Burned over 100% of his body at 9 years old, John O’Leary lives a story of great inspiration. Today he talks with Darren and Mark about his life’s journey and speaking career. John also dispenses advice on how to be a relatable and unforgettable presenter.


  • Don’t think ‘marketing’; think ‘service’
  • The smaller the audience, the more difficult the talk
  • Be radically authentic and highly relatable
  • Begin with the audience’s need in mind
  • Taking risks allows you to be great
  • Change the temperature in the room
  • Our best stories have very little to do with us
  • Respect your audience; meet them where they are
  • Keep leaving breadcrumbs for your audience to follow
  • Move the audience to laughter and tears; share trauma and drama