Ouch! Your Silence Hurts

    Why don’t people speak up when they hear a bad joke or a demeaning comment that uses a stereotype? Research shows that the number one reason is they don’t know what to say. We all fear saying the wrong thing, making it worse or shaming. This program gives a visceral experience of how important it is to learn the Ouch! techniques to speak up and become an ally.

    Inspire active bystanders because silence condones

    ouch that stereotype hurts, how to speak up against stereotypes

    Ouch! Your Silence Hurts challenges viewers by asking, “How will you personally respond next time you witness somebody being treated with disrespect?”

    “The voices in the shadows was a stirring image, and the specific examples of what to say were effective. The most powerful piece of learning for me was to establish that it is better to say something that is imperfect, rather than waiting to think about the right words and saying nothing.”

    — Cher, HR Professional

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    Why is Ouch! Your Silence Hurts important?

    Do you ever stand by silently when you feel you should speak up? Many people say they want to speak up when they see others stereotyped, disrespected or demeaned. But they don’t say anything because of discomfort or the fear of saying the wrong thing. “Who am I to get involved? This isn’t my business.” But as a bystander, you are part of the situation, and your silence allows the disrespectful behavior to continue. Your silence hurts people who’ve been targeted with a stereotype.

    Available languages:

    The Ouch! streaming video course is available with English captions and a Spanish (Latin America) version is fully translated with text and captions: ¡Ay! Eso es un estereotipo y duele.

    “When we speak, we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed.
    But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”
    — Audre Lorde, Poet and Activist

    “Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech.”
    — Susan Sontag

    License the eLearning course

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    • Scalable and trackable
    • 24/7 on-demand
    • Consistent content
    • Install on your LMS
    • Completion certificate
    • Customizable
    • English and Spanish versions

    The Disarming Microaggressions eLearning course was created using Articulate Storyline with utmost care for accessibility, user experience and accurate performance on all LMS platforms. As one reviewer mentioned, “I promise this is not an ad, just something I need to share because it is a gem of a course. I cannot say enough great things about an off the shelf course I recently took … If you’re looking for a course on Microaggressions definitely check out SunShower’s course on Disarming Microaggressions.” Read more here 

    Get a quote. Use the form to find out about licensing, pricing and the incredible support we provide once you’ve installed the course on your LMS.  If you don’t have an internal LMS, we will host the course for you on the SunShower LMS.

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    Use our videos to conduct your training

    Your subscription to the Ouch! Your Silence Hurts Trainer’s Toolbox gives you access to all the materials so that you can conduct as many instructor-led training sessions as you like during your one-year subscription. You can utilize the link to stream the videos for your in-person or virtual sessions (on Teams or Zoom). Please note – only the facilitator will have access to this link — it cannot be accessed by individual learners.

    The Trainer’s Toolbox provides all the materials needed to lead your course, including videos, slide deck and handouts. 24/7 access. No more lost DVDs or USBs. When you click “Subscribe now”, you’ll purchase the subscription and be enrolled. Then, you can send us a list of trainers to be enrolled. At the end of the one-year subscription, you’ll have the opportunity to subscribe for a new year, it is not automatic. 

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    • Never lose a DVD or USB again
    • 24/7 on-demand
    • Train in-person or virtual
    • Zoom / Teams-friendly
    • Create custom sessions
    • Use any browser and OS
    • Unlimited usage in term

    FAQ: Training formats, technical details and licensing

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    In what formats is your training offered?

    We offer our training programs in three formats:
    • Self-Paced Online Learning – asynchronous e-Learning course
    • Trainer’s Toolbox – provides access to our videos, Leader’s Guide, PowerPoint files and handouts
    • Interactive Live Webinars – SunShower experts deliver training in customized workshops on Zoom

    What is Self-Paced Online Learning?

    The streaming video course includes the video and offers a bit more information and experience for learners. It’s still short – just 15 minutes! The course has a 10-question quiz at the end and offers a downloadable completion certificate.

    With a 1-year license, you can add this SCORM 1.2 course to your Learning Management System and offer it to your employees inside your own training ecosystem. You can train a handful of people or thousands. Select the level of usage you anticipate and purchase here, or book 20 minutes with Joel Lesko, SunShower’s Producer/President, to craft a custom license.

    What is the Trainer’s Toolbox and how does it work?

    The Trainer’s Toolbox is designed to replace DVDs and USBs. No more, “Who’s got the USB?” or “Uh-oh, we lost it”. All the materials that used to reside on a DVD or USB are now easily accessible from the SunShower Learning website, ready for you whenever you conduct a training. The Trainer’s Toolbox can be used for in-person or virtual training sessions, regardless of your computer’s operating system. You can play the videos full-screen and and present on Teams, Zoom and other virtual platforms.

    Your subscription includes full access to the videos as well as a downloadable Leader’s Guide, PowerPoint files and PDF handouts. And, pricing is flexible, based on team size: small (1-5 facilitators), medium (6-14 facilitators) or large (15-29 facilitators). Upon subscribing, you’ll receive an email from our website with the link and login credentials.

    How is the Self-Paced Online Learning course different from the Trainer’s Toolbox?

    The online course is designed for individual, self-paced use by logging into your own learning management system (LMS) or accessing SunShower’s online LMS. In contrast, the Trainer’s Toolbox is a set of resources (videos, a Leader’s Guide, PowerPoint files and handouts) for you and/or your team of trainers to use to conduct your own instructor-led training – in-person or on virtual platforms like Zoom.

    Are your online courses accessible?

    Accessibility is not just about captions. We are committed to the highest values of accessibility. To achieve that, our roadmap includes not only the basics – transcripts, captions, alt text, and many more features – but also the Extended Audio Description (AD) and other critical corrections. Inclusion is built into every aspect of our work. Each course is at a different stage of development.