What can you learn by listening to someone else's story?
An animated introduction to StoryCorps with Founder Dave Isay and his nephew.
Kay Wang was a strong-willed grandmother who was reluctantly taken to a StoryCorps booth by her son and granddaughter. Though Kay resisted, she still had stories to tell—from disobeying her mother and rebuffing suitors while growing up in China to late-life adventures as a detective for Bloomingdale's department store. Kay passed away just weeks after that interview.
Allen Hoe was a combat medic in Vietnam. His oldest son, Nainoa K. Hoe, served as a first lieutenant infantry officer with the Army’s 3rd Battalion in Iraq. In January 2005, while leading his men through Mosul, Iraq, Nainoa was killed by sniper fire. He was 27. On Memorial Day in 2005, Allen traveled from Hawaii to Washington, D.C. for an event honoring Army nurses returning home from the war. He remembers meeting the Army nurse who had cared for his son after he had been shot and killed during combat in Mosul, Iraq.
Four Tips for an Effective Interview (5 min.)
How to ask open-ended questions that help you guide your subject through personal stories and share in a great conversation.
How can you show that you're truly listening to the person you're interviewing?
DEFINITION OF ACTIVE LISTENING
*Taken from StoryCorps, Inc.
Remember to thank your recording partner for their time. Now here are a few questions to consider: