is met. It’s the facilitator’s role to introduce the session and any other speakers, to help keep to schedule, and to act as mediator so everyone gets heard.
Looking to lighten the mood? Then a corporate entertainer can offers something , but still can add immense value to your business event. Whether it’s a comedian, a magician or an uplifting after-dinner speaker, a corporate entertainer can ensure your event is one to remember.
With one of the main causes of poor mental health being contributed to a negative and/or stressful work environment, business speakers are now being booked to discuss more often mental health within the workplace and its effect on business success and employee wellbeing. Furthermore, with men being significantly less likely to discuss their mental health with friends and family, it’s important that we (as employers, colleges and friends) encourage everyone to feel confident in speaking up when it comes to their own emotional wellbeing.
Is your business really doing everything it can to be inclusive? With the aim to educate and inspire – diversity, equality and inclusion speakers have a resounding impact, helping businesses achieve inclusivity. These speakers are able to offer a true insight into DEI issues and culture, and offer valuable insight as to how your business take action against inequality.
By sharing their own personal tales, DEI speakers have tackled the challenges of discrimination in the workplace first-hand, making them powerful, emotive advocates for DEI for business and cultural change.
If you’re looking to promote your brand or product, then hiring a well-known speaker or ‘Influencers‘ can help to enhance your business and sales through endorsements and promotion. On social media, influencers are extremely beneficial at attracting specific audiences and promoting your product and/or brand to them.
TV personalities/Celebrities are often chosen here because they have a large online following which greatly indicates that audiences relate to, and trust in them, which then only reflects positivity on the brand also.
Influencers are often hired to also attend and speak at public events and company product launches, and may even work alongside your company to collaborate on new ideas and future products.
If you’re looking to hire a business speaker for your next corporate event then get in touch with us! We have 100’s of business keynote speakers, after-dinner, conference facilitators, entertainers, hosts and more, so pop us your brief and we’ll provide you a personalised shortlist to match.
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And Aaron isn’t our only trickster proving that a corporate magician is a great way to entertain and intrigue your guests. Ben Hanlin (left) is just one of our close-up magicians – you may recognise him from the 12th season of Strictly Come Dancing (BBC, 2020).
Well, at Great British Speakers we work alongside some of the country’s top comedians, corporate musicians and the best motivational after-dinner speakers too. So no matter what kind of end of year celebration you wish to hold, we’re certain our celebrity entertainers will captivate, inspire and ensure you have an event to remember!
Check out the best of British talents below…
Hiring a popular comedian is one sure-fire way to spark some energy into your office Christmas party and we’re fortunate enough to be working alongside some of the best Comedians in the UK. From those listed below to the well-known talents of Lenny Henry, David Walliams and impressionist Debra Stephenson – all available to hire here for your Christmas event.
Alternatively, if you want to get everyone up on the dance floor this Christmas, why not consider hiring a corporate band such as Get Funked (right) who are one of the most sought after and highly acclaimed bands in the events industry, with a reputation for excellence that precedes them around the corporate world.
Want to do something slightly different to bring your team together at your work Christmas party this year? Then why not book Wine Expert Joe Wadsack for a live (or virtual) winter wine tasting spectacular. Or perhaps a cosy Christmas cuppa with Jane Maylon’s afternoon tea is more your team’s style? Or would you rather bake some festive treats this Christmas, with TV Chef Dean Edwards or chocolatier Marc Demarquette? –
Finding the perfect after-dinner speaker for your event can be difficult with so many options to choose from. Luckily, at Great British Speakers, we only work with the crème de la crème of the speaking world, making the decision far easier for busy event planners like you. After all, hiring an after-dinner speaker for a Christmas event can be a great way to motivate and inspire and promote positivity after a tough year re-adjusting to ‘the new normal.’
If at the end of another pretty tough year you’re looking to award your team, why not add a bit of Hollywood glamour and hold a very glitzy Christmas awards ceremony. What the prizes are is up to you, but when it comes to hosting, why not hire a presenter who is experienced in speaking with stars…
Event hosts such as Craig and Amy are no strangers to live hosting and will help ensure your event runs smoothly to see them in action – click on the links above to view their showreels. Alternatively, we have hundreds of voiceover artists who are experienced ‘Voice of God‘ announcers. Able to record live or provide pre-recorded audio, our artists have been announcers for the biggest events worldwide, including the Olympics 2012 Games and BAFTA.
If you wish to book any of our talents for your Christmas and/or New Year event, then do get in touch with Jane Farnham on 0044 1753 439289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Mark Denton’s story is a real-life case study of leadership and determination. Leading a diverse amateur team of sailors in the ”toughest around-the-world yacht race” – the BT Global Challenge, Mark had to endure and overcome some of the toughest hurdles and today shares his story.
As an award-winning leadership speaker, Mark is the perfect combination of motivational storyteller and insightful business expert, focussed on helping Leaders, Teams and Organisations ‘Navigate the storm’ through the turbulent waters of business today – as you can see from his talk below.
To find out more about Mark Denton’s motivational keynote talks, click here.
To book award-winning Motivational Keynote Speaker Mark Denton, contact Jane Farnham and Steve Denison at email@example.com or call +44 1753 439 289 to speak to a member of the Great British Talent Group team.
No stranger to the glitz and glam of the red carpet, Craig has hosted film premiere events and interviewed celebrities at some of the world’s most biggest movie releases –
Want to see more from Craig, head over to his Great British Presenters Profile Page HERE.
If you’re after an event host or interviewer for your next event, then contact Jane at Great British Presenters to hire Craig or any one of our lineup of incredible professional awards and event hosts. Craig is also a professional voiceover artist with homestudio who is available to hire for voiceover projects HERE.
Call +44 1753 439 289 to speak to a member of the Great British Talent Group Team.
As a front line pilot, Mandy has navigated her way across some world’s most hostile environments, including patrolling the ‘No Fly’ zone over Iraq. In charge of the latest weaponry, she and her unit were ready to drop ordnance on any target in support of operations.
Mandy now leads motivational keynote talks to businesses and leaders worldwide, sharing her experiences of working within an elite team of fast jet operators, to audiences with great clarity and humour, outlining how the same values apply within any environment.
As a keynote speaker, Mandy demonstrates only too well the importance of remaining calm under pressure and leading, quite literally, from the front, in order to get the best from herself and her team. You can read more about Mandy’s keynote talks here.
To book motivational speaker Mandy Hickson to talk at your next live or virtual event, contact Jane Farnham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 1753 439 289 to speak to a member of the Great British UK Team.
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You can now also create your own shortlist with our convenient filter tool (just click on the star to add a speaker to your shortlist) – which you can then send to your team or clients. But if you’re still unsure what motivational speaker is right for your live or virtual event, then don’t hesitate to get in touch!