The Rhetorical Problem of Diversity & Inclusion

Have you ever noticed how much rhetoric is used when talking about Diversity and Inclusion?

This could be working against you

Get your pen and paper ready because we’re talking about The Rhetorical Problem of Diversity & Inclusion

In today’s show we discuss several things including:

  • An Ancient Greek perspective on a contemporary problem
  • How Diversity & Inclusion narratives violate the Three modes of Persuasion
  • My personal approach to the Rhetorical Triangle and much more

Here’s some of what we discuss on the show:

Diversity & Inclusion narratives rely on emotional appeals

“Because it’s so emotive, this is why there’s a huge fear of getting it wrong”

Diversity & Inclusion narratives rely less on ethical appeals

“someone with no knowledge or experience of Diversity and Inclusion talking about Diversity and Inclusion violates the Ethos Principle. They lack credibility, sounds great but why should you believe them?”

Diversity & Inclusion narratives rely less on logical appeals

“claims about the business case for diversity and unconscious bias training are misleading. But it’s an attempt to introduce reason, data and evidence to support their claims”

SHOWNOTES

Aristotle’s Rhetoric

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