Paul McNeive


Paul McNeive is an motivational speaker with all-round experience in the business and entertainment world. Chartered Surveyor and former Managing Director of Savills in Ireland, Paul McNeive started his career as a trainee in the basement of the companies building, and not even the loss of his legs in a fire prevented him from rising to the top position to lead 250 staff.

A brilliant motivational speaker, McNeive works is an expert in business development, working with several leading companies. Alongside motivational speaking, McNeive has an autobiographical book on business and motivation, named Small Steps. In his book, McNeive passes on the lessons of positivity, motivation and goalsetting which he learned in rehabilitation hospital and which he has used to prove that Everything Is Possible – for example, becoming the first double amputee in the world to gain a helicopter pilots license; an extraordinary achievement.

Writing a weekly opinion column for the Irish Independent, McNeive has been profiled on The Late Show and is interviewed regularly on TV and radio. McNeive serves on the board of The National Rehabilitation Hospital and has an ambassadorial role for The National Burns Hospital. McNeive is also an Ambassador for The Douglas Bader Foundation.

A passionate speaker on customer service, McNeive has a unique classification process of classing birds as types of birds, ensuring that everyone remembers his message – ‘make ’em feel special’. Having been described as a ‘rare breed of motivational speaker‘ from a background of professional services – with over thirty years experience. Additionally, McNeive is also an experienced speaker on client development, selling as well as leadership and winning pitches.

McNeive also works as a singer and in comedy. McNeive has written No.1 songs and sung on TV and Radio including The Late Late Show, The Mario Rosenstock Show, The Business, The John Murray Show and the launch of The Gathering.  All of this experience in entertainment makes McNeive a great motivational speaker, combining to level business experience as well as having the ability to entertain.

Experienced in hosting seminars, McNeive loves working with senior management in facilitating strategy meetings where his wide experience allows him to challenge the status quo and stimulate new thinking. Paul McNeive is an inspirational and entertaining speaker who makes an unforgettable impact on his audiences.

To book Paul McNeive as the leadership speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When he’s at corporate events, Paul is known to cover the following topics:

  • Client Development
  • Leadership & Motivation
  • Winning Pitches
  • Lessons Of Posivity
  • Goal-Setting

Find out a little bit more about Paul by watching his showreel here:

“We were delighted to have Paul McNeive attend our annual staff conference and to present his thoughts and ideas on how you move people and businesses forwards, by degrees. We employ over 2000 staff in the UK and whilst only a percentage of those employees attended the Conference it has been interesting to hear many more people within the business talking about moving things ‘one degree at a time’  and also identifying who are the ‘Canaries’ in our business. Clearly, Paul’s messages have permeated out already and that, in my view is a real indication of how effective he was. He is also a very nice guy and an absolute pleasure to work with. The queue from the Conference attendees to speak to him afterwards and to receive a copy of his book went round the block!” – Nick Harding, Chief Executive, Praescape

“We were fortunate enough to have Paul deliver keynote addresses for us at a number of events across the country.  With a diverse range of attendees, from start-up businesses to multinationals, Paul’s storytelling was the highlight of each event. Engaging the audience with a blend of insight and humour in equal measure, the single most common piece of feedback we received from the audiences was “inspirational” – Neil Hetherington, Microsoft Ireland

“Paul spoke at a training event of mine, one in which we were asking people to embrace change; challenge themselves to be the best they can be; and be bolder and more ambitious in their actions and behaviours.  Well, did we choose the best person to embody and represent all this!  Paul spoke with eloquence, emotion, insight and not a little humour.  His story is compelling and his delivery engaging.  Paul was a perfect way to end the day – painting a picture of what is possible when vision is combined with strength of will.” – John Morris, Partner Smith & Williamson, Chartered Accountants

“We used Paul to speak to our Managers from across Ireland; his story is thought provoking and inspiring and his messages on customer service are simple but incredibly effective. The feedback from Paul’s presentation was outstanding” – Duncan Graham, Head of Retail Advancement (Ireland), Specsavers

“I don’t think words can describe the effect you had on so many people from your speech yesterday. I was completely blown away by your presentation.I listened to the comments in the room once you finished and what I witnessed was something amazing. All I have heard today from managers is how amazing you were-in their words, you were Real, Honest and Believable. A massive Thank You.”– Jean Tierney, Regional Development Manager for Specsavers