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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Eric and Scott don’t like me.

By mattyd | May 29, 2020

Tragic news! As you may know, Donald Trump blocked me on Twitter back in July of 2017 in response to my criticism over his attempts to strip more than 23 million Americans of their healthcare…

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Write like this.

By mattyd | May 28, 2020

Leaders require an enormous number of qualities in order to be successful, but confidence has always struck me as essential. Confidence allows for many things, but one that I always admire is the ability to…

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Elysha is the one for me

By mattyd | May 27, 2020

Writer, storyteller, and friend Dan Kennedy tweeted this back in December of last year: “You have to find something that explains yourself to you.” As is almost always the case, the man is correct. For…

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Memorial Day 2020

By mattyd | May 25, 2020

On this Memorial Day, in addition to honoring the fallen servicemen and women who gave their lives for this country, I will also be thinking about the men in my family who came before me…

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The order of your words can make all the difference.

By mattyd | May 24, 2020

I teach storytellers that the way we order our words, sentences, and scenes makes all the difference when it comes to telling a story well. Reveal something too soon or wait too long to provide…

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Senator Ben Sasse delivered a terrible commencement speech. Here’s why.

By mattyd | May 23, 2020

Ben Sasse, Senator from Nebraska, delivered a shockingly terrible and exceptionally offensive commencement address to the students of Fremont Public School last week. In the span of just seven minutes, he managed to disparage teachers,…

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“Yes, so…”

By mattyd | May 22, 2020

A bit of unsolicited advice on helping friends, colleagues, students, and family members who are struggling in this pandemic world: Avoid, “Yes, but…” Embrace, “Yes, so…” “Yes, but…” is an attempt to remind someone of…

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Who hates me

By mattyd | May 21, 2020

As a slightly public figure who routinely criticizes Donald Trump, writes about his racism, sexism, narcissism, and complete incompetence, has participated in a successful lawsuit against him, and uses Twitter to make my feeling known…

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She’s on the edge?

By mattyd | May 20, 2020

Was Elysha just careless with her water, begging for the cats to knock over the glass and make a puddle on the bedroom floor? Or is she signaling to me how close she is to…

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Speak Up Storytelling #96: Kathy Binder

By mattyd | May 19, 2020

On episode #96 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss our absence for the last couple weeks, share emails from listeners around the…

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