Enroll now - we found room for 3 more students

Our fall, 2020 session reached capacity, so we opened a morning session. We have found room for 3 more spots and already have people interested, so please don't wait to register

Enroll now - Closing Saturday Sept. 26
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This 8-week course will walk you through the business of conducting professional interviews and life story writing services

Course Overview

  • 1

    Welcome to: Oral History Interviewing Mini Course

    • It's very nice to meet you

    • Intro to oral history and interviewing

    • Walk through the course interface and format

    • Instructor notes about the class format

    • You will need...

    • Join the conversation!

    • Interviewing Mini Course - a printable companion guide

  • 2

    Schedule for 8 live Zoom trainings and group coaching (with recorded replay)

    • Thursday, October 1: either at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 5:00-6:30 pm Mountain (daylight/standard) time

    • Thursday, October 8 either at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 5:00-6:30 pm Mountain (daylight/standard) time

    • Thursday, October 15 either at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 5:00-6:30 pm Mountain (daylight/standard) time

    • Thursday, either at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 5:00-6:30 pm Mountain (daylight/standard) time

    • Thursday, October 29 either at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 5:00-6:30 pm Mountain (daylight/standard) time

    • Thursday, November 5 either at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 5:00-6:30 pm Mountain (daylight/standard) time

    • Thursday, November 12 either at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 5:00-6:30 pm Mountain (daylight/standard) time

    • Thursday, November 19 either at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 5:00-6:30 pm Mountain (daylight/standard) time

  • 3

    Are you called to this work?

    • This work blesses others and will change your life

  • 4

    Who is not a good fit for this profession

    • This work isn't for everyone. Here is why.

  • 5

    What kind of business (and life) could be possible for you? We'll show you the way...

    • How we are making a nice living (and a wonderful life)

  • 6

    Why interviews are THE breakthrough - for clients and your business

    • This is the secret sauce

    • It starts with questions

  • 7

    The network we wish we'd had

    • We learned everything the hard way, the long way and the expensive way.

  • 8

    The essential kit you need

    • The basic kit

    • Always use a backup!

    • Saving and backing up files

    • Microphone types and audio comparisons

    • Recording audio from two people onto one device

    • The world of transcription is changing rapidly - here is the latest

  • 9

    Using video technologies for interviewing

    • Why we haven't loved video in the past, but why that is changing.

  • 10

    The nitty gritty of pricing oral history: What we include and don't include

    • We will walk you through our packages and profit margins

  • 11

    Ethics and sensitive subjects

    • Confidentiality, code of conduct, boundaries, and handling sensitive subjects

  • 12

    Expensive and embarrassing mistakes

    • Oh boy, where do we start? We'll help you avoid some landmines.

  • 13

    Offering writing services

    • Writing services we offer and how we price them - there are so many lessons learned here

  • 14

    Reaching youth

    • Case studies in reaching and involving youth

  • 15

    Setting up your business entity

    • The basics of organizational structure and bookkeeping

  • 16

    Marketing your services

    • After years of experimenting, here are the pipelines that work. (They have outgrown our capacity! That is why we created this class)

  • 17

    The most important thing

    • Follow the nudge to start now

    • Listening is a sacred act

    • Resources and further reading


  • How long will this class take?

    There will be 8 live sessions. We are running two current times so you can choose the one that works best for you. Both groups will start Thursday, October 1. The morning session will run 10 am to 11:30 Mountain time, and the evening session will be at 5 pm Mountain time. Each week is planned for 90 minutes, but can go longer if there are a lot of questions.

  • Is this self-paced?

    No, this is meant to be a cohort-style live class. Each class will offer a prepared instruction plus group coaching.

  • What is included in this course?

    There will be: 8-weeks of live instruction/group coaching; a closed FaceBook group so class members can network; the self-paced online course entitled "How to do oral history;" the self-paced online course entitled "Sensitive subjects/writing about the hard stuff," and self-paced online course entitled, "SEO/Keyword research for writers." Finally, I'm going to mail a goodie box with books and templates to get you started. This is a REALLY low price for this professional bundle because it is a pilot.

  • What if I miss a session or if the time doesn't work for me?

    We hope you can join us live, but the sessions will be recorded. If you miss a class or want a refresh, you can go back and watch the replay.

  • What level of interviewer should I be?

    It is great if you have already done some interviewing or family history writing, but we assume you are just starting out in the business. We'll walk you through what it takes so you can decide if you want to start this rewarding line of work.

  • What will happen after the course ends?

    This is a pilot we are starting because (a) our business at Evalogue.Life has just grown beyond our personal capacity, and (b) we have a lot of people ask about this line of work. Where it goes next may largely depend on the group's needs. We do anticipate the possibility of an ongoing network, group coaching, and leads coming from Evalogue.Life to group members. We would love to have you join us now to help shape the direction we are headed.

  • How much are you going to share about your business?

    We plan to open our methods and model, including pricing, marketing strategies, and plans for the future. Basically, we will start training you to do what we do. We'll see how far we get in 8-weeks and how much more you still want to learn after that.

  • Will there be a certification at the end?

    This 8-weeks will cover an introductory level to help you get started. There will be no official certification offered, but if group members would find that helpful we will put a more comprehensive training package together with certification available at the end.

Teaching and Presenting Experience

Speaker RootsTech - February 26-29, Salt Lake City, Utah. Register at RootsTech.org
National Genealogical Society - National Conference Speaker
Weber State University Center for Continuing Education
Long View of History - 67th Annual Utah State Historical Society Conference, 2018
Snow College keynote speaker
Southern California Genealogical Society Speaker
Ogden-Weber Technical College
Women in Business speaker


I now feel inspired


“I have loved your classes. They have changed my life. I now feel inspired to share with others.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed your 'Life Story' class.”


“I thoroughly enjoyed the 'Life Story' class at Weber State. The storyboard info was marvelous and extremely helpful...”

A delightful learning experience


“Your class was a delightful learning experience. It was nice to realize that a few well-told stories of the most impactful lessons of your life are enough to pass on to posterity. Thanks again for your inspiration.”

You are a fabulous teacher


“I never realized how important writing is to me...I feel blessed to have found your class! Thank you for giving me the tools, and now the confidence, to take the words from my head and place them on paper. You are a fabulous teacher."

Encouragement I need to finish my book


“Thank you for teaching this class. It is making my life better and giving me the encouragement I need to finish my book.”

Thank you!


"Thank you! Best class I attended at RootsTech."

It provided a necessary means of accountability


“I have had a terrific time in your class. It has provided a necessary means of accountability. I felt inclined to write some life stories but just wasn't applying the chair glue to do it.”

So many inspiring ideas!


"So many inspiring ideas! Great job!"

Very interesting!


"I really enjoyed your class and feel like I was set to go on a journey. I have to confess that I was not sold on the storyboard idea at the beginning of the class, but as I have studied it and learned a bit more, I can see and recognize it not only in books and movies but in real life. Very interesting!"