A presentation at Central Pennsylvania Open Source Conference in in Lancaster, PA, USA by Liam Dempsey
As our tech communities grow more aware of the need to and value of being inclusive and welcoming in our approach, many people still struggle with how to amend their vocabulary and style of speaking to reflect their desire to really be inclusive. The causes for this are many but often include cognitive biases, and a lack of understanding about how to speak in a way that will entice others to hear and listen to what we’re saying, and a misunderstanding on how importance words and phrases are to humans. This talk will explore the value of saying things in such a way so as to build inclusivity and connection between people. The talk will provide tools and language attendees can immediately implement to foster greater sense of welcome and community.