in the 21st century is more connected, yet more diverse than
ever before. This presents a significant challenge,
especially in the workforce where teamwork and cohesiveness
is a critical part of organizational structures. We all understand
that men, women, people of all colors, gay, straight, disabled,
the young and the old, bring a variety of different experiences
to the work place. Many of these groups may differ in their
values, attitudes and behaviors, and the manner in which they
perceive situations and solve problems. Our challenge is to
learn how to communicate across cultural barriers so that
we can enhance understanding and appreciation and establish
a sense of cohesiveness in our jobs and in our lives.
The issues of diversity and bias are really only concerns
held by the HR Departments, so why should I consider including
the “diversity subject” at OUR conference or meeting?
The great thing about the topics of diversity and cross
cultural communication is that it applies to all of us,
at work, in our neighborhoods, and in our country. Phillip
has received rave reviews from trade association groups
including the Public Relations Society of America.
Diversity might be O.K. as a breakout session or workshop,
but is it an interesting and entertaining enough topic to
really be a hit during a general session?
The fact is, as Americans we HAVE to deal with cross
cultural issues and Phillip gives people effective tools,
real-life examples, and even a web site that will help them
better relate, respond to and respect the differences that
make up the many cultures of America. The result is
always enlightening, often heartwarming, and sometimes hysterically
There are hundreds of diversity speakers – how is Phillip
Phillip is different because:
starts off where many other diversity speakers leave off:
getting participants to actually discuss real-life examples
of questions and then engaging in on-the-spot discussions
about cultural differences. He emphasizes teaching
the skills that we all can use to overcome the misunderstanding
and biases that are generated from our own misunderstandings
and lack of appreciation about people different than ourselves.
training sessions create more than just a temporary buzz;:
they give participants effective tools to create cross-cultural
dialogues from this day forward. He shows people how to
get away from about blaming any one population for
the biases around us, and how each of us – as men,
women, black, white, brown, gay, and straight - has the
ability to re-wire our mindset and discard the biases
that inhibit our ability to communicate honestly, courageously
beyond that moment in time: Through his ongoing global
diversity project Yforum.com, participants have a 24/7
place to go to freely discuss cultural issues or questions.
It’s not simply a fun seminar, it’s the beginning
of a new way of life where we ASK, LEARN and APPRECIATE
each other and our differences.
This audience isn’t exactly diverse, so why would they
be interested in diversity or cross-cultural communication?
The answer to that question lies in the answer to
this: Does your audience live and work in America? Then
they need to know how to accurately interpret the needs
and behaviors of colleagues, customers, and employees. They
will (eventually) need to evaluate, motivate, and otherwise
conduct business with people who aren’t exactly like
themselves. The reality is that EVERY group can benefit
from what Phillip can teach them.