WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: February 2020

Hello WordPress MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. organizers!

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

Newsletter contents:

  • Diverse Speaker Training Workshops
  • 2019 Annual WordPress Meetup Member Survey
  • Grow your meetup – from WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event.
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Diverse Speaker Training Workshops

As a meetup or 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. organizer, have you ever had challenges getting women and people from other under-represented groups to speak at your events? So have we.

There is a workshop created by and for people from under-represented groups to help us bust through Impostor Syndrome and other obstacles.

The Diverse Speaker Training workshop (#wpdiversity), run by the Community Team, busts through this and other obstacles.

Sign up to run the workshop in your local WordPress meetup chapter this coming year: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity

Bonus! If you have run the workshop in your meetup, please let us know by emailing us at speaker-training@wordcamp.org. We’d love to hear your feedback. 

2019 Annual WordPress Meetup Member and Organizer Survey

Since 2019 has come to a close, we would like to gather feedback on how the chapter meetup program is doing. Please share the WordPress meetup program survey with your meetup members.

Help your chapter by letting members know about the survey. You can share it in both online and in-person discussions!

Also, for organizers like yourself, we have the WordPress meetup organizer survey here.

Grow your meetup – Tips for Meetup organizers.

WCUS 2019 held a workshop to help organizers grow their meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook., and a wide variety of general tips were shared at this workshop for Meetup organizers. These tips are relatable to all meetup organizers and volunteers – even if you are just beginning to start your first meetup, this workshop will ensure you are starting off on the right foot.

The workshop is available on WordPress.tv

Visual Composer is now a 100% GPL-Licensed Plugin!

We’re very happy to announce that Visual Composer (and all plugins/themes from the same company) is now 100% GPL compliant!

From now on, Visual Composer, WP Bakery and any other of their plugins/themes can be sponsors of official WordPress Meetup groups in the chapter program and WordCamps, and their employees can be organizers, volunteers and/or speakers at our community events!

Join us in welcoming the big team of Visual Composer, and we would especially like to thank Michael Makijenko, the company’s founder, for his amazing and quick collaboration.

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

Your friends on the Community Team