Ira Glass on Telling Stories
I found this YouTube clip (see below) a while back, but thought about it again recently in relationship to what we do here at Luther. Lecturing, preaching, leading Bible studies, much of this is dependent on telling stories. This clip is of Ira Glass, host of NPR's This American Life, one of the great storytellers of our generation. He's talking here about how to tell a great story. One of my favorite words of wisdom:
...often you have the two parts of this structure, you've got the anecdote and you've got the moment of reflection. And often you'll have an anecdote that just kills, it's just so interesting ... it's so surprising and so many things happen and you meet these great characters, and it means absolutely nothing.
Ah, the problem of beginning preachers ... myself included.