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Celebrating Inclusion on International Women’s Day: How to Support Diversity in the Public Speaking Industry

Celebrating Inclusion on International Women’s Day: How to Support Diversity in the Public Speaking Industry 672 1187 I Need A Speaker

By Tricia Richards-Service

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 with its theme ‘Inspire Inclusion’, it is important to reflect on how we can foster diversity and representation in all aspects of society. In the realm of public speaking, where voices are amplified and ideas are shared, promoting inclusion is not just a noble pursuit but a necessary one.

Here are some actionable steps to support inclusion in the public speaking industry:

Diversify Speaker Lineups: Event organizers and conference planners should make a conscious effort to diversify their speaker lineups. This means actively seeking out speakers from different backgrounds, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with disabilities. By showcasing a diverse range of voices, events become more enriching and representative of society as a whole.

Provide Opportunities for Emerging Voices: Mentorship programs and speaker training initiatives can play a crucial role in nurturing emerging voices in the public speaking arena. Providing support and guidance to individuals who may not have had access to traditional speaking opportunities can help bridge the gap and amplify new perspectives.

Challenge Biases and Stereotypes: Inclusive language and imagery matter. It’s essential to challenge biases and stereotypes that perpetuate exclusion in the public speaking industry. This includes avoiding gendered language, refraining from making assumptions about speakers based on their appearance or background, and actively addressing unconscious biases in speaker selection processes.

Create Safe and Welcoming Spaces: Creating safe and welcoming spaces is paramount to fostering inclusion in public speaking events. This involves implementing policies and protocols to prevent harassment and discrimination, as well as ensuring that venues are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Additionally, promoting a culture of respect and inclusivity among attendees can help create an environment where everyone feels valued and heard.

Amplify Underrepresented Voices: As audience members, we have the power to amplify underrepresented voices in the public speaking industry. This can be done by actively listening to and engaging with speakers from marginalized communities, sharing their content on social media, and advocating for their inclusion in future events. By using our platforms to uplift others, we contribute to a more equitable and inclusive speaking landscape.

In conclusion, supporting inclusion in the public speaking industry is not just a matter of diversity, but of social justice and empowerment. By championing diverse voices, challenging biases, and creating inclusive spaces, we can create a public speaking landscape that reflects the richness and diversity of our world. As we mark International Women’s Day 2024, let us recommit ourselves to the ongoing work of building a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

I Need A Speaker is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. It’s easy to book diverse speakers through I Need A Speaker. Browse our global directory and contact your selected speakers, or email info@ineedaspeaker.com for details, speaker recommendations, and speaker availability.

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Event planners: consider your topic and purpose when choosing speakers

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A Twitter user recently posted a message stating “yall my friend’s company held a diversity panel for AAPI Heritage Month and 2 out of the 6 panelists were wHITE MEN. they explicitly said they were on the panel bc theyre married to AAPI women and they bring pErSpEcTiVe, I CANT—”.

Too often, events don’t have the right speakers. They may have good speakers, but not relevant ones.

The takeaway here is to give serious thought to who is best suited for the event. If your event is about diversity, do you have diverse speakers? If your event is about disability, do you have speakers with a disability? If your event is about Black business owners, do you have speakers who are Black business owners?

It’s estimated that 65% of all conference speakers are white men. We don’t mind that white men are on the stage. We just want to make some space for more diverse speakers.

Event planners, we can help! Create your free account on I Need A Speaker and browse our global directory to match the right speaker(s) with your audience(s).

Speakers, join our searchable global directory today for $349 per year so event planners can easily locate you.

 

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“We are a community of storytellers”

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The Golden Globe Awards inspire a lot of buzz. What won best picture? Who was she wearing? While it’s fun to chat about those things, my favorite part of the event was Jane Fonda’s speech.

As this year’s recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in film, Fonda referred to the industry as “a community of storytellers” and delivered a passionate plea for diversity.

Wait. Storytellers and diversity? I had no idea that I Need A Speaker has so much in common with the glitterati!

Like Fonda, I also believe that ” … stories have a way — they can change our hearts and our minds, they can help us see each other in a new light, to have empathy.”

Later in her acceptance speech, Fonda noted: “Stories, they really can change people. But there’s a story we’ve been afraid to see and hear about ourselves … a story about which voices we respect and elevate.”

It’s inspiring and refreshing to hear other people support our values. I Need A Speaker was built to share stories in the interest of mutual understanding. It was built to help people discover the human similarities in all of us. And it was built to proudly amplify new voices.

We’re listening.

 

 

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Do your 2021 goals include diversity and inclusion efforts?

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In response to recent events, many organizations are developing and implementing diversity and inclusion efforts. Leaders are eager to educate employees, and companies are seeking direction regarding equitable policies and practices.

Some speakers listed in the I Need A Speaker directory are subject matter experts on diversity and inclusion. They can help pave the way to mutual understanding and best practices. Book them today to help plan for tomorrow.

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