61 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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    • 4.9, 146 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

4.9 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

jredd39 ,

Amazing

Thank you for such a great podcast. I loved you book Storyworthy. ( I also loved Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.)
I use this stuff all the time now to tell stories and it is life changing.

Weather Junkie Crunkelson ,

Will change your life!

I heard Matthew on the Art of Manliness podcast, watched the TED talk, and now listen to SpeakUp religiously. I won’t have room for other podcasts until I clear all the back episodes.

I’m 30 days into Homework for Life and just ordered the book Storyworthy and am signing up for one of Matthew’s storytelling workshops.

What I really appreciate about the podcast is the structure Matthew and Elysha follow. It breaks up the podcast into meaningful sections and make it easy to pause at a transition or end of a story. Elysha is a delightful foil to Matthew and wish them many long and happy years together and great success.

This podcast is changing how I view myself and the world around me and is helping me to be more present and to see my life and what is going on around me in a new way.

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!

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