Speaking up, speaking out

One of my favourite things is speaking with people – large numbers, small numbers, from a platform or at a party. It’s a perfect way to influence and spread positive messages about diversity and difference. Always up for a public speaking gig if it fits!

This is one of the most recent – me speaking at TED x Tallaght:

I also launched Diversity Week in Fife in February this year:

I just wanted to officially thank you for coming along to the launch of our Diversity Week. Your speech was entertaining, engaging and very thought provoking. You had a challenging audience and were hugely successful in communicating your message to them in a way with which they could relate. This was evident by the number of queries you had at the end and the number of folk who wanted to meet you… So once again – a huge thank you for doing such a wonderful job and for being so accessible in your approach. (Michelle Sweeney, Fife Cultural Partnership)

me speaking from a platform.In March 2013, I could be found speaking at the Fifth Social inclusion in the performing arts conference in Barcelona (V Jornadas para la Inclusión y la educación en las artes escénicas) for the British Council:

“When considering speakers for a conference, you’re looking for deep knowledge of the subject, awareness of audience profile and expectations and the capacity to communicate and inspire. Jo combines all three of these with tremendous precision, empathy and style. She’s not just a great speaker but a real asset to the conference as a whole as a catalyst and magnet for further debate and interaction once the talk is over.” (Nicolas Jackson, Arts & Communication Manager, British Council, Spain)

I also spoke and delivered workshops at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong.

In 2012, I also curated and hosted the Unlimited Voices weekend of talks at Southbank Centre as part of the Unlimited Festival, and chaired both the All Possible Worlds and Unlimited Goes Global discussion days for British Council, also at the Southbank.

Jo presenting in a gold dress.I’ve also presented about the need for inclusion to be central to capital development for Creative Scotland’s arts organisations in receipt of capital funds, hosted All Being Equal, Engage Scotland’s 2012 conference and delivered a range of training events, for The Art House, AxisWeb and Shape.

Do get in contact if you are interested in me speaking up or speaking at something.

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