Call for participants: Diverse Speaker Workshops September 2020

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

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 pitch

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

  • Fine-tune your title and 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, September 16, 2020 from 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

  • Learn what you need to look and sound your best on camera
  • 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: Answering Questions Online

Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 5-6pm UTC (10-11am PT)

  • With global audiences potentially now attending local events, the Question and Answer (Q&A) periods at online WordPress events may be off-topic or more challenging for presenters. We will discuss strategies and share script ideas you can use for these and other tricky questions.
  • No prerequisite to attend this workshop.

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

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!

Training: WordPress Meetups: Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7:30-9:30am UTC (APAC/EMEA)
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm UTC (AMER/EMEA)

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 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 will help you find options in your area. and 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.?

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.

Anyone from all WordPress chapter meetups around the world are welcome to attend.

APAC/EMEA friendly time on September 24, 2020:

AMER/EMEAs friendly time on October 24, 2020:

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.