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Ira Glass of This American Life gives his storytelling basics

Posted: May 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Storytelling advice | Tags: , , | No Comments »

In this four-part video clip series, Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, gives some lessons for storytelling in audio and broadcast.

In this first video, he gives his basics of storytelling.

Below, he also talks about letting go of bad stories, accepting you’ll be bad at first and will be able to tell and that there need to be enough characters in each story you tell, so don’t just speak about yourself.

In this second video, he says be judicious about what stories to tell.

“Not enough gets said about the importance of abandoning crap,” he says.

In this third video, he says use your harsh taste be continue to work at it until your product matches your ambition.

“There will be a time when you’ll know what you’re making is crap,” he says. So do a lot of work, he says, to get through it.

He also notes that you ought to be natural in speaking, not over-pronouncing or being too dramatic.

In this fourth and final video of the collection, he says share other people in your stories and tell them naturally.

“It’s a rule of broadcast that everything is more compelling when you speak naturally,” he says, and keeps the speaker in only minimally, to allow for other voices.



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