"Conor, 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 Can NOT Substantially Improve Employee Net Worth


You CAN Improve Employee SELF Worth

WATCH: IrishmanSpeaks on Employee Engagement Tip to Improve Retention

“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 lose 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

Motivational Keynote Speaker on Employee Engagement & Employee Retention



Aurora University writes: 

“Conor, your program on Creating a Great Culture through the Gift of GAB has received rave reviews from attendees. Your ability to convey powerful messages through business examples, storytelling and great humor is masterful.

I don’t think I have ever seen an audience laugh so much yet leave with genuinely good ideas to improve the workplace.  Thank you for a wonderful, funny and impactful program.”

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Inspirational & Humorous Employee Engagement Virtual Speaker

Conor, yourability to combine powerful Substance with Humor to our sales conference was awesome.” 

— Nemschoff

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 corporate 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. Wowee, that is a long sentence! 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!


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CHAPS! FIVE Employee Engagement and Retention Tips that Work


Each of these five employee engagement tips 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.

You Can NOT Substantially Improve Employees Net Worth

You CAN Improve their SELF Worth

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.

Below we look at one of the core elements of a “CHAPS” concept to improve Employee Engagement and Retention. The  CHAPS Micro-Goals relate to:

CCompliment one person today. 

HHear ‘Thank You’ (See more on an other Employee Engagement TIp that works – “Hear”)

AAddress colleagues / customers with their name (See this is a truly powerful Employee Engagement and Retention tip) ee more on Address Colleagues with name)

P – Positive words create positive impact (See how using this Employee Engagement tip can substantially improve Employee Retention) 

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

CHAPS Micro-Goal #1:

Compliment ONE Person today as part of your Employee Retention Strategy.

You will be amazed at the Power of a Compliment in developing and encouraging Employee Engagement and retention.

Here’s a few questions to get the ball rolling!

Is it fair to say that when you receive a compliment from a superior or peer, you feel more motivated and engaged?

Is it also fair to say that when you receive a compliment it generally enhances your perception of the person that provided the compliment?

You’ve probably answered “Yes” to both of those questions.

Now, let’s flip the questions so that it is now you who providing the compliment.

Is it fair to say that when you compliment a work colleague, that colleague is likely to feel more motivated and engaged?

Is it also fair to say that when you compliment a work colleague, it is likely to enhance their perception of you?

Again, you probably answered “Yes.”

So, here is the first basic step that you can take to improve employee engagement and morale. Set yourself a Micro-Goal that “I will compliment one person today.”

When you compliment that one person, what happens? You realize “Hey, I’ve achieved my goal” and ……. the dopamine kicks in. You feel better. But what about the person you have complimented? They obviously will feel better and happier also. It is a win-win situation.

Complimenting someone goes a long way to enhancing a co-worker’s self-worth. When you improve a co-workers self worth, that person is going to feel more motivated and productive.

A more motivated and productive person is a more engaged person. The more engaged your team and workforce is, the better your employee retention numbers will be.


Now, here’s the question for you. Who will you compliment today?


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