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Not just another boring speaker

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Professional, Engaging, Creative.
Experienced, Enthusiastic, Energetic…
…And FUN!

If you want your audience engaged, the energy high and your people raving about your event, Simon’s for you.
Simon is a sought-after speaker and emcees events, shows, conferences and facilitates day-long and longer innovation programmes for businesses. His book A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Business is coming out in the first half of 2017.
Simon’s unique blend of energetic enthusiasm, creativity and humour is your guarantee for an event that lives on in the memories of your people, for all the right reasons.

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How does Simon help?

  • Simon Banks Keynote Speaker
    Keynote Speaking

    Looking for a speaker with the right mix of energy, humour and insight to kickstart innovation and delight your audience?

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    Conference MC

    If you want your audience engaged, the energy high and your people raving about your event, Simon’s for you.

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    Innovation Hackathons

    Are you looking to develop a culture of Innovation that produces market leading thinking, ideas and results?

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  • Simon Banks Graphic Facilitation Workshops
    Graphic Facilitation Workshops

    Are you wanting to take your communication skills to another level and truly engage your stakeholders?

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Featured Clients

It has been such a pleasure working with you Simon. Your creativity, client service and professionalism have been impressive!
Brooke Wright, Manager People and Organisational Change, Ernst and Young
We called on Simon to help us with an internal event we held recently. From the outset he was brilliant, from thoroughly understanding our needs through to fulfilling his role as MC. Simon was able to engage the audience, inject energy and keep everyone entertained. The feedback from attendees was exceptional and left the crowd wanting more. I would have no problems recommending Simon
Shane Muarenko, Agile Coach, Commonwealth Bank
I cannot speak highly enough of Simon. He was great at setting the atmosphere and enabling us to connect with our team mates. He kept everyone on their toes and had some great ideas on ice breakers and games without anyone feeling embarrassed about being involved.
Trish Cooney, Manager Community Relations, CatholicCare
I had the opportunity to work with Simon to bring to life our Values Week. Entitled "Seeing is Believing" Simon both educated and entertained our employees through graphic facilitation workshops. He empowered all participants to connect with their perception of the SA Water values through visual communication. Simon and his team provide a fun, intelligent, inspiring and engaging approach to learning that gets employees to reconnect with their inner creative. Simon's authentic approach with people is evident as is his commitment to ensuring that he delivers valued outcomes for his clients. I look forward to having the chance to work with Simon in the future.
Kathryn Gallina, Director People and Culture, Business SA
Simon recently facilitated at our Senior Leaders Workshop - he was fantastic at keeping the group motivated and is very adaptable. He reads people extremely well so can quickly adjust the flow on the day to deliver the right outcomes - and ensures energy levels never wane. His visual creations of the day / session add another valuable dimension to any event.
Bridget Candy, Head of Internal Communication, METCASH
Simon facilitated and graphically recorded our recent EY Oceania Infrastructure Advisory conference attended by 145 people. Simon had everyone up and interacting with others and kept the positive energy up in the room from the introduction through to introducing all the speakers right through to the end of the second day. I ran into a gentleman attending a conference next door to ours and he asked me if we had a comedian because everyone was laughing and sounded like they were having a great time. He jokingly asked to join in because it sounded like more fun than the event he was attending. I doubt our conference would have been as successful without Simon and everyone loved him, and we have quite a diverse team.
Lara Patterson, EA, Ernst and Young
The feedback was fantastic from the conference. Thanks so much for your work with our sessions Simon. You were exceptionally professional, fun and really nailed the brief.
Christie Hopp, Australian Wholesale Marketing Manager, Flight Centre Travel Group
Wow! What an impact our 2 days with Simon has had on our team. The team are constantly thinking outside the square for business improvement ideas and 'acting' more creatively. This is an absolute strength to this team and Sanitarium, and we are already seeing the business results. Well done and we can't wait for our next session in April.
Darren Watts, National Sales Manager, Sanitarium
We were very happy with how the conference went and your work was great in keeping them all pumped over 2 days. Everyone enjoyed your session and found it valuable. Feedback shows it was the best conference they had attended. Thank you so much I hope we can work together again soon.
Wendy Doxey, Practice Manager, Hayes Knight (SA)
I tasked Simon with the job of MC and session facilitator at a national conference for accountants - Not the easiest of audiences, yet Simon’s unharnessed energy ensured the room remained engaged for the entire 3 days. Simon’s is fun, dynamic and forces the listener to move outside their comfort zone (in the right way). I have had the pleasure of working with Simon on numerous occasions and would personally recommend him to anyone seeking a speaker with a difference.
Wendy Doxey, Practice Manager, Hayes Knight (SA)
Everyone thought you were great! Your session was fantastic, fast paced and highly interactive and took a different approach to the exploring creativity and innovation with a purpose relevant for the HR team. Most of all you were loads of fun.
Christie Mort, Capability Consultant, Western Power
I cannot speak highly enough of Simon. He was great at setting the atmosphere and enabling us to connect with our team mates. He kept everyone on their toes and had some great ideas on ice breakers and games without anyone feeling embarrassed about being involved.
Trish Cooney, Manager, Community Relations, CatholicCare
Your energy, style and humour was very engaging and enabled the whole team to get in touch with their amazing creativity, to have fun and to step outside their comfort zone. Thank you for making it seem effortless, I really do appreciate how much hard work goes into delivering something that works so well.
Suellen McCaffrey, Human Resources Manager, St George Community Housing
It has been such a pleasure working with you Simon. Your creativity, client service and professionalism have been impressive!
Brooke Wright, Manager People and Organisational Change, Ernst and Young
The feedback has been nothing short of fantastic. Again thanks Simon for pulling off what will be a memorable night and of course now the bar for next year’s conference is set very high. Great job and really enjoyed working with you.
Colleen Hitchcox, General Manager Small Business Programs & Services, Telstra
I had the opportunity to work with Simon to bring to life our Values Week. Entitled "Seeing is Believing" Simon both educated and entertained our employees through graphic facilitation workshops. He empowered all participants to connect with their perception of the SA Water values through visual communication. Simon and his team provide a fun, intelligent, inspiring and engaging approach to learning that gets employees to reconnect with their inner creative. Simon's authentic approach with people is evident as is his commitment to ensuring that he delivers valued outcomes for his clients. I look forward to having the chance to work with Simon in the future.
Kathryn Gallina, Director People and Culture, Business SA
Everyone absolutely LOVED the experience. They were still talking about and referencing their experience on Friday! After 9 years – I’ve finally topped the best event !! Everyone was so engaged, Friday night was beyond hilarious. The laughing from everyone, cheering – was just incredible! Thankyou again for making it such a tremendous success.
Debbie Hough, HR Manager Australia & New Zealand, Sennheiser
I would like to thank you for your role as facilitator and MC at the Department of Transport and Main Roads DG Customer Led Innovation Challenge. Your role was integral to making the day a success and was greatly appreciated by myself and all the participants.
Neil Scales, Director General, QLD Department of Main Roads
This is the very best program I personally have ever experienced. Thanks so much Simon, I believe you have found your calling, not just in art and facilitation but bringing a whole bunch of people together that would not normally associate. I couldn't rave about you highly enough. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.
Brenda Sellers, Qld Management Team, BlueScope Steel
Everyone thought you were great! Your session was fantastic, fast paced and highly interactive and took a different approach to the exploring creativity and innovation with a purpose relevant for the HR team. Most of all you were loads of fun.
Christie Mort, Capability Consultant, Western Power
I brought Simon in to a client site to run a 3 hour workshop for 25 Business Improvement folk on visual facilitation (How-to-do). He was awesome. Super easy to work with, and excellent facilitation of the workshop itself. The next day I walked into a number of rooms where the project teams had taken the skills and their new found confidence and illustrated key messages of their initiatives. It was quite staggering (after only 3 hours!). Weeks later the new skills are still being used and the team is communicating much more effectively with their stakeholders. Highly recommend!
Jennifer Frahm, Senior Consultant, Personal Banking, Business Improvement NAB
Simon and his team designed and delivered workshops and visual facilitation activities for the entire leadership team (200 or so) to explore the vision for the new city of Canterbury Bankstown.The outcome was a visual representation of our new organisation, what we do and how we deliver services to our community which will be essential to driving our organisation forward. Simon displayed excellent customer service and worked across many areas of our organisation with our staff to ensure the vision captured a broad range of views and perspectives.
Janelle Davidson, Senior Project Officer Organisational Development, City of Canterbury Bankstown
I just wanted to say thank you for all of the work you did – before and during the CEO Forum. Simon, you made the day loads of fun for everyone. I am looking forward to finding more wonderful ways we can use your talents going forwards.
Julieanne Dowse, Internal Communications Specialist, Lumo Energy
Thanks for an amazing session on human centred design and prototyping Simon. We are still raving about what we learnt... Of course I love any chance to get out the cardboard, scissors and Lego to start building prototype collaborative engagement pieces.
Jane Tietzel, Manager (Stakeholder Engagement), QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads
Simon supported me in a bid for new work. His creative skills and imagination helped us communicate our proposition in a highly effective way and I believe this helped differentiate us from our competition. He was very professional, organised and flexible which helped us meet a very tight deadline. I look forward to working with him again soon.
Penny Shield, Executive Director, Ernst and Young
It has been such a pleasure working with you Simon. Your creativity, client service and professionalism have been impressive!
Brooke Wright, Manager People and Organisational Change, Ernst and Young
Wow Simon! what a great fun night we had at our Sales Awards dinner last Friday at Byron Bay. Thank you so much for being such an amazing emcee. You were exceptionally talented, professional, high energy, creative and humorous! Most importantly everyone had heaps of fun and had great laughs, it was such a wonderful experience for all of us, so thanks again, look forward to work with you again in future :)
Rachael Lim, Marketing & Events Coordinator - Australia, Arjohuntleigh
Wow! What an impact our 2 days with Simon has had on our team. The team are constantly thinking outside the square for business improvement ideas and 'acting' more creatively. This is an absolute strength to this team and Sanitarium, and we are already seeing the business results. Well done and we can't wait for our next session in April.
Darren Watts, National Sales Manager, Sanitarium
Simon facilitated our inaugural innovation event in September 2016 in Melbourne, where over a dozen teams participated. He brought great energy to the session, engaged the teams very well, coached us along the way, and made the event fun. Simon is a great presenter and facilitator and I would recommend him for other organisations looking to run innovation sessions, hackathons, or similar events.
Kristian Kish, Head of Insights, eNett
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for work at the conference last week, the day was excellent and the feedback we are receiving about you and the overall day is the best ever! I think you were a great addition both years, you kept the exercises different each time which certainly helped and I think staff were all really happy, particularly the way you managed the event.
Courtney Aspland, Manager Marketing and Media, Marketing and Sales, East Coast TAFE
Simon - you have showed professionalism, skill, creativity and great, great, great humour at both conferences you have facilitated. Watching you captivate an audience is just great.
Shirley Glassy, Office Manager, Australand
I tasked Simon with the job of MC and session facilitator at a national conference for accountants - Not the easiest of audiences, yet Simon’s unharnessed energy ensured the room remained engaged for the entire 3 days. Simon’s is fun, dynamic and forces the listener to move outside their comfort zone (in the right way). I have had the pleasure of working with Simon on numerous occasions and would personally recommend him to anyone seeking a speaker with a difference.
Wendy Doxey, Practice Manager, Hayes Knight (SA)
Simon is a very talented artist in many ways! And VERY good value - not only do you get someone who can create fabulous visuals of what your presenters are saying that embed the messages but you get a dynamic and interactive MC who can connect those excellent messages!
Amanda Gore, Best Selling Authour, Award Winning International Keynote Speaker
The feedback has been nothing short of fantastic. Again thanks Simon for pulling off what will be a memorable night and of course now the bar for next year’s conference is set very high. Great job and really enjoyed working with you.
Colleen Hitchcox, General Manager Small Business Programs & Services, Telstra
Simon and his team designed and delivered workshops and visual facilitation activities for the entire leadership team (200 or so) to explore the vision for the new city of Canterbury Bankstown.The outcome was a visual representation of our new organisation, what we do and how we deliver services to our community which will be essential to driving our organisation forward. Simon displayed excellent customer service and worked across many areas of our organisation with our staff to ensure the vision captured a broad range of views and perspectives.
Janelle Davidson, Senior Project Officer Organisational Development, City of Canterbury Bankstown
This is the very best program I personally have ever experienced. Thanks so much Simon, I believe you have found your calling, not just in art and facilitation but bringing a whole bunch of people together that would not normally associate. I couldn't rave about you highly enough. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.
Brenda Sellers, Qld Management Team, BlueScope Steel
Ongoing value of the training we participated in with you has been amazing! And the few of us who were a part of the original training group are keen to introduce the other members of our team to the experience we all rave about. Thanks once again for an amazing experience, the best training I have ever done.
Norman Holmes, Team Leader, Community Partnerships, Mission Australia
Simon - you have showed professionalism, skill, creativity and great, great, great humour at both conferences you have facilitated. Watching you captivate an audience is just great.
Shirley Glassy, Office Manager, Australand
I have had a chance to speak with most of the trainees and their mentors and they all loved the session! It was a perfect way to encourage mentor/mentee dialogue, as well as learning more about one another – and the wider group. Thanks again for delivering such an awesome session, and helping to establish such an integral relationship between our trainees and their mentors.
Kylie Jones, Indigenous Employment Support Coordinator, Chevron Australia
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for work at the conference last week, the day was excellent and the feedback we are receiving about you and the overall day is the best ever! I think you were a great addition both years, you kept the exercises different each time which certainly helped and I think staff were all really happy, particularly the way you managed the event.
Courtney Aspland, Manager Marketing and Media, Marketing and Sales, SUNSHINE COAST TAFE
Your energy, style and humour was very engaging and enabled the whole team to get in touch with their amazing creativity, to have fun and to step outside their comfort zone. Thank you for making it seem effortless, I really do appreciate how much hard work goes into delivering something that works so well.
Suellen McCaffrey, Human Resources Manager, St George Community Housing
The feedback was fantastic from the conference. Thanks so much for your work with our sessions Simon. You were exceptionally professional, funny and really nailed the brief.
Christie Hopp, Australian Wholesale Marketing Manager, Flight Centre Travel Group
I just wanted to say thank you for all of the work you did – before and during the CEO Forum. Simon, you made the day loads of fun for everyone. I am looking forward to finding more wonderful ways we can use your talents going forwards.
Julieanne Dowse, Internal Communications Specialist, Lumo Energy
Everyone thought you were great! Your session was fantastic, fast paced and highly interactive and took a different approach to the exploring creativity and innovation with a purpose relevant for the HR team. Most of all you were loads of fun.
Christie Mort, Capability Consultant, Western Power
I would like to thank you for your role as facilitator and MC at the Department of Transport and Main Roads DG Customer Led Innovation Challenge. Your role was integral to making the day a success and was greatly appreciated by myself and all the participants.
Neil Scales, Director General, QLD Department of Main Roads
We called on Simon to help us with an internal event we held recently. From the outset he was brilliant, from thoroughly understanding our needs through to fulfilling his role as MC. Simon was able to engage the audience, inject energy and keep everyone entertained. The feedback from attendees was exceptional and left the crowd wanting more. I would have no problems recommending Simon.
Shane Muarenko, Agile Coach, Commonwealth Bank
The feedback has been nothing short of fantastic. Again thanks Simon for pulling off what will be a memorable night and of course now the bar for next year’s conference is set very high. Great job and really enjoyed working with you.
Colleen Hitchcox , General Manager Small Business Programs & Services, Telstra
The feedback was fantastic from the conference. Thanks so much for your work with our sessions Simon. You were exceptionally professional, funny and really nailed the brief.
Christie Hopp, Australian Wholesale Marketing Manager, Flight Centre Travel Group
Simon is one of those rare individuals who can communicate in a board meeting with executives and yet be a wildly creative person. His company is a fantastic fusion of both qualities and is an asset to any conference.
Sonya Furlong, Events and Incentives Planner, Avon
I just wanted to say thank you for all of the work you did – before and during the CEO Forum. Simon, you made the day loads of fun for everyone. I am looking forward to finding more wonderful ways we can use your talents going forwards.
Julieanne Dowse, Internal Communications Specialist, Lumo Energy
Ongoing value of the training we participated in with you has been amazing! And the few of us who were a part of the original training group are keen to introduce the other members of our team to the experience we all rave about. Thanks once again for an amazing experience, the best training I have ever done.
Norman Holmes, Team Leader, Community Partnerships, Mission Australia
We needed a creative and exciting way to bring two very different groups of people together. Simon worked with us to do this and is a natural at helping people relax into the experience of doing something that for many was completely out of their comfort zone. But it is in this space of risk and creativity that the team is formed. Great job.
Peter Horlsey, Volunteer and Corporate Engagement Manager, Cerebral Palsy Alliance
This is the very best program I personally have ever experienced. Thanks so much Simon, I believe you have found your calling, not just in art and facilitation but bringing a whole bunch of people together that would not normally associate. I couldn't rave about you highly enough. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.
Brenda Sellers, Qld Management Team, BlueScope Steel
Simon facilitated and graphically recorded our recent EY Oceania Infrastructure Advisory conference attended by 145 people. Simon had everyone up and interacting with others and kept the positive energy up in the room from the introduction through to introducing all the speakers right through to the end of the second day. I ran into a gentleman attending a conference next door to ours and he asked me if we had a comedian because everyone was laughing and sounded like they were having a great time. He jokingly asked to join in because it sounded like more fun than the event he was attending. I doubt our conference would have been as successful without Simon and everyone loved him, and we have quite a diverse team.
Lara Patterson, EA, Ernst and Young
Wow! What an impact our 2 days with Simon has had on our team. The team are constantly thinking outside the square for business improvement ideas and 'acting' more creatively. This is an absolute strength to this team and Sanitarium, and we are already seeing the business results. Well done and we can't wait for our next session in April.
Darren Watts, National Sales Manager, Sanitarium
I brought Simon in to a client site to run a 3 hour workshop for 25 Business Improvement folk on visual facilitation (How-to-do). He was awesome. Super easy to work with, and excellent facilitation of the workshop itself. The next day I walked into a number of rooms where the project teams had taken the skills and their new found confidence and illustrated key messages of their initiatives. It was quite staggering (after only 3 hours!). Weeks later the new skills are still being used and the team is communicating much more effectively with their stakeholders. Highly recommend!
Jennifer Frahm, Senior Consultant, Personal Banking, Business Improvement NAB
I cannot speak highly enough of Simon. He was great at setting the atmosphere and enabling us to connect with our team mates. He kept everyone on their toes and had some great ideas on ice breakers and games without anyone feeling embarrassed about being involved.
Trish Cooney, Manager, Community Relations, CatholicCare
I brought Simon in to a client site to run a 3 hour workshop for 25 Business Improvement folk on visual facilitation (How-to-do). He was awesome. Super easy to work with, and excellent facilitation of the workshop itself. The next day I walked into a number of rooms where the project teams had taken the skills and their new found confidence and illustrated key messages of their initiatives. It was quite staggering (after only 3 hours!). Weeks later the new skills are still being used and the team is communicating much more effectively with their stakeholders. Highly recommend!
Jennifer Frahm, Senior Consultant, Personal Banking, Business Improvement NAB