When it comes to plagiarism, Mark Woods sums things up nicely in the title of his blog post “don’t do it!”

The thing is, of course, that avoiding plagiarism is much harder than it might seem. As Mark points out, there are actually three kinds of plagiarism; wholesale copying of entire works is only the most obvious. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information, it can be really hard even to realize that we have unintentionally plagiarized something, let alone take steps to redress it.

As with so many things, the first step is awareness. When you are conscious of plagiarism as an issue, it is straight away less likely to occur in your own work. Thankfully, it’s also easy to remedy if it does occur. Simply add a short citation, acknowledging the source of the information.

What should you do if you’re not sure? The answer is: the same. It’s much better to acknowledge a source when it’s not necessary than to fail to acknowledge one when it is.

– Richard




Voxgig podcast

Every great speaker needs a great speech. In this episode, Richard speaks with Simon Gibson, high-profile speechwriter and founder of World Speech Day. You will hear about how Simon transitioned from being a scriptwriter to a speechwriter, what exactly a speechwriter does, the history of speaking, and how great speeches have the power to change the world. Have a listen here.

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How Philosophy can save your life

Jules Evans

I love to be entertained and enlightened by a Ted talk.  Jules delivered his talk with a great sense of humor. and it suits this weeks theme avoiding plagiarism perfectly.

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Robert F. Kennedy’s Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Speech

Robert F. Kennedy

This speech, a difficult one for anyone to make was delivered with grace and gratitude for a man that Bobby truly admired and respected for his efforts to build a country where black and white people could live among each other peacefully.  He uses a quote from Aeschylus “even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.” to show that he understood the people’s grief and felt united with them in their pursuit of peace.

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Blog post

Plagiarism: Don’t Do It!

Author: Mark Woods

Author of “Making Speeches Bear-Able (for You and the Audience): How to Make a Pretty Good Speech Even Better!”

Plagiarism is a difficult topic to cover in terms of public speaking, there is  a certain amount of confusion about what exactly plagiarism is. The following blog post explains it perfectly.

Thank you Mark

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