Diversity and Inclusion in Public Speaking

In this podcast episode Leyla speaks to Dan Ram about diversity and inclusion in the public speaking world and how you can get involved by diversifying the playing field. Continue Reading Diversity and Inclusion in Public Speaking

Welcome to the 176th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. This is the second in the series to bring joy to January. We’re going to be talking about diversity and inclusion in the public speaking world today, and to join me in doing this is Dan Ram.

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About my guest

Dan Ram is an IGNITER! A 5x TEDx speaker, 3x entrepreneur, prolific event MC / moderator, and public speaking coach, his clients range from individual founders to national governments. His eclectic background growing up in 11 countries on 4 continents, his multi-continent education including Yale University and Trinity College (and currently pursuing a PhD in Entrepreneurship at RWTH), as well as his work in diverse industries from the UN to Consulting to Private Equity to Startups ensures that his clients are at the cutting edge of innovation.

Dan Ram travels the globe as an Event MC & Speaker at over 100 events a year. Hosting changemakers like President Barack Obama, billionaire founders Sir Richard Branson and Reid Hoffman, F1 champion Nico Rosberg, Grammy-winning artists and celebrities, he works on 4 continents from college campuses to parliaments to in-house corporate innovation days for Fortune 500 companies to the biggest tech conferences in the world. His passion is to inspire people with his motto ‘Start Now Start Simple’ in building a future we all want to live in.

Growing up the son of an Indian Diplomat in 10 countries on 4 continents I learned how to build a sense of ‘home’ wherever he went. After being broke and unemployed in a foreign land I was able to build a life where he was eventually managing a $500 million fund, advising National Governments, and MCing the top Tech conferences in Europe. I want to share why diversity matters and how someone can turn an underestimated skill into a profession that can impact lives around the world.

In today’s show about Diversity and Inclusion in Public Speaking

  • What Dan’s working on at the moment. [02:37]
  • Dan’s journey on breaking into public speaking. [04:30]
  • How he’s navigated the white-dominated industry of public speaking. [05:50]
  • Ways he creates safe and inclusive spaces where people feel they can participate [13:31]
  • How you can show up as a Black/Global Majority/Diaspora person in public speaking [20.34]
  • His top 3 tips for looking after his mental health. [25:25]

Quotes about Diversity and Inclusion in Public Speaking

  • I broke into the market because I was already speaking at events, I was already there!
  • If I was Indian with an Indian accent, I highly doubt I’d be doing the speaking gigs I’m doing, which is a real shame.
  • I make sure to present a fresh, alternative and new perspective to every conversation.
  • Turn whatever it is that you think is missing, that you bring, into your superpower, but make it more than the photo opp.
  • The way I deal with my mental health and mindset because I’m an introvert is recharging on my own by playing the piano on my own. Not an extrovert, which I am sure will shock you!

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