• toni@tonikent.co.uk
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    Newbury WI - 26th March

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    Kendrick School - 26th March

  • tonijkent

    Author | Compère | Writer | Speaker

    Trust me, I've been there

What I Do

I bring your events and ideas to life and challenge misconceptions via a mixture of truth, humour and lightness of touch. And for every paid corporate gig I do, I deliver one in a school for free.

Compèring

I come prepared, and make sure that everyone enjoys themselves through a mixture of good humour and great timing. June Sarpong, MBE, described me as a "Phenomenal MC" following the Smart Works Gala Ball at which I introduced her.

Panel Discussions

With a relaxed style that draws audiences in and puts the panel at ease, I facilitate lively and engaging conversations.

Speaking Engagements

Using my raw experience as a base and a stand-up style of delivery, I explore topics including the truth about social mobility, being a woman in business, breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes.

Writing

As a writer, I help people to express themselves online and offline in a voice that is truly their own. From scripting speeches to ghost writing blog posts, my ability to listen, understand and succinctly capture your thoughts saves you time and gives you something that looks, and sounds, just like you.

Toni was compère at our 2019 annual Summit - Arise. Toni carried the event with warmth, passion and great humour. I am sure her 'Middle Class Gangster' rap will remain a favourite of many for years to come!

Aduke Onafowokan – Founder, The Sister Sister Network

Toni brought more than a slice of magic to the #Arise2019 summit on Saturday as a compere. She brought the dog walking blues, poetry and middle class gangster rap. Authenticity in action with heaps of ‘hum’... humour, humility, humanness (is that a word?) She expertly absorbed key messages from each speaker and reinforced these at points to keep the day moving so if you need an MC or compere for an event, highly recommend checking her out and looking for some of her poetry.

Tabitha Beaven – Founder, Light Mind

Toni, with the year that this country has had so far, we all needed cheering up and you've done just that! Thank you for a fabulous performance.

Littlewick Green WI

Toni, you were an absolutely fantastic compère - you managed to put the panel at ease, engage the audience and ultimately provide a very entertaining evening!

Sarah Burns – Chair, Smart Works Reading

Check out my work

Find out more about my writing and performances

Author

I write openly and honestly about my experiences as a woman and reflect on the things it really isn’t right to discuss at the dinner table. All books are available via Amazon. Signed copies can be ordered by emailing me at toni@tonikent.co.uk.

Performances at a selection of WI meetings

WI Speaker

Currently in my third year, I perform a mixture of spoken word, poetry and stand up that takes a lighthearted look at my experiences in life so far and questions the world that we live in.

Stand Up

Classic observational stand-up with some poetry and even a little bit of sing-a-long thrown in. Performances include: Compton Curry & Comedy | C&C Comedy Nitro | Hungerford Comedy Club | In the Frame at Ace Space | Newbury Con Club | Newbury Corn Exchange

tk performing at smart works gala ball

Fundraising Events and Festivals

Energetic, professional hosting that engages audiences and encourages giving.

Diversity and Inclusion Events

I have delivered talks to dozens of networking groups and organisations keen to focus on diversity, inclusion and breaking down barriers. Using honesty and humour I inspire audiences to be their own change.

Smart Talks Series

I compere regular, engaging, panel discussions in aid of Smart Works Reading. Previous panelists include business leaders Nayna Macintosh, Louisa Parris, Lape Adekuwon and Sally Beaton.

Blog Posts

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January 27, 2019 No Comments

This is my truth, tell me yours

How many times have you been to an event and been disappointed with the keynote speakers? Perhaps you’ve sat through five presentations and only one has stood out. Feels like a waste of time eh? On Saturday, I had the very rare experience of compering an event where every single speaker was first class. It…

November 29, 2018 No Comments

Five Steps to Demystifying Self-Publishing

Apparently we’ve all got a book inside us but if we only try the traditional publishing route, the saying that “many of us will die with the song still inside us” becomes true. Self-publishing remedies this, and has opened the door for many more of us to share our stories without the pain of endless…

August 23, 2017 No Comments

Bears, Ancient Persia and Making the Boat go Faster

What do you call a group of graduates?  For some, the preferred collective noun is “bunch”.  This could be an unconscious way of putting them in their place as they enter a business, or a way to reflect presumed youthfulness, energy and vitality….”bunch” has a bouncy feel when you say it. Whatever the reason, in collectively grouping people…

Books

From taboo topics to fights with tights, my books cover it all.