I feel very fortunate to have been helping organisations large and small to boost their creativity, enhance their communication and map out their desired future for 16 years now.
I've used the power of simple drawings to connect with a huge range of people; helping youthworkers connect with young people using visual templates; working with voluntary organisations to map out their strategy in a visual way and encouraging trainers move beyond PowerPoint into an exciting world of simple graphics.
As a visual coach I've coached interns and graduates aswell as small business owners and CEOS to tune into their instinct and make their dreams a reality.
My career started in 2002 when I moved to Edinburgh and began working for disability organisations in the voluntary sector. This was my first introduction to person centred planning and visual facilitation which now informs all of my work.
This move followed my MA in Ethics where my final thesis was on The Dignity of the Undignified. I have always been interested in the stories of people who fall outwith what is considered 'normal.'
In 2006 I qualified as an NLP Practitioner and soon after set up my first freelance venture, Engaging Company offering personal development training and coaching.
In 2014 a freelance contract with Glasgow Disability Alliance saw me return to my two great passions – designing and delivering training and working with disabled people.
I gained a certificate in the Fundamentals of Interactive Visuals with Chistina Merkley and began working with individuals and groups across all sectors in the areas of training, facilitation, coaching and consultancy. It was then that I started taking illustration commissions particularly from voluntary and public sector organisations. Collected Works (now Emer O'Leary Studios Ltd.) was born!
This has felt so much more than a course. It's really felt like a timely community of amazing women who are each seeking out what it really means to live their lives fully.
I appreciate the way you've made things really holistic, and about us and about our thinking. I think that's really testament to your investment in us relationally.
I really want to encourage you really – what an amazing gift you've got – doing this with real integrity and warmth and enabling brilliant relationships so a massive thank you – it's a real gift.
Senior Manager | Leadership Development, TSB Bank
In my line of work, I rarely come across talented and creative individuals like Emer, who can bring out our latent talents to the fore; and influence and improve the way we work. While Emer's technical ability as a visual thinker is without doubt, I am also impressed by her relaxed confidence, ability as a coach to command a room, ability to change mindsets, and her constructive feedback. As a visual thinker, coach and facilitator, Emer has my highest recommendation.
Private Companies Specialist | Baillie Gifford & co.
Coaching with Emer is transformational. She is highly intuitive and skilled at identifying priorities and gentling holding you in that space to generate tangible actions that make you feel positive, in control and excited.
I loved how she identified where there was lightness and heaviness and supported me in identifying positive beliefs. I found that very powerful. I also loved the creative side as I am a very visual person. I really like how boundaried Emer is – I think we connect well but we also get a lot done together. She is very focused, intuitive and cuts through any bullshit.
Director | Annie's Training Company