Celebrant, Toastmaster, Public Speaking Workshop & Online course Reviews 2018-23

Sought-after professional Lady Toastmaster, luxury weddings and ceremonies celebrant and public speaking expert Sonal Dave

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU for your amazing toastmaster services during our wedding & reception on 20th August at Kew Gardens. Both Rusheel & myself had the most incredible time, we greatly appreciate all the work you put into making our day go so smoothly – including working with SW Events and Kew Events so efficiently behind the scenes.
We knew that we wanted a Toastmaster to make the day as seamless as possible, you totally made this happen for us! It was also so special having someone we know well be part of our wedding day as well, and we received lots of lovely compliments from the guests as well on how well you conducted everything.

Medha and Rusheel - Wedding

I was so impressed to see an Indian Lady Toastmaster who could
command the silence of the Guests as and when required in a friendly
and warm manner. She included humour as well which was lovely to
Annual Dinner

City UK

We’ve worked with Sonal at many events, and she has always been a pleasure to work alongside. Her professionalism, enthusiasm, and elegant flair makes every event special! We recently visited one of her workshops, and her style and technique really gets everyone involved and engaged. If you’re looking for a Toastmaster, Celebrant, or a workshop to learn excellent communication skills, look no further!

Pioneer Entertainments

We were very lucky that Sonal was free to be with us and we all had an amazing day. She is professional, organised and works well with everyone
Wedding Styled Photo Shoot - March 2019

Marry Me In Chelsea

Sonal is an amazing Lady Toastmaster. I would highly recommend her if you have an event planned. She shone at a recent event I hosted. Above all she is very genuine, honest and caring.
Ladies Festival - March 2019

Mr Sandip Doshi

Sonal was a great Lady Toastmaster. She kept the guests interested in the event, hosted professionally and ran a smooth show.
Ladies Festival

Mr Raju Dhanani

One of the biggest thanks must go to you for all you did to make Asha’s and Vik’s wedding day so special. Without you we don’t know how we would have managed. We valued the very professional way in which you conducted the events of the day and the seamless way in which you made everything happen. There were problems which you sorted out well before they escalated – not least of which was acting as a mediator when things went wrong, but you handled things so discreetly. We would definitely recommend you to anyone of our friends or families.

On a more personal note we appreciate that from time to time you made sure me and Purnima were relaxed while you made it all happen. Before I end this review, we would also like to thank Dhani and his team for doing such an excellent job in performing the live music. All the guests made positive comments on the live music during the wedding ceremony and the civil wedding and that the live music made all the difference.

Vipin & Purnima Haria

Father & Mother of the Bride

Thank you so much for hosting for us at our engagement on Sunday 2nd June 2019
Engagement to Chandni Davda

Sachin Kotecha

I just wanted to say thank you so much! Honestly nothing I say or do could repay you for what you have done for me. You made my day run so smooth and helped me out so much. You were my go to person, without you this day would not have been the way it was. Your job is the biggest and hardest but you do it effortlessly and the passion just shines through. There is so much I want to write now but I’ll be here forever. Sonal keep being you and never change that personality of yours. Every single person I have spoken to has said how lovely you are and most importantly understood the importance of your role. Everyone could see that this day would not have gone the way it did without you. I hope to meet you again and will 100% book you again for family weddings.

Asma & Yassar

Sonal, what can I say! Thank you so much for all your support during our wedding.
We booked you as our toastmaster and after meeting you and going through our itinerary you really guided us by pointing out some things we didn’t think of! When we met we mentioned we would like our wedding to be calm and as quiet as possible which it was given we have over 450 guests (including lots and lots of babies!) We were really pleased how you liaised with other suppliers and interacted with guests to ensure our day was running on time and it really helped that you spoke in English and Gujarati to ensure guests understood what was happening. As we all know indian weddings do not run on time, however I was so impressed that we were actually running ahead of time which was thanks to you and our suppliers. Our long list of family photos were managed with ease and we didn’t miss any family members out! What was even better was after the wedding you (literally) escorted us from the
mandap to outside where we were going to take our pictures as husband and wife and politely spoke to guests who wanted to take pictures with us that we’ll be back – this actually saved us time as we were constantly being stopped by friend and family for a pic!

Rina & Sachin

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to work with the very talented very beautiful
and very professional Sonal Dave the wonderful toastmaster, and public speaker.
She hosted our first Smile with Shiv charity gala and Sonal did an impecable job on the day. If you are looking for someone to host an event, highly highly recommend Sonal.
Sonal it was a pleasure to work with you, it’s not easy what a toastmaster does but if you want someone who can set the tone & structure the evening & make your guests & you (the hosts) feel comfortable then you need Sonal.
Another wonderful PA collaboration.
Smile with Shiv

Co-owner of New Vision Opticians Rayners Lane, Aarti Sawhney

Sonal was an outstanding Lady Toastmaster at the #EthnicityAwards for the ceremony. She got the evening right and was compere with Marvin Humes. She went above and beyond her role of reading the names of those shortlisted, she bounced off our award presenters, helped the ceremony run smoothly as was well prepared, and really importantly got all the names right – not an easy task. She was the star of the show.
Great banter. Ethnicity Awards partner with HSBC and sponsors including Tesco, Natwest, Viacom, Lloyds Banking Group, Legal &
General Investment Group and National Grid.
The awards celebrate business, public figures, politics, sports and so many other areas who all help the ethnicity and race agenda.
I would definitely use Sonal again without a doubt, she was great to work with and definitely added to the event.
Thank you so much
Ethnicity Awards

MBE Entrepreneur / Founder SPM Group, Sarah Garrett

Sonal was a magical component to the overwhelming event we hosted at the Intercontinental O2. This was a very interesting day and a very demanding event for all the VIP and VVIP guests. I was so thankful for the help provided by the Sonal and the Toastmasters and insisted that the event needed their special touch and expertise! I will not hold any events unless I have Sonal or one of her colleagues in scarlet! Thank you Sonal Dave!
Thomas Mace Archer-Mills

Event Organiser

Definitely pleased with the way Sonal handled our Wedding Day Management for our wedding! Everything went according to plan. I Highly recommend Sonal’s expertise and services – with a personal touch!
Akruti Dhanani


Working with Sonal was a pleasure, she is a true professional and an asset to any event, she put the family at ease, and kept the guests entertained and informed throughout

Preeti Catering

It was a pleasure to meet you last night and thanks so much for doing such an amazing job. I received so many positive comments about how you handled the role and it set such a great tone for the evening. I am sure that you will be much in demand and look forward to seeing you again soon.
David Farnsworth

Chairman CityUk Trust

I booked Sonal for a charity awards night and honestly, hand on heart, I can say Sonal was the best decision I had made. Sonal was not only adding the humour to the event but allowed myself and my co-organiser to relax and enjoy the evening. The quiet moments were filled in, the timing was kept in check and Sonal mingled with all the guests. I highly recommend Sonal if you want a light-hearted, burst of energy addition to your event.
Harri Dhokia

Unleash The Wolf Inside You Awards Organiser

Sonal’s high level of initiative on the day was noticed by all guests. She explained the meaning behind parts of the ceremony when the priest was occupied so that the guests were kept abreast of the events and even sung a surprise filler song, asking guests to wave their hands along, which went down a treat. Ironically, it was also the song that we had picked for our first dance later in the wedding day which made it so special. All the guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and together with the priest and venue, the event was truly magical. Behind the scenes, Sonal was fantastically organised, reliable and reassuring. Several weeks before the event I sent her my meeting notes with the priest outlining the songs I wanted and blanks where I needed help. Sonal learnt all the songs I gave her and helped me pick songs I was missing. She was funny and warm and from the start I felt like I was in a safe pair of hands which cannot be underestimated as guests, bride and groom have hundreds of things to do already.
Payal Ceurvels


People are still talking about this event!!! Don’t you just love how professionally an event like this is organised and everything runs to perfect time! Well done Sonal Dave
Ajay Shah


Sonal helped to organise a 50th birthday party to remember. She listened to what i wanted and used her vast knowledge of such events and her endless energy to help realise my dream party. Everything went perfect on the day and all my friends and relatives have not stopped talking about the party, A big thank you to Sonal and her team. I have no reservations in recommending Sonal to my friends and relatives.
Sandhya Patel

Birthday Lady

As a wedding planner, we come across many different vendors all the time. Sonal has always stood out, not only because she is an Asian female toastmaster, but simply because of her bubbly, approachable and genuine personality. She is an absolute pleasure to be around on an event day, and is fantastic at what she does. She knows exactly how to capture all the attention from the guests, carry a crowd and create the right atmosphere. That is exactly what you need on a wedding day, and we love working with Sonal because of that.
Saheli Mirpuri

Owner of Saheli Events

I had the pleasure of working with Sonal at a wedding where I supplied the cake. Prior to event Sonal was really well organised and emailed through all the details and even on the day she was easy to contact and make arrangements. She is very approachable and so professional. Would highly recommend her for her services.
Chintal Kakaya

Chintals Kitchen - Luxury Cakes

Sonal is just a delightful ToastMaster. Professional, proactive and reliable. Hugely impressed by her witty style and her command of an audience. She also goes above and beyond to assist hosts and contribute ideas.
Zamiha Desai

Founder of Recommend Asian & Professional Asian

Sonal is so fantastic as a Toastmaster. You can see her passion coming through when she can command attention and still have that beautiful smile on her face. It’s great to see her confidence shine so bright.
Tulsi Vagjiani

Inspirational Diva & Humanitarian

Sonal booked our company for her clients’ wedding and what a wedding it was! Sonal was able to keep everyone’s attention and also kept everyone, including us, entertained. Sonal Was constantly checking the time, knew all the suppliers (introduced herself upon our arrival) and was just so welcoming and bubbly! I’ve met a few Toastmasters and Sonal is the First Lady toastmaster I had personally met and it was lovely to see. She did an amazing job and I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Sugar Sisters Photobooths

Sonal was the MC at our Charity Events in the House of Commons. She was professional, funny and led the evening smoothly. Enjoyed having her support – she made a huge difference to the event. I would highly recommend her.
Jayu Shah

Event Organiser

It’s been such a whirlwind since Sunday – but we just wanted to say a massive thank you to you for Sunday! It was such an amazing ceremony and everyone kept commenting on how unique and beautiful it was throughout the day. You were just amazing and you kept us so relaxed and calm throughout it.

Thank you also to your husband, he did an amazing job with the music and I loved the video he got before the ceremony started.

Thank you again!

Multicultural Wedding

Faaizah & Matt, Muslim and English from Wales

Sonal was brilliant from start to finish and stuck with us through a pandemic, the wedding ceremony was fantastic and we have had great feedback. Sonal comes across as very calm and at the same time has a great personality. I would highly recommend her.

Multicultural Wedding Ceremony

Jessica and Sam, Hindu and English

We had an absolutely wonderful experience with Sonal Dave. She was flexible and accommodating in creating a custom wedding ceremony that combined Hindu, Sikh, and western elements. She was extremely communicative and friendly throughout the entire process and our guests raved about her as a celebrant. Many of which said it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to. I could not recommend Sonal more, please go with her if you’re looking for a celebrant in the UK.

Multicultural Wedding Couple from the USA

Jas and Arun , Sikh and Hindu

We could not have been more pleased with how the ceremony went and all the features we discussed came to life. Many of our guests came up after and said how brilliant and natural you were so thank you for playing such an important role in making our day such a success. 

Multicultural Wedding Ceremony

Amy and James, Hindu and English

I recently worked with Sonal on a wedding day and she was fab – her communication, knowledge, and professionalism was excellent! The ceremony was beautifully personalised, and delivered very well too.

Wedding Planner Smitten Weddings

Dheyna S

The Ceremony was absolutely lovely. We got so many compliments and people were raving about you. Thank you for everything

Multicultural Wedding Ceremony

Binita and Saul, Hindu and Jewish

I worked with Sonal on a recent wedding and she was a delight. With only two months prior to the couple’s wedding date, they were looking for a celebrant who could combine both of their cultures in a personalised ceremony at a private residence outside of London. Sonal was super responsive in getting back to us, very organised with setting up calls with the couples to customise their ceremony and on the day super helpful and ran the ceremony smoothly, professionally and everyone enjoyed it. Sonal managed to take both of the couple’s cultures and combined them into something the guests were really interested to watch and hear. Thank you Sonal for your lovely service! Looking forward to another wedding in the future.

Wedding Planner

Rebecca Kobus, Rebecca K Events

Sonal Dave, our magnificent celebrant who conducted the most beautiful ceremony for us. My partner and I are Sikh and Hindu. We had a Sikh wedding, but I really wanted some Hindu elements without another full blown wedding and I have been seeing people ask for this on here before. I could not recommend Sonal anymore. She is brilliant, easy to talk to and plan and dealt very well with our delays to getting her all the paperwork and confirmations. People absolutely loved the ceremony and we loved it even more! Thank you Sonal

Multicultural Wedding Ceremony

Tulsi and Rohit, Hindu and Sikh

Dear Sonal,

We just wanted to email to say thank you so much for being a part of our day. You were an excellent celebrant and you created the most perfect wedding ceremony for us. All our guests really enjoyed it too.

Multicultural Wedding Couple

Jack and Shubhangi, English and Hindu

Sonal was really great to work with, really made our wedding the celebration we had always dreamed of. Her extensive knowledge and personal touch brought our two cultures together in such a harmonious way. Keeping it light, but interesting for all our family and friends around. I highly recommend Sonal especially for multicultural weddings!

Multicultural Wedding Couple

Josie and Ash, English and Hindu

Sonal created and delivered our wedding ceremony which was a fusion between Indian and British. She and the music band did an amazing job, the music being played during my bride’s entrance helped to bring a tear to my eye. All of our British friends said they absolutely loved it and never want to go to an English wedding ever again! Thank you so much Sonal for making our special day extra special.

Multicultural Wedding Couple

Mortezah and Devki, English and Hindu

Dear Sonal, I wanted to say a huge thanks to you and the musicians for our very special wedding ceremony. We loved it! You did a really superb job at injecting humour and fun into the ceremony and made it feel very personal. We really appreciated how you made an effort to learn a little about our guests before the ceremony and involve them in the event itself. So many commented on how much they enjoyed it and how interesting it was. The musicians were wonderful too. The choice of music suited the ceremony perfectly and was performed so well! We really appreciate all of the thought and effort!

Multicultural Wedding Couple

Sheena and Edward, Hindu and English

We were married in an unorthodox snowy forest ceremony in France last year and contacted Sonal quite late on the recommendation of an acquaintance. I didn’t know where to start with celebrants but I was happy I clicked with her right away. Sonal put both my husband and I at ease from the beginning and walked us through the process with kindness, patience and clarity. She was keen to get as many details as she could about the history of our love and integrated this beautifully into her speech. She recommended a beautiful symbolic wedding ceremony which included binding braided ropes around both our hands. Above all, she was terribly accommodating to the distance and demands of our ski resort location and didn’t make a fuss about standing in the snow. In a moment of extreme planning stress, I really appreciated her flexibility. She tied our ceremony together and we are really happy to have chosen her.

Destination Wedding in France

Najeeba and Marzio, Multicultural Couple - Kuwait and Italian

We brought Sonal onboard to be our Celebrant and be able to conduct our multicultural wedding in a beautiful and tasteful way. She certainly delivered. From the first moment we got in touch, to then checking in leading up to the big day. Sonal was friendly, approachable and made sure we kept organised and relaxed. We made a new friend in the process and couldn’t have asked for anyone better to be part of what was the most important part of the day. Thank you Sonal, and we would thoroughly recommend her to anyone.

Multicultural Wedding Ceremony

Priya & Ben

Thank you so much for everything you did for us, the time you spent talking through every element with us, putting together a ceremony that was dedicated to us and being such a huge support in the run up to the day and, on the day. The ceremony was so much more than we could have ever dreamt and all the little touches, the games it just made it oh so special. I know it’s probably something people say often but honestly so many of our guests told us how special they thought the ceremony was, some even said it was the best they had ever been to. They loved the way you interacted with them and really invited them in to make them feel a part of the celebrations. A lot of our guests hadn’t been to an Indian Wedding before and they were enthralled. Needless to say you also won over all of my Indian family which is no mean feat. It really truly was so so wonderful and you filled our hearts with so much joy; we can’t thank you enough.  

Also, we have received the booklet and the little touches are so special Sonal, thank you so much we loved re-reading our vows, we will absolutely treasure it.

Multicultural Wedding Ceremony

Deepa & Steve

Sonal was our wedding celebrant for our fusion ceremony. We had spoken to multiple celebrants by then and unlike most of the others, she never tried to introduce or force any of her ideas on us – she simply listened and made suggestions that she felt were appropriate to the ceremony. She continually checked in with us during the period leading up to the ceremony and also helped organise our bridal party who would have been very nervous without her help. She made it very simple and easy during our multiple wedding moves over Covid and gave us things and ideas to think about as well. She was pleasant, lovely and took the time to interact with our families and guests. We recommend her so much!! Thank you very much Sonal! Xx

Multicultural Wedding Ceremony

Aarthi & Phil

Sonal wrote and carried out our celebrant-led ceremony at our wedding last month. My husband and I could not be happier with her services. Right from the start, Sonal was friendly and professional and took the time to get a feel for who we both are and what makes our relationship unique. She gave us several ideas for elements that could be included within the service and gave us guidance on how to incorporate a handfasting once we had decided on including one. We have had so many comments from our guests on how beautiful and personal the wording of our ceremony was, and that is all down to Sonal. She is just brilliant at what she does and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for a celebrant.

Celebrant Wedding Ceremony

Liz & Paul

Ashwin and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for creating and running such a beautiful ceremony for us last week. Even though we got unlucky with the weather and had to move our ceremony inside, it was still everything we imagined our wedding ceremony would be. We loved the way our family and friends were able to get involved, the mix of emotions from laughs to tears, and the way we incorporated traditions from our cultures. It was a perfect ceremony for the two of us and lots of people told us how much they enjoyed seeing something different!


We’re both so glad we made the decision to go with an alternate route for our ceremony and that we had you as our celebrant. Your cultural understanding of Indian wedding traditions was really useful when it came to planning our ceremony, as well as making sure things ran smoothly on the day.


We’ll definitely be recommending you to friends planning their own weddings, whether as a celebrant or a toastmaster. All the best with the rest of your bookings for this summer and beyond!

Multicultural Wedding Ceremony

Akshitha & Ashwin

Sonal Dave provided an excellent service with a warm and friendly atmosphere. I would highly recommend her services. We had a beautiful ceremony. Thank you very much.

Renewal of Vows Celebrant Ceremony

Tam & Mo

Sonal was the celebrant at the wedding of me and my wife a few weeks ago. We wanted a fusion ceremony that drew influences from both western and Hindu traditions, reflecting both of our backgrounds, and Sonal was more than happy to accommodate! She worked with us to design a ceremony exactly how we wanted, and made plenty of suggestions along the way. On the day itself, her communication style was confident and professional, whilst still easy-going and humorous. She can speak Gujarati, which was really beneficial for some of our older relatives. Many of our guests commented how much they enjoyed the ceremony, and how unique they found it. It was definitely a big highlight of the day, and we owe a lot of that to Sonal!

Fusion Wedding Ceremony

Luke & Purvi

Working with Sonal on our wedding ceremony was easy from start to finish, even with Covid constantly looming over our heads! With 3 date changes, one only a few weeks before the next, Sonal was happy and flexible throughout. Sonal made us feel looked after, with consistent updates and reminders and created the perfect ceremony which not only my husband and I loved, but also our guests! It was unique to us with a blend of culture, she had listened to everything we wanted and it was truly perfect! Thank you, Sonal!!

Wedding Ceremony

Saraana & Nando

We just wanted to say thank you for such
an incredible ceremony last week, you did such an amazing job (even with the venue’s dodgy microphone!). We’re so glad we found you, we never imagined we would be writing our own vows or doing a sand ceremony, but these really made the day special. So many people commented on how much they loved the ceremony (lots of tears amongst our family and friends as well!)
We asked Sonal to be the celebrant for our wedding celebration, and we cannot recommend her enough! From the start, Sonal was so helpful and involved to ensure everything was on track. From our first Skype session, she felt like an old friend who we’d known for a lifetime. She was extremely flexible for our needs and wants (even when we weren’t entirely sure what we wanted, she gave us incredible ideas and direction). On the day itself, Sonal was perfect – she made us feel so relaxed and at ease, and we had so many compliments afterwards from our guests saying what an amazing job she had done. Thanks to Sonal we’ll remember this day, and her, for the rest of our lives!

Chris & Emma

I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for helping Chaitaly and I create such a beautiful ceremony! We felt totally relaxed throughout it thanks to you and your upbeat, yet humorous delivery! We had so many compliments afterwards and many of our guests remarked at how wonderful you were!
We did receive the ceremony pack, which was beautifully packaged and we’ll keep it safe for years to come!
I’d also personally like to thank you again for the public speaking course. The speech went really well in the evening and I overcame the tremor by taking on the advice provided by you. That was a huge hurdle for me!
Thank you again so much…….I’m sure we’ll be in touch soon!

Binit & Chaitaly

Sonal was exactly what we wanted from a celebrant. Funny, interested in our ideas, open to suggestions and last minute alterations. Sonal spoke in a clear way which enabled my husband to lip read her easily throughout the ceremony and get the most out of his wedding too. Her calm presence helped us stay calm and she was prepared with our vows, including leaving us a lovely package with our ceremony script to keep.
As far as a celebrant goes, she went above and beyond to make it special for us, even braving the heat! Thank you x

Emily & Dan

Sonal was the best supplier we worked with for our wedding. She had multiple calls with us before our big day to understand our wants for the ceremony and once booked she helped us both compile our vows to one another. Her personality really made our ceremony what it was; she brought a lot of humour and energy to kick start the rest of our wedding day. We couldn’t recommend her enough. Sonal was amazing both throughout the journey on the run up to our wedding and on the actual wedding day.

Simran & Bish

Sonal was such a perfect celebrant for our wedding.

When we decided we wanted to create our ceremony, we knew finding the right celebrant was a crucial task. When we came across Sonal’s profile – we had a feeling she would be great – and she really was.

From our initial meeting we instantly liked Sonal and pretty much decided we wanted her on the spot. She instantly understood our values and what we stood for. She was non judgmental, friendly and incredibly warm – we felt she was truly open to our ideas and delivered exactly what we wanted.

So many people complimented Sonal during and after our wedding celebrations – she blended the Western and Eastern parts of our wedding beautifully and really was the perfect glue that made our ceremony perfect. I was a bit unsure how the ‘older’ more traditional members of our family would receive a slightly different ceremony, but the elegance, friendly and professional manner in which Sonal carried out our ceremony made it perfect. She was on time and worked well with the other suppliers.

Thank you so much, Sonal, for our beautiful wedding ceremony- I cant think of anyone who would have been more of a perfect fit – you were wonderful!


Supreet & Francesco

Funeral & Memorial Celebrant Reviews

Dear Sonal, I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank you. You were there to support me and my family and understood just what would be right when my dear GB passed away so suddenly. You listened to what I would like to include, who to involve and you created a beautiful ceremony that represented GB and everything that he would have wanted. On the day of the funeral, you looked after me, my family and friends and delivered the funeral ceremony with respect at all times. I will not hesitate to recommend you to others. Thank you.
Funeral Ceremony

Bhavnita Patel

I would absolutely recommend Sonal to anyone looking for a celebrant for a funeral for a loved one. My family and I had to organise a funeral for my father in May 2022 and we had to do so pretty much from scratch. We had some vague ideas for a ceremony but hadn’t really discussed anything beforehand and were really looking for someone who could help guide us through the process and help us put together a ceremony that worked for us and felt right for our dad. Sonal was just what we needed. Adding to the obvious difficulties in having to plan a funeral for a loved one, we also had to do so while family members lived in different time zones: I live in the U.S. but the rest of my family live back in London. Sonal was great in meeting with us via zoom and using a Google doc to help us all work through all of the plans together. Sonal is also clearly very used to working with families and adapting to their particular dynamics and worked really hard to make sure that we all contributed to the planning and were all fully involved. The fact that our discussions were on zoom and across time zones did not lessen this at all and we felt very supported throughout the entire process. Sonal was also extremely responsive and reliable throughout, we never had to wait too long for an email response or ever chase her for anything. We were all extremely happy with the ceremony that we ended up putting together and felt so lucky to have Sonal helping us through the process.


Jonathan Bertulis-Fernandes

Sonal worked with myself and close friends to celebrate the life and to say goodbye to a close friend. She was kind, caring, flexible, sensitive and supportive through an emotionally charged time. Her understanding of the overlaps and differences in Indian and English cultures was a much appreciated bonus. I highly recommend working with her.


John Phillips

Thank you so much Sonal and Dhani for your help and support. Through this difficult time you were with me every step of the way. My dad thought of you like a daughter. Please accept our thanks from my whole family for providing a faultless funeral and bhajans.

Funeral Ceremony

Swati Lad

We just wanted to say thank you so much. Everyone said how the readings were read so beautifully and how it allowed them to listen to everything said, and really take it in.

So many that were there and even those watching overseas, have said how lovely mum’s send off was, and that it would have made her proud. That’s all that we could have asked for. Thank you for everything.

Funeral Ceremony


Thank you for everything you did for my brother’s memorial. Somehow, I haven’t been able to find the words to express my gratitude. From the moment of our first call to the end of the memorial at the Fitzrovia chapel,  I am so grateful we found you.

Your empathy, calm manner and professionalism guided us through our shock, and for me, the memory of the memorial sustains me. It was a moment of deep respect and dignity for my brother and for who we were as a family, to give him a dignified departure.

Many people commented on your service and what a great job you did. I am so grateful you were able to sing that Jagjit Singh song at the end, with no notice and such heightened tension. You really were amazing in that moment.

Bhavna Sharma - Memorial Service

Fitzrovia Chapel

Sonal is an exceptional and highly-experienced celebrant. I had the joy of working with her to put together a very special funeral earlier this year. She worked with the family to put together a highly bespoke ceremony and was able to accommodate all of their needs. Highly recommended.


Poetic Endings Funeral Director

Louise Winter

Hi Sonal, Thank you for the funeral service you provided for my brother Ramesh. You did a lovely job. Thank you
Funeral - Jan 2020


Dear Sonal, Thank you, The service went very smoothly despite Diego being late and Philip got too nervous to proceed. You did a great job. Thank you very much Take care Dorothy
Dorothy Hutchins


My name is Tanaiya and I’m 15 years old. Before the public speaking course with Sonal, I lacked confidence and always dreaded speaking in front of a group of people. However, thanks to Sonal, I have definitely overcome this fear. She’s really friendly and comforting too which definitely helps to open up more. After learning about speeches and presenting, she helped me write my own CV, cover letter and prepare questions for an interview which I had as my last session where she recorded it and went through all the good things I did, and how to improve too. I worked with Sonal for around 9 months and had weekly sessions, and I definitely see a huge difference in myself, and my parents and friends would agree too!

I can’t recommend and thank Sonal enough!

Tanaiya - Teenage Student

Public Speaking

At the beginning of this course, I did not think that I was a good public speaker. However, through this course, I have learnt that I can become good at this. My name is Tanush, aged fourteen and this is my testimonial.

Before I started this course, I was not particularly good at presenting at school. However, Sonal Dave’s course has helped me improve my public speaking skills and has taught me many important tips and tricks that I can use when I speak in front of an audience. Throughout the course, Sonal has provided me with feedback on what I had done well and what needed improvement. This helped me very much to reflect on what I could do to improve my public speaking skills.

I have learnt about how to use my body language, tone of voice and posture to enhance my presentation and to engage the audience, as well as how to write answers to questions using the 5 Ws. Sonal Dave’s course is filled with engaging, fun activities which helped me to refine my public speaking skills, via practising and other tasks. Sonal Dave has also taught me about how to be a good public speaker, you must be self-acceptant of how you look and how you sound, even if you are not happy with either of these. From this course, I have learnt the diverse ways in which you should start and end your presentation, without making it boring for the audience, but to keep it engaging and prevent the audience from losing interest.

After I had completed this course, I think that I have ameliorated my skills, and I now find it easier to present in front of others.

I believe that through this course and my lessons with Sonal Dave, I have found that I have become more confident in a skill that is beneficial in the future, and I would like to express my gratitude to Sonal Dave for helping me with this.

Tanush - Teenage Student

Public Speaking Course

Sonal is a lovely, friendly and very warm person. Upon chatting to her, I found out that she does an online public speaking course and straight away I knew she could help my daughter, so I booked weekly sessions for my daughter. After she finished the public speaking course, Sonal also taught her about writing CVs and cover letters and then interview skills too. After every session, I could see a difference in my daughter as she started getting more open, confident, gained self-esteem, and her body language changed. I would recommend Sonal to every parent especially if they would like their child to thrive. Thank you Sonal!

Rakhee - Parent

Public Speaking One-to-One Sessions for daughter

I came across Sonal Dave’s website a few months ago when I was searching for someone to help my nearly 14 year old son with his public speaking skills. Sonal was very easy to get in touch with. During our initial conversation, Sonal explained how her course works. Being with a very academic and competitive bunch of boys at school, I always thought that my son could use some professional help to be more confident in expressing his thoughts and ideas. Quite a few of his teachers always commented on him not participating in discussions as much as they wanted him to despite knowing a lot about the topic being discussed. Sonal started by getting to know my son better with the aid of a story telling exercise. Gradually she built up his confidence and gave him all the helpful tips and tricks. He definitely seems more confident and well equipped now when it comes to public speaking. He has acknowledged that this course has helped him. I would definitely recommend Sonal Dave. Thank you Sonal!

Neetu - Parent

Public Speaking Course

I highly recommend Sonal for her public speaking course for kids. My 12 year old daughter has improved so much in her communication after the course with Sonal. Sonal is very kind and naturally good with kids, Sonal knows exactly how to guide children. Thank you so much Sonal.

Paarul Shah - Parent

Public Speaking Course for Children

My name’s Reena and last year, I decided to set up my own venture specialising in autism awareness and acceptance with a focus on Black, brown and ethnically diverse communities because as the parent of an Autistic child, I experienced barriers and a lack of understanding from my community and those around me. I deliver talks and workshops to organisations, charities, schools and run parent workshops where we explore themes such as analysing our cultural conditioning through to creating a home life that you love, with your Autistic child.

 I knew about Sonal from the various posts I’d seen about her role as Toastmaster as well as the public speaking courses that she runs, mainly from the RecommendAsian and ProfessionalAsian Facebook groups. I was approached by the National Autism Show to deliver a talk on their main stage about the relevance of race and ethnicity to parenting an Autistic child, in London and Manchester. Never before had they hosted a talk on this subject. Having attended the show in the past, I knew it was a key date in the calendar for many Autism professionals, parents, carers and charities – and I didn’t want to let them down. I knew there was only one person to whom I could turn, to help me deliver the talk in the way that I wanted to. I knew I could write a good talk and stand behind a lectern to deliver it, safe in the knowledge that I could grip the sides of the lectern if I got nervous!

But in my heart I knew that this was a defence mechanism and the way I truly wanted to deliver the 40 minute talk would be without notes and speaking to the hearts of the audience members. I am an anxious person and a habitual note taker so in my own mind I questioned if this was even possible – but I thought I would at least ask the question.

I approached Sonal and she responded immediately. I explained my wish and asked if she could help and she was confident that she could, promptly sending the paperwork through for us to get going. I found her fees to be affordable and I knew that if I could deliver the talk in the way I wanted to, the gains would be far greater than what I had paid – it would set the bar for what I could go on to achieve in future talks. Sonal and I held a combination of in person and virtual sessions, both of which were immensely useful and packed with practical tips such as finding my ideal standing position, when to pause, how to breathe and where to add emphasis to particular points. In between sessions, I practised as much as I could and Sonal shared tips on how to move away from the script and into a place where it didn’t matter which order particular points fell into but that it was delivered comfortably and confidently.

It was a very enjoyable process and Sonal was attentive, kind and supportive throughout. Her belief in me propelled my own belief in myself. I’ve now learnt a series of techniques that I will be able to implement for any talks I deliver moving forwards.

So did I do it? Oh yes! And it was exactly as I wished it to be. The response from the audience was phenomenal and I made so many new connections that day with parents, carers and professionals who wanted to share their positive feedback or collaborate on projects. It was a resounding success on so many levels. Sonal also challenged me to post a live video on Instagram before I went on stage and I did so confidently; sharing my feelings of the talk I was about to deliver. 

I would definitely recommend Sonal and not just if you are about to deliver an impactful talk on a national stage. There are techniques which we could all harness as business owners who are wanting to create a positive change in the world. Everyone’s voice is powerful but what Sonal does is show you how to harness that power and amplify it to achieve what you want to. Thank you Sonal for being an important part of my journey as an Autism speaker, trainer and advocate.

Reena Anand

Autism speaker, trainer and advocate

Before I did my public speaking course with Sonal, I was a nervous wreck and didn’t even want to be a speaker. The full day course was hands-on with opportunities to practice a number of sessions. Sonal was a great teacher and I learnt so much. Not only that, it was such a fun day and Sonal has a great way of making you feel at ease (even when you feel an absolute prat!). Since my course, I have gone on to speak at 3 events and can sincerely say, I wouldn’t have been able to do this, without her help. Each time, I remember her words and feel more and more confident. Thank you for empowering me!

Pam Shergill - Transformation Coach

Sonal is absolutely amazing and a true communicator and confidence expert! I recently took part in her online workshop as public speaking has always been one of my worst nightmares, but thanks to Sonal’s wonderful expertise and top tips, I now feel so much more confident and empowered. Communicating with confidence is such a vital, invaluable skill and Sonal is doing such amazing work by empowering the world with the vital skills of communicating with confidence. I can’t recommend or thank you enough, Sonal!

Katherine McDonald - Teacher in Dubai

Excellent experience. One of the best. Very interactive, concise, clear to the point, lots of tips and tricks shared and Sonalben’s knowledge about the subject is deep and explained simply.
Charul Bakhda

I enjoyed the course and the way it was delivered in bite-size pieces so it wasn’t overwhelming and I could work at my own pace. I understood what I was asked to do and I like that you have used the 3 different ways people learn, (audio, visual and kinaesthetic). I would recommend this course to anyone who is preparing for public speaking, or an interview as it takes you through each stage.

Roshni Haria - Australia

I have just completed Sonal’s communicating with
confidence online course for adults. I really enjoy doing this course and it’s given me so much more confidence in recording videos and delivering presentations at work. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve their communication whether it’s in a personal or professional capacity and it’s cpt accredited so if the fear of sitting an interview or delivering a presentation, doing a live video or recording a video is holding you back from applying for that dream job or growing your business then I would definitely invest in doing this course because it is life changing.

Sharifa Basit

I attended a virtual talk by Sonal on enhancing public speaking skills which was just so much fun and very engaging. She provided us with very valuable tips on how to improve our communication!

Haniya Mahmood Siddiqui - Entrepreneur in Dubai

Sonal is an amazing speaker and teacher. Her work to help children build confidence in public speaking is great and much needed. Highly recommend Sonal for your special events as well as her courses.
Sonal Kapoor, Brain Abilities

I recently completed Sonal’s online public speaking course and really enjoyed it. All the modules were broken down into small manageable steps and it was great being able to do it online at my own pace. All the activities were clear and great to help you start preparing for a topic you want to speak about publicly. Not only does this course help you to be able to communicate your message confidently but it helps with all the mindset work around it. Sonal also covers areas on self-acceptance, voice control, body language and lots more. We often put off having to look back at ourselves on video, but there was time for reflection in this course which I enjoyed and learnt a lot from doing this. I’ve had to start being more visible for my business and I wanted to learn some techniques to help me. Sonal has so much experience to share and she’s such a calm and natural speaker. I can now go away with a new set of skills to help me start communicating my messages with confidence. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting support with public speaking.

Sarah Giles

Great venue, great delivery which was interactive. It allows us all to dig deep to find issues that were holding us back. To remove the fears, to be confident and open.
Laxmi Patel

Sonal has been so warm, welcoming and respectful of everyone and their stories. Full of great advice and tips, she facilitated all conversations diplomatically and fairly. I have come away with more than just public speaking / communicating information.
Nishma Gohil

I wanted to give a big shout out to Sonal Dave for her Adult Communicating with Confidence Online Course. I have found it so helpful in building my confidence when delivering presentations and giving useful tips to my clients. Thank you.

Tina Bhalla - Speech & Language Therapist

Sonal is a Star! I have had the most incredible learning in her workshop. She has covered all the vital points in Public Speaking and Confidence. Today’s exercises have been an eye opener and very empowering.
Bhawna Arora

Superb skills workshop. Very interactive and constructive. Highly recommend to ladies and children.
Varsha Bakhai

I have completed the Communicating with Confidence course. I was nervous at the beginning, having to record myself, and then watching it back over and over, and then having someone else watch and critique what I was saying. But I thoroughly enjoyed doing it. The course was very well structured, and I liked watching the videos at the end of the modules. It was easy to navigate through the tasks, and you explained things clearly. In the beginning, I did not enjoy taking videos of myself, but then after a few attempts I got better and I was able to complete the task and enjoyed it. Sonal has covered everything in the course, and I know that others who take this on, will thoroughly enjoy it. I would highly recommend it.

Preena Gosai - Assistant Merchandiser

Sonal was very interactive, supportive, observant. She took the time to understand, to encourage and find ways to support myself and to show me ways to improve myself.
Monica Shah

Today’s workshop was practical, where we unleashed our inner confidence to be able to give a talk by the end of the day. Thoroughly recommended
Tanya Vyas

Where do I start? I just completed the Adult Online Speaking Course, Communicating with Confidence which was put together by Sonal. I just wanted to say Thank You so much for sending the details as I found it very informative and more importantly, I feel that now I can enhance that skill and feel confident when speaking in the public domain. Sonal knows that initially I was not going to do the course as I already have an events company and do public speaking daily, but I am so glad that I went ahead and signed up as I got much more out of the course which will allow me to enhance and add value to all my events. This course is highly recommended no matter what age so I do encourage you to sign up. Sonal is kind hearted, approachable, understanding and easy going – so on a final note Sonal, Thank You and so grateful to you.

Sagar Vyas - Wedding Planner

It’s been a wonderful experience and the presentation was done with confidence, understanding, and dealt with calmness. I have learnt so many things today.
Divya Patel

Sonal you are an inspiration to all asian women. Breaking barriers and doing roles that seem impossible. Carry on giving and encouraging women and men
Mina Bhogaita

Sonal’s workshop was fantastic. I really loved how engaging she is and would recommend the day to anyone wanting to gain a little more confidence with public speaking
Rashmeeta Matharu

Great Workshop. I learnt a lot of tips and pointers about public speaking. Worth the time
Rajvi Shah

Excellent day. Great Content, and expanding the comfort zone by getting us uncomfortable
Tony Morgan

Fantastic and insightful workshop which has set me on the right path to overcoming my fear of public speaking
Varsha Bakhai

Binit Shah

Inspirational as well as Aspirational. Well done Sonal
Avni Nicholls

This is the second time attending the workshop and I felt so much more confident speaking and telling my story. It allowed me to relive memories and acknowledge my accomplishments, something I hadn’t really done properly
Rashmi Patel

Highly recommended to find your inner voice, share your personal story and appreciate your life journey so far. Discover it all with Sonal Dave
Gurjit Rana

I recently attended Sonal’s Public Speaking workshop as a VIP and left feeling armed with many techniques and tips to grow my confidence and speaking styles. This workshop is valuable for everyone; from the most confident and to those who prefer to stay in the background. It allows you to explore styles in which you can get a message across be it on a stage or with a group of friends and be confident at the same time. I highly recommend this workshop, and would advise watching some of Sonal Dave’s YouTube videos to gauge an understanding of what there is to offer.
Tina Nandha

I attended a public speaking workshop delivered by Sonal Dave and took so much away from it and felt liberated. My 14 year old son attended the one for young people as I feel it’s an essential life skill to have. He said he learnt a lot from it and described it as fun and interactive and Sonal made him and his cousin feel very comfortable
Sharifa Basit

This has been an amazing and very insightful day filled with theory and practical exercises. I am walking away with added confidence and so much value
Tina Gajjar

I loved the whole experience. I felt comfortable with Sonal and everyone else in the group. I feel I learnt more than the previous Public Speaking Events I have attended. I will definitely recommend Sonal to my network I know.
Jindar Sahdra

In this unprecedented time I have taken the opportunity to focus on key skills. With this in mind, my daughter and I did the online confidence course for children. It consists of a step by step guide on how to prepare, write and deliver a presentation. It had great tips and techniques and my daughter really enjoyed it. I wish there was something like this for me when I was growing up, thanks to @sonaldave68 for creating, encouraging and being a positive role model to young children.

Veronica - International singer and songwriter based in London, UK.

She sings in English, Hindi and Punjabi

Very good! Some really good content and good pace with some very useful practical exercises. Great engagement. Really good re-cap of key points.
Kiran Wade

The workshop was fantastic. I learnt so much considering I work in an industry where I talk publicly daily. I learnt a lot about myself and what I can change to be more confident.
Vallisa Chauhan

My daughter was full of beans after the workshop and it was amazing to see how much value the communicating with confidence workshop gave to her as well as the other teenagers. Giving our next generation the right tools to fully embrace themselves and to know their self worth can only have a great impact for their future
Jo Varsani

Hi Sonal, Gurveer definitely enjoyed the workshop. She is doing really well and voluntarily did a presentation on a topic in her class and got double house points because she was loud and clear and not so shy. Thank you
Nina Kaur

My daughter participated in the online public speaking course set up by Sonal Dave. The course is very useful, well written out and easy to follow – designed for children (and adults) to follow at their own time, pace and convenience. My daughter really enjoyed participating in the online course and we are hoping she will follow and practice regularly from the material provided so that it’s useful at school. Highly recommend Sonal Dave’s public speaking courses and workshops. We will definitely be sending our daughter to the next kids public speaking workshop.
Binit Shah

Online Workshop

Both my children loved the workshop and have already asked to go to any others you run! Thank you so much Sonal.
Sonal Gir

My daughter sometimes struggles with communicating her feelings. She’s watched me have to be really strong and stump my emotions when I am upset about something. So she copies. I’m a single Mum, and sometimes I just don’t have time to be vulnerable.


This course has really made me think about our level of communication as a family. The course is easy to follow and interesting. We had to stop and discuss some tasks that my daughter didn’t understand, but that highlighted boundary issues we may have and it was good to bring this to light, so we had a good discussion.

Overall, such a good experience and great value.

Sharan Kaur, Business & Marketing Coach

Older Children Workshop 

Amar Bakhda - Teenager

Speaking confidently in front of an audience, getting your point across articulately without feeling nervous, knowing the right words to use and how to present yourself is not something we can all do naturally. It is a skill, something which you can learn, but sadly, this is not taught in schools.

I was delighted to test out the accessibility of the online course below which is aimed at children to teach them a few pointers which could really increase their confidence, including their parents, who can learn at the same time. I cannot recommend this online course enough, it was easy to download and access using voiceover technology, and loved how each video was short, which meant kids can stay engaged. It was fun and interactive and the way the presenter describes herself helped me to build an image in my mind which even for me was an absolute perk. Each video was descriptive and I didn’t need to rely upon any sighted assistance. 

If you want your kids to learn an essential life skill, something they can carry with them for the rest of their life, the art of being able to communicate effectively, then take a look at the link below and take advantage of the discount available until Sunday! Once you get the course, you have it for life.

Bhavini Makwana, London Vision, Ambassador at Retina Uk

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