Inspiration: Behind the scenes - Focus on - Speakers

JLA managing director Jeremy Lee guides you towards the right speaker for your event's guests.

PY Gerbeau - Keynote speaker - £5k to £7k per appearance

PY is remembered from his days at the Dome but now runs a £1bn leisure company called Xscape. This is a man with profile. He's advising on London's bid for the 2012 Olympics, is vice-president of operations at Disney, lectures at London Business School,and is a scratch golfer. It all makes him a respected and credible keynote speaker.

Matt Dawson - Motivational speaker - £8k to £12K per appearance

Matt brings the credibility of a World Cup hero. It guarantees a standing ovation when he walks on to the stage. He talks about persistence and discipline in a way that connects with a corporate audience but without preaching on how to run their businesses.

William Hague - After-dinner speaker - £10k to £12k per appearance

He's more sought-after than most at the moment because with William you get an inside look at the people who are running the UK and the US without getting on his soapbox. His appearance on Have I Got News For You made people see him differently and gave him resonance with a new audience.

Jimmy Carr - Awards speaker - Prices range between £6k to £9k

Jimmy is currently the toast of Channel 4 and with him you get someone who is "of the moment". Not everyone understands the rules at award shows, as presenters have to know where to draw the line. You don't want a speaker who embarrasses the sponsors or award winners, for example. Jimmy knows this and has mastered the art of making the audience feel valued.

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