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

29 July 2013

The Teller and the Tale: a new episode with Druid storyteller Daru McAleece

In case you missed last week's broadcast of The Teller and the Tale featuring Daru McAleece on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.ca), you can now listen at your leisure by clicking on the "Radio" link on my blog (http://michaelwilliamsstoryteller.blogspot.com/p/radio.html). In fact, all the Teller and the Tale shows to date are there for your listening pleasure.

This week's show features ex-Flock of Seagulls keyboard player Seán Pugh. Seán is not a traditional storyteller but rather a musician who tells stories through his instrumental compositions. His most recent release is called "Under a Weeping Willow" and features a collection of haunting and memorable melodies that invite the listener into an imaginative world of story and childhood memory.

Upcoming Teller and the Tale programmes will feature interviews and stories from an ex-Royal Shakespeare Company actor, a passionate storyteller from Lanark, and a former animator whose credits include "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".

Till next time, may the right stories find you for the telling.


Listen to Blues and Roots Radio for all the best in blues, roots, Celtic music and storytelling.

26 July 2013

Changes to Gmail which might affect you (and me)

Have you noticed all the BUZZ about the changes at Gmail? I've been receiving a number of emails asking me to look into the changes Google is making to your Gmail account.

If you have a Gmail account or an email list of subscribers, this is an important heads-up which I'm passing on to you.

Gmail (which is owned by Google) has implemented a new filtering system automatically decides what shows up your inbox. 

(If you have a Gmail account and haven't seen this feature yet, you will. Gmail is rolling out this change over time and eventually all Gmail users will automatically have it.) 

Before, everything was categorised how you wanted it. 

But now, Gmail has decided to implement a new feature that filters YOUR email how THEY see fit. 

Imagine how frustrated you would feel if you opted-in to receive emails about important trainings, resources, tools and strategies to grow your coaching business but you didn't see them because Gmail decided not to put them in your inbox. 

I wouldn't like that and I bet you wouldn't either.

Here's How to Take Charge of Your Gmail Inbox:


Just above your inbox, Gmail will now put your emails into 5 categories: 

* Primary 
* Social 
* Promotions 
* Updates 
* Forums 
The problem is, Gmail won't know you’re focused on your coaching business and will automatically put the messages I send you into "Promotions". 

As long as my messages are in "Promotions" - you won't see them because "Promotions" skips your inbox. 

How To Take Back Your Inbox 

Here's what you can do to make sure we stay connected: 

#1 - Find one of my emails in "Promotions" and drag it into "Primary" 

#2 - A pop-up will appear to ask if you want to do this for all future messages. Click "Yes".

#3 - That's it. Super easy and now Gmail will know we're friends! 
And you won't miss any of my messages to you :-) 

BONUS TIP if you want to totally get rid of this new Gmail feature: 

=> Go to "Settings" [the icon on the top right corner of your screen above your inbox] and select "Settings." 

=> Click on the "Inbox" tab and "Unselect" all categories but "Primary" and then click "Save Changes." 

That's all you need to do to regain control of your in-box. 

Hope this is helpful too you. 

I look forward to staying connected! 

All the best,


24 July 2013

Action for M.E. Digital Storytelling Project gets underway

On Tuesday the first digital storytelling workshop for Action for M.E. got underway at the University of Islands and Highlands in Fort William. This half day workshop outlined the structure of the programme and encouraged participants to begin exploring the stories they will want to tell and create on video.

Thursday sees the second workshop getting underway in Edinburgh. These will be followed in August with a video-conferencing workshop where both groups can share their experiences with one another and a final set of workshops will take place at end of August. It is hoped that the videos will be finished in early September and ready for an upcoming public showing.

In the months to follow, participants will be encouraged to use their new-found skills to create a more ambitious video project and to encourage other members of M.E. support groups to become involved.

If you are someone with M.E. or similar illness or if you know of someone who is suffering or who has suffered this illness and want to know more about our project, please contact me.

The Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller Daru McAleece

Don't miss this week's show with my guest storytelller Daru McAleece.

Daru's stories draw on the Druid tradition and his love of nature.

Listen to and learn more about Daru and storytelling on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.ca).

20 July 2013

Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller Paula Cowie

Paula Cowie
I certainly hope you enjoyed this week's show with my guest Paula Cowie. To listen again go to the 'Radio' page where you'll find a SoundCloud file of the show. Click and enjoy.

Daru McAleece
Next week's upcoming show features Druid storyteller Daru McAleece from the Scottish Borders. Daru is a dramatic storyteller with a love of myths, nature and ecology. Don't forget to listen to Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.ca) on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Check the Blues and Roots Radio for broadcast times.

And don't forget, that at the end of each week, I'll be posting the latest Teller and the Tale on my site here for you to listen to at your convenience.

Finally, if you haven't done so already, please go to the Teller and the Tale Facebook page and 'Like' it. Thanks!

11 July 2013

The Teller and the Tale

I'm so grateful for the support expressed this week for my radio show The Teller and the Tale on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.ca). I've enjoyed making these shows and must thank Steve and Anne Connor at Blues and Roots Radio for their enthusiasm and confidence.

This week's show features me in conversation with Edinburgh storyteller Peter Snow. Check http://michaelwilliamsstoryteller.blogspot.co.uk/p/radio.html for details. And in case you missed the show on Blues and Roots Radio, you can listen again by clicking on the SoundCloud file.

Next week's show will feature me in conversation with Fife storyteller and eco-advocate Paula Cowie. Don't miss it. Times -- Sunday 7am (EST); Tuesday 8pm (EST); and Friday 4pm (EST). Remember to allow for time difference depending on where you live.

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"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.

Kamink: the little boy who grew into a giant of a man

Blues and Roots Radio

Blues and Roots Radio
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Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland
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