204: Storyworthy with Matthew Dicks and Miriam Schulman

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with host artist Miriam Schulman

As artists, you’re likely great with painting a story on canvas, in watercolor, through music or whatever medium you play in, but storytelling is a wonderful skill we can all benefit from improving. Telling stories well is art, and it’s something that each and every one of us can do easily every day. 

Matthew Dicks is an international best seller with awards for being a nationally recognized storyteller. He joined us in Episode 203 and discussed his latest book, Someday Is Today, which I highly recommend checking out!  

In this two-part series, we’re continuing the conversation around his other book, Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling. So now we’re diving into what the art of storytelling looks like for the average person who doesn’t identify as a storyteller. 


In this podcast, you will discover…

Noteworthy points with master storyteller, Matthew Dicks: 

  • Why story worthy moments on the most boring days are precious commodities 
  • How Homework for Life makes you look at your days in a meaningful way 
  • What Crash and Burn style writing is and how you can get started (right now!) 
  • 4 strategies for dealing with negative people and why an enemy list is a superpower
  • Live a better life with more ‘Yes’ and get remarkable results 

“Most of the time, we allow our memories to be tossed away like trash, when they are our most precious commodities.”  -Matthew Dicks 

Matthew Dicks is the co-founder and artistic director of Speak Up, a storytelling organization that produces shows in New England. In addition to being an internationally bestselling author of multiple fiction and non-fiction books, he is also a 56-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 9-time GrandSLAM champion. The most important thing for you to learn today is that, given all the accolades Matthew has, his best advice for being a better storyteller is to simply become a better listener.  

“Be the last person to speak in every room you enter, and I think you’ll find it’s really helpful in terms of just being a better communicator and a better person.” -Matthew Dicks 

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About Matthew

Matthew Dicks is the author of Someday Is Today and nine other books. A bestselling novelist, nationally recognized storyteller, and award-winning elementary schoolteacher, he teaches storytelling and communications at universities, corporate workplaces, and community organizations. Dicks has won multiple Moth GrandSLAM story competitions and, together with his wife, created the organization Speak Up to help others share their stories. They also cohost the Speak Up Storytelling podcast. He lives in Connecticut with his family. Visit him online at http://www.MatthewDicks.com
IG and Twitter: @matthewdicks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matthewdicks

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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