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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.

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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.

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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

Egg Talks: The underrated value of sleep – Canice Kennedy

Canice Kennedy is an experienced sport psychologist, working as a coach to athletes in all sports and in the corporate world with AFRESH.

In this informative and useful Egg Talk, Canice shares his perspectives on a vital component of preparation for any area of performance: sleep.

Research is telling us that we’re not sleeping as much as we need to be, and that’s a problem.

Canice speaks about the troika of good health: diet, exercise & sleep.

He asserts that the bedroom should be kept for two activities only: the first is sleep, and the other, ahem, well…

You’ll learn about the importance of a good pre-sleep routine, and how preparation for sleep, like any vital activity, will ensure you get the most from it.

Packed with practical tips, this talk is likely to ensure you sleep better in the weeks and months ahead!

Sport Psychologist Canice Kennedy at the Smarter Eggvevent at The White Horse Ballincollig. Photo: Donagh Glavin

Sport Psychologist Canice Kennedy at the Smarter Egg event at The White Horse Ballincollig. Photo: Donagh Glavin

This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in June 2016, also featuring Kathryn Thomas, Conor McCarthy & Neil O’Brien. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Red Chair: Kathryn Thomas, Pure Results

Kathryn Thomas is an accomplished broadcaster, and is now embarking on an entrepreneurial journey with her fitness business, Pure Results.

In this revealing interview, you’ll understand why Kathryn is as successful as she is. Her resolve, her spirit of adventure and her determination shine through in several different stories.

While building the Pure Results bootcamps, Kathryn has learnt a lot about herself, about business, and about how to help people make profound changes in their life and wellness.

In this fast-paced conversation, you’ll hear a lot about Kathryn’s career, including:
* how she landed the gig for The Voice
* her first TV job – bringing Duncan Stewart his lunch!
* the uncertainty of life as a freelancer
* why The Late Late Show might be in her future
* building on Gerry Ryan’s legacy with Operation Transformation
* the power of shows like OT to drive societal change
* why she’s more nervous on radio than on live TV
* her motivation in starting Pure Results
* why Ireland could/should become a wellness tourism mecca
* the traumatic experience of starting a business from scratch
* her advice for anyone looking to make a change

More details on availability of Kathryn’s bootcamps in 2017 can be found here.

Kathryn Thomas, broadcaster & founder of Pure Results with Aodan Enright at Smarter Eggs at The White Horse, Ballincollig. Photo: Donagh Glavin.

Kathryn Thomas, broadcaster & founder of Pure Results with Aodan Enright at Smarter Eggs at The White Horse, Ballincollig. Photo: Donagh Glavin.

This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event on the theme of Peak Performance at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in June 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.

Egg Talks: The man on the train – Colm O’Brien

Colm O’Brien is a successful businessman. He owns and runs Carambola Kidz, a catering business that feeds 23,000 school children with healthy lunches every day.

But Colm hasn’t always been successful. In fact, he oversaw a major business failure when his coffee shop became unsustainable.

In this entertaining Egg Talk, Colm shares some of his story, of how he built his career with Bewleys, but lost everything when a punt on his own franchise hit a perfect storm.

He tells the story of a chance meeting with a man on the train, how a simple offer of help opened up an unlikely opportunity, and concludes on the importance of working from the attitude of service.

As mentioned at the end of the talk, you can access a free audio download of his book, Feeding Johnny.

 

Colm O'Brien of Carambola Kidz, and author of Feeding Johnny at a Smarter Egg event at The White Horse, Cork. Photo: Donagh Glavin

Colm O’Brien of Carambola Kidz, and author of Feeding Johnny at a Smarter Egg event at The White Horse, Cork. Photo: Donagh Glavin

This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in April 2016, also featuring Laurence McCahill and David McCarthy. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Egg Talks: Predicting your future success – Neil O’Brien

Neil O’Brien is one of Ireland’s top coaches and conference speakers.

In this entertaining Egg Talk, Neil reveals a key question we must all ask about our performance in life, business and sport. Our answer to this question is an excellent predictor of our future success.

This key question is the centre-point of a hilarious story that Neil tells about his first interaction with a Gaelic Football team. Coming from the world of golf coaching, Neil steps outside his comfort zone as he grapples with an untrusting and sceptical audience.

If you’ve ever struggled with nerves and confidence while speaking, you’ll identify with Neil’s story!

Neil O'Brien, Time To Fly, speaking at The White Horse on June 28th 2016. Photo: Donagh Glavin

Neil O’Brien, Time To Fly, speaking at “Smarter Eggs at The White Horse” on June 28th 2016. Photo: Donagh Glavin

This talk was recorded at a Smarter Egg event at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in June 2016, also featuring Kathryn Thomas, Conor McCarthy & Canice Kennedy. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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