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How to Build Inclusivity into Your Everyday Communications
No matter the audience – colleagues, clients, customers, family, friends, teachers, students, etc. – words carry weight. We have reached a point in our collective consciousness where we need to consider both our actions and the language we use. There is no longer any excuse for using or distributing materials that use outdated, exclusive vocabulary and ideas. It’s not only individual words or phrases that we need to address; inclusive language principles include setting up a framework for all types of communication that is inclusive for everyone.
“Be Inclusive” is a core value at 3Q, and we are committed to putting in the work to make sure our internal language, our external communications, our recommendations for clients, and, in a larger sense, our company culture, are welcoming for all. In this post, I’ll lay out some general guidelines and then provide a list of specific terms we must say good-bye to – with suggestions for how to use more inclusive language.
Guiding Principles & Importance of Inclusive Language
I’ll start using five broad, guiding principles that are helpful in figuring out how you can package your messaging respectfully and inclusively for a diverse audience.
- Put people first: The focus of any type of communication needs to be the person, so that the person’s characteristics are secondary. So, for…