Dr. Will Miller

The StandUp Authority on
The Power of Social Connection

Emotional Wellness Expert, Speaker, Psychotherapist, Educator, former Headline Comedian, and International Best Selling Author

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Dr. Will Miller's

unique background as a professional standup comedian, television personality, psychotherapist, educator, and best-selling author, along with his five graduate degrees, make him a recognized authority on modern life and culture. He is an adjunct professor of Communication Ethics for Purdue University, the official psychotherapist for the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom radio show, and Police Chaplain and stress consultant in his Indiana community.

He is the author of several books, including “Miserable @ Work” and co-author of the best selling “Refrigerator Rights” - a study of the effects of social isolation on quality of life.

His presentations, whether a keynote to a large audience, or as a workshop leader, combine all of these experiences. He has delivered thousands of speeches to the nation's largest corporations and organizations about living a well-adjusted life in a time of enormous pressure and stress. His message is unique in its approach that coping and change happen by fixing our external circumstance as much, if not more than our internal condition.

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The Perfect Keynote Speaker for Your Next Event

"Intellectually funny and life changing."

Dr. Will Miller's unique background as a professional stand-up comedian, television personality, psychotherapist, educator, and best-selling author – along with his five graduate degrees – make him one of the most popular and insightful presenters you’ll ever invite to your stage. His presentations are packed with a shrewd understanding of the human psyche supported by delightfully humorous stories that turn critical concepts into applicable ideas that stick.

A recognized authority on modern life and culture, Dr. Will’s gift is helping audiences negotiate the staggering changes brought about by media, technology, and the loss of close relationships.

Don’t expect another typical “stress management and work/life balance” presentation here. Dr. Will’s expertise backed by decades of research will help your audience rediscover the value of creating meaningful connections and restoring relationships to excel in work and after hours. Based on his international best-selling book "Refrigerator Rights: Creating Connections and Restoring Relationships" and his brand new book, "Miserable@Work: Stop Blaming the Job and Fix What's Really Broken."

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

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"Miserable@Work" A Fresh Take on Work/Life Balance

Every speech is profound, life affirming, and funny as only a comic can make it.

Thought-Provoking and Actionable Keynote Messages

Miserable@Work! A Fresh Take on Life Balance

Worker dissatisfaction is at an all time high. The majority assert that they are frustrated, even miserable at their jobs. But the odd fact is that most still enjoy doing the actual tasks of their job and career. It’s extreme frustration with what is commonly referred to as “the other stuff” they must endure. No matter what the industry career or job, blue collar or white collar, there is a disconnect that is causing debilitating stress for employees. Advocating a rethinking of life balance and central life interest, Dr. Will’s presentations a persuasive message to workers and leaders about how to recover the love of our labor!

A cultural analyst and frequent media commentator on social trends, Dr. Will Miller’s background as a psychologist, theologian, and stand-up comedian always produces content-rich, yet entertaining and thought provoking material. In this timely talk, Dr. Will delivers dispassionate insight, understanding, and reasons for optimism that is relevant to all.

Stress Rx:
Finding Happiness Through Connections

How many stress talks have you had for your people? Have they become repetitive for you and more focused on the dynamic qualities of the high priced speaker? Have they really made a measurable difference?

One of the reasons so many stress talks sound the same is for the obvious reason that everyone is accessing the same scholarship and science. What they have in common is often a focus on alleviating stress for the individual by the individual. But as new research continues to affirm, coping with stress by improving the quality of your relationships is the real key.

Dr. Miller’s presentation on stress also covers the latest research findings emphasizing that close relationships at work and at home are the variables that make the real impact.

Our Community: Finding
Meaning in the Place We Call Home

The challenges of living in the era of social isolation and media immersion, DR. Will offers a rich level of research and understanding into the plight of institutions charged with helping people live a well-balanced and meaningful life.

This presentation which combines scholarly insight with entertainment is ideal for civic gatherings seeking to cultivate community and family initiatives by nurturing meaningful relationships among populations filled with a variety of age, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

Discover how to initiate volunteerism, engagement, and new collaborations in your city, town, and state. Help your people discover the joy of being an active part of a community rich in opportunity.

The Shifting Standards of Ethics

Is there a universal sense of right and wrong built into every human being? This was certainly the view made popular through Western philosophy and practice. But in today’s global society, and with the shifting technological environment, ethical questions continue to confront us.

Is our personal and corporate ethical sense based on what is best for the most people, victims aside? How do we ask leaders to make hard choices in international settings when confronted with such a broad understanding of what is ethical?

Dr. Will Miller, graduate professor of Communication Ethics and Strategic Communication at Purdue University, understands how we guide professionals through the tricky waters of shifting norms. His scholarly background as a psychologist, theologian, and educator, combined with his 20 years as a professional stand-up comedian, make this a highly engaging, and content-rich presentation.

Graduation Jolt: Now What?

The academic industry faces unprecedented demands. As a recognized authority on the challenges of living in the era of social isolation and media immersion, Dr. Will offers a rich level of research and understanding into the plight of the educational institutes charged with preparing future generations to live a well-balanced and meaningful life. 

With five graduate degrees, Dr. Will shares the wisdom of his experience as a therapist and professor at Purdue University. And along with his two decades’ experience as a professional stand-up comedian, he offers a funny but incisive perspective to find real solutions for students and graduates and alleviate their worry about the future. Based on his book Graduation Jolt: How to Survive and Thrive after College Graduation, co-authored with Dr. Glenn Sparks (2014).

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


“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.

"It was a pleasure working with you at IBM's Golden Circle recognition event. You were consistently rated by attendees as the best out of all presentations. In addition, your willingness to tailor your material to our audience was greatly appreciated. Finally, your sensitivity to IBM's corporate culture made my job easier, I never had to worry that you would offend anyone in the audience. I couldn't have asked for anything more."

- Karen Shamban, IBM


Will, thank YOU for the fantastic presentation! It was so refreshing to see a speaker interested in our group and join in the festivities (I’m sure it assists you when you speak to the group too). Dr. Miller was captivating; his message was delivered perfectly with humor and significance to our group.

- Inland Northwest AGC Education Center


“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

Brand New for 2017!

MISERABLE@WORK

Stop Blaming the Job and
Fix What's Really Broken

Millions of people feel dissatisfied and depressed about their jobs, yet curiously many still like what they are doing. Their complaints are almost always about “the other stuff” that causes their distress. These other factors include clashes with internal and external bureaucracy, micromanaging supervision, lack of participation in decisions, and uncertainty about their job security.

The irony about being Miserable@Work is that resolving our distress on the job is often achieved after hours. Join Dr. Will for an engaging and often self-deprecating look at how we misdirect our energies and discover a realistic approach by finding relief from the stress of your job.

2015 International Best Seller!

Refrigerator Rights:
Creating Connection and Restoring Relationships

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 and Workshops 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.