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Shay McConnon

Shay McConnon is a psychologist, an author and the founder of People First a Training and Consultancy group that specialises in creating winning relationships in the workplace. Shay deals with everyday situations and provides real-life examples of what to say and do to create openness, trust and collaboration and make your place of work an even better place to work.


About Shay McConnon

Shay McConnon is a sought-after conference speaker, having written a total of 18 books on personal and professional development. His consultancy, People First,  is best known for its highly acclaimed An Even Better Place to Work, an employee engagement solution which has transformed teams in organisations like Siemens, BAE Systems, Emirates, Environment Agency and other leading organisations globally.

Shay is a regular speaker at conferences, is a Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association and has been awarded best new speaker by Vistage, the world’s largest organisation for chief executives.

He is a member of the Magic Circle and he uses magic to illustrate his key messages in a fun and memorable way.

To book Shay McConnon, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Winning relationships – Shay’s most popular keynote

First class businesses have first class relationships. Shay brings fresh insights to work and domestic relationships with lots of humour and audience participation. It is a high energy, content rich keynote that is packed with practical, workable ideas that will reduce your people problems and create more collaborative relationships across your business.

Suitable for everyone in your organisation.

Leadership magic – win minds and hearts

Organisations are only as effective as their people. People are only as effective as their managers enable them to be. Discover ways to lead and inspire. Learn how to make your people a growing rather than depreciating asset. Create special people who will give you special results. Develop leadership, not just leaders.

Suitable for those with people responsibility.

Bring out the best in people – help colleagues feel special

Communication continues to be the number one problem for organisations and indeed for personal relationships. In this entertaining and highly interactive keynote, Shay will show you how to handle everyday situations, so you get the best out of your relationships. Learn the secrets that will enable you to be an effective leader of people and a master communicator.

Suitable for everyone in your organisation.

An Even Better Place to Work™ – create a people centric culture

Shay McConnon will share the culture change model he has developed for organisations like Siemens, Environment Agency, the NHS and others. He identifies 7 indicators for making your place at work ‘An Even Better Place to Work’ and outlines a system for growing and tracking these indicators across the organisation. Delegates will be given practical ideas for improving the impact of leadership, the development of teams and the quality of work life for everyone.

Suitable for everyone in your organisation.


Besides speaking at conferences, Shay also runs ‘training’ workshops in organisations. These can be online or face 2 face on the following topics and can last from 90 minutes to half a day to a full day. Topics include:

  1. High performing teams
  2. Dysfunctional teams
  3. Outstanding Leadership – the 7 keys
  4. Understand People & Behaviour
  5. Getting the Best from your People – Collaboration
  6. An Even Better Place to Work – Engagement
  7. Feedback not bite back!
  8. Conflict to collaboration – the four steps

Here you can find books by Shay McConnon. For bulk book orders for your event please speak with a member of the team.

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"“The feedback has been excellent evidenced by our repeat bookings with you for the remainder of our USA and UK staff. You kept the audience riveted and I look forward to the next time.” Pippa Anderson head of OPD Glaxo Smith Kline"

Pippa Anderson head of OPD Glaxo Smith Kline

"“One of the most motivational, educational and moving keynote addresses we have had. It was also the funniest by far.” Maria Amaro Shafto MCGT conference organiser"

"“Have you ever done stand-up comedy? if not you should. If you make dull subjects sound that interesting, just imagine what you could do with topics that everybody likes. You could indeed be the Billy Connolly of the business world.”"

Joe Carney Fife Gov

""Shay, a million thanks for your contribution to the conference… …I was impressed and I am a cynical old bugger who has seen most things. I truly enjoyed it.""

Mike Johnson - Speaker organiser for European HR Forum

""The most charismatic speaker I have heard. You kept our people fascinated for the entire session… …Your anecdotes, metaphors and slight of hand brought so much life to the presentation. A speaker of rare effectiveness.""

Les Bunce - Chairman Dorset Quality Forum

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