diversity discrimination has become a major issue and fact of
life. With the influx of foreign workers from overseas plus
ethnic minorities raised in North America added to a mix of domestic
staff who perhaps might not have had much exposure to people from
different races before, a culture shock of some type is a reality for
As a result, it’s always good to expose company staff some type of
workplace diversity training and the use of external speakers
diversity is a great way to do this as part of a full workplace diversity training
Although there may be internal resources for diversity education at
companies, bringing outside diversity speakers will complement internal
programs and add more useful angles to diversity especially if speakers
come from different fields.
Of course, one of the requirements of a good workplace diversity
training speaker is that the person should have had lots of experience
people from very diverse backgrounds including ethnicities, sexual
orientations and handicapped individuals. A speaker of a
visible minority would be interesting as well since that person can
relate experiences from a minority point of view to corporate audiences.
Workplace diversity speakers who have had working industry experience
in environments with diverse workplaces are great since these types of
speakers can talk about real life examples of diversity success stories
from the working world. These types of examples will help
company staff appreciate the need to develop their own diversity skills
for their own careers. This gives them greater incentive to
embrace diversity since positive
benefits to them and the company are
Diversity speakers also have to outline how workers can develop
diversity skills that they can use both within the company with other
staff who are different from them as well as those outside of the
company like customers, suppliers and other business
partners. These are important business and life skills that
are necessary in today’s diverse society in North America.
If these diversity skills can be presented and tried in fun audience
activities during presentations, the audience will be able to grasp on
to the ideas much more readily as they see immediate benefits from
participation. In other words, high levels of interaction
between the speaker and audience will always make for better
Diversity is often seen as just a negative to be tolerated because
getting along with each other is the politically correct thing to
do. Many companies simply make tolerance of different
cultures a company policy but this alone may not be enough to get that
buy-in of diversity in the hearts of staff.
Diversity in effect, becomes force fed on staff.
Overall, the best type of workplace diversity training speaker is one
turn actually turn this perceived negative into a positive.
Such a speaker will leave the audience wanting to embrace diversity
because of the many positive benefits they realize that could come out
of it. This will give people a new outlook on diversity that
they can use for life. This type of approach facilitated by
good programs will be much more effective in helping companies manage
diversity to make it an advantage.
Here is a short video on
workplace diversity training programs.
To possibly book me as
a workplace diversity training speaker, see my Speaking
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