Presenter Guidelines

Guide for Worship Leaders, Workshop Presenters, and All Speakers 
(2018)

HONOR DIVERSITY Including age, race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, gender identity, affectional identity, culture, and physical, social, mental, and emotional ability, and sensory sensitivity.

BE SEEN When using PowerPoint ensure images and texts is large, the font is readable, and text and background contrast. Have handouts available in large print. Elevate yourself if possible.

BE HEARD Always use a microphone in non-intimate spaces. Don’t cover your mouth when speaking. Speak slowly and clearly.

BE INCLUSIVE OF SENSITIVITIES Avoid using scented candles, incense, oils or perfumes. Pay attention to light and sound levels. Provide alternative spaces.

BE MINDFUL OF CULTURAL APPROPRIATION Credit your sources and explain why you chose material. Respect that which is sacred to any culture. Include contemporary as well as historic references.

BE INCLUSIVE OF DIFFERING ABILITIES Say “Rise in body or in spirit.” Do not block aisles or exits.

USE INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE Speak as if anyone could be in the room. RESPECT COPYRIGHTS Obtain permission when necessary Credit sources

CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNINGS Warn audience members in advance and immediately prior to presenting difficult or potentially triggering topics. Offer exit strategies for those who decide to opt out.

SPEAK FROM YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE Use “I” statements. Don’t assume you represent others and don’t assume others’ opinions are representative. Respect other’s experiences.

DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT OTHERS Many identities, needs and physical sensitivities are not obvious.

These guidelines were created by the LREDA Integrity Team (now the Justice and Equity Team). The UUA uses these guidelines for all presenters at General Assembly, and you can use them in your congregation also.

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