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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.

Contact Simon now

Simon is a sought-after speaker and author. His book, A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Organisation is now out and wowing readers across the corporate landscape.

If you want ideas to kickstart a culture of innovation in your company, create a constant stream of fresh thinking and break through the business-as-usual boredom, then you need Simon’s book in your life.

Click below to find out more about A Thousand Little Lightbulbs.

Take me to the book! 

What magic does Simon weave for you?

He emcees conferences and events and facilitates innovation programmes for companies who want to develop a culture of innovation and nurture market leading thinking, great ideas, products and results.

Take a look at Simon’s showreel to see him in action:

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. With his characteristic vim and vigour, audiences are instantly engaged and along for the ride.

 He marries his creative abilities with his knowledge of the corporate world to ignite fresh, innovative thinking in his audiences… Creativity that lasts long after the event is over.

He’s worked to bring fresh thinking and innovation out of teams with companies that include: EY, Chevron, BHP Billiton, Sportsbet, Suncorp, NAB, Commonwealth Bank, Macquarie University, The QLD Government, and Volkswagen, to name a few.

Contact Simon to plan your bespoke event now!

 

Simon’s hosted an enormous range of events, running 1000+ across Europe, Asia, America and Australia, including:

Conferences
Events
Innovation Hackathons
Visual Communication Programs
Creativity and Design Thinking workshops, and
● Large-scale, creative team events

After a successful career as an artist and then a solid stint in corporates, Simon brought together his two specialities to create VisualFunk, his company that brings creativity and fresh thinking to organisations that want to grow, develop and foster a culture of innovation in their teams to produce great ideas, products and results.

With a high-energy, savvy approach that engages audiences instantly, Simon is a consummate, unflappable professional, without compromising on the fun.

Watch Simon’s evolution from artist by night and corporate worker by day to sought-after innovation and creativity specialist in the video below:

 

Now based in Sydney, Simon loves to travel and live life to the fullest. When he’s not presenting, he can often be found chasing his three young kids, creating and illustrating in his studio, surfing and finding new adventures with his family.

If you want to make sure your team are inspired to come up with fresh ideas and innovative thinking and that your event, conference, training day or keynote are remembered for all the right reasons, you need Simon – or his book!

Get in touch with Simon today to have a chat about how he can bring out the best in your people at your event.

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The unofficial bio

Hi, I’m Simon.

I’m an author and speaker (and a little bit different) as you might have gathered.

I know you’re here because you want a speaker for your event or programme who understands how important a well-run event is.

Or, you want to talk to someone who knows how to inspire your people about new thinking, ideas & innovation, even if they think they’ve heard it all before.

You might have had an event go wrong, or worse, a speaker who was, plainly, a bit crap.

I know that hiring the right person for your event is mission critical, for you and your company. You just want your event to run smoothly, your people to be engaged, and if everyone raves about it for a long time afterwards? That’s gold standard, but you’ll take that too! (Who wouldn’t?)

I come from two very different backgrounds: creative/artistic and corporate. I really like to have fun as well. Whilst I didn’t realise it at first, my left-of-centre mix has been a great blessing.

And I’ve spent a good part of 2016/17 writing a book.  

Why? Let me tell you….

We all come to a stage in our lives when we know that we need to do something different.

We need to break the mould.

Break out of the routine.

Maybe do something slightly rebellious or outrageous.

Some may call it a mid-life crisis.

I have a confession to make: I hit mid-life crisis stage.

I couldn’t afford a Ferrari and I’m far more attracted to a Moped over a Harley Davidson, so I chose to write a book instead.

Logical? Nope. Satisfying? Well, maybe.

Whilst I wondered about the Harley Davidson vs Moped and riding into the hills, I’m glad I stuck with it.

Now it’s out and at large in the world, I’ve got a lot to share.

I love bringing the creativity and fresh thinking out of a crowd; enabling a roomful of people to realise that they ARE innovative thinkers, even if their jobs and lives have told them otherwise so far.

There is just so, so much hidden potential that people can ignore.

That potential shouldn’t be – and just can’t be – wasted.

And I truly understand the pressures of corporate life. I know that building a team of fresh thinkers and constantly improving and adapting is the end game, but it’s tough when you have immediate benchmarks and KPI’s to meet.

It’s also hard when you’re up against a culture that might not be so supportive.

Using fun, people-oriented activities and instant engagement exercises, I bring out people’s long squashed creativity, to show them how innovative thinking can work in their workplace.

If you’d like to talk to me to figure out how your event can have your people raving and really shift the thinking in your organisation, give me a call or contact me today.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

Here’s to your next event, function or keynote address knocking the ball out of the park and being the experience you’ve always dreamed it could be!

Happy Days,

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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, Business SA, Director People and Culture
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, Mission Australia, Team Leader, Community Partnerships
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, Western Power, Capability Consultant
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, East Coast TAFE, Manager Marketing and Media, Marketing and Sales
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, Lumo Energy, Internal Communications Specialist
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, Hayes Knight (SA), Practice Manager
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, BlueScope Steel, Qld Management Team
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, Ernst and Young, EA
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, METCASH, Head of Internal Communication
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, St George Community Housing, Human Resources Manager
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, Sanitarium, National Sales Manager
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, St George Community Housing, Human Resources Manager
It has been such a pleasure working with you Simon. Your creativity, client service and professionalism have been impressive!
Brooke Wright, Ernst and Young, Manager People and Organisational Change
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, Business Improvement NAB, Senior Consultant, Personal Banking
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, Australand, Office Manager
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, Telstra, General Manager Small Business Programs & Services
It has been such a pleasure working with you Simon. Your creativity, client service and professionalism have been impressive!
Brooke Wright, Ernst and Young, Manager People and Organisational Change
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, Commonwealth Bank, Agile Coach
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, City of Canterbury Bankstown, Senior Project Officer Organisational Development
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, Business SA, Director People and Culture
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, QLD Department of Main Roads, Director General
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, Chevron Australia, Indigenous Employment Support Coordinator
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, QLD Department of Main Roads, Director General
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, Western Power, Capability Consultant
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, SUNSHINE COAST TAFE, Manager Marketing and Media, Marketing and Sales
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, Ernst and Young, EA
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, Lumo Energy, Internal Communications Specialist
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, BlueScope Steel, Qld Management Team
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, CatholicCare, Manager Community Relations
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, Business Improvement NAB, Senior Consultant, Personal Banking
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, Award Winning International Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Authour
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, Hayes Knight (SA), Practice Manager
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, Flight Centre Travel Group, Australian Wholesale Marketing Manager
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 , Telstra, General Manager Small Business Programs & Services
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, Arjohuntleigh, Marketing & Events Coordinator - Australia
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, Lumo Energy, Internal Communications Specialist
It has been such a pleasure working with you Simon. Your creativity, client service and professionalism have been impressive!
Brooke Wright, Ernst and Young, Manager People and Organisational Change
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, City of Canterbury Bankstown, Senior Project Officer Organisational Development
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, eNett, Head of Insights
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, Sanitarium, National Sales Manager
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, Sennheiser, HR Manager Australia & New Zealand
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, Commonwealth Bank, Agile Coach
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, Hayes Knight (SA), Practice Manager
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, Western Power, Capability Consultant
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, BlueScope Steel, Qld Management Team
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, Business Improvement NAB, Senior Consultant, Personal Banking
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, Flight Centre Travel Group, Australian Wholesale Marketing Manager
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, QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads, Manager (Stakeholder Engagement)
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, Flight Centre Travel Group, Australian Wholesale Marketing Manager
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, Telstra, General Manager Small Business Programs & Services
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, CatholicCare, Manager, Community Relations
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, CatholicCare, Manager, Community Relations
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, Sanitarium, National Sales Manager
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, Ernst and Young, Executive Director
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, Australand, Office Manager
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, Avon, Events and Incentives Planner
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, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Volunteer and Corporate Engagement Manager
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, Mission Australia, Team Leader, Community Partnerships