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

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A five-time Moth GrandSLAM winner and bestselling novelist shows how to tell a great story — and why doing so matters.

Whether we realize it or not, we are always telling stories. On a first date or job interview, at a sales presentation or therapy appointment, with family or friends, we are constantly narrating events and interpreting emotions and actions. In this compelling
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Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by New World Library - New World Library - New World Library
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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
Sara
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nikki
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Katherine Varga
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I really enjoy thinking about narrative, so I was interested in this book's perspective on what makes a story compelling. I was familiar with most of the techniques, but it was interesting to see them described in a different way than how I learned them.

That being said, this book didn't need to be a book. Dicks could've shared his main points in a really great blog post. As a book, it's overwritten, bombastic, and repetitive. I get the feeling that the writer really likes the sound o
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Lena Vanausdle
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Philip
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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David
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jevgenij
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books on storytelling out there. Lots of advice, details and examples. My only complaint is that the main points are hidden among LOTS of stories. I guess it makes the book more entertaining, but most important parts are harder to find.
Laura Hiebenthal
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am familiar with Matthew Dicks from his podcast Speak Up. I wasn't sure if I would like this book as sometimes on the podcast he strikes me as just a little haughty or egotistical. But I will give him credit for being a very good storyteller, and I do admire his ability to listen to a story and make a few little suggestions that can move a story from good to great. I am a high school English teacher, so my main motivation for reading this book was to see what I could take from the book and use ...more
Laura Hiebenthal
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am familiar with Matthew Dicks from his podcast Speak Up. I wasn't sure if I would like this book as sometimes on the podcast he strikes me as just a little haughty or egotistical. But I will give him credit for being a very good storyteller, and I do admire his ability to listen to a story and make a few little suggestions that can move a story from good to great. I am a high school English teacher, so my main motivation for reading this book was to see what I could take from the book and use ...more
Erik
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
He's got an interesting approach, that the best stories need not be high adventure or by unusual authors but instead can be ordinary situations by ordinary people but presented as an epiphany -- ie, where at first the narrator thought one thing but then the events of the story made her think something quite different by the end. Basically, based on storytelling at the Moth performances of on-stage story telling and the Moth radio hour, which you might get kind of tired of hearing about by the en ...more
Adam
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wholeheartedly agree with the author's claim that storytelling skills are not exclusively beneficial to the traditional "story teller", but rather for every individual who is dependent on communicating in ways that yield better listening, connectivity, and retention. In other words, everyone!

You may only apply a selection of Matthew Dicks techniques, but that alone will be an impactful evolution in your communication. Personally, I have been doing something similar to his five-minu
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Rob
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction, howto
This is the best book I've read about story construction - particularly about oral story construction - I've ever read. It's well-written, very entertaining, and also practical. I've implemented his Homework for Life (you can check out the TEDx talk on this if you want) and found it very valuable. I've also started to use his story structural tips. His mastery is even more evident when I try to use the techniques in my own stories, and also more obviously true.

I believe using this bo
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Pam
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Dicks blends straightforward tips from his own VAST experience and the success of his students to help you perfect your storytelling game. He uses humor and a no-nonsense tone, which makes it an easy, fun read.
In short, I LOVED it.

I learned so much about storytelling, most of which can be transferred to essay writing or really any kind of writing. I love how he breaks down storytelling into a science; because as tempting as it is to say "I'm just not a good storyteller," like anyt
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Isaac Butterworth
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tell Your Story...Change Your Life

This is a wonderful book, full of guidance on telling your story and, by doing so, changing your life and the lives of others. Matthew Dicks describes his own storytelling adventure (primarily in MOTH Storytelling competitions) and uses a number of stories to do so. He also details the most important aspects of a storytelling life along with coaching the reader on how to tell authentic, engaging stories. If you speak in public or write (whether for yourself
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Nathan Hamiel
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-craft
I got this book not knowing what to think. I expected to pick up a few miscellaneous tips here and there, but I was surprised. This book is filled with practical, easy to understand examples and concepts. We all know painful storytellers, ones where we can't wait until they are done so we can move on with life. I can be Nihilistic about those people, but if they pick up Matthew's book, they may make decent storytellers yet. This book is mostly applicable to oral storytellers, but the content is ...more
Jill
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I was surprised at how much telling the story involved prep much like writing a story would. It is basically crafting a script--more of performance, but yet not a performance. I appreicated a lot of the techniques and tips, but wonder how authentic can some of the stories be if this much thought goes into them. It seemed like the tips he provided were for a very specific setting--such as the Moth Story telling events he is part of. Again, some of the techniques sounded interesting, but I'm still ...more
Alice
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This past year, I discovered storytelling and caught the bug! I've been attending events, listening to podcasts, hosting Story Telling Lunches, and trying to understand what it takes to tell an engaging personal story. In a session with Rex McDaniel, founder and host of The Otter Story Hour, a monthly event in South Pasadena, California, Rex recommended Matthew Dicks' STORYWORTHY" to me as a resource.

If you want to learn how to tell a great story, Matthew Dicks "STORYWORTHY" will show you how.<
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David Wygant
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story needs to involve a change to someone or something over time not just a retelling of extraordinary events. You should also ensure that the stories you tell cast you as the protagonist. Every good story is about a five-second moment. Illuminate this as clearly as possible. Seek out the moments when your heart moved. This is the ending of your story. Find the beginning by starting with the opposite of the end so you show the arc of the story.



Jillian
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a storyteller, or an aspiring storyteller, Dicks's advice will improve your stories and build your confidence. I was preparing a story while reading this book and employed several of Dicks's strategies as I edited. This story, which I have told at dinner parties many times, improved so much from where it started, morphing into a well-crafted story worthy of performing onstage.
Leo
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a hard man to please when it comes to non fiction. But I absolutely loved this little gem. It's funny, it's witty, it's very personal (or at least the stories are), there are lots of aha moments regarding how to tell an engaging story.

One of those rare books that make me smile when I think of it.
Pranit
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I listened to this one a few days before my interview at Amazon. Amazon suggests using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to present answers. Storytelling helps you to become a better communicator. A good suggestion was to run the story in your mind as if you are telling this story at a Dinner Party. There are many such tips and guidelines to help you explain your account. ...more
Allison Kijak
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has great points on crafting a relatable story that people remember. The personal stories and anecdotes along the way help illustrate his framework. I’ve adopted his “homework for life” and have been on the lookout for story worthy moments ever since. Definitely worth a read!
Mark Smith
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nothing short of amazing

For every person that wants the definitive guide to not only telling great stories but also how to collect great stories form the day to day of life this book is for you.
Bernardo Briones
Loved it! A very straightforward, no nonsense, practical guide to storytelling. The author is honest and engaging. Perfect read for anyone who must stand before other people and speak, which is to say mostly everybody.
Richard Conner
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Storyworthy is a must read. I attended the launch event for this book and really enjoyed the way Matthew tells his stories. His same authenticity and passion on stage manifests in this book. When I set aside the time to read, it was hard to put the book down.
Sarah
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. I’d like to go through it again, more slowly, and while taking notes. Matthew is a gifted storyteller and teacher and breaks down the secrets and process of his craft in such a way that it feels accessible to anyone.
Scottnshana
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good companion piece for his numerous entertaining videos on YouTube. We may have lost our ability to narrate a good yarn in the age of the magic pocket-entertainment box each of us carries around. Dicks is still exploring the art form; his insights and the stories themselves are worth a read.
Kristin R
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, audio, 2019
This is an awesome guide if you're feeling like stepping up too the mike to tell your story.
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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