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Speak Up Storytelling

Matthew and Elysha Dicks

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Speak Up Storytelling
Speak Up Storytelling

Speak Up Storytelling

Matthew and Elysha Dicks

15
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Learn to tell better stories from the producers of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks partners with his wife, Elysha Dicks, to share stories recorded from years of Speak Up shows. More importantly, they offer tips, feedback, strategies, and advice on these stories, all in an effort to help you tell your best stories.

Latest Episodes

Chris Gaffney: "Suddenly there was a baby"

On episode #72 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling alongside the first Great Hartford Storyslam winner, Chris Gaffney! In our follow up segment, we discuss (and decide upon) the name for the start-and-stop episode that was so popular with our listeners. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 23: Twenty-one Truths About Love book release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14: “Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11: “Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum February 8: “Storytelling for Students at Henry A. Wolcott School, West Hartford, CT April 4: Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019-2020 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, we talk about how a story can hinge on the way a conversation can suddenly change the way you see the world. Next we listen to the winning story from the very first Great Hartford Storyslam, told by Chris Gaffney. Amongst the many things we discuss include: Balancing tone in a story with a combination of humor, tension, suspense, and more. Effective choices for the opening a story The effective advancing of space and time for both time andverisimilitude in a story Preserving surprise by allowing the audience to experience the events of a story in a way that is similar to how the storyteller experienced them The value (and possible danger) of subtlety in storytelling Then we answer a listener questions about evoking emotion from an audience and make some recommendations. RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: What Your Child Would Tell You About ADHD If They Had the Words Matt: The 22 Rules of Storytelling According to Pixar Chris: Newspapers LINKS Uncommon Discourse:http://uncommondiscourse.com PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

91 MIN3 d ago
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Chris Gaffney: "Suddenly there was a baby"

Live from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Part 2)

On episode #71 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, special guest Jeni Bonaldo and I talk storytelling! This week's episode features the second half of a storytelling show at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts as part of a weekend of storytelling instruction. Following the stories, Jeni and I discuss each one. We hope you enjoy! LINKS Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling:https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3 Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love:https://amzn.to/2qEByex Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog:http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter:http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter:http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog:http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

73 MIN1 w ago
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Live from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Part 2)

Live from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Part 1)

On episode #70 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, special guest Jeni Bonaldo and I talk storytelling! This week's episode features the first half of a storytelling show at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts as part of a weekend of storytelling instruction. Following the stories, Jeni and I discuss each one. We hope you enjoy! LINKS Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling:https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3 Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love:https://amzn.to/2qEByex Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog:http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter:http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter:http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog:http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

82 MIN2 w ago
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Live from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Part 1)

Matthew Dicks: "Noah Webster House Improv"

On episode #69 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss my recent forays to Moth StorySLAM in New York and Boston. We also acknowledge several listeners, and Elysha and I make a bet that is soon resolved, much to the despair of the losing side. In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about a moment that happened minutes before the podcast was recorded, and we discuss the inherent dangers of telling a story that is too self-congratulatory. I also discuss the strategy of bookending a moment as a means of structuring a story. Next we listen to an improv story by Matthew Dicks. The original story featured on this podcast has been removed by request of the storyteller, so we've replaced it with an improv story from a Speak Up salon show. Next, we answer a listener question and offer recommendations. RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, Vermont Matt: Presentation Boss Podcast LINKS Purchase Storyw...

37 MIN2 w ago
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Matthew Dicks: "Noah Webster House Improv"

Bobby Klau: "Attitude Trumps Circumstance"

On episode #68 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss last week's episode and plans for an upcoming episode. We also discuss a recent review of the podcast and decisions related to the use of profanity in storytelling. Elysha also congratulates listeners for their recent ukulele playing,. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:“Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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, we talk about a strategy to find hidden stories in your life via seemingly microscopic moments, and an especially useful strategy to use if you're trying to find a story to match a theme Next we listen to a story by Bobby Klau. Amongst the many things we discuss include: Humor in storytelling through word choice, tonality, and misdirection Scene setting and re-establishing Singing as a part of storytelling The crucial "but" at the beginning of stories Rounding out stories and indicating the importance of every word of the story by bringing early elements into later parts of a story RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: The Crane Wife Matt: Nicholson Baker Text from The Anthologist "And then a man of forty or so, with a French accent, asked, 'How do you achieve the presence of mind to initiate the writing of a poem?' And something cracked open in me, and I finally stopped hoarding and told them my most useful secret. The only secret that has helped me consistently over all the years that I've written. I said, 'Well, I'll tell you how. I ask a simple question. I ask myself: What was the very best moment of your day?' The wonder of it was, I told them, that this one question could lift out from my life exactly what I will want to write a poem about. Something I hadn't known was important will leap out and hover there in front of me, saying I AM—I am the best moment of the day. 'Often,' I went on, 'it's a moment when you're waiting for someone, or you're driving somewhere, or maybe you're just walking across a parking lot and admiring the oil stains and the dribbled tar patterns. One time it was when I was driving past a certain house that was screaming with sunlitness on its white clapboards, and then I plunged through tree shadows that splashed and splayed across the windshield. I thought, Ah, of course—I'd forgotten. You, windshield shadows, you are the best moment of the day." ~ Nicholson Baker, from The Anthologist LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

77 MINOCT 15
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Bobby Klau: "Attitude Trumps Circumstance"

Matthew Dicks: "Why Is This So Hard For You?"

On episode #67 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew Dicks talks storytelling. A solo show in which I critique one of my own stories. In our follow-up segment, I read an amazing email from a fan in Oxford, England and remind you about some upcoming events. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:“Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 Next we listen to a story by me, Matthew Dicks. Unlike previous solo shows, I do things a little differently this week. Instead of listening to the story and then offering some thoughts, I play the story in full and then play it again, stopping at various points to provide insight. I'm trying something new. I hope you like it! LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

72 MINOCT 8
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Matthew Dicks: "Why Is This So Hard For You?"

Carla Katz: "I've Got a Guy"

On episode #66 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling. In our follow-up segment, we ask for advice about our cat, which isn't really followup, but desperate times call for desperate measures. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:“Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 a moment from a recent storytelling competition and discusses how finding moments of surprise in our lives often lead to the best stories. He also discusses not giving up on stories or assuming that stories can only serve one purpose. Next we listen to a story by Carla Katz. Amongst the many things we discuss include: Humor in storytelling Managing listener's expectations by letting them know what to wonder about and what to let go Creating moments of emotional resonance in an otherwise hilarious story Rounding out the arc of a story Presenting new or unknown information within appropriate context so as to make that information clear enough Next we answer a listener question about how Matt became a a storyteller and how the Speak Up partnership works. Credit is also given to Steve Zimmer, Erin Barker, Catherine Burns, George Dawes Green, and especially Jenifer Hixon as mentors of the craft. Finally, we each offer a recommendation. LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: Weeknight Dinner Around the World Matt: The Story Collider's new bonus episode (featuring Erin Barker and Liz Neeley)

77 MINOCT 1
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Carla Katz: "I've Got a Guy"

Elva Guo: "Finding Uncle John"

On episode #65 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling. In our follow-up segment, we read a listener's email about a filmmaker using a transition strategy mentioned on the podcast to great effect. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:“Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 a moment from his week of camp with students that would serve him well in certain spaces but might not be suited for stages like The Moth or Speak Up for specific reasons. Next we listen to a story by Elva Guo. Amongst the many things we discuss include: The power of surprise and strategies used to preserve surprise Embedding a small but universal truth into a much larger, less universal story The importance of scene setting Next we answer a listener question about stories in the hotel industry. Finally, we each offer a recommendation. LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: Outschool:https://outschool.com Matt: The Best Obituary Ever, and the Wacky Funeral That Followed

55 MINSEP 25
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Elva Guo: "Finding Uncle John"

Storyworthy book launch (Part 2) [rebroadcast]

Matthew And Elysha step away for the mics for a week to offer you a rebroadcast of episodes 6 and 7 of the podcast, which feature the 2018 book launch event of Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:Speak Up at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

63 MINSEP 17
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Storyworthy book launch (Part 2) [rebroadcast]

Storyworthy book launch (Part 1) [rebroadcast]

Matthew And Elysha step away for the mics for a week to offer you a rebroadcast of episodes 6 and 7 of the podcast, which feature the 2018 book launch event of Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:Speak Up at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

48 MINSEP 17
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Storyworthy book launch (Part 1) [rebroadcast]

Latest Episodes

Chris Gaffney: "Suddenly there was a baby"

On episode #72 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling alongside the first Great Hartford Storyslam winner, Chris Gaffney! In our follow up segment, we discuss (and decide upon) the name for the start-and-stop episode that was so popular with our listeners. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 23: Twenty-one Truths About Love book release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14: “Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11: “Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum February 8: “Storytelling for Students at Henry A. Wolcott School, West Hartford, CT April 4: Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019-2020 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, we talk about how a story can hinge on the way a conversation can suddenly change the way you see the world. Next we listen to the winning story from the very first Great Hartford Storyslam, told by Chris Gaffney. Amongst the many things we discuss include: Balancing tone in a story with a combination of humor, tension, suspense, and more. Effective choices for the opening a story The effective advancing of space and time for both time andverisimilitude in a story Preserving surprise by allowing the audience to experience the events of a story in a way that is similar to how the storyteller experienced them The value (and possible danger) of subtlety in storytelling Then we answer a listener questions about evoking emotion from an audience and make some recommendations. RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: What Your Child Would Tell You About ADHD If They Had the Words Matt: The 22 Rules of Storytelling According to Pixar Chris: Newspapers LINKS Uncommon Discourse:http://uncommondiscourse.com PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

91 MIN3 d ago
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Chris Gaffney: "Suddenly there was a baby"

Live from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Part 2)

On episode #71 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, special guest Jeni Bonaldo and I talk storytelling! This week's episode features the second half of a storytelling show at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts as part of a weekend of storytelling instruction. Following the stories, Jeni and I discuss each one. We hope you enjoy! LINKS Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling:https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3 Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love:https://amzn.to/2qEByex Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog:http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter:http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter:http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog:http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

73 MIN1 w ago
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Live from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Part 2)

Live from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Part 1)

On episode #70 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, special guest Jeni Bonaldo and I talk storytelling! This week's episode features the first half of a storytelling show at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts as part of a weekend of storytelling instruction. Following the stories, Jeni and I discuss each one. We hope you enjoy! LINKS Purchase Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling:https://amzn.to/2H3YNn3 Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love:https://amzn.to/2qEByex Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog:http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter:http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter:http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog:http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

82 MIN2 w ago
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Live from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Part 1)

Matthew Dicks: "Noah Webster House Improv"

On episode #69 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss my recent forays to Moth StorySLAM in New York and Boston. We also acknowledge several listeners, and Elysha and I make a bet that is soon resolved, much to the despair of the losing side. In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about a moment that happened minutes before the podcast was recorded, and we discuss the inherent dangers of telling a story that is too self-congratulatory. I also discuss the strategy of bookending a moment as a means of structuring a story. Next we listen to an improv story by Matthew Dicks. The original story featured on this podcast has been removed by request of the storyteller, so we've replaced it with an improv story from a Speak Up salon show. Next, we answer a listener question and offer recommendations. RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, Vermont Matt: Presentation Boss Podcast LINKS Purchase Storyw...

37 MIN2 w ago
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Matthew Dicks: "Noah Webster House Improv"

Bobby Klau: "Attitude Trumps Circumstance"

On episode #68 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss last week's episode and plans for an upcoming episode. We also discuss a recent review of the podcast and decisions related to the use of profanity in storytelling. Elysha also congratulates listeners for their recent ukulele playing,. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:“Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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, we talk about a strategy to find hidden stories in your life via seemingly microscopic moments, and an especially useful strategy to use if you're trying to find a story to match a theme Next we listen to a story by Bobby Klau. Amongst the many things we discuss include: Humor in storytelling through word choice, tonality, and misdirection Scene setting and re-establishing Singing as a part of storytelling The crucial "but" at the beginning of stories Rounding out stories and indicating the importance of every word of the story by bringing early elements into later parts of a story RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: The Crane Wife Matt: Nicholson Baker Text from The Anthologist "And then a man of forty or so, with a French accent, asked, 'How do you achieve the presence of mind to initiate the writing of a poem?' And something cracked open in me, and I finally stopped hoarding and told them my most useful secret. The only secret that has helped me consistently over all the years that I've written. I said, 'Well, I'll tell you how. I ask a simple question. I ask myself: What was the very best moment of your day?' The wonder of it was, I told them, that this one question could lift out from my life exactly what I will want to write a poem about. Something I hadn't known was important will leap out and hover there in front of me, saying I AM—I am the best moment of the day. 'Often,' I went on, 'it's a moment when you're waiting for someone, or you're driving somewhere, or maybe you're just walking across a parking lot and admiring the oil stains and the dribbled tar patterns. One time it was when I was driving past a certain house that was screaming with sunlitness on its white clapboards, and then I plunged through tree shadows that splashed and splayed across the windshield. I thought, Ah, of course—I'd forgotten. You, windshield shadows, you are the best moment of the day." ~ Nicholson Baker, from The Anthologist LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

77 MINOCT 15
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Bobby Klau: "Attitude Trumps Circumstance"

Matthew Dicks: "Why Is This So Hard For You?"

On episode #67 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew Dicks talks storytelling. A solo show in which I critique one of my own stories. In our follow-up segment, I read an amazing email from a fan in Oxford, England and remind you about some upcoming events. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:“Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 Next we listen to a story by me, Matthew Dicks. Unlike previous solo shows, I do things a little differently this week. Instead of listening to the story and then offering some thoughts, I play the story in full and then play it again, stopping at various points to provide insight. I'm trying something new. I hope you like it! LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

72 MINOCT 8
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Matthew Dicks: "Why Is This So Hard For You?"

Carla Katz: "I've Got a Guy"

On episode #66 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling. In our follow-up segment, we ask for advice about our cat, which isn't really followup, but desperate times call for desperate measures. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:“Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 a moment from a recent storytelling competition and discusses how finding moments of surprise in our lives often lead to the best stories. He also discusses not giving up on stories or assuming that stories can only serve one purpose. Next we listen to a story by Carla Katz. Amongst the many things we discuss include: Humor in storytelling Managing listener's expectations by letting them know what to wonder about and what to let go Creating moments of emotional resonance in an otherwise hilarious story Rounding out the arc of a story Presenting new or unknown information within appropriate context so as to make that information clear enough Next we answer a listener question about how Matt became a a storyteller and how the Speak Up partnership works. Credit is also given to Steve Zimmer, Erin Barker, Catherine Burns, George Dawes Green, and especially Jenifer Hixon as mentors of the craft. Finally, we each offer a recommendation. LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: Weeknight Dinner Around the World Matt: The Story Collider's new bonus episode (featuring Erin Barker and Liz Neeley)

77 MINOCT 1
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Carla Katz: "I've Got a Guy"

Elva Guo: "Finding Uncle John"

On episode #65 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling. In our follow-up segment, we read a listener's email about a filmmaker using a transition strategy mentioned on the podcast to great effect. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:“Still Life: Stories of Stopping and Slowing Down” at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 a moment from his week of camp with students that would serve him well in certain spaces but might not be suited for stages like The Moth or Speak Up for specific reasons. Next we listen to a story by Elva Guo. Amongst the many things we discuss include: The power of surprise and strategies used to preserve surprise Embedding a small but universal truth into a much larger, less universal story The importance of scene setting Next we answer a listener question about stories in the hotel industry. Finally, we each offer a recommendation. LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it RECOMMEDATIONS Elysha: Outschool:https://outschool.com Matt: The Best Obituary Ever, and the Wacky Funeral That Followed

55 MINSEP 25
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Elva Guo: "Finding Uncle John"

Storyworthy book launch (Part 2) [rebroadcast]

Matthew And Elysha step away for the mics for a week to offer you a rebroadcast of episodes 6 and 7 of the podcast, which feature the 2018 book launch event of Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:Speak Up at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

63 MINSEP 17
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Storyworthy book launch (Part 2) [rebroadcast]

Storyworthy book launch (Part 1) [rebroadcast]

Matthew And Elysha step away for the mics for a week to offer you a rebroadcast of episodes 6 and 7 of the podcast, which feature the 2018 book launch event of Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling. STORYTELLING SHOWS 2019-2020 November 2:Great Hartford Story Slam, Hartford Flavor Company November 9:SaraKaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT November 23:Twenty-one Truths About Lovebook release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT December 14:“Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT January 11:Speak Up at the Wadsworth Atheneum April 4:Speak Up at the Unitarian Universalist Society, Manchester, CT STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2019 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 LINKS PurchaseStoryworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling PurchaseTwenty-one Truths About Love Homework for Life:https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne Matthew Dicks's website:http://www.matthewdicks.com Matthew Dicks's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/matthewjohndicks Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicksblog Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's weekly newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/matthewdicks-subscribe Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-speak-up Subscribe to Matthew Dicks's blog: http://www.matthewdicks.com/subscribe-grin-and-bare-it

48 MINSEP 17
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Storyworthy book launch (Part 1) [rebroadcast]
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