Ask about Simon Banks
Key Points
  • Known for being unflappable, extremely easy to work with and with a finely honed sense of humour, Simon has facilitated over 1000 events across Europe, Asia, America and Australia. 
  • He’s worked to bring fresh thinking and innovation out of teams in companies that include: EY, Chevron, BHP Billiton, Sportsbet, Suncorp, NAB, Commonwealth Bank, Macquarie University, The QLD Government, and Volkswagen.
  • Author of A Thousand Little Lightbulbs: How to kickstart a culture of Innovation in your Organisation, Simon brings you the BS-free guide to dealing with your creative OGRE, taking off the blinkers and leveraging the greatest innovation tool in your business: your people. 
  • Combining a healthy stint in corporates and his background in the arts, creativity and innovation, Simon marries the two worlds to ignite fresh, innovative thinking in his audiences and drive creativity that lasts long after the event is over.
  • His particular talent is audience engagement – a critical piece of the event jigsaw. Get them moving, start the laughter: Simon keeps your audience in the room.
  • If you’re after an MC, keynote speaker, event facilitator or innovation maverick, with professionalism, creative flair and all the vim and vigour your audience expect, you’ve found him.
Topics
  • Turbocharging your imagination
    Develop curiosity and deliver a constant stream of fresh thinking and great ideas, without taking off in a gypsy caravan or roasting your own coffee from single origin, hand-picked beans.
  • Open your eyes, possibilities are everywhere
    Opportunities and lightbulb moments exist everywhere if we only open our eyes and encourage them to develop and grow. Innovators see things that other people miss and this simple approach drives market leading thinking, constant innovation and outstanding results.
  • A Thousand Little Lightbulbs
    How to Kickstart a culture of Innovation in your organisation Create a culture where people and innovation thrive, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results.
  • Developing essential innovation tools
    From asking great questions through to simple prototyping and pitching, learn essential tools to nurture a culture of innovation.
  • Taming your Ogre
    How to tame the Ogre that tells you you’re not creative, and how to keep it away while you bring your most brilliant self to work.
  • Master of Ceremonies
  • Facilitator
Testimonials

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.
Director General
QLD Department of Main Roads

What a cracking event yesterday. Everything was superb. Everyone’s still talking about it. The vibe in the office is charged, as it was at the event also. Absolutely nailed the brief and got everyone excited about our new brand. Thanks for keeping so cool under pressure and a huge thanks to your team for being so wonderful and helping us during the madness that was the room set up. YOU’RE AMAZING!!!                                                            
Senior Internal Communications & Events Specialist
REST Industry Super

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.
Agile Coach - Digital
Commonwealth Bank

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.
Head of Insights
eNett

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.
Head of Internal Communication
METCASH

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.
Manager Marketing and Media Marketing and Sales
QLD TAFE

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.
Executive Director
Ernst and Young

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.
Practice Manager
Hayes Knight (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! Thank you again for making it such a tremendous success.
HR Manager Australia & New Zealand
Sennheiser

You were a breath of fresh air after a long day of travel and content-heavy presentations. You obviously have a gift for what you do! Loved the “breaking the ice” activities, which loosened everyone up, and the activity itself really got participants outside their comfort zones, thinking differently, networking and having fun all at the same time!
Sponsorship Advisor
Suncorp Group

Simon Banks is a man passionate about a topic critical to Australia’s future: people and creativity. How grateful can we be that he has taken his wealth of knowledge and condensed it in an easy-to-read book that is fun, cuts to the chase and contributes in a thousand little ways. The ‘answer’ may be rarely that simple, but Simon leads the way to finding it and I would recommend this book to anyone at any level. It is a superb read.
Louise Mahler
Leadership Influencer, International Keynote speaker, Author and Coach

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.                                                      General Manager Small Business Programs & Services
Telstra