Diverse Speaker Workshops Report – August 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains 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 how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops are going.

August 2020

August’s events consisted of a three-part workshop, one hour each day, three days in a row, and two open practise sessions.

Number who attended: 6
From number of cities: 6
From number of countries: 3 (Canada, United Kingdom, United States)

Number who attended all 3 workshops: 5
Number who attended 2 workshops: 1
Number who attended the open practise sessions: 0

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 38%


“Before taking the workshops, I didn’t have the confidence for public speaking. Thanks to these sessions, I can relax, gather my thoughts, and proceed with my presentation. I would recommend this workshop to people of color in the WordPress ecosystem. You belong here; its a no-judgment zone where you can find your authentic voice.”
– TC, Learner Advocate, @codebrother1

Thank you

A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!

September and October 2020 workshops

Love this? Come attend a workshop series!

In September, we are featuring intermediate public speaking topics and a training for meetup organizers in APAC/EMEA.

In October, we are running the regular series for people who are thinking about getting started speaking at WordPress events and a training for meetup organizers in AMER/EMEA.


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