100 episodes

Learn to tell better stories from the producers of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks partners with his wife, Elysha Dicks, to share stories recorded from years of Speak Up shows. More importantly, they offer tips, feedback, strategies, and advice on these stories, all in an effort to help you tell your best stories.

Speak Up Storytelling Matthew and Elysha Dicks

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.6 • 7 Ratings

Learn to tell better stories from the producers of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks partners with his wife, Elysha Dicks, to share stories recorded from years of Speak Up shows. More importantly, they offer tips, feedback, strategies, and advice on these stories, all in an effort to help you tell your best stories.

    John DeMeo: "Johnson's Grocery Store"

    John DeMeo: "Johnson's Grocery Store"

    On episode #104 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are back, talking storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss our absence, talk about upcoming shows, Speak Up merchandise, and workshops, all online!
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    October 24: "Struggle and Survival" at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual October 25: Speak Up-Voices of Hope showcase (2:00 PM) (virtual) November 21: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" at Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual) STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    October 30-November 1: Storytelling weekend workshop at Copper Beech Institute (virtual) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about seeking contrast when finding stories in our lives. 
    Next we listen to a story by John DeMeo. 
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    The power of nostalgia  
    Dialogue as description
    Suspense and secrets
    Eliminating process language 
    Reframing stories depending on time and goals
    Next we answer a questions about living with Matt and the structure of children's books. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Polyphonic on YouTube Matt:
    Dan Kennedy Solves Your Problems With Storytelling _______________________________________________
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Speak Up merch at Cotton Bureau: https://bit.ly/3gc1h35
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Tracey Segarra: "Waiting for Dad"

    Tracey Segarra: "Waiting for Dad"

    On episode #103 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss upcoming shows, Speak Up merchandise, and workshops, all online!
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    August 22: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual) September 12: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (8:00 PM) (virtual) September 26: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual) October 24: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual) October 25: Speak Up-Voices of Hope showcase (11:00 AM) (virtual) STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    September 12: Storytelling master class at MOPCO Improv Theater (10:00-6:00) (virtual) October 30-November 1: Storytelling weekend workshop at Copper Beech Institute (virtual) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about finding metaphors in his Homework for Life and how they can become stories. 
    Next we listen to a story by Tracey Segarra.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Stakes 
    Story structure
    Effective list building
    Pacing and pausing Surprise
    Next we answer a questions about performing online and college essays. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Watchman on HBO Matt:
    Story Jam: https://www.storyjamshow.com _______________________________________________
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Speak Up merch at Cotton Bureau: https://bit.ly/3gc1h35
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Storytelling Workshop Sneak Peak

    Storytelling Workshop Sneak Peak

    On episode #102 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, we offer you a special treat:
    A sneak peak into an actual storytelling workshop. 
    Join storytellers Anne Purky, Kim Jordan, Connie Atkisson, Ronna Levy, and Brenda Haynes as they participate in a live storytelling workshop with me. 
    Listen to stories. Listen to feedback. Learn some storytelling tips and tricks along the way. 
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    August 22: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual) September 12: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (8:00 PM) (virtual) September 26: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual) October 24: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual) October 25: Speak Up-Voices of Hope showcase (11:00 AM) (virtual) STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    September 12: Storytelling master class at MOPCO Improv Theater (10:00-6:00) (virtual) October 30-November 1: Storytelling weekend workshop at Copper Beech Institute (virtual) _______________________________________________
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Speak Up merch at Cotton Bureau: https://bit.ly/3gc1h35
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 2 hrs 6 min
    Ann Guo: "Waiting for an Answer"

    Ann Guo: "Waiting for an Answer"

    On episode #101 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss upcoming shows and workshops, all online!
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    August 22: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual) September 12: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (8:00 PM) (virtual) September 26: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual) October 24: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual) October 25: Speak Up-Voices of Hope showcase (11:00 AM) (virtual) STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    September 12: Storytelling master class at MOPCO Improv Theater (10:00-6:00) (virtual) October 30-November 1: Storytelling weekend workshop at Copper Beech Institute (virtual) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about nearly missing a storyworthy moment by not recognizing the impact it could have on an audience.    
    Next we listen to a story by Ann Guo.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Temporal transitions 
    Opening sentences 
    The power of nostalgia
    Pacing and pausing Vulberability
    Next we answer a questions about apps and programs to record stories and Homework for Life.  
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    When characters in musicals transition from speaking to singing: http://bit.ly/2kfjzbZ Matt:
    Ten Lessons From Top Film Editors: https://bit.ly/3gdR31U _______________________________________________
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Speak Up merch at Cotton Bureau: https://bit.ly/3gc1h35
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Clara and Charlie Dicks: "3-2-1"

    Clara and Charlie Dicks: "3-2-1"

    On episode #100 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling alongside their kids, Clara and Charlie! 
    In our follow up segment, we thank our listeners for their many kind messages about their 100th episode. 
    In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about moments that are invisible to the outside world but momentous to in the mind of the storyteller.    
    Next we listen to a stories by the whole family!
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Stakes
    Surprise 
    Story arcs
    Ending a story on the right note
    The value of improv 
    Next we answer a questions about Homework for Life. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    The Babysitter's Club (Netflix) Matt:
    The Twilight Zone (Netflix) _______________________________________________
    Greetings Little One: https://greetingslittleone.typepad.com
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Katherine Field: "Cat Versus Dog"

    Katherine Field: "Cat Versus Dog"

    On episode #99 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss firehouse and stripper poles as well as upcoming shows and workshops, all online!
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    July 11: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (7:30 PM) (virtual) STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    July 11: Advanced storytelling workshop in partnership with MOPCO Improv Theater (11:00-6:00 PM) (virtual) In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about moments that have more than one beat, and how the smaller side of a large moment often makes for the best story.   
    Next we listen to a story by Katie Field.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Subtly in storytelling
    Living your story as you tell it 
    Breaking the rules
    Define characters throughout a story
    Centering thoughts in scenes
    Next we answer a questions about The Moth StorySLAM community and Elysha's view on Matt's storytelling. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Strawberry rhubarb crumble: https://bit.ly/2Zzu22s Matt:
    Art as a gift _______________________________________________
    Moth GrandSLAM story: "Genetic Flaws" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajU08oQxbDo
    "We adopted two cats. Our kids' reaction was... unexpected" -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDIF2Nte55A
    Greetings Little One: https://greetingslittleone.typepad.com
    Support Speak Up Storytelling through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/speakupstorytelling
    Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling: 
    https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3
    Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love: 
    https://amzn.to/35Mz1xS 
    Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
    Matthew Dicks's website: http://www.matthewdicks.com
    Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks 
    Matthew Dicks's blog:
    https://matthewdicks.com/blog

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Captain.Thomas ,

Captain.Thomas

There are few podcasts I religiously listen to, but I will not miss an episode of this. Matt and Elysha have a beautiful dynamic, authentic style and above all else, are insanely helpful in their education. It has inspired creativity in me, positively affected my speaking career and provided endless entertainment too. Episodes and techniques are easy to follow and enjoy. Whether you're a speaker, a writer or a human, I recommend listening to this podcast. Keep up the outstanding work, SpeakUp!

Jono M story lover ,

Fantastic way to learn and develop stories

Matt and Elyse team up wonderfully to teach. Their Podcasts are perfect for learning how to communicate better stories. You can listen to a story and they can still critique it and even play back the parts they give feedback on which is such an asset in this format.
The feedback is exceptional. My highlight is hearing the strengths and areas for improvement in each episodes story that gets played.

Luke Turton ,

Speak Up Helps

Authentic, accessible, philanthropic. I like the texture of this duo. Once listening to a Speak Up show on headphones my fatherly ear was piqued due to foreign background noise. Immediately I pulled my headphones off only to find my sleeping kid was still asleep. Headphones on again and listening intently I can guess that the rustling in the background was THEIR kids. Whether or not this was the case I like the way that feels, that texture. It was a moment I could weave into a story - a moment that would’ve be lost forever is now not - thanks to Speak Up’s Matthew and Alysha for throwing me some craved tools.
Your continued efforts in communication have helped me have unusual social aplomb.
Cheers.

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