Valerie has made a huge positive impact on how I teach, learn and work with customers. Her presentation was better than 2 years of management training at a large organization — and much more fun to listen to. — Christian Sarason
Principal consultant Valerie Aurora speaks on the topics of ally skills and meeting skills. Her speaking career spans more than 20 years and 10 countries.
Fantastic presenter. Really excellent. Articulate, funny, wise, and a Linux kernel module owner? Amazed to use all those words in one sentence. — Bill Maggs
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Most diversity and inclusion initiatives focus on changing the behavior of targets of oppression, rather than teaching ally skills to people with more power and influence. This talk explains why we should focus on teaching ally skills if we want to change company culture, then describes a dozen specific ally skills.
Meeting skills: 45 minutes plus Q&A
Meetings can be energizing, productive, and fun! Efficient and effective meetings are also inclusive and respectful meetings. Often, all it takes is one person with some simple meeting skills to change a meeting from frustrating and inefficient to enjoyable and efficient.
The Meeting Skills presentation explains how to prepare and run a meeting effectively and inclusively. This includes skills like:
- How to get people to spend less time on laptops and phones
- Why to prepare (and use) an agenda
- How to use meeting roles such as facilitator, note-taker, gatekeeper, and timekeeper
- Why to take minutes and distribute them afterwards
- How to stop people from talking for too long
- How to help people be heard