WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: February 2019

Hello WordPress Meetup organizers!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • Annual Meetup Surveys close on 28 Feb
  • Event Format: Ask me Anything on WordPress
  • Diversity Outreach Speaker Training Workshops
  • Reminders

Annual Meetup Surveys close on 28 Feb

Last month we sent out our meetup member and organizer surveys.

Please help us improve our support of meetup organizers and member all over the world by taking 10 minutes to fill out the organizer survey! The survey will be up until the 28th of February 2019.

It would be helpful if organizers could also remind their members to respond to the surveys.

Event Format: Ask me Anything on WordPress

Some meetups are experimenting with new type of meetups format, where organizers and volunteers are hosting an open-office or help desk, where attendees can get to ask about their WordPress problems to experts.

Some examples are these meetups from communities in Karachi, Pakistan and Pune, India.

This is a great way for ensuring local WordPress users getting to meet and interact with local WordPress experts.

For more event formats that have worked well in other WordPress meetup groups, check out the meetup organizer handbook page on event formats!

To hear a round table discussion between other meetup organizers about popular topics at meetups, check out this video.

Diversity Outreach Speaker Training Workshops

The diversity outreach speaker training working group is asking for feedback from organizers who have run the diversity speaker training. Send an email to speaker-training@wordcamp.org to get the feedback questionnaire!

For more info, to let us know that you are running a speaker training workshop, and if you want to request training to run the workshop, please check out our page: https://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak

This month’s featured speaker training case study: Kirsten in Vancouver, BC

Diverse public speaking changes lives and local communities. Kirsten took the speaker training workshop and spoke for the first time at WordCamp Vancouver. While there, she was spotted by a local agency and was hired as their first female developer. Kirsten quickly became the senior developer and team lead and is still in this role three years later. Recently she hired another female developer at her company!

“It had never occurred to me before that I had anything worthwhile to offer the WordPress community. Through the workshop, I saw that I had been underestimating my experience and perspective, and I became comfortable and confident about speaking on a topic I felt would be of interest to others.” – Kirsten

Reminders

  • On the community team we have Office Hours four times a week in the #community-events channel on Slack: Mondays & Wednesdays 22:00 UTC, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 UTC.
  • There is a proposal to improve this newsletter with additional organizer tips and training. You can leave your feedback on this link.

That’s it for now — chat to you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team

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