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“At last-a Motivational Speaker who understands professional services”

Listen to Paul's interview on RTE's The John Murray Show

"I would describe Paul McNeive's talk as a gift. He gently implants intelligent and authentic messages that last long after a conference."

David McRedmond

Chief Executive, TV3

“Paul was the guest speaker at our annual conference and delivered a truly inspiring and motivational speech. On a number of occasions I looked around the room and could see my colleagues totally engaged in everything he spoke about. In the days following Paul's speech there was clear evidence of how much of an influence he had on those who were in attendance”

Paul Muldoon

Display Classified Manager

Independent Newspapers

“Paul spoke at the International Women’s Day Conference in the University of Limerick in March this year.  “Paul has such a unique and inspiring story to tell.  He is an example to all of us on how to overcome adversity and succeed despite what life throws at you. A highly engaging motivational speaker”.


Marie Connolly Conference Chairperson.

“We were delighted to secure Paul to speak at our Annual Members Lunch.  Feedback received has been more than positive as attendees very much enjoyed Paul’s tales and life lessons learned.”

Fiona Barron

Chief Executive

Irish Property and Facility Management Association 

Written feedback from attendees.
North Tipperary Leader Partnership Seminar:

“The response to your talk was absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much for the time and effort you obviously put into it.”

Ronan Staunton

Product Manager-Nutricia

“Your presentation was terrific! Everyone absolutely enjoyed it and it

really entertained everyone in such a positive way. You could see that

by the number of people who bought books!!!”

Helen O'Dowd

Head of Learning and Events

Retail Excellence Ireland

After Dinner Speech

Carton House

“Many thanks for your talk-it really set the tone for our sales meeting and

there was lots of chat about Canaries and Robins.Very powerful insights into

life and business.You are an inspiration and we appreciate your input.”

Trevor Freeman

Field Sales Manager

Roche Products (Ireland)

“Once again to say a huge thank you for a fantastic talk at our

"Fly Higher - Celebrating & Inspiring Enterprise" event at the Royal

Marine. Our attendees were most inspired by your talk and your piece

was very favourably commented upon as people were departing. The early

stage survey feedback  is overwhelmingly positive rating your talk as

excellent. Personally I found your delivery refreshingly devoid of

pomp and ego and I loved your bird analogies.”

Angela Tynan,

Network Manager

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board

“Thank you for your contribution at our Annual Conference. The member's were very engaged with what you had to say. On speaking to the attendees afterwards we received very positive feedback. Your story is very moving and inspirational.”

Susan Clancy

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

“Paul was our guest speaker at our inaugural Property Team Day. Paul's personal story was very inspiring and was told in a very positive way which resonated with the entire team.  His insight into customer service was a real eye opener and he set a very positive mood for the rest of the day.”

Kevin Ryan

Head of Asset and Estates

Tesco Ireland

"The presentation was fantastic-it was truly inspirational and much talked about afterwards"

Marguerite Murphy

National Development Officer

The Pharmaceutical Managers

Institute of Ireland

"Paul delivered an excellent talk, both interesting and relevant, that was well received by our customers".

Peter Jones,
Marketing Manager,
Roche Diagnostics UK

"Paul's vast experience means he brings real added value to professional firms. He is an inspirational and entertaining speaker. Paul really connected with our Team and helped to ignite their enthusiasm"

Paul Wyse,
Managing Director,
Smith & Williamson

“I have used Paul on a number of occasions as a motivational speaker in both customer and staff events. The reaction from both was just phenomenal, with feedback from all describing Paul as being a truly inspirational speaker.”

Gabriel Bannigan,
Regional Manager Dublin

“Paul has a great human,tragic,funny inspirational story to tell.He tells it really well, is well worth listening to and we can all learn a lot.Don’t speak after him unless you’re real good”

Michael Dawson,
C.E.O. Leinster Rugby

"When hosting our international colleagues from 33 countries for our association's world conference that had as its theme 'Inspire' we sought a speaker for our final day that would be relevant to our audience of partners in independent accounting firms with different cultural backgrounds and also one that would inspire them.

Speaking on ‘developing professional relationships’, Paul McNeive seized delegates’ attention from the start and from the large post-conference evaluation response we were 100% vindicated in our choice of Paul."

Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

"Paul's talk to our sales team was truly inspirational."

Alan Bass, Managing Director, Ipsen Pharmaceuticals

Speaking on ‘developing professional relationships’, Paul McNeive seized delegates’ attention from the start and from the large post-conference evaluation response we were 100% vindicated in our choice of Paul."

-Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

"The person who stole the show for me was Paul McNeive. I left that evening feeling inspired, empowered and energised with Paul McNeive's words echoing in my mind-"Everything is Possible"

T&D Magazine's (Training and Development) review of the
Laya Healthcare Pendulum Summit

Speaking on ‘developing professional relationships’, Paul McNeive seized delegates’ attention from the start and from the large post-conference evaluation response we were 100% vindicated in our choice of Paul."

-Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

"The standout speaker was Paul McNeive. He was stunning."

John Mullins, ex CEO Bord Gais, reviews the Laya Healthcare Pendulum Summit on RTE Radio 1

Speaking on ‘developing professional relationships’, Paul McNeive seized delegates’ attention from the start and from the large post-conference evaluation response we were 100% vindicated in our choice of Paul."

-Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

“Paul delivered a very positive story, tailored to the circumstances of the group. It is not often that you can say that everyone enjoys and gains from a speaker, but it was definitely the case with Paul and his audience from Mazars.”

Tommy Doherty,

Partner, Mazars  

“I recently had the pleasure of hearing Paul speak for the first time as an after-dinner speaker at the ISPE (International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering) Ireland Affiliate Gala dinner on May 22nd at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork.  Paul had the unenviable task of speaking to a group of 290 people after a full day of technical seminars and a very well hosted dinner, but as a true professional he quickly got the audience fully engaged and took us through his journey and how the lessons he learnt throughout his career has taught him (and now us) into always setting yourself Goals and Objectives and to strive towards each each one step at a time.  I believe we all came away believing that anything is achievable with “Small Steps”.”

Fearghal Downey

Treasurer,  ISPE Ireland Affiliate

A Standing Ovation!

“The National Recruitment Federation (NRF) recently held its annual conference titled “STEP into the Future” which attracted a delegation of over 300+ from all areas of recruitment and business in Ireland and  Europe. Author of the very popular book (and a must read for all people no matter what business you are in) “SMALL STEPS” Paul Mc Neive was the keynote speaker. I saw Paul earlier this year present at another conference and from that day I knew he would be the perfect person to have as the keynote speaker for the NRF. Highly engaging and motivational with a sense of humour thrown in is the recipe that gains him the reputation he has as a much sought after speaker. You could have heard a pin drop for the whole 45 minutes he was on the stage- except when he cracked a joke -mostly at himself, when he had the audience in stitches. As inspirational speakers go Paul is definitely at the top. He definitely exceeded the expectations of everyone in the room. Paul  enraptured the audience with his life story of how he discovered the power of making a plan with small steps and how setting goals and sticking to them helped him achieve his dreams.  Paul ended his presentation by singing and playing the guitar, gaining him a standing ovation from everyone in the room.”

Geraldine King

Director NRF

"We used Paul to speak to our Managers from across Ireland; his story is thought provoking and inspiring and his messages on customer service are simple but incredibly effective. The feedback from Paul's presentation was outstanding"

Duncan Graham, Head of Retail Advancement (Ireland), Specsavers

Speaking on ‘developing professional relationships’, Paul McNeive seized delegates’ attention from the start and from the large post-conference evaluation response we were 100% vindicated in our choice of Paul."

-Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

"I don't think words can describe the effect you had on so many people from your speech yesterday. I was completely blown away by your presentation.

I listened to the comments in the room once you finished and what I witnessed was something amazing. All I have heard today from managers is how amazing you were-in their words, you were Real, Honest and Believable. A massive Thank You."

Jean Tierney, Regional Development Manager
Specsavers All Ireland Managers Conference and
All Ireland Franchisee Conference

Speaking on ‘developing professional relationships’, Paul McNeive seized delegates’ attention from the start and from the large post-conference evaluation response we were 100% vindicated in our choice of Paul."

-Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

"Paul is an excellent motivational speaker who very effectively tells his life story in a way that resonated hugely with our staff .  Not only did our teams engage fully with the challenges that Paul has faced, but their over-whelming feedback was that his story and his simple yet effective advice was something they felt would benefit their own approach to customers and our day-to-day business.  Speaking at the end of an internal training and business update session can be a tough ask  but  Paul held everyone's attention and ended the briefing on a positive, impactful and thought-provoking note."


“I invited Paul to speak at our Annual Gala Dinner 2015. What a revelation it was. He has such an engaging story to tell, full of personal details and the wisdom of one who has risen to and surmounted so many challenges throughout his life. Paul is a multi-talented individual who tells his story in an inspiring, non-dictatorial manner and is full of self-deprecating humour.  Several of our members told me they took away much and adopted his advice to suit their own personal business needs which is always great to hear. Thanks Paul for attending and for being yourself.”

 Pat Davitt, C.E.O., I.P.A.V.

Speaking on ‘developing professional relationships’, Paul McNeive seized delegates’ attention from the start and from the large post-conference evaluation response we were 100% vindicated in our choice of Paul."

-Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

“Paul McNeive recently hosted the KPMG, Irish independent Property Excellence Awards where he excelled in his role as MC. As a well known property industry professional, Paul brought his own style and approach that was well received by a crowd of over 700 who attended. Paul was motivational in his various presentations which kept the guests engaged and delivered a flawless performance. It was clear to all how much preparation Paul had done- best represented in his ability to link the various speakers with a clear knowledge and understanding of what each had achieved in winning the various awards. Paul is a total professional who's reputation and respect within the sector continues to go from strength to strength.”

Judith Maguire Managing Director, Procom

Speaking on ‘developing professional relationships’, Paul McNeive seized delegates’ attention from the start and from the large post-conference evaluation response we were 100% vindicated in our choice of Paul."

-Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

"Given Paul was a previous competitor in the property business it felt slightly curious asking him to come and address my own team. I'm delighted I got over that feeling ... his story (which I thought I knew, but only knew the half of!) is an inspiring one and my team was enthralled. His mantra on customer service, and his simple effective advice about making plans with little steps, and caring for customers really resonated. I have had nothing but hugely positive feedback since his presentation ...".

Declan Stone, Managing Director, Colliers

-Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

“Glanbia Consumer Foods were lucky to have Paul speak to our Senior Leadership Team.  Paul engaged our team with insights and humour in equal measure and as a motivational speaker he was truly inspirational.”

Colin Gordon,
CEO, Glanbia 

“Paul gave a great presentation which resonated with the audience, he was inspirational with plenty of practical takeaways for the everyone. I would highly recommend Paul as a speaker.”

Peter Cosgrove, Director
CPL resources plc  

Colin Gordon,
CEO, Glanbia 

‘Paul is an inspiration to all whether it is in personal achievement or in business success. I had known about Paul and his story but had never met him. When it came to deciding on asking a motivational speaker to come and talk to our employees I knew he was only person to ask.

The feedback internally from our team has been excellent since his talk and the positivity and energy from everyone has been instantly recognisable.  I could not recommend him highly enough.”

Fergal Hopkins, Managing Director
Lansdowne Partnership Estate Agents   

We hired Paul to speak to our experienced sales team as part of an annual sales kick-off. The feedback from the team has been really excellent with one team member describing Paul as the "best motivational speaker" he has heard. Paul's story is moving and engaging and the key messages he draws from it are very practical but nonetheless inspiring and based on our experience I am happy to say they will strike home with any audience"

Alan Brown, Managing Director IBS Xerox

The feedback from your session was amazing, people loved your story and  the style you which you presented it in.  I will be highly recommending you to my friends and business associates.

Sinead Hayes, Business and Sales operations Manager, IBS Xerox

"Paul gave the team his presentation as the final part of our company strategic planning day. Everyone was tired by then, but Paul's presentation left us buzzing! Inspirational, practical, and very personal. We'll certainly be inviting Paul back"

Krystyna Rawicz, KRA and Associates 

"Thank you so much for coming along last night.  I really enjoyed your talk and the feedback today has been fantastic.  People are saying how simple your “Small Steps” message is but how vitally important it is to remember it. I am looking forward to reading your book, at the moment I’m just enjoying the canary yellow atmosphere you have created among the staff team here."

Deborah Coughlan
National Learning Network

"We recently invited Paul to provide an opening address whilst also acting as MC for our PMI National Conference in Aviva Stadium. Paul went above and beyond in terms of assisting us in our preparations for the event, yielding excellent results.

Paul delivered an inspired opening address that was professionally tied to the theme of our event and really well received by our audience of over 300 delegates. In his role as MC Paul had prepared so thoroughly that all aspects of his interaction with the speakers and sponsors lent itself to a seamless professional presentation.

Paul was an absolute pleasure to deal with and his appropriately styled professional facilitation was critical to the overall success of the conference as well as the positive feedback received from all in attendance.

Thanks for everything Paul. Pleasure getting to know you."

Thomas McGrath, PMI Ireland Chapter, Conference Manager

Speaking on ‘developing professional relationships’, Paul McNeive seized delegates’ attention from the start and from the large post-conference evaluation response we were 100% vindicated in our choice of Paul."

-Gerry McInerney, Managing Partner, McInerney Saunders, Chartered Accountants

“Paul spoke at a training event of mine, one in which we were asking people to embrace change; challenge themselves to be the best they can be; and be bolder and more ambitious in their actions and behaviours.  Well, did we choose the best person to embody and represent all this!  Paul spoke with eloquence, emotion, insight and not a little humour.  His story is compelling and his delivery engaging.  Paul was a perfect way to end the day – painting a picture of what is possible when vision is combined with strength of will.”

John Morris, Partner, Smith & Williamson, Chartered Accountants,
Missenden Abbey Conference Centre, Bucks.

Ambassador for the
Douglas Bader

“We were delighted to have Paul McNeive attend our annual staff conference and to present his thoughts and ideas on how you move people and businesses forwards, by degrees.

We employ over 2000 staff in the UK and whilst only a percentage of those employees attended the Conference it has been interesting to hear many more people within the business talking about moving things 'one degree at a time'  and also identifying who are the 'Canaries' in our business. Clearly Paul's messages have permeated out already and that, in my view is a real indication of how effective he was.

He is also a very nice guy and an absolute pleasure to work with. The queue from the Conference attendees to speak to him afterwards and to receive a copy of his book went round the block!  '

Nick Harding, Chief Executive,
Praesepe-Annual Conference, London

“Paul spoke at a Food Works networking event to a group of food entrerepenurs. Paul's message was crystal clear....anything is possible. There was an incredible energy shift in the room and the audience were visibly inspired and motivated. Thank you Paul, anything is possible!"

Darina Mulligan, Food Works

“We were fortunate enough to have Paul deliver keynote addresses for us at a number of events across the country.  With a diverse range of attendees, from start-up businesses to multinationals, Paul’s storytelling was the highlight of each event. Engaging the audience with a blend of insight and humour in equal measure, the single most common piece of feedback we received from the audiences was “inspirational”.

Neil Hetherington, Microsoft Ireland

“Paul McNeive recently spoke at the Sherry FitzGerald Annual Countrywide Conference and the feedback to his presentation was extremely positive.  Paul's message was simple but powerful - small steps to improvement can have a big impact.  His easy delivery style was both entertaining and engaging and his messages, particularly around the importance of customer service, clearly resonated with our team.  Rarely does a speaker manage to shift thinking among such a diverse group of people but Paul managed to do just that judging by the excellent feedback we received from our countrywide members.  Paul is an inspirational speaker with a clear message which he delivers with passion, insight and humour.”

Mark FitzGerald,Chairman and Chief Executive, Sherry FitzGerald Group,

Annual Countrywide Conference

"For our conference to boost tourism to the Maldives, we wanted an international speaker with the business experience and standing to be able to present top class business advice to a distinguished audience of government ministers, international hotel brand owners and managers, and many more involved in the country’s tourism industry.  Paul McNeive surpassed all our expectations, providing many great suggestions, tracing the visitors journey and based on a foundation of maximising strong friendly connections with our tourists.  He interspersed all of this with entertaining stories about his own life, which were personally inspirational to the attendees, and made relevant to the topic.
Highly recommended!"

Akhmeem Abdul Razzaq

CEO & Managing Director, Maldives Getaways
(Organizers of Travel Trade Maldives), Conference Centre, Male, Maldives-2017

Keynote speaker at launch of the Central Bank of Ireland's "One Bank Leadership Forum"-addressing 100 of the Central Bank's leaders.

Ms Liz Joyce, Director of HR for the Central Bank of Ireland, Paul McNeive Keynote Speaker and Governor Philip Lane, Central Bank of Ireland

“Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was delighted to have Paul as the keynote speaker at our national conference, Breaking Boundaries at the INEC Killarney.

The feedback from our delegates, members, staff, volunteers and guests - has been overwhelmingly positive with many attendees describing Paul’s contribution as inspirational, motivational and provocative.  IWA are grateful to Paul for sharing with us his pragmatic and achievable, “one degree at a time” approach to resilience and overcoming adversity, which will stay with all of us for many years to come."

Rosemary Keogh,
CEO Irish Wheelchair Association.

“Paul is a very authentic storyteller, he motivated our people in the most humble and sincere fashion.  His story was an inspiration in itself, his message of small steps to success, still resonates with our people in the business many months on. Thanks Paul.”

Noelle Burke, HR Director, RSA Insurance,
Leadership Away Day

“Paul conducted a very inspirational and motivational session with our top 100 managers. The consistent feedback was that our team could readily relate to his messages and themes which were very powerfully delivered. Thank you Paul and we hope to see you back in Maldives soon.”

Andrew Healy

CEO & Managing Director

Bank of Maldives PLC

We recently had the pleasure of Paul McNeive as the guest speaker for our

Hashtag #sales conference for the Boyne Valley Group. To say that it was awe inspiring is an understatement. His journey through life was far from easy yet the amazing determination and resilience has proven huge success for him. His inspirational speech was hugely apt for the journey our organisation is on demonstrating how a vision, goals, and by taking small steps with a positive outlook will pave the way for future success. Thanks Paul for joining us at the sales conference and for sharing your amazing story with us.

Stephanie Murray

HR Director at Boyne Valley Group

Paul spoke at our Company Day one year ago and he has left a lasting impression! I asked around and people were still able to remember his message. We had a cartoonist on-site to sketch during speaker presentations. The girls here in HR saved the page that had a statement by Paul. This drawing is on the wall in our office one year later. Paul impressed everyone in the audience including our CEO who remarked that the topics were very relevant and had quite an impact.

I would highly suggest Paul as a speaker. He is a wonderful, talented and interesting person through and through and a pleasure to talk to. He will surprise you in many ways.”

HR Professional, Energy Industry.

Two day event, Aviva Stadium

“We were delighted to have Paul speak at a recent firm wide book club event. His story, told in a funny and engaging way, is truly inspiring. His tips on business development and client service really resonated with people. He also gave us some great insights into writing and the publishing world. Thank you Paul!”

Sínead Counihan

Knowledge Lawyer, Mason Hayes & Curran

Paul's insights as a patient and an advocate for the fight against antibiotic resistance were both motivating and inspiring for our own efforts in this field of medical research.  His story of turning challenge into positive action and ultimate success really resonated with the company.  Many thanks again Paul!”

David Powell, Head of Research and SVP, Summit Theraputics, Oxfordshire Strategy Conference

“Paul was the after dinner speaker at our Southern Region Annual Dinner in Cork, with an audience of over 300 members and industry clients, representing some of Ireland’s biggest construction and property firms.  Paul’s story is a compelling one and he tells it with passion and in a funny, self-deprecating way. His message of resilience and bravery in the face of significant personal adversity and his humour kept the audience’s full attention for the entire address and was met with tumultuous applause.  He also engaged throughout the evening with members and guests, and his consummate professionalism did not go unnoticed.  We received a huge amount of positive feedback at and after the dinner and no doubt Paul will get other bookings from this event.   We very much look forward to working with Paul again.”

Aine Myler, Director General,

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

“Paul McNeive’s story is truly inspirational.  It was, however, his ability to translate his core messages into something relatable and achievable in a workplace environment that was remarkable.  His insights really resonated with us.”  

Tom Woods, Partner
Head of Tax and Legal, KPMG Ireland

Paul - Your presentation went down hugely well with the audience – they were absolutely bowled over with it – lots and lots of feedback from veteran conference attenders and yours, they said, was the best they had seen, so thank you again very much."  

Jacqui McCrum, Deputy Secretary General, The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection