How many of these scenarios have you witnessed or felt?
All of these may be symptoms of failing at language inclusivity.
Simply put, far more people globally grew up speaking a language other than yours, and if you level the language playing field, you can get far more insight, engagement and productivity from them.
While inclusivity takes a variety of forms, language inclusivity is amongst the most significant. Just look at the numbers.
That means an English-only event could reach up to 10x more people if language barriers were removed.
Talent and participation are suppressed by exclusive practices. They are maximized by providing language accessibility.
You might be thinking, “But isn’t interpretation costly, a logistic headache, and limited in supply?”
Not any more. It’s 2022. AI-powered tools make interpretation into dozens of languages at once available in seconds. They provide better scalability, convenience and value.
There’s really no excuse for dropping the ball on language inclusivity. Savvy meeting and conference planners know this and are beginning to bake translation into their sessions as a default.