your audience.

Murray Nossel delivers keynotes that awaken the inner storyteller of everyone in your audience, bringing out the best in people as communicators, team players, and ambassadors of your mission.


In his keynotes, Murray transmits the essence of his methodology as presented in his book, Powered by Storytelling: Excavate, Craft and Present Stories to Transform Business Communication. In his 25 years of experience, on stage as a performer, motivational speaker, filmmaker and master storyteller, Murray has taught thousands of people the art of storytelling, from the boardroom to marketing teams at well-known tech giants to truck drivers and sex workers in Africa. His keynotes yield proven results, inspiring experiences, and create lasting change.

Read more about Murray’s Keynotes below.

Storytelling Transforms Business Communication

What’s Included?

Murray explains storytelling first and foremost as a communication modality that begins with listening. He then engages his audience in the 7 steps of his methodology so they experience first-hand how to excavate, craft and tell personal stories that ignite a strong connection with their audience. Participants leave with practical, replicable skills and the confidence to tell personal stories that touch the heart and the head.

  • 7 step methodology
  • group practice
  • on-stage volunteer coaching
  • workbook

*Copies of Powered by Storytelling can be acquired at a discount.

“Besides developing our listening skills, Murray’s seminar was remarkable in its humanizing effect upon the workplace: employees I hardly knew and even some I did acquired extra dimension and humanity as they related their stories. I felt surrounded by people of incredible warmth and vitality. As the day progressed, a tapestry of lives lived, of shared history wove us all the more tightly together. Our stories were simultaneously so different and yet emotionally so similar. Fantastic.”

Chris Spencer, Senior Vice President, Creative Services, HBO

World Mother


Everyone has a mother and can learn to tell her story. Sharing mother stories ignites deep and lasting connections among groups of people. This is the intention of Murray Nossel’s World Mother Storytelling Project, the vision and principles of which form the basis of this stirring keynote. When we learn to tell our mother’s story in the first person, we revitalize our connection to our roots and witness something profound about our colleagues as they tell theirs.

What’s Included?

By catalyzing the mother-principle in all of us, this keynote fosters an environment of deep empathy and commonality for participants.

  • introduction to the power of mother-stories to create bonds and catalyze change
  • methodology
  • coaching of an on-stage volunteer
  • workbook

“What captured my attention about the World Mother Storytelling [project] roadmap is the fact that it transports Narrativ’s core storytelling methodology — rooted in the radical power of listening, and honed across decades of work on multiple continents — into one of the very few life arenas that is shared by everyone and yet also strangely obscured from our close attention…it will bring something bigger into this world — a creative vision of how mothers’ stories, and children’s stories, overlap, intersect, shape nations, and hold the perpetual promise to be remade, to be made more whole.”

Sarah Stillman, MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning New Yorker staff writer

A groundbreaking guide to business storytelling.

Powered by Storytelling: Excavate, Craft, and Present Stories to Transform Business Communication by Murray Nossel, Ph.D. shows you in seven steps how to tap into the timeless power of storytelling to transform your business communication. Dig beneath the obvious to excavate personal stories that build a powerful connection with your audience. Read case studies about leadership, sales, team building and professional and personal development.

“Knowing how to craft and tell a purposeful story is a seminal skill set for every business communicator. Powered by Storytelling offers a must-have methodology for anyone who wants to learn how to tell winning stories for business success.”

—Peter Guber, chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group and New York Times bestselling author of Tell to Win

“As our lives become more digitized, the power of storytelling will rise, elevating our humanity. No one captures how to harness this tool as well as Murray Nossel. This is a fabulous handbook on how to connect through storytelling and how to listen with intent.”

—Faith Popcorn, founder and CEO of Faith Popcorn’s Brain Reserve

“Stories are the key differentiator, and Murray Nossel’s listening and storytelling method provides a straightforward yet ingenious way to create that differentiation. It is the engine that fosters the creativity and innovative thinking to tell a unique story. Powered by Storytelling is an indispensable asset.”

—Jonathan D. Klein, cofounder and chairman of Getty Images


Murray Nossel, Ph.D., has taught storytelling for 25 years to 1000s of participants from more than 60 countries.

His clients include: OSF, Disney, Putney Legacy Project, Conde Nast. He believes that something personal and expressive lies deep within each of us. If you ask him, he will say unequivocally that we all have a story to tell.

In the late 1990’s, Murray developed a storytelling methodology while working as a psychologist in the midst of the AIDS crisis. His method broke new ground. He prioritized listening and generated a repeatable sets of steps that yield powerful stories. Based on the success of his method, he co-founded and now directs Narativ, a company that helps businesses engage their workforce and change their culture with storytelling. He is a storytelling performer (Two Men Talking) and an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker (Why Can’t We Be a Family Again?). He served on the teaching faculty of the Program of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is the founder and director of the World Mother Storytelling Project.

World Mother

Storytelling Project

The WORLD MOTHER STORYTELLING PROJECT is a global, listening and storytelling movement that aims to encourage empathy, respect and understanding of the essential role mothers perform in family and society. The Project seeks to transform global narratives of mothers and motherhood through listening and telling stories. Powered by Murray Nossel’s Listening and Storytelling methodology, the Project emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between listening and telling as a means for personal and social change. By accessing the knowledge found in mothers’ stories, the World Mother Storytelling Project will address the inequalities experienced by mothers, utilizing their voices as agents of change, individually, socially, and politically. A World Mother Storytelling Library will serve as a multi-vocal and multimedia platform for mother stories to be documented, archived, and shared publicly.

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