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Miranda Banks

Fitter. Faster. Stronger. Smarter. Psychologist Miranda Banks ...


Who Is Miranda Banks?

Author of best selling book, "Fitter, Faster, Stronger, Smarter". Dynamic and insightful, Miranda Banks is a leading performance psychologist who works with her clients to develop their performances in life, sport or business.

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Fitter, Faster, Stronger, Smarter. Training for the performance of life

Latest works: Through her work as a performance psychologist with elite professional sports people, Miranda Banks knows the challenges faced by those striving to achieve.

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Miranda Banks Bio

I returned to my English homeland almost five years ago, after living in Australia for 20 years, working for the last twelve years as a performance psychologist in sport, business and life. My current particular interest is in student performance enhancement; exam preparation in the same vein as sports competition preparation; career planning and confidence building.

My experience working in performance and career psychology for elite sport began in 1998 with the Queensland Academy of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport. From there, I contracted to Australian Rugby and Queensland Rugby to performance coach teams, individual athletes, coaches and staff, on and off the field. Queensland Cricket used my services in a similar capacity and I conducted seminars and individual sessions for athletes and coaches in a variety of other elite categories: Queensland Netball, Surf Lifesaving, Triathlon, Rugby League and Football. I worked with umpires and referees from most of the major professional sports, assisting them to best utilise their influence in high-pressure situations.

Within my corporate clients, I have developed the domain of developing “Presence”: that ability to exude power for purpose; to be impressive in specific situations - confidence with direction.  This skill set is particularly useful for leaders in sport or business.  For this, my clients have been predominantly executive management and business leaders, covering performance coaching issues related to personal success, personal branding, leadership, business-building, career change, enhancing influence and life balance.  Clients tend to be self-driven individuals from a variety of industry sectors:

  • Retail
  • Leisure
  • Health
  • Law
  • Banking
  • IT
  • Advertising
  • Mining & construction
  • Media
  • Property development & management

My philosophy is to use the principles of performance psychology from an elite sporting sphere and apply to business achievement. To this effect, my first book, “Fitter, Faster, Stronger, Smarter. Training for the performance of life” was published in 2007 by Wiley & Sons in Australia, and is available online at www.examconfidence.co.uk, or you can email me directly.

I facilitated workshops around the State for the Queensland Government on performance psychology for teams and individuals and have been an expert commentator on Southern Cross Broadcasting’s Radio 4BC for the last three years. I lectured for six years in performance psychology for sport and industry at Queensland University of Technology and for three years in Career Development at Victoria University.

Since returning to the UK, I have worked as the sports performance psychologist for Bath Rugby club, for numerous professional polo players and polo teams, and for an exclusive health and fitness club in Mayfair. 

Currently, I am Performance Psychologist for Exam Confidence, a leading provider of school revision programs, where I coach students and teachers in best performance at secondary school level.  I work with individuals and also develop and implement performance enhancement programs for entire schools.

I am Program Director and Sports Psychologist for the International Polo Academy and I work with a number of polo teams during the Summer season in the UK.  I am executive coach to small business owners for both business and life and I also thoroughly enjoy working with individuals, applying sports psychology to life coaching in careers, health and wellbeing.

I feel passionately about facilitating others to realise their potential and to share that journey as team support.  Equally, I am frank about the mindset that it takes to do so:  We’re not here for a haircut – and second chances are rare.

In my spare time, I love to read, hike, exhaust the hounds, ski powder, test out cakes on Richard, throw fabulous dinner parties and, finally, curl up to the sound of ol’ Blue-Eyes with a glass of excellent claret.


Sports testimonial

"Through the years I have worked with Miranda, she has helped me develop personally and professionally both on and off the field. Miranda has helped the team and I deal with many significant issues throughout her time at Queensland Rugby including change of head coaches, player suicides, team disharmony, leadership issues and team losses. Each player knew you could call on her at any time and she would drop anything to provide immediate assistance." Professional rugby player.



I wrote Fitter, Faster, Stronger, Smarter (FFSS) for my clients and radio listeners to have reference material on the coaching process that I use. Whether you're a sporting or corporate athlete, or wanting to coach the best in others, you'll find it an easy-to-read, systematic guide to performance enhancement. I am also working on my second book.

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