What do people do with all the memorabilia they’ve collected over the years? Martie McNabb’s Memories Out of the Box creates life story memorabilia boxes to tell the stories behind the stuff that matters most to us. And her show and tell events harnesses the power of face-to-face connection to foster an interest in telling our life stories.
What’s the value of AncestryDNA for life story professionals?
Why is one sibling’s AncestryDNA results different from another’s? If we share the same parents and grandparents, how can our tests show something different? Is genetic genealogy incompatible with family heritage?
Mike Tones, scientist, explains the science behind genetic genealogy testing at sites like AncestryDNA and 23andMe. [Read more…] about Podcast Episode 16: AncestryDNA for Life Story Professionals with Scientist Mike Tones
A state grant started a thriving memoir business
Denis started as a writer of autobiographical fictional. When he shared his stories with audiences, it struck a chord, and the Turning Memories into Memoirs workshop was born. At first funded by a state grant, Denis segued into teaching memory writing at community workshops. [Read more…] about Podcast Episode 15: Denis Ledoux from the Memoir Network on How to Grow Business as a Memoir Professional
Learn how to scale up your life story writing and personal history business with Tom Cormier
Tom Cormier knows the legacy business. A former nationally-syndicated radio host, Tom is cofounder of legacystories.org, a platform for sharing legacy stories, and its sister enterprise, legacystories.com, a B2B company that offers coaching and resources for professionals who want to teach their clients the value of recording and sharing life legacies. Tom shares tips he has learned on how to scale up life story and personal history business by using the “one to many” approach. [Read more…] about Podcast Episode 14: Scaling Up Life Story and Personal History Business with Tom Cormier of Legacy Stories
Should we call ourselves personal historians if we want clients to find us?
I have a problem with our industry. Namely, its name.
Let’s face it, the term “personal history” isn’t the greatest. A little stodgy. Worse, it doesn’t send a clear message to prospective clients—or the world at large—of what we do. I’ve struggled with this for years. [Read more…] about Personal history, life stories, memoirs? The words we use matter.
As a personal historian, we don’t often share about ourselves. Should we?
Today’s topic is sharing. But not about the clients sharing their story, but about how and when we share our own story. In episode 8, I warn personal historians away from sharing about themselves (and then tell you about how I broke that rule). In this episode, I share how a couple of recent incidents have made me rethink that. [Read more…] about Podcast Episode 13: Getting Personal and Sharing Your Own Story