How to Avoid Insensitive Language and Interactions to Build Inclusion
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| Intended Audience: Beginner (Committing to I&D)
Many of our conversations around diversity and inclusion have us walking on eggshells or don’t turn out as planned. We often make statements that are intended to be supportive or complementary but that end up being problematic instead. Have you ever found yourself saying “Some of my best friends are ...” or “I don't think of you as ...” or “I'm colorblind”? Meant as joining statements, these remarks often have the opposite effect and end up creating a larger divide or even the loss of a job. You will gain knowledge of communication traps, how to avoid them and what tools to use in their place. These practical applications will quickly transform the quality and effectiveness of our interactions around diversity and inclusion. You will gain knowledge of communication traps, how to avoid them and what tools to use in their place when building a more inclusive workplace.