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Don't wait to be asked: Take a permission audit of your speaking

The Eloquent Woman

Time to do a sorry audit, reader Miriam Gordon tweeted that I should turn next to a "permission audit" for women speakers. The other is waiting to be asked, as if you needed someone to grant permission. Asking permission when you don't need to do so can take many forms.

PowerPoint Tip: You need permission to use YouTube videos

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I want to discuss the right way to get permission to do so. Permission, you ask? Why do I need permission? Just like every other broadcast medium, like television or a movie theatre, videos are copyrighted by the creator, and you need permission to use the video in your work. So how do you get permission? If you can’t get permission, consider a video from a different source or even a photograph to make your point.

Do You Have Shut-Up Syndrome?

Speak and Deliver

As the King's Speech progresses, Mr. Logue slowly works to convince Prince Albert to give himself permission - permission to think his thoughts, permission to speak, and even permission to be King. Only you can turn on the permission switch.

Do you have my permission?

Speak Schmeak

Don't add me to your mailing list without my permission. Besides making yourself look like a spammer, it's just not considerate or professional to add people to your mailing list without permission.

Your Dreams - Permission To Pull The Plug

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

She gives us the permission we need in America to pull the plug on all that. There is the strange voodoo of dreams. At least in America. Once we attach to one, such as becoming a famous investment expert or a professional dancer, we are doomed to stick with it.

Less-Is-More and Permission

Humor Power

We sometimes forget that most humor requires “permission&# from the audience to use it. Without permission, your humor can work against the less-is-more principle. If you persist in using humor without permission, the audience may be thinking: “There he/she goes again. Without being the winner, I felt I wouldn’t have had “permission&# to take the microphone during the awards ceremony and do two humor lines.

Do Reporters Need Permission to Quote You? | Media Training

TJ Walker Interactive

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Baby Boomers: Still needing permission to "make it up"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  I now get it that to do that I needed permission. Last night I received that permission from an expert in organizational development.  There was a time - call it the Baby Boomer's version of "Camelot" - when professional success meant following the rules. 

"Quiet" by Susan Cain: Americans need permission to be introverts

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  A book by Susan Cain could give us permission to not have to be "on" so much of the time.  Be outgoing.    Well rounded.    Make others listen to what you say.    That was the formula for success we Baby Boomers grew up with. 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Buddha gives us permission to feel compassion

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those who haven't screwed up - and badly - are a shrinking minority. With so much economic, social, and political turbulence, most of us have wound up on the wrong side of whatever. 

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Business Leaders: Now You Have Permission To Say, "We Don't Know"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" most new business ideas (inside or outside the corporation) are characterized by a completely different set of conditions: uncertainty. research shows that that under conditions of uncertainty, planning simply does not work."

Guest Posting: Communicating at Virgin Atlantic, by Adam Schair

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This post appears with his express permission. Adam Schair is Vice President, Human Resources Communications at Thomson Reuters in New York and a member of the Thomson Reuters Internal Communication & Engagement Council. He manages a team of human resources communications specialists. Fortune Favors the Bold: Communicating at Virgin Atlantic, by Adam Schair I recently […]. Business Communication Marketing Richard branson Thomson Reuters Virgin Atlantic

Guest Posting: Flying Lessons, First Hand by Rod Thorn

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Reprinted here with his express permission. This is the keynote address by Rod Thorn, Communication Executive, PepsiCo that was delivered at the Ragan Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. on March 10, 2015.

Andy Rooney, Dead at 92: The man who gave us permission to not be cool

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Andy Rooney was the Patron Saint of those who didn't intend to pull out all stops in being cool - or pretending to be young.    For instance, he reflected on "60 Minutes" one evening that he really wasn't into Lady Gaga. 

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Come on, did we really need permission to eat, buy bigger pants

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The women on it don't need permission from Julia Roberts [playing Elizabeth Gilbert] to eat and buy bigger pants.  Every day I take public transportation.    The film is targeted at the X-rays, as Tom Wolfe called those upper-middle-class trophy wives in BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES.   And it's sad, not a sign of personal liberation, that they would require a signal from somewhere to stuff their face now and then.

The Communication Blog: A Speech of Dedication

The Communication Blog

I reprint it here, with Bernard’s permission, not only to illustrate an excellent speech of dedication but more important to celebrate Bernard’s dedication and generosity to education, to students, and to Northeastern Illinois University. 2.02.2011 A Speech of Dedication Here is a wonderful speech of dedication. It was written and delivered by Professor Bernard J. Brommel of Northeastern Illinois University at the naming of Brommel Hall.

How to Write a Lot

The Communication Blog

11.01.2010 How to Write a Lot Here is a Word file of a brief article I wrote and which appears in the current issue of ETC: A Review of General Semantics and here with permission. How to Write a Lot Four Rules Joseph A. DeVito A lot has been written about effective writing.

Humor techniques of 22 prominent U.S. politicians

Speak to Lead

Here, with his permission, are his findings: With the caucus and primary events coming soon, let’s reflect on. As the 2012 U.S. presidential primaries begin, humorist John Kinde has analyzed the key humor techniques of 22 current and former candidates. Humor 2012 Republican primaries John Kinde Lou Hampton political humor presidential humor

For every risk, some praise

The Presenter's Blog

At whatever stage within a public speaking career we might be, we need to give ourselves permission to learn, and to experiment, and through that process to grow as presenters. Give yourself permission to learn. “a boy’s capacity may be dulled by too great strictness in correcting him.

Communication Strategies: Other-Orientation

The Communication Blog

< Grant permission. A simple statement such as “I know how difficult it is to talk about feelings” opens up the topic of feelings and gives the other person permission either to pursue such a discussion or to say nothing. Other-Orientation. Other-orientation is a quality of interpersonal effectiveness that includes the ability to adapt your messages to the other person.

Make your webinars super interactive

PowerPoint Tips

She wrote this as a tip for Speaker Net News subscribers and gave me permission to reprint it. This is a guest post from Brenda Bence , who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert. You can read more about her at

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Digital Dommination Summit

Presentation Zen

Seth Godin Don''t wait for permission, says, Seth. The Digital Dommination Summit featues "video interviews with 30 leading experts sharing strategies on how to dominate business in the Digital World."

From the vault: Easy ways to avoid copyright problems with your slides & handouts

The Eloquent Woman

She wrote: Question for you Madame Communications Guru…if an article is online from a publication such as Washington Times or National Review, do we need permission to reprint? If you're reprinting material published elsewhere, and it's protected by copyright, you likely need permission to reprint or reproduce it in full or in part. As you can see on the Washington Post's permissions page , the one thing you're free to do with its content is to link to it.

High-ticket speakers have some of the worst habits

Speak Schmeak

Or they ask your permission to deliver each section of their talk, even though you know they''re going to deliver it anyway. You''ve seen them. The keynote and motivational speakers on the big stages who pull out the stagiest, old-timey shtick.

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Make your communication personal with photos

PowerPoint Tips

Be sure to get their permission. I see lots of presentation files and have started to notice that when people start designing slides, they go into a formal mode that makes the presentation less personal — and less effective.

Integrating Live Power BI Dashboards into PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

The application will request permission to be integrated. Introduction. At we create professional PowerPoint Templates to help our subscribers save time creating professional presentation decks.

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2 ways to collaborate with others on your presentations-Part I

PowerPoint Tips

In that case, you’ll need to give your colleague the link to the presentation and provide editing permission.

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Famous Speech Friday: Virginia Woolf's 1931 "Professions for Women" speech

The Eloquent Woman

Signature first published this illustration in Nathan Gelgud's It's Time to Re-read Virginia Woolf's 1931 'Professions for Women' Speech , and kindly provided permission for me to reproduce it here for you.

6 things you might be hiding behind as a public speaker

The Eloquent Woman

You're in effect giving yourself permission to not be perfect or telling the audience not to judge you, out loud. Playwright Harold Pinter said, "One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness."

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Speaking from a script doesn't have to sound scripted

Speak Schmeak

You may or may not have permission to change the script, but at least make a case for changing expressions that you would never use, like "Terrific!"

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Madeleine Albright: "Learn to interrupt"

The Eloquent Woman

Also, you don’t need to ask permission to ask a question. Speaking up in meetings continues to be, for many women, the most common public speaking challenge they face. This fresh advice from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright offers you a shortcut to rising to that challenge.

Why Women Almost Never Win the World Championship of Public Speaking

Speak and Deliver

"Image copyright 2015 Angie Key as Keyframe Photography, used with permission." Image copyright 2015 Angie Key as Keyframe Photography, used with permission." How's that for a charged title?

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Textbook Changes

The Communication Blog

The reason: permission problems. Again, the reason is permission problems, especially the difficulty/impossibility of getting digital rights. Cartoons will probably be cut back or eliminated entirely, largely because of cost (they’re much more expensive than photos) and digital permission problems. You may have noticed (or will soon notice) a number of changes in your textbooks and I thought I’d note some of these here.


Guest Posting: How to demolish your fear of public speaking in 4 unconventional steps, by Philip Pape

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

This post originally appeared on Philip’s blog and is posted here with his express permission. Philip Pape is an author, software engineer, public speaker, and life-hacker who helps smart people obliterate obstacles to success.

Jet Fuel For Writing

Communication Steroids

Photo used with permission [link] Creative Commons Licensing From → Communication Skills , Speech Writing , Written Communication Comments are closed.

How to Torture a Telemarketer

DeFinis Communications

Did you think of asking for permission to have this conversation? So here is some advice for telemarketers (and everyone else for that matter): Before giving your pitch, ask permission. Listening to my husband on the phone with a telemarketer is like watching a cat play with a mouse.

Smart self-promotion: 6 must-haves on your speaker page

The Eloquent Woman

Again, sometimes your conferences will handle this for you, and your job will be to get permission and credit the photographer on your page. Forget "shameless self-promotion." What's smart self-promotion for a public speaker?

Voice-only speaking (think conference calls) in Step Up Your Speaking newsletter, for Tuesday

The Eloquent Woman

This time, you'll get tips on strategizing for an invisible audience, how to break into a conference call and interject your points without asking permission, handling "media tours" or any situation where you're doing phone calls again and again, and ways to vocalize to hold listeners' interest.

Toastmaster Magazine: Learning to Write for Others

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

With the editors kind permission, here’s the text of Learning to Write for Others for you to download and read. I’m pleased to have an article in the current January edition of Toastmaster Magazine. I discuss the ways the Toastmaster Competent Communicator program helped me become a better speechwriter. Unfortunately the typo in the first […]. Speechwriting Toastmasters

Guest post: The Woman Speaker Slot

The Eloquent Woman

Her post is republished here with permission.) (Editor''s note: Software engineer Cate Huston is a frequent reader of and contributor to the blog, as well as a client of mine.

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