Business Achievers: Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club


Our latest Business Achiever is Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club. We asked Eamonn to tell us a little bit about his speaking-focussed business and asked him about his business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Eamonn O'Brien and The Reluctant Speakers Club.

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Give us the background to your business 

After more than 20 years of working in senior cross cultural marketing roles in the US and across Europe, I created a new business that leveraged my many years as an international professional speaker to address a serious problem experienced by over 80% of those in business in Ireland today.

Despite our supposed gift of the gab, the vast majority of even our most senior executives in Ireland have such a fear of speaking in public that they either never do it or only agree to speak under duress. 

And the results? Far too many great ideas simply never get shared & heard at home or abroad and myriad opportunities to influence and inspire others get lost or squandered.

So I set up The Reluctant Speakers Club to provide step-by-step guidance on exactly what it takes to master the art of public speaking skills (including essential research needed before you give any talk, how to craft a powerful message, how to source and hone stories audiences will love and remember, and the art of delivering speeches that win attention and inspire audiences to think and behave differently they’ve heard a talk).

And 6 years later this business has grown to the point where many, many thousands of senior executives and professionals have worked with us to transform their speaking confidence, presence, and impact.

Meanwhile from a professional speaking perspective, I’m now recognised as one Europe's leading specialists in corporate storytellings that inspires and influences and I am fortunate enough to be able to speak about this art all around the world.

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The best business tip you've ever received?

Don’t try to do everything yourself in your business. Do what you do best (and what delivers most value to your customers) and hire others to help you with everything else. You’ll be a lot less stressed and exhausted, you’ll do a better job for your clients, and your business will grow faster.

Any advice for other business owners?

It’s a related idea. Focus on one thing at a time to get more done.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This business will be known as the number one source for trusted advice and support regarding strategic corporate storytelling that influences throughout Europe.

What does business achievement mean to you?

To make a difference that matters in the lives of others - helping those you serve to feel that can do more, to be more, and to share more…Which can, in turn, create a better and more positive world for all.

Where can people connect with you and your business?

Visit my website at, find me on LinkedIn and follow me on Twitter @TheReluctantSC

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