Strategic Communications – Know Your Story or Die

Thursday 21st May 10:00


“Being able to craft, tell and live your story is one of the fundamental pillars of influencing, persuading and leading”.

The Institute is delighted with our partners Prospectus Management Consultants to have Cilian Fennell share his knowledge with our members in the vital area of strategic communication through the medium of storytelling.

Cilian is the Founder of Stillwater Communications Ireland’s leading communications and messaging development consultants. Recognised as an expert in his field he is known for his authentic passion and understanding of storytelling and communication, and works with leaders across all sectors in Ireland and internationally. His experience in media, politics, business and the NGO sector has given Cilian a deep understanding of how society works and he uses this understanding to give relevant, timely and valued strategic advice.
Cilian grew up in Connemara in the west of Ireland where he developed a love for storytelling. After travelling extensively as a fisherman and sailor he began a successful career in television. His experiences as producer of the Late Late Show in RTÉ and Head of Programmes in TG4 gave him an insight into communication, connection and engagement with a wide range of audiences. This led him to a further exploration of narrative, mythology and belief systems which he uses widely in his work today.
He has successfully adapted the story model to a business model and now helps companies, teams and individuals to discover, develop and deliver their story effectively. Working with narrative inquiry he guides organisations to find the true story that drives them and helps them articulate it to their various audiences.

He works as a strategic advisor, coach and consultant to some of the world’s biggest and instantly recognisable organisations and has worked with domestic and multinational companies both here in Ireland, but also across the UK, US, Middle East and Asia And has consulted with Governments and state organisations.
Cilian also has extensive experience coaching start-ups and established businesses that are pitching for investment or growth opportunities. He is a regular adviser and contributor to technology incubators and start-up boot camps in San Francisco, London and Dublin and Stillwater specialises in assisting teams in creating and delivering compelling pitches.