5 Speakers on Christmas

October 30, 2013

You feel that chill in the air right? Winter is coming and for the event industry that means it’s time to start talking about Christmas Entertainment. And while we usually turn to Christmas Music, Winter Wonderland Themes and our dog-eared copy of A Christmas Carol, we’ve never really touched on the role that Speakers can play in a Christmas corporate event. So today we’re focussing on 5 After Dinner Speakers that can talk about different aspects of Christmas.

 Paul Hollywood on Christmas Bakes

With eyes like piercing winter crystals and hair like frost-tipped stalactites, Great British Bake-Off Host Paul Hollywood would probably look right at home at a Winter Wonderland themed event. But we’re not here to suggest he sit on a throne of ice as some kind of distinguished Snow King. No, we’d be far more interesting in Paul’s baking expertise, particularly when it comes to Christmas Cakes, Puddings, Pies and anything else we might want to whack in an oven come the festive period. 

 Kirstie Allsopp on Christmas in the Home

As evidenced by the mass exodus of so-called ‘Londoners’ around the 22nd of December, Christmas is a time to be at home with family. And not just home... home home. Having first made her name on Property shows like Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp has a good idea of what makes a home a home and following her Phil Spencer-less outings on Kirstie's Homemade Home and Kirstie's Handmade Britain, has become something of an expert on the kind of personal touches that make us rush back home come Christmastime.

 Rowan Williams on the Spiritual Side of Christmas

In between all the X Factor live finals and John Lewis commercials, it can often be easy to forget the Christ part of Christmas. Having served as the Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 – 2012, Rowan Williams is able to provide a fascinating insight into the role of the church in 21st Century life. Drawing on his time in the church as well as his countless books on Theology, Literature and History – the former Archbishop offers warmth, wit and intellect on a subject that few speakers touch on at events.

 Alain de Botton on Religion for Atheists

Of course there’s a case to be made for the non-Christ side of Christmas too. Popular philosopher, writer television presenter and Alain de Botton is able to offer an alternative view on the secular side of Christmas, in his book Religion for Atheists de Botton looks at what atheists can learn from the rituals and practices of religion and how they can be incorporated into secular life. Are there elements of Christmas that atheists should keep alive whether they believe in the religious parts or not?

 Mary Portas on Christmas in Retail

With her no nonsense approach to retail and branding, the self-styled Queen of Shops has transformed businesses of all shapes and sizes. With so much riding on the festive period for retailers, Mary Portas has plenty of opinions on how shops can make the most out of Christmas touching on everything from window displays to the in-store ambience. Viewers have always been drawn Mary’s frank, uncompromising delivery and pointed sense of humour but her knowledge and experience in the retail sector make her a speaker choice who’s not only entertaining, but enlightening.

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By Garreth Owen