Learn WordPress course planning

In order to make sure Learn WordPress is ready for a full launch, we need to work towards publishing content as soon as possible that can empower WordPress users to learn relevant and valuable skills. The best way to do that is by compiling courses that target specific learning outcomes. I proposed this on GitHub, so check that out for a deeper explanation of the data structure for this.

In this post, I’d like to explore some course outlines that we could use on Learn WordPress. For a full launch later this year, we need to have a minimum of two complete courses published on the site.

Alongside the course outlines below there are links to existing docs and lesson plans that could be used for people to record the workshops, as well as currently available workshops in some cases. The existing lesson plans and documentation make it very easy for anyone to record a workshop on the topic with minimal effort.

The course & workshop names aren’t set in stone – they’re just from initial brainstorming and this can all be evolved over time.

The feedback needed here is:

  1. Is there anything you would add/change about the course outlines listed here?
  2. Are there any additional courses you can think of that would be good to include?
  3. Which two courses should we make sure to have ready before we do a full, marketed launch of Learn WordPress before the end of 2020?
  4. Are there any workshops that you would like to be involved in creating/recording? If a lesson plan exists, then the workshop is simply using that as your script to record the workshop.

Please read through the proposed courses and outlines below and leave your feedback in the comments!

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Weekly Updates

Hello to all our Deputies, WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and ask for help!

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: October 2020

Hello friends,

Welcome to the October edition of our meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizer newsletter! We have many exciting news and updates from the WordPress community and resources for your local meetup group.

Newsletter contents:

  • Learn WordPress 
  • Meetup Organizer resources
  • Online Event updates

Learn WordPress

The Learn WordPress initiative offers WordPress video workshops that can help WordPress meetups. Check out our new workshops on Contributing to WordPress, Using the WordPress Block Editor, WordPress Troubleshooting, and the Diverse Speaker Training, topics! Have questions on these workshops? Participate in our upcoming discussion groups to get answers!

All community members can now submit their workshop ideas for the program in any language of their choice! Meetup organizers can also organize discussion groups based on workshops for their local meetup groups. You can also contribute to Learn WordPress by helping the Training team update screenshots on existing lesson plans.

Meetup Organizer Resources

  • Sponsored Zoom Pro accounts for Online Meetups: In the light of WordPress events moving online in April 2020, the Community team started offering Zoom Pro accounts for online WordCamps and special WordPress events. The team has opened up a discussion to investigate if these accounts can be made available for meetup groups. Please comment on the post to share what you need to successfully run your local meetup online, if you would like to get Paid Zoom accounts for your local meetup or if you have ideas on how to improve the process.
  • WordPress 5.5 marketing resources: Meetup groups can make use of the WordPress 5.5 marketing resources from the Marketing team and other teams. The resources consist of video presentations, slides, questions & answers, social media posts, and more – aimed at both developers and non-developers. If you would like to help out with WordPress 5.6 outreach, reach out to the team on the #marketing channel in the Make WordPress Slack.
  • Videos to help onboard WordPress contributors: Step-by-step video instructions on how to set up accounts on WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ and Make WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. are now available on YouTube in the Marketing Team’s YouTube channel. The captioned videos are available in several languages. If you wish to add captions and voiceovers in your language for the video, get involved through the #marketing Slack channel.

Online Event Updates

Upcoming Online WordCamps
Don’t miss the chance to get free tickets for these online WordCamps! 

Upcoming Online meetups

You can find all the upcoming online meetups across the world at: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/.

Past Online WordCamps
Several online WordCamps were held successfully in the past few weeks. Did you miss these events, and would you like to catch up with them? Check out their websites to follow their recorded live streams. Videos of these camps are being uploaded to WordPress.tv.

The WordPress Translation Week

As part of the International Translation Day celebrations on September 30, a host of WordPress translation events were held from 28 September to 4 October. After a couple of weeks, the celebrations are still ongoing! You can catch recorded talks and interviews with Polyglots on YouTube. In response to requests, the Polyglots and Marketing teams are considering month-long translation periods once or twice a year to promote translations. Follow @TranslateWP, and use the #WPTranslationDay tag on Twitter to share your translation adventures. The Translation week event highlights will be published on: https://wptranslationday.org/2020-events/.

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops (#WPDiversity)

More workshops will be in October and November to encourage diverse voices to share their knowledge and stories to online WordPress Meetups and WordCamps. Here’s a list of upcoming events for you or your members:

Don’t forget to keep up with the #WPDiversity announcements on the WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with the Marketing team LinkedIn Page

If you have any questions, Community Team deputies are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community; let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

We will see you online soon!

The following people contributed to the newsletter this month: @angelasjin @chaion07 @courane01 @harishanker @hlashbrooke @jillbinder @lmurillom @meher @nao @oglekler @webcommsat and @tacoverdo

#newsletter #meetup-organizer-newsletter

Addressing Mailchimp and Newsletter service privacy concerns

A few weeks back, @hlashbrooke and I jointly-published a post that announced Mailchimp as the chosen newsletter service for the Community Team. In the following days, members of the community shared concerns about the lack of transparency in the newsletter service selection process and the privacy implications of using a newsletter service. I had published a follow-up post last week, to shed more light on the process behind the MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. newsletter service selection. The current post is a second follow-up that will hopefully address the concerns that were raised by community members about community organizer and meetup group member privacy.

I have privacy law concerns about using a third-party service such as Mailchimp for contacting Meetup organizers. Is this move legal and GDPR-compliant?

WordPress chapter meetups are part of Meetup.com’s “Meetup Pro” network. When people join a WordPress meetup via Meetup.com, they agree to their privacy policy which states that, “Members who administer a Meetup Pro network, known as ‘network administrators’ have access to the content within their groups, including information about group participants.” (see 3.2 Group Networks). Meetup.com also makes it possible for WordPress chapter group members to share their email address with the network administrators of the Meetup Pro account.

The Community Team has been sending monthly newsletters to WordPress chapter group organizers since 2018. The reasons behind the suggestion that the quality of those newsletters could be improved if they were sent via a dedicated email newsletter platform are outlined in this blog post.

According to privacy consultants (in this case, people who oversee Automattic’s various privacy policies) who gave pro bono advice on this question, GDPR and other privacy laws do not require an organization to seek data subject consent (consent from subscribers) to change email platforms. It is not a legal or GDPR requirement to obtain consent for which platform is used to send emails, just as an individual is not required to obtain permission for which email platform they use to send emails to their friends, family, and other contacts.

Thus, it was clear to us that there are no privacy issues with changing the newsletter vendor. Hence, the list of meetup organizers, who had already given permission for meetup.com to share their email addresses with WordPress chapter network administrators, was exported to Mailchimp. Ongoing email newsletter preferences will be managed there.  

What is the privacy policy of Mailchimp?

One of the concerns raised was that Mailchimp could potentially use the contacts we upload for their marketing purposes. As mentioned in the Privacy for contacts section, Mailchimp support confirms that contacts will not be used for marketing purposes. Their usage is restricted to the following cases:

  • To enforce their terms
  • To protect the rights and safety of Members
  • To do anything required to protect itself legally and to fulfill its legal obligations
  • To provide support and improve the service
  • For internal data analysis purposes
  • To fulfill other business obligations

However, as mentioned in the privacy policy, Mailchimp may use data collected from those community deputies, who use the community Mailchimp account to send newsletters to the community, for marketing purposes. This is common with many third party services and it does not pose privacy risks to the larger community.

Furthermore, if any community member does not want to have their contact information being used for the internal data analysis purposes of Mailchimp or wants to get their personal information erased, they can get this done by submitting a Data Subject Access Request.

How does someone know that an email from WordPress Community Support is being sent through Mailchimp?

All newsletters sent through Mailchimp will have a notification included in the footer of the email. The footer for all future Mailchimp emails will contain the following information: 

This email was sent to you via Mailchimp. You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website: https://central.wordcamp.org or through https://meetup.com/pro/wordpress

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit the following URLs:

https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/
https://central.wordcamp.org/
https://make.wordpress.org/community

What emails will be sent using Mailchimp?

The WordPress Community Team sends email newsletters to meetup organizers every month. The newsletter contains news, updates, and essential information for WordPress community organizers all over the world. As outlined in an earlier post, Meetup.com was being used to send these emails previously, so there is no change in the number and types of emails that will be sent now that Mailchimp is being used. Each month, Mailchimp will be used to send the meetup organizer newsletter to approximately 1,600 meetup organizers (out of 2,000+ organizers) who have subscribed to emails from Meetup.com. Please note: only people who have subscribed to Meetup.com emails will be contacted via Mailchimp. That’s a total of one email per month (typically sent on every second Friday of the month), which amounts to 12 emails per year.

It would also be ideal to use Mailchimp to send the annual meetup organizer and member surveys (aimed at meetup organizers and meetup group members respectively), as well as any critical announcements that are relevant to the entire community.

What is the benefit of using a different platform, such as Mailchimp, for sending newsletters?

Meetup.com has been an unreliable platform for sending newsletters with several pain-points like non-delivery of emails, lack of formatting options, inability to reach out to specific meetup groups, lack of data on engagement, and lack of separate email lists, to name a few. Many organizers complained to us about missing the newsletter emails. During the recent meetup group inventory, many organizers did not receive the emails that were sent to them via Meetup.com. Using a dedicated email newsletter vendor, we can communicate with meetup group members more reliably about the program and convey any urgent and time-sensitive information without worrying about organizers missing our emails. We can also make those messages easier and more enjoyable to read. 

Can I unsubscribe to emails from Mailchimp?
Yes, you can always unsubscribe by following this link, or by clicking the “unsubscribe” link in the footer of any email received via Mailchimp. The team will be implementing a widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. on make.wordpress.org/community that will make it easier for community members to subscribe  and unsubscribe from emails. 

Additionally, community members can also submit a Data Subject Access Request if they wish to prevent their data from being used for internal data analysis or if they want their personal data to be erased from MailChimp servers.

Will Mailchimp be used for marketing emails to organizers?

No. This list will only be used for emails that support the legitimate interests of the global community team: to help people learn to use and contribute to WordPress. Community organizers and meetup members will only receive messages that support this mission. 

What if I want to revisit the email newsletter vendor discussion, and suggest a different approach? 

One of the reasons why Mailchimp was chosen as a newsletter service was because it offered a Pay as you go plan that allows us to effectively ‘test’ the service without lock-ins. We have only spent $150 with them for 5000 emails. We can always choose to cancel our plans of using Mailchimp and move to a different service, if there are better options. 

If you feel that there is a different newsletter service that the team can use, please feel free to share more about them in the comments on this post. Feel free to refer to the past discussion in the Make/Community blog on newsletter services, and the list of shortlisted services for reference.


The Community team remains committed to protecting the privacy of our event attendees and group members, and it’s great that the members of the WordPress community  help hold us accountable on this. 

Are there any concerns about this project that you would like to see addressed? Do you have any feedback on the project to share? Share your thoughts and concerns in the comments. 

This post was prepared jointly by @hlashbrooke and I.

The following people contributed to this post: @adityakane @andreamiddleton @bph @camikaos @courtneypk @francina @kcristiano @rmarks and @sippis

#newsletter #newsletter-service #newsletter-service-selection

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our Deputies, WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and ask for help!

Call for participants: Diverse Speaker Workshops October & November 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is holding workshops to support diverse voices to share knowledge and stories at online WordPress Meetups, WordCamps, and other online WP events.

Training (for Event organizers)

WordPress Meetups/Event Organizers: Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm UTC

Have you ever had trouble getting speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups to speak at your WordPress meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area., WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more., or other WordPress event?

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has a workshop for your community members that has been proven to increase how many speaker applications you receive from speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

We will teach you how to use the workshop material for your own group.

Sign up here

Workshops (for Intermediate speakers)

Now that we have held a number of beginner workshops, some are ready to go deeper into intermediate topics. You do not need to have attended our previous workshops in order to attend these sessions. Having done public speaking at least once before is preferable, but is not required in order to attend these sessions.

Workshop 1 of 3: Improving your proposal for your online WP talk

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6-7pm UTC

  • Fine-tune your title and proposal (aka pitch) to improve your chance at getting selected to speak.
  • Helpful but not required: a pre-written pitch that you want to improve
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

Workshop 2 of 3: Intermediate Online Stage Presence

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 6-7pm UTC

  • Camera techniques: Learn what you need to look and sound good on camera
  • Becoming a better speaker: What do you want to improve in your public speaking? We will be taking questions.
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

Workshop 3 of 3: Story-telling for tech talks

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 6-7pm UTC

  • We talk a lot in our other workshops about writing your talk as a story, but how do you do that? Is it possible for a tech topic? We will cover some story-telling structures that work well for tech.
  • Helpful but not required: a topic you are wondering how to turn into a story
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

Sign up here

You are welcome to attend 1, 2, or all 3 workshops.

Discussions (for new & improving speakers)

Writing a pitch for being accepted to speak at a WP event

Monday, October 19 at 4:00-5:00pm CEST

This discussion is geared towards people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress who are intrigued by the idea of speaking at an online WordPress event. The focus is to look at creating a workshop description (aka pitch) and bio that has a higher chance of being accepted by speaker selection committees.

Sign up here. Please watch the workshop in advance.

Who am I to be speaking? + Finding a topic for a WP event

Monday, October 26 at 3:00-4:00 pm CEST

This discussion is geared towards people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress who are intrigued by the idea of speaking at an online WordPress event. The focus is to look at what has stopped you from speaking in the past and explore how to move past your fears, generate WordPress-related topics to give a talk on, and boost your speaking confidence.

Sign up here. Please watch the workshop in advance.

Please note! These events are intended to train speakers who are members of a marginalized or underrepresented group in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.

If this is you, please get your ticket(s) now.

Everyone, please help us spread the word!

P.S. If you would like to attend these sessions because you want to learn how to be a good ally, please note that this is a closed workshop for members of marginalized or underrepresented groups only. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion material is not covered in these workshops. If there is enough interest, we could hold a different workshop for you in the future.

We do have a few resources available for you: Building A Diverse Speaker Roster, Inclusive and Welcoming Events, and Encouraging Diversity in Meetups and WordCamps.

#wpdiversity, #wpdiversityworkshops

Community Team Chat Agenda | October 15 2020

Hello Team!

Our bi-monthly Community Team chat is happening today Thursday, 15 October 2020. Meeting times are detailed below. We use the same agenda for both meetings in order to include all time zones.

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 11:00 UTC

Americas friendly: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 20:00 UTC

Deputy/Mentor check-in

What have you been doing and how is it going?

P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. posts needing review/feedback

  • Discussion: Pro/paid Zoom accounts for Online Meetups – Courtney P.K. – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/04/discussion-pro-paid-zoom-accounts-for-online-meetups/
  • Contributor Working Group Kick-off Meeting Agenda – Christina Workman – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/05/contributor-working-group-kick-off-meeting-agenda-tuesday-6-october-2020-utc-1900/
  • Recap of Contributor Working Group Kickoff Meeting – Christiana Workman – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/08/recap-of-contributor-working-group-kickoff-meeting-oct-6-2020/
  • Mistakes were made: Clarifying the Meetup Newsletter selection process – Hari Shanker R – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/12/mistakes-were-made-clarifying-the-meetup-newsletter-selection-process/
  • Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/15/recap-of-the-diverse-speaker-training-group-wpdiversity-on-october-14-2020/
  • Proposal: Community Contributor Badges for Working Group Members – Angela Jin – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/13/proposal-community-contributor-badges-for-working-group-members/
  • Contributor Working Group (#wpcontributors) Agenda for Wednesday, October 21, 2020 – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/15/contributor-working-group-wpcontributors-agenda-for-wednesday-october-21-2020-1900utc/
  • Diverse Speaker Workshop in Japanese Report – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/15/diverse-speaker-workshop-in-japanese-report/

Highlighted P2 posts

  • Learn WordPress is Live – https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/08/12/learn-wordpress-is-live/

Please add any additional items to this agenda by commenting on this post as needed.

#community-team, #deputy-chat, #meeting-agenda

Diverse Speaker Workshop in Japanese Report

In August, we held a diversity speaker training in Japanese.
We held the training on August 16th, and those who attended were invited to speak at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Ogijima 2020 on September 6th.

Announcement (Japanese) https://ogijima.wordcamp.org/2020/diversity-speaker/

Overview

Date: August 16, 2020
Time required: 3.5 hours
Participants: 4 signups
Facilitators: Junko Nukaga @nukaga, Shusei Toda @st810amaze

Tools

We used Zoom and Miro to do the training.

As we progressed, we put sticky notes in Miro and proceeded to brainstorm topics, narrowing them down and choosing one topic.

Finally, they decided on a topic, decided on a summary of the presentation, and wrote a title and summary during the training. We also shared tips on how to make a presentation.

Scripts and Slides Translation

For the script translation, we held a meeting at WordCamp Osaka 2019 Contributor Day at first. A group of volunteers met online once or twice a month and completed the translation.

Using the Google Document’s English version, we assigned a person for each chapter, translated, and reviewed. Translation work was done on a Google Document, and the final version is now published on our Handbook page.

The slide translation was done by copying the Google Slides and replacing the English words with Japanese.

Thanks for your help, @atachibana, @chiakikouno , @hsmt , @kappasan , @mimitips, @nao , @show-ko, @st810amaze , and @udfibonacci !

Rehearsal

Since WordCamp Ogijima 2020 was an online session, we rehearsed in advance to switch screens, see the slides, and check microphones and video.

I think it’s good that we were able to thoroughly rehearse the talks because participants said that the more they practiced, the less nervous they became, and they were able to get prepared for machine problems and unexpected events.

Feedback from Participants

After the training was complete, we asked for feedback on the training itself via email. Here are some excerpts.

What was the one thing that went well?

  • Creating an outline of the speaker’s content
  • Topic selection
  • The training finished on time

What was the one thing that went wrong?

  • Title creation
  • Allocation of work time for each workpiece
  • Dictation speed (I talked too fast)
  • I didn’t know which topic to choose
  • I couldn’t look into the camera and talk

Was there anything you would like to change?

  • I want to change my lack of confidence
  • I’d like to get used to speaking publicly
  • I want to have more of variation in my slide design
  • I’m going to adjust the camera’s position better

Is there anything else we can do for you besides what you did?

  • I think it would have been very helpful to have international case studies of (easier-to-adopt) talk topics by the participants of this training
  • I would like to participate in more workshops about general tips on  presentation and slides

Did you ever feel nervous about anything?

  • Anytime I spoke
  • I was nervous when I had to present to people.

Other

  • The slides that you explained to us were straightforward to understand, and the flow of putting them into practice while listening to them was very well-planned
  • The literal translation was easy to understand, with explanations added as needed.
  • I think I could produce a certain output level, but I also wanted to think about it more and brush up on it.
  • It might have been nice to have the hands-on work given as pre-assignments

Participants’ Blog (Japanese)

Impressions as an Organizer

This was the first diversity speaker training in Japan. The training was well-received by those who took it, and one of the participants took the stage as a speaker.
I came up with the idea of using Miro as a training tool at the last minute to prepare for it, but with Miro, I can see the progress of the people I’m training with, and it also leaves traces of my training, so I can use it to look back.
We used Japanese translations of the script and slides, but there were some cultural differences. I’d like to brush it up by adding annotations and other supporting information.

And this report was completed with the help of @nao. Thank you!

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Contributor Working Group (#wpcontributors) Agenda for Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 19:00UTC

The votes are in! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 19:00 UTC.

Agenda

  1. Check-in
  2. Meeting Schedule
  3. Tools Update
  4. Recap of Group Chats
  5. Next Steps

Chat with you next week!

#WPContributors

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on October 14, 2020

Attending: @jillbinder @cguntur @gissane @tantienhime @angelasjin @webcommsat @nalininonstopnewsuk

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1602694969417300

Working group Community badges proposal

https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/10/13/proposal-community-contributor-badges-for-working-group-members/

All attending agreed that this is a great idea. If this is something you’d like to see, we’d love your support on the post.

People asked how to get the various badges. @angelasjin shared documentation on how badges are assigned.

Workshops background

Explaining to new volunteers how our workshops work. We explained what we normally do and what experiments we have been trying during the pandemic. We had a big discussion here, answering many questions, and people shared their success stories. <3

How our latest workshop discussions have gone

In October, we tried out using the Learn WordPress discussion format.

Day 1: 2 attendees + 5 mentors + 1 assistant
Day 2: 1 attendee + 3 mentors
Day 3: 3 attendees + 3 mentors + 1 assistant

Two attendees watched the video in advance, but only one watched the correct video. (He knew this, he just ran out of time.)

Thank you to our mentors, which really helped for answering harder questions, giving tips, helping to keep the discussion going, and jumping in for getting assistance in their own talks, even:
@dani418 @allienimmons @volkswagenchick @sparklingrobots @angelasjin, @pastelito, Amina

A big thank you to the #marketing team for all of their hard work in promoting the discussions: @webcommsat@nalininonstopnewsuk, @lmurillom, and others!

Being a discussion facilitator is an easy way to help out. We have pre-written starter questions for you.

Upcoming discussions, training, and workshops planned

October 24:  Teaching meetups and WP event organizers how to hold our workshops. @miriamgoldman is playing our training videos and facilitating the group.

@angelasjin is running these discussions coming up:

I’m running an intermediate speaker series:

  • Tues, Nov 17: Improving your pitch
  • Wed, Nov 18: Intermediate online stage presence
  • Thurs, Nov 19: Story-telling: How to make a story out of a tech topic

Watch for the sign-up info coming soon at https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/

People asked how they can help promote these. @webcommsat and @nalininonstopnewsuk shared:

Follow #WPDiversity on:

Volunteer opportunities

  1. Discussion facilitators
  2. Workshop mentors
  3. Workshop assistants (for background admin items)
  4. A little need: A meeting reminder-er. As far as we know, there isn’t a way to automate them on the channel we are speaking on right now. So a person who can go in and manually put reminders here!

https://make.wordpress.org/community/2020/09/25/call-for-volunteers-the-diverse-speaker-training-group/

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1602699185035000