From the courtroom to the national airwaves of Britain and a near-death experience with COVID, Barra Fitzgibbon has spent more than twenty years as a TV Presenter and Keynote and Motivational Speaker. Great conversations lie at the heart of his work accelerating the growth of organisations and individuals. For Barra, the key to problem-solving is how we talk to others and ourselves.
Barra trained as a lawyer, quickly discovering the joy of advocacy and public speaking in the court-room. After a dare from his big sister, he sent a showreel to Channel 4 and was quickly signed up. Bringing personality to continuity, Barra revolutionised the art of the TV announcer, embedding his voice in the consciousness of the Channel 4 brand.
An additional career as a commercial voice artist beckoned and through unexpected conversations, Barra lent his dulcet tones to OK magazine, Paco Rabanne, 20th Century Fox, Kerry Gold Butter and Sony Pictures. He is also an accomplished event host, from the Richard and Judy Book Awards to the carnivorous fiesta that is Meatopia at The Open Gate Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
Early in 2020 Barra caught COVID, the serious kind, coma for 6 days, intubated and ventilated, he only just survived. From his hospital bed, the value of healthy conversations was reinforced. He spoke at the 2020 NHS annual convention extolling the health benefits of great conversations between consultants, nurses and patients and how these are as important to recovery as traditional medicine. Barra was hailed “the poster boy of this convention”, receiving widespread praise for his powerful and “profound” speech. He’s now in demand as a guest, contributor and commentator on shows like Pat Kenny in Ireland. Speaker, motivator, survivor, Barra brings profile, passion and wit to every event - an inspirational performer for every audience.