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Speak Up Storytelling

Jul 29, 2019

On episode #60 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling with special guest Eric Feeney. 

In our follow-up segment, we hear from a listener who has found a surprising benefit to Homework for Life and another with storytelling advice for Matt. We also inquire about the possible existence of listeners in the Louisville area.


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 the importance of collecting moments that don't always seem storyworthy because we never know when we're in the midst of a story. Also, Homework for Life has enormous value beyond storytelling. 

Next we listen to a story by Eric Feeney.  

Amongst the many things we discuss include:

  1. Word choices, in terms of stakes and the preservation of humor

  2. Describing elements of a story that everyone isn't entirely familiar with.

  3. Humor 

  4. Pushing into scenes to clear the clutter

  5. The importance of a clean ending. 

We then answer a listener question about getting reluctant students to speak and tell stories.  

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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