"Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it." - Meister Eckhart

30 August 2011

Our stories, ourselves

In my experience, I've witnessed the power of story to change people's lives. Change the story you're telling yourself and others about how you see the world and you open the possibility of changing yourself. If the story isn't serving you any longer, then it might be time to re-examine that story. As the author of this article states, "The tales we tell hold powerful sway over our memories, behaviors and even identities." In this article from the American Psychological Association, Sadie Dingfelder looks at some of the latest research in 'narrative psychology' and reports on how story is changing lives.


15 August 2011

Narrative Medicine Heals Bodies and Souls

Narrative Medicine Heals Bodies and Souls

Having worked with Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona this past weekend in Denmark, I am even more convinced and confirmed in the work I've been doing for more than thirty years as both a counsellor, literary academic, teacher, mentor and storyteller that narrative is the key to good health and well-being. Read the article, learn more and decide for yourself. Please get in touch and share your experience.

'True Tales': stories to warm the heart

The famous Scottish distillery Grant's Whisky is sponsoring a 'True Tales' storytelling competition. The finalists have been chosen and all that remains is for you to watch, listen and enjoy . . . then vote for your favourite. A winner will be chosen on September 15th.

Living here in Scotland, I know that a good whisky, like a good story can warm the heart. Grant's has been sharing its story for more than five generations and is passionate about supporting the art of storytelling in others. Even if you're not a whisky drinker, you can still enjoy a good story so check out the 'True Tales' Facebook site at http://on.fb.me/mC7kew, sit back and enjoy the storytellers and their tales. Then vote for your favourite.

My personal favourite is told by Ronald. It's called 'Northern Line' and tells a tale of love won, lost and won again. Like Ronald, I'm a romantic so just couldn't resist this charming tale. It certainly warmed my heart and left me with a smile on my face.

Remember . . . drink responsibly; the story will be better for it.


"We have received only very positive reports of your workshop, and must thank you for being so flexible and responsive both before and in the course of implementing the workshop. It has been lovely to work with you. . . . We are hopeful this project will give rise to future storytelling endeavours, and would be very happy to work with you again if the opportunity arises!" Muireann Crowley, At Home in Scotland, University of Edinburgh, May 2014 ("Storytelling, Research and Public Engagement" workshop)

Michael Williams is a a storyteller of compelling skill. He is also a fine human being who engages in all situations and draws people into the warmth of communication and shared experience." Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland

"Michael's understanding of storytelling within a leadership and business context has helped us provide a great service in helping leaders determine their personal and organisational destiny and legacy. Working with Michael is inspiring and fun; and pulls you to be fully engaged from start to finish." Norton Bertram-Smith, Managing Director and Leadership Consultant for On Purpose.

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