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

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,653 ratings  ·  226 reviews
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 22nd 2018 by New World Library (first published June 15th 2018)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Don't be deterred by the self-help seeming title of this book. It is much deeper, and much more useful. (Sorry, not a huge fan of self-help books!) This is the real deal, from an award-winning storyteller, teaching the reader how to tell stories using very specific techniques. He leads the reader through brainstorming exercises, how to remove unimportant elements, how to figure out the core 5 seconds of a story (even some surprising movie plots), how to end, how to pace, all of it. I teach a sto ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
1. This book made my imagination and my past run wild. I started thinking of stories I wanted to write immediately and wrote two of them out.
2. I was able to incorporate this information into my classroom and showed my students Matthew Dick’s TEDtalk.
3. I now want to listen to his stories.
4. I have been keeping a story of the day in my phone and I love finding those 5 second moments.
5. I have shared many ideas from this book with a lot of people and even bought it as a gift for
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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Philip Hazelip
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ll admit it, I judge books by their covers. I know it’s wrong, but I do it. Because of this, I had low expectations for this tacky, clip art-styled book. Maybe this low bar I set actually heightened the substance of this book for me; but, regardless, Storyworthy proved invaluable as I progressed through it. I laughed out loud, I teared up (though this could likely be attributed to the low hum of For Emma, Forever Ago I had playing in the background...), and I was challenged to look at life dif ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable book about telling a good story, and even more, about finding and recognizing the stories in your own life to tell. I have been following the suggestion to write down, at the end of each day, the moment in that day that is "storyworthy", that makes that day different than any other day. It is a rewarding practice, and I feel like I have captured moments in my memory that might otherwise slip through. ...more
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it
*3.5 Stars*

This is a really good story crafting book that covers everything from how to come up with a good story ideas, what makes a good story, and how to actually craft a compelling story. It has a few great exercises that one can adopt to find compelling stories worth telling within the otherwise mundane events from our daily lives and our pasts.

My favourite thing I learned from this about compelling storytelling is how to make any story compelling by identifying your compelling 5-second mo
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting book for anyone who wants to be a better partner, friend and father/mother.
The first half of the book is perfect. The structure is clear, the stories are fun to read and the information is plentiful.
The second half felt more or less like filling the pages just for the sake of it.
I think the saying "less is more" would apply perfectly for the second half.
4 stars, could've been 5 easily.
Well done Matthew Dicks.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mathew Dicks is a good storyteller and a fine teacher of his craft. This book bundles his knowledge, illustrated with several of his Moth Story Hour stories, in an easy to digest bundle. Some of his writing advice is familiar but no-less true (i.e.: write every day, pay attention to verb tense) and some of it is uniquely suited to oral storytelling. Writers and teachers of writing will learn from this, and anyone seeking to participate in a storytelling performance should heed his guidance.

Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read this book piecemeal so as to implement the exercises set forth, primarily homework for life and crash and burn. They really are worth your time.

I would absolutely recommend this book, even if you aren’t particularly interested in utilizing the author’s advice for storytelling purposes, just for the stories he tells throughout.
Robert Case
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the version of the book, narrated by the author. It was excellent. Found myself motivated to begin his recommended 'Homework For Life' practice. ...more
Deb in UT
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I admire people who can tell effective stories. Matthew Dicks does a fabulous job explaining how to tell them. I've taken a few notes here, but I may have to purchase this book. I definitely need to practice the ideas he suggests. Dicks has convinced me that knowing how to tell good stories will improve my social interactions and help me be a more effective influence.

Dicks tells some of his own stories throughout the book. This keeps it entertaining and interesting. He uses his stories as a teac
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read two novels by Matthew Dicks, and I've been regularly reading his blog for a while. Storytelling is a thing that interested me, and I knew I enjoyed his writing, so I picked this up. My copy has a lot of tabs added in to mark interesting bits. Averages almost one for every 12 pages of the book. I don't mark up books, this is what I do. There is so much in here worth taking note of and wanting to be able to find again later. This book is engaging and presents information in such an easy ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very readable and entertaining book. Although I highly doubt I will ever be an on stage storyteller, Matthew Dicks provides very practical pointers on how to deliver effective stories. He uses his own stories as examples and walks us through the processes of crafting then delivering ‘storyworthy ‘ tales.
I can see myself utilizing several pointers to communicate more effectively on a daily basis. The information is also helpful because the exercises could aid in fostering personal insight.
I can
Lena VanAusdle
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It’s filled with entertaining stories and practical advice for becoming an engaging storyteller. The audiobook is great because you get to hear the author himself, but I recommend getting the paper version as well, you’ll want to make notes and go back to specific sections for review.
Zohreh Avatefi hafez
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some glorious notes you can find in this book
About how start and how finish your story telling and difference between a story teller and writer
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: people, audiobook
Until I listened to this book I didn’t really understand what being a good storyteller actually sounded like and meant. I mainly picked it up because I thought it would help me with presenting patients at hospital (jury is still out if it helped with this) and get rid of all of those “um’s and ah’s” that always seem to plague me. However, this book offers so much more than ways to improve your story’s presentation, structure and confidence. As you read this book you’ll soon realise that to be a ...more
Noushin Nuri
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Nikhil Thota
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: communication
Matthew Dicks has by all accounts lived an... interesting life. I suggest checking out some of his stories told at The Moth before deciding if you want to read this book.

For context, The Moth is a non-profit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. They have competitions in dozens of cities year-round, run storytelling workshops, and have a podcast called The Moth Radio Hour with the best stories shared at their events.

Having honed the art of storytelling for a large portion of his adult
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Some good practical advice for if you want to be a better storyteller. The best if which likely being “homework for life”: find a story everyday. And he further describes ways to properly construct a story. All sound advice. Just took off a star because it was easily skimmed for me. It is filled with personal stories that I just wasn’t in the mood to read so I just read a few but mostly skipped to relevant info and when a story was referenced that I wanted to better understand I just went back a ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly highly highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to: understand stories, tell stories, and especially write stories. This guy can talk and write as a true gift. I'll be adding this to my yearly re-read stack and as one I give to others. Only side note is some crude humor at points but as part of true stories, not just added for effect. Some of my followers need to be warned about such issues. ...more
Ben Watt
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed that book and will read it again. If you have ever found yourself saying 'you had to be there' after telling a story you'll probably benefit from reading this book. It's time to start using BUT and THEREFORE instead of AND. Also I've started listening to 'The Moth' podcast now too. Get on it if you are interested in getting people to really hear what you are saying. ...more
Ibrahim Abouzied
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
Phenomenal book about the art of storytelling by a multiple time storytelling champion. If you want to know how to tell good stories, Dicks breaks down stories into their components and identifies the common storytelling mistakes.

I had two big takeaways, the first is that good stories don’t have to be grandiose, and powerful stories are ultimately about a “5-second moment of change”.

The second is the exercise that Dicks calls homework for life: Writing one or two sentences a night about storywo
Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Beautifully balanced and elegant storytelling. Full of insightful tips on context creation, narrative crafting, scene-setting, and use of humour. Throughout the work, useful insights are provided on how to improve you skills and gain an advantage in the oral game. A relevant book for anyone who wants to see expert storytelling, and take home some lessons to be used in all facets of daily life.
Zoe Anastasia
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
It had great tips for storytelling that I had never heard before and will definitely add to my stories, but at times it was redundant and I wasn’t a fan of some of the stories he told. There were story breaks that I thought added nothing. However, many were wonderful to read as well.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Such a great storyteller. I'm not really going to be telling stories for a living any time soon, but so many of the concepts generalize to normal life, and I found myself writing things down. ...more
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Three key takeaways from this book for me have been:
1. Books are lakes; stories are rivers
2. Five second rule
3. Movement in story is shown with buts and therefores. Don't use ands
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Extremely helpful and interesting. Some of his techniques I had heard before, but a lot of them were new to me and got me thinking of telling stories in new and different ways. I read an ebook version of this but I just might have to buy a physical copy so that I can underline and mark it up. I will definitely be reading it again.
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging and helpful storytelling guidance! A bit repetitive in parts.
Brodie Gron
Oct 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
The first few chapters fundamentally steer the book away from the promise of the subtitle.
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Matthew tells his stories in such engaging way that even if you don’t want to learn anything about storytelling, you will still enjoy the book.
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Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and the upcoming novels The Other Mother and Cardboard Knight, as well as the nonfiction Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Art of Storytelling. His novels have been translated into ...more

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“Telling stories about your life lets people know they’re not alone; and it lets some of the people closest to you — like family and loved ones — see your life apart from the context of family and without the kind of revisionist hindsight we can sometimes fall into concerning the ones we love most.” 1 likes
“Seek out the moments when you felt your heart move. When something changed forever, even if that moment seems minuscule compared to the rest of the story. That will be your five-second moment. Until you have it, you don’t have a story. When you find it, you’re ready to begin crafting your story.” 1 likes
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