James O'Loghlin is one of Australia's most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers, master facilitator, corporate comedians 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 with his unique brand of corporate comedy 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 his role as the host of the New Inventors that 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. After many years of work in Australia he is a favourite with Australian audiences and event planners, James is a true industry professional with hundreds of successful live events to his credit.

Speaking topics

Overcoming Crisis Through Innovation

We have been living in an era of disruption and rapid change for some time, but never before have we faced changes as rapid and drastic as those caused by the Coronavirus. Suddenly, everything is different. Over the next few months organisations and businesses will face big challenges. To meet them, they will have to find new and better ways of doing things. More than ever before, your people need to be equipped with the skills they need to be innovative, so they can be constantly coming up with better ways of doing things.

In eight years hosting ABC-TV’s ‘The New Inventors’ James O’Loghlin worked with over a thousand innovators, and in his entertaining and thought-provoking keynote and/or workshop he will share practical strategies to equip your people with the skills they need to be innovative every day.

In this session you will learn:

  • An understanding of how innovation happens; the 3 things innovators do better than others
  • Easy-to-implement strategies to identify opportunities for innovation in your business and take advantage of them
  • How to create an organisational culture that encourages everyone to be innovative 
  • How to quickly and cheaply identify the best new ideas and implement them”

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' ex-Australian lawyer James O'Loghlin met hundreds of people who thought outside the box and came up with new and better ways of doing things.

In the session you will learn:

  • Why every business needs to be continually innovating and how individuals can do it
  • The three things innovators do better than everyone else, and five things every business can do to build a workplace culture that encourages innovation

Overcoming the barriers to innovation

Many of us want to focus more on innovation and improving our business, but find that it just doesn’t happen. What goes wrong? What factors stop us from being innovative, and how can we overcome them? In this informative and entertaining keynote former host of “The New Inventors” and innovation expert James O’Loghlin will explain what the 6 most common barriers to innovation are, and how to overcome each one and ensure that making your business better becomes a part of your work every day.

In the session you will learn:

  • An understanding of the factors that prevent us from being more innovative
  • Easy to implement strategies to overcome those barriers
  • Strategies to identify opportunities for innovation and take advantage of them

Creating an innovative culture

The greatest resource any organisation has is the space between the ears of its people, but many don’t get anywhere near full value from it. It’s more important than ever for organisations to be innovative, but how do you create a culture where everyone knows that part of their job is to think of better ways of doing things, and where new ideas are captured, assessed, trialled and the best ones implemented?

In this enlightening and entertaining keynote, former host of “The New Inventors” and innovation expert, James O’Loghlin, will share:

  • How to create a corporate culture where everyone from the CEO to the receptionist is encouraged and expected to be innovative
  • 6 steps to creating an innovative corporate culture
  • The role of leaders and managers in fostering innovation
  • How to create a simple, efficient system to grow, assess and harvest
  • How to embed innovation as an essential part of corporate culture, rather than an ‘extra’ that is always shunted to the bottom of the list

Innovation is YOUR State of Mind


In his keynote, ‘Innovation is a State of Mind’, James O’Loghlin identifies the 3 building blocks of innovation; in this dynamic follow up workshop, participants apply those principles to create and grow their own ideas to improve their business. This 1 hour to half-day workshop will get delegates identifying opportunities, solving problems and thinking on their feet as they are challenged to unleash their creativity and think up develop new ideas to make their business better. Delegates will leave armed with the necessary tools to impart real change within their organisations, for years to come.

In the session you will learn:

  1. A large number of thought through and practical ideas that the business can implement
  2. The growth of a new culture that fosters innovation and collaboration
  3. Each delegate will have a new found belief in his or her ability to 'think up' ways of doing things better, and know how to grow and use their ideas

Master of Ceremonies

After two decades of corporate speaking work in Australia James O’Loghlin 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 corporate comedians.

Master Facilitator

James is also 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 ex-criminal lawyer to ask the right questions at the right time. His television background as The New Inventors host enabled him to elicit all the relevant information and his unique brand of corporate comedy to keep it entertaining and engaging for the audience. 

Your contribution as leader of our panel on ethics was extremely well received. This contributed to the overall day and dinner being a hugely successful event.
- President, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association QLD


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

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