Celebrating the remarkable people who — often unknowingly — changed our lives.
Hi there! I’m Ted. And If not for… is one of my passion projects.
We all walk a path in life. And the more closely we look back at that path, the more clearly we see which generous people were present when we decided to make each turn to the left or right.
But how do you thank people you haven’t talked to in years or decades? How do you figure out how to articulate the effect they had on you? How do you track them down? What if they don’t even remember who you are? What if they’re simply gone?
These questions were keeping me from telling the stories of the amazing people I encountered along my path. The only way I could get my nerve up was to ask other folks to keep me company and tell their stories too.
Everyone has an If not for… story to tell and people love hearing them.
The people the stories are about, of course, would be so moved to hear them. But so would their kids, other people who know (or knew) them, and all the folks who’ve wondered how you became you. There are few ten-minute projects that will have a bigger impact.
How to tell your story.
Email me at (ted [at] ifnotfor.com) and we’ll arrange a time when I can interview you over the phone.
Or, if you feel like you just want to tell the story without being interviewed, you can leave it on our storyline:
How long it takes.
Interviews almost never take more than ten minutes. And usually take less than six.
The “If not for…” podcast.
Each episode will include a few of these short stories and an extended interview with someone interesting — a character actor talking about his dialog coach; a chef talking about her bread-making-obsessed uncle; a scientist talking about her college freshman year philosophy professor.
Our first episode is coming soon.