One year on from the launch of the What I Know Now Podcast, we celebrated the very first What I Know Now networking event in Trinity College on what was a very successful evening with some of Ireland’s most influential speakers sharing their experience.

I have achieved success as a successful man in recruitment, but I didn’t know very much about setting up a podcast. I was filled with fear and feeling that I was not up to the task. Why would anyone want to speak with me? Why would anyone listen? It held me back a little but I said I wanted to become a person who wasn’t prevented from living a life of fear so just got on with it and I am so glad I did.

After seeing the podcast continue to grow and grow in popularity, I came up with the plan to hold a monthly event for What I Know Now to bring people together to learn and grow from the inspirational people from the podcast, but also to get the chance to meet like-minded people and build meaningful relationships. On Thursday evening, the first event marked What I Know Now’s 1 year anniversary with some great inspirational speakers and a full house of guests in the Bank of Ireland Hamilton Building at Trinity College Dublin.

After the crowd gathered and settled in chatting along with one another with a variety of snacks and drinks, CEO coach and entrepreneur Shane Cradock kicked off proceedings with what advice he would give to his 18-year-old self. After going through some personal battles in his 20’s, his advice to the audience was to “embrace the shit” and said even the most successful will get caught out.

His passion to help others came across really well as he also offered advice to stop wasting time and go do what you are passionate about. He finished with a powerful line from his award-winning play ‘The Waiting Room’ saying “Life is precious, make it count.” It was a great way to start the evening but there was plenty more inspiration to come.

Next up in the impressive line-up of speakers was Business mentor and success coach, Pat Slattery. The key point to take away from Pat’s speech was not to buy into the opinions of random people because they hinder your goals and you can become conditioned by their opinions. Try not to let other people hold you back from achieving your dreams. He also believes that when you start moving in the right direction and success starts to come along, give yourself a pat on the back and keep doing what you are doing.

Colm O’Brien is a business coach, motivational speaker, best-selling author and he is also the founder of Carambola School Lunches that now supplies packed lunches to 30,000 children daily all over Ireland. One of Colm’s advice to his 18-year-old self is to read books. Read 10 minutes or even 10 pages a day to learn something new. As you read day by day, the amount of knowledge you gain will be incredible and it will all come to use in years to come. Really practical advice that you can implement right away.

The impressive speakers kept on coming and next to offer advice his younger self was ‘The Accidental Rebel’ Pat Falvey, explorer and motivational speaker. It is always great to hear Pat speak and he offered great advice to go after your dreams and goals. As his grandmother used to say to him: “If you think you can, you will; if you think you can’t, you won’t.” Showing the great speaker that he is, he had the audience chanting “I have the power” shaking their fists in the air. This shows just how passionate Pat is in helping and inspiring others. Great words of wisdom from all extraordinary individuals.

After a short break, I got set for my very first live podcast with guest Stephen Cluskey, award-winning entrepreneur, disability advocate and founder of Mobility Mojo. Stephen shared the story of how at the age of 18 he was involved in an accident which left him paralysed from the neck down. It was no doubt a difficult time but he has since gone on to achieve more than most people would.

He set up Mobility Mojo and Challenge Access advocating on behalf of disabled people and wants to help them realise that their disability should not hold them back from living life to the fullest. Stephen has also designed and helped develop an IFTA nominated TV show to try to change people’s perceptions around access issues and he has even bigger plans for the future such as to become the first quadriplegic in Leinster House, which received a full backing from the audience.

It was an emotional and such an inspirational story that Stephen shared in the first What I Know Live podcast that I’m sure it touched all people in the room as it did for me. As always in every interview, I ask my guests what advice they would offer to their younger self. Stephen’s advice was to have perseverance: be persistent in what you are passionate about no matter what obstacle is thrown your way. Really great advice from such an inspirational person.

After Stephen’s remarkable story,  the tables were turned because this time I was the one in the hot seat to be grilled by none other than Pat Falvey on why I set up the What I Know Now podcast. I had ups and downs through my career and when I was making mistakes and learning from them, I said to myself I wish I knew that then. With a passion for meeting people and hearing their stories, I launched the podcast to help you learn from their success stories to become the best version of yourself.

From meeting people from all walks of life through the podcast, Pat asked me about some of his favourite pieces of advice I have learned from guests. This includes to not let other people tell you the narrative, do something that scares you every day to conquer your fear and to implement “The 10-yard rule,” which I learned from interviewing Frankie Sheahan. If something goes wrong, bitch, moan, do whatever you feel like to get it out of your system but put a deadline on it. Don’t let the frustration linger. Put a stop gap on it and move on.

What I Know Now has grown to be a popular podcast in the past 12 months, but when I started out with this idea I knew nothing about how to be a podcaster and had not a clue about the equipment I needed. There was this one time in the early days that I so pumped after a three-hour interview with a top CEO, but when I got home that night I discovered that I forgot to press record. Luckily, I got to meet with him again a few weeks later and this time everything worked out.

Pat also asked me about some of the key things I have learned from the podcast. My advice is that people will help you if you tell them your goals and what you want to do. I have learned that you have to be open to other people’s feedback and learn from them to continue developing and grow as a person.

After weeks of planning and gathering some amazing speakers, the first What I Know Now event was a big success. I was delighted with how things turned out and were humbled and honoured for the great feedback I received for a successful and truly inspiring evening.

It was a fantastic event. I was especially touched as I am sure everyone was with Stephen Cluskey. His dignity, Realism and wish to help others.I thought Mark Kelly was terrific in his humility and simple but real approach.
I have been to Tedx talks and attended the web summit as a volunteer and I learned more from last night. I think there is such a future for events like these.

I think it was a very inspiring event. The key pieces of advices are plenty but to highlight the main one is to believe you can do it! I look forward to attend more of such events in future.

It’s not advice exactly that I took away, more like proof. I’m in college and working 2 jobs, these speakers had the same ambitions and mindset when they were young so it gave me hope to just keep doing what I’m doing and I’ll reach my goal in the end.
I have learned so much and I want to pay it forward to you and share some of the insights with you with a sample of some of the amazing people I have met with. The next event will focus on helping you build your confidence, self-esteem and help with clarity.

The second What I Know Now event on Thursday 26 October at the Hamilton Building in Trinity College. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite.

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