I recently watched this video by business genius Brendan Burchard that was not only extremely moving, but also so crazy relevant to what I do here at The Historium that it pretty near blew my mind listening to it.
Faced with his father's diagnosis with a terminal form of cancer, he had the incredible foresight to ask him to do a recorded interview. I will let you watch his video
What an incredible story and an important message. We call that an oral history interview and truly it can be a priceless memento, but Brendan also points out an often overlooked aspect. It is easy to think of interviewing someone as intimidating, you may think that they won't want to talk to you or worry you might come off as noisy. I have done many interviews through my work here, and we human beings love to tell stories almost universally. It makes us feel important and cared for to be listened to. If it is too uncomfortable, you can hire a professional to help, having that record of your family member's life will be so worth it in the end.
If you need some help, check out these past blog posts:
Another resource is my ebook, The Purposeful Family Historian which also discusses both the benefits as well as some resources and techniques for composing an oral history interview.
Have you ever interviewed a loved one? What did you wish you would have known before hand? Or are you hesitating about interviewing someone? What is stopping you from doing it? Tell us in the comments below!