The after-dinner speech is an art form, its ideals first set out by Aristotle in Athens 25 centuries ago. The greatest exponents of the art, such as the late Peter Ustinov, Rory Bremner (above, with David) Lord William Hague and Henry Blofeld all obey the one Golden Rule: they leave the audience wanting more…
Every speech should be unique to its occasion and audience. It should contain a mixture of information and entertainment, i.e. formality and informality, bound together by eloquence – and liberally seasoned with wit and anecdote.
The good speaker deploys not just a command of the language, but also mimicry, timing, and a wry, deadpan look at our Life & Times.
All of these features are aimed at giving both the Hosts and their Guests,the enjoyment of the moment – and the later satisfaction of having attended a first class occasion.
That is what David does – and that is what he teaches others to do for themselves..