Emma Bannister is passionate about presenting big, bold and beautiful ideas. She is the founder and CEO of Presentation Studio, APAC’s largest presentation communication agency, and author of the book, Visual Thinking: How to transform the way you think, communicate and influence with presentations. Emma is a highly sought-after speaker, influencer and globally recognised presentation expert, and was recently awarded MVP (Most Valuable Professional) status from Microsoft.
In this conversation, Emma discusses her work at Presentation Studio, and the presentation design scene in Australia.
Geetesh: Emma, can you tell us more about your work at Presentation Studio. What type of work do you do, and what do your clients think about the work?
Emma: We are APACs largest presentation communications agency. We work with businesses and individuals on delivering strategic insights, crafting content and designing presentations that add value and create more meaningful connections.
We work closely and collaboratively with our clients to maximize the influence they have on their chosen audiences, and even train our clients to be able to deliver their presentations confidently.
Personally, my role as CEO is to lead our team of over 25 creative individuals and account managers that work both in-house (in our Sydney office) and remotely across APAC. I also lead our training department and speak publicly, traveling throughout Asia-Pacific delivering our various training workshops and keynote addresses. Actually, I have recently returned from Singapore and India delivering our storytelling and PowerPoint training for 120 Salesforce employees.
I am incredibly proud of the work that my team create and the fact that due to this work, more and more of our clients are tapping into power that inherently exists within presentations – and it shows!
Spanning almost every industry and assisting companies from start-ups to enterprise, we have had the pleasure of working with over 850 companies over the past 12 years, creating literally thousands of presentations.
Geetesh: How is the presentation design scene in Australia? What are the differences between Australia and the rest of the world, and what are the similarities?
Emma: In Australia, there is an ever-growing presentation design scene. When we first opened our doors in 2006, we were the only player, but since then, due to the increasing awareness of their value, we have seen a significant rise in presentation related companies. It’s humbling to be a part of an industry that is booming.
With regards to how this compares to the rest of the world, I think it’s a similar situation. We collaborate closely with the world’s largest presentation company, Duarte, and stats that they uncovered, is that globally, 30 million PowerPoint presentations are created daily! Not only that, 90% of audiences, believe that a compelling story and engaging visuals (not overwhelming data) makes for a more memorable experience. This is where engaging a presentation expert can really help. We help bridge the gap between data and insights, ultimately, persuading action.
As someone who is deeply passionate about presentations and their communicative power, I’m excited to be a part of a global movement that is helping people maximize their impact and influence.