The Diversity Consultant Cookbook: Preparing for the Challenge (Hardback)
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The Diversity Consultant Cookbook: Preparing for the Challenge (Hardback)

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Hardback 120 Pages / Published: 30/04/2019
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At a time when divisiveness and racism are on the rise, the need and demand for diversity training and trainers has never been greater.

The authors - with more than 25 years of combined experience in diversity and social justice work - conceived this book in response to constant requests for advice on how to get started in, and develop a career as, diversity consultants. This succinct cookbook - with the additional wisdom of fourteen well-known and respected practitioners who offer the lessons they have learned - provides the guidance to get you going and succeed.

The cookbook metaphor reflects the delicate nature of diversity consulting where the little things can make a significant difference in the final outcome. As with cooking where a dash of seasoning, the choice of temperature, or cooking time, impact the final dish, so the wrong balance in creating an environment that is welcoming and constructive while addressing issues that may be disorienting for the audience can ruin a presentation before it gets started.

Like a cookbook, this book is set out in small chunks. It covers the need to need to audit and enhance your skills and knowledge, establish your brand and what you distinctively bring to the table, develop your outreach and contacts, and learn to listen to clients to determine what interventions will achieve their long-term goals.

It addresses the need to develop your strategic plan with a clear sense of mission, vision, and values; moves on to topics such as financial planning, pricing, contracts, scheduling, and considerations about presentation styles and handouts; and gets down to the specifics of marketing, with ideas on business cards, websites, networking, and even how to dress.

For anyone contemplating embarking on a career as a diversity consultant - either part-time while holding an existing position or as a full-time endeavor, this is an invaluable guide for getting started, and for keeping at your side as you develop your practice.

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620369784
Number of pages: 120


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Most of us who lead diversity, equity and inclusion work had to figure out the who, what, where, when and why on our own. The Diversity Consultant Cookbook is a wonderful collection of voices from experienced consultants across the nation who share challenges they've faced along the way and great tips for becoming a successful consultant. This book is a great place to start for anyone curious about what it takes to lead others in this challenging work."--Caprice D. Hollins "Cultures Connecting "
"As I read The Diversity Consultant Cookbook I kept thinking This book is an act of solidarity and love. Some of the most powerful diversity, equity, and inclusion experts I know offer insightful practical advice on entering and living in this work. More importantly, they offer wise words on sustaining the integrity of equity and diversity work. I will return to this book regularly. I'm willing to bet you will, too."--Paul Gorski "Social Justice Activist, Educator, and Author; Associate Professor at George Mason University "
"How I wish I'd had this book when I'd set out seven years ago full of questions and trepidation. With advice from leading DEI practitioners about everything from client care, self-care, engagement preparation, and maintaining integrity and a growth mindset along the journey, The Diversity Consultant Cookbook is sure to become a must-have for anyone in or entering the field. What a gift to us all."--Debby Irving "Author, Waking Up White, And Finding Myself in the Story of Race "
From the Foreword:
"Today, as the demand grows for people to have the capacity to work effectively within and across difference, the need for skilled and effective diversity consultants is critical. This book offers important topics to consider if you believe you have what it takes to serve your profession and community in this way....While the demand is greater now than ever, the work needed to hone your craft and establish your unique brand is also greater. The Diversity Consultant Cookbook will get you ready, so that you will not only want to serve the meal but enjoy the preparation as well."--Jamie Washington "President and Founder, Washington Consulting Group; Visiting Assistant Professor, Winston Salem State University, and 2019 President, ACPA "
"The Diversity Consultant Cookbook is a welcome addition to the field. The authors have managed to gather a wide range of perspectives that give any practitioner a head start in identifying critical distinctions of diversity and finding ways to address them. The work is substantive and has wide breadth at the same time. This book will make a difference...I recommend it highly!"--Howard Ross "Author, Our Search for Belonging, Everyday Bias, and ReInventing Diversity "

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