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Speaking and Training

Neal is a captivating, entertaining, and enlightening speaker and storyteller, and with a special and very unique take on mental wellness, brain health, and stress management.

After more than 50 years struggling with a variety of mental illnesses, compounded by nearly thirty years of chronic stress that eventually led to burnout and a close call with suicide, he quit his award-winning forty-year cybersecurity career to follow a completely different path.

He started with a curiosity about the brain, his and brains in general. What causes mental illnesses? What’s the science behind stress? Why do just half a dozen hormones seem to be in complete charge of everything we are, think, and do?


His expedition took him deeper into the territory of the mind, and specifically, the science behind all the purported treatments and even cures – from positive psychology and emotional resilience, to talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, thinking and breathing, diet and exercise. Do they really work and if so, how?

What can cows teach us about oxytocin, the glue that holds the human race together? Why are horses more empathetic than people? Why is going to the dentist a possible treatment for depression? How do Botox injections trick our brains into thinking we’re happier? Why could city buildings be the next personal therapists.

How come we can’t just rewire and reshape our brains but grow new brains, just using our brains? Why do scientists believe that the cure for the aging body might lie in the brain? Why does flossing your teeth slow cognitive decline?

Using himself as a guinea pig, he didn’t just research these treatments, he tried them for himself, documenting his progress.

Neal approaches the science, biology, chemistry, philosophy of the mind as a student, not a teacher. As a patient and not a doctor. The relentlessly curious child constantly asking “But why?” until he’s completely satisfied with the answers. Don’t tell me what works, tell me why it works. Don’t just say trust me. Show me.

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Talks and Topics

Get A Grip – What Neal discovered about the science of mental health, wellness, and happiness, and how easy it is for all of us to get a tight grip on how the mind works. Read more.

****ing Stress! – How I tamed my chronic stress through a mixture of mindfulness, breathing, and hacking lessons (why, what did you think I meant?). Learn more.

Interested in having Neal as a speaker or trainer?

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Or contact his agency at Eagles Talent.

Past Speaking Events

Neal has keynoted in Las Vegas, spoken at the headquarters of Facebook in Menlo Park, and presented online to participants across 50 countries. Other audiences have included The Institute of Management Accountants, the Global Business Travel Association, Ameriprise, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, US Bank, and the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Participant Feedback

“We could not find a better way to help articulate our March 11th 2021 #SVBTA Event Speaker’s Smart and Charismatic style, so … here he is! Take a minute to listen and imagine the Great Value that you will take-away when you attend: “Get A Grip! Taming The Emotional Chaos In A Disrupted World” Neal received our Highest 2019 Attendee Satisfaction Survey Results. 95% Overall Value and 93% Education Value. Huge.”

The Silicon Valley Business Travel Association

“The presenter is absolutely wonderful, and the information is EXCELLENT! I am delighted at how the presenter openly and unapologetically discussed his personal experiences with mental health. So many people suffer from anxiety, depression, etc., and this just helps to reinforce with people that they are not alone. THANK YOU!!!!!”
Conference Participant

“Thank you for your amazing and truly relevant content in today’s environment which is heavily impacting Mental Health.”
Seminar Participant, 2021

“I strongly recommend Neal as a speaker! Neal’s honesty and self-reflection on his experiences helped remove any stigma around the conversation; resulting in excellent audience participation including sharing their concerns, stressors, and coping mechanisms. Thank you Neal!”
Drew Mitchell – President, Silicon Valley Business Travel Association

“I really enjoyed Neal’s presentation today about Taming the Emotional Chaos in a Disrupted World. Lots of useful ideas with backed science behind them. I look forward to attending his talks again in the future.”
Barbara Arena, Oracle Corporation

“Wonderful! Great presentation!”

“Neal has the courage to broach a difficult topic, leveraging his own experience, and make potentially complex content very easy to understand. Neal also provides some basic and helpful guidelines on how to manage stress and reduce its harmful side effects. His delivery is compelling, and he had my interest throughout the entire presentation.”

“What a much-needed self-improvement session! The content covered all aspects in improving difficulties in your life including stress management. “


“Incredibly interesting and relevant topic, especially in today’s Covid world. The “DAM” piece (Dismiss, Accept, Manage) related to stressors was highly useful. And always remember to BREATHE!”

“Great communicator, found the information that Neal shared to be very relevant and practical. Only complaint was that the one-hour session was too short. Highly recommend!”

“The event today was extremely beneficial and provided awesome information with immediate action steps to reduce your stress levels.”

“Neal has again hit it out of the park by making the mental health topic personable with his storytelling skills. His dry humor also helps! “DAM”, Dismiss, Accept, Manage will definitely help me cope when I feel overwhelmed next time. Thank you Neal.”

“I love Neal’s story and how he’s been able to pivot to find joy in his life again. The content and information he shared made it seem easily adaptable to my life and working through challenges I face. Great presentation!”

“Neal O’Farrell is great presenter and he helped give me great tips on how to better myself!”

Attending Neal’s talk was very enlightening and hit the spot on ways we endure stress. Mindfulness is such a great reminder on how we can eliminate our daily stress. I look forward to following Neal to learn more ways on how to deal with work fatigue and the unknown.”


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