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Laughs all round.


James O’Loghlin is one of Australia’s most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers, corporate comedians and media personalities, best known as the host of over 300 episodes of the much loved The New inventors on ABC TV, and for his witty and entertaining programs on ABC Local Radio.

Current work

His role as host of The New Inventors fueled James’s interest in innovation, a subject upon which he now regularly gives keynote speeches. In them he shares practical techniques we can all use every day to become more innovative, and discusses ways in which companies can create a culture that encourages innovation.


James is the author of seven books including ‘Innovation is a State of Mind - Simple Strategies to be more Innovative in what you do.’ He has also written ‘How to Balance Your Life’ and ‘Umm…A Complete Guide to Public Speaking,’ and teaches and coaches public speaking. He also writes novels for children.

Talking Points

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

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.

Key Takeaways:

- 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 | Workshop

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.

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 that fosters 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

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.
James was excellent - a big hit with the audience. He connected very well with them, was thoroughly professional and really gave the attendees a motivational boost. His humour was spot on and supported his topic well. A very engaging guy who mingled with the audience members before and after the event. James was a major feature of the event and a lot of the attendees wanted to meet with him and share ideas. I also thought that James was very gracious when people came up to him with a bit of idol worship. Seriously - on at least two occasions that I witnessed - people would come up to James and tell him that he was their hero and that they never miss his show etc. James was very pleasant and respectful at all times. We would definately ask to have James speak again - he knows his stuff and knows how to reach an audience and is therefore good value. Dept of Innovation, Industry & Regional Dvlpmnt

Brilliant speaker that related well to the guests and the industry.

David Grant Special Events

James was very entertaining and engaging with the audience.


Extremely professional, funny and very well prepared for what he was involved throughout the day.

NSW Minerals Council

I thought that James’ performance was articulate, clean, funny and insightful. He managed, in a very shot time, to understand the importance of the night by acknowledging the efforts of LWA’s people in doing something uniquely Australian and meaningful to life. James managed to reinforce the importance of the night through fun and laughter… a Canberra boy and by no means a Hollowman.

Land & Water Australia

James was succinct, chose his audience well, provided great entertainment, was eager to please and gave a polished performance . I would definitely use James again!

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia

James was an excellent after dinner speaker - entertaining, light hearted and great fun.

Lake Macquarie Private Hospital

James was so easy to work with in a challenging area that he was unfamiliar with. He was so relaxed, charming and clear. He used his humor well and engaged the audience well and coped with the little hiccups on the way. Was so happy to have him.

Deaf Society of NSW

James was a pleasure to work with, nothing was an issue and this made the overall organisation on the night a breeze.

Reed Business Information

Very easy to work with, enthusiastic and genuinely interested in the program and topics - and this came across in his presentation on stage.

Australian Chamber Alliance
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