Don't Lose Your Family Stories

Capture them and craft them into a work of art that will be treasured for generations.

Leave a lasting legacy. Preserve the memories of your parents, children and loved ones.

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Your Kids and Grand Kids Will Thank You

Documenting your family stories is one of the most important things you can do for your children and grandchildren. Studies have shown that children who know about their past have higher self-esteem, improved social skills, and navigate better in life.

The good news is we have more tools than ever before to capture photos, videos and audios of our loved ones. Unfortunately, just because we have the tools, doesn't mean it gets done. Collecting family stories is tough. You can’t just sit your grandma down and tap the record button on your iPhone.

Most people clam up. They have a hard time talking about themselves. They don't think anyone will be interested. They feel nervous and anxious. They put it off. They don't understand how meaningful their life lessons are. And before you know it, they're gone and so are their stories.

 

A course for crafting family stories that will be treasured for generations.

Stories to Remember is an online course that helps you overcome the pitfalls of recording family stories.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to make your loved ones feel safe enough to open up.
  • Methods that help you uncover your family's most-valuable stories.
  • Which technology to use – don’t worry, it doesn't have to be expensive or complicated.
  • How to turn their memories into something special. It's one thing to have tons of mp3s on a thumb drive somewhere. It’s a completely different experience if that same information is used to make a book your children can’t wait to read or a video that makes even your stone-faced father-in-law cry.

It's thorough, but the steps are simple and you can go at your own pace. There are 8 modules with step-by-step videos that explain everything. As well as templates, sample projects and everything you will need to beautifully capture your family's stories.

THE INSPIRATION

A Note from Legacy Planning Expert, Laura Roser

This course came about because I began talking with many people who all agreed that capturing family stories was important, but they didn’t know where to start.

Through my work as a legacy planning consultant and the editor-in-chief of Legacy Arts Magazine, I have interviewed all kinds of people from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to philanthropic leaders to artists to bestselling authors to caring grandmothers. My team and I have also produced a variety of videos, books and websites that capture the essence of someone’s unique personality. There is an art to uncovering stories that connect with the heart and mind. We’d like to share our powerful techniques with you.

Why Most Advice About Capturing Family Stories is Wrong

Don't be deceived by the memory prompt method.

I’m not the only one who has figured out that capturing family stories is important. In fact, before I created this course, I checked out every book, video, and app I could get my hands on about capturing and archiving family stories.

And you know what? Some of the advice was great. Each source had something valuable to offer.

But something bothered me about practically every expert out there. They use an open-ended method of memory prompts. In other words, they tell you to ask a million questions and that will help you to uncover stories from your loved ones.

 

It gave me nightmares...

The thing is, when I was growing up, my parents had this really talkative neighbor. Whenever I’d see him at the front door, I’d hide because I knew what was coming: hours of him rambling incoherently about his life.

For the first ten minutes, it’s kinda interesting. Then you find yourself looking at the clock – wondering when he’s going to stop. But he keeps going and going and going.

That, my friend, is what open-ended, meandering questions are like. You unleash a Pandora’s box of random memory fragments that have very little meaning.

Your family is not going to spend hours watching even its most-beloved members talk about everything from summer camp to what flavor of Popsicle was a favorite in grade school. Sure, they are going to be excited to see Grandma on video. But that won’t hold their attention for long.

 

The attention span of a gold fish.

According to a study done by Microsoft, the average attention span of a human is 8 seconds. (The average attention span of goldfish is 9 seconds.) Thanks to our digital world, everyone has ADD and their attention must be hooked within 8 seconds or they move on to something else.

You know what that means, don’t you?

In order for family stories to hold the attention of those listening, they must be engaging and applicable to their lives. If they don’t see a connection, they’ll move onto something else.

And that is why simply asking a bunch of questions and expecting your audience to follow along for hours is insane. You need to pull out the most-significant parts of your loved one’s memories.

 

Memory prompts aren't all bad, but they're only the beginning of the process.

The truth is helping your loved ones extract their most-valuable stories is fun. It leads to closer connection, more bonding and increased understanding. When you follow our interview process, you will experience the excitement of witnessing a story unfold before your eyes. It first starts with surface details and then as you dig deeper, something profound happens. You hit the core of an emotion – a seed of wisdom that changes your life.

We show you how to take something that sounds trite on the surface and turn it into a story that is worthy of a great legacy.

 

Let's look at an example...

Let’s say you’re interviewing your grandfather and you ask him how much he loves his wife. He says, “She’s the best thing that ever happened to me. I love her more than the sun and moon and stars.”

“Okay,” you say… “But, can you tell me a specific story about how much you love her?”

He thinks for a moment and then tells you about how he loves looking into her eyes and how when he first met her, she danced like a goddess. This is getting a little better. But, it’s still not specific enough.

So, you push him. The next question you ask is, “What is one of the hardest experiences you ever went through with Grandma?”

He ponders for a full minute and says, “When I first started my business, your grandmother sacrificed so much. She worked 80-hour weeks and took the kids to school. And finally, when things were starting to look up and I was bringing in enough money that she could finally take a break, my business partner stole everything and left us in debt. It was devastating. I can’t believe she stood by me.”

Alright, this is turning into a pretty good premise for a story, but it’s not there yet.

Next, you ask him. “Is there a specific moment during that time that stands out to you? Something that made you love her even more.”

He chokes back the tears and says, “It was that night that I told her my partner had stolen all of the money. I had been out all night drinking because I couldn’t face her. Finally, I walked in the door at 1:00 am when I thought she’d be asleep. She was at the kitchen table waiting for me. She looked so tired. She asked me what was wrong. I told her. She smiled and said, ‘You did it once. You can do it again. And this time, it’ll be faster because you don’t have that crook weighing you down!’… In that moment, I loved her more than anything.”

Jackpot! This is an awesome story.

 

Unearthing amazing stories isn't hard, if you know what you're doing.

Our course takes you through the step-by-step process of extracting stories that will have your family laughing, crying and sitting on the edge of their seats.

When you create a project using our methods, the results will be something that truly is treasured. We have a variety of ideas to get you started. You’d be amazed by how special you can make anyone feel when you know the right ways to bring out their stories and present them in a book, blog post, audio production, or video.

When relatives listen to these inspiring stories, they will feel special by association. “If Grandma can survive a shady business partner and support her husband during dark times,” they’ll think, “by golly, I can get through this tough time too!”

That is the power of a story told right.


The Most-Forgotten Estate Planning Essential

Stories give money meaning.

What do you hope to pass on to your kids? Your car? Some real estate? Your lucky silver dollar?

If you’re like most people, you avoid thinking about what you hope to pass on. But, there comes an age when it just seems too irresponsible not to plan for your eventual demise. So, you talk with an attorney or financial advisor. And what do they offer? Trusts. Wills. Insurance.

But shouldn’t there be something more? You are not merely an accumulation of your stuff. Your kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews and friends love you for the kind of person you are. Your words of encouragement and wisdom can help guide them through life.

Imagine how significant it would be to have a video of your grandfather talking about his top seven principles. Or how powerful it would be to hear your mother tell the story of your birth. These stories need to be saved and guarded as closely as any financial asset. They represent the foundation of your family values – the very rock upon which your children have built their lives.

It’s not going to just give you a good feeling either. Every day I receive calls from financial advisors, wealth managers, business succession experts, family offices, and estate planning attorneys. You know why? Because they are all trying to figure out how to solve the problem of failed inheritance transfers.

 

70% of inheritance transfers fail.

Now, I have no idea if you’ve got millions of dollars or are barely scraping by. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. Your family stories are more valuable than any financial asset. What does anyone want for their kids? That’s right. Happiness. Independence. Resilience. Gratitude. Love.

All the money in the world doesn’t matter, if you’re depressed and miserable.

But, if you’re like me, you want it all: money and happiness. And since money just magnifies our thoughts, it would make sense that in order to make it and keep it, we’ve got to manicure those thoughts. That’s what stories do for your family. They are a way to pass on wisdom.

According to a survey of 3,250 wealthy families, 70% of the time when wealth is transferred to an heir, it is lost due to mismanagement, poor investment choices and other mistakes.

What the top experts in wealth-planning circles are finding is that intangible assets – like a family’s emotional bonds, the ability to work together, supporting hopes and dreams of family members, and healthy dialog – are more important to maintaining wealth than the actual wealth itself.

That’s why your stories, your wisdom and your values need to be a part of your estate plan.

 

Memories as a part of your estate plan.

Why is it that we value great literature? Or poetry? Or art? It’s because an artist with a vision poured her heart and soul into the work and captured it in such a way that connects with our own hearts.

Your memories not only need to connect with the hearts of your family members. They also need to have the same permanence as great literature to withstand the test of time. We’ll show you how to create enduring stories and make them a part of your estate plan so your memory won’t fade away to nothing.


Course Features

Lesson Videos to Guide You Through Capturing & Crafting Family Memories

51 short lesson videos where Laura will guide you to master the skills of interviewing loved ones and extracting their most-cherished memories.

Begin Collecting Family Stories Immediately

Each lesson gives you practical methods - a proven formula - that can be applied over and over again to connect with those you love most.

Become a Catalyst for Meaningful Storytelling

The process of uncovering your loved ones' principles, values and memories can add so much depth to your life and theirs.


Module Overview

Module 1: The Greatest Gift

i. Introduction
ii. How to Get the Most Out of this Course
iii. The Power of Family Stories
iv. "I'm So Boring" and 7 Other Common Objections
v. Why It's Easy to Lose Your Family Memories, Even If You Capture Them

 

Module 2: Preparing for the Interview

i. Your Interview Action Plan
ii. Interviewer vs. Interviewee
iii. Practicing Better Listening 
iv. Showing vs. Telling
v. Different Types of Interviews 
vi. Handling Secrets

 

Module 3: Capturing the Interview

i. Audio or Video?
ii. Do-It-Yourself Audio Recording
iii. Do-It-Yourself Video Production
iv. Hiring a Video Professional
v. Remote Interviewing: Skype, FaceTime, or Telephone
vi. Transcription Services
vii. Photography

 

Module 4: Planning the Interview

i. Life History Worksheet & Timeline
ii. The Pre-Interview Meeting
iii. Story Topics
iv. What Makes a Story Good?
v. Stories Don’t Have to Be “Stories”
vi. Stories That Should Not Be Told
vii. Brainstorming with Your Interviewee
viii. Brainstorming Mistakes to Avoid
ix. Storyboarding the Entire Project
x. Project Example 1: The Ups and Downs of Edward Jones
xi. Project Example 2: 7 Principles Linda Jensen Holds Dear
xii. Project Example 3: Life with Grandma Smith: The Early Years 
xiii. Project Example 4: Odd Happenings at the Roser Household

Module 5: Conducting the Interview

i. Preparing Your Questions Scene by Scene
ii. Breaking the Ice
iii. Asking Questions
iv. How to Avoid Ending Up with a “Flat” Interview
v. Using Mementos or Visiting Places

 

Module 6: Molding the Content

i. Planning the Production of Your Project
ii. Audio Editing and Production
iii. Video Editing and Production
iv. Creating a Slideshow Presentation
v. Online Content Creation
vi. Introduction to Creating a Book
vii. Creating a Word-Heavy Book
viii. Creating a Graphics-Heavy Book

 

Module 7: Archiving and Sharing

i. To Whom Should It Go To (and When)
ii. Permanence & Storage
iii. Estate Planning Considerations

 

Module 8: Getting Started

i. Start Small
ii. Top 5 Projects Every Parent Should Create
iii. Other Project Ideas
iv. Your First Project

 

Supplemental Documents & Resources

* Worksheets, Checklists, and Guides to Take You Through the Process
* Examples to Model Content After
* 101 Project Ideas
* Recommended Software, Vendors, and Contractors
* Planning Calendar for Your First Project


Our Effective Content Pledge

The shortest distance to your goals.

Our philosophy at Paragon Road Courses is to deliver the highest-quality content in the shortest amount of time. Or as Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” You’d be surprised at how much you can learn in just a few minutes. It can be the difference between extraordinary results and mediocre ones.

An expert chef can make baking a soufflé look easy. But that sense of ease is only possible because of how hard that chef has worked. It’s the years of training, experience and trial and error that make the difference. Even though you may be a disaster in the kitchen, that same chef could show you the exact steps to make an award-winning soufflé and as long as you followed every single step, you could master that particular dish quickly. You still wouldn’t be able to do anything else in the kitchen, but if baking a soufflé is your only objective, becoming a trained chef is a waste of time.

Our experts have been through the same kind of grueling experience as a Michelin-trained chef within their niches and our courses are the result. Sometimes making the complex simple (and applicable) is significantly more difficult than spraying you with information through a fire hose. Our courses are not meant to turn you into an expert. They are meant to help you achieve your goal as quickly as possible.

What You Receive

Stories to Remember walks you through the entire process of collecting family stories from coming up with your concept to interviewing loved ones to molding the content into something that will be treasured for generations. When you purchase, you receive the following:

  • Access to all 8 online lesson modules with 51 easy-to-follow videos. I know – it seems like a lot of videos, but some of them are only 3 minutes long. We recorded them in small snippets so you can easily navigate the course and skip to what you want to learn without the aggravation of searching through a super long video.
  • Templates, PDFs, and examples of extraordinary projects. Model the best videos, books, blog posts, and audio productions available. Why reinvent the wheel when you can swipe the best ideas and make them your own?
  • Step-by-step plan we use to organize our interview projects at our company. You don’t have to pay our team (or a videographer, director, and storytelling expert) thousands of dollars. Direct your own project like a pro.

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