John O’Leary

Burn Victim, Motivational Speaker, Founder of Rising Above Programs

John O’Leary is a top inspirational keynote speaker, author, and podcaster. As a childhood burn victim, 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. 

  • John O’Leary`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects John O’Leary`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Missouri, USA

  • John O’Leary`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects John O’Leary`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Missouri, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

In Awe: The #1 Bestselling Author of ON FIRE Shows Us How to Rediscover Our Childlike Sense of Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning, and Joy

There was a time when we once joyfully raised our hand high to answer every question, connected more easily with others around us, believed that anything was possible and fearlessly jumped into new ...

There was a time when we once joyfully raised our hand high to answer every question, connected more easily with others around us, believed that anything was possible and fearlessly jumped into new experiences; when we experienced our days, not as something to endure, but as a marvelous gift to absorb and savor; when we danced through our days In Awe of the ordinary moments of the day and eager for the promise of tomorrow. 

Unfortunately, many of us experience life very differently today. The pace of change has never been so stunningly rapid, and it will never be this slow again. With engagement within our professional organizations waning and burnout rising, many of us find ourselves caught in a life of dogged responsibility and mind-numbing repetition, we feel disconnected and burned out. Social media reminds us we don’t measure up and mainstream media barrages us with constant negativity. The years of test- taking, relentless striving toward someone else’s goals, and the daily struggle to earn a living, have caused us to lose the sense of wonder that we once awoke with every day. 

In his new book, In Awe, John O’Leary invites us to return to the joy of navigating life like a child. He identifies the five senses children innately possess, explains why those senses fade, and shares emotional, humorous and inspirational stories of how we can return to them. 

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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 ...

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 imagine

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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

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.

Partnership Program

The impact of John O’Leary’s message has a universal application and can be uniquely personalized for your organization.

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.

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.

About Keynote Speaker John O’Leary

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. 

Testimonials

“My company gets to hear from some of the country’s best speakers, and my friend John O’Leary is one of the best we’ve ever had. Don’t miss John’s message—he will change your life!”

Dave Ramsey

New York Times bestselling author, nationally syndicated radio show host

“We expected a fun-filled accountability training; what John O’Leary delivered was a life-changing day. I have since challenged myself and my team to do more for our customers. Our customer satisfaction scores have risen and the interaction with my team has improved. I recommend having John speak to your company – see how your life will change as well as your team’s.”

Store Manager, LEGO

 

“I have helped put together national sales meetings for Stryker Biotech; we’ve had a variety of speakers, from a POW to an astronaut to a special operations military professional – all heroes with stories of overcoming hardship. None had stories as compelling or personal as yours. I speak for the whole audience when I say that it was the most meaningful for all of us.”

Kathy Beard

Director, Stryker Biotech

“Our people are still talking about you and your message. Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s your calling.”

President, Lee Company

 

“John was our speaker for our kickoff and was simply amazing. There are not enough words to express how impactful his talk was.”

Susan Steele

Business Manager

“John was absolutely phenomenal. The response we’ve received from not only our clients and our staff has been amazing. Everyone has said that he really is the best speaker they’ve ever heard and they cannot wait to read his book.”

Lauren DiGiusuppe

NTT Data, Inc.

“John absolutely set the tone for 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.”

Cheryl Pinson

National Credit Management Association

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