Bernadette Schwerdt


With a distinguished career spanning over three decades, Bernadette has established herself as a leading authority on how to empower individuals and organisations to harness the power of creativity, to inspire change and drive success.

Her life’s purpose has been to find her own creative courage as an author, speaker and entrepreneur, and to help others unlock theirs.

She is a TEDx speaker, best-selling author and ghost-writer with a track record of producing award-winning business books and biographies for some of Australia’s most successful CEO and corporate titans. 

Her framework for ‘creative storytelling for influence’ has been used by the leadership teams at Australia’s top companies including Commonwealth Bank, Goldman Sachs, NAB, Merrill Lynch and Quest Hotels to help them craft their pitches, build their thought leadership, gain high level buy-in, and motivate their teams to think big and be bold.

keynote speaker

If you’d like a dynamic, entertaining and thought-provoking keynote speaker to  help you engage your team, audience, clients or association, you should consider Bernadette.

Her speaker topics include:

  • Ignite You Influence: The Art of Personal Branding for SMEs and Leaders
  • Creative Courage: Fostering an Intrapreneurial Culture for Success
  • The Business of Storytelling: Telling Strategic Stories That Connect
  • Pitch Perfect: Master the Art of Persuasive Presenting
  • AI-Powered Content Mastery: Crafting Captivating Content that Converts 
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AUThor & Ghost-writer 

Bernadette is a best-selling author and ghost-writer with a track record of producing award-winning books and business biographies for some of Australia’s most successful CEO and corporate titans. 

 Her writing has played a crucial role in helping some of Australia’s most successful & high-profile business leaders bring their compelling stories & insights to the world. She has also been a judge for the Australian Business Book Awards in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.


Creator of custom courses for blue-chip companies.  

An accredited Train-the-Trainer and NLP-certified instructional designer.

Presenting With Influence - Learn how to pitch, persuade and present like a pro. Minimise your nerves, maximise your confidence.

Discovery Session - Marketing Coaching - Need mentoring? A sounding board? Get instant, expert marketing advice that makes sense and gets your business back on track.    

Storytelling for Business - Learn how to tell a business story that connects. Discover the process Hollywood’s top scriptwriters use to tell compelling stories.

Copywriting for Profit - Learn how to write persuasive copy for websites, blogs, social and email. Access the top templates all the pro copywriters use.

Digital Essentials - Learn how to market your small business using the latest digital marketing tools, tips and technology. Spend less, make more.

How to Build an Online Business - Turn your hobby, passion or special knowledge into an online business and watch the passive income roll in.



"Thank you for your motivating keynote presentations for our annual roadshow – the attendees are still singing your praises! You are a dynamic professional whose passion is second to none. It was such a great pleasure working with you."
Melinda Mason, Loyalty Program Manager, De Lorenzo

"Thank you so much for sharing your perspectives and insights with us. Your insights and learnings were VERY well received by the audience! You delivered a refreshing, entertaining and unique talk!"
Kris Larsen, Senior Manager, Business Innovation, KPMG

"Bernadette is a subject matter expert that backs up her sessions with a really engaging and powerful presentation style. Bernadette is a delight to work with and a true professional. I have no doubt that we will be working with Bernadette again in the near future"
Leah Hitchings, Brand & Communications Manager – AMP/Hillross

"Thank you again for helping our team overcome the fear of presenting and being able to articulate the features and benefits of what we do. The feedback I have received from all our staff can only be described as glowing"
Tamatha Harding, Acting CEO – Tennis Australia


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