My interpretation planning process investigates your site’s resources, mission, audiences, and experiences to identify distinctive competence and essential experiences. This workshop becomes the basis for tours, programs, exhibits, and interpretive resale. I am a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Planner.
As a keynote speaker and workshop trainer, stories from my experience become motivation through real-world examples of success. I challenge audiences to:
- tell the difficult stories
- go beyond historic structures and “people the place”
- grasp that “the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing”
- understand how “BIG themes can change your life!”
I create training presentations and workshops to meet your needs, resources, and mission, including interpretation planning, and training for educators, docents, interpreters and managers. Half-day and multiple-day workshops can focus on skills for frontline interpreters, staff and volunteers who meet and greet the public, or for those planning or managing interpretation. My training leads to connections, memory and action. I am also a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Trainer. The 32-hour Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) workshop and the 2-day Certified Interpretive Host (CIH) course teach philosophy and technique as they build confidence and pride.
Interpretive writing and design is a unique art that I have studied for over 30 years. My process begins with interpretive theme development which provides direction and focus to the project. I enjoy working with staff to think through audience needs and staff desires to determine how to best connect with your visitor. I have extensive experience designing wayside exhibits using a variety of materials.