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Unlearning Silence with Elaine Lin Hering

We have all learned rules around when our voices should and should not be heard; when it’s safe to speak up and moments when it’s too costly to use our voices. Anyone who carries a subordinated identity, particularly women, experience the expectation of silence baked into corporate policies and practices, while it goes unnoticed or misunderstood by leaders.

Elaine Lin Hering is here today to share wisdom from her book, Unlearning Silence, and encourage us all to start our journey to speaking up. This week’s episode 112 of How Women Inspire Podcast is about unlearning silence and promoting open communication! 

In this episode of How Women Inspire Podcast, Elaine Lin Hering is sharing the importance of agency and choice in communication and actionable steps you can take right now to start unlearning the versions of silence we have learned over time.

Elaine Lin Hering works with organizations and individuals to build skills in communication, collaboration, and conflict management. Elaine has worked on six continents and with a wide range of corporate, government, and nonprofit clients. She has trained mental health professionals, political officials, religious communities, and leaders at companies including American Express, Capital One, Google, Nike, Novartis, Shell, Pixar, and the Red Cross.  Elaine is a former Managing Partner of Triad Consulting Group and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, specializing in dispute resolution, mediation, and negotiation.

Some of the talking points Julie and Elaine go over in this episode include:

  • Why encouraging someone to ‘just speak up’ doesn’t work.

  • Recognizing systems, policies, and practices that silence marginalized voices.

  • The four anchors of speaking up.

  • Creating space for alternative methods of communication.

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