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Storyworthy

Written by: Matthew Dicks,Dan Kennedy - foreword
Narrated by: Matthew Dicks,John Glouchevitch
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Publisher's 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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Excellent book on personal storytelling

Although I am into storytelling for professional reasons, I found the tools and techniques outlined in this book to be very useful.

I especially liked the chapter on why every story is about the 5-second moment. Wonder how I missed it all this while.

I just wish the narrator could have expressed some emotions while narrating. Otherwise, this is an awesome resource.

I am telling this after 10-hours of listening. I think the author has the skills to hold our attention for another ten hours, if he wants to.

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  • 05-04-21

enriching listen

A very helpful listen, highly recommended. Matthew Dicks explains elaborately how to go about the art of story telling

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Stories make this world a better place.

The cover of this book doesn't do justice to the content within. I would not even categorise this book as a self-help book, self-help books are not this much fun. Matthew dicks has a nasal voice which was a little distracting in audiobook but the way he tells stories overcome these tiny issues. Once I Heard his first story I was sold. He has this way of telling the story that you would be enchanted.
Stories have always been important to me, Especially the fictional one's. if you really think about it all stories gets fictitious at some point, even the real stories. Stories based on actual events often share more with fiction than fact. Both fictions and memories are recalled and retold. They're both forms of stories. Stories are the way we learn. Stories are how we understand each other. But reality happens only once.

I always thought that being a good storyteller is a skill that you're born with, it's not a skill That you can develop over time but after reading this book I not only learnt about storytelling and it's importance but I laughed a lot.
so please read the whole book because this book is filled with good stories based on actual events.
some key points I remember about storytelling.
Few seconds of the beginning is important of the story.
Beginning and ending of a story should be opposite, why, because you want your audience to be surprised in a good way.
Stories should be about not more than one thing.
Don't do accents, you might come off racist.
Most of the people usually tell their stories in past tense but you could also use present tense if you want your audience to relive that moment as if it is happening right now.
Always tell the location of the story.
Restraint from bragging, Even about your biggest achievement.
Restraint from overusing the word "and" in your stories. Instead use therefore and but. Like I went to my friend house for sleepover but we didn't wanna sleep. Therefore we stayed up late overnight.

Don't say like "I was dumb", say "I was not smart" it's more interesting this way.
Also use of less profanity helps your stories.
Don't use celebrities names in your stories. for example If i say " my friend looks like the discount version of Zooey Deschanel" not everyone is aware of every celebrity out there. Instead say Like she was kind of a girl who was always unemployed but always had enough money to go by for the next few weeks. Her new obsession would be cooler than the previous one.
Use humour only in the beginning so the audience would relax and realise that everything is going to be okay. Don't use humour if you feel that you're not a funny guy or gal, it doesn't matter.
There should always be a momentum in the beginning of the story which implies that we're going somewhere.

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Latent superpower

I listened to the book on audible and it's easier the book for which I have taken the most notes for. I was are of the idea of writing stories on a daily basis prior to reading this and I'd been practicing it for couple of months. I was aware of all the benefits it provides and I was looking for being better at it and the author delivered more than anyone could expect.
The author put the gist really well - If a person engages in any conversation then it's their duty to be entertaining and this is a skill of value for any professional.

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all about authors I and me story ,no science

authors self centric story, I did that and I did this.bla.bla..
no proper scientific book..
audible even don't let me return, will waste whole month

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Amazing Listen for the Art of Storytelling

Loved the Stories and the way Matthew describes Storytelling is inspirational for aspiring Storytellers

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Learned So Much About Storytelling

I really enjoyed listening this book. there are so many golden nuggets for those who are interested to learn how to craft effective stories. I will refer this book again and again to sharp my storytelling skills.

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Priceless insights

Storyworthy - took me deep into the art of story telling , some great stories , process behind it and the masterminds of those stories.

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A book for all the people in advertising strategy

This book by Matthew helps all. the storytellers how to discover stories, make a record and talk to their audiences. If you want to become a storyteller and influence people then should listen to this Bible.

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entertaining and educating

Matt Dicks is actually a great storyteller. He has guven a lot of examples tips and tricks in this book.

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  • polaris
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

Hint Hint...

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  • Dee Watson
  • 22-04-19

Disappointed.

I was hoping to learn what it takes to be a world class storyteller, not listen to an autobiography.

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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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  • Mr. Andrew P. Powell
  • 11-04-21

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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  • Sakarias Lintunen
  • 11-09-21

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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  • Paul K
  • 06-07-21

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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  • M. Williams
  • 22-02-21

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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  • Pumulo N.
  • 28-12-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-20

Not what I expected.

The audiobook started out nicely with the foreword by Dan Kennedy. However as soon as main author starts speaking I could't concentrate. I found his voice very difficult to listen to, but despite that I gave it some time to see if I just had to get used to it. Quickly did I also find that this is mostly just a guy telling stories about himself. Not at all what I purchased the book for.

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  • David
  • 18-08-22

Very dull storyteller....!

Really very boring and monotonous storyteller - read far better authors. Ironic really given he spends so much time at the start telling the reader what a great storyteller he is. Found it self-absorbed and really weakly structured. Not worth the listen...

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  • Nid
  • 19-07-22

Voice

i just couldn't get through this audiobook. i was forced to quit halfway. The voice is unbelievably annoying and distracting. Very gayish sounding. i just couldn't bare it. "Ah mah gahd yah". But apparently that's just how American English sometimes sounds, because turns out he has a wife. But also the content, where is he going with all of this? It was just word vomit allover, telling random stories that didn't make any sense to me. Why do I need to know about his whole life story? My goal was to understand the art of Storytelling and this book did anything but that. Terrible and awful narrative voice. i just hated it. I will not purchase any audiobook anymore unless it has 1000+ reviews.

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  • Vanessa Bird
  • 27-05-22

Disappointing

I really wish I had taken into consideration the most recent reviews. This is indeed a book of stories (that aren’t actually that engaging) rather than a useful book. I expected tips, guidance, advice and ways to develop a story into something useful in business. Apart from the ‘keep a spreadsheet of info for future stories’ tip it was just lots of stories, some of them quite boring. I returned this before I even reached half way.

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  • MiMi
  • 29-03-22

Great tips told with a story

There are plenty of tips to be a great storyteller, and these are given through storytelling . Yes, it might feel for some people long and repeated at some point, but in the end it sticks

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  • nick griffin
  • 25-05-20

Persist it is worth it.

Takes a while to get going but if you try the homework for life and put the heavy accent aside and focus on his recommendations I think we will all tell better stories. I will need to listen again and some cheat sheets would help.

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  • Geoff McDonald
  • 04-08-19

Some good tips

Simple good tips to writing stories. Some funny stories to keep you engaged. I liked it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-22

Amazing book!!

Loved this book. Super interesting learning about the mechanics of what makes a good story. 10/10

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  • BillionaireManzi
  • 30-06-22

For your pleasure

A lot of screen writing books give you structure or theology; this one teaches you to tell stories yourself

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  • C.J.
  • 26-06-22

A bit difficult to get through.

Overly American with little understanding that some things are common internationally, and not story worthy, or needs deeper explanation, if local (eg. relevance of specific universities etc.) It seems the conclusion is you must be totally self-involved to be a story writer with little understanding of things around you. The cringe is pretty high with these anecdotes, typical of a television singing competition contestant, that made me want to skip.

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  • sue
  • 22-06-19

Self indulgent

Nothing on how to craft a story at all. Only the authors story and not very well crafted at all - quite boring