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Legacy Letters — Deposit into the Future

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When I first came across the concept of “legacy letters” or “ethical wills,” I thought they were a novel idea. Then I realized the concept has been around for thousands of years. In fact, the desire to pass on abstract treasures seems to be as natural as passing on our physical valuables.

What is a Legacy Letter?

Four Generations Family Heritage Visual Legacy Productions / tellmystory.usA last will and testament passes on material inheritance to beneficiaries. In the event that they never get the chance, many people want to make sure they can leave behind wisdom for their loved ones. Legacy letters enable us to record our life lessons, share our values, and give our blessings. These ethical wills pass on the things that we want loved ones to know; not just to inform them about us, but also to benefit the recipient. Parents of young children may want to explain what they believe, their hopes for each child, and information they wouldn’t want them to grow up without. When writing to older family members, thanks, regrets, and forgiveness may want to be shared. A legacy letter is peace of mind that what needs to be said won’t go unsaid.

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Because an ethical will is not a legal document, there is not a single way they must be written. Some are formally structured, others are stories. They can be for an audience of one or a message to a community. Here are several points that legacy letters usually include.


Introduction

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Reflection

What is your story? What are life lessons you’ve learned? Any special memories?

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Do you need to ask for forgiveness or do you have regrets? What are you grateful for? Is there something you are proud of?

Beliefs

What are your values? What are your spiritual beliefs? How did you get through the hard times?

 Blessings

This is an expression of your love. What are you dreams for the/their future? Any final things you want them to know?

 

Not everyone wants to write such a letter even if they know how. There are businesses that help people with the task or do the work for them. There are others who would rather speak out their values, show photos and videos with the stories, and capture authentic emotion. Video legacy letters can expand the impact of their message. Both mother and father can speak to their child. Through technology, a loved one’s voice can be played again and again. Through legacy letters, the values of our stories don’t end with us, but can be deposited into the future.

Do-It-Yourself Videos or Hire a Professional?

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You want to incorporate videos into your marketing strategy, but what kind? Do you really have to pay someone with fancy equipment when you already have a camera on your phone? How much can you do yourself? This blog will attempt to explain and encourage you with what kinds of videos business owners can shoot themselves and what they should hire a professional for.

Have a strategy

There are many different types of videos for a variety of purposes and platforms. Before you launch into any kind of video campaign, make sure you have your video strategy formed. Just posting videos won’t maximize the effect you can make. Once you have your video strategy, there are two key questions you should ask yourself.

  • What brand image are you going for? Professional? Casual? Planned or spontaneous? Once you know, stay consistent with the feel and quality. Your audience will be expecting it.
  • Where are your time and resources most valuable? If video is something you already love to do, putting together your own is much easier! But make sure all the different aspects, from filming to editing, are consistent in quality and reflect your brand image. Consider whether your time and investment into learning and producing those types of videos are best used there or in your actual job.

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If you have quality content, you’ll want to help it succeed with quality presentation. No matter what you film with, make sure you frame yourself correctly and use a good background. Use a better mic than the built-in one on your phone. Sound volume and clarity will enable the viewer to hear everything you say without being distracted or having to strain. Good lighting will also make your video jump from a cheap webcam look to a more professional appearance. We want to see your face and not a dull impression or shadows cutting sharp angles. Even simple software will help you edit in text and fades to the image and add music to the background. With some pre-planning and an investment into a few good pieces of equipment you can make a significant improvement to home-made videos.

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Some videos that are great to film and post yourself are live feeds to Facebook and other quick announcements on social media. If you have a nice set-up, you could film your own email greetings. There are dozens of ideas to use video to create relationship and give value to your audience. At the same time, there are key presentation pieces that you won’t want to skimp on and risk cheapening your image. After all, 62% of consumers are more likely to have a negative perception of brands that publish poor quality videos.1 Referring back to our two keys, consistent quality and brand image can be obtained, but it is up to business owners to decide if it is worth it to do the work themselves or hire a professional video producer. For example, your web video or major communications will take a lot more work and are usually wiser to hire out.

If you have video ideas and would like help determining your next steps, please feel free to contact us.

  1. http://go.brightcove.com/en-highcostoffree

Three Reasons to Record Your Family History

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Struggles and successes. Heartaches and adventures. Deep-roots and free-spirits. Our family stories are full of these. Many people say they would love to record theirs or a family member’s story for future generations. Unfortunately, many miss out on the opportunity. Here are three reasons to stop making excuses and share your legacy in a way that will last for generations.last, moment, sick, hospital, old, age, senior, dying, memory loss, loss, family, wife, husband, parents, bed, group, video, story, tell your story, Visual Legacy Productions

1. You may not have tomorrow.

Yes, we’re starting with the hard one no one likes to talk about. A big reason families don’t record their family history is because they are too busy to make the effort. True, it may not be possible right now to make plans and gather everything you want to include. However, don’t let procrastination stop you from accomplishing your goal. Make it a priority. Find an occasion. Tomorrow is not promised and things can happen affecting the storyteller’s ability to share.

2. It is more affordable than you think! 

As a video producer, I believe video is the best way to record a family history in story form. It lets the viewer see as well as hear. Video gives the fullest expression of the story and the teller-but it’s erroneously considered more expensive. Some families choose to write out stories and genealogies. Making your own family history album is inexpensive, but it’s a lot of work compared to hiring a professional to do it for you. It is a trade-off of what is valued most. The same goes for video.

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Nor does anyone expect you to be! Many people fear being in front of a camera. They don’t want to be caught looking less than their best. Nervousness makes them silent or too talkative. If you are the one sitting in front of a camera, remember: a family legacy is for family. These are people who love you and probably have already seen you at your worst. It’s also for people who want to see and know you better. It is not likely to be airing on TV for national viewing. You are not telling your story to an inanimate camera, but to a person who wants to hear your story. Let your personality come out. We’re all friends and family here!

Worries and busy lives will always come at us. Future generations learn and grow from the stories of failures and accomplishments that each family history carries. Really, we don’t have many excuses–only reasons to pass on our legacies.

Your Hobby. Your Passion.

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Having a hobby includes a lot more than a money-drain for new gear or the struggle to finish another handmade project. There are some very positive physical and mental benefits for hobbyists. As January was National Hobby Month, here are four general reasons you should consider finding your off-hours passion and making it a “must” in your life.

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Sports are an obvious hobby with physical benefits. Hiking, biking, golfing, tennis…the list goes on and on. They aren’t the only direction to go for physical activity though. Pottery and woodworking utilize finer motor skills and are two example of hobbies that develop eye and hand coordination. Learning new skills improves your brain as well as your muscles. Hands learn to be dexterous, feet grow agile, and minds can actually improve their memories. When considering what past times you want to invest in, consider activities that challenge both your physical endurance as well as your mental capacity. Another physical benefit includes your social life! Hobbies are a great way to meet new people. Craft fairs, clubs, and teams are just a few opportunities to meet like-minded friends.

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Activities like adult coloring books are a popular hobby for stress relief nowadays. You don’t have to be calm to de-stress however. Physical activity can be the perfect means to let out some built up energy and let the mind disengage from stressors. We want to clear our minds, but not shut them off. Hobbies allow us to experience eustress. This is the positive form where your mind is engaged and challenged. Eustress leads to a feeling of fulfillment. From practicing yoga and painting to building models or joining a chess team, challenges give us excitement and new heights to conquer.

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Having passion for your hobby opens up not only your enjoyment, but some great outcomes. A creative spark keeps you engaged and making accomplishments you are proud of. Not only can these accomplishments improve your life, but they also can be shared. New or improved skills let us create something that others can enjoy. What can you build with robotics? Who is going to stay warm with your handmade quilt? Hobbies allow you to take a break with purpose. They allow you to be productive instead of falling into the trap of wasting time.

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As I already mentioned, hobbies are an avenue for challenges, but include the key of visible rewards. Even if it takes the vintage car collector takes 30 years to make his project street-worthy, the dream of the end result keeps him going. Reaching new levels of success instills self-esteem. Finishing a project results in a sense of gratification. Life can make people feel depressed and like they can never succeed. Choosing to invest into an activity that you can see improvement and success in, reestablishes a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Hobbies allow people to do and be what they love. They improve our physical and mental capabilities. They deliver challenges and rewards.  Maybe your passion doesn’t make you money; maybe it does. Notwithstanding, the values of hobbies are priceless in increasing one’s quality of life.

The Relationship of Video and Social Media

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What good are creative and informational videos if there are no people to see them? What will make viewers interested in following a business that has nothing of value to share? As a video company, we quickly realized the need for good use of social media. We can create videos that share a business team’s passion and communicate information creatively. However, it wouldn’t make sense for these videos to reside hidden away on their website. The team will need a strong social platform presence.

Most of us are online one way or another. There is a good chance you are reading this because of social media. However, there is a difference between the occasional and random posts we make for personal accounts and the way businesses should be present. Not only that, but learning how to tag, link, hashtag, and share in effective ways can eat up precious time when you could be doing your actual job. I think that is why so many businesses agree to the idea that videos and a presence on social platforms are good, but don’t see a lot of results themselves. Many businesses simply make a page on Facebook and call it good if they post occasionally.Brain, content, social media, video, Know your story, tell your story, video production, brand essence, company, personal, story

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If you plan to communicate using video, keep these tips in mind.

  • Know your story.

What is your goal? What are you passionate about? Have a plan to communicate your mission in a way that is relatable and interesting to your viewers.

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With technology constantly getting better at cheaper prices, there isn’t much excuse for inaudible sound and grainy video. Be mindful of camera focus and movement as well as poor lighting if you film yourself.

  • Be Concise.

Don’t waste your viewers’ time. You have something that catches their interest? Great! Don’t sit so long that they get bored. In most cases, your video isn’t a dissertation. It’s the highlight reel!

Tips for Utilizing Social Media

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  • Pick your Platform.

Find out what platforms are best for you. Facebook and YouTube are popular for video content. There are others capable of video and links as well such as Instagram, Twitter, Vine, and Snapchat.

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Keep track of what posts perform well. Analytics can show you details about your viewers so that you can improve your posts to have better content for your target audience.

  • Know or Grow.

Taking the time to learn what works and how to promote yourself is great for some. Others may want to pay someone else who knows the science of social media to keep up their presence.

By learning more about both video and social media, you’ll be strengthening the power of your communication. If you are passionate about what you do, let it show! Try making a few adjustments to your approach. You may find the interaction with your clients more enjoyable and rewarding than you first thought!

Leaving a Visual Legacy

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Leaving Our Mark

There is something about being human that makes us want to make a mark on the world around us. We want to be known. Throughout the ages, mankind has tried to make such an impact as to leave something of themselves that would last longer than life. Some conquered nationsVisual Legacy Productions, tell your story, tell my story, modern technology, connection, cave painting, history, legacy, handprint, connecting, video production and strove for god-like power. Others tried to capture beauty and life into art forms or into words. Still others endeavored to leave following generations a better world via scientific advances or fighting for freedom. Whatever methods have been chosen, it seems the most meaningful legacies are impactful because we relate on a personal level.

Personal Connection

Personal connections are a buzz topic in today’s society, but the concept has been important since the beginning of history. A politician’s words mean little unless his promises connect with our desires. We respond to characters, whether historical or fictional, if we are able to empathize with them. A business that performs efficiently may have our respect, but the one that makes us feel valued has our loyalty. These are all examples of legacies that can be successful due to personal connections. This kind of relating is something that we strive to maintain in a world of online transactions and lessening human interaction. At the same time, technology has also given us the ability to connect and communicate in a way that was nonexistent just a few generations ago.

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How does one communicate one’s essence? Artifacts leave us with glimpses of the person who created or owned them, but many gaps as to who they were or how they felt. Writing has been the most informative method of communication throughout most of history. From pictographs displaying life events to journals and autobiographies, man has used words to express himself. But written words have their limit. There are times when even adding emoticons to a text message are no substitute for calling on the phone. Even better than the phone is speaking to someone face to face. This is because many of the signals we use to communicate are non-verbal. While some people hide emotion more than others, it is easier to discern someone’s thoughts and intentions when communicating in person. This is not only polite but gives the impression of more connectedness. There are some levels of relationship that simply cannot be cultivated without engaging as physically as possible.

Leaving a Living Memory

So we want to leave a legacy and make an impact. We want to be known and understood. We want to share what we love with those we love. Yet most of us aren’t poets able to encapsulate something abstract into words. That is why having something like a visual legacy is so special. Through “show and tell,” we are able to communicate a deeper understanding of what we wish to share. There is nothing like bringing someone on a journey with you rather than writing a post card. With typical methods of writing genealogies or showing photos, the viewer only gets a Visual Legacy Productions, tell your story, tell my story, modern technology, connection, using the internet, internet, calling, web, skype, video chat, shopping, emails, laptop, digital, connecting, share, video productionglimpse. However, when you are able to tell your story on camera, it is the closest thing we have to being present in the moment. Video enables us to hear authenticity, see emotion, and to “sit” across from loved-ones. Video becomes what I like to call a “living memory.” The subjects are alive and present even while the action will have taken place in the past.

Legacy Videos

A visual legacy brings your story to life. More concrete then just words, more engaging than just sound, and more present than just photos, it plays out a true representation of one’s story as they would tell it. Video is an occasion when modern technology brings people together and becomes the enduring way of sharing a legacy.

Mr. Truman’s Piano

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Every event in history carries with it a library of stories. Some end up in history books, but most of the details that impacted the world are only ever known to a few. Like threads in a tapestry, each person influences those around them and makes up the whole design. Even tiny details carry great importance. The story of “Mr. Truman’s Piano” is one of those threads.

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I was recently able to visit the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, MO. While passing through the gallery dedicated to the recognition of the state of Israel, I was captivated by a display of a tiny piano figurine. Truman had guided the United States through World War II and had been dealing with a tumultuous post-war economy and political world. 1948 was election year, and Truman was way behind in all the predictions. Americans were divided on recognizing Israel, so this issue added to the list of topics threatening his re-election. In spite of opposition, Truman chose to support the formation of this homeland for the Jews who had been so effected by the Holocaust.

Years later, in 1961, the former president read a letter from Mrs. Brown, a Hungarian immigrant who survived the Holocaust. With the letter was a small silver piano. Brown recounted how she, her husband, and her son were arrested by the Nazis and “the only thing I was able to salvage was one small ornamental piano. I carried it with me constantly as a remembrance of a happier time.” While her husband and son were sent to a concentration camp, Brown ended up in hiding throughout Budapest along with other Jews, young and old. During that uncertain time, she explained, “We felt that the whole world had abandoned us to our terrible fate.”

A Source of Hope

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“I would tell them that you would not forsake us and, that somehow, someway, you would get aid to us. Then I would hold up the small piano and say, ‘See, here is Mr. Truman’s piano. Someday we are all going to America and he will play the piano for us!’”

The dream of a new life in America and the promise of freedom kept them going for many months. Thankfully, their hopes were not in vain. The war ended and Mrs. Brown’s husband and son were freed by Americans. The family immigrated to New York where they were able to begin again with their own beautiful farm.

The Truth is All I Want for History, Truman's piano, President Truman Library and Museum, story, www.tellyourstory.us, Visual Legacy Productions “Throughout the years I have held on to the little piano that had meant so much to me and the Jews in Budapest,” Brown wrote. Now she gave that precious possession, her only link to a previous life, to the man who had not only set them free, but given them a home. When Mrs. Brown saved her one possession, she could not have realized how important that little piano would become. Truman surely understood that his decisions affected many, but he had not known how closely his life was woven to Mrs. Brown and the other Jews of Budapest. The story of “Mr. Truman’s Piano” reminds me how the littlest details can make an impact greater than we can see.

The Growing World of Video Marketing

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Marketing and sales strategies have changed a lot from the days of traveling salesmen. Going door to door doesn’t work in today’s busy private and business world. The internet brought new life to marketing and maintaining business-client relationships, and now emails and websites are using video to give themselves a needed make-over to compete in today’s market.

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Adding video to your communication enables you to be more personal. Viewers see or hear you, a human, connecting with them. Videos can be personalized for your clients’ needs. If your prospective customer feels your content is relevant and valuable, they will be intrigued. If a customer enjoys a video ad, purchase intent is increased by 97% and brand association by 139% (Unruly). I’m sure we could list off ads that we still remember because they told a story we connected with. I think we can agree with Andrew Angus, founder of Switch Merge, when he said, “The play button is the most compelling call-to-action on the web.”

Video Increases ROI

Email, open rate, unsubscribe, click-thru rate, subject line, video, marketing, text, preference, text or video, visual legacy productions, using video today, tell your storyJust using the word video with an email subject title “boosts open rates by 19%, click-through rates by 65% and reduces unsubscribes by 26%.” While working for a non-profit, Bryan saw this play out when the team was struggling to have supporters open their emails. After brainstorming, they decided to set up a camera and shoot a simple interview of the founder to lay out the current needs. Amazingly, every email was opened! For the next email, they built an even better video and the open rate was remarkable again.

Videos can be incorporated into email campaigns, but also on websites, or for training and onboarding. When it comes to websites, the statistics are impressive. Landing pages with video lead to 800% more conversion (FunnelScience). In fact, 88% of visitors stay longer on a site with prominent video displayed (MistMedia).

Video Versus Text

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Our brains are wired to relate to what we see. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text. (3M Corporation and Zabisco) The Forbes survey also shows that “59% of senior executives agree that if both text and video are available on the same topic on the same page, they prefer to watch the video. If video is good within a business, it is certainly good for business. In a 2007 study, Online Publishers Association found that that “80% of viewers recall a video ad they have seen in the past 30 days. 26% of viewers then look for more info about the product, 22% visit the product site, 15% visit the brand site, and 12% make the purchase.” Diode Digital found that ROI, ads, visit site, video, marketing, text, preference, text or video, visual legacy productions, using video today, tell your storyvideo promotion is 600% more effective than print and direct mail combined!

That’s just ads and promotions. What about your website? If a picture is worth a thousand words, video is worth a million. Diode Digital also found that, “before reading any text, 60% of site visitors will watch a video if available, and will share their experience when presented with a ‘share this video’ button.

 

I certainly remember some of my favorite video ads. I was drawn in because of a story long before I knew who created it. On websites, I’m intrigued to know more about a brand or be inspired how to use a product.  Through these impressive stats and our own experience, it’s easy to see how video marketing is growing in our digital world.

 

  1. http://blog.hubspot.com/agency/personalization-video-marketing#sm.0001b8droma54eomyhu1cvjlfqu81
  2. http://images.forbes.com/forbesinsights/StudyPDFs/Video_in_the_CSuite.pdf
  3. http://www.insidecxm.com/video-marketing-next-big-thing-digital-marketing-2015/
  4. http://syndacast.com/video-marketing-statistics-trends-2015
  5. https://www.singlegrain.com/video-marketing/just-stats-science-video-engagement/

 

What is Video?

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What is Video in a World of Modern Technology?

 By Erika Boorujy

 

Video. To many Millennials this term was synonymous with watching Disney movies on a VHS player. What is the difference between video, film, movies and such? Frankly, people from any generation can find these terms confusing, especially with the rapid development of technology in the media world.

Watching visual images began with film. While these plastic-like strips were first invented for taking still photos, film developed into large rolls capable of shooting a moving picture. Here we have the origin of the term “movie.” Movie is defined as a story or event recorded by a camera and shown on a screen. With the advance of digital technology, filming films with film is less common. So if films can be made without film, what makes it any different from a Business Video Production Services Visual Legacy Productions / tellmystory.usmovie? “Film” still remains a term for the art of making movies and as a verb for capturing moving images. Some people use “film” as a more sophisticated expression of motion pictures or to reference pieces that are more artful like foreign or independent films. “Movie,” on the other hand, is often used to refer to more general productions and popular movies.
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With such slight nuances, deciding if you are watching a “film” or a “movie” is still a contested issue depending on who you talk to, but what about “video?” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines video as “a movie, television show, event, etc., that has been recorded…so that it can be watched on a…screen.” The origin of the word is from the Latin vedere meaning “to see,” but is is also from the word “audio.” Combining the visual and auditory capability, we can see why the term “video” was coined. Yet, when “video” was first used in the 1930’s, it was used to describe the visual and not auditory channel.1 Today, video still describes the visual track, though in general we use the word to describe a movie combining sight and sound. Videotaping is the process of recording a movie, but video cameras were different from regular movie cameras because they did not record on film processed chemically, but were electronic. Videotape was a magnetic strip that has since been replaced with digital technology.

Video Production Services Visual Legacy Productions / tellmystory.usMost people growing up when film was the medium for recording movies did not have the luxury of a home theater. They would go to the cinema to watch films and a show on their television set. Watching videos on cassette tapes, or the popular VHS, became common household entertainment in the 1970’s. With tapes being the technology of the time, the video seemed to be the same thing as the format it was recorded on. Then came the digital age and DVDs. Soon after, technology could handle streaming and downloading. Suddenly, it occurred to a Millennial like me, that the term video did not go out with the VHS. It was always a term for the product and not the medium. Maybe I’m the only one, but with all the overlapping of terms, it’s a relief not to have to worry about using the right word when filming a video on my iphone.

 

  1. Barbash, I and Taylor, L. Cross Cultural Filmmaking. University of California Press, 1997.

Four Benefits of Telling Your Story

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Whether it’s a book of fairy tales, a news report, or an office joke, story is something we experience daily. Telling stories is one of the main ways we communicate with each other. Beyond being entertaining or informative, storytelling is important to us in many other ways. Here are just a few:

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Cathartic results
. Catharsis is a release of strong or repressed emotions, resulting in a form of relief. You heard that right, talking about yourself can be good for your health! This renewal doesn’t come from simply being self-absorbed however. Being able to express oneself on a deeper level brings release and clarity to experiences and emotions that impact how we think and feel subconsciously. Telling your story well is essentially a form of psychotherapy.

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Forms identity. Searching out your own story grounds you by building a foundation. Knowing where you came from creates perspective of where you are going and answers the life questions of “Who am I?” and “How did I get here?” Your story is also a key element in forming the identity of others, including those you currently interact with and future generations.

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Finding voice. The ability to communicate one’s heart and mind is important both personally and interpersonally. Many find it difficult to simply talk, yet even the most silent of us have something to say about a topic we care for. Someone who is shy or doesn’t offer opinions suddenly comes to life if asked the right question. Art and writing are often used to achieve deeper communication. Some people need a little guidance to feel able to share. Narrating a photo album can lend inspiration as well as structure to a story. For tactile people, walking someone through an experience or process is the ideal format of communication. Try many methods and be creative with your strengths!

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Including others. Sometimes it is helpful to tell your story to yourself, but more often than not stories are told to someone else. Sharing a story invites others into an experience. We connect as humans through emotion, imagination and inspiration. A story can impart wisdom and knowledge, humor and empathy, and a multitude of other attributes. Your story imparts something just as valuable– you!

Even just a few benefits of storytelling show it as a wise skill to cultivate. The benefits work together, maturing and renewing who we are. Developing the ability to communicate well can be easy or difficult. However, the key to finding and refining one’s voice lies in identifying what is important and a way to use unique strengths to share your story.