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Emma Bannister

Founder and CEO of Presentation Studio

Creative Entrepreneur | Influencer | Business Woman | Author | Speaker

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.

Emma Bannister

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.

Book Visual Thinking

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:

  1. Identify your purpose and main message
  2. Brainstorm your ideas
  3. Structure your presentation
  4. Design your content
  5. Deliver and share for greater impact

I hope you enjoy.

Emma Bannister
Founder & CEO of Presentation Studio

Presentation Book Visual Thinking

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.

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Emma Bannister is a sought-after keynote speaker with a passionate, creative and authentic nature. Regularly booked well in advance to deliver keynote presentations for global conferences, organisation initiatives and leadership development programs.

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Emma has three powerful keynotes:

Keynote #1 - Impact Matters

How do you gain the competitive edge in your next Presentation?

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.


  • Insight into market leaders’ communication strategies
  • Essential components of presentations
  • Practical ways to differentiate and stand out

Perfect for:

  • Managers and Executives who write and deliver presentations
  • Pre-conference / roadshow preparation workshops
  • Conference breakout training sessions

Success measure:

  • Outcome based
  • Practical tools and physical tips
  • Latest presentation skills


Keynote #2 - Change Makers

Creativity is THE future business skill

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.


  • Future ways of working - case studies
  • Benefits and solutions
  • Problem solving skills and exercises
  • How to lose our fear of being wrong

Perfect for:

  • Managers who want to foster a creative culture throughout their organisation
  • Conferences, roadshows and internal events

Success measure:

  • Creativity ≠ Art
  • Practical tools and physical tips
  • Understanding the possibilities


Keynote #3 - Never Give Up

From grass roots to successful business owner; learn how to take control of your own story.

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.


  • Motivate, increase confidence - overcome fear
  • Finding your niche
  • Start-up skills

Perfect for:

  • Lunch and Learns
  • Women’s Groups / Networking Groups

Success measure:

  • Inspiration
  • Practical tools and physical tips
  • Understanding the possibilities 

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