• toni@tonikent.co.uk
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    Next Women’s Network Talk

    Charlton WI - 11th September

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    Next Stand Up

    Sue Ryder

    October 15th

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    Writer and Performer

    Trust me, I've been there

What I Do

I bring 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.

Performer

Described as a "Phenomenal MC" by June Sarpong, MBE, I perform stand up, MC duties and speaking engagements that explore topics including the truth about social mobility, being a woman in business, parenting and overturning stereotypes. From how AI and cervical screening come together, to why I need a wife, my material is as flexible as it is funny.

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 use humour and a natural tone of voice to turn corporate into compelling. I write for pleasure too and accept commissions to write speeches and poetry for both formal and family occasions.

Upcoming Performances

Want to find out when my next performances are? Covering next week, next month - even into next year! There's plenty going on.

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

Blog Posts

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Gracewell Comedy Sign
August 29, 2019 2 Comments

Comedy in the Care Home

I’ve done some difficult gigs in my time – one in a pub with three punters, one in a boiling hot hall with terrible acoustics and one where choosing to take the stage from a place in the audience set completely the wrong tone. (Top Tip: stride from anywhere except the middle of the audience…

Local Radio Judging Panel
August 22, 2019 No Comments

Showing the Love for Local Radio

Thanks to BBC Radio Berkshire I had the very exciting experience that was performing on stage at the After Dark Club in Reading (previously graced by the likes of Supergrass and Manic Street Preachers and leapt off by me in a bout of drunken excitement decades before). The event was the War of the Words…

speechwriting image
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…