Speaker Diversity Network
Showcase: 3 slides, 3 minutes!
If you’d like to be in our Speaker Bank but don’t yet have a track record, you can submit a video, but we recommend joining one of FoL’s free Speaker Showcases. These 3-minute, 3-slide talks are a great opportunity for small-group peer support, mentoring and skills development in an atmosphere that will challenge and encourage you.
Professional skills coaching
If you want something more directed, we offer half-day executive-level workshops with a top coach. These small-group sessions cover all aspects of presenting, from prep, body language and voice to using visuals and fielding difficult questions. Participants receive quality, targeted advice and feedback. These are paid sessions, but participants benefit from a significant FoL discount.
Find out when the next showcase or presentation skills coaching is on our events page
Join the Speaker Bank
More and more event hosts are keen to diversify their rosters and find speakers with a fresh take, but may not know where to look. Future of London’s Speaker Bank responds to this challenge with a growing network of practitioners we can recommend to speak at events across the sector.
We sort by expertise, vet their speaking skills through our professional development workshops and connect with event organisers.
The free matching service also provides a platform for practitioners who are keen to speak and would benefit from a boost in visibility and on-stage experience.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are looking for a speaker, or would like to join the Speaker Bank yourself.
Sign the Diversity Pledge
The Speaker Diversity Pledge, supported by the Mayor of London, is made by organisations and individuals. Signatories commit to at least two of the following:
- Avoid participating in sessions which feature only one demographic group
- Put forward speakers from under-represented groups to represent their organisation, including at senior levels and across disciplines
- Hold public-facing events which include under-represented groups as speakers
- Encourage organisations they work with to host diverse events
- As a speaker/chair, join the Speaker Bank to help increase the pool of voices
Diversity Pledge e-badge
Pledge signatories can show support with a Diversity Network e-badge on websites and email signatures. Contact us for the relevant full-size image file.
Join the discussion on Twitter – #DiversityPledgeLDN
To achieve maximum impact, speaker diversity must be part of a holistic strategy for equality across the built environment. The sector must be able to recruit, retain AND progress talent, independent of background, race or gender. Our 27 September City Hall event, will connect diversity champions across London.