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Frank O’Dea

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Innovative entrepreneur and humanitarian motivating audiences around the world with his moving messages

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Our keynote speaker Frank O'Dea is an extraordinary successful serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Co-Founder of the popular Canadian coffee store chain The Second Cup managed to overcome incredible obstacles in business as well as in private life. His inspiring and moving messages touch the core motivations of his attendees and foster ambition.

In his youth, Frank O’Dea was facing hard times when living on the streets fighting and an alcohol addiction. At the age of 23, he started to take control of his own destiny and, only within a few years, became a company founder and entrepreneur. After the business successes with The Second Cup, Proshred Security and Samaritan Air Ambulance Services, Frank O’Dea also started not-for-profit organizations like Street Kids International and the Canadian Landmine Foundation.

Together with the United Nations and world figures like Colin Powell and Sir Paul McCartney he lead an international fundraising event “Night of A Thousand Dinners” that was taken up in 29 countries around the world.Today, Frank O’Dea dedicates time to a cross-national project, YP-IT, which promotes youth employment in Canada and abroad.

The author of the two books When All You Have is Hope and Do The Next Right thing: Surviving Life’s Crises is a humorous speaker and engaging presenter. He enables his audiences to profit from his experiences and to learn from his struggles. Frank O’Dea’s keynotes can be a game-changer to anyone who needs motivation to embrace change.

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    The Power of Hope Vision Action

    Frank O’Dea impressively demonstrates the power of Hope, Vision and Action by using his own story as a real-life example. He describes his early life, panhandling on the streets for nickels and dimes. He recounts how he was able to break out of that life. Audiences learn how Frank O’Dea prevailed by relying on Hope, Vision, Action whenever he was faced with dark times, personally and in business. They will also learn how they can apply this simple formula to their own personal and business lives.


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    Creating a Game-Changer – Making the competition irrelevant

    This keynote is directed at CEOs and senior management of organizations in highly constrained industries where margins are under huge pressures. Creating a game-changer is all about new thinking and new applications in established industries. Henry Ford did not invent the automobile, Samsung did not invent the cell phone and Second Cup did not invent coffee. What they all had in common is that they created new applications for existing products and services and completely changed the game in their industries. Frank O’Dea uses excellent examples from his own businesses and from others to show leaders how to find their own strategy.


    Keynote by Speaker Frank O’Dea

    The Spirit of the Entrepreneur

    This is a speech directed at business owners who want to learn from other peoples’ successes. In this fascinating talk, Frank O’Dea takes his audiences through the the start-up and growth of The Second Cup and his other businesses and his strategies and tactics in overcoming the challenges that face all business owners. They will come to learn how he was able to develop his businesses into national and international operations.  This is a popular speech with large sales organization that want to motivate their sales forces to think big.


Interview with Frank O'Dea

In one of your keynotes you claim that hope, vision and action is all it takes to overcome dark times in life. Don’t you also believe that some people are just luckier than others?
Of course, I believe in luck, but without Hope Vison Action there is rarely luck, unless you win the lottery. But even then there is hope and vision and the action of buying the ticket. We have all heard the expression, “the harder I work, the luckier I get.” For the most part we make our own luck.

What in your opinion are the most difficult challenges a business has to face in its starting phase?
There are so many challenges to starting a business, from adequate financing, to good people to understanding the customer and so much more. But the overriding challenge is having a vision of what you see for the business ten years down the road. With that vision in mind it is so much easier to make the right decisions as obstacles and challenges arise along the way. When we opened our little coffee kiosk the first day, we were not opening a store, we were opening a chain.

Can you give 3 tips for becoming a game-changer in an established industry?

  • 1) Write down the things that you think are most important to industry customers, then go ask a number of good customers to do the same. I guarantee that your list will differ from your customers’ lists by 25% to 50%.
  • 2) Stop doing the things that they think are not important
  • 3) Replace some of those things that will attract non-industry customers.

Many years ago Ryanair created a game changer when they learned that a lot of people were OK to forego seat selection, to accept smaller seating space and land at secondary airports. That company increased the size of the pie. That’s a game-changer.

What clients have you worked with in the past?
Ford Motor Co, Sunlife, Investors Group, Toppers Pizza, Pharmasave, McDonald’s, Remax, Rotary, Goodlife Fitness, National Healthcare, Urban Municipalities Association, Mission Services of London, TD Securities, Farm Credit Canada, Halton Housing, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Provincial Trucking Association, Toronto Police, Brandon Chamber of Commerce, to give you a cross section of the hundreds of organizations that have hired me.

What do you personally gain from being a public speaker?
I learned, early on, that my story was helping, inspiring and giving hope to people in their personal and business lives. It is a great gift to be able to do this, in fact, it becomes a responsibility and I believe that it is our responsibility to leave this world a little better than when we got here. It is a wonderful feeling to know that one has helped people, most of whom one will never know.

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