“Things don’t go right by accident” ©Adam Lescop
The popular idea of a toastmaster is of a strange man in a red coat who bangs a hammer and shouts a lot but nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, most of our work is done behind the scenes and the hammer (or gavel) is only used as a last resort.
Our job is quite simple – to take all the pressure off the host and hostess, make everything run smoothly and according to plan.
Most people leave it too late to make full use of our extensive experience but if you call us early enough, we will effortlessly guide you through every stage of planning and preparation, as well as the event itself.
Some important advice
Beware when hotel staff or DJ’s offer to act as Toastmaster or MC. Please bear in mind that our roll is unique and none of them will have had the necessary training, nor will they ever be able to provide our personal in-depth help, advice and support… or the red tailcoat!
Dear David Thank you so much for your extremely professional support. We thought you were amazing and have no idea how we could have done without you. We think you are super! Kind regards, C&M
Dear David Our really big thank you for your fabulous contribution to the wedding; in particular, your efforts “behind the scenes” were amazing. I just dread to think of all the aspects that would have gone awry without your involvement. I was able to relax and truly enjoy the great day. With all best wishes, Rodney Benjamin (father of the bride)
Dear Anthony Everything ran like clockwork thanks to you and we were able to relax and enjoy our day. We couldn’t have wished for a better master of ceremonies. Best wishes, Naomi and Edward
Dear Anthony Thank you for all your help in making the Wedding reception such a wonderful occasion. We couldn’t have done it without you - I felt like a guest rather than one of the hosts! Mrs J (mother of the bride)
Dear David As usual, a brief and sincere thank you, for all your support in helping to make the Gala Dinner such a success. There is no doubt that the quality of the event was, in no small measure, enhanced by the way you were able to skilfully and diligently, ensure that the proceedings were seamlessly managed while, perceptively, identifying any areas needing attention. It was a pleasure to work with you again and to share our common values. Yours sincerely, Mel Davison, Consulate de Jersey
David I got married last weekend and as we're now sitting in an airport waiting to leave for honeymoon I thought it a good time to say thank you and recommended a couple of the people who made our wedding day great!
Our toastmaster David Lister - how do people get married without him?! David was great on our wedding day and all the guests agreed, he made everything so easy and even resolved some issues with some of the other suppliers for us. He went above and beyond what was asked of him and even in the lead up was very helpful. L.B.
Hi David I felt that i had to drop you an email to say a huge thank you for what you did for us on Saturday. The whole day was perfect and we could not have asked for better with many people saying it was the best wedding that they have ever been to!! You somehow managed to get us all organised with everything running on time!
Anthony Anyway hope all is good with you? I am off to France for a well earned break for 3 weeks but I know where I will come if i need a quality toastmaster! Take care Jackie x
Toastmaster David Lister: It was a total honour to have this gentleman play a part in our wedding. His expertise and knowledge of wedding reception etiquette is second to non. He ensured everything proceeded like clock work but also brought an element of fun to it all. His attention to detail was faultless and the suggestion of saying Lancastrian Grace when he found out my dad was from Manchester sums this up well. Mel x
Hi David, Just a quick email to say a big thank you for all you did to help our wedding day run so smoothly. We really appreciated all your efforts before and during the big day. So many people commented on how much they felt you added and it certainly was brilliant for us to be able to leave so much in your capable hands. We will be recommending you to any of our friends who get married in Jersey! Thanks again J&A
Hi Anthony, We cannot thank you enough for making our day truly special and the perfect day we had dreamed of! Thank you so much for making our wedding so wonderful and everybody loved you!
Anthony I just wanted to send a quick message to say a massive thank you for helping make yesterday such a special day for us. It wouldn’t have run as smoothly or been as organised without you keeping order!
I would definitely recommend The Listers for your special occasion, David recently helped us out at our Charity Ball for Les Amis and was brilliant. Bronia Macon
Hi Anthony Thank you so much for everything you did last week, you were amazing! Our toastmaster, Anthony Lister, this guy made our day, absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Completely made our day run smoothly, couldn’t have done it without him! Perfection & timely.
Dear David I would like to thank you for your contribution to Saturday’s Ceremonial Naming of Condor Liberation. You guided us through the event with dignity and skill, ensuring that everyone knew exactly what was happening and when. Having you with us created just the right amount of ceremony on what was a very important day for the company. Kind regards Russell Kew, Condor Ferries
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