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Speak Up Storytelling

Jul 22, 2019

On episode #59 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!

In our follow-up segment, we inform listeners about Matt's blog and consulting services, and we update them on dates for new ashows and workshops. 


August 10: Great Hartford Story Slam at Hartford Flavor Company
August 17: Solo storytelling show at Taproot Theater, Seattle, WA
September 7: “Tests” at Real Art Ways
November 2: Great Hartford Story Slam, location TBD
November 23: Twenty-one Truths About Love book release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT
December 14: “Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT


October 4-6: Storytelling workshop, Art of Living Retreat, Boone, NC
October 25-27: Storytelling workshop (beginners), Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
November 9: Storytelling workshop (Beginner), CT Historical Society
November 16: Storytelling workshop (Advanced), CT Historical Society
December 6-8: Storytelling workshop (advanced), Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
January 25: Storytelling workshop (Beginner), CT Historical Society
February 22: Storytelling workshop (Advanced), CT Historical Society

In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about taking multiple moments from a single week and weaving them into a complete story, as well as the importance and value of telling stories even if they aren't the most profound and moving stories that you have to tell. 

Next we listen to a story by Christopher Kriesen. 

Amongst the many things we discuss include:

  1. Launching stories with action, mystery, confusion, and wonder

  2. The value and hazards of subtlety in storytelling

  3. Physicality 

  4. Vocal techniques, including pacing, volume, and vocal modulation

  5. Tips to increase the humor of a moment
  6. Ensuring that a storyteller's moment of surprise is also an audience's moment of surprise

We then answer a listener question about ending stories in informal settings  

Finally, we each offer a recommendation.  


Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling

Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love 

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