PP 478: Matthew Dicks, Author, Teacher and Storyteller

“I spend my life asking people to tell me stories. As a result I get to hear stories and I get to be reminded about my own stories. So if you can just be a person who makes space for others to speak, I think that’s a beautiful thing.”

Matthew Dicks is first a father of two and a husband, followed by an elementary school teacher for 20 years, a writer and novelist, and also a storyteller. Join Kim as Matthew shares with her some pointers he teaches in his classes on storytelling, how he always makes time for his children, and how he occasionally lets his inner kid’s dreams come true.

Highlights:
00:54 Father and husband first
03:44 Launching Speak Up
10:10 How to tell a better story
20:21 Cutting out the “Just give me one more minute”
29:58 Connect with strangers and cry
37:25 Ice cream for breakfast

Join @thekimsutton as @MatthewDicks shares with her some pointers he teaches in his classes on storytelling, how he always makes time for his children, and how he occasionally lets his inner kid’s dreams come true. http://www.thekimsutton.com/pp478 #positiveproductivityClick To Tweet

Resources

Organization
The Moth

Book:
God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked by Darrell Hammond

Quotes

10:45 “A story is a moment about transformation or realization. You either change in some small fundamental way or your mind has changed- you think about something in a new way or you think about yourself in a new way… those are the things we have to tell stories about.”

38:01 “I think it’s important for us to think back on the dreams of our childhood because they were the best dreams we had. I think sometimes we just discard them or forget about them.”

44:06 “I spend my life asking people to tell me stories. As a result I get to hear stories and I get to be reminded about my own stories. So if you can just be a person who makes space for others to speak, I think that’s a beautiful thing.”

Episode Transcription

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