Understanding Gender-Based Communication to Combat Bias
It’s been said that men and women are so different, they must be from different planets. John Gray’s famous book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, popularized this theory through the title alone, even with tongue planted firmly in cheek. In reality, we all come from Earth, but men and women do have diverse ways of speaking, thinking and communicating overall. Just think of how you would respond to a particular stimulus and how someone of the opposite sex might respond if faced with the same situation. Through extensive research of the genders, many differences have been found. Most people, though, don’t look deeper into why there’s a difference. Rather, they magnify stereotypes or focus on the surface-level issues instead of digging deeper into why the genders act one way or another.
Understanding these differences and engaging in best practices lead to more inclusivity. Diversity is NOT inclusivity. We need to strive for “Inclusive Diversity.” As it stands D&I efforts have resulted in no more than lipstick on a pig. We must educate people about biases; always set up clear criteria in advance for evaluating people; scrutinize the performance and hiring criteria you are using; hold decision makers accountable for their decisions; increase transparency; and host workshops with employees at all levels to educate and encourage. I connect the dots from effective communication to combating gender bias to establishing equity in the workplace through inclusive diversity.
Learn more about various communication styles on how to adapt your style to others to achieve your goals.
Remain aware of differing verbal and non-verbal communication styles.
Combat gender biases that result from our own gender stereotypes.
Achieve inclusive diversity and equity, creating a great place to work – for all.
July 19, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 PM PST
$50 per person*