Episode 67 : Audio Snapshots of Your Life Story

by Ian

in Audio, Audio/Video Recorders, Conversation, Motivation, Podcast, Sharing Stories, Storytelling

Enhance your skill & confidence while recording your LifeStory.

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Getting started is often the hardest part of recording a life story and getting started isn’t all the preparation. It’s starting to record audio. Your Audio!

A good place to get some motivation is with the free Quick Start Mini-Guide PDF.

Audio Upload services

Record on Phone to AudioBoo & SoundCloud

This useful information will help your overview but if you want more, can get the complete Quick Start Guide which will get you started today while helping keep Create Your Life Story producing all this valuable content.

But what about the actual audio?

What are your excuses?

We often use one or a blend of several reasons not to start recording.

  • Don’t know what to talk about.
  • Don’t’ know how to tell the stories.
  • Don’t know how to use the equipment.
  • Haven’t got the correct environment.
  • Don’t like the sound of your voice.

Any one of these can be enough to stop you from starting and a few of them is enough to paralyse you.

A simple system to get you started

Like all things in life, be it learning to walk as a child, dealing with the issues of adulthood or recording your Life Story, it’s all about starting and practicing. Here is a system to get you started with recording snippets of your life and with that, you’ll practice and gain confidence to continue.

Getting your confidence in 4 easy steps

  1. Get a recorder. Phone with built in recorder or app, computer based recording software or portable recorder.
  2. Record your thoughts about one (only one), topic you have on your mind.
  3. Listen back to it uncritically but learn from the experience.
  4. Pick a new topic and repeat daily or at least 5 times a week.
Repeat and learn until you have confidence and possibly recorded your entire life story and contemporary opinions while your at it. It’s really that simple :)

To help you with some clarity:

  • Choose topics you care about.
  • Talk from the heart.
  • Explain who, what, where, when and how, but particularly why! (Doesn’t have to be all every time).
  • Explain the details but don’t ramble excessively.
  • Only make a single point per recording.
  • Listen back to note what you like and what to improve.
  • Share your sounds with others.

Share your audio

Once you’ve overcome any self consciousness, share your recordings with others. There are several systems where you can share your recording and possibly get some feed back. By sharing your sounds you’ll find the desire to improve your recording technique, storytelling and all general aspects of recording.

If you make them public even a few listens from others will encourage you to improve and comments will motivate you to consider that your stories are worth sharing, helping your confidence immensely.

Systems for sharing

With systems like AudioBoo and Soundcloud you can record direct from your smart phone or from your computer via the built in microphone.

I personally like to record via my iPhone using the Audioboo or Soundcloud apps while strolling the streets. There is something meditative about walking and chatting to a virtual friend that seems to give me more clarity than sitting at my desk in front of my computer but both systems have audio recorders from your desktop computer.

Advantages of online services

The great thing about these online servers is all the technical aspects are looked after. Audioboo limits audio to 5 minutes encouraging succinctness and single topics. This is excellent for disciplining you to make your point clearly. You can upload as many files as you like and over time maybe build up your entire LifeStory in five minute chapters.

Soundcloud enables you to record longer individual stories up to two hours allowing you to dig into the topics as much as you like.

Both systems allow you to keep your audio private or public, or a mix to suit your desires to share with others. You can even keep the files on these services then use email and embed on your own site or share on social networks like FaceBook and twitter along with their own communities of people doing the same as you.

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Action:

  • Sign up with SoundCloud or AudioBoo.
  • Start recording! Keep it private if you’re shy but start recording.
  • Use a portable or software recorder if you prefer.

Have you started recording and what have you learnt as you’ve recorded more content? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Use some of the ideas in the e-Book Recording Life Stories. Just sign up for it in the side bar form.

To get a kick start, get the Quick Start Guide to Your Life Story by clicking here and be underway in just an hour.

It’s based on the value for value model. If you’ve got value from this content here you can return the value by supporting me and getting some additional value for yourself by getting the complete Quick Start Guide to Your LifeStory.

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