Ethics Speakers

Written by Christopher Ransom
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Ethics speakers are professional speakers who deal with the sometimes controversial subject of ethics. There are ethics speakers who specialize in corporate environments, medicine, politics, education, religion, sports and more. Because ethics is such a hot topic (and one that may incite passionate views and arguments), ethics speakers are most often very knowledgeable about a particular topic or industry.

Ethics speakers have a unique challenge when addressing an audience, in that the audience members may have very different opinions and are sometimes hostile towards each other. In politics, for instance, there is so much debate over different groups' ethics practices that it is sometimes hard for people to separate actions from words. Ethics speakers, in this case, have to walk a fine line between speaking to the generalities of ethical dilemmas and addressing specific issues. In situations where the very notion of an action being ethical or not is under debate, the speaker should always avoid taking sides, and instead try to play the role of a facilitator for open, effective communication.

Ethics. . .Not Always Polite Dinner Conversation

Ethics speakers have lots to talk about these days. Business ethics (remember Enron) is a hot topic both in the media and around the dinner table. It may seem a simple issue to some people--either it's right or it's wrong--but such conviction often comes only after the fact. Ethics speakers need to be able to speak to issues and actions that have the potential of being a violation of ethics before they happen, as well as being able to identify things that can be done to avoid them. Conversely, one of the tougher roles ethics speakers have to play is that of the investigator, in situations where there has already been a violation of ethics.

Effective ethics speakers should be able to discuss a subject without letting his or her own opinion come into play. Although he may have definite thoughts on specific issues, is it important for the ethics speaker to be able to listen to and address what are often very contrary opinions. There aren't many subjects more volatile than that of ethics, and it takes a strong mediator and speaker to be able to address ethical subjects and remain impartial. A good ethics speaker is able to draw out ideas without letting audience members become hostile, while at the same time providing techniques members can use to interact with people they may be in moral opposition to.

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