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Toni Powell - Goodness Gracious Me. Maroochy River, Queensland, AU

Toni Powell Toni Powell

Founder, storyteller, fun maker | Goodness Gracious Me

Maroochy River, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

A Brilliant Storyteller! Inspiring, funny, relaxed.





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I love telling stories that can change lives. I tell stories from the stage, in offices and workplaces, schools and theatres. I also tell stories through film.

About me:

I am an award winning filmmaker who once founded and ran an International Film Festival all about nourishing films. As I had to raise the money, the profile and the interest I had to become a brilliant storyteller and find in me a talent to communicate vision. The festival was hugely successful and propelled me into the public eye when ABC Australian Story made a documentary "Let there Be LIght" about me and aired it nationally.

I developed an interest in gratitude when my life took a terrible nosedive and gratitude was the 'wonder drug' that saved me

For the last few years my time has been spent on Gratitude research for a documentary film I am making on the subject, speaking about gratitude & travelling the world interviewing leaders in the fields of gratitude, neuroplasticity, psychology and happiness.

Gratitude is an amazingly powerful practice – I want everyone to know! I am also interested in, and speaking on building better marriages and relationships through gratitude and also the words we say and the words we tell ourselves.

During my life I have run businesses, events, seminars and, occasionally, into trouble. I like to listen to music, change the world, read in bed and get to know people. Most of all I love to tell inspiring stories.

Industry Expertise (3)

Health and Wellness Corporate Training Events Services

Areas of Expertise (3)

Inspiration Gratitude Happiness

Accomplishments (6)

Looking Good - Short Film (personal)


7 minute short film that screened in 65+ international film festivals and won 9 awards including Best Film multiple times.

Australian Story (professional)


In 2006 Australian Story came and filmed me and my family for a documentary about my films and the festival.

Heart of Gold International Film Festival (professional)


Founded and directed an international standard film festival.

Getting Dad - Short Film (personal)


Short documentary about my husband that screened in numerous festival and won awards

International Panellist (professional)


Pathways To Gratefulness Summit

Creative Director (professional)


Creative Director of Commbank's Wired for Wonder public Event. This event was inordinately successful.

Education (2)

University of Newcastle: Leaving Certificate Equivalency

University of Newcastle: Graphic Design

I started this course and was loving it until my own business took off in a very unexpected way and sadly I was unable to complete the degree

Affiliations (2)

  • Women's Network
  • National Speaker's Association

Testimonials (6)

Andrew Fisher, Head of HR | BHP Billiton Metallurgical Coal

“Excellent, Inspired, loved it. Exactly the wake up call I need as a husband and father and corporate leader. I want to ‘infect’ our business with gratitude.”

Michael Rosengren, Asset President | BHP Billiton Metalurgical Coal (bmc)

“Was not a marketing or selling of a concept, it was a palette, a brush and paint and the choice to do something. Very personal, humbling and thought provoking. A smorgasboard of real life, relatable concepts and ideas but underpinned by science.”

And asked about the effect in the workplace: "Frankly amazing."

Kristi Taylor, BMC HR | BHP Billiton Metallurgical Coal

“This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I was towards the end of a 2 year work project, working long hours, feeling pretty unappreciated both at work and at home, very flat. Overnight I felt a weight had been lifted. The next morning after the workshop I woke up feeling blessed to work for a company that could provide me with such opportunity and challenges, feeling lucky to be able to be involved at a level where I was making a difference. All of the things that I previously thought were hard work or frustrating became blessings. It was truly remarkable.”

Rod Hopping, CEO | Heritage HM film distribution

“Its easy to come to work each day with a clock in, clock out mentality. The focus on being grateful I believe has resulted in a deeper level of care and passion for what we do, for our customers and for our products. I guess its best summed up for me when I look at the enthusiasm levels since the seminar and there has been a noticeable increase.”

Marilyn Bradford,, Divisional Administrator | University of Alberta.

”I would love to have made it mandatory for all my staff.”

Petrea King , Founder | Quest for Life

“If this workshop was given in primary schools there would be world peace.”

Event Appearances (5)

Creating Angels

Happiness & It's Causes Conference  Melbourne, Australia


You Find What You Look For

Wired for Wonder  Sydney


The Power of Words

TEDx Noosa  Noosa, Australia



Pathways to Gratefulness  San Francisco


30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Many Companies  Various throughout Australia


Sample Talks (1)

30 Day Gratitude Challenge

Workshops (corporate) and LIfe Classes (public) that run from 5 -7 hours.

Fun engaging personal. Full of science and research, short films, personal stories and humour. The purpose of the Challenge is to help people discover the simple and powerful practice of gratitude... it changes lives and workplaces... simply.



  • Keynote
  • Workshop Leader
  • Corporate Training


1000 to 5500 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee