James O’Loghlin

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James O’Loghlin

James O’Loghlin is one of Australia’s most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers and media personalities, best known as the host of over 300 episodes of “The New inventors” on ABC-TV, and for his witty and entertaining programs on ABC Local Radio. He has been delighting corporate audiences for over a decade and is equally at home giving keynote speeches on innovation, acting as MC for awards nights and conferences and facilitating panel discussions.

From criminal lawyer, to comedian to media personality and presenter James has a wealth of experience. It was this role as the host of the New Inventors hat fuelled James’ interest in innovation, a subject upon which he now regularly gives keynote speeches. He explores practical things we can all do every day to become more innovative, and about the ways in which companies can create a culture that encourages innovation. A favourite with Australian audiences and event planners James is a true industry professional with hundreds of successful live events to his credit.


Innovation is a State of Mind

How often do you have days when you are so busy you don’t have time to think? Days when there isn’t one spare moment to think about how you can improve the way that you do things? No matter how well your business is doing today, if you keep doing things the same way, in 10 years’ time – maybe less – you will have been left behind. To stay relevant and successful, businesses need to keep coming up with better ways of doing things. In eight years hosting ‘The New Inventors’ James O’Loghlin met hundreds of people who thought outside the box and came up with new and better ways of doing things. He will talk about: Why every business needs to be continually innovating and how individuals can do it The three things innovators and inventors do better and five things every business can do to build a workplace culture that encourages innovation.

Master of Ceremonies

James is an accomplished and highly experienced MC who is able to draw laughs from whatever is happening whilst running the event in an efficient and appropriate manner. You get the professionalism of an experienced radio and television host who is utterly at home on stage combined with the humour of one of Australia’s best comedians.


James is an experienced and able panel facilitator who always ensures that the discussion is both informative and entertaining. He draws on his experience as a radio host and lawyer to ask the right questions at the right time, his television background to elicit all the relent information in the time available, and his terrific sense of humour to keep it entertaining and engaging for the audience. He invariably puts both panellists and the audience at ease, asks the right questions and makes sure that the discussion stays lively, on topic and on time.

After Dinner Speaking

James O’Loghlin is an enormously entertaining after dinner speaker. Being both a comedian and a keynote speaker means he can provide the perfect mix of laughter, entertainment and substance. Whether your audience need 30 or 40 minutes of laughter to unwind after a long day, anecdotes and practical tips about how to become more innovative, or a mixture of both, James can create a tailor made speech that hits exactly the right note.


“Thank you for working your magic as MC last Monday at the NSW Premier’s Awards. We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response regarding the awards ceremony with many mentioning just how much they appreciated your work!”
NSW Department of Health

“We were thrilled with James and the way in which he facilitated the panel discussion. He understood the brief, the aims and the target audience. He made the panellists feel incredibly comfortable and kept the discussion on track and on time. And he injected his wonderful sense of humour!”
Communications and Marketing Manager, The Law Society of New South Wales

“Thank you for a great presentation – absorbing, thought-provoking and energetic. You were singled out as one of the conference favourites.”
Meetings and Events Australia

“Thank you for your great keynote – we got great feedback and you really helped the event focus on how ‘the individual’ in an organisation can make a difference.”
Kraft Foods

“Feedback from everyone I talked to afterwards was fantastic and you were entertaining without taking away from the significance of the awards, so thank you.”
Safe Work Australia

“What a great day and there has been such great feedback about you. Thanks for your flexibility, energy and humour. Look forward to working with you again.”
The Benevolent Society