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Q&A: Speaking up and Speaking out - Calibrated Communication for Accessibility Professionals

taught by: Cam Beaudoin

Session Summary

One of the hardest things to learn is how to speak up about accessibility to leadership, managers and your peers. I want to teach developers, testers and designers how to engage with others and champion accessibility within their organization.


Watch this presentation in the Knowbility Learning Center

This is not a full presentation. This is a Q&A for the pre-recorded session available to AccessU attendees in our Learning Center.

Words matter, and if you keep choosing the same ones to get your point across, you'll never be heard, no matter how great your pitch is. When it comes to expressing the ideas you’re passionate about, the words you choose and how you communicate your beliefs make all the difference in turning those ideas into a reality.

In order to be heard by your colleagues, bosses, and corporate leaders, you need to have the ability to listen to their objections, control the way you communicate your ideas, and have the ability to influence their decisions with your project’s strong points.

In this talk, I harness all my real-world experience from working with the largest, industry-leading companies in the world of technology and accessibility advocacy to educate you on how you can become the passionate leader you strive to be. This is achieved through diving into the skills you need to communicate and influence others in a way that gives your ideas the pedestal they deserve to be on.

Practical Skills

  • Organize your ideas – 3 checks before talking about any good idea.
  • Represent yourself – 5 ways you’re sabotaging yourself in meetings.
  • Break it down – The single most important thing to know when you need to be heard.