#462: How to Tell Better Stories

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  • Fortunately, good storytelling is a skill that can learned by anyone. Here to teach us the art of storytelling is Matthew Dicks, a writer, five-time Moth GrandSlam storytelling winner, and the author of the book Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling.
  • Today on the show, Matthew walks us through the nuts and bolts of how to craft a compelling story. We begin our conversation discussing ways to generate story ideas, why good stories don’t have to be about big moments, and why he recommends a practice called “Homework for Life.”
  • Homework for life. Journal one moment a day that is story worthy
  • Little moments are good because relatable
  • Stories come from first, last, best, worst
  • Know the ending
  • 5 second moment of change
  • Begin with the opposite
  • Know the stakes