Capturing your story with a legacy interview
Dennis Tardan excels at drawing people out and helping them see their own grace and talent. For more than 40 years Dennis’ interviewing skills have been put to use exploring the human experience. He began his career as a journalist and TV talk show host in the 70s evolving into a feature reporter, television producer/director, life documentarian, professional interviewer, and communication coach.
In his Legacy Interviews, whether for business or personal, Dennis uses insight, experience, and interviewing expertise to elicit profound and powerful stories from individuals. Through his attention and genuine passion for people and their stories, Dennis helps people see the best in themselves. When he does a field piece or focused interview for use in your marketing people will want to hire you. He brings your authenticity out.
His skill at setting a space for graceful conversation guides clients through the impactful stories of their lives, their businesses’ evolution or career paths. The in-person interviews Dennis conducts are done with broadcast-quality camera, lighting, and audio. Dennis also conducts interviews via Skype or other webcast platforms. The output is digitally mastered for preservation and sharing.
Life and legacy interview
On Life and Living and Death and Dying
“”This heart-centered video of my friend, Lance Lein — in the foreground and two other friends connecting with him off camera — brought into awareness the importance of deep listening and remembering to ask the meaningful questions. They are truly the ones that matter.
Choosing to record this brief moment, to ask those meaningful questions and to capture the true essence of a man is a gift that Dennis brings to our world. Within a brief time, Dennis revealed the richness and texture of the love between Lance and Jean as well as the pure simplicity of that which we call life. You will want to listen with ears of love.”
What Interviewing Clients Say
Around age 50 I hit a career bump, working for a multinational oil company where Dennis Tardan was an approved external coach-for-hire. Through his coaching, I gained confidence and success as I came to own both my strengths and my areas for improvement. When I was approaching retirement, I asked Dennis to give me a life and legacy interview. His questions nudged memories, making it so easy to tell my unique story. I’d meant the recording to be a gift to my descendants one day, something they would find in a file with the will; but it was so much more: a fun rehash of my life to date, an exciting awareness of my life yet-to-be.
“When Dennis interviewed me I was skeptical that I would like watching myself. I finally agreed and I was thrilled with the result. I was surprised at how clear I was about my passions. I saw some mannerisms in myself that I had always admired in my sister but didn’t realize I had. I learned more about my journey and what I wanted to do next in my life. I was so pleased that I asked Dennis to do an interview of my grandmother. She was the light of my life and the interview he did a few years before her death has been watched and rewatched. I value it more than I can say.”