Tim O’Shea

The Agent of Change

What do you get when you combine a specialist in human behavior, a former HR professional with a background in organizational psychology, an experienced professional humor speaker who has made thousands of audiences laugh, and a guy who is operationally trained with multiple certifications in strategic and tactical self-defense, executive protection high-performance driving, and has even trained with Secret Service agents and officers from the CIA?

You get O’Shea…Tim O’Shea. “The Agent of Change.”

Tim shows leaders, managers, and teams how to think strategically and effectively handle workplace dynamics by helping people avoid the negative impact making assumptions can have on success. He motivates leaders to see new perspectives, inspires teams to support each other, gets people laughing about their everyday workplace situations, and helps organizations thrive during change.

Tim O’Shea spent 17 years in the corporate sector working in sales and HR before becoming a full-time professional keynote speaker. His entertaining style and good-natured humor has earned him multiple awards, and he speaks to corporate and association audiences internationally. During his corporate career, he was laid-off 4 times, survived 6 different mergers, and held 11 different job titles. This is why he works for himself now.

Most popular program

“Top Secrets Revealed: Managing Change”

Why We Resist Change and How to Think & Feel Better About It

Ideal for: Groups going through organizational changes or transitions who want a lighthearted message about looking at change in a new way.

Why do we resist change? Why do we immediately assume the worst has happened? Why do we want to fall on the floor and cry like a toddler whenever something is different?

This, and many other questions, will be answered in this entertaining program about common—and often hilarious—assumptions people make when faced with change, and how that can sometimes lead us into making not-so-smart decisions.

With an entertaining style and good-natured humor, Tim O’Shea draws from his background in organizational psychology and human behavior to provide key insights into dealing with change:

  • Why we respond to change the way we do
  • Why we make assumptions and how to avoid them
  • A practical process for managing emotions during times of uncertainty
  • And having a sense of humor helps!

Yes, in fact I have a couple of audience segments where I demonstrate with audience members how we can be tricked by our own assumptions and our own way of thinking. Our perceptions are not always reality.


“Top Secrets Revealed: Effective Leadership”

How to avoid making assumptions with team members to decrease conflict and increase success.

Ideal for: Sales groups, Leadership conferences, Managers, Multi-Generational Workplaces, and anyone having anything to do with interacting with other human beings everyday (whether you want to or not).

Which person would you most likely want to work with: a guy with a shaved head, a T-shirt and so many tattoos he looks like a human Picasso? Or a well-groomed, suit-wearing professional who obviously knows how to present himself well to others?

The answer may surprise you.

In this entertaining keynote, learn how to get past your assumptions and biases when interacting with coworkers. Multiple generations are in the workplace now, which is why it is so important we understand each other to create effective and productive teams.

Whether you are hiring new employees, building relationships, or leading projects, this program will get you to reframe your perspective so you can think smarter, communicate better, and have more successful outcomes for your bottom line.


“The Funny Way We Think!”

Get past the assumptions you make which stop you from succeeding

Ideal for: Opening conference keynote, a mid-day after-lunch booster, or closing program at end of day.

Why do smart people do foolish things? Why do we make snap judgments about someone before getting to know them? Why do we instantly think we are in trouble when we hear the words “The boss wants to see you in his office right away”?

This, and many other questions, are answered in this entertaining program about common—and often hilarious—assumptions people make, and how doing so can sometimes cause us to make not-so-smart decisions.

With an entertaining style and good-natured humor, Tim O’Shea provides key insights into how to avoid making assumptions so you can make smarter decisions, handle conflict, cope with change, and produce more successful outcomes. In this program you will learn:

  • Why smart people do foolish things (the short answer: we all do it)
  • Why we make assumptions and how to avoid them
  • A practical process for managing thoughts and emotions when going through change
  • And having a sense of humor helps!

Feedback includes

“You were phenomenal and the closing remarks was verification of it. Each CEO is asked to come up and present lessons learned from the day, and all of them referenced your session. They each had a takeaway from your piece that they would like to implement at their division. Tying it with our internal process was highly appreciated by our VP of HR.” – Director of Learning and Organizational Development, HCA

Tim’s clients include Allstate Insurance, McDonald’s, Miller-Coors, Honeywell, GM, SHRM, and the American Payroll Association.

Travels from: Denver