Conor McCarthy

Business Coach + Speaker

The great paradox of life is that it’s the “ordinary people” who end up doing extraordinary things. How do they do it? With a plan, the right mindset and a ton of good ol’ fashioned action.

Want to move the needle on something that matters to you? Good, then you’re in the right place. Lets bring the future into focus.


The most interesting life I can think of is one thats filled with lots of learning, meaningful work and meaningful relationships.
And fun! Don't forget fun :)

I have a history of re-invention. I went from being a computer science graduate (with a Masters in Music Education) to becoming a lead software engineer to starting one of the largest free family festivals in Ireland, the Street Performance World Championship, in 2006. That festival went on to win national awards and attracts an audience of over 250,000 people yearly. It broke world records year after year and remains one of the most loved events in the Irish festival calendar. Now I work with entrepreneurs as a catalyst for changemakers, and coach on Seth Godin’s renowned altMBA Workshop, designed to accelerate professionals as they become change agents for the future.

This multi-disciplinary background helps people move forward on the work that matters to them. I love to make life easier for everyone by figuring out how to do things better. What really fires me up? Learning by doing, helping others make progress, and problem-solving. I’m a supporter of others, honest and direct, and extremely empathetic.

When I’m not coaching businesses or building businesses, I can be found reading (I read a lot), practicing mindfulness, going to the gym or nerding out on smart-home tech.

Business Coaching

When was the last time someone focused their attention solely on you and where you need to get to?

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have been lucky enough to coach with some amazing people in world-changing organisations. These include:

I believe that a good business is a mix of art and science. Together, we will find the right mix for you. As an astute and proven leader with plenty of experience achieving results, I believe in clear goal setting, understanding decision making and starting by asking the right questions. (I’ve found that often the right questions are the difficult ones…) The core ‘Why’ of your business is the only thing that matters, so let’s find out what it is.

I specialise in coaching people who want to move the needle on work that matters to them.

Expect transformation, new leverage, and new energy around your project, goal, or decision. I’ll bring new awareness with a fresh set of eyes to your project or business. Lets uncover opportunities, and new directions you didn’t even imagine were there. Your business, your self, your bank account, your passion project…you decide what we need to focus on and we will get there together.

I work with change-makers who…
Have an inspiring vision/why/goalAre eager to do deep work (no quick fixes)Are action-takersAre willing to be vulnerable

Who is coaching for?

Contact me if you want to:

Connect person to person, not “businessperson” to “businessperson”.Be asked challenging questions that will elevate your thinking.Be shown new possibilities, to see things you might have missed.Get solid feedback that improves the way you see yourself and your projectsBuild a better, clearer future for you and your projects.Lead with generosity.

I offer various levels of collaboration, from half-day sprints to 3, 6 and 12-month programs. Get in touch by clicking the button below and let's start talking about how you are going to change your corner of the world.


With 18 years of experience, 4 National Entrepreneur Awards and 9 Business Awards, I'm ready to take what I know, and apply it to what you need to get done.

Conor really helped me see the bigger picture through his unique way of guiding the conversation and peppering our time together with big questions. Conor was the perfect blend of listener and advisor. He steered the conversation from contemplation to action. I felt heard AND guided, which was exactly what I was looking for; impartial and practical solutions to big business decisions. It has helped me immensely. I’ve been able to grow my business from one Saturday a month to 5 days a week, and if there were an Oscars speech for this, Conor would be top of my list of thank-yous – Carla Bredin, CEO of Wild Healthy

…effective, engaging and compassionate…” – Padhraig O’Loughlin, Consultant in Mater Private Hospital

“Conor is some sort of omnipotent coach. Nothing eludes him. I’m so grateful for his insights – Ronit Kfir, Public Speaker

“Thank you very much for the role you played pushing me deeper and deeper” – Etienne Hubert, Owner of 4 Companies in South Africa

"Thank you for being part of my transformation by seeing me and formulating it with wise questions - Francoise Hontoy, Hontoy Communication"

"I still continue to learn from you and be inspired by your work and leadership - Michael Lewarne, Director of Redshift Architecture"

”Just reaching out with a big, heartfelt THANK-YOU-OH-SO-VERY-MUCH for your great feedback. Its like magic, you always say the right thing to challenge me to dig deeper and find more within, I’m so grateful you’re my coach - Helena Escalante, Founder, Speaker, Bibliophile and Writer @"

"I just wanted to reach to tell you that my conversation with you was incredibly valuable because it allowed me to see the real problems that I was facing with my business. I took your advice seriously and I worked really hard …to make clear what is this for and who is this for. You opened my eyes and I want to say thank you. You asked me the difficult questions and although I found it difficult, it was the thing that I needed the most! Thanks for unapologetically go to the point, to the core of the question that is preventing me to go forward. You don’t avoid the hard questions. - Natalia Alvarez, The Story That Matters"


I have been asked to speak to leaders of teams and organisations on topics such as leadership, vulnerability and creativity. Most recently I gave a talk at Talent Garden, Dublin:

Talent Garden Innovation School is an innovative educational institute offering Masterclasses and courses in the fields of digital technologies and innovation, with a focus on coding, data, design, marketing and business. By putting people at the centre through a cutting-edge training methodology, the Innovation School brings new cultures and skills into businesses and offers upgrades and updates to those operating in the work environment.

Entrepreneurs Anonymous is a community of like-minded people where founders, both new and experienced, can connect, learn and get inspired. EntAnon started as an accountability group by former students of an entrepreneurship course and has evolved into a coalition where members can meet on a regular basis and explore entrepreneurship together.


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Are you working on something meaningful? Are you struggling with the hard part of a passion project? Are you looking to find out what your blindspots are?

If so, get in touch…

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