Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling by Matthew Dicks
Imagine your favorite sports team winning the division 36 times, and the national championship 6 times. Then, the coach writies a book to tell everyone else how he did it. You could use it to be a pro coach yourself, or a legendary little league coach. What you did with that info would be all up to you. “Storyworthy” by Matthew Dicks accomplishes just that. He has won The Moth MonthlySlam 36 times and the GrandSlam 6. More than anyone else who has competed. Then he wrote a book for people who enjoy telling stories whether they compete or not. The pro coach, to the little league coach.
In the book, Matthew tells how he got into telling live stories, and what he has learned while competing, teaching, and now hosting a podcast. While there are off the rail stories about being arrested as well as nearly dying, Matthew has a way of connecting with others on simple stories about his kids or watching sports. I particularly found helpful his practice of “Homework for Life”. Using this daily routine for the last 4 months, I have found stories worth sharing and meaningful memories I probably would not have thought of.
This book is easy to read; a very conversational tone with examples of stories and explanation of concepts. If you are a person looking to improve what you currently do for storytelling, this book should work well for you. If you are a person that is looking to use stories to teach or express ideals, this book is also for you. I happen to be trying to accomplish both of these, so it’s a win-win for me.
Feel free to check out the book or more about Matthew Dicks and his shows, podcast, and workshops at this site below. Also, there is a link to his TED talk about homework for life: