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On episode #57 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, I talk storytelling! In our followup segment, I congratulate listeners on recent successes at The Moth.  Next we listen to my story about a difficult medical decision and what it revealed about his marriage to Elysha.  Amongst the many things discussed includes: Identifying the crux of…

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About 18 months ago, when Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling, was landing in bookstores, a reader suggested that I trademark the name “Homework for Life” and the process that it describes. If you’re not familiar with Homework for Life, you read chapter 3 of Storyworthy or watch…

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On episode #55 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we discuss some exciting news from the world of the parent and trademark office and from a recent Moth StorySLAM. We also hear from a listener who identifies an unfortunate verbal tic that Matt must…

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On episode #53 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha and I talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we read letters about Homework for Life from two of our listeners.  Then Elysha departs for the rest of the episode, and I play a story of my own.  Amongst the many things I talk about include:…

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Each month I review the progress of my yearly goals and report on that progress as a means of holding myself accountable. Here are the results for May. __________________________________ PERSONAL HEALTH 1. Don’t die. Still standing. 2. Lose 20 pounds. I didn’t lose any pounds in May. I didn’t gain any pounds in May. I’ve…

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On episode #51 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling and celebrate our one year anniversary with the second half of our live episode! In our followup segment, we celebrate the recent success of listeners.  Next we listen to stories by Rachel Leventhal-Weiner and Beverly Brakeman.  Amongst the many things we…

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On episode #50 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling and celebrate our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN OUR FIRST LIVE EPISODE! In our followup segment, we hear from our friends in Australia, who are attending the show virtually! We also hear from a listener who suggests a way of using…

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Exciting news! My book, Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling, is being used by professors at least half a dozen colleges and universities around the country, as well as many middle and high schools. Yesterday one of those professors posted a photo of the books on the college…

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On episode #49 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Elysha Dicks and I talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we hear from a linguist who tries to get me out of hot water, and we learn about a new and unique way of recording Homework for Life.   In our Homework for Life segment, we talk…

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On episode #48 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our followup segment, we hear from listeners who are using Homework for Life in new and interesting ways.  In our Homework for Life segment, we talk about how identifying your weirdness and asking yourself, “Why do you do the…

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