In my search for books on the art of storytelling, I came across Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks. I read it a couple of years ago and made several notes on a 4×6 index card. I re-read it again this year, highlighting several passages. I also added self-adhesive paper bookmarks to all pages with helpful information.
Below are my key take-aways from the book.
Storytelling [is about] personal narrative. You can’t become the life of the party by telling a good folktale. P25
Your story must reflect change over time. P26
Is the story that you craft for the stage, the boardroom, the sales conference, or the Sunday sermon similar to the story you would tell a friend at dinner? P33
If I had to tell a story from today … what would it be? P42
All great stories … tell the story of a five-second moment in a person’s life. P99
Find the opposite of your transformation, revelation, or realization, and this is where your story should start. P117
“And” stories have no movement or momentum. “But” and “therefore” are words that signal change. P197
Storytelling is … about bridging the gap between you and another person by creating a space of authenticity, vulnerability, and universal truth. P213
Always provide a physical location for every moment of your story.
Each story should be about one thing.
Stories from small moments will connect better – shared experiences resonate.