By @SimonCocking

Legendary Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody will be speaking at the Smart Business Show  at the RDS in Dublin on April 22nd and 23rd. The aim of the show is to help businesses connect, network, and create opportunities with new suppliers and thousands of potential customers as well as discover smarter ways of doing business.

One of the greatest hurling managers of all time, Cody delivers his keynote talk on the first day, April 22nd, at 1.30pm, with an insight into his career, tips to making the transition from player to manager and advice on how the skills and experiences of sport can be transferred to business.

Speaking at the press launch in the RDS today Cody said: “SMEs are key to the future of the Irish economy. I’m delighted to be speaking at the Smart Business Show because it will genuinely give business people an insight into increasing their networks and how to grow their business. Many of the skills and experiences gained in sport are the same as those you need to succeed in business. I am really looking forward to sharing my experiences and to explaining these many parallels.”

Mr Cody joins over 60 industry leaders and thinkers over two days on an array of topics, all of them designed to help businesses succeed and grow. Topics include networking, entrepreneurship, technology, digital engagement, exporting, sales generation, communications and marketing.

Other Speakers at the show include:

– Finn Goulding: CIO, Paddy Power

– Julia Hobsbawm: World’s First Professor of Networking

– Brian Corish, Head of Digital, Vodafone

– Will King: multi-millionaire businessman who started King of Shaves

– John Mullins: one of the world’s foremost thought leaders in entrepreneurship and business funding

– Eddie Esposito: international expert in referral marketing who worked for Michele Obama

– Peter Casey: (from Dragon’s Den) about managing talent and getting the best out of your workforce

– George Mordaunt: Acclaimed author and business survivor

– Louise Phelan: VP of Global Operations at Paypal

– Runa Sandvig: Forbes contributor, worked alongside Edward Snowden, cyber security expert

With over 150 exhibitors, Gareth Quinn, Smart Business Show Commercial Director says the event is turning out to be a huge success: “This is our first year running the show in Dublin and we have been blown away by the appetite and support for what we have planned on 22nd and 23rd April. The show will provide a wealth of opportunity for businesses of all types and sizes to gain practical advice and ideas on how to improve and grow their enterprises. With over 20 partners working alongside us for the past six months we have been particularly impressed with just how many key decision makers we have been able to engage with and are coming to the show.”



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