James O’Loghlin is an ABC television and radio presenter, author, MC, speaker and comedian. James hosted over 300 episodes of ‘The New Inventors’ on ABC-TV and it was this role that fuelled his deep interest in innovation. He now regularly gives keynote speeches in which he explains how innovation actually happens, and he works with organisations and individuals to help them to become more innovative in the way they do business. James is the author of 7 books, most recently ‘Innovation is a State of Mind

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 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.

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.

During this corporate keynote James O’Loghlin will talk about:

- 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

No matter how well we are doing things today, if we keep doing them the same way, in 10 years’ time we will have been left behind. The increasingly rapid pace of change quickly turns todays’ cutting edge best practice into tomorrows’ fax machine. To stay relevant and successful, businesses need to innovate. Of course, everyone tells you innovation is important. The problem is that no one tells you how to do it.

In eight years hosting ABC-TV’s ‘The New Inventors’ James O’Loghlin worked with over a thousand innovators and inventors who thought outside the box and came up with new and better ways of doing things.  In his keynote presentation he will discuss:

-How innovation happens. The 3 things innovators do better than everyone else.

-How to learn to step back and come up with ideas to improve the way you do things.

-How to quickly and cheaply identify the ideas that are going to improve the bottom line and implement them.

-How to build a workplace culture that encourages everyone to be innovative.


In his original 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. The 1 hour to half-day workshop will have delegates identifying opportunities, solving problems and thinking on their feet as they are challenged to unleash their creativity and think up and grow new ideas to make their business better

The workshop will arm delegates with the tools to impart real change within their organisations for years to come.

Workshop Outcomes

- Every participant will generate between one and five new ideas to improve their business.

-Every participant will apply a structured process that will enable them to come up with and develop new ideas. This will build their confidence in their ability to be innovative.

-Participants will see how ideas can be grown and improved by sharing and collaboration.

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.


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 Speaker

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.


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

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James O'Loghlin
Intro: James O'Loghlin
James O'Loghlin - MC & Facilitation
James O'Loghlin - Innovation
James O'Loghlin - Innovation Showreel
James O'Loghlin - Melbourne Showcase 2012 Intro
James O'Loghlin Interlude 2
James O'Loghlin Closing
James O'Loghlin Interlude 3
James O'Loghlin - Sydney Showcase 2012

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