Neil Ihde

Neil Ihde

Neil Ihde (Ee-dee) is a speaker, trainer, and founder of Life IQ where he motivates groups and individuals to work, play, relate and live intelligently. He has worked with numerous managers, directors, corporate leaders, and teams to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Neil has worked with over 25 Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Discover Card, Domino’s, Transamerica, GE among others. Neil has also consulted internationally with clients from a dozen countries. He is a TEDx speaker and his Life IQ YouTube channel recently eclipsed a half-million views. Neil's academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Sociology, and a MA in Counseling. Neil and his wife Deb have two children and live in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Most Requested Programs

4 Secrets to Becoming a S.T.A.R. - How to Increase Your Personal and Professional Success
Essential Tools for Challenging Times - Time/Change/Stress Management
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
10 Mistakes Leaders Make...And How to Avoid Them!
Setting the Stage for Healthy Conflict


Neil is very, very good at what he does. He won over a tough, intelligent crowd through his engaging presentation style and his entertaining storytelling. Neil clearly spent a great deal of time researching our organization, which earned him instant credibility and demonstrated to our group that he had tailored the discussion to our specific interests and needs. Our data-hungry group was impressed with his depth of subject matter expertise and his ability to explain concepts in layman’s terms. He delivered on everything we asked, and more. Well done! – Scott Brubaker, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Neil took on such a guiding role in working with my nurses in management positions. I knew I wanted someone that could provide them information and knowledge on the use of the MBTI assessment. What I didn't know, was that Neil would engage the members, interact so fully, and truly provide an exceptional experience for them. We always take the opportunity to see how well our members felt the presenter did -and out of more than 40 speakers, Neil ranked #1 -and I have some pretty amazing speakers!!
Truly respect the knowledge and collegial attitude that you brought to the ANNA conference. Thanks again Neil!! – Dr. Hazel Dennison, Director of Education Services, American Nephrology Nurses Association

Neil was very engaging both in content and delivery. He encouraged participation right away and people were eager to share their stories/experiences. He had clearly done his homework regarding our company, products, and initiatives, which impressed management and got their attention from the beginning. With direct references to our organization, he was able to drive his points home and provide useful takeaways. Many people continued the conversations he had started for the rest of the conference! As opposed to some speakers that present unrealistic, lofty goals, Neil's ideas were received by the audience as attainable and easy to implement in our day-to-day lives. Overall, Neil has a gift for presenting, interacting, and empowering his audience. Thank you! – Sonal Singh, MLP Associate, Discover Financial Services

Neil is truly a master of his craft. He is able to read the room and keep individuals engaged through humor, personal stories, and data that is interesting and makes you want to know more. Expectations for the day were exceeded. We all left wiser, more attune to how our peers tick and think and we bonded as a group. Even individuals that were a bit skeptical about the process left saying that Neil was a perfect fit for our team and were thankful for the way in which he facilitated the session. It was a fun and eye-opening experience for all. – Mary Beth Schultz, Human Resource Manager, Hiebing

What an engaging and tailor-made approach! Really enjoyed having Neil come speak to Amsterdam to speak about change to our Learning and Development Department at He was able to create and present something that was relevant and thought-provoking but more importantly also fun. Everyone had a laugh and enjoyed connecting with him and each other. Those are key for when you run these sorts of sessions because it's one of the things people always recall and remember. – Natalie Skowron, Team Impact Coach,