Plot: Kim Clark and Janet Stovall offer relevancy and concepts with deeper meaning that will appeal to a wide range of readers. The authors break down ideas in understandable terms, and the book’s mission is crystallized immediately—though the authors continue to build on it throughout the text.
Prose: The prose matches the book’s tone, with a solid balance of technicalities and informal, conversational writing. Emphatic statements back up the text’s more important points nicely, and transitions are smoothly connected.
Originality: The foundational concept is fully developed and takes into account current concerns and hot topics while melding them with solid, structured advice for effecting positive change.
Character/Execution: Clark and Stovall provide engaging examples of their concepts, giving the text credibility and driving ideas home. There are multiple actionable steps included that will give readers a sound sense of how to implement the authors' guidance.
Date Submitted: November 17, 2022
Approachable, actionable, and accountable: The Conscious Communicator is exactly what the business world needs do to DEI the right way. It lovingly and truthfully leaves no stone unturned, and no question unanswered. You'll have no doubt whether your efforts are performative or purposeful when you read this book. Every business — small or large — should make The Conscious Communicator required reading.
A sweeping look at how corporations can use corporate communications to find “the common space between business imperatives and social consciousness.”
Stovall and Clark acknowledge that many smaller companies don’t hire contractors, marketers, or human resource consultants who are conversant in the latest practices and expectations regarding matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The authors also effectively point out how these elements of corporate culture have become more central in the last five years, even in smaller companies. In response to this, the authors stress that “transformative communications,” defined as “authentic dialogue that actually moves the needle positively on a given issue,” is required in today’s business environments.
Stovall and Clark’s passion for their subject will convince all but the most conservative readers of the importance of shaping their corporation’s communications to the priorities of the modern moment.
A concise but comprehensive set of recommendations for improving a company’s social strategies.
- Kirkus Reviews
With their new book, the authors Janet Stovall and Kim Clark have made a valuable contribution to how to communicate on all topics within organizations, especially diversity, equity, and inclusion, including social justice. Their point is that DEI now touches every function as well as individual; DEI is no longer a stand-alone topic that you "should" consider covering.
In addition to living up to their commitment to explain the fine art of not saying stupid shi*t, they've created an incredibly useful DEPTH model for communicating consciously. This model helps organizational communicators and leaders figure out what we "should or shouldn't be stepping into in the first place."
It can be easy to see what's *wrong* with DEI communications. But how do we get it *right*? Look no further than this brilliant new book. Stovall and Clark — gifted communicators themselves — break down exactly *how* most DEI communications mess things up and, more importantly, guide us through how to do better. Their no-nonsense writing style makes it impossible not to understand. You will walk away not only with immediately actionable frameworks and strategies for improving DEI communications, but with brand new ways of thinking about foundational questions, such as: How might we structure our organization to ensure that DEI communications works in concert with our overall organizational goals? And keeps us aligned with our values and our mission?
Thank you to Janet M Stovall and Kim Clark for this book. It is a great combination of information, rallying cry, and practical advice to help all communicators understand why we must use a DEI lens in all of our work.