Anni Finsterer recently spoke at our early Monday morning sales team meeting. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Anni spoke about her own somewhat extraordinary experiences with building resilience in a lasting and galvanising way.  It is obviously a subject Anni is passionate about sharing so as to enable others to draw on their own strengths to overcome negativity, stress and lethargy. This dose of great story telling along with positive psychology to inspire new thinking was uplifting for our sales team and will certainly be remembered. She comes highly recommended for inspiration and motivation.

 ~ Martin Gould. Toshiba.


Anni came to present at the Black Dog Institute to a packed room full of people who weren’t quite sure what to expect. I asked Anni Iinc to demonstrate what they do as we spend a lot of time in the corporate culture giving presentations on understanding mood disorders and how to improve mental health and resilience. I felt that perhaps what Anni Inc does, could compliment what we do.

They demonstrated 3 small act plays about a woman who was suffering depression and anxiety who was up for review by a new boss 10 years her junior.

It was simply fantastic and everyone was genuinely enthralled. You can only do so much with a Power Point – with Anni Inc’s insights, understanding coupled with extraordinary theatrical abilities; the message was sent home loud and clear. The story was also nicely resolved.

The presentation was wrapped up with Anni’s own incredible story of overcoming adversity, which I think should be the next Australian Story on the ABC.

If you are looking for a way to lift staff moral, get some pointy understanding underway or shift a particular cultural dynamic I would thoroughly recommend Anni Finsterer.

~ Matthew Johnstone,Creative Director, Black Dog Institute

There are few people who can talk about not only one accident but two, one of them fatal, and the enormous physical injuries which resulted while inspiring individuals to take charge of their lives, even in the most challenging of circumstances.  Equally, there are few people who have overcome physical and psychological obstacles, who then go on to achieve an independent and mainstream stage career and are awarded an Australian Film Institute Award. Anni recounts a story both moving and inspiring. The Bonus Days: From a most dynamic and outstanding speaker.

~ Practice Manager, Annie Fitzpatrick,  Peter Murphy & Associates – Solicitors

It was an absolute pleasure to have Anni Finsterer as Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation speaker for ‘Hollywood Nights’ Fund raiser. I met Anni through her friend and our host David Wenham who suggested Anni would be ideal considering the amount of operations she had had and the time she’d spent in Prince of Wales Hospital.

Anni talked about her injuries resulting from two car accidents and the plethora of operations she endured. She expressed her deep gratitude in a tribute to the Nurses who were the backbone of her healing process in the most difficult and painful of times. She took us through those very difficult dark periods after the accident to moments of joy laughter and heartfelt friendship she developed for the staff.

Anni’s message is clear and powerful, inspiring and moving. Grateful to be alive, she is determined to make her life count, to make a significant difference, to use her experience to do all she can to instill in others’ the belief that regardless of conditions, we are all able to choose strength and affirmative action to overcome difficulties.

~ Leanne M Zalapa CEO Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation.

 Much of Anni’s facilitation work revolves around realising potential and overcoming adversity Anni’s Keying into Communication course provided an excellent opportunity to throw a fun and engaging spotlight on how we handle ourselves in our communication with each other and those we deal with every day. Bringing in the skills learned throughout a 25 year career as one of Australia’s best actors Anni and Anniinc team member Pricilla took us through a range of improv drama scenarios and exercises to challenge us. I’ve watched a lovely group of people really blossom since the session. Thanks Anni and Prisicilla.

Corrie McLeod – Espresso Communications

The school of the Performing Arts has a strong welfare system operating through a number of initiatives in order to support both the academic and emotional welfare and wellbeing of our students.  One of these initiatives is a Pastoral Care program for all students in Years 7 to 12. Each program looks closely at issues relevant to students in specific age groups. To further support the written component of the program, events are held where outside experts in the field speak to whole year groups and present the students with a range of supporting facts and information, strategies and links/contacts, etc.  Anni Finsterer was a guest speaker who recently presented a thorough, well structured, challenging, and uplifting presentation to our year 9 group of students.  It provided an insight into how we cope with setbacks in life both physiologically and emotionally and how we become resilient and move forward, no matter what the obstacle.  The feedback from the students was very positive, with a number of students connecting strongly with her message. I can highly recommend Anni for any group presentation, no matter what the age, situation or purpose.

~ Nicki Wilkinson, Head Teacher Welfare, Newtown High School of the Performing Arts

When I saw Anni Finsterer talk I was completely moved by her incredible tale of survival and her ability to communicate how she was able to move from despair to hope in circumstances where most would crumble. As a Family Therapist, I am aware of the power of story and its ability to transform perceptions of what is possible. In this sense Anni’s story has the ability to move and touch people on a very deep level. Resilience and Emotional intelligence now have their roots in evidence based practice which is being applied in contexts as broad as education, health and the corporate sector. Anni, I feel holds the rare ability to balance her personal story with a deep and well researched understanding of her topic. We are excited by the prospect of doing some work with her in the future.

~ Kate Cordukes, Family Therapist, Bouverie Centre, Victoria