Language inclusivity encompasses refraining from using terms that marginalize specific groups, and providing maximum accessibility to multilingual participants.
Refraining from marginalizing specific groups, also referred to as Inclusive language, involves avoiding the use of expressions that imply sexist, racist, or otherwise biased language that could be offensive to someone in the audience. Some examples include:
In addition to these examples, another component of language inclusivity is speaking in the languages preferred by the audience members and participants. Providing maximum accessibility to multilingual participants involves ensuring needed interpretation options are available. Consider these numbers.
Many people globally grew up speaking a language other than yours, and if you level the language playing field, you can get more insight, engagement, and productivity from them.
If you can solve the language inclusivity challenge, you have the potential to improve communications with 10x more employees, members, or citizens depending on your organization. There are many use cases where organizations may have participants who speak multiple languages. Whenever there are participants whose primary language is different from the presenters, there is a risk that there will be communication issues. Providing interpretation helps make sure all participants are fully engaged in the event. Some examples include: