Cilian Fennel

Cilian Fennell

Leading Communications, Storytelling and Messaging Development Consultant

why book cilian?

  • Cillian has a passion for storytelling, which, combined with his TV career and mythological exploration, positions him as an expert in narrative communication
  • With roles like Late Late Show producer and TG4’s Head of Programmes, Cilian gained invaluable insight into effective communication, audience engagement
  • He has adapted storytelling principles to a business context, assisting companies worldwide in discovering and delivering their narratives effectively
Cilian Fennel


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.

Cilian 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 organisations and has worked with domestic and multinational companies in Ireland, UK, US, Middle East and Asia.

He also works with state and semi-state bodies such as the Department of An TaoiseachESBDublin Bus and RTÉ in the areas of media training, corporate messaging, and communications strategies.

Cilian Fennel

Cilian also has extensive experience coaching start-ups and established businesses that are pitching for investment or growth opportunities. He is a regular contributor to technology incubators and start-up bootcamps in San Francisco, London and Dublin, helping teams to hone their stories and deliver compelling pitches.

Cilian is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences in Ireland and abroad and in 2016 was the Creator & Producer of RTÉ’s award-winning Centenary show. Cilian recently spoke to Evelyn O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1’s Business Show about the importance of Storytelling for Business.


Storytelling for Business


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