One of my favorite things to talk about, when teaching the power of story, is the hero. I love the reluctant hero, the unsung hero, the unexpected hero, the every day hero - the hero in all of us!
What I do for a living gives me a chance to rub shoulders with heroes every day. When I step into a classroom or presentation, I always find people that are doubtful, yet hopeful, that together we will discover a story inside of them. That point in the process where the hero emerges, ready to tell the story, is always a rewarding moment. Sometimes the hero arrives with tender tears, or evidence of their appearance is seen in fast and furious typing and writing. I know the hero has shown up when I recognize the far-away gaze that tells me someone is wandering a different time and place, or I hear stories flowing between new-found friends. No matter how it happens, when it does, I know the homemaker, the retired banker, the school teacher, the CEO, the grandma, the son – are no longer doubtful, they have found their story, the hero inside, and discovered for themselves the truth of this statement:
This year’s Story@Home/RootsTech conference, March 21-23 in Salt Lake City, was a weekend filled with moments like that! So many stories, so many heroes, and not a single ordinary person – here’s a few memories to share with YOU. Because YOU are the most important part of the entire event. In fact, over 27,000 of YOU attended on-site or on-line. It’s such an honor to share this story with all of YOU!
Thank you to all of our fabulous Presenters & Sponsors:
Carol Rice with Karen Ashton of Timpanogos Storytelling Institute, Steve Anderson, Maurine Proctor of Meridian Magazine & Syd Lieberman
Clay Rice and Christopher Robin from Familius Publishers
Beautiful volunteers who made everyone feel welcome in our very busy booths:
Karina Hill helping customers prepare to share their stories in the recording booth, every session filled!
Never a dull moment in Market Place or the Story@Home Booth.
Janette Hammond, Designer and Instructor
The "Bring Your Stories to Life" booth, sponsored by Story@Home, was filled with lots of ideas for creating your own library of stories. We taught mini-classes and had a recording booth where participants created a legacy recording of their stories.
The booth was even a busy spot for tours and interviews, like this one with Kim Weitkamp.
Our friends at FamilySearch who put on RootsTech. They couldn’t be more committed to the importance of story as a part of Family History!
Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch CEO - His keynote message was all about the importance of stories.
Dennis was followed by master storyteller, Syd Lieberman. Story@Home was so proud to be a part of Syd's Power of Story message!
FamilySearch partnered with us to create a wonderful Evening of Storytelling. Over half of the audience had never attended a storytelling event before - its safe to say we have some new fans!
And even though the conference is an event, there are those who work hard all year long, to help you make family storytelling a part of your every day. Thank you to a wonderful team!
Our programming and publishing team aren't in the photo - but they work just as hard! Thank you to the entire team!
At the conference we introduced a new product, 365 Days of Story Prompts – a simple, easy to use kit to download and use for your family, your story, your blog… whatever way you tell your story! A question a day for an entire year! (Doesn’t get easier, right?!) Also included in the kit is a poster from my welcome, key-note remarks. I talked about the importance of finding balance in our media consumption and the face to face interaction we have with the ones we love. I challenged everyone to join me in finding a way to Depart Daily, Withdraw Weekly, Quit Quarterly and Abandon Annually from using media and replacing it with family storytelling. With the 365 Days of Story Prompts, a question a day, could make that challenge a breeze! Join us in simply sharing your stories!
Family Storytelling: As Simple As One Question, One Story A Day