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Speak Up Storytelling

Jan 1, 2020

On episode #79 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!

In our follow up segment, we we share Homework for Life success stories from several listeners and attempt to shame a sibling into joining her brother and sister in Homework for Life.



In our Homework for Life segment, we talk about how often we might find ourselves in the midst of a story and must exercise patience, waiting for the moment when the story is ready to be told. Matt shares two stories in his life that are 15 and 42 years in the making. 

Next we listen to a story by John Cuyler.

Amongst the many things we discuss include:

  1. Excellent opening sentences. 

  2. The power of contrast

  3. Assigning double duty to words, sentences and ideas 

  4. Vocalization techniques

  5. The use of anecdote over exposition when trying to make a point 

Next we answer questions from listeners about the 5 tips Matt offers brand new Moth GrandSLAM storytellers, a new way of practicing storytelling in your every day life (3-2-1), and advice from a listener on Homework for Life. 

Lastly, we each offer a recommendation. 



  • The New York Times crossword app



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