John O'Leary

  • Award-Winning Motivational Speaker, Burn Survivor & Author of On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life

John O'Leary was nine years old when he accidentally set a massive explosion in his home and was only given a one percent chance to live. Today, he is an award-winning motivational speaker. He is consistently given industry-defying gold stars across the board for his emotional storytelling, genuine humor and ability to empower his audiences to take back their lives and change their world. John intimately illustrates how the greatest challenges can be transformed into outstanding growth. His presentations are described as “captivating, amazing and life-changing.” 

 

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Learning your story has opened up my eyes to all the possibilities in life. The three keys to overcoming adversity will keep me focused on the end result: success.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted John O'Leary
  • Accenture
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Pepsi
  • Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
  • Midland National Life Insurance Company
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Keiser Permanente
  • YPO
  • Arbonne
  • Northern Illinois University
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Ignite Your Life

In this presentation, John inspires audiences to look deeply within themselves, discover who they are, the talents they possess, the challenges they’ve endured, and their ability to grow through adversity. Through this program, audiences are ignited with a life full of possibility not yet even ...

In this presentation, John inspires audiences to look deeply within themselves, discover who they are, the talents they possess, the challenges they’ve endured, and their ability to grow through adversity. Through this program, audiences are ignited with a life full of possibility not yet even imagined! 

What might happen if you embraced your scars, mistakes, and missteps —and utilized the lessons learned to propel you forward? What impact could you have if you worked in perfect symphony with your team — and created an impact far greater than any single individual? How significant would your life be if you discovered passion and meaning in your life — and tapped into the resulting increase in energy, persistence and creativity?

John O’Leary powerfully reveals how our greatest challenges can be transformed into the foundation for outstanding growth. Through emotional story-telling and great humor, John empowers audiences to carefully consider how they can author a legacy of significance. The three critical components include:

Personal Awareness: Identify who I am, strengths and weaknesses, and roles I’ve accepted

Clarity of Purpose: Discover personal mission; then inspire others toward excellence

Personal Mastery: Freedom to choose the pathway which leads to significance

The Power of One

Journey with John O’Leary as he powerfully celebrates the possibility of how you can serve, love and impact more profoundly in your own life. Personal accountability involves every aspect of our lives—our thoughts, actions, behaviors, and values. John reveals how pride in one’s ow ...

Journey with John O’Leary as he powerfully celebrates the possibility of how you can serve, love and impact more profoundly in your own life. 

Personal accountability involves every aspect of our lives — our thoughts, actions, behaviors, and values. John reveals how pride in one’s own life wildly impacts others personally and professionally. Of critical importance here is discovering that personal accountability and significant results in life don’t come from a better spouse, different job, or new manager — they are only realized from within.

Be Light: Shining with Faith

Today’s world can seem so dark. We are too often reminded of the pain and disappointment in our everyday lives. Health, financial, and relational challenges impact all who live in this imperfect, fallen world Our faith doesn’t offer the guarantee of avoiding adversity, but instead the p ...

Today’s world can seem so dark. We are too often reminded of the pain and disappointment in our everyday lives. Health, financial, and relational challenges impact all who live in this imperfect, fallen world

Our faith doesn’t offer the guarantee of avoiding adversity, but instead the promise of a loving God who suffers with us in our pain, celebrates with us in our joy, and invites us into an eternal relationship with Him.

In this presentation, John O’Leary illustrates the incredible power of love, gratitude, forgiveness, purpose, courage and resilience. John reminds us that Jesus Christ calls us to be his living presence — to bring light to this dark world. This program will empower you to shine your light of faith for all to see!

Healthcare

As a former trauma patient and hospital chaplain, John O’Leary is a popular speaker choice for hospital systems, healthcare associations and medical/EMS conferences around the world. John understands the healthcare profession demands quality individuals dedicated to the service of patients an ...

As a former trauma patient and hospital chaplain, John O’Leary is a popular speaker choice for hospital systems, healthcare associations and medical/EMS conferences around the world. 

John understands the healthcare profession demands quality individuals dedicated to the service of patients and families — in an environment often filled with limited resources and exhaustive schedules. Sharing from his personal experience as a burn victim, John reveals the difference between curing and healing patients. In addition, John will reignite participants’ passion for their healthcare careers — illustrating the crucial role they have in the patients they serve and the departments they work with.

For Students and Schools

From student assemblies to faculty in-service retreats, John inspires audiences to fully realize the possibility of how one can serve, love and impact more profoundly. John’s youth presentations focuses on celebrating individual uniqueness, the power of everyday heroes, and developing strong ...

From student assemblies to faculty in-service retreats, John inspires audiences to fully realize the possibility of how one can serve, love and impact more profoundly. 

John’s youth presentations focuses on celebrating individual uniqueness, the power of everyday heroes, and developing strong character. John’s humor and story-telling mesmerizes student audiences and empowers them to make a positive difference in the lives they lead at school and at home. This one program may be the most important gift you provide your students, your staff, and yourself this year!

Safety

As John O’Leary so intimately knows, one poor decision can dramatically affect the rest of your life. This poor decision not only impacts the life of the individual injured, it also impacts their entire family, organization and community. Leading the mission to eliminate all employee accident ...

As John O’Leary so intimately knows, one poor decision can dramatically affect the rest of your life. This poor decision not only impacts the life of the individual injured, it also impacts their entire family, organization and community. 

Leading the mission to eliminate all employee accidents, John challenges audiences in manufacturing and utilities to improve their safety by personal accountability — one employee, one decision at a time. While many safety programs focus on what not to do in order to not get injured, John O’Leary focuses on what to do in order to work safe, lead others, and thrive in life.

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Biography

 

In 1987, John O’Leary 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 1% 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 60,000+ copies, most in back-of-room sales at John’s speaking events. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.

John inspires 50,000+ people at 100+ events each year. He speaks to companies and organizations across industries, such as: sales, healthcare, business, safety, marketing, financial services, faith, education and insurance.

Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” John receives nearly 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’s first book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, was an instant #1 national best-seller; 100,000+ copies have sold and it has been translated into 12 languages. John’s Live Inspired Podcast is a top 20 for business on iTunes & Inc. magazine. His online community is 200,000 strong.

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