ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On episode #1, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk about finding excellent stories in your everyday life using Matthew's strategy "Homework for Life. 

Then we listen to Chris Kriesen's epic story of a man who attempts to steal fire from the Gods at the summit of Mount Washington, followed by commentary and critique, including:

1. Finding the best spot to begin a story

2. The proper use of humor in storytelling

3. "Hiding" information in the early parts of a story

4. Ordering content for the best effect possible

LINKS

Homework for Life: https://bit.ly/2f9ZPne

Speak Up storytelling: http://speakupstorytelling.com

Matthew Dicks: http://www.matthewdicks.com

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Why I Live in Mortal Dread of Public Speaking: https://bit.ly/1sUs2Ld

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English
United States

TRANSCRIPT

00:00:00Wake up a podcast about telling better stories this's episode one i'm alicia and i matt where a married couple around a heart for base storytelling organization also called speak up way produce shows we teach workshops and we help people find until their best stories you also host our
00:00:26show i do and you do a beautiful job of it thank you i know you do because i've attempted to host our show a couple times when you have been ill and i have discovered it to be difficult and most people would agree that i am not nearly
00:00:41as adept at hosting is ur thank you you're welcome in addition i am a storyteller myself and i am the author of the upcoming book story where the engaged teach persuade and change your life through the power of storytelling as well as several novels we're going to be
00:00:59producing this hopefully weekly podcast which is going to feature stories from the shows that we've been producing over the last five years But unlike most storytelling podcasts our goal here is to provide you with an outstanding story but then offer a critique of that story some lessons that
00:01:16you can take so that while you're hearing a great story every week you're also going to be learning something about storytelling as well and hopefully will become a better storyteller you know Why don't you say a few words matt about why someone might want to be a better
00:01:29storyteller because i don't think that most people would are looking to get up on stage and tell their stories so other than being onstage why is it good to be able to tell great stories Right True most of the people that we work with are not actually people
00:01:44who want to take the stage and tell a story and the way that i do including you including me So in the workshops that i teach i have found that people come to me for more reasons than you could ever imagine I have teachers and professors who want
00:01:58to do better in the classroom i work with attorneys who want to perform better in the courtroom I work with priests and rabbis and ministers who want to be more engaging from the pulpit but i work with just regular folks who want to tell better stories to their
00:02:15children while they're driving around in the car They want to tell better stories on a date so that that terrible first date can become something better and might yield a second date I meet people who want to tell better stories just so that when they go to a
00:02:28cocktail party or a thanksgiving they get to be the person who all the eyes turned to i've discovered that storytelling is great for interviewing it's much better to be ableto answer a question with a story rather than a single sentence answer it makes you a more engaging and
00:02:43entertaining person I often say that i'm a fundamentally unlikable person who tells a good story and it really has helped me in life from the worst golfer that there has ever been in the entire world My friends don't even like toe watch me swing because it is a
00:02:59horrendous looking thing and yet i get invited to play golf all the time and i know it's because after i hit my shot into the woods and we go looking for it i'm going to entertain them along the way by telling them a story so it can really
00:03:11change your life I titled the book change your life through the power storytelling because it really i believe will change your life when you become a good storyteller Yeah i think another thing that you didn't say is that it's extremely connective that on that when you offer your
00:03:26own story to somebody and they they hear your story and they either learn something new about you or recognize something that reminds them of their own experience that it brings you closer together it's true one of the things i'd like to tell people the most of the craziest
00:03:42thing that has happened to me what you know is four times in my life now i have stepped off the stage after telling a story ah vulnerable story about something in my life that people maybe not would normally share And four times women have come up to me
00:03:55and told me the story of their miscarriage and in all four cases i was the first and only person they had ever spoken to about their miscarriage because i made myself vulnerable and connected to them in a way that i really didn't expect And that happens to me
00:04:08all the time I am the bearer of so many secrets that people offer to me just because i stand on a stage or i sit at a table or i stand in a classroom and share stories about my life and connect to those people So yeah that's true
00:04:23it makes you more approachable makes me decent right You you you fell in love with because of storytelling That's right It was not apparently my good looks when she was asked she did not immediately talk about my looks You talked about my storytelling that's true and nothing but
00:04:38not on a stage like we were we were friends and you had a lot of stories yeah yeah i mean it would be nice you know if you had led with you know his rugged good looks but story telling us a decent second place i suppose and also
00:04:51a rugged good looks thank you honey So in addition to sharing a story from our archive and offering a critique one of the things we're going to do each week is i have engaged in a project or an assignment that i've given myself for the last three years
00:05:13called homework for life and it is something that i teach in all my workshops now and it's something i'm gonna share each week with you it's the idea that many many times i meet people and they tell me they don't have a story to tell and i have
00:05:26yet to meet a human being who doesn't have an outstanding story to tell In fact you have hundreds if not thousands of great stories to tell The problem is you haven't recognised them you don't see them and then if you happen to see them you don't have a
00:05:38means of capturing them holding onto them collecting them so that you can tell them later on so homework for life is a process and it's a very simple process it's not one that you actually do honey at this point correct right But you should so what i do
00:05:52is every night before i go to bed i simply ask myself what is the most story where the moment of my day and even if that is a really benign and boring moment from my day I'm still fighting to find the thing in the day that made that
00:06:09day different than all other days and then i write it down Now i don't write down the whole story because i believe in doing things and small manageable chunks So what i've done is i've taken excel spreadsheet and it broke it into two columns The left column The
00:06:23column is the date and i stretched the right column cross to the edge of my computer screen and in that be column i put in the moment from the dae so really ends up being a couple sentences a lot of times fragments of sentences not much just enough
00:06:38for me to get back to that moment and use it perhaps someday if it's worth sharing and what i discovered over the years as my goal was to just maybe i will find one new story every month or two that i can someday telling a stage instead what
00:06:53i've discovered is if you do this if you really commit to this you'll develop a lens for storytelling you refine this incredible ability to see stories in your life that you didn't see before and in doing so you'll become a person who always has a story to tell
00:07:08like me i have i've told hundreds of stories on stages and i have many many more hundreds of stories waiting to be developed simply because i've developed this lens for storytelling a lot of people have engaged in this process with me they do my homework and they have
00:07:23discovered the same to be true but a lot of the people who i tell to do this they do not follow through or they follow through but they don't believe it's actually working because they don't commit enough time and they don't have the faith to believe that it's
00:07:36eventually going to work for them so each week what we're going to do is i'm just going to share one moment from my spreadsheet from that week and explain to you how it might become a story someday or how it might become an anecdote that will fit in
00:07:47the story someday and hopefully through this process you'll start to see that small moments can become really meaningful in storytelling i have a lot more i could say about homework for life because i do believe it will change your life even more than my book frankly and if
00:08:01you want to know more about it there's a ted talk on it if you just google the words homework for life ted x you'll get my ted talk and you can watch the fourteen minute version that explains exactly how to do this in detail and we'll also post
00:08:14onto our facebook page for this week so you can check it out there as well it's not about doing homework for life by the way i haven't been doing it i think there's something about living with you and taking too much advice and not wanting to be your
00:08:29fan and just wanting to be your wife you know that on my homework for life spread she it's enormous it's got hundred dozens of tabs now there's actually a tab called i know you're doing it for me here doing my homework for life i do have your homework
00:08:42for life tab i'm looking at it right now now it's only eight items long because frankly i can't do that much work for you but i do have eight stories that i think you should tell someday and you're a well so it's a shame she's not doing homework
00:08:54for life i thought about it i i i haven't ruled it out entirely just f y i okay i really think you should it will change your life i know my life is good but okay can always be better i know alright it's really great if you're a
00:09:07parent frankly because you know that as a parent suddenly like your child six and you can't remember anything that happened until your child is six that doesn't happen for may i i codify the moments that i have with my children they become cemented in my brain and time
00:09:24has slowed down in a way that i cannot tell you I am great how grateful i am for this so if you're a parent you must be doing homework for life You must every single day do it even if it's not always about your kid the one i'm
00:09:35going to share today is not about my kid it's actually about someone else's kid So back on may ninth my homework for life item was this I wrote i do a back bend after liz and test spend fifteen minutes inspiring me in a way i've never been inspired
00:09:52before the impossible becomes possible for may and so this is a recess where i am i'm also an elementary school teacher so i'm watching my students at recess and these two twin girls who i i have known for a long time and one of them is in my
00:10:06class They come over to me and they're doing back bends and i laugh and say i'll never be able to do one of them These two bundles of positivity like truly more positive than i've ever seen a human being ever before they come to me and they insist
00:10:21that if i work hard enough and i'm daring enough and brave enough that i can do a back meant now if you know me in any way whatsoever you know that that is physically impossible In fact when i told you honey that i did it back then you
00:10:31didn't believe me no it was shocking right I had to show you a photograph of it in order to get you to believe me nobody would would look at you and say there is a life swan like gymnast right And so these girls for fifteen minutes convinced me
00:10:47that they could do a back bend their tiny little girls too They spotted me with their hands on my back and by the end of recess i did a back bend it doesn't seem like a big deal but to me honestly it is a moment in my life
00:10:59i will never forget and it's changed my life in a very small but significant way I really look at my life now and asked myself i used to think this thing was impossible and now it might be possible and since then i've been doing back bends every recess
00:11:12and i crank right over right now like it's unbelievable i feel so good every time i do it hurts so much but it feels so good and so it's going to be a story someday i don't know if it's going to be ah full story about me doing
00:11:26back bends or part of a story but i've got a moment and i've got a moment that means something to me that's changed my life a little bit and i know whenever i changed my life a little bit i have a story to tell so that's just one
00:11:38simple thing that happened to me this week very nice thank you so every week i'll share a moment like that and we will hopefully convince you and convince alicia that you need to start doing homework for life I'll also share on our facebook page one of my sample
00:11:52pages of homework for life i grabbed a spreadsheet that i use actually in my book as well so you can see what it looks like because truly it is just a collection of sentences for every day and quite often days have more than one moment now because that
00:12:05lens that i have is so refined i see stories everywhere and so truly you will end up with as a person who always has a story to tell because you'll be finding them all the time you know you referenced your book twice you want to say what book
00:12:19it is yes it's not out yet comes out on june twelfth the name of the book is story worthy engaged teach persuade and change your life through the power of storytelling it is essentially the weekend workshop that i teach ah friday saturday sunday workshop all rolled into that
00:12:39book with a lot of other additional material and some memoir mixed in as well they're stories about you in that book as well so it will be a comprehensive guide to storytelling it will really take you step by step through the process and help you craft and tell
00:12:52better stories and find them i'm impressed that you've memorized your whole title i have to look at it every single time i think that was the first time i've ever said the title without looking at it it was tenuous but you got through it it wasn't actually my
00:13:04title either i have to credit my agent and my editor who came together and sort of put that all together for me right wait so onto the story yes okay so this week we're going to share our first story with you and it's one of our favorites it
00:13:25is told by a storytelling named chris chris um you won't tell us a little bit about chris honey yeah chris's ah hartford area attorney and he also teaches at yukon law school he's also really into the outdoors and is very spiritually and is into meditation he's very he's
00:13:45manages to be an attorney He was also a very earthy crunchy which aren't things that i always necessarily think of together he goes to retreats where he doesn't talk for like days at a time and just sits quietly and contemplation right Yeah he's one of these guys so
00:13:59he's really is a next ordinary storyteller he's told many stories for us i'll also say that he is one of our hardest working storyteller that's true So when we prep a show we work with the storytellers closely and chris is one of these guys who would come in
00:14:13and tell the story to us We'd give him a few pointers because it was so good already and then he would insist on meeting with us again so that he could tell it again and he really works to the point of refining the best possible story from what
00:14:26has actually happened to him He nails it every time so we're going to listen to his story now and then When we're done we'll offer some lessons and critique to help you become a better storyteller too So here is chris creeson at speak up in twenty sixteen so
00:14:41it's ah it's january two thousand twelve i'm up in new hampshire i'm at the base of mount washington and they call this mountain the most dangerous small mountain in the world and the reason they call it that is because the weather is horrible they clocked the wind one
00:14:57time at two hundred thirty seven miles an hour it's been a cz cold as forty degrees below zero one hundred fifty people have died on this mountain and i have signed up to do a guided tour up to the top of mount washington and i'm looking at the
00:15:14people on my team sizing them up a little bit the people ah team is only as strong as its weakest link in the weakest link i can break the whole team and i'm looking and i see an old guy he's taw i see a very short woman and
00:15:30i see kind of a heavy set guy and i kind of want to lay it down well who i am and i tell them that i've been up mount washington ten times before though never in the winter and that this is just a training climb for me to
00:15:45go up mount rainier and actually i'm a i'm a titan and i'm prometheus and i'm going up to the top of the mountain to steal fire from the gods and the old tall guy then introduces himself his name is paul he says he's one of our guides and
00:16:06he's never climbed a mountain before and i really and then the short woman introduces herself and she says she has been up the mountain before and she's one of our other guides and i'm kind of upset because i've been really preparing hard for this climb up mount washington
00:16:26I have spent months looking through equipment catalogs trying to pick out the best equipment for this trip and for christmas My wife has given me these homily in mittens that you could survive on mount everest with and i have been reading these stories of disasters on mountain trips
00:16:47and there's one line that really struck me which was a guy i was talking about he said his face was getting numb and his hands were getting them and that this is because the blood was withdrawing from his face and hands to his court to protect his vital
00:17:04organs And i thought that's kind of cool and my wife is a little concerned and she she asked me you know you're going to actually physically train for this trip I'm a titan i don't need to train So paul explains to us how the trip is going to
00:17:28be done it's five miles to the summit is going to take us about five hours And we're going to do it in five sections and we rest at the end of each section and there's there's something inherently unfair about this because if when you get your rest when
00:17:46you finish this section and the break ends at the same time for everybody so if you finish first you get a longer arrest and the way they accommodate this is you put the weakest climbers at the front of the group and the strongest at the back so the
00:18:02weakest climbers get the longest break and we start the first section which is kind of flat and i decide i'm going to be at the front and i'm going to set the pace for this group and as i'm hiking and start to meet the other people on the
00:18:16group and there's a guy who's a triathlete and there's another one who actually ran up the auto road up mount washington last summer and then there's five guys from boston who have been doing a six month training regimen and they cut somebody because he wasn't making the milestones
00:18:40So i decide to go to the back to see who the strong climbers are and in the back is this guy and he says to me you know i climbed mount rainier before And he starts to describe what his trip was like and he asked me you know
00:18:58what What Your aspirations after my rainier like you wanted to the big one like mount everest i'm yeah i'm gonna do that and i'm something strange starts to happen is i can't keep up my side of the conversation with him because i'm getting tired and we finished the
00:19:18first section and i see our team and they are finishing their break and they're putting on their backpacks which means i don't get a break so the second section is straight up and up above me i see the bottom of the feet to the person ahead of me
00:19:37and the head of the person below me and we're starting to get up to thie where the treeline ends and i can see the wind nhs which are up above us and the clouds going by and i start to kind of get dizzy from all of this and
00:19:51i fall back and the rainier guy catches my fall and we get to the top of this section The team is finishing their break and they're putting on their packs and i don't get a break the third section is to a rock called lion's head which looks like
00:20:14a lion's head and i tell myself i am just going to break this down into the moment And count my steps as i go and we have our face masks our ski goggles on bollock obvious because it's getting cold up there it's about zero degrees and the winds
00:20:31are picking up and i'm just my only goal is to get to the lion's head rock and i get there and the team is finishing their break putting on their backpacks and and sarah comes over to me she's about right here and she says chris how are you
00:20:52feeling And i told her i'm feeling really good and she said because this is a turnaround point for people that can't make it to the summit and the guy that you've been hiking with is the turnaround guide Do you want to go down with him And i looked
00:21:09at him and said the rainier guy and he's nineteen has had and sarah says what do you want to do Chris And i said i'm going to the summit and and she's pissed off er and paul assigns her to me personally i have my own guide and sarah
00:21:32decides that she's going to put me at the front of the line so i set the pace so we do this and as we start hiking the triathlete passes me and the guy that ran up mount washington past me and the five guys from boston past me and
00:21:50the heavy set guy passes me paul goes past me and then my personal guide sarah goes past me i'm hiking by myself and to my left is the ravine talk germans ravine and the winds are getting strong it's starting to snow you can't see the trail at all
00:22:12i'm just following sarah up ahead and my ski goggles start to fog over and my my face starts to get numb and my hands are getting numb so i decide i'm going to stop and i'm going to get those emily and mittens that my wife gave me put
00:22:30them on and when i do this sarah turns around immediately and comes marching down to me and she asked me what are you doing And i told her well you know my my goggles are fogging over uh my face feels numb hands she says to me the blood
00:22:48is withdrawing to your core to protect your vital organs and when someone says that to you doesn't sound that cool so sarah i see i'm going to put the mittens on she says you can't do that because the wind is too strong it's it's gonna blow she says
00:23:14to me um to prevent your goggles from fogging over you gotta breathe down and i said what do you mean She said you could breed downward some like this and she says no no no no no that's that's not it you gotta get the teeth and you go
00:23:28down like this i look she's like that said and and then i she said with your hands what you have to do is you gotto throw them like this and that'll force the blood into your fingertips i'm like this and she's like no no you got to be
00:23:43stronger about it I'm like like this and she's like yeah so you got to do with the buck teeth and you got to do with the hands coming up behind sarah and she's still disappearing on me and i start to get like tunnel vision and what i realized
00:24:08what's happening is my goggles are fogging over and freezing and i've only got this very small field of you until i'm blind so i got to take off my goggles and i'm now by myself on this trail uh the titan prometheus here to steal fire from the gods
00:24:38so i get to the end of section for climbing team is finishing their break there putting on their packs and sarah comes over to me immediately and she takes me to the side like i'm i'm exiled from the team at this point and she says to me it's
00:24:58too late to turn back like i'm not going back at this point and she's really mad and so paul comes over the other guide and he put his hand on my shoulder he gives me some gatorade and he gives me some chocolate and any pauses he's trying to
00:25:17decide if he wants to say something and then he says that he says ah chris do you want me to carry your pack And i think no way so i give paul my pack and he doesn't strap it onto the back of his pack piggy style which would
00:25:46be kind of discreet he puts it on the top of his pack across so it's obvious what he's doing and the team is watching this and i look up and i'm like it's a t titan so i follow the tighten up the trail this is the last section
00:26:12to the summit about i figure an hour and a half on hour into it paul stops and he says i can't carry these two packs any further and he takes him off and i think some titan right And i tell him yeah carry my pack and i put
00:26:36it on i figure we got half a knauer left i can i can handle that three minutes later i see the summit sign and the five guys from boston or getting their picture taken the guy in the tri athlete and sarah's taken their pictures and then it's my
00:26:55term so i get up at the summit sign with my backpack and i'm oppose a raise my arms no i steal fire from the gods and i see paul and sarah and they both just kind of staring at me and i thought you know how quickly my arrogance
00:27:17returned and how is it that i am here Ah it's because of paul and sarah and i realized that the reason paul took off my pack was because he wanted to save me the humiliation of showing up behind him with him carrying my pack at the summit and
00:27:37i realize that paul and sarah are the reason that one hundred fifty one people haven't died on mount washington so thank you so that was chris crease in at speak up in may of twenty sixteen i love that story i think it's one of the best stories we've
00:28:03ever had i really do too and there's so many things to set there so many things that can be said about that story and so to limit myself from going on and on about it i'm going to say these three things so first of all i love the
00:28:17way that that story manages to be about so many different things you know obviously it is a story of self discovery and self realization couched in the story about this track up the mountain yeah i mean he's smart i know it seems ridiculous that someone would try to
00:28:40do this but i hear it all the time a lesser storyteller would try to make that a life or death story right But you can't do that obviously because chris is alive so that really can't be the stakes of the story You can never make life or death
00:28:52the stakes of a story that you're telling to anyone because we know what the we know you lived right But people do it all the time so his life is not that peril in that story All right all right So i'll start off with something that i think
00:29:04he does really well Also i love where he starts the story I actually think that the place that you start the story is the hardest decision of story teller has to make Chris starts the story at the base of the mountain beginning his climb and then just prior
00:29:20to really climbing he drops us into some back story about the preparation that he went through to begin this climb The purchase of the mittens and the reading of stories and all of those things again in the hands of a lesser storyteller They start back with the purchase
00:29:34of the mittens and the reading of stories and that is not the best place to begin that story You want to start in a place that is evocative and you always want to start your story in a place where the stakes are set out immediately and so we
00:29:46are at the base of a mountain a mountain that has killed more than two hundred people and we have a man who is getting ready to climb didn't he say one hundred fifty Is it one hundred fifty killed A bunch of people were at the base of a
00:30:00mountain that killed a bunch of people and that's the place to start the story We start at the beginning of his journey and then for a brief moment we drop into some backstory but only after the story has launched and we have begun So i just think the
00:30:13choice of starting point is perfect in that story and so often it is not chosen Well it is often the first thing chronologically rather than the spot that makes the most sense for the story it pulls you right in It does I'd love his use of humor in
00:30:28this story I mean he's he's really funny guy but i like the way that his humor is overall very self deprecating He goes in there you know talking about his ego in his high opinion of himself and that's Ah you know it could be a hard thing to
00:30:46do People i think often feel like they need to be the hero of their story but that is not usually the most effective way right I also like how is humor always services the story you know i's storyteller have a tendency to go off on tangents that i
00:31:05find amusing and then have to trim those branches off of a story because they don't really propel the story forward every time the audience laughs in that story it is because he's being funny but also because it's either advancing the story in some meaningful way or revealing something
00:31:20about his character that we need to know there's no wasted laughs there's no jokes thrown in for the sake of being funny it's humor for the sake of the story yeah it's tight the last thing i'm going to say is i love the way that he hides details
00:31:35in his story that he will be coming back to later so that you know he mentions them you don't no they're going to be important later and then when they come back you're like oh there is that the one that stands out the most in my mind is
00:31:47the one when he talks about how the blood retreats to your core when he's reading that article when he's quote unquote training and then of course when that happens to him on the mountain you're like oh that's what's happening it's just it's such a smart way of getting
00:32:02that stuff in there yes i agree it's ah it's it's revealing and then you have that nice ah ha moment at the end as you see it coming the one critical i'll make a critique about a story a wayto improve it i'll make a suggestion one of the
00:32:15things i'm often telling storytellers is most of the decisions that we make in story telling is the order that we tell things and that is the most important part when crafting a story if we just choose to tell beginning to end oftentimes we're not telling the most effective
00:32:30version of that story the suggestion that would make to him as early on in the story before he's begun his climb he describes that break process you know if you're the last in line climbing you're going to get the shortest break he preps us with that idea before
00:32:44we get on the mountain and i understand his instinct he wants us to have that notion in our mind when he begins the climb but when he does that at the beginning it really is basically telling us i am going to be stuck with the shortest breaks throughout
00:32:58the story it's really giving away the ghosts before we need to see it so the way i would suggest to change the story slightly as reveal that break process during the first break so that we can feel the injustice of it and experience it as a surprise so
00:33:14when he arrives at that first break we as an audience could be thinking oh good At least he gets a break here Oh no i don't get a break Let me tell you how brakes work And now the yeah the pain is going to be more because we
00:33:26will have expected that like that nice relief for him And it gets stolen away in front of us and we learn it on the mountain as opposed to beginning the story with it Good Now there's a lot of times and story telling what people will say things at
00:33:40the beginning of a story that unfortunately just telegraph what the story is going to be about or what's going to happen in the story So again it's just a matter of taking the content that you have and choosing the most effective order to reveal things and that's the
00:33:54one moment in that story that i say oh that's the one tiny change that chris might be able to make to make that story better But truly i think i love all of my speak up stories but i think that this has always been my favorite speak up
00:34:06story it's just the one that i love to listen to again and again it really is so excellent it's very well done and well told well done chris thank you for letting us share that story with the world we do ask every storyteller prior to publishing them on
00:34:20this podcast if it is okay for us to share and to critique we we tell them that we're going to say some wonderful things but we might make a suggestion to make it better and chris and many other storytellers have been more than willing to allow us to
00:34:32do that which we appreciate yes we're going to close every episode with some recommendations alicia and i will offer one Honey what is your recommendation for this week My recommendation this week is that i have been reading the book sir see bye madeline miller and it is exquisite
00:34:48Her first book the song of achilles is one of my favorite books ever I remember reading it while i was in labor with our son charlie i did i had to put it down to give birth but it was really a fabulous book and i was so excited
00:35:03for started sir see to come out and it finally did and it is so fabulously written it's on greek mythology what madeline madeline is a classicist and she has taken the existing mythology of the odyssey and the iliad and built up the character around it's just i just
00:35:25love it so much that's my recommendation sir see by madeline miller what's your recommendation honey my recommendation today is a ted talk another ted talk this one not by me but by a woman named meghan washington it is called the thing is i stutter and it is fantastic
00:35:46i've watched his ted talk at least fifty times personally plus i show it at all of my workshops i let my students see it It is meghan washington who was a musician a internationally renowned musician who also has a very significant stutter and she takes the stage at
00:36:04ted for the first time to speak not sing and it's extraordinary and if you're a person who has dreamed of someday maybe taking the stage but you're nervous or afraid of tackling that difficulty thing you should absolutely watch this ted talk or if you're just a person who
00:36:23likes to watch brave people do incredibly courageous things i cannot recommend this ted talk enough it's fantastic go on watch it It'll make you feel better as a human being and will give you courage as a human being very nice and that's the end of our first episode
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