Upgrade your internal operating system and enhance the effectiveness of all your leadership efforts

Develop Leadership from the Inside Out

with a master of Emotional Intelligence and nonverbal communication.

What do you get when you combine a lifetime of intensive study on Emotional Intelligence with real-world experience, proven results, and trademark Irish humor? You get Irvine Nugent, who brings his world-leading expertise on Emotional Intelligence and leadership to every event.

Your audiences will love Irvine’s priceless insights delivered with memorable flair, a storyteller’s instincts, and a ‘Start Now’ style that brings results from the moment the event is over.


“Irvine is an exceptional individual who was instrumental in coordinating and facilitating a multitude of activities that led to our office identifying the strengths, areas of improvement, opportunities for further development and potential obstacles to avoid or overcome in our communications and processes. Our staff continues to take full advantage of Irvine’s tools to enhance their skillsets and actively looks for ways to apply what they have learned in meaningful ways. ”
— Rear Admiral Denise Hinton, Chief Scientific Officer, FDA

Irvine says…

“If you want to lead with authenticity, then befriend your emotions and harness their power.”

Signature Speaking Topic

Leadership Lessons from The Pub

In a world of increasing change and complexity organizations spend millions each year in new programs to help increase productivity, decrease turnover and maintain profitability. However, much of that money could be wasted if they overlook the fuel that drives it all, Emotional Intelligence. From his doctoral research on CEO’s behavior in times of crisis to training and coaching hundreds of leaders, Irvine has distilled the essential ingredients that drive leadership performance.

Whether live or virtual, journey with Irvine back to the pub in Ireland and be entertained with stories of courage, resilience and hope. Along the way discover what makes leaders thrive and have greater impact. Come away with practical tools which will help you upgrade your internal operating system and enhance the effectiveness of all your leadership efforts.

You will discover how:

Keynote Speaking on Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
  • You have more power than you think to set the mood and tone in the workplace and thus have a greater impact on increasing workplace engagement, retaining top talent and driving up performance.
  • You can choose more thoughtful responses even when you have been emotionally triggered and thus avoid poor decisions and behaviors which erode the level trust in employees and customers and result in reduced financial performance. 

  • You can uncover untapped stories buried deep within you that have the power to engage and connect with employees and customers which will drive up loyalty and differentiate your organization in a crowded market. 

#1 Keynote Speaker on Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

As a leading emotional intelligence speaker, Irvine Nugent can help you and your team develop the skills you need to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace. With years of experience, Irvine has helped companies of all sizes improve their performance by teaching them how to better understand and manage their emotions.

As a leadership keynote speaker, Irvine Nugent delivers engaging and thought-provoking speeches that challenge audiences to think critically about emotional intelligence and its role in leadership. His passion for his work and extensive experience in the field make him a popular choice for organizations looking for a speaker on leadership who can truly engage and inspire their audience.  Contact us today to book Irvine for your next event!

More Keynotes and Workshops

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As an executive coach to c-suite leaders Irvine helps them deal effectively with managing anxious organizations. At the core is understanding the power of a leader to set the mood of an organization and be a catalyst in helping employees function at their highest potential. Specifically, Irvine will cover:

    + Learn What Triggers You and Throws You Off Balance
    + How to Lower the Anxiety of the Organization
    + Practical Ways to Manage Your Level of Anxiety

Leading in a world of rapid change and growing complexity is a daunting task. However there are five anchors that are constant and help ground any leader. 

  • Explore what it means to lead self and the importance of self-awareness.
  • Understand our core values and how they drive our behavior.
  • Examine the importance of widening the circle so we can hear all voices.
  • Discover how to make employees thrive in spaces that promote psychological safety and encourage development.
  • Appreciate the importance of optimism as a leader.

Strong presentation skills are essential for leadership success. Poor speaking skills can ground a rising star. This intensive program will help participants deliver presentations that motivate, hold the attention of the audience and ultimately get results. Specifically, Irvine will cover:

+ How to develop a presentation in half the time using the Applause Presentation Planner©
+ An in-depth analysis of your voice, body language and eye contact
+ Learn how to coach yourself using the Applause Meter©
+ Ten proven strategies for overcoming fear and nervousness
+ The top 10 turn offs to avoid which put audiences to sleep
+ Limited to 8-12 People
+ 80% Active Participation including 6 individual presentations
+ Individual Personalized Coaching
+ Individualized Take Home Recordings of all your presentations

Did you know that non-verbal language accounts for 60% of how we communicate with each other? Communication is at the heart of leadership, yet few leaders have spent any time mastering body language. This workshop will help leaders get noticed in any room and be able to connect, engage and influence others. Specifically, Irvine will cover:

+ Master how to use body language to build trust and rapport with others
+ Learn how to decode the hidden messages in other people’s body language
+ How to align your body language with your message
+ Grasp the seven universal facial microexpressions to give you a leadership advantage
+ Improve your networking skills and how to work a room
+ Become a human lie detector and be able to read hidden emotions
+ Leave with a body language development plan to dramatically improve your nonverbal communication

The latest research findings from neuroscience are confirming something we know instinctually, that stories have the power to grab us and make connections at a deep emotional level. It is an essential skillset that successful leaders have mastered and allows them to get messages through, to build engagement and to drive change in your organization This dynamic workshop will inspire leaders to look at their lives and careers as a rich source of stories that will highlight the company’s vision, goals, and values. Specifically, Irvine will cover:

     + Practical tips from neuroscience to connect and influence with stories
     + Build a strong strategic story, including an understanding on how to develop compelling plots
     + Live coaching on your story and storytelling technique

Have you ever wondered why some people just don’t get you? Or ever thought “I cannot even begin to know what my boss needs—even when I ask her, I still don’t know.” Most of us have felt that way at one time or another! The good news is there’s a simple tool designed to help you understand yourself AND other people too. In this dynamic and fun worship Irvine will help your team you build more effective working relationships based on an understanding of different behavioral styles. The workshop will provide a common language that your team can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviors with others. Specifically, Irvine will cover:

     + Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress and how you solve problems
     + Facilitate better teamwork and minimize team conflict
     + Develop stronger sales skills by identifying and responding to customer styles
     + Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members
Frederick Community College

“Irvine spoke directly to my heart, mind, and soul! He gave me a new perspective on managing my stress, and not letting my stress manage me!”
— Patricia Meyer, VP, Frederick Community College

Irvine says…

“The simple act of listening has the power to change the world.”

Top 8 Reasons to Book Irvine


Harness the Power of Emotion

Irvine has spent his career helping leaders make deeper connections, improve their decision making, and increase their influence.


15 Years of Senior Leadership Experience

With experience in organizations at every size, growth stage, and sector, Irvine’s learned the traits that make universally great and emotionally engaged leaders.


Globally Recognized Expertise

Irvine is a globally certified FACS coder, a certification that recognizes leading experts in reading the emotions behind facial expressions.


Rich & Varied Experience

From seeing how a breakdown in communication nearly destroyed his homeland of Northern Ireland to seeing how it can destroy organizations of any size, Irvine’s experience spans unique backgrounds and environments.


Gifted Storytelling

A natural knack for storytelling honed over years of keynote speeches, leadership training, and other events.


Learn Leadership in Crisis

Having earned his Ph.D. from Capella University with research centered on crisis leadership, Irvine knows how to help any organization weather tough challenges.


Casual, Pub-Style Delivery

Irvine honed his trademark Irish storytelling skills in the pubs of his home before taking them to the stages of his keynote events.


Lead with Purpose

Emotionally intelligent leaders don’t lead with intimidation or demands— they lead with purpose. Find out how Irvine Nugent can help your leaders do exactly that.

Irvine says…

“The ability to choose how you respond in any moment is a leadership superpower.”

Irvine has helped hundreds of organizations to increase their Emotional Intelligence.

Organizations Dr. Irvine Nugent Has Helped

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