Reflection on Ira Glass & Audio Storytelling

Ira Glass’s response and description of audio storytelling really opened my eyes to a new perspective and style of telling stories. Personally, yes I am afraid to tell stories through audio techniques, but I’m hopeful that it will be a good experience.

Glass made many good points throughout. He first discussed the two main building blocks of an audio story: anecdotes and moments of reflection. These were helpful to consider for our upcoming assignments. Anecdotes are simply a series/sequence of events that all stories must follow in order to keep readers interested. As the storyteller it is your job to continue raising questions and baiting the audience, otherwise they will have nothing holding them down. On top of this sequence of events, Glass notes that when telling a story through broadcast you need to have moments of reflections set aside for the listener. What is the big picture? What is your purpose of even telling the story? People need to leave with a solid reason for listening, give them something worth discussing once your story has been told!

Glass also made many great points about finding a great story. It’s important not to give up on finding a great story, because Glass notes that this often takes more time dedication than actually creating the story itself. I’ve found this to be true in some of our assignments already, as I take more time to create and dream up my ideas for the assignment. It usually takes me much less time to execute and create the final product.

Another helpful tip made by Glass, is that when telling an audio story, don’t try to sound like newscasters or the people on TV. Glass states that it’s much more compelling for the audience when they hear your real voice, so just talk normally! You need not emphasize every other word or carry this fake tone in your voice. An audience will connect with your story if you talk like you would any other time of day.

One thought on “Reflection on Ira Glass & Audio Storytelling

  1. Miles Davis

    Great reflection, I enjoyed reading it and I agree with you on everything you said. Watching these videos did help me in terms of understanding and preparing for future assignments in this class. I am going to try to implement what he said in my work. When he talked about “cutting the crap” I instantly related this to english classes and essay writing. Also, you pointed this out in your reflection, but I liked when he said to just be yourself and not try too hard. #talkingpolack106


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