James O'Loghlin

$5,000-$10,000
Australia - NSW

Specialty Areas

James O’Loghlin is one of Australia’s most respected media personalities, and an experienced and highly skilled keynote speaker, facilitator, and MC. James is perhaps best known for his 15 years presenting witty and entertaining programs on ABC Local Radio, and as the host of over 300 episodes of the much loved "The New Inventors" on ABC-TV . It was this role that fuelled James’ passion for practical innovation.

James has been delighting corporate audiences with his unique brand of corporate insight and comedy for over a decade, and is equally at home giving keynotes, acting as MC for conferences and awards nights, and facilitating panel discussions. He is a favourite with Australian audiences and event planners, and a true industry professional with hundreds of successful live events to his credit.

James is the author of 12 books, including ‘Innovation is a State of Mind’, and, with Prof Ian Hickie, the bestselling mental health book ‘Minding Your Mind’. Prof Hickie and James’s mental health podcast, ‘Minding Your Mind’, has been listened to over a quarter of a million times.

James speaks on the topics of Innovation, where he shares practical strategies to help people identify opportunities for innovation in their business and take advantage of them, Mental Health, where he shares evidence based strategies to help people maintain and improve their mental health, and Persuasion and Influence, where he shares practical strategies to help people to become more persuasive and influential.

Master of Ceremonies and Facilitator

James is an accomplished and highly experienced MC, able to draw laughs from whatever is happening whilst running events efficiently. 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 corporate comedians. James is an experienced and able panel facilitator who always ensures that the discussion is informative and entertaining.

Speaking topics

Innovation is a State of Mind

Everyone knows innovation is important. The pace of change has never been faster. Today’s cutting edge best practice quickly becomes tomorrow's fax machine. No matter how well your business is doing today, to stay relevant and successful, you have to keep innovating

Former host of ABC-TV’s ‘The New Inventors’, author of ‘Innovation is a State of Mind’ and innovation expert James O’Loghlin will discuss:

  • How to identify opportunities for innovation and generate new ideas
  • 3 things everyone can do to be more innovative A process everyone can use to create innovation
  • How to build a workplace culture that encourages innovation

Note – a practical workshop can follow the keynote, where participants apply the innovation process to their own business, identify opportunities for innovation, and come up with new ideas.

Overcoming the Barriers to Innovation

Many of us want to focus more on innovation and improving our business but find it just doesn’t happen.

What goes wrong? What stops us from being innovative? How can we overcome those barriers? In this informative and entertaining keynote, former host of ABC-TV’s ‘The New Inventors’, author of Innovation is a State of Mind’ and innovation expert James O’Loghlin will outline the 6 big barriers to innovation, and share practical strategies to overcome each one, to enable people to ensure that making their business better becomes a part of their work every day.

Session takeaways:

  • An understanding of the factors that prevent us from being more innovative
  • Easy to implement strategies to become more innovative every day
  • Strategies to identify opportunities for innovation and take advantage of them
  • How to create an innovative workplace culture

Note – a practical workshop can follow the keynote, where participants apply the innovation process to their own business, identify opportunities for innovation, and come up with new ideas.

Minding Your Mind

There are things we can all do to maintain and improve our mental health. In this engaging and informative keynote James O’Loghlin, co-host of the mental health podcast, ‘Minding Your Mind’, downloaded over a quarter of a million times, and co-author of the book ‘Minding Your Mind’ will share practical, usable strategies that empower people to maintain and improve their mental health.

Session takeaways:

  • How to notice, and deal with, the early signs of burnout
  • 7 evidence-based strategies to improve mental health and live happier, more productive lives
  • The importance of being socially connected for good mental health
  • How do deal with large, unsettling changes

Note – a practical workshop can follow the keynote

Persuasion and Influence

How do you persuade people? When you have an idea, how do you get others on board to help you turn it into something real? Lots of good ideas never get anywhere. How can you make sure that yours do?

Being able to persuade is an essential skill. You might have an idea at work, something you want to pitch in a meeting, or a proposal you want to excite clients and customers about. You might want to get your team fired up, persuade your boss, or even harder, one of your kids. To do it, you need to know how to persuade, and how to influence. In this compelling and informative keynote, James O’Loghlin will share practical strategies to enable people to be more persuasive and influential.

Session takeaways:

  • How to boil a complex argument down to its essence and present a short, sharp and compelling pitch
  • How to identify and get to decision-makers
  • How to work out what a decision maker wants, what they need and how your proposal can solve a problem for them
  • How to focus on solutions
  • How to find and enlist influential supporters

Note – a practical workshop can follow the keynote, where participants apply the innovation process to their own business

Master of Ceremonies and Facilitator

James is an accomplished and highly experienced MC, able to draw laughs from whatever is happening whilst running events efficiently. 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 corporate comedians. James is an experienced and able panel facilitator who always ensures that the discussion is informative and entertaining.

Testimonials

Bringing his unique blend of wit, charm and professionalism, James not only kept the event organised but also infused it with energy and engagement. His ability to connect with the audience and navigate the conference agenda made our event a success.
- Communication Manager, Qantas.

James’ ability to make running adjustments, comedic commentary, and timekeeping as emcee, really made the event a success. James was one of the highlights of the conference program.
- CEO, Leading Edge Group

Thank you for striking the right mix of humour, intellect, and wit. You not only inspired everyone with your keynote but you connected with the audience as an MC and took all our events to the next level.
- Countrywide Food Service Distributors

Thank you so much for being such a fabulous MC yesterday! Your linkage to the themes, use of humour, time keeping and understanding of know how we work and what we needed made the event run so smoothly. You were the perfect anchor to our day.
- Qantas

On Behalf of Cancer Institute NSW, thankyou! What an outstanding night...you were instrumental in making it such an incredible success. The feedback we received after the event was unanimous. Your humour and affable style made the inaugural Premiere's Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research a really vibrant and fun occasion. Minister Sartor's office called this morning to convey their thanks and enjoyment of the Awards presentation. We hope you too had a great evening and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.
- Cancer Institute NSW

You were excellent at our logistics conference dinner at ADFA. Your presentation was the perfect mix of levity and seriousness. Entertainment with substance. What's more, the buzz around the conference on Friday was 'you missed a great dinner last night' and people were retelling your anecdotes. Thanks again for adding a real sparkle to our conference.
- Terry Foster, Convenor, Australian Defence Logistics Conference 2010

Excellent. We were very impressed with how he integrated aspects of some of the other speeches into his presentation which was very amusing as well as giving some food for thought. He was very approachable and down to earth - an excellent dinner guest.
- Engineers Australia

Extremely amusing and an excellent ability to work the audience.
- Telstra Retail, Finance

Just wanted to say 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 - so thank you!
- Dearne Waters, NSW Department of Health

Could you please pass on my thanks to James for the great job that he did for us on Friday. It went really well and James was excellent as the host. He has a lovely manner - very understated but highly intelligent. It is really great working with him.
- Optus

On behalf of the Allergan team, sincerest appreciation for your help with the breakfast session last week. We are hearing great feedback and the only disappointments are coming from those that could not attend! Your hosting really made the meeting.
- Rossana Romani, Allergan

My sincere thanks for expertly hosting Landcom's conference last week, and for helping to make the day such a success. We had over 320 guests and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive... Thank you for pulling all the sessions together with your inimitable style and humour.
- Sean O'Toole, Managing Director Landcom

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 - so thank you!
- NSW Department of Health

Thank you very much for hosting the Mines & Money Mining Excellence Awards. You were fantastic on the night and targeted your act perfectly to the audience. I've had terrific feedback from the guests, who all thought you were very witty & entertaining. I will definitely recommend you to 'everyone', and I look forward to hopefully working with you in the near future.
- Resourceful Events

You managed to turn what might have been a fairly dry evening into one that everyone enjoyed. Many thanks for being involved and preparing so thoroughly. Hopefully see you next year.
- Australian CleanTech

James came highly recommended by Keith Harwood and he did not disappoint. He brought the perfect blend of comedy and comment to our evening, tailoring his expertise on the topic of innovation to suit our agriculture industry event. As first time organisers we cannot express enough how professional and easy he was to work with - he was our MC and keynote speaker and really assisted us in ensuring our evening ran smoothly. I received countless positive comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed James, he really made our event a success!
- South West Foodbowl Festival

"It would be very hard NOT to be interested in listening to James about Innovation"
– Construct Eng

"James was fantastic.  He tailored his speech perfectly to our particular event demographic and stuck to our brief.  All participants at our event commented on how James was funny, relatable and very practical. I was extremely pleased with the result and will highly recommend James in the future."
- Legal Counsel - Stockland

James O'Loghlin speaker

Speaker Video

Speaker Showreel

Speaker Showreel

Cliftons Elevate Showcase

Cliftons Elevate Showcase

thumbnail
Ovations Showcase Sydney 2016
thumbnail
James O'Loghlin - MC & Facilitation
thumbnail
Innovation
thumbnail
James O'Loghlin - Innovation Showreel

Other speakers you might like:

Madeleine Morris

Madeleine Morris is well-known to television audiences as ABC News Breakfast's finance presenter and newsreader. She has been with the flagship breakfast show since 2019, a time which has included covering multiple budget, financial and economic news and reporting on the financial impacts of the pandemic, the people it affects, and now our way through to the other side.

She is an experienced MC and panel facilitator, having MC’d for organisations including Google Europe, London’s National Theatre, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, the Urban Development Institute and hosting the first National Family Violence summit in Australia, amongst others.

David Ritter

David Ritter is CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, where he leads a talented and determined team campaigning to fulfil Greenpeace's mission to secure an earth capable of nurturing life in all of its magnificent diversity.

A frequent and highly regarded keynote speaker, David uses his platform to take audiences on a journey; through the wonder and awe of the natural world, the powers that threaten it and his profound belief in the human capacity for good. Audiences will leave aware, empowered and hopeful.

John Sanei

John Sanei is a leading keynote speaker, futures strategist and advisor who is dedicated to changing the narrative around our uncertain future.

Through captivating keynotes, engaging masterclasses and strategic advisory services, John shares his wisdom and insight from decades of working with future-forward organizations.

Through his work, John helps organizations prepare for the rapidly changing future of work and the future of leadership, while also advising on organizational restructuring.

Jacinta Tynan

Jacinta Tynan is a renowned TV journalist and news presenter, columnist, five times published author and speaker. Jacinta is regarded as a commentator for her generation with her popular and candid columns and regular TV, radio and podcast appearances. She has been a regular columnist with Sunday Life Magazine and Body+Soul and contributes to various publications on motherhood, life and the meaning of life.

Mark Readings

Mark Readings is one of the state's most respected journalists, presenters and MCs, having spent 35 years in the media industry.

In 2003 Mark was presented with a Logie Award and a Walkley Award for his coverage of the Bali bombings. He was one of the survivors, having been in the Sari Club and inside Paddy's Bar during the first explosion. It's a remarkable story nearly 20 years later.

Back to Top