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Speak Up Storytelling: Ann Guo

On episode #101 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling!

In our follow up segment, we discuss upcoming shows and workshops, all online!


  • August 22: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) (virtual)
  • September 12: Solo show at MOPCO Improv Theater (8:00 PM) (virtual)
  • September 26: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual)
  • October 24: Speak Up at the Connecticut Historical Society (7:00 PM) virtual)
  • October 25: Speak Up-Voices of Hope showcase (11:00 AM) (virtual)


In our Homework for Life segment, Matt talks about nearly missing a storyworthy moment by not recognizing the impact it could have on an audience.

Next we listen to a story by Ann Guo.

Amongst the many things we discuss include:

  1. Temporal transitions
  2. Opening sentences
  3. The power of nostalgia
  4. Pacing and pausing
  5. Vulberability

Next we answer a questions about apps and programs to record stories and Homework for Life.

Lastly, we each offer a recommendation.





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