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On episode #69 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling!

In our follow up segment, we discuss my recent forays to Moth StorySLAM in New York and Boston. We also acknowledge several listeners, and Elysha and I make a bet that is soon resolved, much to the despair of the losing side.

In our Homework for Life segment, I talk about a moment that happened minutes before the podcast was recorded, and we discuss the inherent dangers of telling a story that is too self-congratulatory. I also discuss the strategy of bookending a moment as a means of structuring a story.

Next we listen to a story by Marko Ivanov.

Amongst the many things we discuss include:

  1. The importance of the first minute of a story, and the need for a specific setting in order to fully activate imagination

  2. Conveying historical events and political information by framing it through the lens of the storyteller, considering the storyteller’s age and life experience when deciding what to say and how to say it

  3. The power of simple descriptors when chosen carefully

  4. Ending a story in a place that leaves the audience hanging

  5. The C-A-B-C structure to a story, and what this specific structure requires in order to be successful

RECOMMEDATIONS

Elysha:

Matt:

LINKS

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

Purchase Twenty-one Truths About Love

Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne

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