To help individuals build successful businesses that add value to their own lives
by enhancing the lives of others.
– Listen –
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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.



“An inspiring speaker” according to many, Colm often speaks to groups and organizations both in business settings or as an entertaining after-dinner speaker. Regardless of the setting or organization, he is passionate about empowering people from all walks of life and sharing with them his life hacks.



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

  • “Colm assisted me during the opening [of Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton St.] and had a positive influence on my own career and helped to develop the management team here in Grafton Street. Colm’s own positivity and enthusiasm is infectious, and highly motivating for any team.

    Colm also assisted us in a Service training module which we called the ‘Tatten’s Project’ (After Tatten’s Twomey, Bewley’s best known waitress) in the reopening of the Café in late 2017 and into 2018. The Project was engaging and focused, it was server-led which created huge buy-in from the team. The team loved being a part of it and the results are evident throughout the Café today. Most of that team that joined us on the project are still with us today.”

    Andrew Griffin
    Director of Operations, Bewley’s Grafton St, Dublin.

  • Will I get anything from attending Colm O’Brien’s event?

    Here’s what happened at UBER recently…

    I tested SOME of my new content on 50 Uber Centre of Excellence personnel ranging across all strata of the company from general operatives through senior management. Here’s what they scored on feedback:

    Intro: 9.5

    Section 1: 9.7

    Section 2: 9.5

    Section 3: 9.2

    Section 4: 9.5

    Tell a friend: 9.9

    Overall: 9.7

  • “I was introduced to Colm by a mutual friend.

    I really enjoy working with Colm and look forward to our meet ups. Colm has always been honest, supportive, motivating and has given me valuable feedback when it comes to my business. He has a caring and patient approach.

    Colm was able to finally get me to value myself ( to pull out of me what I always knew was there) – helping me to grow in confidence and overcome that FEAR that taunts us all! I value his advice. Working with Colm has had a very positive impact on my business. He sees the potential and the many possibilities that are there for us all! He has become a great friend and mentor.”


    Fiona Doyle O Connor
    Stylist | Image Consultant | Model | MD Glamour Agency

  • ‘Working with Colm has been an extremely positive experience for me. Colm offers a wealth of knowledge and more importantly actually cares about the business. Having that support system and accountability on a weekly basis has helped me stay driven, focused and remain confident in my pursuit. A true gent and good friend.

    Eoin Sheehan – Founder Country Munch

  • “ I have been working with Colm since 2017 and I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for his motivation and guidance .

    I personally , went from having a so-so Hair Salon with 3 staff to a state of the art , prime located, brand new salon with 8 staff members.

    I find him incredibly supportive and honest and after every single meeting I have had with Colm , I have left with new found grit and determination. He pushes you to be and do your best always , I will always be grateful to him “

    Neisha Leahy Ahern
    Founder and MD Catwalk Hair Consultancy

  • “Colm O’Brien joined the Drew Media team as an advisor 2 years ago, at a pinnacle time in our growth. With Colm’s guidance, expertise and wise words we moved the business in the right direction and when we began to slip off course Colm was on hand to pull us back into focus. Colm’s advice has been an integral part of our growth in the past couple of years. During this time Colm held us accountable when necessary, pushed us when we needed a nudge and supported us during the tougher times. It was wonderful to have someone who had experienced both loss and success in business on our side. We will be forever grateful for the priceless support and guidance we received from Colm.

    April Drew, CEO Drew Media.

  • “As a member of Kilrush Town Team I had the pleasure of inviting Colm to be part of our launch event in Kilrush, Co. Clare.

    Colm is an absolute professional and it was a pleasure to work with him in preparing for the event. His attention to detail and relaxed delivery made the evening a huge success. He is a skilled communicator, and his great passion and experience in business had the room fully engaged during his presentation. An inspiring speaker and we look forward to welcoming him back to West Clare soon again.”

    Irene Hamilton, MD Scattery Island Tours, Volunteer Member Kilrush Town Team