Speaking at Yellowstone Gateway Museum

On Wednesday night, I had the incredible experience of speaking in the spring speaker series at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum. My family and I were the youngest people there (especially four-month-old Niklas!), so I really enjoyed the challenge of speaking to a different audience.

yellowstone talk

I focused my talk on a couple things:

  • Journaling our stories (obviously!).
  • Listening to each other’s stories.
  • Creating tools to draw out stories in each other.
  • Preserving these stories with the local museum.

talking at yellowstone museum

Then I really wanted to give everyone an engaging experience. I pulled out a few group techniques that I used in planning family reunions, and we started creating dialogue.

The museum is launching an audio interview project so we can get some of the incredible stories of our community members recorded. I’m so excited. We used some of the writing prompts from the She journal to practice with partners.

Even Niklas got in on the dialogue with his daddy. I heard him squaking away in the back of the room. But neither of them will tell me what their stories were yet. “They were in German,” Martin said. And they both grinned at me as we climbed into the car.

What a perfect night!

What a great leap back into speaking after giving a TEDxTalk, too. I can’t wait for the next speaking project! Where should I go?