Take a class to tell your story
Take a class to tell your story! We love giving conference workshops, keynotes, or speaking to service clubs. Our audiences range from businesspeople to genealogy buffs to church groups. We often give 20-50 minute presentations to service organizations at no charge, since our mission is to share inspiration and tools for this important work.
Class descriptions are below the workshop listings. Please sign up today. Don’t see one in your area? Let us know and we would love to schedule one near you!
Saturday, February 24, 2018 5-7 pm at the Ogden Golf and Country Club: Book release party for Remember When, the Norma and Jim Kier story.
To Build a Home… From the time Norma met Jim—by literal accident—she would never love another. The Canadian newlyweds moved to Ogden with just $100 and from that grew a family of companies with nearly $200 million in revenues today.
The Kier business philosophy applies to any industry in any era. Theirs is a story of personal and entrepreneurial growth as a shy Norma found her confidence, an orphaned Jim built what matters, and their children grew the legacy. Read the ups and downs of a family who persevered, even through their most heartbreaking test: Jim’s cancer. Pre-order Remember When on Amazon by clicking here.
Friday, March 2, RootsTech 2018 – Video tools:
We will be presenting “Free, easy and awesome new video tools you will love” at 1:30 p.m. on Friday March 2. Click here for the class schedule. Here is the class description:
May 31, 2018 – The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
We will be teaching “The Art of Family Storytelling” at the family history writer’s conference.
Descriptions of all classes we offer:
Family historians preserve stories to convey values and inspire future generations. We also know this…truth is better than fiction. This dynamic workshop, peppered with real-life examples, will bring family writing alive. Learn a storyboarding technique adapted from Hollywood for telling true stories, whether a single vignette or a whole book.
Many family story writers get stuck. We know, we’ve been there! Maybe you don’t know how to begin, or you worry that your story isn’t interesting enough. Maybe you have technology questions or you’re bogged down organizing files. Is productive procrastination your style? Bring your thorniest issues because this workshop is peppered with our real-life writing experiences. We will allow plenty of time for Q&A.
An intermediate workshop on the easiest, most budget-friendly tools for preserving family stories with audio. This focuses on one of the most timeless and intimate formats, voice. Touching on interviewing tips, the class then delves into saving, sharing, transcribing, editing and combining audio with photos, music and free video tools. Ample time for Q&A.
This class is for video novices and features the easiest, free tools for combining photos, audio, video clips and music. Create engaging stories that are sharable on social media, one of the best ways to reach younger family members. No fancy equipment or software required.
What would you give to hear someone’s voice again? The human voice is an intimate medium that triggers powerful emotions after a loved one is gone. This class will inspire attendees to record oral history, and provides tips to do it effectively. Truly, interviewing is a shared gift to the speaker, hearer, and those who will benefit from stories years in the future. Also, it is simply not that hard but too many people miss the opportunity because they feel overwhelmed. We break through all that, teaching attendees simple ways to get it done. Our advice is this: “Do it now, and it will be enough.”
- Genealogy conferences or family history centers
- Service clubs such as Rotary, Exchange, or Chambers of Commerce
- Organizational teams
- Church groups
- Book Clubs and writing groups
Business and Nonprofit Classes:
We also present customized workshops for organizational teams to give employees confidence to tell the story. Our founder, Rhonda Lauritzen has a business background (an MBA), has served as a corporate CEO and Vice President of a technical college and has worked extensively with education and nonprofit groups.
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