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Summary

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 book, storyteller extraordinaire Matthew Dicks presents wonderfully straightforward and engaging tips and techniques for constructing, telling, and polishing stories that will hold the attention of your audience (no matter how big or small). He shows that anyone can learn to be an appealing storyteller, that everyone has something “storyworthy” to express, and, perhaps most important, that the act of creating and telling a tale is a powerful way of understanding and enhancing your own life.

©2018 Matthew Dicks. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Not great.

I was hoping for some lessons in how to tell stories however this to me was just a guy telling his stories, which were not that great

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Could have and should have been shorter

It’s a good book, with really valuable tips and advice. However, this should have been about half the length it is.

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How NOT to tell stories

I can't believe how boring this is. I was hoping to get something from this book but instead I just got bored.

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Too author-centric with little advice

I liked the bits about mindfulness, homework for life as the author states but that's pretty much it. The book is way too long for what it is, a bunch of stories by Dicks which makes it an autobiography. I found little real advice in this to improve my stories, more could be learned from a ten minute Youtube video.
Also the author comes off as really self-obsessed, even narcissistic which just made me question his authority. I also want to add that the stories he tells are hardly interesting, I mean sure he can make mundane things remotely interesting by being overly verbose about them. What made me cringe the most hearing his stories was the fact that he always ends them in a way that the listener either feels pity for his oh-so-sad childhood or the aww-effect when Matt is being such a sweet husband. The stories sounded like an ultimate pick-me directed towards one's in-laws. Also the narrator (Matt) has a really annoying voice.

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Homework of Your Life

Incredibly interactive from the word go! Thoughtful and well-written. I've already begun using the story techniques.

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A very long, but interesting story

I was about to give up on this book, but my bus was cancelled and I found myself listening to it until the end. It isn't always easy to follow, but it's full of examples and advises. It doesn't matter if you're an aspiring writer, teacher or anything in between. I highly recommend it. It's just very long :)

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Everyone should read this

This book will teach you how to do something magical that will transform your life in ways you never saw coming.

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Fantastic book for learning the art of storytelling

This book is fantastic. I have been listening to it at every spare opportunity. The author/narrator teaches you how to craft compelling stories, while weaving in his own award-winning stories throughout. If you want to get better at storytelling, I highly recommend you read/listen to this book. I can’t wait to try out many of the methods and suggestions within it.

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enlightening explanation of the benefits of storie

good structured explanation of how to tell a good story and the benefits of this skill. worthwhile listen.

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Thought Provoking and Intriguing

If the essence of a good story is being open and honest, Matthew Dick embodies what he teaches. A collection of his stories draw you in while he takes the time to talk about the technical building of his story.

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  • 22-08-19

not many tips on how to deliver a good story

The author spends most of the book telling stories about himself, which in my opinion are not the greatest stories. he gives some tips on how to tell a good story, but that's just a very small part of the content. I stopped listening around chapter seven as I didn't find the content to be that great

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  • Mr. 456
  • 06-03-20

There are better books On Story then this

5 second portion was the only real take away. Maybe homework for life, but I cannot not see myself revisiting or endorsing this book, so it's a return for me. There are a lot of stories and you can tell the authors a good guy, who's trying to help. Great business model, but I didn't actually get or learn much after spending 8 hours with him. Here's the thing, telling stories is a huge to my business. I wanted to like it, but cannot. You want the real low down in less time? Get "Stories That Stick" instead and invest your credit elsewhere. If you are going to do a moth slam or contest, sure, but if you're just telling stories to friends, or for business Stories That Stick hands down. YMMV

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  • Anthony
  • 26-01-19

This book leapt into my top 5

I've been listening to Audible books since 2015, and this is one of the most phenomenal books I've read.

Here's a short review: Don't wonder if you should get the book. Get the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-19

Thought provoking

Best thing I can say is this, it's makes you want to be a storyteller. His belief that if you are in front of people and not engaging them, then you are stealing their time, is thought provoking.

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  • Tom
  • 09-08-19

his voice gave me a massive headache

I have no clue why, but for whatever reason, the preview clip didn't feel annoying, yet at a certain point, early in the book I realize that the guy's voice felt very scratchy and sharp and listening to it just gave me a headache. Deciding to return for this reason, voice definitely not a match for me!

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  • Matto
  • 05-08-19

Really don't waste your hard earned money on this!

Just no. Big waste of time! Really just a long rant from uncle Steve at Thanksgiving !!!

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  • Willie J Prevolt
  • 16-05-19

Okay, that was good gotcha!

I seen Dan Kennedy’s name thinking it’s the Marketer Dan Kennedy and was surprise it was someone else in the writing space with that name.

The book is awesome and most of the stories that was told was awesome, I will have to go back to this book every six months or until I feel like I have this stuff down cold.

While, I’m not a writer I do blogging, and want to tell better stories in my copy.

The main thing I like about this book is its simple to understand their is no 67 steps or check list-

It’s just a clean cut direct path to here’s how to tell better stories and here’s the emotions you want to hit.

Like I said it was a good gotcha, I really enjoyed the book.

The only part I didn’t like or had to listen to again is when you was talking about the word “And” for what ever reason that threw me for a loop.

Oh, and some of the words you used made me smile because you used big words when it’s simpler easier words that’s more common place that the reader would have understood better.

Good job, I would definitely grab your next book.

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  • Denise
  • 11-09-18

Matthew Dicks is a superhero!

Storyworthy has ignited in me a flame to commit to developing and sharing my stories. Mr Dicks offers many concrete ideas and tips and infuses his wealth of information with examples of his own stories and storytelling techniques.

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  • JB
  • 12-05-19

Quite insightful, but doesn't get into "the why"

I liked it a lot, but I feel like many recommendations don't go into the "why" of why humans prefer one type of story or way to tell the story over another way. He just tells you people like this, not that... insightful nonetheless.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-19

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I nearly passed on this title purely on the basis of Matthews voice and style of speaking. There was no way this man could teach me confidence, structure or strategy. I could not have been more wrong. This man is brilliantly entertaining and informative. A true Craftsman .

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