Extraordinary Team Blog

Use Inclusive Language During Your Presentations

Posted by Kristin Arnold on September 11, 2010


This blog is all about making your presentations more engaging and interactive so your audiences will be inspired to take action. One question that keeps coming up is “How do you know?”  Other than witnessing the audience’s response to your speech, here’s a simple litmus test to tell if you are using inclusive language or making it all about YOU.

Check out this 3 minute video explanation of this technique taken from my book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audiences to Action.  And, if you’d like to take up the challenge to listen to one of your presentations and count how many times you use the inclusive words of you, yours, we, and ours versus the more self-centered words of I, me, and mine, then download this checksheet.  Ideally, you want to have a ratio of at least 2:1 in using more inclusive language.

This is the first in many video descriptions of the various techniques – and will also be posted in the video library.  Enjoy the video!