Speaking up for respect

Two complete training programs, fully developed and ready to use

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts

Staying silent in the face of demeaning comments, stereotypes or bias allows these attitudes and behaviors to thrive. This undermines our ability to create an inclusive workplace where all employees are welcomed, treated with respect and able to do their best work. Yet most people who want to speak up don't know how..... so they say nothing. This training program can help give your people the tools to speak up - without blame.

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts can be used in any organization or group of people desiring to build and sustain a respectful and inclusive environment. This DVD/Video-based training program helps people build the confidence and skills to speak up when they hear stereotypes or other demeaning comments. Potential uses for OUCH! include training in the areas of:

Teamwork, Communication, Diversity and Inclusion, Coaching and Mentoring, Leadership Development


Here's a flavor of what you'll see on the video:

She said to me, "Wow, you really have no accent for an Asian person. I didn’t know how to respond to this so I just said 'thanks.'"

When I hear these jokes I laugh, but inside I'm really hurting.

He ended the review by saying, “I think you’ve done really well, considering the hand you’ve been dealt.” I didn’t know how to respond to something like that.

I want to say something; but I don’t speak up because I don’t know how.

Ouch! Your Silence Hurts

Many people say they want to speak up when they see others stereotyped, disrespected, or demeaned. But they stand by silently because of discomfort or the fear of saying the wrong thing. The silent bystander actually has the most power to make a difference. But the bystander has to speak up, they have to say something. Ouch is the easiest thing to say and it works!

The Ouch! Your Silence Hurts training program is designed to be flexible. It can be used as a stand-alone workshop or incorporated into a broad range of development programs, such as:

Teamwork, Communication, Coaching and Mentoring, Diversity and Inclusion, Change Agent Skills, Leadership Development, Bullying Prevention

Here's a flavor of what you'll see on the video:

When I heard that I wasn't considered for promotion because of my so-called "image" I was pretty angry...

Why didn't you say something? I feel like I don't belong here.

I would say something if I felt comfortable in the group.

Speak up because your silence might mean you agree.

A testimonial from the Anti-Defamation League:

The ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, a market leader in the development and delivery of anti-bias and diversity training and resources used by schools, universities, businesses, community organizations and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and abroad, has been actively using the OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts video with remarkable success. Not only is it being successfully utilized with our A WORKPLACE OF DIFFERENCE™ clients, but A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE™ and A CLASSROOM OF DIFFERENCE™ participants have been benefitting from the OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts strategies demonstrated in the video as well.

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts enables participants to heighten their awareness of bias and prejudice, allowing them to explore the broad range of stereotypes that are part of everyday conversation and their impact on the work environment. The six OUCH! How to Speak Up Against Stereotypes Strategies have been effective learning tools to increase participants' skills and provide the motivation to challenge such statements effectively. Thank you for allowing us to add this valuable video resource to our repertoire of activities.

- Debbie Stogel Director,
A CAMPUS OF DIFFERENCE™ / A WORKPLACE OF DIFFERENCE™ Programs
Anti-Defamation League ®Institute