SISB Speaker Training is taught by a seasoned trainer who has 15+ years of experience in speaking and educating various groups about Islam. The training will cover presentation scripts and guidelines for speaking in various situations and how to answer difficult questions about Islam and Muslims. After attending the SISB Speaker training, individuals will be able to speak to diverse audiences, including middle and high schools, universities, faith-based groups and community organizations as well as in more intimate settings such as with friends, neighbors and co-workers.
What is Included in the Training?
An experienced trainer will conduct an half-day training session which will cover the following areas:
- Speakers kit with presentation materials and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) developed by renowned scholars
- Invaluable tips on speaking in public, with smaller groups and one-on-one
- Live demo of the most requested presentation: Exploring Islam – Muslim Traditions and Practices
- Trainer-led interactive exercises on presentation skills
- Trainer-led interactive session on how to answer Frequently Asked Questions
Who should attend the SISB Speakers Training?
- Activists that are already engaged in public speaking about Islam for example through the Mosque or other organzations.
- Those who get asked questions about Islam at work, school, the grocery store etc and would like to be better prepared on answering those questions.
- People who are interested in becoming a certified speaker and joining the Seattle Islamic Speakers Bureau
Why attend the SISB Speakers Training?
- Attendees of the SISB Speakers Training will be educated on how to effectively speak about Islam and Muslims to people of other faiths and beliefs.
- Islamophobia and hate speech against American Muslims is at an all time high so it is critical for American Muslims to define themselves instead of letting others do it for them and countering common stereotypes.
- The training offered by SISB will help people be more prepared to answer questions about Islam in any given situation.
- SISB invests in their speakers by providing exclusive enrichment programs and classes
- Speakers join a community of talented professionals and activists across the country
Why join the Seattle Islamic Speakers Bureau?
- Seattle Islamic Speakers Bureau (SISB) seeks to inform people about American Muslims and their faith as a means of eliminating stereotypes through education.
- It’s a powerful and rewarding experience to be part of the education experience of a group of people. SISB fields requests from the Puget Sound Area including the following counties: Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap and Island.
- Speakers Training is the first step in becoming a Certified Speaker and we are currently recruiting volunteer speakers to join our team.
- SISB speakers are certified after a thorough process of training, testing, and observation in a live setting by veteran speakers. When presenting, SISB speakers adhere to First Amendment Guidelines. These guidelines emphasize that speakers must adhere to the highest level of academic neutrality and objectivity when teaching about religion. By attending the SISB Speakers training and becoming certified, individuals will be able to speak to diverse audiences, including middle and high schools, universities, faith-based and community organizations.
Feedback on Speakers Training
“The training is valuable even if you don’t become a speaker because it helps you to speak about Islam to your neighbors, coworkers and anyone you meet in a well informed way.”
“It gave me the confidence to answer difficult questions and not stumble over my answers. In the past I was always hesitant to talk about Islam but now I feel like I can in an educated, professional way.”
“I realized that just because your Musilm it doesn’t make you qualified to talk about Islam in a public forum and it doesn’t mean you are knowledgable enough to address the difficult questions. The training is well developed and thorough. It’s obvious that it has been reivewed by professionals and scholars.”
“You can tell the trainers have a lot of experience and that comes through during the training.”