Category Archives: Red Chair

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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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.

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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

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

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.

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Red Chair: Laurence McCahill, The Happy Startup School

The Happy Startup School are building a global community of purpose-driven entrepreneurs.

Through their extraordinary events and popular online courses, they have assembled a loyal following of thousands of people who believe there is more to work & life than making money.

Co-founder Laurence McCahill joined us in the Red Chair for a conversation about the change the Happy Startup School is looking to make in the world.

Among many highlights include:
* The philosophy behind The Happy Startup School
* Why happiness is the new wealth
* Exploring different measures of success for life and business
* Why Laurence and co-founder Carlos started the movement
* How the Happy Startup School is a ‘marmite’ business
* Why society benefits when you build something you believe in
* The business case for happiness at work
* The Danish billionaire who discovered some dancing hippies
* The story of how the Happy Startup School has evolved and grown
* Serendipitous connections that are launching events on every continent
* Fatal mistakes that they see founders making again & again
* The 500 year business plan

Laurence McCahill of The Happy Startup School in the Red Chair at The White Horse, Cork. Photo: Donagh Glavin

Laurence McCahill of The Happy Startup School in the Red Chair at The White Horse, Cork. Photo: Donagh Glavin

This conversation was recorded at a Smarter Egg event on the theme of “Challenging Convention” at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in April 2016. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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Red Chair: Music Promoter – Peter Aiken

Peter Aiken is a leading figure in the Irish music business.

When you look at the list of artists that Aiken Promotions have brought to Irish venues, you’ll see very few are missing from a “who’s-who” of global music stars. Peter’s ambition and passion for the business is at the heart of the operation and in this revealing conversation, you’ll begin to understand why the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Ed Sheeran are so keen to work with him.

Among many highlights include:

  • how Peter started as a 16 year old roadie for Rory Gallagher
  • the story of how he persuaded Ed Sheeran to play Croke Park in 2015
  • reflections on the uncertainty of the music promotion business
  • the unlikely comeback of Justin Bieber
  • how the modern hard-working professional musician has replaced the old rock’n’roll stereotype
  • Peter’s reflections on the Garth Brooks saga of 2014
  • what he learned from his late father, and pioneer in the business, Jim Aiken
  • the story of how the popular Live At The Marquee series was born

Note: the occasional noise heard is the angry output of Storm Jonas hammering on the roof of The White Horse!

Music Promoter Peter Aiken at Smarter Egg's The Business of Music event at the Ballincollig Winter Music Festival at The White Horse. Photo Donagh Glavin

Music Promoter Peter Aiken at Smarter Egg’s The Business of Music at the Ballincollig Winter Music Festival at The White Horse. Photo Donagh Glavin

This conversation was recorded at a special Smarter Egg event on the Business of Music at Upstairs at the White Horse, Ballincollig, Ireland in January 2016. The video footage was filmed and edited by AV3 Productions.

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