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John O’Leary, Overcoming Adversity Speaker

John O’Leary

    • President of Rising Above LLC
    • Best-selling author of the book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
    • Proof of the Power of the Human Spirit
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$15,000 - $20,000

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John O'Leary's Keynote: The Power of One

John O'Leary's Keynote: The Power of One

John O'Leary Sizzle Reel

John O'Leary Sizzle Reel

John O'Leary Story - Live Inspired

John O'Leary Story - Live Inspired

John O'Leary

John O'Leary

John O'Leary's life is proof of the power of the human spirit. As a nine-year-old boy, he was burned on 100% of his body and given less than one percent chance of surviving the first night. He endured months in the hospital, years in therapy, dozens of surgeries, and lost all of his fingers to amputation. Despite the odds, John overcame these challenges and enjoys wonderful success in life.

John O'Leary is a college graduate, business owner, philanthropist, husband and father. John's impact can be experienced from the platform, in coaching sessions, his work as a chaplain at a children's hospital, and as a Big Brothers, Big Sisters Ambassador. In 2006, John was inducted into the Energizer "Keep Going" Hall of Fame. He shares this Hall of Fame award with baseball great, Cal Ripken, Jr. In 2007, John was selected the St. Louis University young alumni of the year, and was chosen as one of the Top Ten "Most Interesting People" in Saint Louis, Missouri in 2009.

John O'Leary's professional focus as an international speaker began with the writing, release and poignant response from his parents' book, Overwhelming Odds. Because of this book, John felt compelled to embrace his past, rise above his fears and share his message with others. He began speaking in 2005 to a total of eight organizations. In 2008, he partnered with over 140 different groups, in 30 different states, and four countries. The tremendous growth is the result of a commitment to truly partnering with clients in making their meetings, conferences and retreats a life-changing experience for their members. To book Overcoming Adversity Speaker call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

The Power Of One: How One Attitude, One Action, & 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 best-seller, has sold 100,000+ copies and has been translated into 12 languages.

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 Your 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 societyhas 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’Learywho 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 best-selling 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 followsoccur 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?

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.

Be The Light: How To Follow Your Calling To “Be Light” In The Modern World. It is easy to feel like we are living in a period of darkness, with the current global tensions, political unrest, fragmented communities and intensifying violence. Be The Light reminds us that light pushes back darkness, love destroys evil, God still reigns and the best is yet to come. Most importantly, we’re reminded that as Christians, we are called to be the light. In his keynote, John shares eight keys to empower you to fulfill this calling.

No one understands the importance of having light in a dark world more than powerhouse inspirational speaker John O’Learywho was nearly killed in a devastating fire at age nine. Today, John inspires 50,000+ people each year around the world.

John’s poignant storytelling is a blend of emotion, humor and authenticity. His faith testimony beautifully illustrates the power of prayer and God’s presence during our times of greatest challenge.

Disciple Engagement: Each year, 2.7 million American church members fall into inactivity.* John “wakes people up” to realize their role and responsibility in “being the light” is significant. *ChurchLeadership.org

Fellowship: John helps organizations build a positive atmosphere to increase dialogue and connection. Audiences learn how to reignite an environment built on prayer, values and hope.

Communication: John outlines unconventional communication methods to dramatically (and positively) impact relationships.

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