On episode #30 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling!
In our followup segment, we talk about upcoming dates (including a workshop in Seattle this summer) and my weekly storytelling newsletter.
Next, we talk about finding and collecting stories in your everyday life using “Homework for Life.” We talk about fusing a moment of realization onto an ongoing experience to illustrate that realization clearly for an audience. Essentially to create a story.
Next we listen to Chuck Fedolfi’s story about his dog, Boo, and the inspiration derived from Boo’s struggle.
After listening, we discuss:
The effective use of time shifts in storytelling
Getting and keeping a story moving
Turning a potential anecdote into an meaningful, moving, story of vulnerability and heart
The power and hazards of ambiguity
Ways to improve a moment of surprise
Next, we answer questions about the difference between telling stories formally and informally, the ways that my Homework for Life spreadsheet is structured, and the writing of effective storytelling pitches.
Finally, we each offer a recommendation.
Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne
Matthew Dicks’s website: https://matthewdicks.com
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Commemorating important events in your life via Christmas ornaments
The Middle: Watch How a Pop Hit Is Made: