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On Tuesday night, I told a story at a Moth StorySLAM in Cambridge, MA and won. It was my 40th victory in a Moth StorySLAM. When I think back to my very first Moth StorySLAM – back in July of 2011 at the Nuyorican’s Poet’s Cafe in New York City, it would’ve been hard to…

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On episode #28 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we talk about upcoming Speak Up events, offer insight on Tasmanian Devils, respond to some listener emails about PTSD, and apologize for failing to record a new episode last week.   Next, we talk about finding and collecting…

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On episode #23 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we discuss a brand new rule for The Moth’s StorySLAM series. We also talk about why storytelling is a superpower and the many doors that being an effective communicator can open for you.  Next, we talk about finding and…

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One of the many most exciting moments as an author is the moment when the first copy fo your book arrives at your doorstep. This was the fifth time that I experienced such a moment, and I remember each of them with perfectly clarity.  The tearing open of a box. The ripping of a mailing…

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I tell people to tell stories a lot. I know. It’s my clarion call.   But allow me to say it again.  Last Wednesday night, I performed in The Moth GrandSLAM at the Cutler Majestic in Boston. My plan was to take the stage and tell a story that was a lot more humor than heart.…

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Here’s one of the beauties of being a teacher. Last night I had the opportunity to perform at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston as a part of The Moth’s GrandSLAM championship. It was the 20th GrandSLAM in my storytelling career, and on my birthday no less.  The Cutler Majestic is a spectacular theater that…

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