Emma Bannister has seen the shift in the culture of presentations over the years: endless bullet points don’t engage audiences. But does slapping stock images on slides change anything? Or is there a new way? With over two decades of Visual Design experience, and ten years as founder and CEO at Presentation Studio, Bannister’s view is radically different. Passionate that powerful presentations consist of more than just visual design – she teaches a new way of thinking – Visual ThinkingTM.
In this conversation, Emma discusses her session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2016 series.
Geetesh: You are doing a joint session with Jim Harvey called Is English EFL or ESL? In your thoughts, what do you think attendees will take away from your session?
Emma: I travel lot and the world seems to be smaller every day. Our ability to communicate through social media to people around the globe in a matter of seconds is breathtaking. En masse, we share insights and influence others to create incredible change. However, when it comes to presentation content, it seems our thinking is still confined to a claustrophobic room with little regard to different cultures and values. Language barriers aside, there is real power and importance in understanding more about your audience.
Our presentation addresses the challenges different speakers face and the best way to overcome these. From the ‘slightly patronizing and sarcastic humor‘ of the English to the American assumption that everyone ‘thinks like them‘ to the laid back Ozzie who is likely to ‘swear and use a language you never knew existed‘.
My vision is to ‘Transform the Culture of Presentations’. In our session, we discuss the benefits of a presentation that respects differences, honors different cultures and communicates clearly in words, gestures, illustrations, and imagery. In a global society, I believe there will be lots to take away!
Geetesh: You are one of the attendees who will travel a long distance to be part of the Presentation Summit. What is it that draws you, all the way from Australia to Las Vegas?
Emma: My company Presentation Studio is now ten years old. In all those years, there has only been one place where presentation experts congregate and share thoughts, experiences, and challenges faced by other presentation experts. We are a small niche industry and I found it invaluable in the early days to surround myself with like-minded souls. I have made good friends and built a network around me who collaborate and support each other. We all have the same goal in mind—to raise awareness of what makes a great presentation. I love the events and I’m really looking forward to my first time in Vegas!
What is the Presentation Summit?
For many years now, Rick Altman has been hosting the Presentation Summit, a highly popular event that is geared towards users of PowerPoint and other presentation platforms.
Date: October 23 to 26, 2016
Location: Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas, United States