Interviewing Others by Engaging their Personality

When interviewing others about their lives we need to ask relevant questions and engage on a personal level showing empathy and respect

Episode 72 : Kevin Farkas’ Social Voice Project.

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Tweet A Social Voice for your Community. Now with the modern digital age it’s even easier for people around the world to keep the stories of a lifetime alive long into the future for others to hear, read and see. One person I’ve meet through producing Create Your Life Story is Kevin Farkis of The Social Voice […]

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Episode 71 : Prompts & Topics for Your LifeStory

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Tweet The best method to remember what you’ve forgotten. A LifeStory, memoir, biography or autobiography is agreed by everyone as a great idea but a moment later when someone starts to make it happen they’re challenged with where to start and, “What would I talk about?” I constantly hear requests for Prompts and Topics on  the survey associated to […]

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Episode 69 : Sounds of Your Life

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Tweet Audio as prompts & atmosphere for your personal story! The most obvious audio you have, will be the recorded conversation and the most obvious prompts for getting that audio are questions. But there are other types of prompts, including audio. When editing a Life Story there is nothing better than music for setting the […]

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Interviewing and Story Telling with Ira Glass and Richard Fidler

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Tweet What we can learn from the professionals. I was listening to this episode of Richard Fidler’s wonderful Conversations, interview programme on the ABC and thinking how much of it is relevant to what we’re doing with Life Stories. From Richard’s recent trip to the US we have this interview with Ira Glass, host of […]

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Episode 62 : Fear of Your Life Story

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Tweet Are you fearful of telling your story, or just a little shy? In this episode of Create Your Life Story I want to open a conversation about the reasons for people not wanting to tell their stories, particularly when they say that they are interested. In recording conversations for Your Story, I’ve noticed several, sometimes contradictory reasons why people […]

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Episode 58 : Oral History View of Life Stories

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Tweet Oral History shows the professional methods to a Life Story Creating your own personal family history, Life Story will utilise some the methods of various different techniques of human communication. In the past we talked about the skills of Storytelling and how to get across the story with the emotional impact that we want. The other […]

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Episode 57 : Storyboard to See Your Whole Life Story

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Tweet A simple tool to discover the topics of your Life Story and a different way to share the whole of your life in one view! Today’s episode of Create Your Life Story is full of listener feedback about how their individual projects are developing including a conversation with Paul Harbath about his personal Life Story project […]

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Episode 56 : The Secret – They’ll Telling You Everything

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Tweet Your infatuation will cause them to open up Great storytellers can draw you into their world of interests but most people need someone to be a provocateur to help them express themselves. That’s your role! It’s never an interview but a directed conversation where you keep the conversation on track through engagement. But how […]

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Ian’s Podcasting Interview

Tweet Some of Ian’s back story on Podcast² Podcast review site Podcast² is all about letting you know what is out there in the world of podcasting and winnowing out the wheat from the charf. Recently I was interviewed but Andrew about how I got started in podcasting and a bit of the back end […]

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5 Ways to Listen Better

Tweet Your number 1 skill to hone – Listening! Sitting and recording someone’s Life Story in a directed conversation has never been an interrogation, that’s more akin to an interview where you question and collect data. To really get to know someone and to connect, the most important thing, is to Listen. Listening is where […]

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Life Stories for Genealogists.

Tweet Interview on GeneaBloggers Blog Talk Radio Today I had the opportunity to share with some of the genealogy community on GeneaBloggers BlogTalk Radio the advantages of recording a life story and how that will become part of the history for future generation. If you want to listen to the show I’m on from about […]

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Episode 52 : LifeStory Designing Your Life Story

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Tweet LifeStory Designing your life in all the different ways. Once you’ve recorded the audio of the conversations and it’s time to Create Your Life Story, what do you do with all the other wonderful things from you life? Just have a look at what you’ve managed to collect to help you with remembering and […]

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7 Ways to Screw Up an Interview

Tweet Don’t screw up and you’ll be better than most You’ve been there haven’t you? Maybe it’s a formal or a general conversation where everything starts well. Everyone is getting on just fine and then somehow it starts to unravel because you drop the bundle. You went in with the best of intentions but you […]

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Episode 44 : Say More with Nothing

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Tweet Pause to create the space and rhythm of a conversation One of the things that always comes up when you decide to Create Your Life Story is how to deal with the breaks in conversation or the pauses. Sometimes pauses get in the way but often they can scream loud. Do you wait or […]

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Episode 42 : Unexpected Surprises from Creating a Life Story

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Tweet You’ll never know what surprises there are until you Create Your Life Story! Here on Create Your Life Story I’m constantly wanting to motivate you to start on your personal Life Story project but I know that there can be several issues with getting underway and we’re all working to resolves those points. What […]

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Episode 41 : Listen and They’ll Tell You Everything

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Tweet Genuine listening is the key to their confidence It’s not what they say but the way you listen, that helps people to share the deepest parts of themselves. We often think we listen… but do we? Are we really listening or are we just taking turns to speak? In a recorded conversation we’re away […]

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