To Dr Eric
Notes on "Storytelling
for People in the Business World"
These 2 articles mention
Dr Eric’s work in this field:
"Storytelling can Effectively
Train Employees", The Hindu (Visakhapatnam edition), 7
"Selling Story", Times
of India (Crest Edition, Mumbai), 2 Sept 2012, page 4.
This Storytelling Workshop, led by Dr Eric Miller, is designed to help
Participants develop their creativity and become more effective
communicators. The Workshop can help Participants reduce stress, get to
know each other better, and build teams.
The Storytelling Workshop process -- in which Participants recognise,
conceptualise, create, and tell stories -- can be one of
self-discovery. Storytelling can also be used as a method of
persuasion. Both of these approaches are discussed and practiced in
This is a very practical and activity-based Workshop. Participants
often form groups of two or four, in which they discuss ideas, create and
shape stories, and tell stories to each other.
This Storytelling Workshop involves both: 1) the study, shaping, and creating
of Stories; and 2) coaching participants in the Performance
of these stories.
Principles of story, and of storytelling performance, are discussed and
We work with Traditional Stories, such as folk tales and epics.
These are stories that have been created by communities (even if they may
have been written down by individuals), and have been passed down from
generation to generation. We discuss how aspects of these stories might
relate to situations in everyday life.
We also find, shape, and tell stories based on everyday life. These are
known as Personal-Experience Stories. At times we may change
aspects of these stories, and thus transform reality into fantasy.
We may work with stories that relate to Challenging Situations in the
Workplace. Such stories may come to involve problem-solving,
conflict-resolving, and transforming challenges into opportunities. In this
way, Storytelling can be applied to the development of Soft Skills.
Participants may develop their Life Stories, especially in terms of
how they discovered and have applied their unique talents and skills.
One option is for Workshop Participants to create and tell stories about
We also work with stories about the companies and industries in which
Participants work (a field formally known as Heritage Management).
Regarding Performing Stories
Storytelling is a form of public speaking, We review aspects of
public speaking such as eye contact; body language; and the
ability to add variety and
attraction to one’s ways of speaking (in terms of speed, pitch, volume, voice modulation when role-playing as
We look at various situations in which stories are told in the workplace,
such as: Inspirational Speeches, Project Reports (at meetings),
and Sales Pitches (for clients).
Participants draw multi-coloured maps of stories in the course of the
This Workshop can be done for any duration: 2-hours, half-day, full-day,
multi-day; one 2-hour session per week for any number of weeks; etc.
Follow-up sessions (every six months, for example), can be very useful for
Participants and are highly recommended.
Dr Eric especially enjoys leading Storytelling Workshops via videoconference
(Skype and other). He is a scholar and director of videoconferences,
and specialises in achieving conversational interactivity with each
participant in videoconferenced Storytelling Workshops.
Dr Eric lives in Chennai. He was raised, and trained as a storyteller,
in NYC. He was trained academically as a Folklorist, at the Folklore
Program, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. (Folklore is a
type of Cultural Anthropology, concerning traditional ways of
conceptualising, communicating, and making things.) Dr. Eric brings the
perspectives of Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology (small-group dynamics),
Education, Theatre, and Literature to his Storytelling Workshops.
He has led Storytelling Workshops for companies such as Reliance Mutual Fund,
Cognizant, and Royal Bank of Scotland. References are available upon
Links to Dr Eric's CV and Life Narrative,
and to some of his writings, can be found at his personal website, www.storytellingandvideoconferencing.com
The website of the NGO he directs is www.storytellinginstitute.org
course Dr Eric teaches relating to this material is described here.
Dr. Eric Miller,
0 98403 94282
Last updated, July 2017.