To any MC or Speaking engagement, James brings thirty years of media and performance experience. He has hosted or spoken at events for Engineers Australia, APRA, ARIA, The Sydney Film Festival, Telstra Small Business Awards, The Sydney Writers Festival, The Screen Composers Guild, Aria Restaurant, IF Awards, and the AFIs. He has hosted and delivered keynotes at conferences for Optus, the Australian Payroll Association, the Australian Independent Schools Association and for Vero Insurance. James does live Radio on 702 ABC Sydney every day. He can bring that energy and wit to your event. He has appeared on live television for Sunrise, It Takes Two, Midday and Good Morning Australia. He can handle the technical demands of any situation. James will write and perform to your brief. He writes weekly columns for The Australian and Northside Magazine. He is the author of six books, and is happy to craft whatever your occasion needs.
James is also a fine jazz musician. He plays saxophone and sings with his own quartet. At your event, James can provide music to suit the occasion. From pre dinner drinks, to accompanying presentations to dancing afterwards, James can offer a unique touch to your night. As bandleader and MC James can really make your event swing.
"We often use James for events at Aria and our venues at the Sydney Opera House. Always prepared, always professional, really knows how to read the crowd. Perfect!"
Matt Moran, Aria Restaurant
James was very well received by all the delegates who were still talking about his topic all through the conference.
James was the ultimate professional. Easy to deal with and at all times very professional.
Christine Chadwick, Association for Payroll Specialists
"The James Valentine Quartet were awesome! I will definitely use them again!"
Natalie Keating, Dimension Data National Sales Conference February 2011
"James was able to ad lib and work the crowd effortlessly, throughout an entire day of events for Australia Day, 2011."
Sutherland Shire Council
"I wanted to write to you and say a MASSIVE thank you. Your 'tone' for last night was absolutely perfect - exactly what we were after. Thank you so much.
The band were also fantastic - really added class to the night. Feedback today has been incredibly positive - so again, big thank you."
Claudia Guigni, NSW Palliative Care Awards
Keynote: "Things Not Common"
Rap Music. Organic Food. Waygu Beef. Hair gel. Computers outside of NASA. Disc Brakes. Tattoos on anyone but sailors. Home espresso machines. These are all new. Some people say we're living through a time of great change happening at great speed. But is that really true? Try 1900. The telegraph, the telephone and the motor car.
James Valentine is fascinated by change.
In this keynote James reminds us that it's not that long ago you couldn't google anything and no one wore a tracksuit to the shops. We have been through an explosion of change, we worry about change, but in actual fact we're really good at it.