Emma Bannister thinks in pictures and stories. She is an expert at transforming the written word into visual masterpieces that matter more.
As a highly sought-after creative, workshop facilitator and keynote speaker, she is passionate about presentations and presenting big and beautiful ideas.
She started her career designing PowerPoints for banks that traded in high standards and fast deadlines. Their expectations set fire to her ambition, and lead her to bigger and bluer skies outside of her little hometown north of London, UK.
Emma arrived in Australia in 2002 with a suitcase full of bright ideas. She unpacked her powerful visual punch when she launched Presentation Studio from her humble kitchen table in 2006.
Fast-forward a decade and Presentation Studio has grown to over 25 staff – all equally passionate about using visual thinking to transform the way people and companies communicate. Their practical tools have helped transform multi-million-dollar pitch presentations for companies such as Telstra, Westfield, Microsoft, Hyundai, Yahoo!7, Commonwealth Bank and PepsiCo.
Over the years I have seen many presentations.
Now I see my role as helping people understand the difference between a good presentation and a bad one. How simple changes can make a huge difference in how audiences understand and act.
I speak several times a week and share my ideas and articles as much as possible. But it became clear that the best way of communicating my ideas was through a book.
So, after much blood, sweat and a few tears I combined my thinking with some beautiful visuals – with the sole purpose of helping others see the value in their presentations.
Visual Thinking will help you transform the way you think, communicate and influence with your presentations.
Transform your presentation in five simple steps:
I hope you enjoy.
Founder & CEO of Presentation Studio
As the CEO, Emma is no longer a hands-on designer, but now applies her creativity to big picture business ideas and plans.
When she’s not presenting, or teaching others how to present, she is writing for the likes of Smart Company, Business Insider, Qantas Radio, SMH, Financial Review, B&T, The CEO Magazine, Entrepreneur.com & Kochies Business Builder.
Emma Bannister is also the co-founder and visual design lead for Presentation Guru and was a finalist in the 2015 + 2016 Telstra Business Women Awards.
With the perfect mix of Storytelling, Visual Communication, and Presentation Skills. In today’s marketplace it’s increasingly difficult to differentiate yourself. Marketing experts suggest clear winners find innovative ways of communicating. Sounds simple enough – but what if you’re not an award-winning communication expert with your finger on the pulse?
You don’t have to be; Emma Bannister is. Presentation Studio Founder and CEO, with over 20 years' experience in visual communication strategy. Her team has helped clients across Asia Pacific win multi-million-dollar pitches – companies like Telstra, Yahoo!7, EY, Microsoft, VISA and Qantas. Presentation Studio’s innovative approach to integrating story and visual design transforms lacklustre presentations into engaging, powerful and successful communication tools.
As we rely more on machines to make decisions, humans will need to supply what machines cannot: Creativity. That’s why in the 2016 World Economic Forum report, Creativity as a skill set moved from number 10 in 2015 to number three in 2020. Leaders must learn not to stifle creativity, allow time for experimentation and resource the ability to problem solve through curiosity, imagination, innovation and expression of ideas. It's what gives humans the competitive advantage.
Protect the future not the past – your job as a manager in a creative environment is to protect new ideas from those who don’t understand that in order for greatness to emerge, there must be phases of not-so-greatness.
Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar
Emma shares her experience of driving a creative team culture and the challenges and benefits that brings. In a brave and authentic keynote Emma shares practical advice along with her insights and experiences that will help you prepare for the future ways of working by unleashing creativity innovation, problem solving, persuasion and collaboration in your organisation.
Emma arrived in Australia in 2002 with little more than one backpack and a vision of how powerful presentations could be. With nobody providing quality presentation support and an obvious demand, she knew she had found her niche.
Starting a business has obvious challenges and during this keynote, Emma shares stories from the past 10 years – realising her vision - establishing an industry and the struggles and successes of a small business. As Presentation Studio grew and the team reached double figures Emma was faced with her biggest challenge 'leadership skills' - an introverted graphic designer with a fear of public speaking.
Now, as CEO, Creative Entrepreneur and Professional Speaker Emma has over 30 full time employees and Presentation Studio is the leading presentation agency in APAC. Emma shares the transformation insights and learnings through creative thinking, brave decision making and staying focussed.