Kevin Kelly Speaker

Kevin Kelly

Internationally acclaimed speaker, best-selling author, execution, leadership, sales, motivation, change and entrepreneurial success expert

Kevin Kelly: Biography highlights

Kevin Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, best-selling author, Execution, Leadership, Sales, Motivation, Change and Entrepreneurial Success expert. He consults with such companies as Microsoft, most recently developing a unique video series for their Worldwide Partner Community; and speaks about his expertise in his keynotes, masterclasses and training modules at conferences throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

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Kevin Kelly’s background

Born into a business family, Kevin began his sales apprenticeship in the family shop in the West of Ireland at the tender age of six. Very soon he became aware of the power of attention – different types of attention!

Barely able to see over the counter, he entertained customers a multiple of his age that were happy to tell their life story or – at least that’s how it felt. Then there were others who just couldn’t get served quick enough so they could get on with their daily chores. He quickly understood what type of customer wanted swift execution and which one wanted a counseling service!

This upbringing and associated learnings were the catalyst for his subsequent career in sales and marketing. On graduating with a Marketing degree, Kevin consistently broke sales records in each of companies he worked for, culminating in him being continuously head hunted. Finally, in 1990, Kevin honoured his entrepreneurial DNA and set up his own company, Advanced Marketing.

The company dedicated itself initially to increasing the sales of small and medium businesses, in addition to exhaustively researching the area of personal and business potential. In 1996, Kevin committed to writing a Best Selling book on motivation, the first of its kind on the Irish market. “How? When You Don’t Know How” became a mega best seller.

Kevin learned a very valuable lesson in terms of selling and execution: knowledge may give you enough reasons not to act but Do! it anyway, and be prepared to end up in a place you recognise and accept as better than your starting point. This book became the foundation on which he built his international speaking career. Since then he has written four more books.

Staying true to his Irish roots, Kevin is a master storyteller who has worked around the world with Fortune 500 companies and prestigious associations like the Million Dollar Round Table. Kevin’s keynotes consistently deliver an interactive conversation that engages, informs, inspires and empowers attendees with a toolbox of invaluable takeaways.

Kevin lives on the Wild Atlantic way with his wife, Deirdre and young son Conor. He is a passionate Liverpool FC supporter. At the weekend you will find him on the football pitch where he trains under age soccer and football teams. Nothing, apart from watching Conor play soccer, gives Kevin more satisfaction than delivering results for his clients.

Street cred

— Author of five books and three CDs including his most recent, “Do! the pursuit of Xceptional Execution” described by Tom Peters as the book he would love to have written.

— Has broken sales records across industries and cultures. From working with the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Community on Xceptional selling to manufacturers of construction equipment; Kevin has sold them all!

— Has addressed audiences across the globe in 35 plus countries from Korea to Columbia, Kenya to Hong Kong.

— Has fundraised over €1m euros for several projects and helped build two schools in Africa, a local Youth building and many sporting facilities.

— Scored a volley from the halfway line in a competitive soccer match. (Sorry Adrian!)


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After Dinner Engagement
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Moderating and Emcee
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Motivational Speaker - Who is Kevin Kelly?
Motivational Speaker - Who is Kevin Kelly?
Motivational Speaker Kevin Kelly on MDRT Korea 2010
Motivational Speaker Kevin Kelly on MDRT Korea 2010
Best Seller Speaker book DO! Xceptional Execution
Best Seller Speaker book DO! Xceptional Execution
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Motivational Speaker - Who is Kevin Kelly? 2
Speaker KEVIN KELLY - Presentation DO!
Speaker KEVIN KELLY - Presentation DO!
CEO , Deeper Media Inc., NYT best selling author of Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

“Kevin Kelly understands how vital attention is to sales performance. From the attention, your team gives to the most important prospect and client details to the attention that they earn from the efforts. Kevin’s keynote is sure to give your sales team-high Return On Attention!”

Tim Sanders
GE Healthcare

“He managed to increase the energy level in the room after a long day of information. Personally, I like the fast change between storytelling and engaging the audience. I was impressed with his ability to ‘sense’ the mood in the room.”

Helen Bager
New Era Life Insurance Companies, USA

“Kevin was the perfect speaker for our audience of insurance agents at our Sales Conference in Sorrento, Italy. He energized the crowd, captured our attention and motivated us with humor and anecdotes. He articulated a strategy for each individual.”

Mary D. Frazier
Executive Vice President & COO
KPMG China

“Thank you for an entertaining and content rich workshop. In addition to engaging our people……you delivered some valuable messages that resonated cross culturally in our marketplace.”

Anson Bailey
Principal, Business Development

“Working with Kevin was a pleasure. He delivered 3 excellent sessions at a recent Microsoft event to an audience of approx. 250 people which all scored extremely highly and compared to 5 other speakers delivering, was regarded by the audience as the best speaker. He captivated the delegates throughout the sessions with interactivity, energy and humour. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Kevin again.”

Luke Debono
Incredible Events
L and D, Lane Crawford, Hong Kong

“Kevin was engaging, entertaining and importantly gave some real takeaways that could be used immediately. Understanding customer’s DNA resonated particularly well”

Alison McLaughlin
The Academy for Chief Executives, UK

“Kevin Kelly spoke at our Thought Leaders Conference, an event hosted by Investec Bank. He is a motivation speaker par excellence and brings very practical value to our audience of CEO’s. ‘Basics before Buzz’ which was his subject, did exactly what was on the tin and I would recommend Kevin to any organisation that wishes to exceptionalise their service and retain their customers.”

Brian Chernett

“Energetic, dynamic and curiously captivating. 75 minutes disappeared in a heartbeat with Kevin engaging a multi-cultural group of sales and business distributors from across EMEA, challenging and inspiring them to think differently. His messages were absolutely on point and perfectly in sync with our own priorities, I could not have hoped for a better or more aligned finish to a great meeting!”

Chris Carter
Marketing Director EMEAC Medical Aesthetics

“Working with Kevin on our Xceptional Execution Video series was a fantastic experience. He is passionate, committed, creative and cooperative. The feedback was excellent. Meanwhile his 92.5% speaker satisfaction rating at the World Partner Conference in July 2015 speaks for itself.”

Margie Gradwohl
Senior Product Marketing Manager

“As Closing Speaker, Kevin gave the audience an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and practical take-away messaging that our members can immediately apply to their lives.”

Antonio Germade
Executive Producer

“Kevin has unbelievable energy and enthusiasm. His positive thinking is infectious and entertaining. Kevin take on sales motivation is different”.

Ciaran McGreal
Sales Manager
Fuji Photo Film (Ireland)

“Kevin commanded a high level of audience participation and adapted his motivational keynote to fit perfectly into the overall theme of our trade launch.”

Richard Browne
Marketing Manager
Hang Seng Bank China

“It was great to go through the review process driven by you in the talk. We oftentimes forget what we should be doing due to being immersed in our daily routine. I am very much inspired by your high energy, people sensitivity and drive to be Xceptionalized!”

Yvonne Y Y Chan
Head of HR
Million Dollar Round Table, USA

“We asked Kevin to handle the coveted spot closing out our MDRT Experience meeting in Seoul, Korea this year. Kevin gave the audience an abundance of energy, enthusiasm and practical take-away messaging that our members can immediately apply to their lives. I would definitely urge any organization to consider utilizing Kevin Kelly on their program.”

Anthony Germade
Executive Producer
WOM-Latam, Argentina

“At WOM-Latam, we seek to give our audiences the opportunity of sharing real world experiences and ideas, and provide support to companies seeking to transcend their challenges and reach their goals. In this sense, I have to tell you that your session has been clear, dynamic, engaging and highly inspirational for all the attendees, both conceptually and in terms of practical solutions. Your excellent material contained information very relevant to our customers, with excellent examples and has been oriented at the right level for the audience. It has been a great pleasure working with you and I hope we can do it again in the near future.”

Julio Kupferman
Johnson Brothers Limited

“My expectations for Kevin’s presentation were extremely high and even at that, he exceeded every hope I had when I invited him to speak to our retail sales team. I have never witnessed a room full of people hanging on one person’s words for such a length of time. Kevin has a true & rare talent and the feedback so far has been extremely positive and the team is most energetic. I am confident that even the most cynical and unmotivated person could not have helped but be inspired in some shape or form. Most enjoyable & beneficial, Go raibh mile maith agat.”

Maureen Dillon
HR Manager

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