Call for Participants: Diverse Speaker Workshops and Coaching in May & June

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is holding workshops and group coaching sessions to support diverse voices to share knowledge and stories at virtual WordPress 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 WordCamps.

Workshop 1 of 3: Who am I to be speaking? & Finding a topic that people would love to hear

– We will dispel some myths about being a speaker and answer your questions about speaking. Together we will work on overcoming the thought, “But I’m not an expert in anything”.

– Via hands-on exercises and small group discussions, we will help you come up with topics and show you how to choose one. Everyone has something they can talk about – let’s find yours.

– No prerequisite

Tuesday, May 19 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)
Tuesday, June 9 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

Workshop 2 of 3: Creating a great pitch

– Together we will write a 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. description 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. pitch for your talk. This also doubles as helping you start to write your talk!

– Prerequisite: Please come with an idea for a talk. If you don’t have one, then please make sure you attend Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 20 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)
Wednesday, June 10 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

Workshop 3 of 3: Online stage presence

– We will give you tips for public speaking and being on camera. We will be making the improvements together in the call.

– No prerequisite

Thursday, May 21 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)
Thursday, June 11 @ 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

You are encouraged to attend all 3 workshops in a week, but you are also welcome to attend only the sessions you wish.

The following week, we’ll have group coaching both for workshop attendees to get additional support on the material as well as open to those who haven’t taken a workshop.

Group Coaching on Zoom: Q&A and Get Feedback

People from marginalized or underrepresented groups can get help on anything related to public speaking at WordPress events, such as:

– feedback on your title and pitch
– feedback on your slides
– practising your public speaking
– feedback on improving your public speaking
– feedback on organizing your talk structure
– answering Q&A questions you are worried people will ask
– etc.

Tuesday, May 26 @ 7-8pm UTC (12-1pm PT)
Thursday, May 28 @ 4-5pm UTC (9-10am PT)
Tuesday, June 16 @ 4-5pm UTC (9-10am PT)
Thursday, June 18 @ 7-8pm UTC (12-1pm PT)

You are also welcome to attend to just watch and learn from others getting coaching.

Please note! These offerings 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 register:

Everyone, please help us spread the word!

P.S. Others who like to attend these sessions because you want to learn how to be good allies, 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 couple of resources available for you: Building A Diverse Speaker Roster and Inclusive and Welcoming Events.