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John O'Leary

John O'Leary

Expected to die, now teaching others how to truly live

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  • $17,500 - $22,500
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  • Accountability
  • Change
  • Inspirational
  • Motivation
  • Safety
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  • 12 Years
  • About

    Expected to die, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live.

    In 1987, John was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given one percent chance to live.

    This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold more than 60,000 copies, most in back-of-the-room sales at John’s speaking events. This book invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world for the first time.

    John has grown his inspirational speaking and training business to reach an average of 50,000 people each year at more than 120 live events. John speaks to companies and organizations across industries, such as healthcare, sales, marketing, financial services, education, faith and safety.

    Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” John receives 100% of his engagements from referrals. His schedule is a testament to the power of his message and who he is as an individual. His emotional story-telling, unexpected humor, and authenticity make each of his presentations truly transformational.

    John has an online community of more than 75,000 and he is a contributing writer to publications such as His first book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, will be published in March 2016 by Simon & Schuster’s imprint, North Star Way.

    John considers his greatest success to be his marriage to his wife, Beth, their four children and his relationships with family and friends.

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  • Program

    Keynote | Inspirational | Motivational

    Expected to die, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live.

    John was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, he created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100% of his body. Given less than 1% chance of survival, John is proof of the power of the human spirit.

    His unlikely recovery meant a journey of pain and loss that could have easily been insurmountable. However, far from being an example of someone who simply endured tragedy, John is a luminous example of thriving through adversity.

    Surprisingly, this “survivor” story isn’t focused on John – rather, it is a celebration of heroes who intimately served him and his family. From a dedicated Hall of Fame sports announcer to a visionary burn nurse (and countless others), every individual involved in this 1987 fire teaches us this truth: one person can make a profound difference in the lives of others.

    With emotional storytelling and unexpected humor, John reminds audiences of the significance of daily attitudes, the power of gratitude, and the impact of serving others with courage. He reawakens audiences to realize the gift of today and the possibility of tomorrow.

    Keynote | Inspirational | Motivational

    We live in a world where “accidental living” – mindlessly moving through routines, wasting countless hours on social media, or complaining about what’s wrong in our jobs, families and society – has become the norm. But John O’Leary reminds us that just because we got out of bed this morning, does not mean that we are truly living.

    What would our day, impact and output look like if we lived a radically inspired life, every, single day?

    Living radically inspired means you learn from past mistakes, rise above challenges and thrive no matter the circumstances. No one embodies this more than powerhouse inspirational speaker John O’Leary – who was nearly killed in a devastating fire at age nine. Today, John inspires 50,000+ people each year around the world.

    In his #1 national bestselling book ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, John has identified choices to transform your life and business.

    John shares the critical truth that “inflection points” – moments in time that change everything that follows – occur daily. John will help you realize it’s your choice how inflection points affect you. Your life has much less to do with what happens to you, and much more to do with how you react to it. Are you ready to live on fire?


    ACCOUNTABILITY: Own your wins and your failures to truly celebrate your outcomes. Discover the power of taking ownership of your life and the impact it will have on your bottom-line. Your team will replace blame-shifting with courageous living.

    VICTOR-MINDSET: Shift your perspective to leverage your strength and reclaim freedom. First, see how perspective is coloring each of your interactions. Strive for progress (not perfection) and learn from defeat. With a new common mindset, your organization will achieve unbridled success.

  • Review
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    “John did an outstanding job captivating the hearts and minds of our attendees…at the business and personal levels and his talk was the highlight of the weekend.”

    National Association for Electrical Distributors
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    “Our consultants are viewing their business and lives in ways they never have before. John touched our souls!”

    Tastefully Simple CEO
Terry took the time to fully understand our needs and provide several quality speakers to choose from. He did not overly promote any one speaker or attempt to sway our decision in any way. He provided ample time for us to make a decision and was readily available whenever we had questions or concerns.
Planner Univ. of Virginia Medical Center