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James O'Loghlin

Travels from: New South Wales

An experienced and polished MC/Host and expert in innovation

Categories: Innovation, MCs & Hosts

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

As one of Australia’s most beloved, respected and recognised speakers and media personalities, James O’Loghlin is an experienced presenter who connects with every audience he speaks to.

Hosting ABC TV’s ‘The New Inventors’ for over 300 episodes, O’Loghlin developed a love for innovation, which is now the basis of many of his keynote presentations. He explores how practical everyday things can be changed and adapted to the newer market. He examines how companies need to change and create a culture which nurtures and encourages innovation.

He has experience in many different speaking roles including keynote speeches, a Master of Ceremonies and a panel discusser, making him perfect for any event he is desired for.

James’ witty and engaging personality has made him a favourite with audiences and event planners alike. 

Speaker Topics

Creating an Innovative Culture
It is more important than ever for organisations to be innovative, but how do you create a corporate culture where everyone knows that part of their job is to think of better ways of doing things, and where new ideas are shared, assessed, trialled and the best ones implemented? In this enlightening and entertaining keynote, James shares how to create a corporate culture where everyone from the CEO to the receptionist is encouraged and expected to be innovative, the role of leaders and managers in fostering innovation as well as how to create a simple, efficient system to harvest, grow, and assess new ideas.
Innovation is a State of Mind
No matter how well we are doing things today, if we keep doing them the same in way, in a few years time we will have been left behind. The increasingly rapid pace of change can quickly turn todays cutting edge best practice into tomorrows fax machine. To stay relevant and successful, businesses need to innovate. But how do you do it? In eight years hosting ABC TVs The New Inventors, James worked with over a thousand innovators who thought outside the box and came up with new and better ways of doing things. James discusses why businesses need to be continually innovating, the three things innovators do better than everyone else as well as a process to enable everyone to comeup with more innovative ideas.
Overcoming the Barriers to Innovation
Many of us want to focus more on innovation and improving our business, but find that at the end of the year, for some reason, it just has not happened. What went wrong? What factors stop us from being innovative, and how can we overcome them? In this informative and entertaining keynote, illustrated with relevant case studies James will share the 6 most common barriers to innovation, how to overcome each of those barriers and how to ensure that making your business better becomes a part of your work every day.


It was one of the most insightful and humorous presentations I have seen. From the first line he immediately engaged over 200 staff and for over an hour took them on a journey mixed with fantastic quotes, life experience and real intelligence on what it means to be an innovator and how to apply this to everyday life.

Dell Australia and New Zealand

Great ideas on thinking and innovation. Really warm and engaging style.


Thank you for your great keynote – we got great feedback and you really helped the event focus on how ‘the individual’ in an organisation can make a difference.

Kraft Foods

James O

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