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Signature Stories

Professional speakers tell two kinds of stories:

  1. Public stories, and
     
  2. Signature stories.

Public stories are those that don't belong to anyone. They are public domain. Everyone tells them. No one knows where they came from and they are just out there.

Signature stories belong to that speaker. They may be about a personal experience. Or, they may be the creative creation of that speaker. Whatever their origin, other speakers should not tell these stories.

One of the ethical principles of the National Speakers Association is that it is a violation of professional ethics to use another speakers material (including his stories, themes, titles, jokes, etc.).

Whenever a professional speaker wishes to use such material, it is required that he/she contact the owner and secure explicit permission. In addition, when the material is used, explicit acknowledgement should be given.

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