Dr. Will is the perfect blend of smart and funny.

Dr. Will Miller

The StandUp Authority on
The Power of Social Connection

Dr. Will helps audiences discover the surprising benefits of living from the outside in.

The lure of self-help, popular psychology and motivational presentations suggests that overcoming stress, becoming professionally and personally successful is up to my individual effort. Any change in me must come through my sole, personal discipline. But this is only partly true. We change in adaptation to the reality that surrounds us. Personal change is a consequence of adapting from the outside in, not the inside out!

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The Perfect Keynote Speaker for Your Event

Dr. Will spent 16 years as a professional stand-up comedian, headlining across the country and appearing with Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole. He spent five years as Nick-At-Nite’s television therapist in his Why We Watch segments. He’s also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King and The O’Reilly Factor. He’s been profiled by NBC Dateline and People Magazine. And he’s currently the official psychotherapist for the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom radio show.

We are a culture characterized by our anxiety, high expectations and stress. It seems that at every turn we face a new worry. Using his five graduate degrees, media savvy and life experiences, Dr. Will presents a new approach to finding balance and fulfillment in your life.

His insight into the American psyche is astounding. With clarity and approachability, he weaves together a presentation that combines groundbreaking research with hilarious comedy.

Dr. Will and his wife, Dr. Sally Miller, have two grown children and four grandchildren. They live in Lafayette, IN.

"We change our lives by living from the outside in."

Standing ovations on all types of stages including:

"We're still talking, well laughing, about your presentation...outstanding! What a great approach to a topic everyone was able to relate to. Your sense of humor combined with a poignant approach to the impact culture has on creating relationships was incredible. Closing our meeting with your presentation on Refrigerator Rights was perfect!”

- McNeil Pharmaceuticals


“Your talk was an inspiration to us all...I will spend the entire weekend sitting on my front stoop reading Refrigerator Rights out loud to my neighbors.”

- Pennsylvania Public Transit


"Will’s teaching about the impact of popular culture on stress offers a unique and incisive analysis of the challenge of the modern lifestyle. And since these powerful ideas are wrapped in standup comedy, the reaction is always positive."

- Merrill Lynch


“Your presentation in San Antonio during our national sales meeting was fantastic. I received nothing but positive reviews about you from my group. "Awesome,” “humorous,” excellent” and “knowledgeable” were just a few of the comments. As the keynote speaker closing out our first day, you provided exactly what we were looking for – an energetic and humorous yet meaningful and applicable presentation. It’s hard to keep 250 people engaged at the end of the day but you managed to do so. Thank you”

- Lincoln Financial Group


“Thanks again for such a fantastic presentation at our state conference. You really set the tone for what became a great couple of days. The evaluations were all glowing in their praise of you!”

- Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ Assoc.

Keynotes are Customized from These Topics of Expertise:

Refrigerator Rights: Creating Essential Relationships

This is a lively performance-presentation packed with perspective and practical advice on achieving equilibrium. The key to an improved quality of daily life, he tells audiences, are rooted in our social support network. We need real and claimed family—those relationships where people feel comfortable opening each others’ refrigerators. Inspiring, instructive and based on the best social science research, Dr. Will mixes message & comedy in a welcome break from technical sessions. He hits hard with insights on stresses that affect achievers, then steps away from the podium with clean, sensitive, hilarious routines to underscore his points.

Coping With Change: What We Really Know

The new American routine is in the grip of distracting technology and media. The screen you are looking at right now is where your eyes spend most of the day. What we don’t know is what this new screen reality is doing to us. While most of us acknowledge that this change is distracting, there is not a lot of clarity about what it is doing to us precisely. In light of changes whose features and pace we cannot affect or control what do we do in response? How do we cope? The best of current social science research indicates that all change, both good and bad, positive and negative, cause us to react and adapt. And inherent in these adaptation processes is stress – both physical and psychological. What do we do? What can we do? Dr. Will Miller’s presentation clarifies what is currently known about coping with change and offers solutions rooted in the best advice available. Beyond mere popular psychology or simple bromides about thriving, Will’s content is persuasive, constructive and achievable in the real world. Based on his many years of research and writing with his colleagues at Purdue University, the speech will be as informative as it is entertaining.

Caring For Caregivers

Healthcare workers and first responders have a high stress job. Lives are literally at stake. In most cases, these professionals assert that theirs is more than just a career, but a calling and a mission. How do we thank them, support them, and empower them? Healthcare corporations and organizations fully understand the vital role being played by their caregivers: the nurses, physicians, technicians and first responders. If you are thinking about a great way to honor and thank them, Dr. Will Miller has an answer. A nationally recognized expert on coping with stress and living a high quality of life, Dr. Miller has 25 years experience as a psychotherapist, teacher and author. In addition, Will was a nationally touring headline stand up comedian for 17 years in New York City. His presentation is rich in content based on the latest social science research, and has practical application of course. But it is also funny! Give yourself and your team of caregivers a gift: bring in Dr. Will Miller for a delightful keynote presentation for your team.

Letting Life Change You

Controlling the events in one’s life is often interrupted with the unpredictable challenges and crises that intervene. What are the changes you organization is facing? Is it a merger? Downsizing? Sudden growth & expansion? For 25 years as a mental health professional, Dr. Will Miller has helped people cope with their life challenges and continue their growth and development. Whether physical or emotional difficulties, Will teaches people to reframe their present perspective and allow the events of our life to reshape and renew our future.

It is the opportunity to renew health rather than trying return to an idealized notion of a life once lived. The relief and joy made possible by allowing our life to change us rather than trying to dictate the course of our life is liberating and the key to embracing the vision for a fulfilled human experience. Will delivers an engaging and entertaining presentation that can affect all who hear it. It is a presentation about resilience!

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Victor Frankl

Completely Updated & Revised in January 2015!

Refrigerator Rights: Our Crucial Need for Close Connection

How many people in your life have "refrigerator rights?" You know who they are for you. They can open your fridge and make themselves a sandwich. How many people who are close by you are actually close to you? This paradigm-shifting book, full of leading-edge research, reveals an enormous, yet unrecognized crisis. Our constantly plugged in, increasingly isolated, regularly relocating lifestyles leave us with little opportunity to maintain the community that we need-leading research shows that the lack of close relationships to family and friends is ruining our emotional and physical health.

"A must read for every person seeking to build true community."
- Dr. Henry Cloud, author of Boundaries and Safe People

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Webinars for Global Audiences

Engage audiences simultaneously around the world using video webinars. Because of his extensive media background (including television and radio), Dr. Will's presentations are equally compelling on stage, on camera, and by teleseminar.