Help & Advice

Ask a Question

From questions about booking speakers and talent, to the contractual process and what you can expect on the day; with two decades experience at the forefront of our industry we've hopefully answered most of your queries here, but if not, please call us and one of our experienced agents will be happy help you.

How much do after dinner speakers cost?

If you’re thinking of booking an after dinner speaker to entertain at your event then you‘ve come to the right place. As a speaker agency we’ve been booking professional speakers for nearly 20 years and have an enviable roster featuring hundreds of names, from all industries and walks of life. So we're pretty confident we’ll have the perfect speaker for you. But how much do after dinner speakers cost? What’s the average fee? And how much should I be paying?


One of your first, and most important considerations will be deciding how much you can afford to spend. Fees for professional speakers vary enormously. From a few thousand pounds at the lower end to six-figure sums for global A-list names.

Firstly, consider if the profile of your speaker will have any bearing on the potential success of your event. Are they going to be a hook and a reason for guests attending, selling tickets or putting bums on seats? If so, a popular celebrity name will certainly be a wise choice. But if your guests will be attending anyway, perhaps a less well-known name may be the answer. And we can suggest names just as professional and entertaining, but at a fraction of the cost.

Starting fees
We have a number of speakers with fees starting from £1250*, but typically you should budget upwards of £2500-£3000. This will give you a wide choice of first class, engaging and entertaining but, nevertheless, largely unknown names. We have a broad selection of after dinner speakers in this fee range. Ideal for some of the larger association events, sports club dinners and fundraising nights.

Celebrity speakers
Beyond a certain point, the amount you pay won’t necessarily guarantee the speaker will deliver a better performance on the day. But what it will afford you is someone with a bigger media profile and a certain level of gravitas or celebrity cache. Typically, for current celebrities on TV, you'd need to considering a budget in the region of £6,500 and upwards. For the more popular names, expect fees of £10,000 plus.

A-list speakers
For A-list speakers, fees can vary hugely. You could pay upwards of £25,000 for a nationally known UK celebrity. If you’re looking for an internationally known sports star or Hollywood actor, fees can reach into six figures. 

Speakers for local groups and associations
At NMP Live we typically book speakers for corporate and private, national and international events.  And we only work with the best after dinner speakers who will often make their living from speaking. If your budget won’t stretch to hiring a professional, you may find someone local. Perhaps a local business man or woman or someone with an interesting job or hobby. Often they will speak for expenses only or as little as a few hundred pounds. An internet search or your local library may be a good place to start your research.

Speaker fee guides
Fees can vary depending on the specifics of a brief, nature of an event and location. For this reason it’s not possible to quote specific figures online. However, to help narrow your search, we have placed every speaker on the website into one of 6 fee groups. The fee groups are based on typical events within the UK. So when browsing the website you can filter the results to match your budget. The fee groups are quite broad but will provide an indication and are a good starting point for you.

For more accurate fee guides, please contact us with the specific details of your event. To start your search online, click here to browse our extensive roster. Browse speakers by category and refine the results by tags, gender, video available and fee.

For personalised recommendations, send us an enquiry via the website or call or email one of our friendly agents for free, no-obligation advice and suggestions.

*All fees are subject to VAT and expenses.

Really pleased with the service that we got from NMP Live Ltd.

Zahir White, Media Officer - Cats Protection