About Eamonn O’Brien, Founder
The Reluctant Speakers Club
Over his 25 plus years in senior international sales and marketing roles, both for multi-nationals and marketing consulting services clients, Eamonn O’Brien has run countless training courses on developing communication skills in the USA and in Ireland.
Mr. O’Brien is a frequent speaker at international marketing events in North America, the UK, France, and other European countries. He has produced more than 300 commercials in 12 different languages including Russian, Polish, Arabic, French, Hindi, German, and Greek.
As an experienced orator, Eamonn is passionate in his belief that that everyone can learn to speak in public, if only they could be convinced that: a) it doesn’t have to be a hard skill to learn, b) it doesn’t have to take years to master, c) it can be learned in a safe way, and d) it can even be fun.
And yet research in Ireland and elsewhere shows too many people have a deep seated fear of making speeches, to any audience. For many, this lack of confidence comes from never having had an opportunity to learn the essential skills of effective public speaking in schools, colleges, or even work places. Through the Reluctant Speakers Club, Eamonn O’Brien can help you to banish your fears of the podium forever.
Eamonn holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and a BSc (Management) from Trinity College Dublin. He is also a long time member of ESOMAR, the world association of market research professionals.
Prior to forming The Reluctant Speaker’s Club, Mr. O’Brien held senior management positions with several corporations. These include Prudential and MCI, where he was part of a team that helped the telecom giant double their international calling business.
Mr. O’Brien was also vice president of sales for Nowtel, a telecom company that went from £15 million in sales in 2005 to £100 million in 2010. As a marketing consultant, Eamonn has worked with more than 50 clients including AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Capital One, Citibank, Harvard Business Review, and the Smithsonian.