How to write a release form for your blog, podcast or book.


Are you releasing something this year and collaborating with other leaders?

Do you worry about intellectual property and making sure you have your bases covered?

In the past I have created many different collaborations with people and sometimes especially with friends a lack of clarity around the agreement we have made can come back to bite you.

Here is a simple guide to help you get permission from those you are collaborating with, so that you have all your “ducks lined up in a row”


Here is an example below:

I grant NAME (NAME OF PUBLICATION, PRODUCT OR PODCAST) their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, successors, and assigns the right and permission to record, use, publish, stream live, offer for sale, or otherwise distribute any audio or video interview with me. Such right and permission includes, but is not limited to, my name, recorded voice or video, photograph or likeness, biographical information, handouts or any material based upon or derived therefrom.

I understand that NAME OF BUSINESS OR NETWORK may, at its sole discretion, produce presentations or publications based in whole or in part upon audio interview (or any portions thereof) and/or a video or audio recordings or photographs of said interview, and that such media or transcripts may appear in print, online, or in any manner or media, including but not limited to promoting the podcast or streaming audio program.


I have no right of approval, no claim for compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based upon invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of or in connection with, any use, alteration, or use in any form hereunder.

I enter into this agreement and I grant the rights granted to NAME OF BUSINESS. I agree that during the course of the interview, printed work and publishing I have not violated the rights of any third parties, including copyrights, rights of privacy, trade secrets, and non-disclosure agreements, and that in the event of any breach of any of these warranties, that I will defend and hold NAME OF BUSINESS  against any such claims.

This release shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.


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Hopefully this helps. And in no way is this meant to replace getting contractual legal advice for copyright permissions that are more complex than a simple collaboration.

Amanda Viviers

How to write an amazing bio for yourself

One of the questions I receive often from leaders is this;

How do I write a simple promotional biography?

Have you struggled with this painful process as a leader? It brings out all of the vulnerabilities and inferiority complexities.

Over 20 years of mentoring leaders, I have learnt this simple formula to help you write your own personal bio. No matter the genre or industry. Keep it simple, original and clear.

Important First Line: The first line should make a statement. It should introduce you, what you do, and where you’re from. Make it fun, quirky, inspiring or bold.

Facts and Figures: Are you a graduate of any courses? Is your university degree relevant to the job you are applying for? Have you had any writing published? If you have not been published, it’s okay to mention any writing projects you are working on. Be honest: your bio should reflect your passion and commitment to your career and sense of purpose

Relevant Experience: What experience have you had in the leadership field?

Leadership Niche: What are you passionate about? And what makes you qualified to speak, write or sit in a place of expertise with it? What makes you stand apart from the crowd?

Your Community: Who do you stand alongside? Who inspires you in your pursuit of leadership, development and strength.

Something Personal: Don’t write an essay, but a unique fact about yourself will help your bio stand out. Humour is a plus, or family.

Here are some things to avoid in writing your own bio:

Dreams and Aspirations:  Try to stay away from your hopes and dreams. Keep your bio short and to the point.

Negative Information: Focus on the positive without sounding conceited. Don’t make yourself sound humble by putting a negative spin on anything. Keep it short and positive.

When you follow this pattern it will help you write a simple but clear biography for your new opportunities.

In the comments below, why don’t you paste your biography for feedback from those who call The Boardroom Retreat their community below?

Let’s be encouraging and give each other the opportunity to grow in capacity together.

Amanda Viviers

Grow your public speaking capacity with these ten easy tips

The Boardroom Retreat was designed to help you grow in capacity. Public Speaking is one of the top fears of any leader. Ask a leader to send out a meeting request no worries, stand them in front of a crowd and we begin to shake.

Brene Brown released her latest book this week Dare To Lead and she begins the introduction with her own fears around public speaking. 

Amanda Viviers from The Boardroom Retreat gives her top ten tips in growing your public speaking capacity. Let’s start a conversation below in the comments and let’s grow together.


Begin with your story

No matter what topic you are speaking on, refine and define your own story to bring authenticity and courage to the platform. The more you rumble with your own story. The more you collect personal examples and applications of these stories in your own life, the more accessible you are to the audience.

How do you collect your own stories for public speaking?


Lighten up

One of the greatest connection points in public speaking is the capacity to laugh at yourself and with the audience. When you lean in to see who is in front of you are they enjoying themselves? Each and every time we communicate in front of a crowd, own the space by lightening the mood. A simple joke, a story or an opportunity to allow the audience to see your backstory.

What makes you laugh?



The media saturation of our current age means that more than ever we have become visual learners. Unfortunately, most speakers then move to “death by powerpoint”stealth stance. Rather than hundreds of slides, what if you used a visual, a picture or a prop to help bring your story to life. In every point that you are trying to make as yourself this question:

How can I visualise this point?


Less is more

The best way you can improve your presentation is to cut it in half. Fewer points, less information and half the quotes.  Beef up your time, with stories, examples and applications. When we focus in on the subject and create moments that take our audience to places where they can remember the main points, we have achieved our goal.

In one sentence what do you want the audience to say your talk was about?



Often the most distracting things about a speaker are the things they have no idea they are doing. It might be the repetition of a word. It might be how loud or how soft their voice is. Maybe its the microphone and its bugs, that is stopping the audience from hearing them. A spelling mistake in their slides. The best way to check for distractions is to do your presentation in front of a friend. You could record it and ask someone to give you feedback. Take the time to eliminate distractions.

What do you do that is distracting?


Be unique

Do your best to bring original content, that has been applied in your own life. Don’t copy someone else’s talk, style or story. Don’t rehash a book you have read. Sink into your own experience and bring something unique. Find the gold within your own life. It will make all the difference to bring your unique to the platform.

What makes you different from others?


Be interested

The best way to be interesting is to be interested in others. A public speaker can collect stories and insights from an interesting life. However, if we spend our days in a narcissistic pursuit of our own self-interests, we lose sight of the perspective gained through others. Be interested in the audience. Ask them what they are looking for? Stand and talk with people before your presentation gaining insight on the room. Look into their eyes and seek out who is in the room and what they are needing.

Who is your audience and are you interested in them?


Help people hear

There are four ways that you can improve the way people hear your voice. One the speed at which you speak. Play around with it, be as natural as possible and bring light and shade. The volume at which you speak. Ask a friend whether you are a loud talker or a soft speaker, is there clarity in the pronunciation of words. Thirdly your high inflections at the end of your sentances or low inflections. This is when your sentences are like a dance. The movement within them either brings height, depth, emotion or disconnection. Lastly, how do you take a deep breath and highlight words that are imperative to your overall presentation. Moments of rest. Moments of silence. Speed.

What one of these traits do you need to work on as a speaker?



Never go over time. Ever. Use a stopwatch or your phone. Practise your timing and if possible try to keep your talk to less than 18 minutes. The attention span of our culture is increasingly decreasing. Hold their attention. Leave them with an application and get off the stage!

How can you deliver on time?


Be yourself

The best presenter is the one who is most like themselves off stage. Don’t use a different voice, a different accent. Try to find a way to magnify the person you are in your everyday. Don’t mimic or copy what others are doing. Sink into your own story and be you.

How can you learn more about yourself so that you can be you onstage?

Hope these tips have helped you. Apply them and tell us below how you go…

Let’s grow together

Amanda Viviers