Broadcaster, Entrepreneur, and Former Politician
Both as an MC and motivational speaker Ivan has an excellent track record at a range of both large and small corporate events. His is committed to ensuring your occasion is enhanced with a professional, well prepared, no nonsense approach.
Ivan Yates has had unique life experience in politics, business and media. A former government minister and Wexford TD for more than 20 years; an entrepreneur who founded and developed Celtic Bookmakers to employ 400 people, with €200 million turnover.
He bounced back from bankruptcy in Wales in 2012 to become a highly successful national broadcaster. He previously presented the radio show The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk and co-presented The Tonight Show with Matt Cooper on TV3. He is also a leading columnist with the Irish Independent newspaper.
In 2014 he published his best-selling autobiography, ‘Full On’ with acclaimed reviews.
His original forthright style of entertaining punditry and analysis on the full range of current affairs and sport has made him a much sought after motivational public speaker at corporate and formal events. He also acts as a versatile conference facilitator/moderator, MC with a flair for asking the questions that need answering. Ivan is a memorable and compelling after-dinner speaker.
Ivan’s attention to detail, preparation and client focus ensures your event runs smoothly and efficiently, with humorous asides. He adds value to your occasion by making it special.
You may want to go deeper into a topic for your audience. The keynote topics can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90 minute Masterclass, half-day, full-day workshop or a full online or face to face programme we can help. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.
“Ivan was a very engaging Conference Chair. We were extremely impressed with how well prepared Ivan was for the forum. He also helped improve some of the presentation elements from our own team (Panel and live link) on the day thanks to his feedback and input during rehearsals. He kept the agenda on track, the audience engaged and his close to the conference was very insightful and impactful. Ivan added to the messaging retailers left the room with on the day.” – Suzanne Weldon, BWG/Londis Conference, 28th Sept 2015
“Just to put on record that Ivan was simply brilliant yesterday at the Lean Retail Conference. His political and business philosophy was so well received; his method of communication was first class and the sprinkling of humor added greatly to the day. We have had an unbelievably positive response following Ivan’s participation and look forward to using his services again.
A first class job by a total gentleman. Thank you.” – David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive Officer, Retail Excellence Ireland
“Our recent Centenary Dinner in Dublin Castle was an outstanding success and Ivan as our after dinner Speaker was splendid. He combined some humorous anecdotes from his political career with other incidents from his subsequent business in a very forthright and motivational fashion which was very well and attentively received by our 140 attendance.” – Bill Lynch, Irish Branch, Institute of Irish Shipbrokers, October 2011
“The event went very well for us. We were delighted with the speakers across the board and received some excellent feedback from delegates. Ivan, in particular was an excellent Master of Ceremonies and coordinated the event very smoothly. He really engaged our audience and consistently bought the discussion/analysis around to the theme ‘Better Together’.” – Ruth Norton, Marketing Group Support Office, ADM Londis plc, September 2011
“Our sincere thanks to Ivan for an interesting, thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining evening. His frank and honest approach resonated with many in the room. Excellent speaker, thank you” – Rhona Abbey, Marketing Manager, Ernst & Young . 25th March 2011
“Thank you for joining us at the recent Gala conference. The day was a resounding success and this was in no small part due to your talent as the keynote speaker in the morning session. The retailer feedback was excellent following the event. Your speech was very motivational and the consensus was that everyone left the room with optimism for the future. It was also very informative, which is exactly what we wanted for the retailers so you really did pitch it perfectly.” – Denise Lord, Customer Service manager, Gala Retail Services Ltd.
“I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks to you for your exceptional participation at our 10th annual conference.” – Stephen Blair, Director, Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly
“Ivan was excellent – we got really good feedback from the retailers who were all captivated by his stories.” – Riki Neil, Account Director, Life Communications
“Ivan was perfect for the evening and was very well received by our members & guests. He delivered a great speech with a mixture of humour & sincerity – Ivan also delivered the message that we want to relay to suppliers & members alike.” – Aidan Candon, ECO, Euronics
“As a breakfast, lunch, dinner or conference speaker Ivan Yates is a motivational delight. Built on a bedrock of intellectual rigeur, fuelled by broad experience and priceless savvy, his unique style engages, challenges and inspires. Waterford Chamber cannot recommend him highly enough.” – Monica Leech, CEO, Waterford Chamber
“We were really happy with Ivan and got really good feedback from our guests.” – Katie Moloney, Promotions Executive, The Irish Times
“Just to put on record that Ivan was simply brilliant yesterday at the Lean Retail Conference. His political and business philosophy was so well received; his method of communication was first class and the sprinkling of humor added greatly to the day. We have had an unbelievably positive response following Ivan’s participation and look forward to using his services again. A first class job by a total gentleman. Thank you.” – David Fitzsimons, CEO, Retail Excellence Ireland
“We found Ivan’s attention to detail quite unique. He took the trouble to meet with us well in advance of the event in order to ensure that his approach would mirror our requirements. On the evening of his address, which was to a conference dinner, he wanted to know what had emerged during the day’s deliberations lest anything impact on what he should say. His address was well crafted and delivered expertly, drawing on all of his experience in politics, business and, more recently, broadcasting.” – Alan Cooke, CEO, IAVI
“Ivan was absolutely fantastic!! A pleasure to work with.” – Samantha Wadkin, Marketong Manager, Premier Group