John O’Leary

Expected to die, now teaching others how to truly live.

Expert on

  • Inspirational
  • Accountability
  • Mindset
  • Vision/Purpose
  • Adversity
  • Innovation

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In 1987, John 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 one percent 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 more than 60,000 copies, most in back-of-the-room sales at John’s speaking events. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his mirarculous recovery and share it with the world.

Today, John inspires 50,000+ people each year at more than 120 live events. John speaks to companies and organizations across industries, such as healthcare, sales, marketing, financial services, education, faith and safety.

Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” John receives 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 is the author of two national bestselling books, ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life and IN AWE: Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder to Unleash Inspiration, Meaning and Joy. His Live Inspired Podcast is top rated on Apple Podcast and has more than 2,000,000 downloads.

John considers his greatest success to be his marriage to his wife, Beth, their four children and his relationships with family and friends.


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


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


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.


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


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.