James O’Loughlin

James O’Loughlin

Australia’s Most Respected and Entertaining Speaker  |  Facilitator  |  Master of Ceremonies
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About James

“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 ...”

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.

From 2009 to 2014 James hosted Sundays Evenings nationally on ABC Local Radio. From 2004 to 2011 he hosted The New Inventors on ABC TV. From 2002 to 2007 he hosted The Evening Show on 702 ABC Sydney and ABC Local Radio around NSW and the ACT.

He has been delighting corporate audiences for over a decade and is equally at home giving keynote speeches on innovation, giving witty after dinner speeches acting as MC for awards nights and conferences and facilitating panel discussions.

From corporate and criminal lawyer to stand-up comedian and then media personality and presenter, James has a wealth of experience. It was his role as host of The New Inventors that fuelled 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 also a highly experienced and very entertaining MC, panel facilitator and after dinner speaker. He is a favourite with Australian audiences and event planners, with hundreds of successful live events to his credit.

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 he teaches and coaches public speaking. His first novel for children, The Adventures of Sir Roderick the Not-Very-Brave was published in 2014 and won the Speech Pathology Australia award for the best novel for 8 to 10 year olds. His second, Daisy Malone and the Blue, Glowing Stone was published in 2015 and his third will be published in August 2016.

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What people say about James

We were delighted with his work. He is a consummate professional communicator and MC. He took his role very seriously and understood our brief was not just for an MC but for someone who could really capture the mood of our event. James was witty, funny, charming and respectful of the emotions of those on stage and in the audience. He curated his remarks with great care and attention to detail. He also kept the pace of the evening going and ensured the show on stage knitted together seamlessly.

– Exhibitions and Events Association of Australasia

James is an excellent MC who delivers a nice mix between humour and business messaging. Very professional and easy to work with. Highly recommended.

– Freelance Event Services

He brought the perfect blend of comedy and comment to our evening, tailoring his expertise on the topic of innovation to suit our agriculture industry event. We cannot express enough how professional and easy he was to work with – he was our MC and keynote speaker and really assisted us in ensuring our evening ran smoothly. I received countless positive comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed James, he really made our event a success.

– South West Food Bowl Festival

You turned the event into something very special.

– Headspace

You were wonderful! You were a real hit! Many thanks again. You are a delight to work with.

– The Benevolent Society

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

It truly was a pleasure working with you and thank you for making the day run so smoothly.

– George P Johnson Australia

Thank you so much for being such an expert Master of Ceremonies at our 2013 NSW Health Innovation Awards. Your time on the night and your preparation and effort in the lead up to the event was much appreciated. Feedback from people who attending the Awards ceremony has been very positive with many comments on how well your comedy routine matched the Award themes.

– NSW Dept of Health

Thank you for providing your witty commentary and smooth running of the Gala Dinner. I only heard compliments from guests throughout the night about your role as MC!

– The Health & Fitness Industry Association

The feedback has been extremely positive, with everyone commenting on how you kept the audience entertained and in stitches! It was a pleasure to work with you.

– Mildura Development Corporation

We have had great feedback from guests saying you were a wonderful MC and set the tone perfectly – which is exactly what we wanted. Everything went off without a hitch. Thank you for everything, it was a great night and by all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves.

– Elle Conference & Event Specialists

The entire conference was very successful and I received a lot of positive feedback. Thank you once again for being our MC, everyone I know has said they loved your work!

– QLD Government Inter-departmental Accounting Group

My client was wrapped with the way in which he brought it together at the event. Really delivered!

– Front Page Management

Thank you for an outstanding job as our MC on Saturday night. You were fabulous.Your audience control was great, and you kept a good pace with the proceedings. Your injection of fun made the formalities a lot more lively and enjoyable for the audience, and we got lots of compliments on Saturday night for having you as our MC. Chris in our office described you as awesome. I have to second that.

– Building Designers Association of Victoria

Feedback has been overwhelming positive to the whole night and I know a lot of the doctors appreciated your wit…!

– Australian Medical Association (NSW)

Brilliant presentation, excellent feedback. Thank you!

– IBM

Thank you for your contribution, and of course for your “energy and charisma!” I really felt that you added so much value to our Dell User Forum event, and the feedback around the overall keynote address has been outstanding, which you certainly played a big role in. It was great to work with such a professional.

– Dell

Thank you for your wonderful work on Thursday evening. The night went off flawlessly and everyone appreciated your wit and warmth. Thanks again!

– Refrigerant Reclaim Australia

A million thank you’s for Saturday night. He was highly professional, well organised and fun. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I hope he will consider being our MC again next year!

– Wateraid

Your efforts across both day and night were well received by all. It’s been nothing but praise for you from all delegates so thank you for contributing so much and making it the success it was. On a personal level, you were EXTREMELY easy to deal with… I appreciated your cool, calm and collected approach!

– Danks

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. This is reflective of his skill as a presenter and comedian. He cited relevant examples for our audience and inspired many. A comment from our CIO during the closing address at our conference was that your talk was “Inspiring and thought provoking.

– Fuji Xerox

Thank you James! You did such a fantastic job hosting the day –you were really one of the highlights of the program. You really kept the energy in the room up and kept everyone engaged. Pleasure working with you!

– GE Australia & New Zealand

It was our absolute pleasure having you as our MC for the Cochlear lunch. You were a delight to work with – so capable and professional. Your personal anecdotes put the audience at ease and, your ability to take comments and moments from the day and bring them to life with a relevant story, really made the event.

– Cochlear Limited

Well done. I had several people tell me how they were going to put some of your suggestions into action at work today, so you are officially an inspiration!

– Local Government Information and Communications Technology Group

Your overall rating of 94% was … a pretty incredible score. A great result, thanks again. James your “very good to excellent” rating of 100% was matched by only one other speaker.

– Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia

Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job.

– Quantium (MC)

Thanks for the great talk… I’ve had a lot of great feedback from the audience. We found your talk both entertaining and practical. In fact, as a measure of your success in getting your message across, you were directly quoted in 3 of the 5 talks I went to today!

– Woodside Energy