John O'Leary

John O'Leary

  • Founder of Rise Above and Launch Conference
  • Inspiring Story to Overcome Challenges
  • Author and Speaker
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...

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.

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The Power of One: How One Attitude, One Action, and One Person Can Change the World

Education Focused:

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...

Education Focused:

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.

John is consistently referenced as “the best speaker we’ve ever had” – earning five star reviews and inspiring 50,000+ individuals at 100+ events each year. His book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life was an instant #1 national bestseller in Spring 2016.

Education Keynote Learning Objectives:
John illustrates this truth: one attitude, one action and one person can absolutely change the world.

1. Reignite passion for career
70% of the workforce is not engaged.* Students do not reap the full benefits of education when teacher satisfaction is low. John dramatically “wakes people up” to realize their role and responsibility is significant. *2012 Gallup poll

2. Understand student motivation
Motivating students is one of the major challenges teachers face on a daily basis. Using examples from his own experience, John reminds teachers of the vital role they play in the motivation and engagement of their students. You’ll learn to own your wins and your failures to truly celebrate your outcomes.

3. Build innovative culture
John helps schools build a positive atmosphere to increase creativity and productivity. Audiences learn how to reignite an environment built on shared goals, value, and focus. With a new common mindset, your school will achieve unbridled success.

4. Improve communication
Every interaction with a student, parent, or fellow teacher matters. John outlines unconventional communication methods to dramatically (and positively) impact relationships

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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...

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

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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...

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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Insurance/Financial

John and his family have experienced the incredible impact proper financial and insurance planning can have. John’s father, Denny, has been living with Parkinson’s disease for the past 25 years.

It...

John and his family have experienced the incredible impact proper financial and insurance planning can have. John’s father, Denny, has been living with Parkinson’s disease for the past 25 years.

It is Denny’s disability insurance policy that has sustained his family’s standard of living.
Because of John’s message, financial representatives and agents are energized with new passion for their careers. A favorite speaker in network office meetings and Home Office trainings, John also creates memorable client appreciation events. Instead of sharing the typical economic forecast, John helps deepen your relationships with your clients by providing a unique experience of personal triumph and hope.

“I can assure you no one, brokers and clients alike, will be disappointed when they hear John speak….it will be one of the most memorable evenings you will have…the good will you gain from your clients is worth every bit and more….”
Jim Breen, Senior Vice President, Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, Fort Worth, Texas

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John O'Leary travels from St. Louis, MO and requires $1,500 flat travel plus hotel.

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