Frequently Asked Questions

Individuals and Families

 

How long does it take to do a life story?

Typically six months or more depending on the magnitude of the project .

 

What are the benefits of doing a life story?

A life story strengthens and renews the bonds of family.  Many people are surprised to find out how much they don't know about their loved one's life experiences, and this knowledge gives them a new perspective and deeper connection.  Sharing our stories lets us relive the happy times and celebrate all that we have accomplished and survived.  Taking an interest in the lives of our older family members is an act of love and tells them we care.  The story teller experiences the joy of reminiscing and the fulfillment of passing on lessons learned, wisdom and values.

 

What if I don't remember much about my younger years?

Many people find themselves remembering more as the interview process moves forward.  Techniques such as reviewing the branching points in your life can help you capture more of your past.  Gathering photos, reviewing old letters and talking to family brings things to mind that you may not have thought about for years.

 

What is the payment process?

A down payment is required to start work.  After that the work is billed in phases that coincide with the interviews, writing and book layout and design.

 

What is the least expensive way to do a life story?

An oral history is a lower-cost option than a book.

 

What are the formats for a life story or tribute?

Books, CDs, DVDs, multimedia presentations or a combination of formats.  For example, a book and an audio CD.

 

I've started writing my life story but I'm having a problem finishing it, can you help?

Yes, coaching and editorial services are available to help you complete and publish your book.

 

Business

 

When is the best time to do an executive memoir?

Retirement is a time many business leaders starting thinking about memoir, but you don't have to wait to hit an official benchmark.  Consider your goals and the story you want to tell.  If you've overcome huge obstacles in a tough marketplace or shown outstanding leadership in a crisis, the time may be now.  This is especially true if you want to use your memoir to promote your brand or advance thought leadership.

 

Why is legacy important to my business? 

Legacy goes to the heart of leadership, what you have achieved and what you will leave behind.  A new generation of business leaders and employees is emerging as baby boomers retire.  A focus on legacy communicates your firm's guiding principles, business strategy and vision in a way that will stand the test of time.  In an era of ephemeral tweets and Facebook postings, it's more important than ever to build this enduring bridge to the future.

 

What are the steps to creating a business history?

After the scope of the project is established, planning meetings are held to identify sources of information including employees, historial records and photographs.  Extensive research is conducted to gain an understanding of the company's origins, founding principles, owners, products and services, mission and vision for the future.  Interviews are conducted with designated company leaders, employees and other relevant parties.  A first draft is created.  After the review and revisions processed, a final draft is produced and the book moves into layout and design.

 

What is the difference between a business history and a business legacy profile?

Business histories are usually published as books and are much more comprehensive.  Both are excellent vehicles to capture and preserve your heritage and foster a positive image of your firm. A legacy profile is a more affordable option for smaller companies.