John absolutely set the tone for the our conference. It was all positive and upbeat. In my opinion, it was the best conference we have had in years, and I know that John played a major role in that.
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 less than a 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. 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, safety, marketing, finance, 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 Bestseller; 200,000+ copies have sold and it has been translated into 12 languages. John's Live Inspired Podcast is top-rated on Apple Podcast and has more than 2,000,000 downloads.
His second book IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy will be published by Penguin Random House in May 2020.
John considers his greatest success to be his marriage to his wife Beth, their four children and his relationships with friends and family.
Featured Keynote Programs
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 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 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.
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.
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
John's presentation was great. Expectations were high, and he exceeded them.
Words cannot express my gratitude for your contribution at our National Conference. I know you surely changed a lot of lives that day!
John was absolutely phenomenal. The response we've received from not only our clients but our staff has been amazing. Everyone has said that he really is the best speaker they've ever heard.
The feedback from John's presentation has been overwhelming awesome.
You connect, you educate, you encourage, you open the mind to the possibilities of living life fully....and you do you inspire. Thank you for sharing your story, your talent, your lessons, your energy, and your inspiration. For a gathering of caregivers, you and your message were simply perfect.
John was our speaker for our kick-off and was simply amazing. There are not enough words to express how impactful his talk was.