To help individuals build successful businesses that add value to their own lives
by enhancing the lives of others.
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Are you struggling with a problem in your business? If so, look no further than The Sounding Board. Colm set it up after a prospect asked him “What exactly will you do for me and my business?” O’Brien replied, “I’ll be a Sounding Board and use my experience to help you.” She hired him.



Colm O’Brien’s story of success could be your story. His first business failed spectacularly and yet today the business he founded from the ashes of that failure delivers over 22,500 school lunches to children all over Ireland every single morning. Follow his story.



Time is finite! It is NOT a renewable resource. Clearly that statement is untrue – time itself in INfinite, however, you and I only have 24 hours in a day and so I created a virtual series of “Coffee with Colm” vlogs to allow you and I interact regardless of our diaries or location.



  • I was struggling with my decision to remain a second generation part of a family business that was bumping along the bottom for decades. I met Colm O’Brien and began to get clearer on the Life I really wanted for me and my wife and so gained the courage to make a change.
    It wasn’t easy. It hasn’t been comfortable, but it was the right decision.
    I am happier and more enthusiastic about my life
    than I have been for years

    Tim Kelly | Sales Professional

  • My life was too busy. I had no time for me. Colm O’Brien had me stop and think and ask myself how I wanted my life to look. I did. I am now happier and more focused. I really believe I am on track to create the life I really want.

    Marie Nagle | Cinnamon Alley Café, Nenagh

  • I read Colm’s book and it spoke to me unexpectedly. I knew my life was out of sync, but I didn’t know why. I was working very hard but all I seemed to be doing after years of effort was treading water. So I met Colm for a coffee. Now I have a plan. I know what the Life I Really Want Looks like. I have been honest with myself as to where my life and my business were when I started the process. I am happy, energised and on track.

    Niall Colgan | Niall Colgan Hair Studio

  • I finished Colm O’Brien’s book ‘Feeding Johnny’ in 7 days! That might not sound like an achievement to most of you but coming from the girl who is still reading the same fiction novel I started five months ago – that is an achievement. I just loved it. It’s a great read. Honest. Insightful. Inspiring. I got a great kick out of it and it ignited in me an enthusiasm for business that I wasn’t sure still existed. Then I met Colm for coffee and I really began to get clear on where my life is, and more importantly where it can be. I have regained the clarity I had misplaced, am back on track and I am grateful

    Mairead O’Donnell | Marketing Professional

  • Colm O Brien and I have crossed business paths many times over the last 15 years.  It was somewhat by chance that I attended his Thomond Park “Take-Off” Day in May 16, and it was very refreshing to hear a different perspective on work/life balance and how we think we are busy but usually with all the wrong elements, so his sense of perspective was an inspiration to me to think a little differently.

    His interest, enthusiasm and willingness to help people and their business is absolutely genuine matched with simple core principles of weekly planning & measurement is a combination I have never come across in 20 years of business – you won’t meet a more charismatic character who has the power to question everything you do but for all the right reasons while putting you at ease at a moments notice.

    Make sure to attend a conference Colm O Brien is speaking at, try and meet him at an event or simply have a coffee with him, I have no doubt you will gain more out of that meeting that you will realise.

    Fionagh Ryan | Ryan’s Jewellers, Roches St. Limerick