Neil O’Brien

Neil O’Brien worked for a bank for 23 years. During that time he spent 14 years in sales and then 9 years running the training and development function. Having made a great success of this he then decided to take his speaking, coaching and facilitation skills to a wider audience and in 1998 he left the bank to set up Time To Fly Ltd.

Neil is now the number one corporate speaker and coach in Ireland on the topic of Mental Fitness. Mental Fitness is the ability to regain confidence quickly, stay confident and motivated longer and be resilient and successful in the face of constant change and challenge.

In the corporate world he works with teams and individuals helping them transform their performance through higher levels of mental fitness. His clients include Accenture, Abbott Labs, Airtricity, AIB Bank and Group, Allianz Capital Partners, Grant Thornton, IBM, 3M, Irish Life Corporate Business, Irish Life Investment Managers, KPMG, Microsoft, RBS, Sales Institute of Ireland, Institute of Bankers.

Neil is also one of Ireland’s top sport coaches and he has worked with professional and amateur golfers including Ryder Cup and Walker Cup players. He has coached at inter-county and club level with GAA teams and he is currently coaching some of Ireland’s elite athletes.

He was also the first coach to be featured on Irish television and enjoyed regular slots on such prime-time program as The Health Show, The Health Squad, The Mentor, The Clinic, The Big Bite and Open House.

To summaries; Neil has helped psychiatrists with their stress management, psychologists with their personal development, directors with their sense of direction, sales people sell more, footballers score more and golfers scoreless.


“We just finished our event in Germany with 45 very satisfied participants. Thanks a lot for recommending Neil to us. He was fantastic. The feedback from the audience was absolutely positive. Personally I liked in particular his great humour and his presentation style.”Holger Kirchoff,  Hewlett Packard.