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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
    • 4.9, 207 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.

    Kathy Binder: "Permanence and Regret"

    Kathy Binder: "Permanence and Regret"

    On episode #96 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss our absence for the last couple weeks, share emails from listeners around the world, and describe upcoming events.  
    In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about identifying and crafting seemingly tiny moments into stories. 
    Next we listen to a story by Kim Damokosh.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Scenes and backstory
    Telling stories that take place over a long period of time chronologically
    Humor and vulnerability
    Losing the thread of your story
    Topic sentences and thesis statements
    Next we answer a question about hero stories
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    13 Ways to Look at a Blackbird: https://bit.ly/2AyZW6e Birdhouse: https://amzn.to/2ZewDjE Matt:
    Journals by Kurt Cobain: https://amzn.to/2LBo8XY _______________________________________________
    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 18 min
    Ron and Marcus Apter: "The Race"

    Ron and Marcus Apter: "The Race"

    On episode #95 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we discuss recent and future virtual shows, brand new Patreon content, and more. We also share listener insight on virtual meetings and performances. 
    In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about turning a crazy and amusing story into something more meaningful and profound by bringing two ideas together. 
    Next we listen to a story by Ron and Marcus Apter.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    The difficulty telling stories with another person
    Telling a universally appealing story with content that is less-than-universal
    Moving through time and physical distance in a story
    The building of stakes
    Keeping the audience guessing all the way until the end
    Next we answer a question about the considerations required when telling stories to children.   
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    HBO's Bad Education Matt:
    Peter Aguero and Sara Peters TED Talk "If there is no cure, can we opt for a rescue?" -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRqqRFr5ceQ _______________________________________________
    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:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe
    Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

     

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Lisa Ferguson: "The Sailboat"

    Lisa Ferguson: "The Sailboat"

    On episode #94 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we share a listener's tip on digital whiteboards and discuss upcoming online events. 
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    April 18: Solo show, MOPCO Improv Theater
    STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    April 18: Storytelling workshop (beginner), MOPCO Improv Theater April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, and 27: Advanced storytelling workshop  July 27-31: Storytelling boot camp, CT Historical Society In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about working through a moment, seeking as many possible meanings as possible before settling on a story. 
    Next we listen to a story by Lisa Ferguson.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    Expressing big ideas in tiny moments
    Strategies for telling stories from childhood
    Process language 
    The "less is more" nature of description and details
    Launching a story with stakes Next Elysha answers a question about being married to Matt and a question about telling stories when specific moments are seemingly absent from the story.  
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Knives Out (film) Saturday Night Live At-Home episode (04.11.2020) Matt:
    John Krasinski's "Some Good News" _______________________________________________
    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:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe
    Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Strategies for Communicating and Performing Via Video Conferencing Platforms

    Strategies for Communicating and Performing Via Video Conferencing Platforms

    On episode #93 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew Dicks offers strategies and insights into effective communication and performance on video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Meets, and the like. 
    Consider this a bonus episode for those listeners who have found themselves transitioning to online platforms as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Stay safe and well, friends!
    _______________________________________________
    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:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe
    Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

    • 54 min
    Monica Malaver: "My American Dream"

    Monica Malaver: "My American Dream"

    On episode #92 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we debut our first bot of content on our Patreon page , announce online workshops and shows, and a weekly free storytelling workshop for families on Facebook Live and YouTube. 
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    April 18: Solo show, MOPCO Improv Theater

    STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    April 18: Storytelling workshop (beginner), MOPCO Improv Theater
    April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, and 27: Advanced storytelling workshop July 27-31: Storytelling boot camp, CT Historical Society
    In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about combining two moments from your Homework for Life into a single story, as well as being open to the idea that you might still be in the midst of a story.
    Next we listen to a story by Monica Malaver.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    The power of self deprecation
    Scene setting
    Humor through vulnerability
    Connecting the beginning and endings of stories
    Avoiding process language  Next we answer a question about the beginnings of stories. 
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Guardians of the Galaxy Volumes 1 and 2  
    Matt:
    5 Mistakes When Writing Flashbacks in Memoir _______________________________________________
    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:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe
    Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Tom Moore: "First Impressions"

    Tom Moore: "First Impressions"

    On episode #91 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!
    In our follow up segment, we congratulate listeners on their new baby!
    We also launch our Patreon campaign, announce an upcoming virtual storytelling workshop and solo show, and a weekly free storytelling workshop for kids on Facebook Live and YouTube. 
    STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020
    April 18: Solo show, MOPCO Improv Theater

    STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2020
    April 18: Storytelling workshop (beginner), MOPCO Improv Theater

    July 27-31: Storytelling boot camp, CT Historical Society
    In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about looking for moments of contrast in our lives and exploiting them for their storytelling potential. 
    Next we listen to a story by Tom Moore.
    Amongst the many things we discuss include:
    The power of self deprecation
    Scene setting
    Delivering powerful messages via humorous stories
    Connecting the beginning and endings of stories
    Considering the specificity of your audience when telling a story Next we answer a question about the "inside baseball" cost-benefit ratio.  
    Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 
    RECOMMEDATIONS
    Elysha:
    Smitten Kitchen's Pretzel Buns and Knots
    Matt:
    Reply All Episode # 158: The Case of the Missing Hit _______________________________________________
    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:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe
    Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: 
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up
    Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog:
    http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

JonnyBird ,

Constant guidance on how to tell great stories

I love this podcast as it’s “Game Day” for storytelling. Listening to a story and having it deconstructed into art and science is insightful beyond belief. The analysis and preparation required to tell a great story is studied in each episode. I’m a huge fan of this podcast and have been a subscriber to Matt’s email for over a year now.

David furb ,

Great pod cast.

This pod cast is the perfect blend of education and entertainment. There is a great variety of topics, lessons and humor. I am a self described pod cast aficionado and probably listen to 4-6 a day while working and this is one of only two that I am up to date on (I’ve listened to every last one). When a new one drops, it goes to the top of my playlist.

2TenderEars ,

Some elements ruin the show for me

I really wanted to continue to listen to this podcast. The podcast’s agenda for each episode is great. Only problem is I hear things like OMG a lot and it happens on many episodes. That type of language offends me so I stopped listening. I tried again several months later and it still happens so I unsubscribed.

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