Eddie Murphy, Dr.

Clinical Psychologist & Adjunct Associate Professor (UCD School of Psychology)

why book eddie?

  • Respected psychologist on RTE’s Operation Transformation, employs cutting-edge psychological research in his practical, respectful, and hope-oriented approach
  • Head of Psychology in the HSE, specializing in trauma and PTSD, dedicated to successful outcomes for individuals, families, and communities
  • A dynamic public speaker, engaging audiences with seminars and training events on mental health, wellness, and popular psychology topics

Biography

Dr. Eddie Murphy is the psychologist on RTE’s Operation Transformation where his practical, respectful and hope orientated approach uses cutting edge psychological research – CBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focused therapy, to help you become your real self, and he has opened the hidden doors of the therapy room to the public at large.
He is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, mental health expert, author, teacher and life coach committed to promoting enduring change. He completed a Masters in Health Psychology in City University London, his Doctorate of Psychological Science in Clinical Psychology in University College Dublin (1997 – 2000) and the MBA at UCD Smurfit School of Business in 2009. He is a lecturer, supervisor, researcher and author of professional publications.

Dr. Eddie is a Head of Psychology / Principal Clinical Psychologist working in the HSE and is committed to providing professional psychology passionately and promoting successful outcomes for children, adults, families, communities and organisations. He has a specialist interest in trauma and PTSD.

He has contributed extensively to local and national media including RTE’s Marian Finucane show & The John Murray Show, The Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mail and RTÉ Guide.
Dr. Eddie is an engaging, dynamic and entertaining public speaker and has given many seminars and training events on mental health, wellness and other popular psychology topics to the general public, schools, professionals, organisations and companies. ‘Becoming Your Real Self’ is his first book.

Topics

Mental Wellbeing

Elevate Your Emotions: Mastering the Big 5 for Life’s Ultimate Wellbeing

Welcome to Dr Eddies most requested talk “Elevate Your Emotions: Mastering the Big 5 for Life’s Ultimate Wellbeing,” As a clinical psychologist and life coach, I’m excited to guide you through an empowering journey, transforming how you interact with your core emotions to achieve peace, contentment, and happiness.

Awareness & Solutions: Our adventure begins with the Big 5 emotions -. Recognising these emotional currents in our daily lives is the first step towards greater mental health awareness, especially in the workplace. We’ll open up vital conversations and break down barriers to emotional understanding.

Mental Health Support: Next, we delve into supporting each other – colleagues, team leaders, supervisors, and managers. We’ll explore practical, empathetic approaches to assist individuals grappling with mental health challenges, fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment.

Stress Management Tools: Stress is inevitable, but succumbing to it isn’t. We’ll introduce positive stress management tools, leveraging techniques like mindfulness and cognitive behavioural strategies to keep stress in check and maintain mental equilibrium.

Evidence-Based Wellbeing: Rooted in the science of positive psychology, our focus will be on evidence-based practices to enhance personal wellbeing. From cultivating positive emotions to engaging in activities that bring meaning and engagement, every strategy is designed to uplift and inspire.

Conclusion: You’ll leave this talk with a renewed sense of hope and inspiration, equipped with the tools to live a life filled with pleasure, meaning, and engagement. Let’s embark on this journey to elevate our emotions and embrace life’s ultimate wellbeing.

Bounce Back Better: Building Resilience & Tackling Everyday Challenges

Welcome to “Bounce Back Better: Mastering Resilience in the Face of Daily Challenges.” As a clinical psychologist and life coach, I’m thrilled to guide you through the art and science of building resilience. This isn’t just about coping with stress; it’s about thriving amidst it, using the robust tools of positive psychology.

  • Resilience – The Art of Bouncing Back: Resilience is our psychological immune system. It’s not about avoiding stress but learning how to deal with it effectively. We’ll explore how to transform adversity into a catalyst for growth and development.
  • Evidence-Based Strategies: Our toolkit comes from the heart of positive psychology. We’ll dive into practical, evidence-based techniques like gratitude exercises, which rewire our brains to focus on positives, and mindfulness practices that heighten our awareness and presence in the moment.
  • Humour – The Unexpected Tool: Yes, laughter is a resilience-building strategy! A good chuckle can diffuse stress and put challenges into perspective. We’ll learn how to incorporate humour into our daily lives as a powerful coping mechanism.
  • Conclusion: In this dynamic and engaging talk, we’ll journey through the realms of positive psychology to enhance your resilience. You’ll leave armed with practical, easy-to-implement strategies that not only help you tackle everyday challenges but also enhance your overall well-being. Get ready to laugh, learn, and leap into a life of greater resilience and joy!

Mind Gym: Building Mental Resilience for Everyday Champions

Welcome to “Mind Gym: Building Mental Resilience for Everyday Champions.” I’m here as a clinical psychologist and life coach to take you through the journey of mental fitness. Think of it as a gym for your mind, where resilience is the muscle we’re going to strengthen.

  • Mental Fitness Defined: Just like physical fitness keeps your body strong, mental fitness is about strengthening your emotional and psychological wellbeing. It’s about developing a resilience that allows you to bounce back from life’s challenges and stresses.
  • Resilience-Building Techniques: We’ll delve into evidence-based strategies to build resilience. This includes practical exercises like cognitive reframing, where we turn negative thoughts into positive ones. We’ll practice mindfulness techniques to enhance our emotional awareness and response flexibility.
  • Humour & Resilience: Laughter isn’t just good for the soul; it’s a powerful tool in building mental resilience. We’ll explore how a sense of humour can lighten life’s load and help us view challenges from a more manageable perspective.
  • Conclusion: In this session, you’ll not only learn, but you’ll also laugh and leave with practical, actionable tools to boost your mental fitness. Let’s embark on this journey together to build a resilient mind that is ready to take on the world’s challenges with strength, humour, and optimism.

Neurodiversity at Work: Harnessing Unique Minds for Collective Success

This enlightening talk with a neuroaffirmative framework will focus on the strengths and will define neurodiversity and explain why it’s important to be inclusive of neurodivergent people in the workplace. In Dr Eddie’s approachable and accessible way he will:

  • Neurodiversity Defined: Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. It suggests that neurological differences like Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Dyslexia, and others should be recognised and respected as any other human variation.
  • The Neuroaffirmative Approach: Taking a neuroaffirmative stance means recognising the strengths and talents that neurodiverse individuals bring to a team. It’s about shifting our perspective from seeing these differences as challenges to viewing them as opportunities for innovation and growth.
  • Inclusive Work Environments: Creating an inclusive workplace is essential. This means adapting workspaces to meet diverse sensory needs, offering flexible working hours, and providing clear, concise communication. It’s about removing barriers and creating an environment where everyone can thrive.
  • Leveraging Unique Strengths: Neurodiverse individuals often have unique skills – such as pattern recognition, memory, attention to detail, or creativity. By identifying and leveraging these strengths, businesses can gain a competitive edge, foster innovation, and enhance problem-solving capabilities.
  • Education and Awareness: Educating staff and leadership about neurodiversity is crucial. Workshops and training sessions can help create a culture of understanding and empathy. It’s about building a community where differences are not just accepted but valued.
  • Conclusion: Embracing neurodiversity in the workplace isn’t just about social responsibility; it’s a strategic business decision. By recognising the unique contributions of neurodiverse individuals, we can create more dynamic, innovative, and successful workplaces. Let’s move beyond mere inclusion to celebration and active empowerment of neurodiverse talent. Together, we can create a workplace where every mind works uniquely, and every contribution is valued.

Embracing Change: Navigating Workplace Transitions with Confidence

Change is a constant in the modern workplace, and this talk is centered on embracing it positively. The focus is on equipping employees with the tools to adapt to change with confidence and optimism. Key points include:

  • Understanding Change: Discusses the psychological impact of change and why it can be challenging.
  • Adaptability Skills: Introduces practical ways to develop adaptability and flexibility in the face of change.
  • Communication During Change: Emphasises the importance of clear communication during periods of transition.
  • Personal Growth Opportunities: Highlights how change can be an opportunity for personal and professional growth.
  • Real-Life Examples: Shares stories of individuals and organisations that successfully navigated significant changes.

Thriving Under Pressure: Strategies for High Stress Environments

This presentation addresses the reality of high-stress environments in the workplace and provides attendees with strategies to not just survive, but thrive under pressure. Key points include:

  • Recognising Stress Signals: Teaches how to recognise and respond to stress signals in the body and mind.
  • Stress Management Techniques: Offers a range of stress management techniques, from breathing exercises to time management skills.
  • Maintaining Performance: Discusses how to maintain high performance without compromising mental health.
  • Personal Resilience Stories: Shares inspirational stories of individuals who have thrived in high-stress careers.
  • Interactive Stress-Relief Activity: Engages the audience in a brief, stress-relief exercise that can be done even at work.

Energise Your Workday: Simple Strategies for Sustained Energy and Focus

This presentation offers practical advice for maintaining energy and focus throughout the workday, crucial for mental and physical well-being. Key points include:

  • Energy Management: Discusses the importance of managing physical and mental energy.
  • Healthy Habits: Provides tips on nutrition, exercise, and sleep to boost workday energy.
  • Mindfulness Techniques: Introduces mindfulness techniques to enhance focus and concentration.
  • Time Management Tools: Shares effective time management strategies to prevent burnout.
  • Interactive Demonstration: Includes a short interactive session on a quick mindfulness or stretching exercise suitable for the workplace.

Fostering Hope: Building a Future-Oriented Mindset at Work

This talk is about cultivating a future-oriented mindset, focusing on hope and optimism in the workplace. It’s aimed at helping employees look forward to the future with enthusiasm and confidence. Key points include:

  • The Science of Hope: Explains the psychological benefits of a hopeful outlook.
  • Setting Visionary Goals: Discusses how setting long-term, visionary goals can inspire and motivate.
  • Overcoming Pessimism: Offers techniques to overcome pessimistic thoughts and attitudes.
  • Success Stories of Hope: Shares inspiring stories of individuals and companies who achieved remarkable outcomes through a hopeful perspective. 

Education Sector

Embracing Minds: Celebrating Neurodiversity in Education

Welcome to “Embracing Minds: Celebrating Neurodiversity in Education,” a talk aimed at transforming our perspective on neurodiversity in schools. As educators, professionals, and caregivers, it’s imperative we adopt a neuroaffirmative stance – one that not only acknowledges but also embraces the diverse spectrum of neurological experiences in our classrooms.

  • Neurodiversity: This term recognises a range of neurological differences – like Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Dyslexia, and others – as natural variations in the human brain. Rather than viewing these as deficits, we see them as unique attributes that contribute to the rich tapestry of human experience.
  • Understanding and Acceptance: The first step is understanding. Neurodiverse students experience the world differently. Their learning styles, social interactions, and sensory experiences can vary significantly from neurotypical peers. Acceptance means creating an environment where these differences are not just tolerated, but celebrated.
  • Inclusive Education Strategies: Inclusion is key. This involves adapting teaching methods to accommodate various learning styles. For example, visual aids for dyslexic students, structured routines for autistic students, or activity-based learning for those with ADHD. It’s about providing an equal platform for learning, tailored to the needs of each student.
  • Empowering Neurodiverse Students: Empowerment comes from focusing on strengths rather than deficits. Neurodiverse individuals often possess unique talents – whether it’s exceptional memory, creativity, or problem-solving skills. Education should highlight and nurture these strengths, fostering a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • Building a Supportive Community: This isn’t just a task for educators, but for the entire school community. It involves training staff, engaging with parents, and educating neurotypical students to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding and support.

Conclusion: Embracing neurodiversity in schools isn’t just about changing policies or practices; it’s about shifting mindsets. It’s a journey towards creating an educational environment where every student, regardless of their neurological makeup, feels valued, understood, and supported. Let’s work together to make our schools a beacon of neurodiversity acceptance and celebration.

Self Care

Focusing on self-care for carers is crucial, especially for professionals like nurses, doctors, social care workers, human resource professionals, and teachers. These three talk incorporate elements of CBT, compassion, and mindfulness. These are presented in a dynamic, accessible, solution-focused, practical, and hope-oriented style.

Compassionate Care for the Caregiver: Nurturing Yourself with Mindfulness and CBT

This talk begins by acknowledging the high-stress nature of caregiving professions and the risk of burnout. It emphasises the importance of self-compassion and introduces mindfulness and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) as tools for self-care. Key points include:

  • Understanding Self-Compassion: Explains the concept of self-compassion and its importance for caregivers.
  • Mindfulness Techniques: Demonstrates practical mindfulness exercises, like deep breathing and mindful meditation, to help attendees stay present and reduce stress.
  • CBT Strategies: Introduces basic CBT techniques to identify and challenge negative thought patterns often faced by caregivers.
  • Personal Well-being Plan: Guides attendees to create a personal well-being plan, incorporating elements of mindfulness and CBT.
  • Interactive Session: Engages the audience in a brief mindfulness exercise, fostering a direct experience of its benefits.

Resilience in the Face of Adversity: CBT and Mindful Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals

This presentation is focused on building resilience among healthcare professionals using CBT and mindfulness. It provides tools for coping with the emotional and mental strains of caregiving. Key points include:

  • Identifying Stress Triggers: Helps attendees identify their personal stress triggers and understand their impact.
  • CBT for Resilience: Teaches how to use CBT techniques to build resilience against stress and burnout.
  • Mindfulness in Daily Routine: Shows how to incorporate mindfulness into daily routines to enhance emotional well-being.
  • Case Studies: Shares stories of healthcare professionals who successfully used these tools to manage stress.
  • Practice Session: Conducts a guided CBT and mindfulness practice session, tailored for the challenges faced by the audience.

Maintaining Emotional Wellbeing: A Compassionate Approach to Self-Care

This talk is designed for those who main tool in their job is themselves; healthcare workers, educators and human resource professionals.  Focusing on maintaining emotional wellbeing through compassion, CBT, and mindfulness. It addresses the unique challenges faced by these professionals. Key points include:

  • Compassionate Self-Talk: Teaches how to cultivate compassionate self-talk as a tool for emotional well-being.
  • Solution focused strategies: teaches tools to managing toxic people, and setting healthly boundaries   
  • CBT for Emotional Regulation: Introduces CBT techniques to manage intense emotions that often arise in these fields.
  • Mindfulness for Daily Stress: Provides simple mindfulness exercises that can be done even during busy workdays.

Leadership & Management

Leading with Authenticity: Unleashing the Power of Genuine Leadership

Welcome to “Leading with Authenticity: Unleashing the Power of Genuine Leadership.” As an associate professor in psychology with an MBA, my passion lies in melding the worlds of psychology and business to enhance leadership effectiveness. Authentic leadership isn’t just a style; it’s a transformational journey that starts within.

  • The Essence of Authentic Leadership: At its core, authentic leadership is about being true to oneself. It’s a blend of self-awareness, integrity, and transparency. This talk will delve into how these elements forge leaders who are not only respected but also deeply connected with their teams.
  • Psychology Meets Business: Drawing from psychological principles, we’ll explore the cognitive and emotional aspects of leadership. How do leaders make decisions? What drives their interactions? Understanding these facets is crucial in developing a leadership style that is both effective and authentically yours.
  • Communication & Culture: Communication is the heartbeat of effective leadership. We’ll discuss how authentic leaders use clear, empathetic communication to foster a positive culture. This culture is the breeding ground for innovation, trust, and collaboration.
  • Strategy with a Human Touch: Merging psychology with business strategy, we’ll examine how leaders can develop strategies that not only drive business success but also consider the human element – the well-being and development of their team.

Conclusion: Authentic leadership is more than a skill set; it’s a mindset. By the end of this talk, you’ll have practical tools and insights to lead with authenticity, create a culture of trust, and drive your team towards excellence with a human touch.

Strategic Synergy: Fusing Leadership and Strategy for Organisational Excellence

This talk is designed for leaders who aim to integrate effective strategy with impactful leadership. Combining my experience in psychology and business, this talk will unveil how strategic thinking can be harmoniously aligned with leadership qualities to achieve organisational goals.

  • Integrating Leadership with Strategy: We’ll explore the intersection of leadership and strategic planning. How can leaders ensure their vision aligns with their strategy? We’ll discuss methods to synchronise personal leadership styles with strategic objectives for optimal results.
  • Psychological Insights in Strategy: Delving into the psychology behind decision-making and motivation, we’ll uncover how understanding psychological principles can enhance strategic planning. This includes leveraging team dynamics, understanding motivational drivers, and employing emotional intelligence.
  • Communication as a Strategic Tool: Effective communication is a linchpin in executing strategy. We’ll investigate how leaders can use communication to clarify goals, inspire teams, and navigate through the complexities of organisational change.
  • Culture as a Strategic Asset: A strong culture is a competitive advantage. We’ll examine how leaders can shape a culture that supports strategic objectives, encourages innovation, and fosters resilience.

Conclusion: By bridging leadership and strategy with psychological insights, you’ll be equipped to lead with a renewed perspective. This talk will empower you to fuse your leadership approach with strategic thinking for enhanced organisational performance.

Resonant Leadership: Creating Harmonious Workplaces Through Effective Management

In “Resonant Leadership: Creating Harmonious Workplaces Through Effective Management,” we explore the art of creating a workplace environment that resonates with positivity and productivity. This talk combines insights from psychology, leadership, and 

management to build workplaces where people thrive.

  • The Art of Resonant Leadership: Resonant leadership is about creating an emotional connection with your team. It involves understanding and managing one’s own emotions and those of others. We’ll dive into how resonant leaders use emotional intelligence to create a positive, energising work environment.
  • Effective Management Strategies: We’ll look at practical management strategies that foster a harmonious workplace. This includes delegation, conflict resolution, and performance management, all underpinned by psychological principles.
  • Communicating with Impact: Communication is key in resonant leadership. We’ll explore techniques for impactful communication that can motivate and inspire teams, and also address how to handle difficult conversations with empathy and assertiveness.
  • Cultivating a Positive Culture: A resonant leader plays a crucial role in shaping organisational culture. We’ll discuss how to build a culture that values collaboration, innovation, and well-being.

Conclusion: By the end of this session, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how resonant leadership can transform your management style and create a more harmonious, productive workplace. This talk aims to inspire you to be a leader who not only leads but also resonates deeply with your team.

Parenting

Parenting Unplugged: Raising Resilient Rockets: Launching Your Kids into a Thriving Future with Humour and Heart

Welcome to “Parenting Unplugged: Navigating the Digital Age with Humour and Heart.” As a clinical psychologist and life coach, I’m here to guide you through the rollercoaster of parenting with strategies for nurturing resilience and emotional intelligence in your children and teenagers. This talk is about more than just surviving the parenting journey; it’s about thriving in it, with a sprinkle of humour and a lot of heart.

This talk isn’t just about rules and restrictions; it’s about understanding, connecting, and laughing along the way.

  • Emotional Intelligence: Emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of a well-rounded individual. We’ll dive into practical, evidence-based strategies to help your kids recognise, understand, and manage their emotions, as well as empathise with others.
  • The Power of Connection: Strong, positive relationships are the bedrock of mental health and well-being. We’ll discuss ways to foster open communication, build trust, and create a supportive family environment where every member feels heard and valued.
  • Digital Dilemma: We’re raising children and teenagers in a digital era unlike any before. Screens are everywhere, and while technology is a fantastic tool, it also poses unique challenges for parents. How do we balance the benefits of the digital world with the need for real-world connections and experiences?
  • Practical Strategies: I’ll share evidence-based psychology approaches to foster healthy digital habits. This includes setting realistic screen-time limits, engaging in tech-free family activities, and leading by example. Remember, it’s not just about limiting exposure; it’s about teaching responsible and mindful usage.
  • Building Bridges, Not Walls: Communication is key. It’s about having open, honest, and sometimes humorous conversations with your children about the online world. We’ll discuss how to talk to your kids in a way that resonates, building trust and understanding.

Conclusion: In this talk, we’ll laugh, we might even cringe a little, but most importantly, we’ll learn how to navigate parenting with a blend of humour, heart, and practical wisdom. it’s a launch pad for empowering you and your children to reach new heights of emotional well-being. We’re not just raising kids; we’re nurturing future adults who can navigate life’s challenges with confidence, empathy, and resilience. Let’s get ready to launch these rockets!

Eddie Murphy, Dr.

Resources

Books

  • Named one of the “Top 25” by Streaming Media magazine and one of the “Top 100 Media Executives” by The Hollywood Reporter. Her TED talks have been watched by over twelve million people.
  • Professor of Practice at the University of Bath School of Management, and Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme.
  • Her book Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times.

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Biography

Margaret Heffernan is a charismatic and authoritative speaker who takes little at face value and regularly challenges received wisdom. With an unerring ability to highlight the talent that often lies underutilised in organisations, this five-time CEO and six-time author consistently questions common business practices in ways and from angles that never fail to surprise. Her aim? To show organisations how to ‘get out of their own way’ and release the talent already in their ranks.

Originally a producer for the BBC, Margaret moved to the US in the 1980s where she became a renowned media executive through her work at The Learning Company, Standard & Poor’s, and others. To date she has written six books.

Her latest, Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together, invites us to adapt to a world in which uncertainty is now the default rather than the exception. It could not be more timely as Covid19, Brexit, AI and other volatile forces bring unprecedented disruption to lives and businesses across the globe.

Among her other roles, Margaret is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., she mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She also writes for the Financial Times and Huffington Post.

She was shortlisted for a Thinkers50 Strategy Thinking Award in September 2021.

Masterclasses

You may want to go deeper with your audience. Masterclasses can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.

You may want to go deeper with your audience. Masterclasses can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.

You may want to go deeper with your audience. Masterclasses can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.

The Uncharted Journey

CEO, TED speaker and business thinker Margaret Heffernan has designed this Masterclass in collaboration with Personally Speaking based on her latest book Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together.

CEO, TED speaker and business thinker Margaret Heffernan has designed this Masterclass in collaboration with Personally Speaking based on her latest book Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together.

CEO, TED speaker and business thinker Margaret Heffernan has designed this Masterclass in collaboration with Personally Speaking based on her latest book Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together.

Resources

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testimonials

“Margaret delivered a colourful and engaging masterclass to a sold out session here in the IMI. She discussed how deceptively small measures can have a disproportionate impact on building a strong, sustainable organisational culture. Here at the IMI, we look at successful events on the number of fronts and audience participation is key. The Q&A session with Margaret was our best yet.”

David Magee, IMI

“Margaret was brilliant, very approachable and positive. Plus, she delivered an incredible presentation. Please pass along our appreciation, along with her average score from the audience: 8.82/10 – amazing score & great presentation. Very inspiring!”

Excellence Summit

“As you can tell from the attached evaluation summary, those in the room were really engaged. They benefitted from not only from the stories you shared, but also those you encouraged in the room from each other. Everyone was able to take something away to use and develop back at their organisations and Trusts. I couldn’t have asked for more from a masterclass.”

KKS ACADEMY

“Margaret was fabulous, a great storyteller with practical tips. She was one of the highest rated speakers of the event.”

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