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Chief Executive - Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

Many thanks for your work on the 2013 Awards for Excellence – your material was witty, clever and the right tone for the awards.

What Your Purchases Say About You

December 19th 2013

There’s no doubt about it, with $32bn expected to be ringing through the tills by Christmas, we sure know how to buy!

Whether it’s gifts for loved ones, treats for the Christmas table, or something special for ourselves – why we buy what we buy is the billion dollar question retailers puzzle over each year.

Stop Your Mess Draining Your Dollars

December 19th 2013

As businesses, and as individuals, often we are so busy racing towards the BIG goals and changes that we forget the tiny tweaks that can dramatically increase the availability of time, and also money.

It's time to be EXTREME

December 1st 2013

The future of your business depends on just two abilities.

Firstly, being able to come up with excellent ideas to expand your business. Secondly to be good at implementing those ideas.

There are thousands of books and articles about the implementation part, but comparatively little about quality business idea generation.

Over the last 25 years I have made my living coming up with good business ideas and over time I developed a system that allowed me to do so quickly, efficiently and effectively.

Below is a quick ten step methodology that will allow you to speedily generate lots of different ideas for your company. Whether you'd like to conceive new income streams, fresh marketing concepts, breakthrough positioning strategies or novel product ideas, this system will get the job done.

The Problem With Coin

December 1st 2013

San Francisco startup Coin today announced its first product — a credit card-sized device that digitally stores up to eight credit, debit, gift, or membership cards, and lets you switch between them by pressing a circular button on its surface.

It works with conventional ATMs and payment terminals but all is not as smooth as it seems. Here, Banking innovator and founder of Moven Bank Brett King, looks at the potential pitfalls of this product & what it means for the future of banking.

The BIG Pivot!

December 1st 2013

In this insightful video, globally recognized sustainability expert Andrew Winston makes the case that the way companies operate today cannot keep up with the rate of change in our physical world.

New Year's Resolutions

December 1st 2013

Make 2014 Your Most Productive Year Yet!

The ONE Thing You Can Do Every Day

Laura Stack, MBA, is America's Premier Expert in Productivity™. For over 20 years, Laura has worked with business leaders to execute more efficiently, boost performance, and accelerate results in the workplace. Her company, The Productivity Pro, Inc., helps leaders turn strategy into performance and achieve maximum results in minimum time. Laura is the bestselling author of six books, with over 20 foreign editions, published by Random House, Wiley, and Berrett-Koehler, including her newest work, Execution IS the Strategy (March 2014). Widely regarded as one of the leading experts in the field of performance and workplace issues, Laura has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Connect via her websiteFacebook, or Twitter.

Bounce Forward Into 2014

November 27th 2013

On 11 September 2001 the world stood still — it was a crisis almost beyond imagining.

When the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the world was shocked.

As the second plane crashed into the towers and the world realised it was not an accident, the scale of the horror became apparent.

As far as crises go, September 11 was monumental and the images we saw on that terrible day will be seared into our memories forever.

And yet even that crisis created new opportunities.

Increase Your Emotional Equity!

November 27th 2013

It's that time of year again. The time of year when we, as busy professionals, are divided between countless roles on a daily basis – trying to do a million things at once.

Whether you are being a leader at a tough sales meeting or entertaining at the office Christmas party, it's important to pay attention to your emotions and how they are translating to your body language.

How to DOUBLE your business network!

November 27th 2013

We are at that time of year again when our social calendar goes through the roof!

Whether it's family gatherings, or office parties, we are all going to be taking part in an endless amount of conversations with new and interesting people.

How on earth will you survive?

Get the Message Pty Ltd

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

A million thank you's for Saturday night. I was told many times that James as our MC really set the scene.

He was highly professional, well organised and fun.

I couldn't have asked for anything more.

Video Exclusive!

November 18th 2013

Last month we took Melbourne by storm with our DARE speaker showcase!!!

Where our team of thought leaders, disruptors & speaking rockstars debuted brand new content to 200 of our nearest & dearest.

We are thrilled to let you know that the feedback was out of this world.

And now, exclusive footage of each of the keynotes has been revealed on our site for you to enjoy with a cup of tea in hand!

Beat The 3pm Slump!

November 18th 2013

We all fear the 3pm slump, that time in the day when productivity nose dives and we mentally check out.

Whether you yourself are battling this feeling, or you notice that your team experiences a slump mid-afternoon, Dr Adam Fraser, in this exclusive preview of his e-video program, gives us the tools to fight the fatigue and get everything done by sunset!

Dealing with RED Travellers

November 1st 2013

How do you deal with "power personalities" in the travel industry?

You know the type: powerful, controlling and with big egos, these customers have the capacity to wreak havoc for you, your colleagues and other customers.

I want to talk to you about these troublesome situations in particular.

Making Better Travel Decisions with Big Data

October 31st 2013

The real issue with big data today is not defining what it is, but from a business perspective, knowing how to get value from it. Here's my take. Big data is not about big technology - it's just about making better decisions.

Don’t Sell the Destination, Sell the Traveller

November 1st 2013

The travel industry is like most industries in that it is incredibly inwardly focused in terms of sales, marketing and even in terms of its leadership and cultural development. Which is not to single the industry out for criticism, more to note that it shares a common problem faced by most business leaders.

So what does that look like and more importantly what does it mean?

Finding the Third Space Between Check-In & Touch Down

October 31st 2013

Travel can be a stressful process, for both your colleagues in the travel industry and also your consumer. Picture this, your customer has made it to the airport by the skin of their teeth thanks some cabby’s blatant disregard for the rules of the road and now somehow they’ve survived the briskest body search of their life through security.

Whilst this may paint a rather funny picture, it's not exactly conducive to bringing your A-game to that all-important meeting.

Head of communication - Randstad

Stephen Koukoulas - Testimonials

I've only heard great things about your presentation at the breakfast – so thank you. Clients and staff all raved about you – how engaging, thought provoking and entertaining you were. You made the content come alive.

Head of Marketing, Google Philippines

Scott Bales Testimonials

It's tough to make talks in the Financial space exciting, and Scott delivered. I would highly recommend him for speaking engagements in the Finance/Banking industry.

Associate Vice President, Cognizant

Scott Bales Testimonials

We worked with Scott at Cognizant Community, our annual and unique customer engagement event, in both Australia and New Zealand. His presentations and knowledge displayed at various panels were highly appreciated by the audience. I would not hesitate to hire Scott again, as he clearly makes a difference.

Creating the collaborative retail experience

October 29th 2013

Brett King has unraveled the secrets of marketing to Gen M, the 'multi-tasking generation'.

Already a force to be reckoned with and driving unprecedented change in the banking industry, Brett knows how the psychology of buying is changing now that the digital natives have come of age.

This is a new generation. One that no longer needs or wants direct interaction with a brand - traditional marketing doesn't work and they are pathologically adverse to being marketed at.

It's no longer about storefront vs ecommerce, it's about more than having a Facebook page. To survive your business needs to understand how Gen M connect to the world around them and how they experience retail - and more importantly how the retail experience needs to become almost entirely disconnected from the traditional model of sales marketing.

In this disturbing and insightful piece for The Huffington Post, Brett King outlines the changes that are happening in a Gen M dominated retail world, and how you can get on board.

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Retail's Three Buckets

October 29th 2013

What are the game-changers in your business? The three things that, if implemented now, would have the biggest impact in the shortest time?

These are your three buckets, the 20% of your business where you need to spend 80% of your time. 

In this exclusive video for ODE, Laura Stack speaks to leaders in the retail industry about how to turn strategy into performance. She discusses spending time in the three buckets, focusing in the gaps, and training your replacement.

One simple trick to increased influence in retail

October 29th 2013

Chris Helder is one of the world's leading experts on influence - and how you can use it in day to day life to improve your business.

In this episode of Chris' Tools of Influence eVideo series, available via your ODE Management consultant, you'll learn an incredible technique perfect for managers and salespeople who need others to take action!

Are you close enough to your customers?

October 29th 2013

This week a major milestone was achieved by Tesla, the electric car company.

In California, they became the third biggest selling luxury car, behind only the Mercedes E Class and the BMW 5 Series.

That's an extraordinary achievement for a brand that didn't even exist a few years ago.

How did they do it?

Executive Assistant at Coors Credit Union

Brett King - Testimonials

Everyone that attended walked away with lots to think about and a new direction on which to focus. We would highly recommend scheduling Brett to speak at your next function!

Manager, Communications, Superpartners Pty Ltd


Amazing and engaging presenter. One of the best speeches that I have had the privilege to listen to.

Manager, Communications, SPot-ON! and Events Superpartners Pty Ltd


Thank you for another fantastic presentation for Superpartners! In particular people loved the energy you brought to the session, it was a highlight of the offsite.


James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

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!

Project Coordinator George P Johnson Australia

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

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

IBM Australia & New Zealand

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

It was a pleasure to work with you. It's my first experience of working with a 'professional MC' and I have to say - it was great! We all agreed it was the best extra spend we could have done so I was thrilled.

Stop Thinking and Start Acting: Seven Tips for Making Executive Decisions

July 22nd 2013

There's an image making the rounds on the Internet titled "Executive Decision Making System." It shows a picture of both faces of a penny, heads labeled "Yes" and tails labeled "No." From an outside perspective, that may seem hilariously true—and as a leader yourself, you've probably run into cases where you'd prefer to just flip a coin to settle something, rather than wade through all the pros and cons.

How to Escape a Workplace Productivity Rut

August 23rd 2013

By now, you've internalized the basics of time management in an effort to maximize your productivity. You know you must be self-disciplined, shut down distractions, eliminate time-wasters, improve information handling, and make every effort to smooth out your workflow.

The problem is, you can do everything right and still end up with poor results if you're not careful.

Walking the Tightrope

September 6th 2013

I realize all you young go-getters would work 25/8 if possible.

You know who you are. Full of fire and passion to make your startup a success, allowing the business to consume all your time and feeling invincible enough that nothing so mundane as sickness would ever hold you back.


However, heed this advice from a 20-year business veteran who has learned the hard lessons from helping teams all over the world. 

Here come the neo-banks

August 26th 2013

Pre-paid debit cards are the fastest growing deposit product in countries like the United States and China today. In the US healthy 25% year-on-year growth the last 4 years now amounts to $350 Billion dollar annual business. In contrast checking accounts in the US have been shrinking by close to 4% year-on-year since 2009. The vanguards of the new bank account today, however, are not necessarily the giants of the financial industry. The new bank account is being defined by a different set of rules. Low friction, engaged customer base, differentiated distribution (no branches) and strong digital (mobile and web) support are all the rage, but at the core is a new approach to the basic day-to-day bank account. Join Brett King (Author of Bank 2.0 and 3.0) and his guests Alex, Jon and Shamir, as they discuss how neo-banks will are changing the rules and redefining what it means to be a bank at the same time.

The Underbanked don't need banks anymore!

August 26th 2013

Do the underbanked really need bank accounts anymore? With the introduction of mobile financial options, more and more people are opting out of traditional bank accounts and turning to the myriad of financial options that are becoming available as an alternative to traditional checking accounts. Between pre-paid debit cards, gift cards, Western Union accounts, Paypal, pre-paid cell phones, mobile wallets available, social payment systems, the PayNearMe service, and Peer 2 Peer lending taking off, people can avail themselves of all the benefits of banking without having to enter a bank branch or deal with fussy application procedures and small print fees. Join Breaking Bank$ to discuss the way that people are turning to these options with Rachel Schneider with the Center of Financial Services Innovation and Danny Shader, the CEO of PayNearMe, which allows those that have opted out pay for rent, utilities and bills in cash from convenient locations they visit every day.

Human Resources & Strategic Planning, Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

Your keynote address was very insightful and entertaining and we have received much positive feedback from those present on the value they got out of the morning...we are now thinking about new ways we can be innovative not only in our day to day work but in all that we do.

Executive Officer, Local Government Information and Communications Technology Group

James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

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!

True Retail Colours

August 7th 2013

Why Do Customers Buy From You?

3 Ways To Improve Your Retail Website Sales.

August 6th 2013

We've all heard that the future of retail will be e-commerce, but the sad truth about most websites is that they don't bring in many sales.

Mobile Payments - What does this mean for Retail?

August 6th 2013

There are those that will tell you it will be many years before mobile payments is mainstream. You'll hear figures like 2014, 2016 or even later bandied around as to when mobile payments will hit mass adoption. However, I believe the primary measure to focus on when looking at these sorts of predictions is first and foremost exhibited customer behavior – the predilection to a shift in the way they pay, bank, purchase or shop.

Future Of Retail

August 6th 2013

In this profile on the future of retail and consumer innovations, author and futurist Mike Walsh talks about the influence of social media on consumer behavior. He uses real-life examples like Japan's Tokyo Girls collection, which enables attendees to use their cell phones to scan the dresses they see and instantly order them. This segment appeared on Carte Blanche, a South African TV current affairs program.

The End Of 'Product Real Estate'

August 6th 2013

It's almost become cliche to observe that the retail sector is in trouble. However, virtually every industry is having to reinvent itself and innovate to stay relevant in a world with changing market dynamics, models of communication and delivery as well as tastes and values.


James O'Loghlin - Testimonials

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!

Cards & Payments 2013

Brett King - Testimonials

Brett, you were an absolute pleasure to work with! I cannot fault your professionalism. I have received constant compliments about your presentation, and would be delighted to work with you again. It is rare to find a speaker that can both command a stage and work one on one so successfully!

Breaking Down the E-Wall at Dare Sydney

July 22nd 2013

In this short video filmed at the 2013 Dare Sydney Showcase Chris Helder discusses 'Breaking Down the E-Wall'.

Two Big Banking Predictions

July 22nd 2013

Ron Shevlin (@rshevlin) and Jim Bruene (@netbanker) and I, have been back and forth regarding Ron's article on so-called NeoChecking Account and the news of the GoBank launch here in the US earlier this year. 

The Emergence Of A New Generation Of Business Innovators

July 22nd 2013

When you look at the environmental and social challenges we face, it's often tough to stay optimistic. The worst predictions of climate science are coming true. Resource scarcity – especially water – is a major threat to business and the economy. Worker conditions around the world, like those that lead to the unfathomable tragedies in Bangladesh, can seem like intractable problems. And the political system that we need to tackle big issues is mostly broken.

Who Do You Want Your People To Be?

July 16th 2013

We, as leaders, spend an inordinate amount of time instructing our people on how we want them to behave - using codes of conduct and workplace instructions, on what we want them to do - in terms of processes and with training modules and of course, what we want them to achieve - by outlining their KPIs and conducting yearly, biannual or quarterly reviews depending on just how controlling our own personality tends to be.

What Does It Take To Be A Futurist?

July 16th 2013

What Do You Think It Takes To Be A Futurist? 

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