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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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Women, please take the stage.

Women, please take the stage. 1707 2560 I Need A Speaker

Yesterday I heard a disturbing statistic. I learned that approximately 70 percent of conference speakers are men. Seventy percent. Wow.

Although I’m sure these speakers have a great message, I know that women also have inspiring and useful information to share. Let’s make room on the stage, please, to welcome more diverse speakers.

I Need A Speaker is on a mission to amplify new voices. Please encourage the women you know to learn more about I Need A Speaker and how their voices can be heard. Audiences are waiting for you.

 

 

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Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day: kissing the Blarney Stone and Irish advice on speaking

Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day: kissing the Blarney Stone and Irish advice on speaking 1920 2560 I Need A Speaker

I’ve spent a lot of time in Ireland, yet it never seems like enough. I miss the people, the scenery, the craic (pronounced “crack,” it means fun), and, of course, the advice.

I’m among the throngs of people who have climbed the steps of Blarney Castle and stretched backward to kiss the Blarney Stone. Legend claims that kissing the Blarney Stone will give the kisser the gift of eloquence.

Fueled with confidence and the blessing of better speech, people may benefit from some of the Irish sayings below:

  1. Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends.
  2. A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth.
  3. It is often that a person’s mouth broke his nose.
  4. Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to.

We love this traditional advice! What’s your favorite Irish saying?

 

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We can all use a good laugh … and we know just the person to make it happen

We can all use a good laugh … and we know just the person to make it happen 1707 2560 I Need A Speaker

One of our favorite speakers recently celebrated reaching 3.3 million views of her Dry Bar Comedy Special. Congratulations, Karen!

A former attorney, Karen Morgan has been making audiences laugh for years. After a year of public health restrictions related to COVID, we need a laugh more than ever.

Karen is frequently hired by companies that add humor to employee events, bringing relief to anxious and overworked staff. Karen also helps national, regional, and local nonprofits recover some of the fundraising dollars they lost over the past year – while having fun.

We’re proud that she’s one of our speakers, and we thank her for adding some levity when we need it most. Thanks, Karen!

Does your group need a dose of comedy? Contact and book Karen through our directory.

 

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Two ways to honor women during Women’s History Month

Two ways to honor women during Women’s History Month 2560 1707 I Need A Speaker

Happy International Women’s Day!

It’s also Women’s History Month, and we’re in the mood to celebrate!

Here are two ways you can honor women this month:

  • Book a female speaker for your classroom guest lecture, your keynote, your panel presentation, your webinar, or any other speaker event.
  • If you’re a female speaker, join our searchable directory to help new people find you. Let your voice be heard.

We are on a mission to amplify new and different voices. Join us on our mission and help audiences discover the benefits.

 

 

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