James O’Loghlin

Entertaining media host, comedian, MC and facilitator

James O'Loghlin is one of Australia's most experienced, entertaining and versatile corporate speakers and media personalities. He is best known as the host of over 300 episodes of The New inventors on ABC-TV, an experience that fuelled his interest in innovation. A natural comedian with a warm and friendly approach, James is also a much-loved presenter on ABC radio.

James is at home on stage as an MC as he is on radio and television. With absolute ease he communicates salient points and draws laughs from whatever is happening, all the time running the event in an efficient and appropriate manner.

James is also an experienced panel facilitator who puts panelists at ease yet never fails to keep discussions both informative and entertaining. Drawing on his experience as a radio and television host and ex-criminal lawyer, he knows exactly how to ask the right questions at the right time.

A popular keynote speaker, James tells the story of his life in a way that is both very funny and relevant for business. His messages are appropriate for all industry sectors and all ages, and stress the importance of making hard choices and challenging yourself, and not accepting the status quo just because it seems like the easiest option.

James went to a private school, studied law at university and became a corporate lawyer. After realising that he had made a terrible mistake, he threw himself into stand-up comedy, and left corporate law to become a criminal lawyer. Through the 1990s he had two parallel careers; criminal lawyer by day, and comedian by night. He juggled both with television appearances on Good News Week, Hey, Hey It's Saturday and more while also working as a writer for Andrew Denton on his Triple M breakfast show, and at the Logies. In 1999, he finally left the law.

As well as all his other commitments, James has hosted Sunday Evenings with James O'Loghlin on ABC Local Radio since 2009. He is also the author of four books: How to Balance Your Life, Umm ... A Complete Guide to Public Speaking, and Andy's Secret Weapon, a story for children.

Speaking Topics

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 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.
  • The three things innovators do better than everyone else.
  • How innovation happens. Everyone talks about the need to be more innovative, but no one tells you how to actually do it. James will share a process that enables everyone to come up with more innovative ideas.
  • The six things every business can do to build a workplace culture that encourages everyone to be innovative.
  • Why some organisations can encourage their staff to not only have ideas, but also to share them, and why some organisations never get access to the good ides their people have.
  • How to grow, test, assess and implement new ideas.
  • Client testimonials

    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

    Excellent. James excelled as master of ceremonies for the 2008 NRW Natural Resources Conference. His facilitation of the panel discussion was particularly impressive.

    Department of Natural Resources and Water

    Thank you for your fantastic “MC” services…your cool, calm and collected style not only kept us highly amused, but kept everything and everybody else under control!

    The Starlight Foundation

    Our clientele varies greatly in tastes and background and your professionalism and ability to connect with and entertain audiences was greatly appreciated. You were one of the standout comedians.

    The Harbourside Brasserie

    Excellent. Extremely amusing and an excellent ability to work the audience.

    Telstra Retail – Finance

    Excellent. James is a highly professional entertainer. His performance was outstanding.

    Australian Venture Capital Association

    An enormous thank you. Your comedy section was a highlight of the evening’s entertainment…the act was great: well chosen, clever and above all funny. We had a great deal of positive feedback about the evening in general, and your performance in particular. We’d be happy to recommend you.

    Young Cancerians Sydney Committee

    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.

    Resourceful Events

    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 your wonderful compering of the Smart Awards. You were fantastic and everyone enjoyed your humour, style and professionalism. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

    Invigorate