Episode 57 : Storyboard to See Your Whole Life Story

by Ian · 5 comments

in Interview, Podcast, Storytelling

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!

Paul Harbath

Music in a Life Story

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 and the use of a novel prompt to both inspire him to discover the topics to talk about and a way of sharing his Life Story with others.

Paul takes us through setting up his Life Storyboard from a collection of images that made obvious the important parts of his life and how it’s shown to others his life in one quick and easy way. Then through visually connecting with the images to sync to the audio of him talking about his life he has a blend of images and audio to tell his story.

Surprise discoveries from your own life

Paul also reveals what completing this project has meant for him and how it’s made him more purposeful for the future and helped him appreciate how wonderful life has been to date and what more he can look forward to in the future.

Paul Harbath's Storyboard

Make a Life Storyboard to see your Whole Life in one View ( click to larger image)

Listen to Paul’s introduction of his Life Storyboard

What I learnt from Paul as some of the advantages of using a Storyboard are

  • Alternative way or publishing a life story
  • Discovering and remembering things of your own life
  • Whole of life in one view
  • Self evident what to talk about
  • Reflection can put you on purpose for the future


  • Collect a few dozen images and look at them.
  • Is there a theme or topic that you may have forgotten?
  • When you see you whole life in one place does it seem any different?
  • What stories do you feel inspired to talk about when you reference to the images

Have you been surprised with what you’ve discovered as you’ve been working on your project. Share your comment below or via audio on Soundcloud

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Kathy Tarochione

Another great podcast Ian. What a great deal of information. Hey Paul & Peter, please join us at our LifeStory Designers Community http://www.lifestorydesignerscommunity.com


It was great to have you on the show and give people some new ideas for their projects.
That the thing! We can all learn from each other and what you shared has increased my knowledge, showing me different ways to approach our Life Stories. Thanks for being a part of it.

Paul Harbath


As we talked prior to recording the podcast episode I have had some pretty challenging times lately that have caused me to not be able to devote the time to explore more of your content. Because of that I just now listened to the podcast about the “Life Storyboard” we recorded.

You did such a great job of editing and preparing our discussion so that it is compelling listening. As you mentioned to get other people to listen to your life story the editing and fluency of the audio is critical. I just want to reiterate that by working with you my ability has increased significantly through your tips/hints you share with all of us.

Everyone out there…

“Please go back and listen to Ian’s past podcasts. There is a wealth of information in his content that will make your life stories compelling for others. It is such a positive thing when someone listens to a piece of your life story and says “wow that is so neat”. Ian can help you get these comments about your life stories.”

I am excited about the conversational podcast you described on Sept 17th and I hope the time will fit with my schedule so that I can attend.

Thank you again for all you do and I cannot wait for the next podcast.



Thanks for being part of the show Peter and for you feedback.

Peter Gutenstein

Hi Ian,
Thanks for mentioning me. Your podcasts are great and accompany me on my walks in the forest.
Life Storyboard. Great idea. I am particularly interested in how to make the icons ‘clickable’ to then play the relevant sound clip.
Can anyone suggest software to do this? Ian, you mentoned using .pdf. How would that work?
As a first step to creating MY life story (73 years and counting) I have prepared a 36 page photobook, where each page is a mini-storyboard. Am trying to decide what the second step will be, some way of combining the images with the audio clips I am recording daily, using the images as prompts. Hence the question on ‘clickability’.
All the best to all,
Peter from Luxembourg

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