James O'Loghlin is one of Australia's most respected and recognisable media personalities with a passion for practical innovation.
James O'Loghlin is one of Australia's most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers, master facilitator, corporate comedians 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 with his unique brand of corporate comedy 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.
From criminal lawyer, to comedian to media personality and presenter James has a wealth of experience. It was his 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.
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
James really resonated with our sales teams and the challenges they face every day and made them think differently about ‘thinking’ - I could not recommend him highly enough.
Commercial Marketing Director, Dell Australia and New Zealand
James demonstrated a unique passion for innovation and invention. His passion is infectious and lifted the energy of the room after a full day conference.
It was a pleasure having you at our Dinner! We have also had some fantastic feedback from our members and it is great to hear you were well received!
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE of COMPANY DIRECTORS
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.
My speaking topics...
Persuasion and Influence
How do you persuade people? When you have an idea, how do you get others on board to help you turn it into something real? Sadly, lots of good ideas never get anywhere. How can you make sure that yours do?
Being able to persuade is an essential skill. You might have an idea at work, something you want to pitch in a meeting, or a proposal you want to excite clients and customers about. You might want to get your team fired up, persuade your boss, or even harder, one of your kids. To do it, you need to know how to persuade, and how to influence.
In this compelling and informative keynote, James will share practical strategies that will enable people to be more persuasive and influential.
In this session audiences will learn:
- How do you work out who the decision maker is? How do you get to them?
- How to form a relationship of trust with the decision maker.
- The importance of standing in the decision maker’s shoes. What do they want? What do they need? What problem can you solve for them? How can your proposal be valuable to them?
- How to boil a complex argument down to its essence and present a short, sharp and compelling pitch
- No one wants another problem. The importance of offering a clear, practical solution
- How to find and enlist influential supporters
Minding Your Mind
The cost of poor mental health is enormous. Aside from the cost of human suffering, the economic cost has been estimated by the Productivity Commission to be approximately 50 billion dollars a year. However, there are things we can all do to maintain and improve our mental health.
In this entertaining and informative keynote James will discuss the things we can all do to maintain and improve our mental health.
In this session audiences will learn about:
- Dealing with burnout - a growing issue costing Australian businesses billions of dollars a year. Identifying early signs and taking steps to address them is crucial.
- The physicality of mental health. When we feel anxious or depressed, trying to think our way out of it (‘Just stop worrying’) rarely works. Addressing the physical effects can be more effective. For example, if you are anxious, slow your breathing and relax your body.
- 7 practical things, all evidence-based, we can all do to improve our mental health and live happier lives.
- The importance of being socially connected for good mental health.
- The importance of understanding and taking care of our body clock.
- How do we change? We are not set in stone. If we are anxious or impatient or shy, there are specific things we can do to change.
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
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”
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
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.
- 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. Watch James O'Loghlin's MC Showreel
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
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.
Your contribution as leader of our panel on ethics was extremely well received. This contributed to the overall day and dinner being a hugely successful event.
- President, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association QLD
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Book: Innovation is a state of mind
Change is now happening faster than ever before, and no matter how well you’re doing things, if you keep doing them the same way soon you’ll be left behind. Everyone knows that innovation is important. It’s a priority for government and business, and we’re always being told that we have to think smarter. The problem is that no one tells you how to actually do it – until now.