Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on September 9, 2020

Summary: Intermediate speaker series next week. We could use volunteers for it (both experienced in speaking and not). We have workshops going up on, posted on Wednesdays. We are going to use these workshops for October: people watch on their own time and join us for a few synchronous discussions. We are looking for more people to lead these discussions in the future.

Attending: @jillbinder @angelasjin @cguntur


Today’s agenda:

  1. Updates on September workshop
  2. Call for assistants/mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. for September workshops
  3. Learn WordPress workshops
  4. Experiment for October workshop and call for volunteers to lead discussion groups

1. Updates on September workshops

We are running a new series in this month’s workshops (next week): Intermediate speaking for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups who have done some public speaking before, or are happy to dive in deeper right from the start.

Tuesday, September 15 @ 5-6pm UTC: Improving your pitch
Wednesday, September 16 @ 5-6pm UTC: Intermediate Online Stage Presence
Thursday, September 17 @ 5-6pm UTC: Answering Questions Online

There will be more space for hands-on working on items during these, especially the first one where we are working on pitches. I am also asking for what questions people have in advance, in the eventbrite sign-up, and basing some of the material on that.

If you’re on Twitter, we would love a retweet of this to help us spread the word, please!

2. Call for assistants/mentors for September workshops

I would love to get help from people who have done public speaking before to help me answer the intermediate questions!

To chat more and/or sign up, pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” me in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

Or reply on this post when it goes up in the P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at

We could also use some help in the September workshops for some background admin items during it, like making sure the people who come in late are greeted in the chat, and if there is a lot of discussion happening so I am missing questions, watching for questions and letting me know about them.

No experience required.

3. Learn WordPress Workshops

@angelasjin is getting our workshops posted on the new Learn WordPress. Yeah!

She is posting one part a week. Parts 1 and 2 are now posted.

@angelasjin: Keep an eye out for Parts 3 and 4 coming out on following Wednesdays

@jillbinder: Thank you very much to @angelasjin, @aurooba, @miriamgoldman, @cguntur, and @bhargavmehta for creating these videos with me and being willing to have them up on the site for this new purpose!

The new Learn WordPress initiative is very cool.

One of the ways it is being used is people watch a workshop on their own, and then gather live (online) for a discussion about it.

@angelasjin: Learn WordPress can be found on this site: if you are interested!

4. Experiment for October workshop and call for volunteers to lead discussion group

Discussions are much easier to lead than running the whole workshop. All you need is to have watched it once yourself. We have prewritten questions for leading the discussions.

In October, instead of running the workshops the way we have been doing since April (live and rushed), we are going to have people watch them on their own time and then show up in the live session for the discussions!

It will start with me, and we want to quickly get other people on board. Maybe even as soon as November. Or otherwise early in the new year.

So I would love if anyone who is interested in becoming a discussion leader attend with me in October while I give it the first go.

@angelasjin: Discussion Group Leaders plan for and facilitate synchronous conversations with people who have all watched the same workshop. Anyone can be a Discussion Group Leader, and we have a Tuesday Training post on how to step into that role.

And in this case, participating in Jill’s October discussion groups will be an additionally super helpful way to get involved.

@cguntur: Cool. I have been brainstorming topics for the Cupertino WP 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.. I was planning on using some of the videos from learn wordpress site for the 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.