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On episode #59 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling!

In our follow-up segment, we inform listeners about my blog and consulting services, and we update them on dates for new shows and workshops.

In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about taking multiple moments from a single week and weaving them into a complete story, as well as the importance and value of telling stories even if they aren’t the most profound and moving stories that you have to tell.

Next we listen to a story by Christopher P. Kriesen.

Amongst the many things we discuss include:

  • Launching stories with action, mystery, confusion, and wonder

  • The value and hazards of subtlety in storytelling

  • Physicality

  • Vocal techniques, including pacing, volume, and vocal modulation

  • Tips to increase the humor of a moment

  • Ensuring that a storyteller’s moment of surprise is also an audience’s moment of surprise

We then answer a listener question about ending stories in informal settings

Finally, we each offer a recommendation.


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

  • Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love:

  • Homework for Life:

  • Matthew Dicks’s website:

  • Matthew Dicks’s YouTube channel:

  • Matthew Dicks’s blog:

  • Subscribe to Matthew Dicks’s weekly newsletter:

  • Subscribe to the Speak Up newsletter:

  • Subscribe to Matthew Dicks’s blog:


  • Elysha: Big Hero 6

  • Matt: The Moth’s Youtube channel: