• toni@tonikent.co.uk
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    Be Your Own Change Masterclass

    Ready to ditch the armour?

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    Next Women’s Network Talk

    National Association of Women's Clubs - 2nd September

    Woodley, Berkshire

  • Next Stand Up

    Gracewell of Newbury

    August 28th

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    Author | Compere | Speaker | Writer

    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.

Writer

I use my experience as an author to help senior leaders find their voice and express themselves effectively. From scripting speeches to ghost writing blogs, I'm frequently called upon to add a dash of humour and a natural tone of voice.

Speaker

Using a stand-up style of delivery, I explore topics including the truth about social mobility, being a woman in business and challenging stereotypes. My 'Be Your Own Change' masterclass is sought out by people and organisations that want a humorous, honest approach to driving change.

Compere

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.

Stand Up

I perform stand up for private parties, corporate audiences and selected charities. My material is observational and anecdotal, centering around my experiences as a parent, life in the countryside and what it means to be a woman.

Panel Host

With a relaxed style that draws audiences in and puts the panel at ease, I facilitate lively and engaging conversations. Audiences and panellists include people with a leadership role / interest in: technology, fashion, women in business and diversity & inclusion.

WI Performer

I perform two talks for WI groups - 'I Need a Wife' which is a selection of comedic poetry, and 'From Council House via Corporate to Comic', a mixture of prose, poetry and observations on life as a women and mother.

Toni is one of the most talented people I know. Its rare to find a writer that is so commercially experienced and yet so real in her writing. Her style will differentiate any brand, drive customer engagement and social media coverage like you've never seen. I have seen her manage CEO's to interns building rapport and credibility. I hope to work with Toni for many more years.

Jennifer Smith – Chief Marketing & Culture Officer, Alfresco

Toni visited our school as part of our careers programme. She gave an inspirational, engaging and relevant talk to our Year 10 students. One very powerful message that Toni brought was that she clearly knows who she is and how using her skills and experiences gives her fulfilment, diversity and a positive up-beat influence to an eclectic network of contacts. Would highly recommend!

Elisabeth Rock – Work Related Learning Coordinator, Kendrick School

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

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July 26, 2019 No Comments

Ten Tips for Writing a Speech Without Slides

If you’re writing a speech to be delivered ‘sans slides’ (as I’m currently doing for a client – thanks TED Talks for striking fear into everyone who’s not a professional speaker) I find the following works: 1. Create some stepping stones (it could be a classic ‘start middle, end’ of a story or a five…

Stand up at the White Hart
July 1, 2019 No Comments

A Question of Courage

"Love the ultra-local stand up - that takes a double serving of courage!" This is what my coach said to me when she heard I'd performed stand up at a beer festival in a local village....

Feeling vulnerable at my first stand up gig
June 28, 2019 No Comments

The Value of Vulnerability

Vulnerability in the tech industry is dirty word. Firewalls must be robust, infrastructure must be secure, and if you’ve not got a handle on your data, you might as well write your own headline for The Register. In the past eight years I have written enough whitepapers and thought leadership pieces for vendors, developers and…