>Ann Arenholdt<

As the author of The Sex Diaries, Ann Arenholdt is in hot demand. Her after-dinner speech on ‘The Other Great Australian Drought’ – the plight of Australia’s sex starved men – wows audiences everywhere as they respond to her funny, informative take on this controversial topic.

It was sex that made Ann Arenholdt. As one of Australia's first sex therapists and editor of Forum magazine, Ann spent ten years talking about sex on television and radio. A trained clinical psychologist, she taught medical students, doctors and other professionals and talked endlessly about this fascinating subject to audiences all over Australia and overseas.

By the 1980s she'd had enough of a good thing. She gave up sex -professionally speaking - and moved onto writing and talking about broader social issues and particularly the changing relationships between men and women.

In the mid 80's Ann Arenholdt spent five years in New York writing a syndicated newspaper column and adding two children to her family of three.

Ann returned to Australia in late 1991 and worked as a feature writer for many of our major newspapers and magazines. As a respected social commentator she was invited onto government advisory committees covering issues from family law to childcare and ageing.

But after nearly twenty years writing and talking about social issues, she returned to her first love and wrote a best-selling book about sex. The Sex Diaries looks at how couples manage their sex supply, dealing with their ups and downs in sexual desire. Ninety-eight couples kept diaries for her, writing about their daily negotiations over sex. Who feels like having sex? Who doesn’t? And how do they cope if one wants it more than the other? The Sex Diaries received nation-wide publicity when launched at the National Press Club in March 2009 with Ann appearing on Rove, the ABC’s Q&A and Lateline, The Today Show and other morning television plus radio across the country. Her controversial solutions to the battle between sex starved men and reluctant women continue to make waves.

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After over thirty-five years on the professional speaking circuit, she knows all about entertaining and challenging audiences. She spent the first ten years of her career teaching medical students at both the University of NSW and Sydney and talking to other professional groups, both here and overseas. She has spoken to audiences all over the world and is renowned for her engaging, humorous and informative talks.

Client comments about Ann Arenholdt:
When we ran the first annual conference for the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association in March, we had a good turn up for the conference, but not much response for our first dinner. We decided to get Ann as the after dinner speaker. From our first notice of this we tripled the numbers. Ann was a real draw-card. And she certainly delivered. Her talk was funny, but with a serious note. A great speaker and a topic well presented.

Ann was a keynote speaker at the 2009 University of Western Australia's Extension Summer School Programme. She attracted a large audience who were riveted throughout her session as she entertained and enlightened them with fascinating material from her new book. It was a most informative, often extremely funny talk that created a real buzz.

On behalf of the organizers, I would like to thank you for your wonderful contribution to our combined patient care meeting, which was particularly well received. Your address struck just the right note and I admired the way you handled a not so easy audience! Peninsula Endoscopy Centre Pty Ltd

Wow, what a presentation! Ann Arenholdt is a very funny lady. She delivered an inspirational and entertaining session - she had everyone in "stitches"! We were only sorry time ran out. Renditions of her talk still pop up.

Ann’s vibrant, funny, no-nonsense approach had the audience in fits of laughter. It is obvious that she iis not only comfortable talking in front of a large audience but enjoys it at the same time. Her talk contributed immensely to the success of the day, first of all delivering an entertaining, thought-provoking talk and secondly by leaving the audience positive, happy and receptive to the following speakers.

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