Author Archives: Aodan Enright

Red Chair: Dr Ed Coughlan, Skill Acquisition Expert

Dr Ed Coughlan is a globally renowned expert in the area of skill acquisition, working with elite athletes and teams at home and abroad. He also lectures in CIT and UCD.

Ed joined Aodan Enright in the Smarter Egg Red Chair for a live audience interview exploring his perspectives on coaching, education and development.

The conversation explores Ed’s own personal history, how his experiences have shaped his coaching philosophy, and his many conclusions on observing practices in both elite sport and institutional education, including:
* coaches tending to coach the way they were coached
* why a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works
* importance of encouraging students to challenge the message
* creating an environment of “I want to” rather then “I have to”
* the value of constraint-based coaching
* applying his PEAQ model (praise-explore-affirm-question)

Dr Ed Coughlan in the Red Chair, interviewed by Smarter Egg founder, Aodan Enright. Photo: Donagh Glavin.

This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in February 2018. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Workshop: The significance of timing

There was a time when we spent most of our effort on questions of What and How.

In recent years, asking Why has become popular, and with very good reason.

It turns out though that we’ve been underestimating the power of asking When, as the timing of our efforts in a range of different fields can have a significant impact on outcomes.

Our next Smarter Egg Network workshop will raise your awareness of the significance of timing and give you a bunch of useful practices to apply to your work the following day.

In great company, in a comfortable setting, with delightful food, you’ll be excited by the conversations you’ll have and find your perspectives shifting from the challenges posed.

We’ll be mining the gold from the best ideas in Daniel Pink’s “When” (our Smarter Egg Network book of the quarter) as well as tapping into the wisdom in the room from an experienced and accomplished gathering of professionals.

As is normal with our Network events, this is fully catered. So, you can join us straight from work, and not worry about going home hungry. Online booking also includes a free copy of When.

WARNING! Attending this event will ensure:

  • You’ll have a memorable evening in great company
  • You’ll be more productive in the days and weeks afterwards
  • You’ll make some new contacts, some of which will be long-term supportive relationships
  • Your colleagues will notice that you’re a person full of sharp new ideas!

Registration is now open.

Red Chair: Gerry Hussey, The Awakening

Gerry Hussey is one of Ireland’s most prominent performance psychologists, working across the domains of sport and business. Best known for his work with successful Olympic teams, Gerry is co-founder of The Awakening, providing coaching and programmes for professionals and organisations.

In this Red Chair conversation with Smarter Egg founder, Aodan Enright, Gerry goes deep on the beliefs that drive him in his life and work. Gerry’s observations are rich in insight, with plenty of takeaways for anyone looking to improve their own performance or help others with theirs.

Gerry Hussey Red Chair

Gerry Hussey in the Red Chair, interviewed by Smarter Egg founder, Aodan Enright. Photo: Donagh Glavin.

This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in February 2018. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

If you would like to get on our exclusive events list, getting first notice of forthcoming events along with more behind-the-scenes goodies, just sign up here.

Pat Divilly & Martin Brennan at The White Horse

The Smarter Eggs are back at The White Horse on the evening of Tuesday, April 24th.

Appearing in a special double-bill are renowned executive coach Martin Brennan and author/speaker/adventurer Pat Divilly.

Martin Brennan is one of Ireland’s leading coaches and corporate trainers, having inspired the development of thousands of professionals over three decades.

His Egg Talk remains the most-viewed talk from our White Horse events. Martin’s compassionate and pragmatic approach tends to bring the best out of those with whom he works.

Pat Divilly is an author, speaker and coach who has built a huge audience in recent years with his inspiring message on health and wellness.

He runs workshops and programmes, both in person and online, and has published books on nutrition and performance. Here’s Pat on the Late Late Show.

 

Guests will also enjoy delicious food from The White Horse kitchen before heading upstairs for some inspiration and entertainment.

A night out for the mind, and the soul.

Smarter Eggs at The White Horse is a different kind of business event. In an intimate music venue, you connect with inspirational people and get to hear their stories up close and personal. Add in some delicious food, and sparkling conversation, and you have an evening that will inspire and delight.

To ensure you don’t miss out on future events, you can join hundreds of very smart eggs on our mailing list here

Red Chair February 19 – Gerry Hussey & Ed Coughlan

The Smarter Eggs are back at The White Horse on the evening of Monday, February 19th.

Appearing in a Red Chair double-bill are renowned performance psychologist Gerry Hussey and skill acquisition expert Dr Ed Coughlan.

Image courtesy Irish Farmers Journal

Gerry Hussey is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed performance psychologists. Best known for his key role in Irish Olympic success, Gerry’s contagious honesty has a powerful impact on those with whom he works.

A frequent contributor to media, Gerry has also delivered an enlightening TEDx talk.

In the Red Chair, Gerry will challenge our thinking and we’ll go deep on the factors that undermine our performance in all aspects of life.

Image courtesy The Irish Examiner

Dr Ed Coughlan is a globally renowned expert in the area of skill acquisition. He works with elite athletes and teams at home and abroad.

Ed’s popular articles for The Irish Examiner have become a must-read for those interested in performance improvement.

In the Red Chair, we’ll be exploring Ed’s fascinating journey through the coaching world, and mining some insights about how to refine the key practices we need to be on top of our own game.

 

Guests will also enjoy delicious food from The White Horse kitchen before heading upstairs for some inspiration and entertainment.

A night out for the mind, and the soul.

Smarter Eggs at The White Horse is a different kind of business event. In an intimate music venue, you connect with inspirational people and get to hear their stories up close and personal. Add in some delicious food, and sparkling conversation, and you have an evening that will inspire and delight.

To ensure you don’t miss out on future events, you can join hundreds of very smart eggs on our mailing list here

Offsite Weekend at Garryvoe

Join the Smarter Eggs in Garryvoe

This Autumn, a very special group of professionals are gathering in scenic East Cork to invest time in their futures.

The good news is that you still have an opportunity to join them.

Thanks to unexpected unavailability of previously registered people, we have a couple of spaces now in this high-calibre group.

This is a chance to properly unplug from the craziness of everyday life, take a deep breath and get some real clarity for the road that lies ahead.

Joining us will be Ireland’s leading speaker and coach in the area of Mental Fitness, Neil O’Brien, and coaching psychologist and author of ‘Mindful Walking’, Hugh O’Donovan.

The two days have been carefully designed and customised to suit the participants and the surroundings. This is not a series of classes, but a process that taps into the wisdom in the room, generating the kind of insights that can make all the difference.

You can read all about it here, including some answers to additional questions that people have asked us.

But for you to gain the benefits of this experience, you have to take action. Contact us now to signal your interest and we’ll take care of you from there.

We hope you’ll give yourself permission to join us.

Red Chair: Cian O’Neill, CIT & Kildare GAA

Cian O’Neill is Head of CIT’s School of Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies. He also is the Manager of the Kildare Senior Gaelic Football team.

He has experienced success at the elite level of GAA with Tipperary, Mayo and Kerry. And he’s a lot younger than most people with such an impressive CV.

In a special Red Chair appearance, Cian goes deep on his own coaching experiences, sharing insights from the teams he has worked with. And he’s joined by renowned speaker and coach Neil O’Brien to add some extra flavour.

Lots to learn from Cian’s contributions, including:

  • how an early serious injury put him on the coaching path
  • the importance of his father as a teaching role model
  • breaking down the elements of his coaching success
  • how to build trust between player and coach
  • the importance of genuinely caring for each individual
  • why it’s a mistake to surround yourself with those who agree
  • his take on popular media criticism
  • the need for endless learning, from others as well as yourself
Cian O'Neill and Neil O'Brien on stage at The White Horse with Aodan Enright of Smarter Egg. Photo: Donagh Glavin

Cian O’Neill and Neil O’Brien on stage at The White Horse with Aodan Enright of Smarter Egg. Photo: Donagh Glavin

This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event on the theme of Human Potential at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in November 2016. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Red Chair: Neil O’Brien, Time To Fly

Neil O’Brien is Ireland’s leading speaker, writer & coach in the area of Mental Fitness.

This conversation with Smarter Egg founder Aodan Enright reveals a lot about why he’s doing the work that he does, and also suggests why he’s one of the best in his field.

Among many insights from an engaging conversation are:

  • Why Neil is the hope & reassurance business
  • How Neil (literally) once made the Irish International Youths Golf team
  • The significant difference between inspiration and motivation
  • What comes after “Wouldn’t it be great if….”
  • How his 24-year bank career ended with glorious praise
  • Why being awake with excitement is ok, but with worry isn’t
  • The mistake of searching for one’s purpose
  • Neil’s Expert Panel exercise (experienced live with Aodan)
  • Why he falls in love with his coaching clients
  • The three fundamentals of mental fitness & health
  • Neil’s version of the superhuman power: the ability to do what we don’t feel like doing.

There are references to Neil’s outstanding book ‘Time To Fly’, which is available at timetofly.ie and all great booksellers.

Neil O'Brien, at the Smarter Egg event at The White Horse, Ballincollig on November 17th 2016. Photo: Donagh Glavin

Neil O’Brien, at the Smarter Egg event at The White Horse, Ballincollig on November 17th 2016. Photo: Donagh Glavin

This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event on the theme of Human Potential at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in November 2016. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

If you would like to get on our exclusive events list, getting first notice of forthcoming events along with more behind-the-scenes goodies, just sign up here.

November 17th at The White Horse – Human Potential

Neil O'Brien at The White Horse

 

On November 17th at The White Horse, we’re going deep on the topic of Human Potential.

Joining us in the Red Chair is renowned coach and speaker Neil O’Brien, following his acclaimed Egg Talk in June of this year.

These are the reasons we are bringing Neil back.

Joining Neil, and Smarter Egg founder Aodan Enright, on the Upstairs at The White Horse stage will be Cian O’Neill, Head of CIT’s Department of Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies. Cian is also well known as the manager of the Kildare Gaelic Football team, having previously coached both Kerry & Mayo.

Cian O'Neill Smarter Eggs at The White Horse

Guests will also enjoy delicious grub from The White Horse kitchen before heading upstairs for some inspiration and entertainment.

A night out for the mind, and the soul.


Smarter Eggs at The White Horse is a different kind of business event. In an intimate music venue, you connect with inspirational people and get to hear their stories up close and personal. Add in some delicious food, and sparkling conversation, and you have an evening that will inspire and delight.

To ensure you don’t miss out on future events, you can sign up to our special White Horse events list here