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Speak Up Storytelling

Nov 12, 2018

On episode #25 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks are joined by storyteller Danielle Dnes to talk storytelling!

In our followup segment, we talk about upcoming Speak Up shows and messages received from around the world. 

Next, we talk about finding and collecting stories in your everyday life using "Homework for Life." Danielle recently reached the 100 day mark in her Homework for Life and shared it with Matt and Elysha. We poke through the 100 days to find some stories that Danielle didn't initially see upon first glance. 

Then we listen to Jenny Steadman's story about the pressures of playing golf with her grandfather and his pals. 

After listening, we discuss:

  1. Effective character and location descriptions
  2. Planting seeds early in a story that will sprout later
  3. The best way to repeat a laugh line throughout a story
  4. Pacing and pausing 
  5. "The curse of knowledge" in storytelling

Next, we answer questions about a storytelling improv game that we use in workshops and is detailed in Storyworthy. We even play a round to demonstrate. 

Finally, we each offer a recommendation.  


Homework for Life:

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

Matthew Dicks's website:

Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: