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Let 'Em Speak

Let ‘Em Speak is a podcast about the risks and rewards of real talk by real people in the real world.

Your hosts are David, Christineand Bjørn.

Oct 25, 2021

LeRon L. Barton is a writer from Kansas City, Missouri currently living in San Francisco, California. A graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine Arts, LeRon is the author of two books, Straight Dope: A 360 degree look into American Drug Culture and All We Really Need Is Love: Stories of Dating, Relationships, Heartbreak, and Marriage. In addition to his books, LeRon is an essayist whose topics cover racism, mass incarceration, politics, gender, and dating. These works have appeared in Black Enterprise, Salon, Harvard Business Review, The Good Men Project, Your Tango, Media Diversity, Raconteur, Elephant Journal, East Bay Times, and MoAD.

LeRon is an international speaker ( who has given three TEDx speeches and has appeared at Al Jazeera, the University of San Francisco, Navis, Speakers Who Dare, Nas Dubai, Glide Memorial Church, The City of Cupertino, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Square, and Defy Ventures. In his spare time, LeRon enjoys mentoring African-American youth, teaching Creative Writing at the San Francisco County Jail, and backpacking around the world.

By listening to this conversation with LeRon, you’ll learn about:  

- Speaking with a stutter – it’s not the entirety of who you are
- Supporting and including speakers who have a stutter
- Ableism and destigmatizing stuttering
- Setting expectations
- Sharing stories over data
- Preparing for public speaking success and falling into the next move
- The power of representation
- Having fun as a public speaker

LeRon’s TEDx Talks: