David Corbitt - Family History Enthusiast

April 26, 2023

Video Transcript

Speaker: David Corbitt

Can you describe Generational Story in 2 sentences?

David Corbitt: Ok. I'm gonna try. Generational Story is both a mobile and a web app that allows anyone to capture a life history in a half hour. The life history is going to be stored in short five minute clips, video clips and it can be shared with anyone as an entire album or as an individual clip.

What does Generational Story do for you?

David Corbitt: I use Generational Story to capture the history of my family. I've recorded my grandparents, I've recorded a couple of my aunts and I've recorded my mother. I've also recorded a close family friend who's sort of like an adopted grandmother. And for me, Generational Story is a way to find out things about my past and about the past of people who I love and who I care about and make sure that that's stored forever. And share that with other people who don't have time to have the conversations themselves, but who I know are going to love this later.

Do you have any advice for professionals who want to use Generational Story with their clients?

David Corbitt: To service professionals who are thinking about using Generational Story in their business: Definitely do it. It's a really great way to get to know your clients beyond just the normal conversations that you would have with anyone who walks in your door. Once you start recording on Generational Story, you build a connection with the person you're talking to because you're part of their experience of reliving their past memories and you know them so well afterward and you know that you've done an amazing thing for them because once they've recorded their legacy on Generational Story. That's going to be around forever, they can download it, they can send it to their family now. It's just an amazing thing. And I would recommend everyone to do it. One caveat that I can say from my personal experience is that sometimes people are a little nervous about getting on camera the first time. So if that happens to you, if you try to interview someone or offer to interview someone and they say, oh, I don't know, I don't really like getting on camera, just say these magic words: "We can delete any clips you don't like," because I've said that to a few people, a few family members who I've interviewed, and that always makes them feel better, and guess what? We never delete any clips. They always end up liking them. They always, are just glad that we took the time to do it. So definitely go for it. You're really going to love the feeling while you're doing it and how it makes you feel afterward as well.

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