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James O'Loghlin

James O’Loghlin is quick wit, clever and very entertaining. A keynote speaker on innovation, a masterful MC and a strong facilitator, James leaves audiences inspired, engaged and energised.

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Testimonials for James O'Loghlin

Thank you for your fantastic ‘MC’ services….your cool, calm and collected style not only kept us highly amused, but kept everything and everyboy else under control.
Starlight Foundation

It was an absolute pleasure to have you MC and guest speak at our IBM SmartCamp event yesterday. It was the best decision we all made – a professional MC took our event to a new level. We all enjoyed the friendly but firm approach and the jokes to lightened up a long day!
IBM Australia & New Zealand

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

Thank you so much for yesterday! It truly was a pleasure working with you and thank you for making the day run so smoothly.
Project Coordinator George P Johnson Australia

James has the ability to capture you through his witty humour and "think outside the box" approach. One specific thing I have taken away from James is to "always value your ideas", he would be wonderful for your next think tank forum or any event that requires an MC with a twist.
EA to Chief Risk Officer at ING DIRECT Australia

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 witty and entertaining.  I will definitely recommend you to everyone!
Event Manager, Resourceful Events

James O'Loghlin Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

James O'Loghlin's Biography

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.  

James became a commercial lawyer in 1991 and soon after realised that he had made a terrible mistake. He then became a stand-up comedian and a criminal lawyer. Through the 90's he was a lawyer by day and comedian by night, whilst also juggling television appearances "Good News Week," "Hey, Hey It's Saturday", and more, whilst also working as a writer for Andrew Denton on his Triple M breakfast show, and at the Logies. In 1998 he performed "Lawyer, Lawyer", to full houses at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.  

From 1999 to 2001 James hosted 3 television shows: "O'Loghlin on Saturday Night" and "People Dimensions" on the ABC, and "Inside the Arena" on Foxtel. In 2002 he moved to radio, hosting "The Evening Show" on ABC Local Radio in NSW and the ACT and in 2004 he became the host of the iconic "The New Inventors," on ABC-TV.  

It was this role that fuelled James' interest in innovation, a subject upon which he now regularly gives keynote speeches; about the 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.  

Since 2009 James has hosted "Sunday Evenings with James O'Loghlin" on ABC Local Radio, and he is the author of 4 books, including "How to Balance Your Life".  

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.    

He 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.  

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.

Speaking Topics Include

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.

Facilitator
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 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 in the time available, and his unique brand of corporate comedy 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/Comedy
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.

Presentations:

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. The increasingly rapid pace of change continues to turn today's cutting edge best practice into tomorrow's fax machine. To stay relevant and successful, businesses need to keep coming up with better ways of doing things. They need to innovate.

 

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 do better than everyone else, and five things every business can do to build a workplace culture that encourages innovation

 

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. The 1 hour to half-day workshop will get delegates identifying opportunities, solving problem 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.

Takeaways from the session include:

A large number of thought through and practical ideas that the business can implement.

The growth of a new culture of innovation and collaboration.

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.

 

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”

 

Virtually Brilliant - Turn your presentation into a compelling story

It was already difficult mastering the art of speaking to an audience who were directly in front of you. Now, the new world of on-line meetings, webinars and zoom conferences have created a new type of pressure for presenters. It’s much too easy for an online audience to become disengaged and your message to be lost.

 

With practical and friendly tips for every sort of gathering both in the real world and virtual, Leanne and James take you through each of the stages of presenting and show you how to keep your audience sitting up and eager for more. From researching your topic, to adding humour and interest, from using your voice effectively to conquering your nerves, and using PowerPoint to enhance your message, rather than bury it, the Virtually Brilliant approach will see even the most experienced speaker improve their skills enormously.

 

It will give confidence to those who have never delivered a speech before and will allow those who have done it many times to hone and finesse their skills in both the live and virtual space.

 

You will learn how to:

Learn the presentation techniques for high engagement both online and onstage

Construct presentations using our templates and techniques

Turn your presentation into a compelling story.

Use an economy of words to bring clarity to your message

Notice your nervous symptoms and channel your fear into excitement