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Speak Up Storytelling

Sep 17, 2018

On episode #17, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using Matthew's strategy "Homework for Life." They discuss the Homework for Life provided by a listener, and Matt offers three possible storyworthy moments and explains why some are better than others. 

Then we listen to Robin Gelfenbien's outstanding story about looking for love, followed by commentary and critique, including:

  1. Strong endings
  2. Clearly defined story arcs
  3. Vocal modulation 
  4. Joke telling in storytelling
  5. The importance of scenes
  6. Preserving surprise
  7. How to create "weight" in a story"

Elysha and Matt then answer listener questions about Hoemwork for Life and storytelling in everyday life. 

Lastly, Matt and Elysha each offer a recommendation. 


Yums the Word:

Homework for Life:

Matthew Dicks's website:

Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: 


Elysha: Modern Jewish Baker -

Matt: The Matrix: A Lesson in Effective Scene Transitions -