Improving People, Performance & Productivity — with a SMILE

"In thirty years of association work, I have never seen a speaker as well received as you."

—Incentive Marketing Association

"Conor was awesome at our presentation. He provided a great presentation; provided great business tips with great humor and worked overtime to customize to our needs and and our audience. Fantastic and definitely worth having with us."


"We don't often invite speakers back for two years in a row...They gave you THE highest ratings of all the speakers."

—Centaur Conferences, UK

Keynotes to

Improve People, Performance, Productivity – with a Smile!


The Gift of GAB: Goals, Attitude, Behavior

The Irish are famous for the Gift of GAB, but in this insightful, inspirational and frankly, often hilarious presentation, IrishmanSpeaks Conor Cunneen shows that everyone can adopt and adapt the Gift of GAB to create an excellent environment and improved workplace. This award-winning speaker and raconteur provides carefully researched material (and sometimes a wee dollop of blarney!) to illustrate the power of Goals, Attitude, Behavior to Improve People, Performance & Productivity

Your audience will LEARN, LAUGH and LEAVE with a smile on their face, a spring in their step AND with memorable, implementable concepts and ideas to improve themselves, colleagues and workplace.

From Chicago-based IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen: “Every business entity can benefit from paying attention to Goals, Attitude, Behavior. I have presented this keynote, customized to client needs to organizations as diverse as Healthcare, Glass Manufacturing, Amish Furniture, Travel groups, Cyber-Security conferences, Education, Oncology, Marketing and Sales Conferences.

Titles include:

 Improving Employee Engagement through the Gift of GAB

 Creating a Great Customer Experience through the Gift of GAB

 Building Sales through Goals, Attitude, Behavior – the Gift of GAB

 Creating a Great Workplace through the Gift of GAB

How to Create a Great Culture through the Gift of GAB


What clients say about this Chicago-based motivational, humorous keynote speaker

MHM Writes:

“Conor, I have never heard a speaker with the double whammy combination of humor and substance which I heard from you today”

IMA writes:

“In my close to thirty years of association work, I have never seen a speaker as well received as you.”




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Culture & Employee Engagement Keynotes to

Improve People, Performance, Productivity – with a Smile!


Reduce the Stress to Reduce Distress!

You know it. Stress literally kills people. Stress kills productivity and stress kills the fun in the workplace.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In this highly interactive, fun keynote on reducing stress in the workplace (AND at home) IrishmanSpeaks takes you through some down to earth, implementable concepts that will help reduce stress in the workplace. And when you reduce the stress, you reduce distress amongst your work colleagues.


What clients say about this Chicago-based motivational, humorous keynote speaker

“Conor has a wonderful way of using humor to deliver an important message.  It is rare to find a speaker with those qualities.  I didn’t want his presentation to stop.!”

Campbell Durrant Beatty Palombo & Miller



SHEIFGAB! 8 Building Blocks to Improved Teamwork, Collaboration and Productivity!

Chicago based leadership and productivity speaker, Conor Cunneen tells his audience that SHEIFGAB! is the Irish word for “Do It” or “Make it Happen!” As he will advise during his compelling and powerful keynote or workshop,  that is not exactly correct.
SHEIFGAB! is an Irish word in the sense it was developed by an Irishman. Yes, that’s right – Conor Cunneen. But SHEIFGAB! is a powerful word and a powerful concept that can help change the culture in your organization and ensure that your colleagues and employees “Do it” and “Make it Happen.”


    S = Structure

    H = Help others

    E = Environment you create

    I =  Improve yourself

    F = Family and Friends

    G = Goals

    A = Attitude

    B = Behavior which creates your Brand


What clients say about this Chicago-based motivational, humorous keynote speaker

The lessons of Sheifgab, if learned and applied, can most certainly change the individual, if not the world. Sheifgab are eight maxims that Mr. Cunneen has you explore through tales of Irish folk-wisdom that will have you “dancing on mushrooms”! We want to hear more!”

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance 



Dancing on Mushrooms!

The opening paragraph from Conor’s book Why Ireland Never Invaded America summarizes the content of this inspirational, fun-packed keynote. _____

Ireland is a warm, welcoming, magical, mystical land—a land of legends and leprechauns. One legend has it, that at the end of every rainbow,you will find a leprechaun and a pot of gold. Leprechauns are fairy-like creatures that bring good luck, well-being and happiness. Locals claim that at dusk, if you are very quiet and very lucky, you might see leprechauns dancing on mushrooms. When Irish people feel upbeat—this is normal—and believe they can achieve anything, it is not unusual to hear them proclaim they could ‘dance on mushrooms.’

This keynote will have your audience believing they too can dance on mushrooms when they reach out and go the extra yard. Conor weaves mystical Irish imagery, humor and motivation into a funny, interactive, emotional, uplifting presentation. Target Market: Corporate conferences, In house seminars, Appreciation events. Length: 35-50 minutes

What clients say about this Chicago-based motivational, humorous keynote speaker

“Truly your gift is to help motivate people through serious business stories coupled with an Irish twist of humor.” – Jim Fergle, IETC



SIX Days in a Starbucks Drive-thru

The following is not unbelievable!

Bob – a starbucks junkie, quite likely can spend 12 minutes a day in a Starbucks Drive-thru, 5 days a week, 48 weeks of the year which adds up to 48 hours or SIX workdays in a Starbucks Drive-thru! Is that nuts or just the result of building a fantastic brand or maybe it’s both!

In this powerful, brand-building keynote, we will address a number of basic factors that Starbucks, Guinness (my favorite black beverage) and other brands get right AND you can do the same. Size is NOT the issue. These concepts include Clear Vision, the ET (Emotional Transaction) factor, Genchi Genbutsu (Toyota concept of Go to the Source & Learn), Restroom Marketing





Marketing Lessons from Brand Ireland

How does a country go from one of Europe’s poorest to one of the world’s fastest growing and vibrant economies – in the space of a generation?  

Learn from some of the best business practices that changed perceptions of Ireland from a country of donkeys and carts on unpaved roads, to an information, technological and pharmaceutical powerhouse, yet where millions of tourists come every year to see a country of donkeys and carts and unpaved roads!!

In this program, you will learn the secrets of two totally different Brand Ireland platforms and how you can adapt these learnings in your career and business. Conor winds business case studies with some of the humor Ireland is famous for to provide a powerful, entertaining keynote that will help any organization – large or small – to grow. 



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Adding Humor to your Presentation

Alternative (goofier) title: Adden Humur Two You’re Presentashun! (Program is much better than the spelling. Honust!)

The great Mark Twain wrote “Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations, and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.”  

Imagine, how much more impactful your presentations and speeches could be with just a little added humor. In this deadly serious (huh) keynote filled with laughter and lessons, you will learn that you don’t have to create humor for your presentation, you simply need to capture the humor that is all around you. 

Conor says, “My belief is that if you consistently capture / remember some of the things that make you laugh every day, be it quips, comments, anecdotes, pictures, texts and so much more, you will in a very short period of time have a repository of humor that some time, somewhere you will be able to use in your presentation or speech. You will learn the power of L.A.U.G.H. – the acronym for FIVE lessons and concepts to add humor to your presentation and speeches. 


MHM Writes:

“Conor, I have never heard a speaker with the double whammy combination of humor and substance which I heard from you today”


What Mark Twain Can “Learn” You about Public Speaking / Presentation Skills

Mark Twain was quite possibly THE most successful speaker ever! In this fascination program, Conor Cunneen takes you through NINE lessons from Twain’s writings and speeches to help you become a better speaker and presenter. And guess what? The NINE lessons happen to spell the acronym MARK TWAIN!

The NINE lessons to improve your presentation skills are:




Know your Objective


Wait (the power of a pause)





This is a fun program that will have you learning and laughing, which I think is how Mark Twain might have liked it. Not only will you learn powerful presentation and speech making tips but you will leave with a fantastic acronym that you surely will not forget – MARK TWAIN, to help you every single day to present and speak in a captivating and persuasive manner.



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