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Speak Up Storytelling

Aug 27, 2018

On episode #15, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using Matthew's strategy "Homework for Life," including moments that storytellers see but non-storytellers might not. 

Then we listen to Roquita Johnson's story about finding her calling, followed by commentary and critique, including:

  1. The components of an especially effective beginning to a story
  2. Outstanding use of dialogue in stories
  3. Variations in tonality
  4. "seeing" your story
  5. The best moments to add description to a story
  6. Preserving surprise in a story

Elysha and Matt then answer listener questions about becoming emotional while telling a story, the past and present tense, and how to pitch a story to Speak Up.  

Lastly, Matt and Elysha each offer a recommendation. 


Homework for Life:

Matthew Dicks's website:

Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: 

"This is Going to Suck"-


Elysha: Cup of Jo's "Parenting Around the World -

Matt: Kathryn Joosten -