56 episodes

Learn to tell better stories from the producers of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 36-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 the best stories.

Speak Up Storytelling Matthew and Elysha Dicks

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    • 5.0, 140 Ratings

Learn to tell better stories from the producers of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 36-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 the best stories.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

ChrisMist ,

Love it for the recommendations as much as for the stories!

I started listening to Speak Up in May 2019. I went all the way back to the beginning and am just now listening to episode 20.

I have Matt’s book, Storyworthy, but have yet to read more than the first few pages. In my defense, I’ve only had it a week. I also have yet to start Homework for Life. Though I can see the benefit of doing so.

I find myself using some of the story telling rules put forth in the podcast in my professional communication. I find these rules helps me to better communicate with my bosses, my coworkers, and my customers. Even if I’m not actually telling them a “story.”

I also have begun to write Christmas and Easter plays for the children’s department at my church. I’m excited to put these rules into practice for our next production.

Finally, I absolutely LOVE the recommendations section of the podcast. I have already watched YouTube videos and downloaded apps recommended my Matt or Elisha. Most recently (from episode 19) I have purchase Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls from Amazon as a gift for my niece. I expect I will buy that book several more times as gifts for young girls in my life. What a fantastic recommendation!

I listen to this podcast every day. I think I will be a little sad when I finally catch up to current episodes and have to wait a week between each one.

Cheers!

tonydahlman ,

Great lessons in storytelling

I started listening to this podcast back in March and decided I needed to go back and catch up with all of the back episodes to gather all of the lessons that the Speak Up Storytelling podcast provides. Matthew Dicks' book "Storyworthy" is the primer on storytelling that I have been searching for a few years and this podcast reinforces and expands upon the lessons found in that book. Matthew and Elysha work really well as a couple and as a team on this podcast and it is really enjoyable the different perspectives they bring to critiquing stories. I know I am going to be a better storyteller if I can implement what I have learned in this podcast.

Ghvne ,

Expected to just listen to a couple episodes, found a new favorite podcast

I clicked on this podcast about a month ago thinking it might be entertaining but figuring it would be aimed at a demographic older and more storied than my own. It RAPIDLY became my favorite and gave insight to a community I never knew existed. Each story is we'll chosen and thought provoking and each analysis is insightful and constructive. Whether you listen to the whole podcast or, like one friend, just like the stories, it provides a wealth of quality content. I'm dreading the day I run out of episodes and have to wait a whole week for more. While it's not beyond criticism, it truly is my absolute favorite right now, and I hope to see it grow.

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