"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

You Cannot Substantially Improve Employees Net Worth.


You CAN Improve their SELF Worth

Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks

Your Chicago-based Employee Engagement / Employee Retention Keynote Speaker & Consultant

“In thirty years of association work, I have never seen a speaker as well received as you.” Exec Dir. IMA

“The Results were Amazing.”                   – A Very Satisfied Client 

“When I arrived at the plant it was obvious that there were talented people in leadership positions but the team was going in different directions.  A lot of finger pointing as well as lack of follow through on key performance indicators.  The team needed focus.  The Lansing plant was selected to go through a new process for employee engagement from Conor.

Sessions were held at all levels of the organization with follow up in meetings, in daily interactions, etc.  The results were amazing.  Team members, leaders, and leads all embraced the principals and practice them daily.   The benefits became obvious as retention increasd by 15-20%,  productivity increased as well in several categories.  This was a game changer.  These types of programs can spike and loose effectiveness over time, but that has not been the case.  The team continues to embrace the principals and employees feel more like the team I always knew they could be.  I strongly recommend Conor’s program as the way to create synergy to obtain performance through teamwork.

It worked for us and it can work for you as well.” 

Conor Cunneen is IrishmanSpeaks

Keynote Speaker for Employee Engagement & Employee Retention Healthcare

Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY writes: 

“Conor we can’t thank you enough for speaking at our Symposium. Everyone loved your presentation- how could they not!!!

As nurses we need a little laughter with our Symposium’s. Our lives are too serious. YOU ARE A GREAT OPENER!!!  We always try to add humor whenever we can…..even at work. We try to keep things light if possible, especially when it’s busy. After all, what do we want our attitudes to be…..I heard that somewhere. 

We can’t thank you enough for providing the humor that we need.” 

A Brief Introduction to IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen

Motivational Keynote Speaker on Employee Engagement / Employee Retention


“Hi, Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks here – an Irishman (duh!), happily exiled in Chicago where the Guinness is good, the natives are friendly and I have been force fed more corned beef and green beer than I ever had in Ireland. (That is no joke! Hardly anyone eats corned beef in Ireland and God forbid someone serves you green beer!!)

I am blessed to do a job that I love offering insights, motivation and humor to audiences from Harley-Davidson to Helsinki, Finland, from Memphis to Madrid. My core objective for each presentation or engagement is to leave my audience with a smile on the face, a spring in the step, AND memorable, actionable takeaways to improve employee engagement and employee retention

My bio will tell you I am an award winning Humorous Motivational Speaker on employee retention, engagement and coporate culture, so if you are ever seeking a Motivational, Keynote Speaker for your leadership conference or in-house appreciation event, it would put a very big smile on my face and that spring in my step if we were to discuss how I can leave your colleagues / attendees with a smile on their face, a spring in the step and memorable takeaways to achieve your goals. You will find the brogue is real and the content is really good!

I’m a Packers fan in Chicago, I like to play Metallica loud which drives my darling wife crazy!

I have worked in senior sales & marketing leadership roles in Ireland, UK and USA and was lucky enough to win Chicago Humorous Speaker of the Year for a speech – would you believe on Customer Service in San Quentin Jail!


Best Employee Engagement Speakers



You Can’t Substantially Improve Employees Net Worth. You CAN Improve their SELF Worth

Each of these five employee engagement tips that work provides an element of the acronym CHAPS. The CHAPS concept suggests five simple Micro-Goals that you can achieve every day that will develop a better level of employee engagement and ultimately improved employee retention. These are actionable activities that will address what is often referred to as the great resignation.

My core belief as an employee engagement speaker and consultant is that most managers / leaders cannot significantly impact employees net worth, but literally everyone – managers / leaders / co-workers CAN substantially impact the self worth of employees, direct reports and peers.

In this article we look at the “C” in CHAPS and the Power of a Compliment to enhance the workplace environment but briefly, the  CHAPS Micro-Goals relate to:

C – Compliment one person today. 

H – Hear ‘Thank You’ (See more on Employee Engagement TIps “Hear”)

A – Address colleagues / customers with their name (See more on Address Colleagues with name)

P – Positive words create positive impact (See Video and Article)

S – Smile – as in, Put a smile on someone’s face.




 Best Employee Engagement Speakers – More for you to consider

Best Employee Engagement Speakers whom you might also consider


Cy Wakeman

In 2017 and 2018, she was named as one of the Top Global Leadership Gurus by Global Gurus, a Top 100 Leadership Expert to Follow on Twitter, and was deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace.” Her books include: Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace and Turn Excuses Into Results (2010), NY Times Bestseller, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier (2013), and her new release No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results (2017).

Ken Blanchard

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. Blanchard is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership that has influenced the day-to-day management and leadership of people and companies throughout the world.

Mike Ebeling

As a career producer and filmmaker, and now founder and CEO Not Impossible Labs, Mick has dedicated his life to tapping into the power of technology and story to change the world. “The reality, I believe, is that all change starts small. Give us something individual, quantifiable and personalize-able and, suddenly, our perspective shifts to the one.”


Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham is the author of two of the best-selling business books of all time, has two of Harvard Business Review’s most circulated, industry-changing cover articles, and has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, The Today Show, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is known as the world’s most prominent researcher on strengths and leadership at work, and today leads research at the ADP Research Institute.

Shawn Achor

After spending twelve years at Harvard University, Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 13 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.

Lisa Bodell

Lisa Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of futurethink. As a futurist and expert on the topic of change, she serves as a global council member of the World Economic Forum; and has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at Bloomberg, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and many others. Lisa is an advisor on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland. Among her many academic activities, Lisa has taught innovation and creativity at both American and Fordham Universities.

Free! 53 Humorous Quotes For Any Presentation or Speech

Adding Humor to your speech

Thank YOU! Your Quotes are winging their way to you