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Freelance Dreams

This is a continuation of last week’s column in which I address some of the questions I couldn’t fully answer during my workshop Interpretation and the Gig Economy at the National Association for Interpretation’s national workshop in Denver. What advice would you give to a seasonal employee who is still developing their resume and to eventually be in a position to be freelance? There are […]

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Interpretation and the Gig Economy

This week I had the pleasure of presenting at the National Association for Interpretation’s national conference in Denver, CO. For the first time, I gathered questions in real-time using an interactive online tool (sli.do). It was good fun, but I wasn’t able to answer all the questions in a one-hour session. Over the next few weeks, I will answer the questions I received, starting with… […]

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Dear Don: Our staff aren’t sticking around.

Dear Don, I recently read your articles about hiring better interpretive guides and really enjoyed them. I work for a museum that is currently in the process of trying to do just that, hire better guides. The biggest problem that we have incountered is getting the right people for the job to learn/hear about us. Up until this point most of our guides don’t come […]

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Careers in Interpretation: What’s Next for You?

  Dear Don:  I’m a museum geek who’s trying to figure out what’s next, and I’m hoping you may have some sage words to impart. What floats my boat is bringing stories to life, sharing ideas, and generally getting folks stoked to be there, be it through exhibitions, education programmes, tours etc. Now I’m trying to figure out how to make that happen, and I […]

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Rays: Seven sense are better than five.

Dear Don: I suck at themes. Help!

Don! I’m struggling with themes. I’m terrible at them. They’re awful. I need to get better. And I’m struggling with themes that have cropped up in other programs. They are still so fill-in-the-blank. I feel this is something myself and my team need to revisit. Some more specific case examples – what are your thoughts on “Ray are the “aliens” of our oceans”? It doesn’t have […]

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Dear Don: Is theatre still interpretive if it has no storyline?

This week’s Dear Don question comes from my friend and colleague Caroline, who asks, “Have you ever seen great interpretive theatre that doesn’t have a strong narrative or plot?” I have been giving this one quite a bit of thought. All theatre is interpretive, of course, and some of the most powerful theatre I’ve ever seen had no narrative or plot that you could articulate in […]

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Dear Don: We’re Too Successful.

Welcome to the first in my Dear Don series, in which I do my best to answer questions from my readers about interpretation and visitor experience. (And if I don’t have the answers, I’ll be featuring wise experts who can help.) Dear Don: I attended your webinar on target audiences and have a question: We offer a variety of adult-only programs but there seem to be […]

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