John O'Leary

John O’Leary

Burn Survivor and Motivational Speaker

  • Fee ranges between: $12,001 - $17,500

    The fee range listed in is USD, represents the price for a keynote presentation in the person's home nation, and does not include travel and lodging. We strive to keep this information up to date, though price changes are often sudden and occasionally significant. Several other factors can impact fees and costs: location, length of presentation, audio/visual requirements and the cost of providing them on-site and currency fluctuation. The exact cost for a particular speaker for your situation is readily available from one of our associates.

  • Specializes in: Motivation/Inspiration, Overcoming Adversity, Safety and Disaster Preparedness
  • Travels From: Missouri


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

    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.

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


    • Employee Engagement: 70% of the workforce is not engaged.* John dramatically "wakes people up" to realize their role and responsibility is significant. *2012 Gallup poll
    • Culture: John helps organizations build a positive atmosphere to increase creativity and productivity. Audiences learn how to reignite an environment built on shared goals, values and focus.
    • Communication: John outlines unconventional communication methods to dramatically (and positively) impact relationships.

  • On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life

    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?

    Experience this keynote and understand why John receives roaring standing ovations and stacks of heartfelt thank you letters. Every time.


    • 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.

  • Partnership Program: Beyond the Fire

    The power of John O'Leary's message has a universal application and can be uniquely personalized for your organization. John regularly partners with leaders to customize presentations to complement their annual conferences, meetings and events.

    John successfully highlights the organization's mission, values, or specific meeting objectives and uses his experiences (professionally, personally, and from his global travels) as a backdrop to offer action steps and applicable take-aways. Because of this, John is a heavily sought-after keynote speaker in healthcare, sales, executive leadership, safety, and education.

    Effective Teamwork. Improving Engagement. Furthering Accountability. Increasing Vision. Deepening Purpose. Discovering Balance. Stretching through Change. These are a few of the topics that John has tailored his message for other organizations. Contact John's team today to see how John can customize a keynote to inspire your organization.

  • Be Light: Shining with Faith

    We live in a period of darkness. Global tensions, political unrest, economic crisis, fragmented communities, and intensifying violence. These issues impact all of us. In our personal lives, we each battle challenges in our families, relationships, health, and finances.

    Be the Light reminds us that light pushes back darkness, love destroys evil, The Author of Life still reigns, and the best is yet to come.

    This program inspires audiences to shine possibility, hope and faith into a community starved for it. You and your community will be reminded that God still works miracles, He orchestrates amazing interactions through individuals here on earth, and He has called you to Be the Light!

    Prepare to let your light shine!

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