Ian Hawkins is an award winning public speaker, presenter and author.
As a stand up comedian, he has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, across the UK and in New York, and makes regular appearances on BBC Radio 2, BBC London and LBC.
For corporate and educational events, Ian speaks on how effective public speaking is a key leadership skill, and why – even for comedians – there is more to giving a speech than simply keeping an audience amused.
For a business speech with a difference, Ian draws on his backstage experience in the world of stand up. Arguing that all comedians are entrepreneurs in a tough market, he gives insights on branding, teamwork, competition, customer service and leadership.
As a booker and speaker coach, Ian has seen behind the scenes of the corporate events industry, and understands precisely what clients, sponsors and audiences need from their host. He has worked with top talent from TV and radio, written awards and conference scripts, and is an experienced presenter in his own right.
His book, Insider Secrets of Public Speaking, has been hailed as a must-read for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking.
Ian’s ability to conduct interviews, hold the stage with authority and interact with audiences from CEOs to students make him a great all-rounder as a conference moderator. He also brings enough energy, fun and a sense of humour to make him an ideal candidate for other events, including awards, product launches and cabaret. Ian is quick on his feet, brings charm and stage presence, and always does his homework to ensure that his performances are memorable for the right reasons.
‘Ian did an excellent set at our third birthday party… a consummate professional. Very, very funny! Can’t recommend him enough.’
Publisher – Blue & Green Tomorrow and Blue & Green Investor
‘Thank you again for your performance. I hope you enjoyed it and it was really well received. A lot of people said it was great idea to have you there and that it made the event more fun. Thank you again.’
NHS Barts Trust / Queen Mary Innovation
‘A brilliant host and entertainer! Not only was the nature of his material appropriate for a corporate audience, but he whipped the crowd into a great mood and set the pace for the event. I would not hesitate to recommend him for similar corporate events!’
Nisha Harish, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young.
‘A genuinely funny man, I think he’s got funny in his DNA.’
Roberto Perrone, Sony award winning radio presenter
‘I’m really grateful for the wonderful workshop/performance you gave. Numbers of people were stimulated and moved by it, and the way many layers of meaning could be found from one simple line. We’d be really keen to have you back.’
SOAS, University of London
‘Our summer party was the best yet – the students loved your performance.’
Homerton College, Cambridge
‘Warm, engaging, charming… The perfect host for our party.’
To put it briefly – he was great. Ian researched and wrote new material specifically for our event, he was charming, engaging and professional both onstage and off and showed sensitivity and interest in our specific audience.
Ian did a great job even though he had quite a hard audience. We are extremely grateful for him helping us out at such short notice.
So You Think You Know Pole
Ian is a very witty person, who can find the story in any occasion. He is also thoughtful and helpful to aspiring speakers. Highly recommended.
Dr Alison Corfield, MBA
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